Spicer House Rental Photos and Description
3 luxurious bedrooms, 3 baths-1 full, 1 master, European spa bath, sleeps 8-12
At first glance, The Retreat appears to be a small, cozy lakeside cottage. Looks can be deceiving and, upon entering, you will find that that it is oh, so much more! An exquisitely comfortable & stylishly decorated home w/ every amenity you could ever want & some you never dreamed of! Your home includes: Large, well supplied gourmet kitchen, Exquisite cherry floors, Modern LR w/ stunning original art, large 3D HDTV, soaring, beamed ceilings & 3 beautiful gas fireplaces, Elegant master BR suite w/ cherry furniture, 4 poster queen bed & large walk-in closet, Large Tuscan FR w/copper ceilings, oxblood leather furniture & stunning lake view, Awe-inspiring Greek Spa/exercise room with elliptical, weight system, steam sauna & a $30,000 Ocean Wave aqua massage table, European bath w/ heated floor & body shower, Huge Music/Play room w/ grand piano, game table, HDTV & surround sound, 2 private docks, 2 garage stalls, 2 Decks, Hot Tub, Large, Shady Yard, cable in every room, RV parking & a Library.
The Area: Located between 2 delightful towns-New London & Spicer, We'll keep your head spinning w/ more entertainment, activities & places to go than you'll have time for! Whatever season, you can't beat this area for recreation & fun! * 5 minute walk to Glacial Ridge Winery featuring wines from Minnesota, good food & outdoor concerts in the summer! * 1/2 mile away is the 80-mile scenic biking/hiking/skiing trail that winds from St. Cloud to Hutchinson *A beautiful 10 minute drive to 1 of 2 live theaters *Big Kahuna Fun Park-mini-golf, go-karts, bumper boats & a full arcade w. prizes! *Twin Spin Movie Theater-cutest darn 4 screen movie theater you ever saw! *10 terrific parks within 10 minutes * Dozens of restaurants from fine dining, pizza, subs, family-style, Mexican or a quick burger & a shake * Many excellent neighborhood nightclubs w/ liquor,food & music * Boat Tours-from basic to luxurious! * 2 full service salon spas * BMX bike course * 4 great playgrounds for kids! Art & antiques galore
Events: If that weren't enough, the New London-Spicer area is know for many special events held all year long. Some of
these events are: *Litte Crow Ski Show-National Champion Water Ski Team performs Friday evenings throughout the summer! *Glacial Ridge Winery Grape Stomp & Art Shows-a different artist every month * New London Antique Car Run-this annual event is for all vehicles 1908 and earlier * Vintage snowmobile races throughout the winter*Texas Hold 'Em Tournaments * New London Studio Hop-tour artists' studios & view demonstrations * The Fourth of July! is THE event of the summer in Spicer- 3 days of celebration w/outdoor concerts, baseball tournaments, carnival, food fairs, flea market, bike races, a parade & fireworks over Green Lake! * New London Water Days-boat races, art fair, food court and a parade! *New London Music Festival-Annual event w/ 3 days of music, revelry & great food. *Green Lake Regatta-beautiful sailboat races * Summer & winter Triathalons * The famous Polar Plunge!
Our Pledge: Planning an event, whether it's a family vacation, romantic getaway, corporate retreat, family reunion or something else, it's important to know that you are dealing with people you can trust to help you make that important event as wonderful as it should be! We know, we've been there! The Retreat on Dragonfly Bay is our home-a warm, inviting place that is a refuge not only for us but for our family and friends as well. We want you to enjoy this special place as much as we do!
If you are planning a large event, we will gladly try to arrange for additional lodging within the immediate area, even within easy walking distance. In addition, if you or one of your guests have any questions or would like to make special arrangements, we would love to chat with you about your ideas and how we can make them happen.
We invite you to come and accept our invitation to enjoy the aura of relaxation and rejuvenation that is The Retreat at Dragonfly Bay. We look forward to seeing you here soon!
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- limited accessibility
- pets not allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- Events Allowed
I have toured the world playing music and did not settle in Minnesota until the 1980's. I fell in love with the people and the state and never left. My partner in crime, Joanne, was born in East St. Paul and has lived in Minnesota all of her life.
We are both involved in the music scene in the Twin Cities. I doing 'Music That Tickles!' for hundreds of audiences of audiences every year and she as a choir director, musical director and freelance singer.
In addition to performing, I work as an interior designer, specializing in all kinds of interior remodeling. We both have a background in design and I think you will find some of both of our tastes in the continuing work we are doing on our home.
When we're not renting The Retreat, it's not unusual to find us throwing a party and entertaining our neighbors, family and friends there. Who knows? After getting to know us, you might be on the list for the next party!
Shawn purchased this house in 2001
Why Shawn chose Spicer
We call our home The Retreat at Dragonfly Bay because that's exactly what it is...a retreat from the worries of the world...a place of refuge, respite and healing.
While looking for a lake property to buy, we saw many different places, most of them lacking in some major way.
This particular home, however, spoke to us immediately. It has what some people would call 'Good Karma'. The older couple that lived here before us had owned the home for over 40 years, raised their family here and loved the home as a part of the family. Their kindness and nurturing spirits still linger on. Upon making an offer on the home, we met with both of these wonderful people and assured them that we would love this home as they did. We always have and always will.
Since purchasing the home, we have made many, many updates. In fact, our neighbors love to come and see what new things we have been up to. As both musical artists and home decorators, we have made an effort to turn an already embracing home into an
even more comfortable and eclectically interesting place of relaxation.
To be frank, we never bought this house to rent it. We bought it purely for us. However, after visiting, one of our friends remarked how comfortable our home was and asked if
they could rent our home for their family reunion. The Retreat was born.
This is one of those rare breed of homes that seem to defy physics. It seems infinitely bigger on the inside than on the outside. In fact, we've come to expect this remark from everyone who stays with us.
We even had one client tell us we should name our home the Susan Boyle house. He thought it reminded him of the wonderful singer who, despite her rather plain exterior, proved to be one of the most remarkable and engaging singers of our time. That's our home. I can't say it any better.
So, whether you are planning a family reunion, girl's get-together, family vacation or romantic weekend, The Retreat welcomes you and so do we.
What makes this house unique
Many vacation rental homes fall into one of two
1. Plain, even drab cabins whose biggest asset is their
2. Extravagant, budget-busting houses that often are more glam than real comfort.
The Retreat on
Dragonfly Bay doesn't' fit into either of these categories.
Once you walk
into our home, you will notice the artistic decorating, gorgeous cherry and maple floors, copper ceilings, distinctive lighting, artwork, three cozy fireplaces, stunning decorative tile and much, much more!
Add to this is a
list of luxuries unparalleled by even the most expensive hotels:
1. Spectacular Greek spa/exercise room with Club-style elliptical and free weights and gorgeous North lakes mural.
2. Luxurious spa-bathroom with lighted shower and heated floors.
3. Spacious, cedar-lined steam sauna.
4. Refreshing and exhilarating Oceanaire aqua massage bed.
5. Large, secluded music/party room with grand piano, big screen TV, game table and miles of sofas to allow your guests to relax without interrupting anyone else.
6. 2 private docks on Nest Lake.
7. Large, shaded yard big enough for the most active family.
8. Tiled lakeside fire pit.
9. 3 distinct living areas that allow different guests private time.
10. A private and secluded perfect for 2 to 4 people.
11. 2 decks overlooking Nest Lake.
12. Some of the best bird-watching available.
13. Summer and winter fishing right outside your door.
14. Excellent boating, world class fishing, champion golf, fabulous restaurants, fun nightclubs, energetic kid's entertainment and so much more only five minutes drive away!
Despite all of these wonderful amenities, The Retreat on Dragonfly Bay is remarkably affordable...far less than much more expensive luxury homes without the same luxuries. In fact, you'll find our prices are barely more than “Plain Jane”
cabins that offer only the basest of creature comforts.
Guestbook comments from the manager
My wife and I travel often and have stayed at many different places throughout our 30 some years of marriage both alone and with our family. The Retreat at Dragonfly Bay was a very nice surprise in many, many ways.
We were referred to this quaint cottage by friends who had stayed here last year and found it equally enjoyable. They were almost more excited for us to stay here than we were.
I must admit, upon arrival we wondered whether the house could possibly be large enough to house all of the amenities our friends had bragged about. It really looks quite small from the front. However, upon entering the home, it seems to multiply its size by tenfold. It is truly a spacious , open and welcoming house.
The home is truly a retreat in the purest sense of the word. We found the decorating, sauna, massage bed, fireplaces, spa bathroom and other qualities charming and a bit intriguing. Keep in mind that we were staying on a weekend that was extremely cold and wintry and the home was cozy and inviting in every way. There are three fireplaces in the house and different members of the family staked out their claims to each one. I can speak for all of my family when I say that we would like to stay in the summer some time. It must be a lovely summer home. It was an exquisite winter hideaway.
Suffice it to say that we give high marks to the home and its owners and thank them as well as our friends who recommended this lovely home to us.