|Space||1,100 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||1 - 2 nights|
The GuestHouse is a private art gallery which showcases regional artists and is a vacation rental.
Regarding the house: as a local artist and writer, I renovated this 1905 home with high attention to quality interior design. At 1100 ft.², it is an excellent example of small space living. There are two bedrooms and one bath. Enjoy morning or afternoon coffee on the porch with a view of Big Stone Lake. Maple hardwood floors are throughout the living room, dining room, and bedroom. There is air-conditioning, a five-burner stainless steel gas range, microwave, a quality appointed kitchen, reverse osmosis drinking system, a winter humidifier system, a main-floor bedroom with a queen bed, an upstairs bedroom with a full bed, and a pullout living-room couch sleeper. The main floor bathroom includes an old-fashioned cast-iron tub, shower, and a Whirlpool washing machine and dryer. Wireless Internet, a 38” flat screen television with an internet audio and video player (internet access to Netflix, Hulu Plus , You Tube and Pandora), and an ample library of DVDs. The dining room table seats four, but has three extra leaves. The GuestHouse is centrally located in downtown Ortonville, just two houses away from The Ortonville Pier and Lakeside Park, walkable to the library, The Granary Food Co-op, Java Jules, a favorite coffee and lunch spot. During the summer, enjoy the Saturday farmer’s market along the lake.
I try to use natural cleaning products. Towels and sheets are 100% cotton and are of high quality. I strive to buy organic cotton when I can. The GuestHouse has been inspected and licensed by the state of Minnesota, which means it meets safety and cleanliness criteria. Mattresses are encased with a hypo allergic and bed-bug barrier, there are smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, a carbon monoxide alarm, etc.
This summer, 2017, I launch my fourth summer season of having The GuestHouse. It amazes me where people come from. I’ve had guests from all over the United States including Hawaii. I have people who come here to see family and reconnect with their roots, people attending weddings, honeymooners, girlfriend getaways, people who want to see what our region is like and explore real estate. I have also attracted people specifically because of this house, which makes me incredibly happy!
Because The GuestHouse is also an art gallery, I have the opportunity to be a curator, which means I select the type of show I want to have for the season and specific artists. Because I am an artist myself, I am familiar with artists in our region and with their work. So I begin to think of shows long in advance and imagine who the artists might be.
Artists at The GuestHouse this year are: Phyllis Joos of Hancock, Della Conroy of Hancock, John George Larson of Milan, M. Jana Thorton of Terrace Mill, Jeffrey Thorton of Terrace Mill. The permanent collection includes: Corina Kells, Kathleen Marihart, Becky Stattelman, myself, Edie Barrett, the late JoAn Melchild. With some advanced notice, studio tours can be arranged.
PLEASE NOTE: an art show runs from May through the end of October. If you rent this house in the "off" season, there will be art on the wall just not the art that is photographed on VRBO. This house will not be re-photographed until May 2018.
Regarding this year’s show: I met M. Jana Thorton and Jeffrey Thorton a few years ago in Terrace Mill. They invited me to collaborate with them in an exhibit called A Prairie Discovery which was a four-month exhibit held at The Stevens County Historical Museum in Morris. I was deeply honored to show with them. I think they each have a beautiful artistic impression of the Prairie: Jana through a photography lens and Jeffrey through oil painting and pastels. Both artists have work that exudes peacefulness. Knowing them as people, and collaborating with them, makes me appreciate their work even more! I am deeply honored to have their work at The GuestHouse!
I discovered Phyllis Joos’ work at the PRCA gallery in Morris. Once upon a time, a long time ago, I explored woodblock printing. She has taken woodblock printing to a whole new level in creating images of clothing. I immediately fell in love with her work and really appreciate how avant-garde it is. Everyone who has been in the house and sees her work is absolutely nuts about it! She is a perfect addition to this year’s show.
And then there is John George Larson. I am deeply intrigued by his work. I was able to visit his art studio outside of Milan and see his two kilns. He lived in South Korea for a year studying with a ceramic master. It is only a matter of time before he is discovered – with a larger audience – for his truly innovative creativity in ceramics. I’m absolutely delighted to have three-dimensional sculpture as part of this year’s show. Having his work raises the quality of The GuestHouse to a whole new level.
Della Conroy of Hancock is an absolute delight! Her triptych against the brown wall just knocks my socks off! Such fantastic colors and movement. The five pieces that she is exhibiting at The GuestHouse are all mixed media collage. Thank you Della!
Returning artists showcased this year at The GuestHouse:
Kathleen Marihart is a lifelong artist. Along with fine arts, she is a master award-winning quilter. I believe that her work with colors through fabrics, have had a strong influence in her paintings. She’s a prolific artist and is constantly taking classes to expand her knowledge and explore different mediums. I am always fascinated by what she is doing and how her work is evolving.
Corina Kells has a degree in photography. Although she is quite young, in her mid-20s, she has been exploring different types of art for years. Creating yupo art is something that she is really enjoys doing with her mother, Kathleen Marihart. Kathleen has an art studio on Big Stone Lake, so when the two of them are painting, Corina often will take a break and go for a swim in Big Stone Lake. Not too shabby.
Becky Stattelman was born and raised in this area. She loves life on the farm and lives it with panache and style. I would have to say that her life itself is a form of artistic expression. The beauty that surrounds her, the horses with their swishing tales, the strutting chickens, and her welcoming farm dog, are all part of her personal expression. It’s no surprise that she is able to communicate her appreciation of farm life and nature through her stunning photography. She and her husband are the proud hosts of The Meander location titled The Red Barn. Their site attracts about 900 people a year!
I am deeply honored to show the work of the late, JoAn Melchild. JoAn was a beloved Ortonville artist with a deep and hearty laugh and a twinkle in her eye. I have to be honest, at first, I would look at her work and not quite get it. She would paint pink Pepto-Bismol Lake cabins, farm sites that have almost an elementary, primitive, folk art look. But over time, I really came to love her courageous use of colors and her style of brushstrokes. She gives a nod to our rural region, with a whole new out-of-the-box perspective. The three pieces I show of her work are part of a private collection.
I am also a returning artist. However, I ran out of wall space this year, so the only pieces I have displayed are the historical painted photographs. They are important to me because they honor history--not only the land that this house is on-- but to Ortonville and our area. The Orton’s own the property that The GuestHouse is on. Ironically, they also owned the property that my personal home is on.
I am deeply honored to have all these artists at The GuestHouse. Each of them bring years of creative expression to their work.
Thank you for your interest!!!
I moved to Ortonville in 2010. Once upon a time, I was a NDSU student, and transferred to the University of California Santa Barbara to complete my degree. I remained in Santa Barbara for 26 years. I am a fifth generation Minnesotan and Norwegian. Although my professional background was in business, I am a lifelong artist and writer. The Minneapolis Tribune has published my work; I am also a Meander artist. I have always enjoyed interior design. The GuestHouse is my fifth home renovation project.
My family and I have rented five different homes through VRBO, so I know what I want my experience as a renter to be. Living in Santa Barbara I got used to having houseguests. Between being a vacation home renter myself, and having years of guests, I hope to strike a balance of providing beautiful accommodations, being a host if you need assistance, and also providing you with enough information to create your own memorable holiday.
Edie Barrett purchased this house in 2013
My family lived in the Ortonville area during the turn of the century. While visiting here five years ago, I fell in love with the beauty of the prairie, Big Stone Lake, and the iconic small-town charm of Ortonville. I find the people here incredibly welcoming and generous. The fact that there is an active arts community is tremendously appealing to me. More and more, I see people from other areas discovering Ortonville as a well-kept secret.
The moment I walked into this house I loved it and I saw it’s creative potential. I have approached this renovation as an evolving art project. To my knowledge, there’s nothing quite like this rental home in western Minnesota, and perhaps in the state. My friends say to me, “This house is so personal! How can you rent it to strangers!?” It is a personal house. But I also want to give visitors the opportunity to stay in a unique home and get a sense of who we are as an art community. This area of Minnesota is exceptionally beautiful. To host people in a quality way, facilitate an appreciation of art, and help them to enjoy our beautiful region, well... that just really thrills me!
This house is the perfect little rental to enjoy a get-a-way in Ortonville. It is conveniently located and close to everything - including the lake! The art displayed inside by local artists makes extra special. No details are missed (including comfortable mattresses on the beds) and the owner is wonderful to work with. We can't wait to book it again!
The house was clean and comfortable for our weekend winter stay. Edie was attentive and easy to get hold of, she returned our damage deposit promptly, and she provided us a bag of the most wonderful homemade granola we've ever eaten!
And whatever you're coming to Ortonville for, the location of this house has to be near perfect. You're close to lake access, the main drag in Ortonville, and the road to the South Dakota side. I can't imagine many situations where you would visit this area and have a much more ideal location.
If you're looking for all the comforts of home in a convenient Ortonville location, this is your place!
Exceeded our expectations. Quaint. Lovely. By the Lake with a nice lake view is a HUGE plus. Owner was very hands on & responsive to any inquiry. Interior is clean, nice. Kitchen was amazing & fully equipped for any need. Great refrigerator (very cold) with freezer compartment above. Bath towels, linens were excellent. Comfortable bed in master. GREAT privacy. Generous sized bath. All you could want. We're fans and will return in the future.
This was the perfect vacation rental for two couples. We had plenty of space, all the comforts of home and a warm and accommodating host! Edie welcomed us with a wonderful homemade blueberry coffee cake that disappeared quickly:). The little porch gave us a great place to have coffee in the morning or cocktails in the evening, with a view of the lake. We took advantage of the gorgeous bike trail that was a short ride from the house, rented a pontoon for a day on the lake and also did a little antiquing in the area. Very impressed and I can not say enough good things about Edie and all the extra little comforts she provided in this great little place!
Exceptional homey eclectic vacation rental. Owner was available and accommodating. Outstanding in all points. Perfect for the privacy and comfort we wanted for our retreat. Close to the water in a beautiful area. Kitchen was well stocked with equipment for us as we cooked all meals but one there. We LOVED staying there!
While our stay was very short, we were so impressed with your property! Upon our arrival, we were met with a beautiful bouquet of fresh picked flowers on the dining room table, a welcome note full of good information, and a bag of coffee beans ready to brew! The beds were comfortable, the house was clean and we wished for more time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The house has the most perfect deck off the kitchen to enjoy that coffee and a spectacular view of Big Stone Lake. Our next trip will hopefully allow us the time to kick back & enjoy what Edie has done to create a comfortable setting for travelers to enjoy. Thanks Edie!
The Unique Benefits of This Area: Big Stone Lake is the headwaters to the Minnesota River. The area is lush with vegetation, it’s a major bird watching, fishing, and hunting destination.
Big Stone Lake divides Minnesota from South Dakota and is 26 miles long. It’s a beautiful lake, with wetlands and rolling hills that give way to the prairie. The city of Ortonville was established in the late 1800s. Due to the railroad, it became a mecca not only for growing industry, but for theater, arts and education. Currently, the population of Ortonville is about 1,800 people.
Things to Do: According to Times outdoor writer, Glen Schmidt, “… one could make the argument that Big Stone Lake is now the best perch fishing lake on the map.” We are already known as having one of the best walleye lakes in the western region of Minnesota. People also fish for northern, pike, and bluegills. This is a beautiful lake in the summer, but don’t let the winter blues stop you, Artie’s Bait and Tackle rents ice fishing houses. You’ll need to have a very strong Minnesota accent, have eaten lutefisk and lefsa, and know who Ole’ and Inga are.
You don’t have to be a fisherman to enjoy the lake. In the summer, if you would like a pontoon boat ride and a tour of the lake, give a call to Let’s Go Fishing and they will be happy to schedule a boat ride for you.
One my favorite seasonal places is The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, just 1 mile south of town on Highway 7/75. This is a self-guided driving tour that attracts 20,000 to 30,000 people per year for bird watching and sightseeing. There are approximately 230 different species of birds that have been documented in our area. The refuge is a five-mile wildlife paved loop that also has two hiking paths to explore. Every time I go there, I am stunned by the beauty of the land and the prolific birdlife. Bring your binoculars and a camera! There is a large elevated dock seating area and nice restrooms. The gate opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. This area is open in the winter for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however, if there is too much snow, the gate will be locked. Note: the highway sign reads, Scenic Auto Driving Tour.
This is also a great area for walking and biking. There is a trail that runs along the Minnesota River called The Minnesota River Headwaters Recreational Trail. It starts at Big Stone Lake and connects to The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. If you’re looking to break a sweat, and be awestruck by the beauty of nature at the same time, this would be a great biking loop. The trail is wheelchair accessible.
Need a little retail therapy? How about visiting our local antique shops! Just south of Ortonville off-highway 12 is Valley View Antiques. In Big Stone City there are two seasonal antique shops: both are located on Highway 12. After all this antiquing, you might need to go have a chocolate shake at Mac Daddy’s. They have the best ice cream in the area. You can’t miss the location, it’s right next to Old House Antiques. They have summer hours only.
Since you’re sporting a sugar high, why stop now? I recommend visiting The Furniture Shoppe in downtown Ortonville. While Jim has a large selection of new furniture upstairs, it’s the basement shop that I enjoy. Jim buys estates, so you can find everything from used furniture, to paintings, to Christmas tree decorations. I found a flawless Limoges (French porcelain) coffee pot there, as well as many other treasures.
Our golf course is a major attraction! The back nine are beautiful holes on the plateau that overlook Big Stone Lake. Having dinner on their outside patio, overlooking the lake, contributed to “sealing the deal” in my desire to move here. You probably already know, but this area is renowned for all kinds of hunting. Once you’ve gotten that big buck, give Dale a call at Pioneer Meat Market. He makes the best homemade deer sausage in the region! Whole deer processing costs $60. While you’re there, you might want to ask about the sliced roast beef that they sell by the pound that is precooked. It’s a real easy crowd-pleasing meal!
There are many things to do in this area, but it’s also just a beautiful place to unwind and be quiet. It’s a great getaway.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Off Season 2016 & 2017
Oct 1 2016 - May 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
Summer and Fall 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
There is $75 cancellation fee.
On two week rentals there is a $110.00 cleaning fee. With linen service after 7 days.
OPTION! FALL SALE! 14 night minimum: $85.00 per night. Oct 1 - 11/31/16.