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Shawn Callahan

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Unique Barn Home Next to Giants Ridge Recreation Area

52 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Green Gate Barn Home is a one of two exceptional vacation rentals on a private 13 acre farmstead (see The Green Gate Farmhouse, our other vacation rental offering). We are conveniently located adjacent to the Giants Ridge Recreation Area. Our guests enjoy direct access to the Mesabi Bike Trail, skiing and golfing at Giants Ridge, and lounging at the beaches of Embarrass Lake just a short walk from our door. We are a year-round destination, catering to nordic and alpine skiers, cyclists, paddlers, golfers and those simply choosing to relax at our historic homestead retreat.

Green Gate is a truly unique barn home, combining all the modern amenities with the rustic charm of the original 1935 hay barn that inspired the project. The 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom guest house can accommodate up to 6 people. A well-commissioned kitchen, dining room, and comfortable lounge area with cable TV and WiFi make Green Gate your home-away-from-home. Guests can also enjoy campfires, explore the surrounding countryside, or relax at a lake beach just a few minutes away.

Green Gate Guest Houses is a sustainable lodging facility. We support sustainable tourism by following strict green building standards, choosing environmentally-conscious purchases, adopting energy conservation and renewable energy technologies, using environmentally friendly products and supporting non-motorized recreation.

Located 1.5 miles from Biwabik and 3 miles from Giants Ridge Golf and Ski Resort. Direct access to the Mesabi Bike Trail and Snowmobile Trails. Water access for swimming and paddling nearby, and 1/4 mile from Superior National Forest Scenic Byway.

Keywords: Private, rural, farm, farmhouse, nordic skiing, downhill skiing, giants ridge, golf, northern MN, arrowhead, iron range

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  • non smoking only
Shawn Callahan (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Shawn Callahan

Shawn is a degreed professional (Mechanical Engineering and Nutrition Science) who relocated from the Twin Cities to northern Minnesota in 2002. Since that time, he has worked in a variety of positions, while also renovating the historic property that is now the site of two vacation rentals. Inn his spare time, he enjoys the many opportunities for outdoor adventure in northern Minnesota.

Shawn Callahan purchased this house in 2002

Why Shawn Callahan chose Minnesota

I built these vacation homes on our historic 13 acre homestead to provide a one-of-a-kind lodging option for the many travelers to this area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“We were all very fortunate to stay in your beautiful guest house. It’s a home-away-from-home. Lots of laughs and wonderful memories with great friends! We had a blast snowboarding and a couple girls got massages! We all have established there will be another visit in the future. Thanks for everything and the warm hospitality”
Feb 2012
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Unique Barn Home Next to Giants Ridge Recreation Area
average rating of 5.0 based on 55 reviews

Amazing and incredibly detailed!

  • 5 of 5

The Green Gate Barn Home is impeccably maintained and impressively built! We couldn't believe all the detail and thought that went into this cozy, amazing little home, from the staircase that lights up as you go up or down, to the birthday candles in a kitchen drawer. Every detail is taken care of to make your stay as relaxing and stress-less as possible. You will want to move in and stay forever!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Favorite Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Just spent our second sister get together at the Barn. Perfect for preparing dinner for our friends from the area, as everything we need is right there - just like home. Very private and so beautiful. A perfect place to explore the North country - hiking, biking, skiing, water and winter sports are right outside your door. Which guest house to choose is the question, as they are all so unique. We are in awe of Shawn's craftsmanship. All questions and inquiries are answered immediately and each guest house is immaculate and well maintained. We have recommended these beautiful guest houses at the "Farm" to all our friends. We will be back very soon.

Bonnie A. (Andover, MN) and Jan V. (Park Rapids, MN)

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A ten! Couldn't be better.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great visit to the Northland and the Barn Home played a key role. It was centrally located for the numerous activities during the East Range All-Class Reunion. The home was so comfy and well-appointed that I was tempted to just "hang out" and skip all the running around. It was a great place to visit with family members who stopped by. It will definitely be my first choice whenever I visit The Range in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Winter Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six drove into Biwabik during a mid-March winter storm warning, but all roads were plowed and we had no trouble or delays. The foot of fresh snow provided breathtaking scenery and perfect spring skiing at Giant's Ridge. We loved hanging out at the Green Gate Barn, playing games and sharing meals around the silo's unique dining table, reading books stashed throughout the home, and watching the first March Madness games upset all of our brackets. The home is charming, immaculate, cozy -- and well-stocked! For a change of pace, we explored nearby trails or drove to the Giant's Ridge Lodge to swim in the pool. For us, the Green Gate Barn was a perfect getaway! Shaun made trip planning easy with his kind and prompt replies. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Winter Weekend in the North Woods

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year spending President's Day Weekend at the "Barn" at Green Gate Guest Houses. We were moms/teen daughters looking for some down time, and this was the perfect place to retreat. The Barn, with all of it's charm, was comfortable space to relax for a long weekend. We enjoyed every feature including cooking post ski meals in the well stocked kitchen, watching movies, and playing games in the "silo" dining area. We made a bonfire and roasted marshmallows in the outdoor fire pit that was well stocked with all supplies to build a fire. The house was clean, well maintained, and well appointed with linens, kitchen utensils, games, and books. The alpine area was easy to access. We will definitely be back next year!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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  • 5 of 5

The green barn is a unique experience. The property is wonderful, you will not be disappointed. Sean is awesome, so accommodating for any of your needs. Highly recommend this vacation destination.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Car: necessary

Located on a private 13 acre homestead outside Biwabik, near Giants Ridge Recreation Area. Variety of recreational opportunities nearby, including beaches, swimming, fishing, hiking, paddling, cycling, mountain biking, golfing, Nordic and alpine skiing, bird watching, scenic drives and historic tours.


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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.38%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Minnesota House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • non smoking only
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Private, 13 acre homestead, river frontage, lake/beach within walking distance.

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