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Gorgeous fall scenery and winter activities

Bedrooms 8
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Perfect for Family Reunions and Weddings

VACATIONS: Cruise the lake by pontoon or canoe; catch fish; dangle your toes in the lake; share stories around a campfire; be surrounded by lush nature; roam the large yard & play games!

WEDDINGS: Unlimited photo opportunities; expansive yard for ceremony & reception; sleep your wedding party; celebrate your special days with family & friends.

HOLIDAYS: Enjoy your family time together without the stress of cleaning; enjoy our holiday-decorated house for three days - cozy by the fire; share meals together; toast to your abundance.

Marla Waseka
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2018

About Marla Waseka

At the Olive Branch Retreat it’s always the perfect time to connect. We are dedicated to creating a relaxing and peaceful experience filled with unexpected delights. We call this feeling “unplugged tranquility”.

We hope you can come and stay!

With Love and Joy,


Marla Waseka purchased this house in 2008

Why Marla Waseka chose Grey Eagle

The Olive Branch offers a different experience. Slow down; connect with those you are with; surrounded by nature.

The former convent us nestled in the middle of 65 acres of lush forested land and a semi-private lake. Share stories around a crackling fire outside, or the wood-burning fireplace inside. Craft meals to remember in the large kitchen. Roam the large yard; play yard games and take in the multiple outdoor entertaining spaces. Explore nature-filled walking trails.

The Olive Branch has been renovated with old world charm and loaded with character and sleeps a group up to 22 people. There are several rooms for guests to enjoy their own space and larger spaces to gather as a group. Two wings of the convent are designed for privacy so your guests are not disturbed while others stay up late.

What makes this house unique

Many have claimed the spiritual benefits of this property where family members inexplicably get along; inspirations are discovered and occurances of life contemplation happen.

Nature is abundant on this property. With 1300 acres of wildlife reserve to the West, your neighbors are quiet and watchful. The lake is ready for you to explore with a pontoon, two canoes and swim dock.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Details of our ball in tree escapade:

1. Big red ball (beach ball) got stuck in tree.

2. Threw shovel to get red ball down.

3. Shovel got stuck.

4. Got shovel down with rake.

5. Tried a rock and brick to get ball.

6. Both got stuck.

7. Got rock and brick down with shovel.

8. Got red ball down with Softball!

9. All items out of tree. :0)
Jun 2016
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Grey Eagle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Pontoon drivers must have at least minimal experience and over 18-years of age.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • East Wing Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lakeview Suite - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Peter's Room - toilet , shower
  • Peter's Room bath is accessible through Peter's Bedroom. Half Bath in Chicken Barn during peak season.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Lakeview Suite - 1 king
    Peter's Room - 1 queen , Attached 3/4 bath. Named after Bishop Peter Bartholome.
    Portiuncula (Little Portion) - 1 twin/ single , The original name of the Franciscan Nun Convent.
    The Library - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Private - yet no door. The pull-out has 2" foam pad. Comfy
    Children's Hideaway Attic - 2 twin/ single , Private space, just up the stairs.
    Garden View Room - 1 queen , Great view of both the lake and memory garden.
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 queen , 2 twin/ single , Queens in Gathering Space. Twins in Sitting Room.
    Courtyard View Room - 1 queen , View of the beautiful and lush Courtyard.
    The Grace Room - 3 twin/ single , Under bed trundle makes bed #3.
  • Private bedrooms (1 King, 3 Queen, 6 Twin) Library is mostly private (Queen pullout) Gathering Space (2 Queen Pullouts) Sitting Room (2 Twin Pullouts) Portable play pen available in the garage
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Renovated Chicken Barn with 1/2 bath, large yard, walking trails, orchard


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Gorgeous fall scenery and winter activities
average rating of 4.75 based on 11 reviews

Perfect In Every Way!

  • 5 of 5

We retreat at this beautiful home at least once a year. We love everything about the Olive Branch. Thank you for creating this wonderful and inviting space....

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kim! As you already know - we LOVE having you stay with us.
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I attended the Harvest Moon Festival. What a special day! Inspiring and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

The property is filled with peace, tranquility and nature. Throughout the whole event, pontoon rides were running, butterflies and dragonflies were everywhere. There are so many spcaes - both indoor and out - where a person can spend time alone or with a friend.

Beautiful vintage furnishings make it comfortable and eclectic.

I highly recommend this property!


  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We had an excellent day at The Olive Branch for the Harvest Moon Festival! The weather was glorious and it was incredible spending the day with the spirit-filled presenters and attendees.
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Great property, lots of room and amenities at a good price

  • 4 of 5

Everything was great and owners were very easy to work with and very accomodating. Boats and 'chicken coop' bar were excellent. The firepit next to the coop with bathroom allowed late night fires while others slept etc.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Brian, for the review! We appreciate your business and good care you took of our property.l It was a pleasure hosting your group. ~Marla
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The wedding of our dreams at The Olive Branch Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My Olive Branch guest book entry as we were headed out the door following our wedding weekend:

"I'll try not to cry as I write this... We held our wedding here yesterday and it could not have been more amazing! The weather was perfect! We truly fell in love with The Olive Branch and would love to make it an anniversary tradition to stay here. Thank you for helping us make our wedding weekend so wonderful!"

Our family cabin is in Grey Eagle and has been for the last 90 years. We had planned on getting married there but we needed a suitable place for our guests to stay. After a little google search I came across The Olive Branch Retreat. I couldn't believe this place was in the same town as our cabin and yet I had never heard about it! I set up a tour and instantly fell in love with it. Even though it's right on a country road, there's very minimal traffic and it somehow still feels like you're tucked away from all humanity. To make a long story short, we decided to have the entire wedding at The Olive Branch Retreat instead of just using it for our guests! We had 70 guests and made an entire weekend out of it! Grooms BBQ dinner Friday night, wedding Saturday with the ceremony on the side of the house and the reception (dinner and dancing) on the grass in the back with a beautiful view of the private lake. Then, we all woke up together Sunday morning and enjoyed brunch plus the gift opening. The Olive Branch had all of the tables, chairs and linens we needed. The Hub in Grey Eagle catered for us, brought all of the dishes we needed and then took them back to their restaurant to wash them. Everything went so smooth! I remember having so much down time the morning of my wedding just sitting and relaxing that I almost felt like it wasn't my wedding day! Aren't brides usually super stressed and constantly on the go the day of their wedding?!

We not only had a wonderful weekend but our guests did as well. People raved about the place!

A huge 'thank you' to Marla and Jessica for helping us make our wedding everything it was! Especially making a last minute call to get eco friendly mosquito spray on the lawn the morning of the wedding! We didn't think it would be needed since this was the end of September but thanks to the abnormally warm month we had those bugs were still around! We didn't get a single bite the day of our wedding!

We think about our wedding weekend constantly and we can't wait to get back to The Olive Branch for another stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Emma, Your review moves us. We are so happy that you chose us for your very special day and are honored to be a part of your day. ~ Marla
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Nearest Airport
122 Miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Grey Eagle
Nearest Golf
12.6 Miles
Sauk Centre, MN
Nearest Train
50 Miles
St. Cloud, MN
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Grey Eagle, MN
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Legion Park, Upsala, MN
Car: necessary

Just 10 miles from the Lake Wobegon Trail in Melrose which provides walking, biking and cross country skiing opportunity.. Adjacent to 1300 acres Wildlife Reserve. 65 acres of abundant wildlife and massive private yard.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Damage: We have the best guests! With your contract for this reservation, you are agreeing to be another one of our respectful guests. We have chosen not to implement a deposit as we trust you to care for our property. We understand that sometimes things happen. If we find it requires a substantial amount of labor to return it to its best condition or items require repair, we will be in contact with a request for reimbursement. We appreciate your collaboration with us to keep this property beautiful so it can remain accessible to all. THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO STAY WITH US!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.