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Four Season Family Reunion and Retreat House on Beautiful Lake Miltona

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 4,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Charming Lake Home, Sleeps 20 for your retreat on Lake Miltona, Alexandria Area

This is a one of a kind, classic Minnesota lake home on Lake Miltona!

The big, beautiful 6 bedroom and 4 bathroom home accommodates groups of up to 20 with over 4000 square feet of living space and a wonderful 'Great Room' just off the kitchen. The Pillars is ideally suited for family reunions, extended family vacations, and retreats.

Set on the East shore of the lake, you will enjoy the vast lake view and breathtaking sunsets from the many west facing windows.

Outside on the deck you will find a fire pit to enjoy roasting marshmallows and telling stories. Just down to the waters edge is the Boat House which has been renovated and re-purposed to become your own lakeside living room. Enjoy a cold drink in the comfort of shelter while the kids are kayaking or enjoying the paddle board.

The home comes with your own private dock and two boat lifts to accommodate boats up to 3000 lbs. Boat and pontoon rental are available too, just let us know!

Our week long rentals in the peak Summer months offer a check in on Friday of 4:00pm and a check out time the following Friday of 9:00am.

Most of our guests enjoy the opportunity to get away from the noise of everyday life. A quiet evening at the lake can recharge the soul!

In keeping with this thought, we do ask that you respect the neighboring property owners by maintaining a quiet environment beginning at 9:00 each evening or sunset-whichever is earlier. We ask that all of our guests behave in a manner consistent with that of a family environment at all times. Fireworks, discharging of firearms, loud music, loud parties and drug of any kind are prohibited. Unregistered guests and visitors are not allowed. As owners of the property, we care about your comfort as well as our neighbors comfort. We do enforce these rules to ensure that our guests and our neighbors are able to enjoy the lake.

More Details

Steve and Michelle Russell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 4, 2017

About Steve and Michelle Russell

Steve and Michelle have owned and operated a small, family resort on Lake Miltona for 14 years and have been in the hospitality business since they met over 23 years ago! We have three children and a large extended family. It is our pleasure to provide the well deserved get away you deserve. We strive to make every experience perfect!

Steve and Michelle Russell purchased this house in 2014

Why Steve and Michelle Russell chose Minnesota

The thing we love most about this property is its warm, classic lake home feel. Its been completely updated yet still has the charm of the old lake home.

The huge great room provides a space large enough to accommodate the whole group comfortably, yet there are cozy spots to sit quietly and enjoy a cup of coffee and a book as well.

The front yard has lots of shade and space to play catch. The back yard is the lake with the most amazing sunsets you can imagine.

We realize how important it is to have everyone under one roof. This home provides great gathering spots for the entire group with a beautiful setting on Lake Miltona - the largest and clearest lake in Douglas County!

What makes this house unique

The beauty of Lake Miltona will provide the perfect vacation spot for your entire family! Gorgeous sunsets, fantastic fishing and tons of opportunities to create lasting memories for all generations!

Yes, we are biased, but Lake Miltona is such a wonderful lake. You will be just 10 miles from the town of Alexandria, yet you will be amazed at how quiet the lake typically is.

We live just two tenths of a mile away from the property. Although you will enjoy the privacy of your own property, we are close by the assist you with any needs that might arise during your stay.


Miltona House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor bathroom-newly renovated! Double sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , In the Master bedroom - additional vanity in sitting area.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Main floor half bath
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Basement bathroom with shower
  • 4 bathrooms including 2 full bathrooms on the 2nd level, half bath on the main floor and one bathroom in the lower level.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main level
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Master bedroom - 1 Queen and 1 Twin Daybed with Twin Trundle
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Coral Bedroom - 1 Queen and 1 set of Twin Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 double , Teal Bedroom - 1 Queen and 1 Double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Yellow room - 1 Queen and 1 set of Twin bunkbeds
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , Basement Bedroom - 1 Queen/1 set of twin bunkbeds/1 twin bed
  • 6 bedrooms including 4 on the 2nd level, one on the main level and one on the lower level.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(7 traveler reviews)

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Four Season Family Reunion and Retreat House on Beautiful Lake Miltona
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Truly a wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

This large home easily accommodated our family of three grown children with spouses and eight grandchildren, including a one-week-old baby! Everyone had lots of space but commented about how nice it was to also be all together. Meals were easy with such a well-equipped kitchen and space for everyone to eat. We enjoyed the dock and playing in the water. Bonus was the close proximity of Lake Carlos State Park, the Carlos Winery and Arrowwood Resort Water Park. We hope to be able to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christmas at The Pillars

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Pillars for our family Christmas. It was perfect for four families to gather and celebrate. The six bedrooms allowed everyone to have space to sleep comfortably. The multiple common areas allowed easy conversations and quiet when needed. Our group had one minor issue that was dealt with quickly by our host. We will count this as one of our best family gatherings to date. If we are lucky enough to be all together next year, our hope is to have it be at The Pillars.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful comments, Jodi! We think The Pillars is a great home in the summer... but maybe its even better in the winter!! It was a pleasure to meet you. We hope to host you again next Christmas! Steve and Michelle
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Awesome Family Time at The Pillars

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I with our kids, their spouses, and their kids (our grandkids) had a great time at this well equipped home. Only 16 of our total group size of 19 could make it this year; but The Pillars is clearly the place that we will return to! This home with its 6 bedrooms and beds for 24 allowed us to comfortably put each family unit in its own bedroom and everyone had a real bed to sleep in. And we have future expansion space for grandchildren who get married in the future. The Great Room afforded great family meal and game board times. Kids and grandkids had plenty room in about 1/3 of the Great Room to set up a huge Fantasy Strategy game layout and play it during the week; and, yet, there was plenty of room in the remaining 2/3 to have meals and play cards or board games. We learned a new way to play Cribbage: "Cribbage Reloaded"! I may have to make a board for our home! Bathrooms placement and operation were well planned. Kitchen arrangement and appliances and equipment was great for our large family. Steve and Michelle did not spare expense to provide dishes, silverware, and even dedicated coffee cups and a separate coffee maker. Everything is top notch! Smart TV's and DVD/Blueray were excellent. The home is big enough that we could get together in the Great Room for family game time; and at the same time, if some folks needed to read a book or view a DVD, that could happen in one of the living rooms on the main floor or down in the family room. Also, the outside accomodations were wonderful: chairs out in front or back or over the Boat House. The pontoon boat performed flawlessly. It was used for early morning fishing trips, midday fishing trips (if not too hot), and swimming in the lake about 300 yards off shore. Our grandkids pulled in over 120 sunfish/crappies,bluegills,etc and their dads were busy baiting and taking fish off the hooks. Yes, most of them went back into the lake; but we did keep about 8 or 10 of the bigger ones. The adults also caught their share of sunfish/etc; but also were able to catch (and throw back) a few muskies and Northerns. The close proximity to a golf course and the town of Alexiandria with its antique shops and restaurants provided a mid-week break for those who wanted a few hours of separate activity time. As our family has grown (in size and numbers); my wife and I have been on the hunt for a truly large family sized home on a lake that would truly accomodate all of us. The Pillars does that magnificantly !!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Us, our children, their spouses, and their children gathered at this great home. It was the first time all 18 of us had ever been together since we live in 4 different areas of the country. Being right on the lake was a must-have for our active family. The boatlift and dock made it easy to spend our week on the water swimming, tubing, and water skiing. The 2 kayaks and the paddle board provided with the rental were an extra bonus and were well used by all. The yard was also in constant use playing yard dice (provided), bocce ball, badminton and corn hole. The house with its spacious rooms allowed us to sleep comfortably, dine together, play games and puzzles (provided), or just sit around, relax and catch up. The entertainment systems (smart tv and wi-fi) were up-to-date which allowed us watch movies together or share the photos we had taken. The kitchen had great counter space and equipment for preparing meals and the second refrigerator downstairs helped alleviate multiple grocery trips. A few people went to the local winery and some went into Alexandria to explore, but for most of the time, we were happy to just stay around the house and be together. There was a small plumbing and AC issue, but both were dealt with immediately by the wonderful owners who also offered to help us with a medical problem after we had left! Thank you Steve and Michelle for an unforgettable and wonderful family vacation! We feel blessed to have found this great property.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family time at The Pillars

  • 5 of 5

We chose to honor our Dad who passed away with a family get together at a lake home in Minnesota. I was lucky enough to book The Pillars. Everything about it was perfect. The backyard, the area with the gas fireplace and the boat house and the pontoon were very nice but most of all the dining area for seating everyone made this a stunning place to stay. My kids are great cooks and they were very impressed with the kitchen and the equipment. I would recommend The Pillars to anyone. Thank you, Steve.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Cathy, Thank you for the wonderful comments about our lake home! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at The Pillars! Its great to hear your comments about the kitchen and big dining area! We paid special attention to these details and its gratifying to know that you noticed. The dining tables were actually custom made for the home. We think they are perfect for the big families that have been gathering together! Warm Regards, Steve and Michelle
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Memorial Weekend at The Pillars

  • 5 of 5

We just came home after a great girls weekend staying at The Pillars on Lake Miltona. Can't say enough how beautiful the house is and everything was there that we needed for the long weekend. So much room for us all and the decor throughout the house is absolutely gorgeous. The weather was nice the first day but a little rainy the rest of our stay but it didn't stop our fun at all! Only once did we contact the owner about a filter in the refrigerator that was beeping but the owner was there within minutes to fix it. Very nice couple to work with.. Thanks Steve and Michelle... Can't wait to bring our whole family back the beginning of August for another stay in your beautiful home!!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Viking Speedway
"Small town stock car races - its lots of action!"
Woodland Resort on Lake Miltona
"Just 2 tenths of a mile south of The Pillars. Stop by and say hi! Guests of The Pillars ar..."
Miltona Custom Meats & Sausage
"Wonderful Small town meat locker offering great cured meats and sausages as well as excellen..."
Atikwa Golf Club At Arrowwood
"18 Holes of golf at Atikwa. Be sure to ask us for coupons!"
Geneva Grill at Geneva Golf Club
"27 holes of quality golf at Geneva Golf Club"
Alexandria Golf Club
"Popular Club hosts "The Resorters" Golf Tournament each summer in early August."
Nordic Trails Golf Course
"Close to The Pillars. Nordic Trails is the 9 hole par three if you are looking for a quick r..."
Andes Tower Hills
"Andes is the local downhill skiing spot. They have lots of runs, including a snowboarding a..."
Elden's Fresh Foods
"Elden's Grocery Store is located about 10 minutes from the vacation home. It is one of 5 or ..."
Angelina's Restaurant & Bar
"Great Pizza! Great Italian food!"
Bella's -- CLOSED
"Bellas is located in downtown Alexandria. It offers very nice ambiance and a traditional Ita..."
Family-friendly, cozy getaway---one of a kind! Just outside Alexandria
"The City of Alexandria - it really is a great town with lots of shopping in the boutiques an..."
Minnesota Lakes Maritime
"This is a fun stop to see lots of old boats and learn about the history of boat making in Mi..."
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Lake Miltona Golf Club
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

We will not rent to anyone under 30 years of age and will not rent for bachelor or bachelorette parties, etc. Maximum of 5 cars can be parked at this property. No pets allowed of any size. During check-in, you will be required to review and agree to our Rental Agreement policies. We do not collect a damage deposit. However, you will be required to provide your credit card information.

50% Deposit Required and remainder due 30 days prior to arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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