This is a treasured home and an outstanding example of small space living!
About Edie Barrett
I am an author, poet, and fine artist. In 2018 I started graduate school at The Humphrey School of Public Affairs, which is part of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. I’m pursuing a Master Degree in Public Affairs, hoping to use art as a vehicle for social change and engagement. 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. 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. 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, providing you with enough information to create your own memorable holiday.
Edie Barrett purchased this House in 2013
Why Edie Barrett chose Ortonville
My family lived in the Ortonville area during the turn of the century. While visiting here in 2008, 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.
What makes this House unique
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!
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Edie was wonderful!! The Guest House is very nice, the artwork was amazing, high quality furnishings/linens/appliances. Edie thought of every detail to make our stay comfortable and just like home. I highly recommend this place!!!
The Guesthouse is charming and cozy. We felt so welcomed!
Wonderful. Our family’s favorite place to stay.
Family Wedding Weekend
This was the perfect location to stay while in town for a family wedding! Great house and property location! Thank you!!
Host and house perfect for our stay.
We really enjoyed our stay!!
This home is a comfortable fit for 4-6 people. Two couples would have bedrooms and the other two adults would have the couch/air mattress. The homeowner had homemade cookies and fresh-cut flowers waiting for us upon our arrival. There was air conditioning and several fans available for extra air circulation. The home is located close to beautiful Big Stone Lake. I would definitely recommend staying at the Guest House.
Thank you Pam! It was wonderful to have you here. I hope to see you in the future!!! 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 is an antique shop 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 One Woman's Junk in Ortonville, just south of downtown. Kim buys from estates, so you can find everything from used furniture, to paintings, to Christmas tree decorations, 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.