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March Madness - $333 off!

Bedrooms 7
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


About the property

Private home retreat on 57 acres and sleeps up to 22 guests.

Whether you bring a large group to the Olive Branch or your group is more intimate, do ordinary things together that make extraordinary memories:

Cruise the lake with complimentary pontoon, paddle boat, and 2 canoes.

Catch fish or dangle your toes off the dock.

Dive in from the swim raft.

Share stories around a crackling fire outside, or the wood-burning fireplace inside.

Craft meals to remember in the large kitchen.

Be surrounded by lush natural forest.

Roam the large yard with outdoor entertaining space – play games!

Explore nature filled walking trails.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2017

About Marla

At the Olive Branch Retreat it’s always the perfect time to connect.

We are dedicated to creating a relaxing and peaceful experience filled with unexpected delights. We call this feeling “unplugged tranquility”.

We hope you can come and stay!

With Love and Joy,

Marla & Jessica

Marla purchased this house in 2008

Why Marla chose Minnesota

Whether you bring a large group to the Olive Branch or your group is more intimate, do ordinary things together that make extraordinary memories:

Private home retreat is on 57 acres and sleeps up to 22 guests.

Catch fish on bordering Fuller Lake with complimentary use of boats and canoes.

Share stories around a crackling fire outside, or the wood-burning fireplace inside.

Craft meals to remember in the large kitchen.

Be surrounded by lush natural forest.

Roam the large yard with outdoor entertaining space.

Explore nature filled walking trails.

What makes this house unique

The Olive Branch has been renovated with old world charm and loaded with Character. There are several rooms for guests to enjoy their own space yet larger gathering rooms for certain times of the days. 2 wings are designed for sleeping so that your guests are not disturbed while others stay up late. Campfires and barn dancing is a wonderful time at the Olive Branch. A favorite hangout by many day and night. Nature is the key to enjoyment. 57 acres private plus another 1100 acres of attached state land offer the most in every nature activity. The lake is ready for you with a fishing boat, vintage pontoon, two canoes and swim dock.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Details of our ball in tree escapade:

1. Big red ball (beach ball) got stuck in tree.

2. Threw shovel to get red ball down.

3. Shovel got stuck.

4. Got shovel down with rake.

5. Tried a rock and brick to get ball.

6. Both got stuck.

7. Got rock and brick down with shovel.

8. Got red ball down with Softball!

9. All items out of tree. :0)
Jun 2016
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Grey Eagle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 22
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • King size beds (1) Lake View Suite, Queen size Beds (3) Courtyard View Room, Peter's Room & Garden View Room, Twin or Single Beds (6) Three twin beds and one trundle in Grace Room, one twin bed in Rita's Room, two twin beds in Children's Hideaway Attic , Baby Cribs (1) Portable play pen available in the garage, Sleep Sofa or Futons (8) Three queen pull out couches and two twin pull outs
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Renovated Chicken Barn with 1/2 bath, large yard, walking trails, orchard


5/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

March Madness - $333 off!
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

The wedding of our dreams at The Olive Branch Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My Olive Branch guest book entry as we were headed out the door following our wedding weekend:

"I'll try not to cry as I write this... We held our wedding here yesterday and it could not have been more amazing! The weather was perfect! We truly fell in love with The Olive Branch and would love to make it an anniversary tradition to stay here. Thank you for helping us make our wedding weekend so wonderful!"

Our family cabin is in Grey Eagle and has been for the last 90 years. We had planned on getting married there but we needed a suitable place for our guests to stay. After a little google search I came across The Olive Branch Retreat. I couldn't believe this place was in the same town as our cabin and yet I had never heard about it! I set up a tour and instantly fell in love with it. Even though it's right on a country road, there's very minimal traffic and it somehow still feels like you're tucked away from all humanity. To make a long story short, we decided to have the entire wedding at The Olive Branch Retreat instead of just using it for our guests! We had 70 guests and made an entire weekend out of it! Grooms BBQ dinner Friday night, wedding Saturday with the ceremony on the side of the house and the reception (dinner and dancing) on the grass in the back with a beautiful view of the private lake. Then, we all woke up together Sunday morning and enjoyed brunch plus the gift opening. The Olive Branch had all of the tables, chairs and linens we needed. The Hub in Grey Eagle catered for us, brought all of the dishes we needed and then took them back to their restaurant to wash them. Everything went so smooth! I remember having so much down time the morning of my wedding just sitting and relaxing that I almost felt like it wasn't my wedding day! Aren't brides usually super stressed and constantly on the go the day of their wedding?!

We not only had a wonderful weekend but our guests did as well. People raved about the place!

A huge 'thank you' to Marla and Jessica for helping us make our wedding everything it was! Especially making a last minute call to get eco friendly mosquito spray on the lawn the morning of the wedding! We didn't think it would be needed since this was the end of September but thanks to the abnormally warm month we had those bugs were still around! We didn't get a single bite the day of our wedding!

We think about our wedding weekend constantly and we can't wait to get back to The Olive Branch for another stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Grey Eagle House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Retreat Seaon
Jan 1 2017 - May 18 2017
1 night minimum stay
Resort Season
May 19 2017 - Sep 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Relaxation/Reflection Season
Sep 3 2017 - Jan 6 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.88%

Advanced Purchase Special: We offer a 10% discount if paid in full (plus 6.875% sales tax) at time of booking with no refund offered.

Flexible Rate: Half down at time of booking (plus 6.875% sales tax). Balance due 30 days prior to arrival. Full refund minus a 3% processing fee for cancellations up to 60 days in advance. No refunds after 60 days

Rebooking always offered as available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Nearest Airport
122 Miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Grey Eagle
Nearest Golf
12.6 Miles
Sauk Centre, MN
Nearest Train
50 Miles
St. Cloud, MN
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Highway 94 West
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Grey Eagle, MN
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Legion Park, Upsala, MN
Car: necessary

Just 10 miles from the Lake Wobegon Trail in Melrose. Adjacent to 1100 acres Wildlife Reserve. 57 acres of abundant wildlife and massive private yard.


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