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Enjoy the peace, quiet and beauty of all of seasons in our lovely private cottage. Our farm site including our home and the cottage sits on a creek surrounded by 40 acres of wildflowers and prairie grasses. It is located on the west central Minnesota prairie and is home to abundant wildlife. Watch the sun rise and set and enjoy campfires under star filled night skies. A great place to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle of our lives and back into the nourishing embrace of nature. The cottage is a renovated granary with a rustic look and with all the modern conveniences. The original granary floor, barn wood and antiques mix with the modern comforts and conveniences. A loft accommodates a queen size bed and the living room has a comfortable queen size sleeper sofa. A fully equipped kitchen makes cooking easy and a full bath with shower will meet all your needs. Relax on the screened in porch or inside by the cast iron fireplace. Amenities include a flat screen TV connected to Dish network, Bluetooth enabled stereo system, DVD player, microwave, a Kuerig one cup coffee maker with an assortment of teas, coffee and hot chocolate. Enjoy sitting by our meditation garden, walk the trails, watch our entertaining chickens and gather their eggs for breakfast. Starting in spring you can canoe on the creek that flows through our property and in winter enjoy ice skating and cross country skiing on it. The area is on a migratory route and is host to many birds and waterfowl. Deer walk through the yard and other wild life is frequently viewed. Especially alluring is the peace and quiet of this country respite.
We both grew up in the area and graduated from Wheaton High School in 1972. After high school we moved to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where we lived for 30+ years and raised our family. Over the years we often spent time at Steve’s family farm. In the early 2000’s, with no one living there anymore, the farm site was becoming sadly dilapidated -- yet the land, trees and water continued to hold a great sense of peace and beauty.
We decided to buy the farm site, not quite knowing what we would do with it but wanting to preserve and restore its beauty and share it with others. We cleaned up 100 years worth of metal and junk and planted 6 acres of wildflowers and grasses to add to the hundreds of trees that were already there.
The process took several years. During that time we made weekend journeys to camp at the farm and do the work we could. We quickly found ourselves reluctant to leave at the end of the weekend. We decided to build a small home with plans to perhaps retire there.
In 2007 we moved into our new home (although we are not retired) and have been here ever since. We are so grateful every day that we are able to live here, enjoying the quiet beauty of the prairie, its sunrises and sunsets, the star filled night skies, amazing birds and wildlife, and of course our pet chickens who entertain and feed us (eggs only!)
We both have a keen interest in art. Steve graduated from University of Minnesota Morris with an art degree with a focus on sculpture and continues to explore his favorite medium. Vicky is pursuing her own interests in photography and encaustic painting (painting with pigmented wax). Our newest project on the farm is her new art studio. Vicky is also is an experienced practitioner of acupuncture and has a clinic in nearby Wheaton.
Vicky Radel purchased this cottage in 2004
Since our house is small, we realized we needed additional room for guests. We found an old granary a mile away and had it moved to our site. In the spirit of recycling, we transformed it into a beautiful guest cottage that we have decided to share with people looking for a peaceful retreat like ours. We love our decorating projects and have incorporated antiques and furniture from our parents and grandparents, barn doors from an uncle's abandoned farm 1 mile north of us and the horseshoe we found while digging the foundation. The original granary floor is refinished and a screen porch lends that relaxed country feel.
The cottage is about 200 feet from the house, where sight lines and trees maintain a sense of privacy for both buildings.
It is hard to find a truly quiet place in our busy world. A place where the city lights don't interfere with the view of the stars and a place you can find solitude if you wish. Long walks along the river (or on the river in winter) with the interplay of nature and wildlife are nourishing to the heart and soul. You can read or write a book while sitting on the porch or by the fireplace. You can watch the birds at the feeder or see water fowl at area refuges. Perhaps an eagle will fly over as you sit by the river or go out in the canoe. The deer walk through the property regularly. Whether it is a special event or a week long getaway the beauty of the prairie's big skies will greet you.
My significant other and I both looked at a lot of different places to get away for the weekend. This one was a relief to find. Instantly the charm of the place stood out to us. We were pleasantly surprised to find it was even better in person. This peaceful country cottage was ideal for what we needed. Steve and Vikki were very kind and hospitable to us during our brief visits and they allowed us to have all the privacy we wanted. We definitely look forward to visiting again.
Vicky and Steve were so kind to let us stay and train for Search and Rescue on their property. The property and the cabin are perfect for a getaway to relax or work on your outdoor skills. Beautiful paths to walk on and varied landscape on the edge of the prairie. Thank you
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Redpath Retreat. The cottage is so cozy and comfortable. The peace and quiet were just what we wanted. We loved it and hope to go back again for a longer stay.
This was our second trip to Redpath and we loved spending time there. We walked for miles on the roads and trails around the property. We cooked all of our meals and never even started our vehicle once we had it parked for our stay. The cabin is clean, well-equipped, and well-decorated. We will return!
I went to Redpath Retreat to do a bit of writing and found there exactly the solitude and comfort I was seeking. Vicky and Steve are very kind and welcoming while very much allowing you your privacy. I have recommended this cozy cottage to many friends and hope to be back there soon!
Redpath Retreat was amazing in every way! The cottage was cozy, comfortable and immaculately decorated, with beautiful views of the sunrise, prairie and evening stars. Beautiful walking paths, a stream to paddle in, and an endless amount of wood for bonfires provided ample opportunities for recreation. Our stay was absolutely perfect - we will be recommending Redpath Retreat to our friends and family, and are definitely planning on visiting again!
Enjoy the peace, quiet and beauty of all of natures seasons in our lovely private cottage. Our farm sits on a creek surrounded by 40 acres of wildflowers and prairie grasses. It is located on the west central Minnesota prairie and is home to abundant wildlife. Watch the sun rise and set and enjoy campfires under star filled night skies. A great place to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle of our lives and back into the nourishing embrace of nature. Enjoy our meditation garden, walk the trails, watch our entertaining chickens and gather their eggs for breakfast. You can canoe on the creek that flows through our property or skate or cross country ski on it in the winter.The area is on a migratory route host to many birds and waterfowl. Especially alluring is the peace and quiet of this country respite.
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2 night minimum stay