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Relax in Beautifully Remodeled Vintage Suites!

Steve & Dawna Engelhardt

Member since: 2010
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Property type lodge

Steve & Dawna Engelhardt

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 11, 2015
Call Manager
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Relax in Beautifully Remodeled Vintage Suites!

Bedrooms 4
Property type lodge


Mankato Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Two or four bedrooms option. Sleeps 7-14. Scrapbooking rooms included.

* 2 - Two bedroom Suites available

* Each Suite approximately 1500 Square Feet

* Each two bedroom Suite sleeps up to 7 guests

* Each Suite features full Bathroom with Jetted Tub

* Fully equipped kitchen in each Suite

* Private Laundry included

* Rent the entire building to easily sleep 14 comfortably

* Longer Term rentals available at discounted rates

* Corporate Rates available


Please contact owner to discuss how we can fulfill your specific needs.

Bell Tower Suites is nestled on the quiet Main Street of Saint Clair, Minnesota. This is classic small-town America but just a short 10 minute drive to the Mankato/North Mankato area with every amenity you will need.

This beautiful vintage church is built on a diagonal, providing a sense of grand architecture with 24 foot high ceilings while offering serenity and calmness from the original round-topped stained glass windows. Guests will find Bell Tower Suites to be the perfect place for their family gathering while a honeymoon couple will find the peace, quiet and anonymity that they long for. Each suite is completely furnished with two bedrooms, living area, full sized kitchen, huge bathroom which includes a jet-air tub and separate shower. Everything is supplied from linens to dishes and utensils. The suite has its own home-style stacked washer and dryer combination. The living area is well appointed with a gas fireplace, flat screen HD TV and DVD player. Free high speed Wi-Fi is just one more modern amenity in this stunning facility. Owner/Manager is conveniently nearby should you need anything during your stay.

The Mankato area is alive with restaurants, night spots, shopping, theaters and many special events related to Minnesota State University-Mankato and Mankato’s significance as a hub in Southern Minnesota. You can appreciate the beautiful Minnesota River Valley setting for its scenic views, canoeing / kayaking opportunities, fishing and wide variety of parks, hiking and biking trails. There are a number of wineries in the area for those who enjoy wine tastings. If you are a sports fan, remember that Mankato is home to the Vikings Training Camp, traditionally held during the first part of August every year. Book early!

All of this makes Bell Tower Suites the perfect vacation destination.

For the Laura Ingalls Wilder fans, the town of Walnut Grove is a nice, easy day trip from Bell Tower Suites. Come in July to see the “Wilder Pageants” re-enact highlights from Laura’s life in an outdoor drama. Also explore the Deep Valley and see the real Betsy-Tacy homes from the Maude Hart Lovelace book series that was based in Mankato.

Scrap bookers, quilters, and crafters especially enjoy Bell Tower Suites. Perfect for a ladies’ get-a-way weekend, the suites offer lots of living space and lots of crafting space also. Each guest will find a full-sized craft table with individual task lighting available for her use. Imagine being able to set up your scrap booking materials - and leaving them set up and undisturbed for the duration of your stay! Located on the second floor, the craft room is situated in former Sunday school rooms. The craft room houses a computer and printer station. A Cricut cutting machine is available for guest use, no need to lug your personal one around on vacation. The computer and Cricut are loaded with the ‘Sure Cuts A Lot’ software program which allows crafters to cut lettering and shapes directly from the computer. There no longer is a need to purchase expensive cutting pattern cartridges when utilizing the ‘Sure Cuts A Lot’ program.

Whether you are looking for a scrap booking retreat, a unique venue to host a family gathering, bustling night life, or a restful landing spot after a busy day of hiking and biking - - Bell Tower Suites provides the perfect spot to help you enjoy your well-deserved vacation time.

Keywords: suites, retreat, scrap booking, quilting, sewing, knitting, reception, wedding, graduation, private get-a-way, holiday party, family reunion, girls weekend, church retreat, business travel, executive stay, skiing, Mankato, MNSU, MSU, Mankato State University, Minnesota State

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Steve & Dawna Engelhardt (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 11, 2015

About Steve & Dawna Engelhardt

We are Dawna and Steve Engelhardt. Steve is a native to Southern Minnesota, while Dawna hails from Arizona. We can be on site to meet whatever needs you may have. It would be our privilege to have you stay at Bell Tower Suites.

Steve & Dawna Engelhardt purchased this lodge in 2013

Why Steve & Dawna Engelhardt chose Mankato

We purchased the church building because of its incredible original architecture and because of its good fortune of being located in a welcoming village, just a few minutes from Mankato. The structure is very unique and accommodating for families, couples, and scrap booking groups.

What makes this lodge unique

Bell Tower Suites is unlike any other vacation rental. When was the last time that you ate a meal or watched your favorite movie while sitting near soaring stained glass windows? The generous living space offers room to stretch out and truly relax. It is the best of both worlds. Tucked into a quiet, family neighborhood with plenty of off-street parking, your night’s sleep is sure to be uninterrupted. Yet, just 10 minutes away is the busy social life of the Mankato/North Mankato metropolitan area. You’ve earned your vacation time – make the most of it with a stay at Bell Tower Suites!

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 4
Property type lodge
Book with confidence
Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


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  • 5 of 5

The Bell Tower Suites has been the "home" for our family holiday gathering for the past three years. Although the converted church with its original stained glass windows is beautiful year round, it is wonderful for a gathering during the holiday season. When we arrived, our hosts Dawna and Steve had made the suites festive for us with Christmas decorations complete with an absolutely HUGE Christmas tree!! There were even items strategically placed for the little ones to find and enjoy. Special gifts from the hosts to our group also were placed in each suite.

The Bell Tower allows us to create family memories that would not be possible in a typical hotel situation. For example, cookie decorating has become a major family tradition during our stays. Everyone participates which makes for a happy, but hectic scene. The results are as diverse as those who participate. Now place this family event in a converted historical church. Sunshine gave our entire room a splendid background of colors sparkling through the stained glass. Now add the cozy fireplace for a perfect setting. Very special!

We rented both suites which is ideal for families with children. If the doors to the two suites are left open, there is easy convenient access to use both suites simultaneously. During afternoon nap time, the children could nap in one suite, and the other suite was still available for the adults to visit. Also, in the evenings, the children could go to sleep with parents safely nearby. Since our families come from five different states for this weekend, the ability to be together yet have the space to spread out is a luxury. The layout of the Bell Tower Suites provides us that ability. Having TWO complete kitchens available for making a large holiday meal for a group gathering is very helpful and convenient. The suites are very clean and well equipped. Hosts, Dawna and Steve, are outstanding! Response time to any form of communication prior to arrival was especially prompt! It was always obvious that they really wanted our stay to be perfect.

If looking for only two bedrooms, then you can rent only one of the two suites. If you are looking for a lodging that is unique, large while still being cozy, with especially welcoming hosts, and want to create a memorable family gathering ANY TIME of the year, the BELL TOWER SUITES IS YOUR SPOT!!!! After staying here for three years now, our family group can't imagine being anyplace else.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Spring TX

Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed the week at the Bell Tower Suites and we couldn't have found a more perfect spot to relax and feel at home. Dawna and Steve were superb hosts, taking care of every need we had. The Bell Tower is spacious, very clean and the outside area was wonderful for relaxing and visiting with family. We highly recommend this "home away from home" and look forward to staying there again in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Bell Tower Suites Review

  • 5 of 5

We rented both suites for three couples for a Christmas/New Years celebration and absolutely enjoyed the comfort and ambiance. The suites were very clean and the owners were great to work with. There are plenty of attractions within 20 minutes.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you had a wonderful time. We hope to see you again next year (or sooner!) Dawna

A wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our family wanted to meet somewhere with our aging mom, where we could gather, sleep, cook together, and give the grandkids time with Grandma. The Bell Tower Suites was absolutely perfect, just what we had hoped for. It has been beautifully re-done, very comfortable, it had everything we needed. The beds were very comfortable, kitchen was complete with everything, including coffee, we were able to spend time together in a very beautiful setting. Our age group included 20-somethings to grandma, who is 89, Our hosts were so gracious and accomodating, we couldn't have asked for a more perfect situation! I hope we are able to come back again with grandma, everything was very easy for her to get around, she felt very comfortable. Thank you so much!!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure meeting your family, especially grandma. We look forward to seeing you again. Dawna
Medina, MN

Another great trip!!

  • 5 of 5

My knitting group had our Fall Retreat at Bell Tower again this year. Hearing that the owners were new we hoped that the quality if the suites remained. We were NOT disappointed!!!' The new owners have kept the high standards we expected during our stay. Comfy beds, well stocked kitchen, plenty of room for everyone!!! Thank you all for a wonderful weekend!!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so nice to have your group here, Cathy. We hope to see you again soon!
Cannon Falls

Sweet Suites!

  • 5 of 5

Our christian band was scheduled to play for a church service in North Mankato, and we wanted to come a day early to set up ahead of time so that we were not rushed on Sunday morning. We booked The Bell Tower Suites because of it's proximity to our gig, and we were intrigued by the fact that this was a old church....fitting for our group. We were pleasantly surprised to find such a gem in the quaint tiny town of St. Claire, just minutes from Mankato. The owners, Dawna and Steve, and their family were there to greet us when we arrived. They were absolutely delightful, and pointed out everything we needed to know to make our stay comfortable. They even went the extra mile, by supplying coffee and fresh fruit. The suites are very roomy, clean, and comfortable. We enjoyed our Saturday night meal on the relaxing patio, and soaked in the sounds of neighborhood on a perfect summer evening. We had invited the owners, Steve and Dawna to the church event that we would be performing at, and it was such a pleasant surprise on Sunday morning to see their entire family walk into the church and join in the service. Thank you for that joyful surprise! You are wonderful hosts, and we will highly recommend The Bell Tower Suites! Blessings, your friends of the 2 Copper Coins Band

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 2 Copper Coins, I sent your CD to my parents in Arizona. They loved it. I hope you can come down again soon. We would love to do some worship time with you. Engelhardts


Car: recommended

Winery, MSU Vikings training camp in August. MSU theater.


Rates & Availability

From $149 Per night

Mankato Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Maintenace Fee $45.00
Pet Fee $50.00
Tax Rate 6.88%
Notes RATE LISTED is based on a SINGLE SUITE RENTAL (two bedroom).

"Rental Basis: Per Property" indicates 1 Suite. 2 Suites are available.

*Two or four bedroom rentals available.
*A two bedroom area sleeps up to 7.
*Credit card number must remain on file as a damage deposit.
*We recommend the "Damage Protection from CSA" available when booking
Please contact owner to discuss your specific needs

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.
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Mankato Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Washer/dryer in the bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Washer/dryer is supplied in bathroom.
  • There are very large bathrooms with plenty of space. Each bathroom has a separate shower and tub.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , The futon is full size and in living room of this suite.
    Bedroom 3 - The futon is full size and in the living room of this suite.
  • There is one King size bed, and three Twin or Single Beds in each suite. Also there is a full sized futon sofa in each suite.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
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