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Rustic Two Level Tree Lodge Surrounded By The Forest With Fireplace And Fire Pit

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

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

The Tree Lodge is nestled away in the forest and has lots of space in its dual level design. On the lower level, there is a large living/dining room with two rocking chairs next to a wood burning fireplace. Next to a large picture window which looks out into the forest is a full sized bed. On the east side of the Lodge, you enter through a side door into a full length screened in porch which faces out into the forest. There are extra folding camping chairs located in this area which can be used on the porch or around the outdoor fire place. The kitchen has a two-burner cooktop, two small refrigerators (one with a freezer), a microwave, crock pot, coffee maker, a large toaster oven, and all the necessary kitchen utensils and dinnerware. Also on the lower level is a ¾ bathroom with a shower.

The upper level has a smaller living room with a single bed isolated with a privacy screen on the south side. There is a sink with a large vanity mirror on the east side. Two additional bedrooms each have two single beds which can be pushed together if desired. Each bedroom has a spectacular view out into the forest. A ¾ bathroom with a shower is located on this level too.

A CD/cassette player, outdoor fire pit, picnic table, table fans as well as ceiling fans, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, additional oil filled space heater, off peak electric storage heater, base board heaters, and a larger outdoor grill are also available.

■Two-level design

■6 beds and 4 bedrooms

■2 bathrooms with showers

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

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

■A free-standing wood fireplace

■Outdoor fire pit, picnic table, and grill

■Wi-Fi

More Details

Owner
Michael Bonnette
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • 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
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming

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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

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $25
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Pet Fee $30
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.