Unplugged Tranquilty - Pontoon Included(1 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-2 nights
- Property type:House
- 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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Member since: 2009
- 3500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22, Beds for 14-22
- 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
- Away From It All
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Paddle Boating
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Ice Skating
- Dining Area
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Catering Available:
- Cooking Utensils:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 1 - May 18, 2017
1 night min stay
May 19 - Sep 2, 2017
2 night min stay
Sep 3 - Jan 6, 2018
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Tax Rate 6.875%
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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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.
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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Courtyard entrance beckons you to come in and relax
Semi-private lake shared only with one other across the lake
'Rita's room' twin with cozy character
Wedding gowns for dress up fun
Children's hideaway attic sleeps 2 on twin beds, toy closet for play
Coffee bar is stocked with coffee, filters and flavor syrups
Garden view room - queen with headboard donated from a Minneapolis Church
Dining room leads to our chapel
Garage can be used for entertaining.
Kitchen includes 2 refrigerators, stove, microwave, and coffee bar.
Quite time always available in the library. Queen pullout and blackout curtains
Magical tea parties just waiting to be enjoyed.
Large great room with fireplace fantastic for large groups & conversation
Lakeview master suite- king bed
Create memories and meals to share
Extension of gathering space
This is the Olive Branch. Come inside!
Courtyard view room - queen bed
Grace room; 2 twin beds and a trundle make a great sleepover!
Garage set for entertaining. Buffet bar, 10 folding tables, 40 folding chairs.
Gathering space includes two sliding glass doors with view to the lake.
Massive back yard perfect for bocce.
Meditative walking trail.
Campfire pit for smore making, story telling, or reflection time.
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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