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Unplugged Tranquilty - Pontoon Included

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Courtyard entrance beckons you to come in and relax

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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Sleeps:22
  • Bedrooms:7
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Former convent nestled in 57 acres of woods, yard on semi-private lake

Whether you bring a large group to the Olive Branch or your group is more intimate, do ordinary things together that make extraordinary memories:

Private home retreat is on 57 acres and sleeps up to 22 guests.

- Catch fish on Fuller Lake with complimentary use of pontoon, paddle boat & canoes.
- Share stories around a crackling fire outside, or the wood-burning fireplace inside.
- Craft meals to remember in the large kitchen.
- Be surrounded by lush natural forest.
- Roam the large yard with outdoor entertaining space.
- Explore nature filled walking trails.
- Larger celebrations at this magical place are as unique as you are. Dine alfresco, dance under the stars, imagine your wedding photos straight out of a magazine.
- Connect with nature as you breathe in its abundance.
- Go on a canoeing adventure to connected Lake Hennessy
- Dangle your toes off the dock.
- Coax out your playful side.

Whether it is with a loving crowd or your dearest loved ones, make time to be intentionally joyful.

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Owner

Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/21/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 3500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

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

  • 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

  • Books:

    Library with a variety of reading materials for use....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Television:

    Connected to DVD Player...moreless

  • Toys:

    Toy closet in Children's Hideaway Attic; yard games; art desk and game closet....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Large selection of DVD movies...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All

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
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • 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

  • Rural:

    Enjoy the landscape all the way out to The Olive Branch that is sprinkled with farms and lakes....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Main entertaining spaces are conditioned....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    For guest use if necessary....moreless

  • Garage:

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

  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Full bed linens provided. Guests are required to bring bath towels....moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample on-site parking available....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Large Parking Lot...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    For guest use if necessary....moreless

  • 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

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Screened gazebo in the back yard....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal grill with charcoal and lighter fluid provided....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Retreat Seaon
Jan 1 - May 18, 2017
1 night min stay
$366 $722
Fri, Sat
$2,555
Resort Season
May 19 - Sep 2, 2017
2 night min stay
$499 $1,055
Fri, Sat
$3,666
Relaxation/Reflection Season
Sep 3 - Jan 6, 2018
2 night min stay
$422 $833
Fri, Sat
$2,999
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$499
$3,666

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.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

122 Miles
Nearest Airport
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Grey Eagle
12.6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Sauk Centre, MN
50 Miles
Nearest Train
St. Cloud, MN
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 94 West
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Grey Eagle, MN
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Legion Park, Upsala, 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, MN, USA:
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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Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/21/2017

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Photos

  • Courtyard entrance beckons you to come in and relax

    Courtyard entrance beckons you to come in and relax

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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