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Al Hertaus

Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Relax in Beautifully Remodeled Vintage Suites!

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type lodge

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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
Al Hertaus (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Al Hertaus

We are Al & Kerrie Hertaus owners and builder of the Bell Tower Suites. We purchased the Building back in 2007, remodeled and made it into what it is today.

Al Hertaus purchased this lodge in 2007

Why Al Hertaus chose Minnesota

We purchased the 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!


based on 19 traveler reviews

Relax in Beautifully Remodeled Vintage Suites!
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Amazing Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Bell Tower Suite was super comfortable for our family of 4. We had everything we needed. We loved the cozy, small town atmosphere with a park for our kids to play practically in the backyard. Mankato was just a few minutes away with the city buzz and everything you need but coming back to St. Clair felt like I was coming back to my hometown. The kitchen is great, the beds were comfortable, the fireplace was cozy, the bathtub luxurious. It even has its own laundry. This place would be a scrapbooking party heaven for its set apart, well lit, many tabled, workplace to leave projects while you stop downstairs for a break.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy that you had a great time at the suites. We look forward to your stay again soon. Thanks again, Al & Kerrie
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Scrapbook/Craft/Hobby weekend

  • 5 of 5

The Bell Tower Suites is the perfect place for our annual group of women who get away for a weekend to scrapbook, craft, work on a hobby, etc. The layout is perfect for either a large or small group, and both the upstairs work area and the main living area are spacious. We love that the Suites are only 15 minutes from Mankato. It's quite convenient. Each suite has a jet bathtub which makes for a relaxing bath. (The shower is great, too.) The owner, Al, is easy to work with and accommodating. He is quick to reply to any questions or concerns. The Suites are super comfortable, and our group is looking forward to booking next year's weekend getaway.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Angie, we are happy that all was nice for your scrap booking weekend. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you, Al & Kerrie
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Great Experience for our Boy Scout Troop

  • 5 of 5

Rented this property for our Boy Scout Troop (10 Scouts and 4 leaders) to use for meals and lodging in January 2016. Very roomy with plenty of bed space for everyone and all our gear.

Short 15 minute trip to local Ski Area where the Scouts and Leaders spent the entire day skiing and snow-tubing. Would highly recommend this to any Scout Group needing lodging when planning a ski trip to work on Winter Sports Merit Badge requirements.

The availability of a washer and dryer was beneficial so gear could be dried prior to packing for our trip to on Sunday. Kitchen was well stocked with plenty of dishes and utensils.

Owners took us on a tour of the property upon our arrival and made sure we had everything we needed. Very roomy and plenty of space for the boys to spread out and enjoy the weekend.

Troy V

Boy Scout Troop 377

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy all worked out with your stay at the suites. You have a good group of kids, we hope to see you again soon. Thanks again, Al & Kerrie
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Amherst, Wisconsin

Thanksgiving Holiday with Friends

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at the Bell Tower Suites with close friends for our annual getaway. We are two families, each with four children ages 4 - 17. This year we chose Thanksgiving and found this beautiful place! It exceeded our expectations! Located in a quiet small town with a park within walking distance for the kids to play. The owner, Al, was helpful and friendly from the time we inquired until the moment we left. He was easily accessible by phone or text message, but there was no reason to contact him. Everything in the rental was very clean and in working order. We rented both suites so we had room to gather for our meals and plenty of space for quiet time when we needed it. Each suite is very spacious, comfortable, and well equipped. Grocery stores and shopping are only a short drive away. We highly recommend this property to others!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lori for staying at the Bell Tower Suites, We are so happy that you and your family had a great time. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you- Al & Kerrie.
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Fantastic Family Reunion Headquarters!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for our family of 11 to spend three nights around a family wedding in Mankato! The Suites were spacious, clean, and well-appointed (and fun to be in, with the large stained glass windows and nifty crafting rooms on the second floor). We easily prepared and hosted two meals for larger family groups right on site and it felt like being in someone's home. It's super convenient to have washers and dryers right in the huge bathrooms in each Suite. Our contact, Al, was great from start to finish, from supplying us with all necessary information to nicely mailing an iPad we left behind. The suites were an easy 90-minute drive from the Minneapolis airport, and there was plenty of parking for our many rental cars. We'd recommend this spot to any group traveling to the area!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that all worked out great for your stay with us. It was so nice to meet you. Thanks again, Al&Kerrie
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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
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Car: recommended

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


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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Maintenace Fee $45
Tax Rate 6.89%

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.

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Minnesota 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
soaring stained glass windows, scrapbooking craft rooms, meeting areas, pianos, adjacent to city park, near trail systems,

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