About the property
- Cottage500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Private cottage with full kitchen, bath & loft sleeps 4. Beautiful prairie view
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.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
About Vicky Radel
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
Why Vicky Radel chose Redpath
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.
What makes this Cottage unique
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.
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We live in the cities and drove the 3 hours to Redpath Retreat seeking some peace and quiet. That is exactly what Redpath Retreat delivered. It is very quiet, scenic and remote. However, we did need to make a grocery run, which was only 10 minutes away. The cabin included so many little details that made the stay above and beyond: fresh chicken eggs, popcorn machine, cable TV, plenty of towels, full kitchen, Keurig, a very comfortable bed, screened off porch, and plenty of walking paths. The cabin was extremely clean and provided everything we needed and things we didn't even know we'd want to have. We can't wait to go back!
Just what I needed!
So well done, so clean, soooo peaceful. Perfect.
This place greatly exceeded our expectations! It is the most charming little cabin inside and out on a beautiful property with excellent hosts. It couldn't have been any more relaxing. We loved our little winter hike around the property, getting to see birds and wildlife, utter quiet the entire time, and abundant time to read and sit by the fire. We love to cook on vacations and rentals often don't have enough equipment to do so easily, but this kitchen was so well equipped that we didn't even need a lot of the things we brought ourselves! I recommend this place enthusiastically, and hesitate in doing so only because it might mean it is booked the next time we want to go ;)
Great romantic getaway!
My husband and I had a blast walking the trails and relaxing by the fireplace with our dog. Thank you for the hospitality and delicious eggs ☺
Peace on the Prairie
Redpath Retreat is a delight! We were celebrating a birthday (80) and an anniversary (40) and were looking for a quiet, peaceful place to spend a long weekend. The cottage is wonderful, the eggs delicious, the sound of the creek calming, the walks uplifting--all in all a fantastic find. There was an essay by Bill Holm there for us to read, Horizontal Grandeur, which offered us new perspectives to think about and which set the tone for the three days we spent at the retreat. Thank you Vicki and Steve!
House was cuter and more well appointed than we thought! Gorgeous location though very, very remote. Eggs were delicious, half and half was provided and lots and lots of coffee. Hosts were very welcoming and kind. Grounds were gorgeous and well cared for. Hope to be back!
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.