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Stunning Brentwood Estate: Beautiful St. Francis Home!! Includes 5 Boats

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,340 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom With Gorgeous Lake Views. Sleeps 14.

!!!!!!!!!! JUST CAME OPEN - JULY 4TH WEEK 2017 !!!!!!!!!!!



Brentwood Estate, which was recently featured on Discovery Channel's 'Epic Castles' series, is an incredible 45+ acre property with over 2,000 feet of shoreline. For the first time since Brentwood was built in the late 1990's, this breathtaking property is available to the public to enjoy through weekly home rentals beginning Summer 2014. This most exclusive residential property in central Minnesota with its immaculately manicured lawns, over-the-top beach, gorgeous floral gardens, and serene walking paths is a true paradise at the north end of Big Chippewa lake. 3-1/2 mile long Big Chip is nearly 100 feet deep and is consistently ranked one of the clearest lakes in Central Minnesota with a DNR rated visibility of 11 ft. WOW! That means you can see the lake bottom at that depth. We can accommodate a maximum of 10-14 people in each of our three full-sized homes. We also have a cozy apartment for 2 people. For corporate retreats or large family reunions, rent the entire property (up to 38 people) and have it all to yourself. Our various accommodations rent from $895/wk in the fall & spring to $7900/wk during the peak summer months.

Please take note: Brentwood Estate is known for its seclusion and serene grounds. In order to accomplish this private-estate atmosphere, we hold very true to the maximum capacity per house as designated: St. Francis - 14 people, St. Michael - 12 people, St. Anne - 10 people and St. Joachim - 2 people. We may make a small exception to allow small children who are in cribs or pal-n-plays to exceed the maximum capacity, but you must obtain approval through the owners. In those instances were an exception is being made, it will be noted on your confirmation receipt at the time of booking. No exceptions will be allowed unless you receive prior approval.

**Minnesota state law requires resort owners to maintain a registry of all guests. Each guest staying at Brentwood Estate will be required to fill out paperwork to comply with this state law.

We have a fleet of a dozen golf carts, five boats, numerous canoes, kayaks, paddle wheels, paddle boats, wind surfers, etc, etc that are yours to use for free while you stay with us. You just pay for your gasoline. We also have a fantastic Air Nautique 220 Team Edition wakeboard boat and four SeaDoos available to rent at below market prices.

Our on-site shared amenities are second to none. Just look at the photos!! A gorgeous beach and tanning area with adjacent sand volleyball, shuffleboard court, Rainbow Systems play structure, large outdoor fire pit and seven slip dock anchor the lakeside area of Brentwood.

Wander up to Mary Hill, the 11,000 s.f. main lodge just a few steps from the beach, and enjoy private pool parties in our awesome heated indoor pool & spa. Down the hall find a cozy hospitality/meeting/board game area with a beautiful screened-in porch. Next in line is the wonderful billiard area with a custom Peters Billiards 9 foot professional pool table. Last, but surely not least, in the Mary Hill lower level watch your favorite televised sporting event or a DVD/BlueRay movie in our breath-taking 15 seat theater room. Mary Hill is open seasonally from 9:30am to 10:00pm.

We did say 45+ acres, didn't we? Spend hours walking on our wonderful paved/groomed paths or sitting in one of the three spacious gazebos on the property. If you are looking for a relaxing escape, spend some time at our Frog Pond listening to the gently splashing water fountain and the birds singing in the nearby trees. Take the kids down one of the forested path to our little school house in the woods complete with a full-sized 'Harriett' the holstein. Play a game of tennis on our beautiful tennis court if you are looking for a good workout. When you're finished enjoying the beach, the lake, or the scenic paths, treat yourself to a well-deserved malt, sundae, or banana split in our unbelievable 50's malt shop where all ice cream treats are less than a buck. The malt shop will only be open daily for a couple hours in the late afternoon or evening.

Brentwood has two truly remarkable outdoor religious areas. The first is a Rosary Path & garden just up the hill from the St. Francis house. The detail that went into planning and building the Rosary Path is truly remarkable. The plants and flowers that line this incredible path add to it's wonderful charm. Each of the stained glass inlays in the path represents a bead of the Rosary. The second is the Stations of the Cross Path deep in the woods at Brentwood. This area of the property is a very special place that all will find incredibly moving and peaceful.

The immaculately manicured lawns, beautiful beach, gorgeous floral gardens, and serene walking paths make Brentwood a true paradise on the north end of Big Chippewa Lake. Come spend the week of a lifetime with us at Brentwood Estate.

ST. FRANCIS (Our largest rental home)


The St. Francis home is a beautiful five bedroom house just west of the main Mary Hill estate. It has a wonderful living space with 35 foot ceilings, a large brick fireplace and a wall of windows facing Big Chip lake with interior furnishings that are spectacular. Its oversized kitchen will easily accommodate your group regardless of size. This house was built in the mid-90's and still has features (formica countertops, etc.) from that time. On the east side of the main level is the master bedroom (king bed) with private bath and sliding glass doors out to the spacious lakeside deck. On the west side of the main level of this home are two bedrooms, one with a great lake view, that share a common bathroom with two separate toilet & shower areas. Again, each of these main level bedrooms have a king bed. Upstairs you will find gorgeous views out to the lake and two nice sized bedrooms that share a common bathroom. Each of the upstairs bedrooms has a queen bed and two twin beds. This house sleeps a maximum of fourteen people. St Francis will have exclusive use of two electric golf carts and will have full access to all the shared amenities that Brentwood has to offer (see the photos and descriptions above). All five of our rental units will have shared use of our five complimentary boats. Since St Francis is the largest of our rental homes, it will initially have the highest priority on boat reservations in the event two rentals want the same boat at the same time. Throughout the week, however, we will ensure that even the smaller rental units get considerable 'boat time'.

More Details

Keith & Annette Byman
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2018

About Keith & Annette Byman

The owners, Keith & Annette Byman, and their three boys purchased Brentwood Estate the week before Christmas 2013. Keith grew up in west central Minnesota and Annette is from western North Dakota. They spent most of their married lives in northern California, north Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska. The boys all currently live in Omaha and Lincoln, NE and Keith & Annette are thrilled to be back in central Minnesota on their favorite lake.

Keith & Annette Byman purchased this house in 2013

Why Keith & Annette Byman chose Garfield

For many years in the late 90's and early 2000's our family rented a small cabin on Big Chip and marveled at the breathtaking estate at the north end of the lake. We would cruise the old Crestliner up near 'the mansion' and marvel at her incredible beauty. Years later we are thrilled to have been able to purchase Brentwood Estate and will be forever grateful to the McLeod family for what they created.

What makes this house unique

St. Francis is an absolutely gorgeous home immediately adjacent to the main Brentwood lodge (Mary Hill) and all its wonderful amenities. Spending a week on this pristine 45+ acre property will create memories for a lifetime. All the water toys you need to enjoy Big Chip lake are included in your weekly rental. Come stay with us!


Garfield House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3340 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private bath for Bedroom #1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath for Bedroom #2 (shares door with Bath #3)
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Bath for Bedroom #3 (shares door with Bath #2)
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath for Upper Level Bedrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Main level southeast bdrm (walkout to main deck)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Main level southwest bdrm (incredible panoramic lake view)
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Upper level east bdrm (vaulted ceiling, walkout to balcony)
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Upper level west bdrm (vaulted ceiling - see pic)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Main level northwest bdrm (walkout to private deck)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

We had a fabulous vacation at Brentwood Estates!

  • 5 of 5

I began looking on-line for a house that would hold our whole family - my husband and I and our three sons and their families. Brentwood Estates came up as an option because I could get a five bedroom house with 3+ bathrooms and a HUGE kitchen which is what we needed. We divided the meals up by families so you only had to purchase food for everyone a few times rather than everyone bringing their own food for the week. (I think this is why I gained five pounds in one week!)

When we arrived, our oldest son had beaten us and I asked him how the house looked and he told us "Unbelievable!" Each of the bedrooms were large and all but two were a four poster bed. After everyone was checked in we began walking around the Estate. We fell in love with the place (except for the good old Minnesota mosquitos!). Once your car is parked in the parking lot of each home, you either walk on foot, or take one of the many golf carts provided to get around.

We had many boats to choose from to go fishing (my husband favored the pontoon), the grandkids loved the pool and hot tub plus the teen center, and almost each night we spent around the campfire just talking and roasting marshmallows. Grandma and the grandkids even put on a show in the theater room for everyone to see (including Keith and Annette who provided us with the audio system). The kids also liked the theater room on the occasional afternoon or evening of rain where they could have Keith put in a great movie.

We girls visited a local winery one afternoon, we all went to the Douglas County Fair on that Thursday, and we walked through the town of Garfield and received a wonderful tour of one of the local churches from the Pastor's wife, as well as a friendly chat with the towns contact in City Hall.

I know this will be one of the vacations the family will be talking about for many years to come! Thank you so much Keith and Annette.

Tom and Lynnette Welsch

Scandia, Minnesota

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tom, Lynnette and their entire extended family were great!! The kids' skit was fun to watch during rehearsals and even more fun to watch the final performance. After uncle Lee figured out the bait and time of day for fishing he was unstoppable. We hope to see you back at Brentwood Estate some time in the future.
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There aren't enough stars to rate our experience at Brentwood.

  • 5 of 5

Our family made memories at Brentwood. There is no other property like it. It is an experience. The lush well manicured property is peaceful and serene. We stayed at the St. Francis house steps to the lake. Our hosts Keith and Anette are amazing and always available to meet any need we had. We paddle boarded, jet skied, tubed, water skied and spent time on the pontoon boat. We relaxed roasting marshmallows at the fire pit. And enjoyed some friendly competition playing shuffle board.In the afternoons between 2-4 there is a malt shop available to enjoy your custom sweet treat. We spent a rainy afternoon in the movie theater and swimming in the indoor pool. Each property is provided golf carts which made exploring the property easy and fun! I highly recommend Brentwood Estates not only as a vacation destination but as a memorable experience. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike, Christy and their extended family were great!!! We selfishly wish we could have kept them longer than one week. It brings us great joy to know they have already booked a return trip to Brentwood. Annette and I look forward to your next visit. We've got to see the barefoot skiing next time! Keep in touch.
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Mankato, MN


  • 5 of 5

Stop looking and book this place now! Not only is the property jaw-dropping but the owners Keith and Annette are great people and incredible hosts. They are so down to earth and easy to get a long with and they will bend over backwards to ensure you enjoy your time there to the fullest. We had a group of 24 but it didn't seem like it because there is so much room and so much to do! Whether you want to relax with a book, enjoy the gorgeous views, or spend every waking minute being active this is the place for you. I could write a book about how awesome this place is but you really should experience for yourself. Thank you Keith and Annette for an unforgettable vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our first summer season at Brentwood was more than we could have ever imagined. Watching our guests enjoy the property, helping them make the most of each day was so gratifying for the two of us. We hope to have many more guests like Jake visit us here at Brentwood Estate in the years to come!!
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Cherry Hill, NJ

Luxury and Relaxation on the Lake...

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderfully relaxing vacation at Brentwood. This awesome resort is 20+ acres on the lake; the houses are spacious and beautifully appointed with fully outfitted kitchens, comfy couches and lots of skylights. Each house has golf carts for getting around the property, while boats and jet ski’s are available for water fun (we tried them all, what fun!!!) and the 1950’s ice cream shop offers afternoon treats . There are water fountains, gazebos and unique environmental attractions around every corner to explore, and for indoor activity there is a pool table, movie theater and pool/jacuzzi.

This is one fabulous property with very special owners!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Summer Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Brentwood Estates was the perfect place for our family vacation. We had all age groups from 2 to 70 and everyone had a great time. Everything we could possible think of or want was there. Keith and Annette were the perfect hosts, we felt like we were part of their family. We plan to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad to know Brentwood Estate offered you and your extended family the perfect summer vacation! Like so many of our guests this summer, we feel so lucky to have met such wonderful people who we now call our friends. Thank you for being such great guests...we look forward to seeing you next year!!
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Lincoln, NE

Great views and lots of activities!

  • 5 of 5

We recently had the pleasure of staying at the St.Joachim house above the ice cream shop! There are so many activities on the property, you'll always be entertained. I really enjoyed the jet skis and the incredible fishing you can do right off the dock. We also took the pontoon boat out to the small island on the lake and caught close to 30 fish! Thank you for a great getaway Byman family!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Katie and her group were super fun to have at Brentwood. The fish were really biting last week. In addition to Katie, the guests in the St. Francis house also had great luck with walleye. Katie, we hope to see you back here soon. Keith & Annette
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Chandler Field - Alexandria, MN
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Leaf Valley Mercantile or Firestation Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Arrowwood's Atikwa Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Brentwood is on County Rd 12, I-94 Exits 90 or 97
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Leaf Valley Mercantile or Garfield Diner
Nearest Ski
80 Metres
Water ski on-site, Snow ski at Andes Tower Hills
Nearest Beach
80 Metres
Brentwood's absolutely gorgeous beach on-site
Car: recommended

There is so much to see and do right at Brentwood Estate, that this may be one of the few vacations you take and never leave the property other than in one of our five boats (free for our guests). If you do leave the property, Douglas County is bustling from Memorial Day to Labor Day with a major activity almost every week. Take in the Vikingland Band Festival, Alexandria's Art in the Park, the Resorter's Invitational Golf Tournament, the Douglas County Fair, numerous small town street dances, or a host of other events.

Things quiet down a bit after Labor Day but you won't want to miss the fall colors which are absolutely breathtaking.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Check-In Time: 4:00pm
Check-Out Time: 10:00am

2% ($158.00 in summer) discount for payment by check. Call for details.

Cancellations more than 30 days out - $500 cancellation fee
Cancellations 30 days or less out - You are responsible for the entire rental amount. We will try our best to re-rent it for you. If so, there will still be the $500 cancellation fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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