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Book for 2018 - Pontoon & canoes included!

Bedrooms 8
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Playful ~ Soulful ~ Joyful


HOLIDAYS: Enjoy your family time together without the stress of cleaning; enjoy our holiday-decorated house for three days - cozy by the fire; share meals together; toast to your abundance.

VACATIONS: Cruise the lake by pontoon, paddle boat or canoe; catch fish; dangle your toes in the lake; share stories around a bon fire; be surrounded by lush nature; roam the large yard & play games!

WEDDINGS: Unlimited photo opportunites; expansive yard for ceremony & reception; sleep overnight guests; celebrate your special days with family & friends.

More Details


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Grey Eagle in Birchdale

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Pontoon drivers must have at least minimal experience and over 18-years of age.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • East Wing Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Lakeview Suite - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Peter's Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Peter's Room bath is accessible through Peter's Bedroom. Half Bath in Chicken Barn.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Lakeview Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Peter's Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Attached 3/4 bath. Named after Bishop Peter Bartholome.
    Portiuncula (Little Portion) - 1 Single Bed , The original name of the Franciscan Nun Convent.
    The Library - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Private - yet no door. The pull-out has 2" foam pad. Comfy
    Children's Hideaway Attic - 2 Single Bed , Private space, just up the stairs.
    Garden View Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Great view of both the lake and memory garden.
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Queens in Gathering Space. Twins in Sitting Room.
    Courtyard View Room - 1 Large Double Bed , View of the beautiful and lush Courtyard.
    The Grace Room - 3 Single Bed , Under bed trundle makes bed #3.
  • Private bedrooms (1 King, 3 Queen, 6 Twin) Library is mostly private (Queen pullout) Gathering Space (2 Queen Pullouts) Sitting Room (2 Twin Pullouts) Portable play pen available in the garage
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
Renovated Chicken Barn with 1/2 bath, large yard, walking trails, orchard


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(4 traveller reviews)

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Book for 2018 - Pontoon & canoes included!
average rating of 4.75 based on 11 reviews

Perfect In Every Way!

  • 5 of 5

We retreat at this beautiful home at least once a year. We love everything about the Olive Branch. Thank you for creating this wonderful and inviting space....

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kim! As you already know - we LOVE having you stay with us.
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I attended the Harvest Moon Festival. What a special day! Inspiring and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

The property is filled with peace, tranquility and nature. Throughout the whole event, pontoon rides were running, butterflies and dragonflies were everywhere. There are so many spcaes - both indoor and out - where a person can spend time alone or with a friend.

Beautiful vintage furnishings make it comfortable and eclectic.

I highly recommend this property!


  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We had an excellent day at The Olive Branch for the Harvest Moon Festival! The weather was glorious and it was incredible spending the day with the spirit-filled presenters and attendees.
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Great property, lots of room and amenities at a good price

  • 4 of 5

Everything was great and owners were very easy to work with and very accomodating. Boats and 'chicken coop' bar were excellent. The firepit next to the coop with bathroom allowed late night fires while others slept etc.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Brian, for the review! We appreciate your business and good care you took of our property.l It was a pleasure hosting your group. ~Marla
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The wedding of our dreams at The Olive Branch Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My Olive Branch guest book entry as we were headed out the door following our wedding weekend:

"I'll try not to cry as I write this... We held our wedding here yesterday and it could not have been more amazing! The weather was perfect! We truly fell in love with The Olive Branch and would love to make it an anniversary tradition to stay here. Thank you for helping us make our wedding weekend so wonderful!"

Our family cabin is in Grey Eagle and has been for the last 90 years. We had planned on getting married there but we needed a suitable place for our guests to stay. After a little google search I came across The Olive Branch Retreat. I couldn't believe this place was in the same town as our cabin and yet I had never heard about it! I set up a tour and instantly fell in love with it. Even though it's right on a country road, there's very minimal traffic and it somehow still feels like you're tucked away from all humanity. To make a long story short, we decided to have the entire wedding at The Olive Branch Retreat instead of just using it for our guests! We had 70 guests and made an entire weekend out of it! Grooms BBQ dinner Friday night, wedding Saturday with the ceremony on the side of the house and the reception (dinner and dancing) on the grass in the back with a beautiful view of the private lake. Then, we all woke up together Sunday morning and enjoyed brunch plus the gift opening. The Olive Branch had all of the tables, chairs and linens we needed. The Hub in Grey Eagle catered for us, brought all of the dishes we needed and then took them back to their restaurant to wash them. Everything went so smooth! I remember having so much down time the morning of my wedding just sitting and relaxing that I almost felt like it wasn't my wedding day! Aren't brides usually super stressed and constantly on the go the day of their wedding?!

We not only had a wonderful weekend but our guests did as well. People raved about the place!

A huge 'thank you' to Marla and Jessica for helping us make our wedding everything it was! Especially making a last minute call to get eco friendly mosquito spray on the lawn the morning of the wedding! We didn't think it would be needed since this was the end of September but thanks to the abnormally warm month we had those bugs were still around! We didn't get a single bite the day of our wedding!

We think about our wedding weekend constantly and we can't wait to get back to The Olive Branch for another stay!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Emma, Your review moves us. We are so happy that you chose us for your very special day and are honored to be a part of your day. ~ Marla
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Marla Waseka
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 January, 2018

About Marla Waseka

At the Olive Branch Retreat it’s always the perfect time to connect. We are dedicated to creating a relaxing and peaceful experience filled with unexpected delights. We call this feeling “unplugged tranquility”.

We hope you can come and stay!

With Love and Joy,

Marla & Jessica

Marla Waseka purchased this house in 2008

Why Marla Waseka chose Grey Eagle

Whether you bring a large group to the Olive Branch or your group is more intimate, do ordinary things together that make extraordinary memories:

Private home located on 68 acres and semi-private lake. Catch fish on bordering Fuller Lake with complimentary use of pontoon, paddle boat and canoes. Sleep your whole group up to 22 people. Share stories around a crackling fire outside, or the wood-burning fireplace inside. Craft meals to remember in the large kitchen. Be surrounded by lush natural forest. Roam the large yard with outdoor entertaining space. Explore nature filled walking trails.

What makes this house unique

The Olive Branch has been renovated with old world charm and loaded with Character. There are several rooms for guests to enjoy their own space yet larger gathering rooms for certain times of the days. 2 wings are designed for sleeping so that your guests are not disturbed while others stay up late. Campfires and barn dancing is a wonderful time at the Olive Branch. A favorite hangout by many day and night. Nature is the key to enjoyment. 68 acres private plus another 1100 acres of attached state land offer the most in every nature activity. The lake is ready for you with a fishing boat, vintage pontoon, two canoes and swim dock.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Details of our ball in tree escapade:

1. Big red ball (beach ball) got stuck in tree.

2. Threw shovel to get red ball down.

3. Shovel got stuck.

4. Got shovel down with rake.

5. Tried a rock and brick to get ball.

6. Both got stuck.

7. Got rock and brick down with shovel.

8. Got red ball down with Softball!

9. All items out of tree. :0)
Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
122 Miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Grey Eagle
Nearest Golf
12.6 Miles
Sauk Centre, MN
Nearest Train
50 Miles
St. Cloud, MN
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Grey Eagle, MN
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Legion Park, Upsala, MN
Car: necessary

Just 10 miles from the Lake Wobegon Trail in Melrose. Adjacent to 1100 acres Wildlife Reserve. 65 acres of abundant wildlife and massive private yard.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

We do offer a 10% discount if you choose to pay in full at the time of the reservation. With this comes a non-refundable clause, however, we will do our best to re-book a date with you.

We have the best guests! Sometimes things happen. Instead of implementing a deposit or increasing our rates, we have decided that if there is a complication, the responsible party be accountable for it. If you contract for this reservation, you are agreeing to be another one of our respectful guests. If the property requires a substantial amount of labor to return it to its best condition or items require repair, we will be in contact with a request for reimbursement. We appreciate your collaboration with us to keep this property beautiful and accessible to all. Please, feel free to contact us with any questions concerning our guidelines.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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