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Spiral Staircase Leads To The Lofted Bedroom And Overlooks The Birch Woods.

McGrath, MN, USA
  • Cabin600 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Located In The Solana State Forest On The Soo Line Trail. Many Miles Of Trails.

The Birches is our largest of the “small” cabins. It has a spacious two level design. The entryway has a wraparound screened in porch with just enough room for some chairs and a table for summertime outdoor relaxation. You enter into the kitchen which has a small refrigerator with a freezer, a microwave, a two burner cook top, a large toaster oven, coffee pot, crock pot, tea kettle, and all the necessary kitchen utensils and dinnerware. There is a small dining space in the kitchen as well as one by the large viewing windows facing the bird feeder and birch woods. Facing the fireplace is the queen size futon couch. There is also a 3/4 bath on the main level. The spiral staircase leads to two beds upstairs with a rocking chair nestled in the corner by one of the beds which creates a perfect spot for some nighttime reading. Surrounded by unique windows, the room fills with sunshine on sunny days. A CD player, air conditioner, floor/table fans as well as ceiling fans, additional oil filled heater, off peak electric storage heater, Wi-Fi, an outdoor grill, a tree swing, and an outdoor fire pit are also available.

Owner

Michael Bonnette

Member Since 2016
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within a few hours
Speaks:
english
Calendar last updated:
Mar 31, 2018
About Michael Bonnette

I have spent the last 25 years of my life firmly entrenched in the research and development world with a vast majority of that time spent in the interventional medical industry. With my creativity and engineering degree, I have managed to receive 70 US and foreign patents with 50 submissions still pending. Many of these ideas have resulted in devices which have helped people in one form or another, and in 2013, I decided I wanted to help people in another way. I acquired this property which will help people escape and relax in the beauty of the Minnesota Woods! The property has 120 acres of private lands which sits within 68 thousand acres of the Solana State Forest. The Soo Line Trail also travels right through my property. In 2013, the property was purchased by my family and has now become the Shire in the Woods. A special place, with the look and feel of a Tolkien inspired landscape, now located in "Middle Minnesota". The Shire in the Woods was formerly solely a retreat center which was founded in 1989 by three Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet with a vision of creating a place where people can spend time quieting the mind and opening the heart and spirit. They recognized the need for individuals living in a modern, fast paced society to be able to retreat to a quiet, nurturing place, thus replenishing the soul and deepening their connection with self, nature, each other, and the universe. The Shire still has it's roots within that theme, and it has grown much more for everyone to enjoy!

Michael Bonnette purchased this Cabin in 2013

Why Michael Bonnette chose McGrath

Welcome to the Shire in the Woods, where the natural surroundings will nourish and rejuvenate your soul! Located 18 miles east of northern Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, we are tucked away at the heart of the Solana State Forest and have the Soo Line South Trail running right alongside us. Relax with a good book in front of a fireplace or take a stroll in the beautiful woods. The Shire can serve you, your family and friends, facilitate special groups, workshops, and meetings, host a wedding, hold a family reunion, and more! No matter where you are at in your writing practice, the natural beauty and tranquility of the Shire is perfect for a writers retreat. The outdoors and especially the circle drive would be great for demonstrations with horses for example, or you can come and just be a hermit! Whatever your event or occasion, we will work with you to best serve your needs. Our private, wooded retreat has seven, year round dwellings and more. There are four smaller cabins (The Woodlands, The Birches, The Meadows, and The Loft), The Cedar House, The Tree Lodge, and a gathering space, movie theatre, presentation media space, and library in The Octagon (unless privately reserved). Other features of the Shire: • Screened-in gazebo. • Wood burning sauna. • 5 miles of groomed trails. • A rose garden. • A labyrinth. • Beaver, frog, and turtle pond. • Tree swings and hammock. • Outdoor fire pits and indoor fireplaces. • Access to the Soo Line Trail. • Access to many miles of trails in the Solana State Forest. • And much more including our horses, a miniature donkey, and a miniature horse. As a guest, you can experience our animals antics and social systems, pet them, and with prior arrangements have guided interactions or feed them treats. All of the places are arranged in their own unique setting such that you feel like you are the only one there!

What makes this Cabin unique

There are many things to do in and around the Shire. Enjoy wooded solitude on the private trails or hike in the Solana State Forest, meditate while walking the Labyrinth, spend time around a campfire, read or relax in front of the cabin fireplace, and more! The Shire in the Woods offers many winter and summer vacation activities for everyone to enjoy. • Enjoy wooded solitude on the private trails. • Hike in the Solana State Forest. • Meditate while walking the Labyrinth. • Spend time around a campfire. • Read or relax in front of a fireplace. • Play catch with Frisbees or partake in other games on one of our many groomed lawns. • Star gaze or moon watch. • Use the telescope in the gazebo. • Interact with the horses. • Cross country ski or snowshoe on our private or surrounding trails. • Yoga in the Octagon. • Rock/agate hunt or swim in the nearby spring fed Quarry Pool. • Ride bikes in the woods or other trails. • Horseback ride on the Soo Line trail or Solana State Forest Trails with your horses. • Snowmobile or go ATVing on the Soo Line Trail or the Solana State Forest Trail. • Spend time in the Pliny Wildlife Area or Ruffed Gross and Woodcock Habitat Area. • Plan your next birding or photography adventure. • Enjoy the sounds of nature as the many frogs, owls, wolves, and birds vocalize and sing their songs!

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking

      Bedrooms

      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, King size day bed in front of the fireplace
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, Spiral staircase leads to the lofted bedroom

        Bathrooms

        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower

          Location Type

            • Resort
              Welcome to the Shire in the Woods, where the natural surroundings will nourish and rejuvenate your soul! Located 18 miles east of northern Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota.
            • Rural
              Located in the Birch woods with many miles of private and forest trails surrounding the unique cabin. It has a spiral staircase rising to the lofted bedroom. Hunting or hiking right out your door!

              Theme

                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Budget
                • Family
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities

                  Meals

                    • Guests provide their own meals

                      General

                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Fireplace
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Wood Stove

                          Kitchen

                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                              large toaster oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              coffee, tea, cream, sugar, oil, honey, maple syrup
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                              2 burner cook top
                            • Toaster

                              Dining

                                • Dining
                                  Kitchen dining area as well as a dining area by the large viewing windows
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 4 people

                                  Entertainment

                                    • Books
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games

                                      Outside

                                        • Bicycles
                                        • Lanai / Gazebo
                                          Screened in porch off the main entrance
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                        • Outdoor Grill

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Sauna
                                              wood burning sauna

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Massage

                                                  Attractions

                                                    • library
                                                    • zoo

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • photography
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • cross country skiing
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • equestrian events
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • snowmobiling
                                                                • swimming

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 1:00 PM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  5 Reviews

                                                                  Excellent4.6/5

                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Super chill

                                                                  KrisSt. Paul, MN

                                                                  Birches is a really lovely place to relax away from it all. The cabin is very thoughtfully set up - everything you need. It was unseasonably warm for January so we walked instead of skiing. Beautiful. We'll stay again!

                                                                  Cozy Winter Getaway

                                                                  Dana B.Minneapolis

                                                                  The Birches cabin was a wonderful getaway for my partner and I and our 3-year old. Everything is set up so well for rest and relaxation, and we loved making a fire in the wood stove each day. Reading in the loft, games in front of the fire, and walking the trails around the Shire. Strongly recommend this cabin, and thanks again to the wonderful owners!

                                                                  Cozy getaway a perfect distance from the cities

                                                                  Laura C.

                                                                  I was looking for a cute and cozy cabin to get away from the hustle of the cities. The Shire was perfect. about 90 minutes straight north, easy to find and in the middle of nowhere, it felt like we were really able to get away. I loved how remote the location was and how focused on nature the Shire was. It was quiet and peaceful, there was no TV, there was plenty of wood to make a fire. The cabin (we stayed in the Birches) was incredibly well thought out with everything you could want or need for the weekend. Be sure to bring your own groceries because there are some dive bars/restaurants but they are a bit of a drive, nothing super close by. And make sure to fill up on gas about 30 miles out because eventually the towns get so small there are no gas stations. But it was fabulous, I can't wait to go back again. I feel so rested, I wish I could have stayed longer.

                                                                  A nice place to get away for the weekend

                                                                  Kristina S.

                                                                  Easy to find, quiet and peaceful. Felt welcomed during the check-in process. Appreciated the screened-in porch - great place to sit and enjoy the weather without being hassled by bugs. Ceiling and floor/oscillating fans were great to keep the temps reasonable inside. Nice to have the kitchen stocked with necessary plates/utensils/pots, etc. Nice to have multiple windows for viewing and cross-breeze. Overall, a pleasant place for a weekend get-away.

                                                                  Suggestions: perhaps a more comfortable chair in main room (chair currently by the bathroom wasn't easy to sit on for very long). Pricing: include the cleaning fee as part of the standard rate, not as extra charge (especially if guests are expected to do some of the cleaning themselves). Also firewood - we didn't use any, but we were still charged. Perhaps include automatically in winter months, but let guests opt for the extra charge in the summer months.

                                                                  Thanks!

                                                                  Adorable!

                                                                  Amy B.

                                                                  I would recommend staying here. Very cute place. No complaints at all. We were able to just keep to ourselves, have a nice fire and relax. Thank you!

                                                                  Location

                                                                  McGrath, MN, USA

                                                                  Welcome to the Shire in the Woods, where the natural surroundings will nourish and rejuvenate your soul! Located 18 miles east of northern Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, we are tucked away inside the heart of the Solana State Forest and have the Soo Line South Trail running right alongside us. Relax with a good book in front of a fireplace or take a stroll in the beautiful woods. The Shire can serve your family, friends, hold your next retreat, facilitate special groups, workshops, and meetings, host a wedding, and more! No matter where you are at in your writing practice, the natural beauty and tranquility of the Shire is perfect for a writers retreat. The outdoors and especially the circle drive would be great for demonstrations with horses for example, or you can come and just be a hermit! Whatever your event or occasion, we will work with you to best serve your needs. Our private, wooded retreat has seven, year round dwellings and more. There are four smaller cabins, the Cedar House, the Tree Lodge, a community space and library in the Octagon, a screened in gazebo, a wood burning sauna, 5 miles of groomed trails, a rose garden, a labyrinth, a beaver pond, a frog and turtle pond, tree swings and hammock, outdoor fire pits, indoor fireplaces, access to the Soo Line Trail, access to many miles of trails in the Solana State Forest, and much more including our horses, a miniature donkey, and a miniature horse. As a guest, you can experience their antics and social systems, pet them, and with prior arrangements have guided interactions or feed them treats There are many things to do in and around the Shire. Enjoy wooded solitude on the private trails or hike in the Solana State Forest, meditate while walking the Labyrinth, spend time around a campfire, read or relax in front of a fireplace, and more! ■Enjoy wooded solitude on the private trails ■Hike in the Solana State Forest ■Meditate while walking the Labyrinth ■Spend time around a campfire ■Read or relax in front of a fireplace ■Play catch with Frisbees or partake in other games on one of our many groomed lawns ■Star gaze or moon watch ■Use the telescope in the gazebo ■Interact with the horses ■Cross country ski or snowshoe on our private or surrounding trails ■Yoga in the Octagon ■Rock/agate hunt or swim in the nearby spring fed Quarry Pool ■Ride bikes in the woods or other trails ■Horseback ride on the Soo Line trail or Solana State Forest Trails with your horses ■Snowmobile or go ATVing on the Soo Line Trail or the Solana State Forest Trail ■Spend time in the Pliny Wildlife Area or Ruffed Gross and Woodcock Habitat Area ■Plan your next birding or photography adventure ■Enjoy the sounds of nature as the many frogs, owls, wolves, and birds vocalize and sing their songs

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Cleaning Fee
                                                                  $40
                                                                  Pet Fee
                                                                  $30
                                                                  Additional Guest Fee
                                                                  $40
                                                                  Tax Rate
                                                                  6.88%
                                                                  $135avg/night
                                                                  5 Reviews
                                                                  Excellent 4.6/5
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