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Afton, Mn - 13 Wooded Acres with Bluffs, Stream, and Only 20 Min from St.Paul

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Two large porches, with an outdoor grill.

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Last updated: 08/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

St. Paul chateau / country house description

Kelle's Coullee
13 private acres - 5 minute walk from Afton Village
natural beauty. site.

Many visitors feel they might be lost when driving down the 1000 foot driveway to our sweet home nestled in the coulee. Although right outside of Afton Village, the private driveway winds between tall bluffs on the left and a small creek on the right...before revealing a large grassy lawn and the home.

This home was built in 1900, and renovated extensively in 1990.

I've been told it was a originally a farmhouse but the farm must have been small! I do know that it was once owned by Mike Kelly, the owner of the Minneapolis Millers (1940s? professional baseball team) and he used it for his summer cottage. Back then he had two professional gardeners. You will notice that gardening is not my forte but the natural setting is fortunately stunning.
The home rests on 13 acres; two or so are lawn, and the remainder include tall almost-mountains, bluffs and winding creek beds. Feel free to explore, or sit on the porch in peace and seclusion. ... or walk the ten minutes to the small town of Afton, the beach or marina, or a 20 minute drive to St. Paul.

The home is modest but with large open spaces for entertaining Large dining room, open kitchen. Three full bathrooms.
The home is very nice, but keep in mind that it IS an older home- so think more 'cabin up North' than McMansion with all the amenities, and while I do my best to keep everything tidy and clean, it's always harder in an older home. I am currently renovating the shared bathroom; it should be complete by April. In the meantime-- well it has seen better days but is very usable. There is Air Conditioning, WiFi, small stereo, wall TV with Netflix (and sometimes cable), and whatever good company you can bring! Lots and lots of outdoor activities.
OF course there is a wood burning stove in the living room so in winter you will want to snuggle up with a book (you can read any of mine) or your computer.
Two primary bedrooms include a queen size bed in the large lovely light loft, and full bed (for two) in original house portion. There are other rooms available with single beds if needed. Lots of parking space
We also have a cat.
You are welcome to bring a dog if it's a good one.
Other special requests? Let me know and we'll see what we can do. Hope you love this place as much as I do.... I raised my family here, live here but vacate the premises when I have guests.
I keep the house uncluttered, dressers and closets are cleared for your use, and I make sure the house is as clean as I can make it before your arrival...... I am neat but not fastidious so you may see some cobwebs, windows that need cleaning, other smudges that have somehow been missed. I am not trying to scare you off, but if you are a particular neatnick you might not be happy here. On the other hand, you won't have to worry quite so much while you're here, either.

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 2800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Car Available

              Suitability

              • Pets Considered:

                Please let me know of the details. How many? What type? Will they be left alone in the house? ...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Smoking outside permitted...moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                There's room for plenty of children...moreless

              • Limited Accessibility:

                Some steps leading up to the house....moreless

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

              • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

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              • Original master bedroom: 1 double

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              • Single Bedroom: 1 twin/ single

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              • Large master bedroom with lots of windows, small balcony, private bathroom with shower and whirlpool. 'Original' master bedroom is in the portion of the house originally built in 1900, cozy room, wood floors, bright walls, down comfortable in winter. Two smaller bedrooms are not generally available as part of the rental but you may use them if you wish, just let me know....moreless

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              • Master Bathroom: toilet, shower, jetted tub

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              • Shared upstairs bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

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              • Downstairs bathroom: toilet, shower

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              • 1) Master bathroom has shower and bathtub (whirlpool but jets currently don't work) 2) Shared upstairs bathroom has shower/bath, not a great little bathroom (on the renovation list) but certainly functional, clean, and the shower is good and warm. 3)Downstairs bathroom has shower....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • There is a small black Manx cat, named Severus, who will be in the house with you. He will be watching you, but not expecting much....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Stereo
                  • Television:

                    DirecTV and Netflix available...moreless

                  • DVD Player
                  • Video Library:

                    A very few DVDs, probably enough to keep some kids entertained for a bit....moreless

                  Theme

                  • Adventure
                  • Romantic
                  • Family
                  • Away From It All
                  • Historic
                  • Sports & Activities

                  Attractions

                  • Live Theater
                  • Marina
                  • Waterfalls
                  • Restaurants
                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Cinemas
                  • Forests
                  • Playground

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Walking
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Scenic Drives

                  local services and businesses

                  • Groceries
                  • Babysitter
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Hospital
                  • Massage Therapist

                  Location Type

                  • Ski In/Ski Out:

                    Not 'ski in/ski out' location, but only 5 miles from Afton Alps ski area. Also near Cross Country skiing at Afton State Park and 15 miles from lit trails at Lake Elmo Park with both classic/ski...moreless

                  • River:

                    St. Croix River is a National Scenic Riverway. Clean and warm enough to swim in most of the summer, slow and gentle and deep. Kayak, or rent a houseboat....moreless

                  • Beach:

                    Beach at Afton Park, by Windmill Marina as well as nice beach at Afton State Park - 5 miles away....moreless

                  • Downtown:

                    Go grab an ice cream at historic Selmas, enjoy the Swirl WIne Bar or Current Restaurant, check out Squire House Gardens or Baglios Dress shop. Many weekends have special shows- car shows, art shows....moreless

                  • Rural:

                    Just outside of Afton Village, more 'natural' than rural with a small stream and surrounding bluffs....moreless

                  • Village:

                    One of the first towns in Minnesota. Quaint, but very small. Hudson, across the river, and Stillwater, upriver... provide more tourist/shopping and dining experiences....moreless

                  • Waterfront:

                    You'll be on a tiny spring-fed creek; but to get to some real water walk to the St. Croix river....moreless

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Swimming
                  • Fishing
                  • Skiing
                  • Golf
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Hunting

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                      Dining

                      • Dining Area
                      • Dining:

                        Large airy dining room, good for games too! ...moreless

                      • Seating for 4 people

                      General

                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Parking:

                        Lots of parking...moreless

                      • Internet
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Heating
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Living Room
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Wood Stove

                      Kitchen

                      • Kitchen:

                        Open kitchen, great for entertaining and overlooks the living room. ...moreless

                      • Oven
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Refrigerator:

                        Subzero. May have some of my items in there but will be mostly available for your use...moreless

                      • Stove
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Toaster
                      • Dishes & Utensils:

                        Feel free to use any of the dishes or utensils, pots and pans, etc....moreless

                      Outside

                      • Bicycles:

                        Let us know if you'll want bicycles. I have a few of my own, depending on what you want to do and how many people you have, they might work....moreless

                      • Kayak / Canoe:

                        There is canoeing and kayaking on the Kinnickinnic river, in Wisconsin. Thirty minutes, but beautiful scenery and wild....moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Ski & Snowboard:

                        Downhill at Afton Alps (now owned by Vail) Cross country (skate and classic) nearby...moreless

                      • Lawn / Garden
                       

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                      March 3-8
                      Feb 3 - Feb 8, 2015
                      1 night min stay
                      $200
                      My Standard Rate
                      1 night min stay
                      $250
                      $1,540

                      Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest


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                      • Pet Fee $10 + tax
                      • Taxes Not included

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                      Calendar

                      Last updated: 08/18/2014
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                      21 Unavailable
                      22 Today
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                      Location

                      35 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      MSP
                      30 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Amtrak
                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Highway 94
                      0.5 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Afton City Beach
                      0.5 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      The Swirl
                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Afton Alps (Owned by Vail Ski Resorts)
                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Afton Alps
                      0.5 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      The Current

                      Car: Recommended

                      Afton is know for its picturesque but small village, the St. Croix River (A national scenic waterway) and Afton State Park. You'll feel as if you are deep in nature, although only 20 minutes from downtown St. Paul. Secluded; and yet near people and activities. Area is ideal for hikers, bikers, skiers, and other outdoor lovers. Stillwater is a nearby tourist destination town, 'Minnesota's birthplace' and full of great restaurants, antique stores, book stores, clothing, etc.

                      History: This home was the summer home of Mike Kelly sixty years or so ago; he was the owner of the then professional baseball team for Minneapols: The Minneapolis Millers. The Valley is name Kel's Coullee, after him and the Creek is known as Kel's Creek. I met one of his gardeners (a teenager then, octogenarian 15 years ago!) who told me the yard used to be manicured by two gardeners, and sheep grazed where there is now a new forest. I can assure you the manicuring has NOT been kept up to date, but the stunning natural setting makes up for it I hope!

                      The Univ of MN also did a survey back along the creek (but still on the 13 acre property) and determined there were some of the last virgin woods in the area.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1990

                      About the owner: (NOTE: The photo is one of the few I had on my computer. That is NOT my home. It is, in fact, Hobbiton, which isn't even a real place- being where Hobbits live (Lord of the Rings). The photo is from a trip I took to New Zealand. My daughter-was taking a school semester there--- and really really really wanted to see the movie set.) Sorry to say, you won't get the pond or the nice thatched mill that is in the background of my photo) I work at 3M which is 20 minutes from this property; love to travel, and really enjoy the outdoors, including visiting State Parks (I visit the one in Afton every week!), biking (you can borrow my two bikes), skiing. I have two daughters who are now away from home. Love pets, have a cat which stays at this property but stays out of the way. He is sleek, black, Manx and name Severus.

                      Why the Owner Chose St. Paul:
                      We moved to Minnesota from the Washington DC area. We loved that area because of it's cosmopolitan nature and proximity to Chesapeake Bay and the ocean. I was hesitant to move to Minnesota because I thought it was all flat (I had no idea! and I was young) but this property was the deciding factor. When my husband and I walked into this house, the headache I brought in melted away. It's a very relaxing spot. AND it's right by the St. Croix River. We have spent many many weekends on the river or on the beaches with our small children. It's clean, warm, slow.


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                      Speaks: english, german, dutch

                       

                      Photos

                      • Two large porches, with an outdoor grill.

                        Two large porches, with an outdoor grill.

                      • Master bedroom in loft area, overlooking dining room.

                        Master bedroom in loft area, overlooking dining room.

                      • The yard is made for playing in.   It's a bit wild (landscaping in 2014)

                        The yard is made for playing in. It's a bit wild (landscaping in 2014)

                      • Driveway leading up to the house.

                        Driveway leading up to the house.

                      • Living Room (from above)
Great meals, 
Sit and chat with a drink
Play games

                        Living Room (from above) Great meals, Sit and chat with a drink Play games

                      • Master bathroom. 
Shower-nice and hot
Can soak in tub, jets not working though

                        Master bathroom. Shower-nice and hot Can soak in tub, jets not working though

                      • Shared bathroom - old yellow bathtub, vanity, sink... will be renovated 2014

                        Shared bathroom - old yellow bathtub, vanity, sink... will be renovated 2014

                      • Semi-private driveway brings you to your vacation home.

                        Semi-private driveway brings you to your vacation home.

                      • St. Croix River, 1/2 mile from cottage. 
National Scenic Waterway.   Beach.

                        St. Croix River, 1/2 mile from cottage. National Scenic Waterway. Beach.

                      • One of two marinas in Afton

                        One of two marinas in Afton

                      • Full sized bed for two cozy people. Down comforter for cold nights.

                        Full sized bed for two cozy people. Down comforter for cold nights.

                      • Two single beds, each with a fluffy white down comforter.

                        Two single beds, each with a fluffy white down comforter.

                      • Living room- wood stove on right hand side

                        Living room- wood stove on right hand side

                      • part of the Kitchen - also has a little sitting alcove

                        part of the Kitchen - also has a little sitting alcove

                      • Downstairs shared bathroom, view of shower in mirror.

                        Downstairs shared bathroom, view of shower in mirror.

                      • Front porch.  Sit and chill, watch the kids running around the lawn.  Join them?

                        Front porch. Sit and chill, watch the kids running around the lawn. Join them?

                      • Games on the lawn?  Bonfire by the creek?

                        Games on the lawn? Bonfire by the creek?

                      • Afton Alps is a few miles up the road. Just purchased by Vail Resorts.

                        Afton Alps is a few miles up the road. Just purchased by Vail Resorts.

                      • Small bedroom that is generally not part of the rental. (needs painting/work)

                        Small bedroom that is generally not part of the rental. (needs painting/work)

                      $200 - $250 per night (USD)
                      7

                      3 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 6

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