About this rental
Two houses that sleep 23 for more fun and relaxation!
Rooms & beds
Bedrooms: 9(Sleeps: 19)
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Pets allowed - Pets are allowed with a $40 fee.Pets are allowed with a $40 fee.
No smoking - smoking is allowed outdoors in designated areassmoking is allowed outdoors in designated areas
Max guests: 19
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About Michael Bonnette
I have spent the last 25 years of my life firmly entrenched in the research and development world with a vast majority of that time spent in the interventional medical industry. With my creativity and engineering degree, I have managed to receive 70 US and foreign patents with 50 submissions still pending. Many of these ideas have resulted in devices which have helped people in one form or another, and in 2013, I decided I wanted to help people in another way. I acquired this property which will help people escape and relax in the beauty of the Minnesota Woods! The property has 120 acres of private lands which sits within 68 thousand acres of the Solana State Forest. The Soo Line Trail also travels right through my property. In 2013, the property was purchased by my family and has now become the Shire in the Woods. A special place, with the look and feel of a Tolkien inspired landscape, now located in "Middle Minnesota". The Shire in the Woods was formerly solely a retreat center which was founded in 1989 by three Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet with a vision of creating a place where people can spend time quieting the mind and opening the heart and spirit. They recognized the need for individuals living in a modern, fast paced society to be able to retreat to a quiet, nurturing place, thus replenishing the soul and deepening their connection with self, nature, each other, and the universe. The Shire still has it's roots within that theme, and it has grown much more for everyone to enjoy!
Michael Bonnette purchased this House in 2013
Why Michael Bonnette chose Finlayson
Welcome to the Shire in the Woods, where the natural surroundings will nourish and rejuvenate your soul! Located 18 miles east of northern Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, we are tucked away at the heart of the Solana State Forest and have the Soo Line South Trail running right alongside us. Relax with a good book in front of a fireplace or take a stroll in the beautiful woods. The Shire can serve you, your family and friends, facilitate special groups, workshops, and meetings, host a wedding, hold a family reunion, and more! No matter where you are at in your writing practice, the natural beauty and tranquility of the Shire is perfect for a writers retreat. The outdoors and especially the circle drive would be great for demonstrations with horses for example, or you can come and just be a hermit! Whatever your event or occasion, we will work with you to best serve your needs. Our private, wooded retreat has seven, year round dwellings and more. There are four smaller cabins (The Woodlands, The Birches, The Meadows, and The Loft), The Cedar House, The Tree Lodge, and a gathering space, movie theatre, presentation media space, and library in The Octagon (unless privately reserved). Other features of the Shire: • Screened-in gazebo. • Wood burning sauna. • 5 miles of groomed trails. • A rose garden. • A labyrinth. • Beaver, frog, and turtle pond. • Tree swings and hammock. • Outdoor fire pits and indoor fireplaces. • Access to the Soo Line Trail. • Access to many miles of trails in the Solana State Forest. • And much more including our horses, a miniature donkey, and a miniature horse. As a guest, you can experience our animals antics and social systems, pet them, and with prior arrangements have guided interactions or feed them treats. All of the places are arranged with there own unique setting such that you feel like you are the only one there!
What makes this House unique
There are many things to do in and around the Shire. Enjoy wooded solitude on the private trails or hike in the Solana State Forest, meditate while walking the Labyrinth, spend time around a campfire, read or relax in front of the cabin fireplace, and more! The Shire in the Woods offers many winter and summer vacation activities for everyone to enjoy. • Enjoy wooded solitude on the private trails. • Hike in the Solana State Forest. • Meditate while walking the Labyrinth. • Spend time around a campfire. • Read or relax in front of a fireplace. • Play catch with Frisbees or partake in other games on one of our many groomed lawns. • Star gaze or moon watch. • Use the telescope in the gazebo. • Interact with the horses. • Cross country ski or snowshoe on our private or surrounding trails. • Yoga in the Octagon. • Rock/agate hunt or swim in the nearby spring fed Quarry Pool. • Ride bikes in the woods or other trails. • Horseback ride on the Soo Line trail or Solana State Forest Trails with your horses. • Snowmobile or go ATVing on the Soo Line Trail or the Solana State Forest Trail. • Spend time in the Pliny Wildlife Area or Ruffed Gross and Woodcock Habitat Area. • Plan your next birding or photography adventure. • Enjoy the sounds of nature as the many frogs, owls, wolves, and birds vocalize and sing their songs!