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Large great room with fireplace fantastic for large groups & conversation

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Last updated: 02/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Grey Eagle house description

The Olive Branch is a private home nestled in 57 acres with mature trees and lake front that provides a breathtaking view.

The Olive Branch has been remodeled from a convent to an 'old world' style aesthetic. A spacious, yet intimate home to enjoy time with family and friends. The horseshoe shape of the home affords two secluded wings that house the bedrooms and three bathrooms. The Gathering Space, Dining Room, Screened Porch, Breakfast Porch and the Kitchen are located in the center of the home, are large in scale and furnished with a vintage decor for entertaining and relaxation. The original Peter W. Bartholome Chapel provides a place for quiet reflection. The renovated chicken barn has been turned into additional entertaining space with bathroom, wood-burning stove, wet bar, and fire pit.

Nature surrounds the property. Walking trails are private throughout and are adjacent to 1100 acres of state land. Fishing on Fuller Lake is always a good catch. Canoeing can connect to Lake Hennessy.

Area Description
The Grey Eagle area has over 20 lakes. It is a beautiful drive filled with gorgeous lakes and well-tended farmland. The conveniences in town include; restaurants, bars, gas stations, post office, library, and churches.

Sauk Centre is just 15 minutes away with a world class golf course, raceway, theatre, public beach and parks.

Alexandria extends it's hospitality with shopping, dining, golf, water park, winery and many other activities for a great day-trip. The drive is just 35 minutes from Grey Eagle.

While you are here, check out the vinegary and antique stores in Long Prairie or the winery in Melrose.

Vacation Rental Amenities

ACTIVITIES
• Boating (onsite)
• Yard Games (onsite)
• Shopping Area (15 miles)
• Canoeing (onsite)
• Restaurant (1 mile)
• Zoo (15 miles)
• Fishing (onsite)
• Bicycling (12 miles)
• Hiking (onsite)
• Golf (15 miles)
• Miniature Golf (25 miles)
• Kayaking (onsite)
• Grocery Store (15 miles)
• Winery (12 miles, and 25 miles)
• Lake (onsite)
• Movie Theater (15 miles)

The Olive Branch is the Perfect Place for:
Family Gatherings: The Olive Branch Retreat has hosted family Christmas Celebrations. The Olive Branch is comfortable being filled to the brim with people and fun activity; card games, feasting and lively conversation. The Olive Branch is also a great destination for a quiet family Christmas gathering for a more calm and reflective encounter. The whole place is decorated for the season.

Weddings: Perfect for an intimate ceremony and celebration with 100 of your closest friends and family. Great resources available for hosting a fabulous outdoor wedding.

Girlfriend or Couple Getaways: Some possiblities for a girlfriend or couples weekend is to bring in a massage thereapist, psychic, personal chef or have your meal catered (it is dinner out, without the drive). Call us if you would like referrals or bring in your own. What a great way to let the relaxation begin!

Crafting/Scrapbooking Escapes: We have ten folding tables that can be set up in pods in the 680 square-foot Gathering Space. This gives your crafters their own personal space large enough to spread out and get creative. Task lighting is available to ensure everyone can focus and no one gets sleepy too early.

Spiritual Retreats: Spiritual and church groups have appreciated the opportunity to unplug for a more indepth retreat that offers socializing and fun as part of their bonding experience. There is something nurturing about the natural setting, remote location and the history of the home that is extra inviting to these guests. All denominations are welcome. Healing energy abounds.

Grief Healing: There are so many things about the Olive Branch that make it an ideal place to heal. The water soothes. We offer a duck boat, a pontoon, and two canoes for getting out on the water. Our Chapel is on site and is the perfect place for quiet reflection. Our quiet corners are comforting and inviting. Inspirational literature is available in the library. It is the perfect place to be quiet - or be heard.

Business Meetings: The Olive Branch has hosted team-building activities for groups. There is plenty of outdoor space for team challenges and games. Cooking meals in the Olive Branch Kitchen has worked well as a team-building activity. Don’t forget to judge “presentation” as one of the criteria … there is plenty of china and serve ware to make dinners beautiful!



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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    Yard games, children's hideaway attic, board games, movies, art table and art shed all on site....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking alcove provided - covered and sheltered from the wind....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    With limitations - please call for details....moreless

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22, Beds for 14-22

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Bedroom 3

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  • Bedroom 4

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  • Bedroom 5

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  • Bedroom 6

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  • Bedroom 7

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  • Convertible bed(s)

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  • King size beds (1) Lake View Suite, Queen size Beds (3) Courtyard View Room, Peter's Room & Garden View Room, Twin or Single Beds (6) Three twin beds and one trundle in Grace Room, one twin bed in Rita's Room, two twin beds in Children's Hideaway Attic , Baby Cribs (1) Portable play pen available in the garage, Sleep Sofa or Futons (8) Three queen pull out couches and two twin pull outs...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Renovated Chicken Barn with 1/2 bath, large yard, walking trails, orchard...moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Connected to DVD Player...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Large selection of DVD movies...moreless

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Semi-private nature lake. Great swimming from the floating dock. Fishing is excellent. Beautiful canoe and boat rides. Incredible sunsets....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Main entertaining space is conditioned....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    Two stall garage set up for additional entertaining space includinhg lighting, foosball table & dart board....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street:

    Large Parking Lot...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    One located in main Gathering Space and in one Chicken Barn....moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    Contact us if you would like referrals...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Large and small pots and pans, pizza pan, silverware, china, glassware and serving pieces. Toaster, griddle, crock pot, George Foreman Grill....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Range, crock pot, griddle, toaster, mixer, double coffee maker...moreless

  • Microwave

Outside

  • Gazebo:

    Pergola with sleeping couch in yard....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Retreat Season
Jan 1 - May 21, 2015
2 night min stay
$355 $667
Fri, Sat
$2,444
Resort Season
May 22 - Sep 6, 2015
2 night min stay
$444 $944
Fri, Sat
$3,222

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 6.875%

Notes:

Advanced Purchase Special: We offer a 10% discount if paid in full (plus 6.875% sales tax) at time of booking with no refund offered.

Flexible Rate: Half down at time of booking (plus 6.875% sales tax). Balance due 30 days prior to arrival. Full refund minus a 3% processing fee for cancellations up to 60 days in advance. No refunds after 60 days

Rebooking always offered as available.


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Location

122 Miles
Nearest Airport
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
12.6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Sauk Centre, MN
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 94 West
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Grey Eagle, MN
14.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Fairy Park, Sauk Centre, MN

Car: Necessary

Just 10 miles from the Lake Wobegon Trail in Melrose. Adjacent to 1100 acres Wildlife Reserve. 57 acres of abundant wildlife and massive private yard.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: The Olive Branch was once a retreat destination and home to the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. In 2008 this extraordinary place was passed to the care and keeping of Marla Waseka and Jessica Town-Gunderson. They now offer this destination to the public for use as their own private destination. The Olive Branch has been renovated and restored into a cozy yet upscale retreat for all to enjoy. It includes light-filled rooms, incredible views, and vintage furniture all wrapped into a cozy ‘old world’ aesthetic. Careful attention has been paid to preserving the character of the home while updating it for modern comfort. The nun’s chapel has been maintained and is a welcoming spiritual place. The original footprint of the home remains. Its unique horseshoe floor plan creates many different spaces – a welcoming landscaped Courtyard upon entry, a large social gathering space, private bedrooms and cozy meditating spaces. In warmer months, the expansive patio offers ultimate outdoor dining and entertaining options. The nun’s chicken barn has new purpose – to beckon and entertain. Located closer to the lake, it is loaded with atmosphere. It provides additional gathering space with bathroom, wet bar, fire pit, and the original wood burning stove from the Convent. Nature is abundant at the Olive Branch. There are walking trails for contemplative strolling (pay attention to the wild flowers). The extensive yard is perfect for play and relaxation. The lake invites you to experience loon watching in a canoe, trophy bass and pan fishing from the boat, leisurely cruising on the pontoon and a quick swim off the diving dock. Marla and Jessica are dedicated to creating a unique and peaceful experience with unexpected surprises. The getaways you could plan here are limited only to your imagination. But a word of caution: whatever you plan to do here, be prepared to return to the regular world a little transformed, and more than a little relax

Why the Owner Chose Grey Eagle:
Grey Eagle offers a quick access to being on vacation yet easy accessibility to major areas for entertainment outside of the retreat. Once you are at the Olive Branch - you won't want to do more than relax and enjoy the nature setting.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The Olive Branch has been renovated with old world charm and loaded with Character. There are several rooms for guests to enjoy their own space yet larger gathering rooms for certain times of the days. 2 wings are designed for sleeping so that your guests are not disturbed while others stay up late. Campfires and barn dancing is a wonderful time at the Olive Branch. A favorite hangout by many day and night. Nature is the key to enjoyment. 57 acres private plus another 1100 acres of attached state land offer the most in every nature activity. The lake is ready for you with a fishing boat, vintage pontoon, two canoes and swim dock.


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  • Large great room with fireplace fantastic for large groups & conversation

    Large great room with fireplace fantastic for large groups & conversation

  • Lakeview master suite- king bed

    Lakeview master suite- king bed

  • Create memories and meals to share

    Create memories and meals to share

  • Extension of gathering space

    Extension of gathering space

  • Children's hideaway attic sleeps 2 on twin beds, toy closet for play

    Children's hideaway attic sleeps 2 on twin beds, toy closet for play

  • Coffee bar is stocked with coffee, filters and flavor syrups

    Coffee bar is stocked with coffee, filters and flavor syrups

  • Garden view room - queen with headboard donated from a Minneapolis Church

    Garden view room - queen with headboard donated from a Minneapolis Church

  • Dining room leads to our chapel

    Dining room leads to our chapel

  • Garage can be used for entertaining.

    Garage can be used for entertaining.

  • Kitchen includes 2 refrigerators, stove, microwave, and coffee bar.

    Kitchen includes 2 refrigerators, stove, microwave, and coffee bar.

  • Quite time always available in the library. Queen pullout and blackout curtains

    Quite time always available in the library. Queen pullout and blackout curtains

  • Magical tea parties just waiting to be enjoyed.

    Magical tea parties just waiting to be enjoyed.

  • Semi-private lake shared only with one other across the lake

    Semi-private lake shared only with one other across the lake

  • 'Rita's room' twin with cozy character

    'Rita's room' twin with cozy character

  • Wedding gowns for dress up fun

    Wedding gowns for dress up fun

  • Courtyard entrance beckons you to come in and relax

    Courtyard entrance beckons you to come in and relax

  • This is the Olive Branch. Come inside!

    This is the Olive Branch. Come inside!

  • Courtyard view room - queen bed

    Courtyard view room - queen bed

  • Grace room; 2 twin beds and a trundle make a great sleepover!

    Grace room; 2 twin beds and a trundle make a great sleepover!

  • Garage set for entertaining. Buffet bar, 10 folding tables, 40 folding chairs.

    Garage set for entertaining. Buffet bar, 10 folding tables, 40 folding chairs.

  • Gathering space includes two sliding glass doors with view to the lake.

    Gathering space includes two sliding glass doors with view to the lake.

  • Massive back yard perfect for bocce.

    Massive back yard perfect for bocce.

  • Meditative walking trail.

    Meditative walking trail.

  • Campfire pit for smore making, story telling, or reflection time.

    Campfire pit for smore making, story telling, or reflection time.

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