3 luxurious bedrooms, 3 baths-1 full, 1 master, European spa bath, sleeps 8-10
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 thousands of listeners 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 categories- 1. Plain, even drab cabins whose biggest asset is their cheapness. 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, bronze and copper ceilings, distinctive lighting, artwork, four 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, Gigantic big screen screen TV with surround sound, game table and miles of sofas to allow your guests to relax without interrupting anyone else. 6. A private dock on Nest Lake, voted one of Minnesota's top three fishing and boating lakes. 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 intimate hot tub . 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 comfort
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
This is a NON-SMOKING property. Pets are not permitted in or on the property at any time without written permission of the Homeowner. Washer and Dryer are available. Hot tub, Oceanaire massage bed, 3D TV, 2 decks, grand piano, sauna, fire pit, free weights, elliptical cross trainer and both docks are available for our guests during their stay.: No children under the age of 6 are permitted in the hot tub at any time. No children of any age are allowed in the hot tub without adult supervision. Pets are not allowed in the hot tub at any time. The standard number of guests in the home is eight (8) persons. An additional charge of $25 per person per night for guests in addition to eight will be assessed. Absolutely no more than 12 people may stay overnight at the property at one time. . The property requires a two night minimum stay unless specified by owner. Longer minimum stays may required during some periods. INCLUSIVE FEES: Rates include a one-time linen/towel set-up. Amenity fees are included in the rental rate. HOUSEKEEPING: While linens and bath towels are included in the rental, there is no daily housekeeping service included in the rental rate; however, it may be available at an additional rate. We suggest you bring beach towels. We ask that towels or linens not be taken out of the house. Rates are subject to change without notice. You promise to have FUN!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
On a nice quiet bay, comfortable house
Quite, relaxing and enjoyable. Game room was a plus.
Fully equipped house, although the downstairs fridge didn't seem to work very well.
Unbelievable views, kids loved fishing right from the dock. Home far exceeded our expectations. Loved it and the area. Would do it again and absolutely recommend Dragonfly Bay!!
Thank you Nancy for you're kind words. You exceeded our expectations as well!
We look forward to seeing you again!
Iffy intro, good stay
Being new to the homeaway experience, I was troubled with the early deal-making. Top of web page said "sleeps 10", and I didn't review fine print to see that more than 8 persons means added fee of $25/day. The details about refunds, etc., came AFTER it was too late to take advantage if we had chosen to do so. Once there, our experience was very good. Exceptionally clean and well equipped. Lighting system in living room is rather confusing. In-process addition or remodeling wasn't stated until we had paid, but no work while we were there and it was not a negative. Shawn, owner, was very cordial and accomodating. No word on refund of our security deposit yet. I found the homeaway "app" rather difficult to use, as cell communication is not my favorite; prefer email!
Dear Ellen and Tony,
Thank you so much for your nice review. We work very hard to be sure that our vacation home is clean, cozy and welcoming to all of our guests! We also try our best to be helpful, friendly and professional to all of our new friends.
It sounds as though we earned a solid "5" from you for our home and our hospitality while the website earned somewhat less. I'm sorry you had some challenges with the website... I will pass that information on to Homeaway.com.
Thank you for mentioning our new remodeling project...we are adding a beautiful new dining room that will be a wonderful addition for all of our future guests. We were thrilled that our building contractor had the ability to start four months earlier than we had planned and that he was willing to work around the convenience of all of our guests.
Just for your information, your total deposit is on the way. Homeaway.com handles all refunds. Per their stated guidelines, they wait for two weeks for the homeowner to advise them if there was any damage requiring the withholding of any or all of the deposit. We have only withheld a deposit once in the many years of sharing our home with guests.
Tony and Ellen, I hope I have answered any questions you might have. We look forward to having you as our guests again in the future!
Beautiful property, very clean and well stocked with thoughtful extras!
We held our annual girls' winter weekend getaway at the Dragonfly Bay Retreat and had a fabulous time. The house was very clean and nicely decorated, with lots of room for our group! We like to cook together and we were not lacking for cookware and dishes, and even spices and condiments were stocked in case we had forgotten anything. They thought of the little things and had shampoo, soaps, lotions, and plush robes to borrow, helping us to feel right at home.
Shawn was very nice to work with in arranging the property and ensuring any questions we might have were addressed. He made a point of checking in with us shortly after we arrived to ensure we gained access to the home and were settling in nicely. I would highly recommend rental of this property! Thank you for your hospitality, Shawn!
The house was comfortable and in a great location. The decor was very interesting!
Located in the heart of the Little Crow River District, Minnesota's premier resort area is only a leisurely 90-minute drive from Minneapolis. It's close enough to be convenient for a short stay and far enough away to feel like you've really gotten away from it all!
Sporting America's highest number of lakes per square mile, Central Minnesota has unsurpassed opportunities to explore the great outdoors year-round. The finest fishing, boating, water skiing, scuba diving, ice fishing, snowmobiling, biking and hiking opportunities await you. In addition, within ten minutes of The Retreat, you will find an award-winning 27 hole championship golf course, a nationally recognized local winery, a multiplex movie theater, two regionally acclaimed live theaters, over dozen playgrounds, an amusement park and arcade, dozens of wonderful restaurants and nightclubs (several with live music), a burgeoning local artist population, a variety of art/music and vintage auto festivals & much, much more!
Other Activities: 80 mile bike/ski trail, amusement park, baseball diamonds, disc golf, golf, tennis, basketball courts.
Golf: Nationally acclaimed Little Crow Golf Course is only a short five-minute drive from The Retreat. This beautiful 27 hole course is one of Central Minnesota's premier public courses. Whether you're a seasoned pro, a beginner or a non-golfer, Little Crow Golf Course has something for everyone including beautifully designed greens, a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere and a full service bar and restaurant. Not to mention their fabulous Sunday Brunch! In addition, West Central Minnesota sports no less than 67 golf courses, all of them less than one hour's drive away. In fact, Minnesota has more golf courses per capita than any other state in the Union! If you want to play on all of them, you better reserve another week or so!