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.
- Cottage500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 nights
Private cottage with full kitchen, bath & loft sleeps 4. Beautiful prairie view
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- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 16, 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 Wheaton
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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Couple get away
This was a good place to get away for some alone time with nature, peace and quiet. The owners allowed my husband and I total privacy, which was nice. They also thought of everything; meaning they have dishes; aluminum foil; spices; bathroom amenities such as, bath soap, shampoos, deodorant; games; movies etc.
Had a wonderfully peaceful time during our stay at Redpath Retreat. Took the canoe out, it was a great time, highly recommend. Our dog had a great time too, watching the birds, & chickens. The cottage is beautiful and has everything you need. Steve & Vicky we’re great hosts, we plan on coming back!!
Wonderful off grid getaway
My four legged kids and I LOVED our stay. The hosts are warm and friendly. The walking trails were prefect and appreciated multiple times a day. Definitely will return for rejuvenation!
We had a wonderful 5-year wedding anniversary getaway at Redpath Retreat! We loved sitting on the porch with the breeze blowing through, listening to the birds sing, and walking the mowed paths all around the farm with our dog. We came upon wildlife as we walked, biked, and canoed around the property. And the stars at night were stunning! The cottage was full of character and history and had everything we needed. We appreciated all the pantry items that were provided. And there is no clock so you can forget about time and just slow down. Such a peaceful place!!
Adorable cottage with every possible amenity
Loved this amazing cottage that was so lovingly built and furnished!!! The owners are friendly, kind, and so accommodating. No stone was left unturned. Idyllic setting. Great birding area! Cottage is spotless with all sorts of lovely beautiful surprises.
Perfect, tranquil, peace and quiet
If you want to get away from hustle of big city the Redpath Retreat is perfect. We stayed several days and enjoyed every minute. The little guest house has all you need for your stay, even nice additions like fans, toiletries (if you forgot yours), all kitchen items to cook full meals, and a useful information binder. If you need groceries there’s a market only 10 minutes away in Wheaton.
The retreat is like going to grandma’s house out in the country. There are nice walking paths, chickens, lots of yard games, or you can relax in one of the sitting areas and read a book. Steve and Vicky are incredibly nice and helpful. This destination is a wonderful break from city life and we’d love to go back 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.