Three levels of executive comfort on a private, 37-acre spring-fed lake. All space is flexible to meet the needs of your family or group. The Red Bud Room has a comfortable queen bed with built-ins, 2 sets of homemade bunk beds, and an adjoining full bathroom with shower. The Walnut Room features a comfortable king size bed or 2 twins (your choice) and beautiful built-in cabinetry with a shared bath (across the hall). The Cedar Room includes a comfortable queen bed with a set of handmade bunk beds with a shared bath (down the hall). The Dogwood Room includes a queen bed and a set of handmade bunk beds. These rooms are all located on the main floor with easy access to the Main Kitchen, Gathering Room, Great Room, and Sun Room. The Oak Room is located on the second floor and has a comfortable queen size bed and raised queen sized futon, shower, double vanity, and toilet. The Loft outside of the Oak Room is a perfect spot for a family 'slumber party': room for cots, mattresses, and sleeping bags. A great place for movie time with the family and has a queen futon and a couch. The Gathering Room has a piano, couches, chairs, and a unique design with perfect places for conversation or to catch up on your reading. The Great Room is an open, spacious area that is multifunctional. Tables and chairs can be set up for dinner, crafts, movies, and games. Plenty of room for everyone in your party to stretch out. The Sun Room has plenty of comfy chairs and room on the floor for kids to play with a beautiful lake views on three sides. This is the perfect place to reflect with your morning coffee! Our Lower level features the Hickory room with a queen bed and handmade bunks, a kitchenette with full size refrigerator, dining area, living room with full pull out sofa sleeper, and a beautiful 3 season room with relaxing seating and lake views. The Main Kitchen has a large island, a Jenn-Aire stove top, double oven, microwave, and large refrigerator, dishwasher, completely stocked with dishes, utensils, cookware, glassware, etc. You only need to provide the groceries! Steps away is the Sun Room Kitchen with another stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher. It is also completely stocked with everything (except the groceries) you need to entertain up to 32 guests. There is seating available in Sun Room Kitchen for up to 32. Step outside the Sun Room Kitchen into the screened-in Covered Patio and a gas BBQ grill with addition seating for 12. Steps from the Covered Patio is a beautiful fire pit with room for everyone (we supply the firewood!). Next to the fire pit and overlooking the lake, is a 5 person (shared)hot tub. Watch the sun rise or set while you indulge. Follow the walkway to the boat dock and boat house where you will find spring fed, crystal clear water, abundant fishing, canoes, and kayaks for your use. There are plenty of life jackets for everyone. Jump off the dock and swim, float on a raft and enjoy the lake. No gas motors on the lake, just peace and quiet! After a relaxing day on the lake, perhaps you would like to challenge a family member to a game of disc golf on our 9-hole course? Or get the clubs and balls out and do some Scottish style chipping? Bring your bikes and ride around the lake or up in the woods, or hike in our 342 acres, photograph wildlife, pack a picnic and explore. This lodge is waiting for you and your family! Do you need additional room? We have some additional lodging and meeting spaces on the property. Call for details. Our owners live on site in an apartment above the 4 car garage and are just a phone call away, should you need anything!
- Lodge7500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Sleeps 24-32 guests, 2+ kitchens, fully-furnished, 4+full baths, huge sunroom
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 12, 2018
About Julie Swallow
David and Marie Hazell lived in Russia for eight years working on Bible translation. In 1992, shortly after communist walls began to fall, they moved their family to the depths of Siberia where they assisted with printing the first Scripture portion in the Evenki language. David and Marie also served in Moscow, coordinating translation projects in 70 minority languages of the former Soviet Union. The family's move back to the United States in 2000 marked a new era in their support of international missions work as they now devote their time to starting businesses that promote the principles of the Kingdom of God including giving a majority of company profits to Bible translation and other worthy non-profit endeavors. Please consider helping them with this endeavor at God's Word for the Nations (gwftn.org).
Why Julie Swallow chose Cold Spring
Kabekona Hills Retreat Center was established to provide a peaceful place for retreats, and family reunions. The owner's grandfather had a dream of owning property that could provide weary Christian soldiers (pastors, missionaries, and Christian laymen) solitude on lakeside property where they could rest in the hand of the Eternal Creator. Purchasing property in Northern Minnesota on Lake Kabekona, grandfather Bratrud shared his find with many Lutheran preachers and his land became respectfully known by many as preacher's point. Now two generations later with seed money from the sale of the family cabin on Lake Kabekona, we desire to carry on grandfather's dream to establish a peaceful resting place and a place of celebration for those who serve God's Kingdom. Kabekona Hills Retreat Center is a place 'where one road ends and the adventure begins.' Come and rest in the hand of the Creator.
What makes this Lodge unique
The drive in is breathtaking! The property offers privacy and seclusion. Quiet, beautiful views, nature all around!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
What a wonderful getaway
I have been using VRBO for many years, but my experience staying at Kabekona was by far my best experience. Very seldom are your expectations met when renting a vacation home, here they were greatly exceeded.
The hosts could not have been any more accommodating ,or easier to work with. The pictures do not do justice to the size, or the beauty of the entire property.
We will definitely be planning another trip there in the near future.
Thank you Rick! We look forward to having you back!
Beautiful facility. Young grandson wanted to move there and had tears when we had to leave.
Well cared for and managed. Owner was also personable.
Beautiful setting for our family reunion and eclipse watching adventure. The house is spacious enough for lots of people and well stocked with kitchen supplies and dishes. Our grandchildren asked if we could buy it and live there forever. (All 16 of us!)
Beautiful home, property, and friendly staff!
Very friendly and accommodating staff. Our group enjoyed the convenience of having everyone together in such beautiful surroundings. Sunrise and sunsets on the lake are awesome. Catering was a special treat. We didn't have to worry about purchasing food, cooking or clean up. We are looking forward to our next stay.
This place was AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL!
I cannot even begin to find all the words I need to express how wonderful our experience was. We had around 35 family members from the KC and Chicago area meet here for a family reunion. Prior to arriving, I had put together a supplemental list of outings off the property that families could do. DID NOT NEED it at all. The living spaces were perfect. LOVED the sunroom kitchen where we could ALL eat our evening meals together. We spent our days kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming (spring fed, very clear and clean lake), playing kickball and wiffle ball, relaxing in the hot tub, and hitting the bike trails. Plenty of space inside and out for group get togethers and for solo retreat as needed (my youngest took self time daily and read in the beautiful sunroom that overlooks the lake.) We also had the barn space and our families staying their loved it as well. On one day of rain, we gathered in the main level of the barn which is a small event space for games, laughing, and dancing. This place is our newfound paradise. The owner, Dave, was great to work with throughout the week and we were happy to have him share a meal and great conversation with us. Julie- the property manager- was amazing and was so kind and generous in working with me to make sure all of our needs were met and questions were answered. We are already planning our next reunion for 2019 here. Such great family memories were made!!!
Wonderful Women's Retreat Location
We had a wonderful retreat at this private oasis. There were 18 participants and 7 teachers. We also had two different massage therapists come in. Everyone love the space, the rooms, and especially the water. If you are holding a retreat, this place not only has the room for everyone to have privacy, but also has many spaces for everyone to come together in community. We used the barn for our movement practices and workshops. It was perfect. Our property guide was available for anything we needed and he gave us great instructions and a tour upon arrival.
Just a couple things to note if you are bringing a group for retreat: If you plan to cook and cater at your event, but sure to swing by and do a check list of all that you need in the kitchens. We had to bring quite a bit with us to facilitate our particular food needs (but we are pretty particular). We did have some stove issues, but otherwise had the space and refrigeration we needed. There are 4 refrigerators between all of the spaces!
Also, if you plan to be there in the hot summer months, you may consider bringing a portable air condition unit. The main eating facility can get pretty warm, but there is a small unit in there. If you plan to use the downstairs porch, there is no A/C unit in that space, and it was so hot we could not use it during the day.
All-in-all we would most definitely bring our retreat back to this location! It was exactly what we had hoped for in giving our ladies a place to rest and relax, but also with the outdoor space to venture off for activities. It's a very special spot, located conveniently. We were told there are more and more improvements happening each year and we know this will continue to be a much anticipated haven for rejuvenation for many people in the come years. We fell lucky to have found it!
Cina, Thank you so much for the great review. We just want you to know that we have replaced the range in the sunroom kitchen with a beautiful gas range with large oven and replaced our small oven in the main kitchen with a double oven. All ovens in the lodge now have convection capability and work amazingly! Hope to have you back again soon!
Missouri University of Science and Technology is 15 minutes away. St. James, Three Squirrels, and other local wineries are approx. 30 minutes drive from the property. Also, Fort Leonard Wood Army Base, Waynesville, and St. Robert Missouri are a 40 min drive. Traveling to Meramec Caverns is an hour drive. Property is within within a few hours drive of many rivers and springs to fish or canoe including the Gasconade, Big Piney, Current, Meramec, Huzzah, Meramec Springs, Lane Springs, Montauk Springs, Bennett Springs, to name a few. One other local event site is Fugitive Beach with lots of activities.