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Amazing Vaulted Space Surrounded By Decks In The Forest With A 120" Home Theatre

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

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

The Octagon is one of our most unique structures. The grand space can be fully experienced once you enter the large vaulted main room. There are four couches, plenty of pillows, other chairs, and several tables placed throughout. The furniture can be moved in any manner desired to fit your needs. Original artwork is spread throughout the main room. The vast majority of the books, cassettes, and CDs of various genres are found within this main space as well as a xylophone and some drums. Extra chairs to seat 50+ people and eight 6ft by 3ft folding tables are stored within a closet. There is a large, built in wood fireplace located on the east wall. The main room is ideal for large gatherings such as for yoga, spiritual drumming, classes, workshops, demonstrations, receptions, dining, entertainment, and more.

There is also a 120” projection screen located in this room for presentations, workshops, or the occasional movie night. An Epson Home Cinema 3500 3LCD projector and Blu-ray home theatre sound system is available for guest use. There are VGA, HDMI, and converter cables available to interface your laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The exterior of the Octagon is surrounded by a wraparound deck with south and north-facing seating areas which can be accessed from large, sliding, glass doors from the main room or from a side door off of the kitchen. These areas are perfect for grilling or setting up tables and chairs for outdoor dining.

Other features of the lower level of the Octagon are a small meditation/prayer room on the main floor next to the kitchen. More books can be found in this space. The kitchen has a two-burner cooktop, a full-size refrigerator/freezer, toaster oven, crock pot, coffee makers, microwave, and all of the necessary kitchen utensils and dinnerware to serve a larger group. The kitchen has a new Oster digital countertop oven with convection with the capacity to hold two 16" pizzas or a whole chicken. Also on the lower level are a handicap accessible bathroom and shower and one bedroom with a single bed. In this bedroom are more books, games, and puzzles.

When you reach the top of the stairs to the upper level, you look out over the main vaulted room. In the east octant of the second floor, set off with a privacy screen, is another small cache of books as well as a chair and computer table for reading or studying. There are 3 bedrooms on the upper level. The central bedroom has two single beds. The east and west bedrooms each has a single bed. Also on the upper level is a bathroom with a claw foot tub and skylight. The sitting area outside of the rooms includes a rocking chair and looks down over the main vaulted room. It is bathed in warm, bright, sunlight from the unique south-facing windows. You will find more books in this sitting area.

There is Wi-Fi throughout the space. A CD/cassette player and radio is also available along with the Blu-ray player which also plays CDs. The Octagon has air conditioning, multiple ceiling fans, and added floor fans. There is a larger charcoal grill available on the west deck. It can be moved wherever it is desired.

More Details

Owner
Michael Bonnette
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 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 house 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 with there own unique setting such that you feel like you are the only one there!

What makes this house 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 House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • 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
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 30 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , claw Foot Tub
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • 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
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Notes:
Massage therapy or large group (10 or more) catering can be arranged with advance notice.

Reviews

5/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

Amazing Vaulted Space Surrounded By Decks In The Forest With A 120" Home Theatre
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
5

Nice and quite place

  • 5 of 5

Nice place to stay and rest. The owner was very nice and flexible. We stayed in Octagon Cabin and we enjoyed watching 3D movies. My kids enjoyed petting horses and donkey and observe stars with telescope which was provided as well. You can take even milk bath there. There is ATV trail very close.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from 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 House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$155
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Firewood fee $15
Cleaning fee $35
Tax Rate 6.88%

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.
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