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Located at the Heart of the Solana State Forest in Amongst the Forest Trees

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

The Woodlands cabin is tucked away in the woods. It is the most isolated, private dwelling. We consider it our honeymoon suite with its comfortable and cozy queen-size bed.

It has a screened-in porch off of the front entryway. The one level, one-room design features a dining space with large, corner viewing windows that face out into the forest. There is a ¾ bathroom with a shower directly off of the bedroom area. A freestanding fireplace is located in one corner in front of the couch. The kitchen has a small refrigerator with a freezer, a two-burner cooktop, a microwave, a coffee pot, crock pot, a large toaster oven, and all the necessary kitchen utensils and dinnerware. A CD player, air conditioner, floor/table fans as well as ceiling fans, additional oil filled heater, off peak electric storage heater, an outdoor grill, Wi-Fi, and an outdoor fire pit are also available.

Features:

Space

■One level, one-room design

■1 bed in an open room

■1 bathroom with shower

■Kitchen with a two-burner cooktop, one small refrigerator with freezer, microwave, crock pot, coffee maker, a large toaster oven, and all the necessary kitchen utensils and dinnerware

Amenities

■Air conditioner, floor/table fans, ceiling fans, and off peak electric storage heater

■A free-standing wood fireplace

■Outdoor grill

■Free Wi-Fi

More Details

Owner
Michael Bonnette
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

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 Mille Lacs Lake

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

McGrath Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • The queen size bed is near the bathroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • library
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • snowmobiling
Notes:
Massage therapy can be arranged with advance notice.

Reviews

4.4/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Located at the Heart of the Solana State Forest in Amongst the Forest Trees
average rating of 4.4 based on 5 reviews
4

Peaceful and secluded

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed our second stay in the cabin. There were some fairly minor problems that we mentioned to the owner afterward, but the experience overall was restful and rejuvenating.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

A very peaceful and tranquil quiet getaway in the woods

  • 4 of 5

The grounds are very peaceful and quiet; a delightful escape from the noise and hubbub of our usual life in the city. There are trails in the woods that pass by wildlife and wild scenery that provide balm to the soul longing to, albeit briefly, get away from the usual demands of life. The cabins are quant, though small, definitely most cosy for a close couple. We stayed in the Woodland cabin in winter, which is set well into the woods, and has many windows that brings nature indoors; and is comfortable for someone who merely wants to rest, meditate or read. I bet it would be especially charming in early spring or in the height of autumn. It is called "shire in the woods", and in many subtle ways, reminded me of the simple Tolkien shire; I sometimes expected to see a hobbit exiting one of the cabins.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect little place in the woods

  • 5 of 5

Great little getaway with nice trails through the woods. He cabin is fully stocked with everything you need.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Lovely seclusion in the woods

  • 4 of 5

The cabin is lovely nestled in a forest. No television, no radio just the ability to appreciate the beauty of nature. The cabin is efficient with no wasted space and has a fully equipped kitchen, wonderful bathroom shower, comfortable bed and a great screened porch. It's in the middle of a forest with walking trails right outside the front door. Only real negative are the flies and mosquitoes. Really enjoyed our stay

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful, relaxing and rejuvenating stay at Shire in the Woods for our minimoon. We're planning a honeymoon for next year but knew we would need to get away for a few days right after the wedding. It was the perfect place to unwind and reconnect. The property is beautiful and it was nice to have the comforts of home. Do be aware, there isn't much around, so I would plan on cooking all of your own meals (and bringing all the supplies/groceries you need) unless you're interested in a 20-30 minute drive.

We didn't explore any of the hiking trails or the wood fired sauna, but those are on our to do list for next time! We'll be back for sure and would recommend Shire in the Woods to any of our friends looking for an accessible and close place to get away and soak in the woods!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Duluth International
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Jacks Shack
Nearest Golf
22 Miles
Moose Lake Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
Squirrel Cage Bar and Grill
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Hogsback Beach
Car: necessary

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

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Rates & Availability

McGrath Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$135
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
cleaning fee (per stay) $25 + Tax
Pet Fee $30 + Tax
firewood fee (per stay) $10 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.88%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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