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Country Getaway Close To The City

Bedrooms 2
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type farmhouse


About the property

Large House On Scenic 30 Acres And River With Two Spare Unused Bedrooms

*****This is an owner occupied house, FYI.*****

Large country home on 30 acres just off Hwy 52 about 10 miles north of Rochester. 2 Large unused upstairs bedroom with each with two beds. If needed additional sleeping areas can be added to the room (I have couches that have pull out beds and air mattresses). I just recently put in new wood floors in most of the house (boy do my knees hurt!)...Now I'm working on finishing off the other projects

If you want to get away from busy city life this is the place for you! I have a 3 bed/2 bath house in Pine Island with 2 unused bedrooms (12' x 20') and full bath on the upper level that I would like see used and make extra $ to fund various projects I'm doing with the house and property. I have one cat(inside) and two dogs (mostly outside). And a few horses and cows running around. The house is just off 52 out in the country between Oronoco and Pine Island (I have 30 acres). The other room upstairs is also open to stay in if there is not one else scheduled to stay in it . The bathroom upstairs would be shared with whoever is staying in the other spare bedroom.

I am a nurse at Mayo Clinic and work 12 hr night shifts. I am very mellow, easy going and easy to get along with. House has central air, woodstove, sauna, washer/dryer, large porch in the front and a deck in the back of the house. I also have a large vegetable garden, a lot of apple trees, tons of asparagus and berries during the non-winter months you are welcome to that too! On the main level is the living room, dining room, kitchen, my bathroom and my bedroom. The basement is is on the 'to do' list of projects I have planned

In the front yard there is also a gazebo I've been rehabbing. In the previous owner's 'heyday' wedding ceremonies were held in it!

Also in the front yard there is a small one room cabin I am rehabbing to make as a living space. In there is a queen size bed and two couches that pull out into beds. This does not have running water, not adequately insulated and for electricity I have an extension cord running from the house . It's a work in progress. I joke to my friend it is 1/2 star accommodations since it is a bit like camping out. During the warm months here it would be a great place to crash if you wanted to use to camp out, use it as a fishing or hunting cabin.

More Details

Property Manager
Rosalynn "Rosie" Sorensen
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2018

About Rosalynn "Rosie" Sorensen

RN at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Grew up in Wisconsin on a dairy farm with 7 siblings, I can to get along with just about anyone! I love cheese :)Very spontaneous, bubbly, full of energy, sarcasm and wittiness, like to meet new people and see new places. I love doing home improvement a bit of a Martha Stewart/Bob Vila in I don't have Martha's felony convictions and Bob Vila's penis.

I love roadtrips, gardening, home improvement projects, fixing things that are broken (humans and machines) working with powertools, zombie and any sort of end-of-the-world/Apocalypse movies. Lately been addicted to watching TED talks and listening to NPR and a podcast 'How To Do Everything'. I might be a nerd?

Personal philosophy: Life is busy living or get busy dying. Yes that is a quote from 'Shawshank Redemption.' I am a nurse and see how short life is everyday I work.

Rosalynn "Rosie" Sorensen purchased this farmhouse in 2013

Why Rosalynn "Rosie" Sorensen chose Pine Island

If you want to get away from busy city and love animalsis the place for you! I have a 3 bed/2 bath house in Pine Island with 2 unused bedrooms (12' x 20') and full bath on the upper level that I would like see used and make extra $ to fund various projects I'm doing with the house. I have one cat(inside) and two dog (outside). The house is just off 52 out in the country between Oronoco and Pine Island (I have 30 acres). The other room upstairs is also open to stay in. The bathroom upstairs would be shared with whoever is staying in the other spare bedroom

Zumbro River runs thru property, Douglas Bike trail nearby

A little slice of heaven out here....I love the privacy out here! Closest neighbors are thru the woods and down the road. Country not in the a quick drive to Rochester. I live near hwy 52, you can hear the traffic. My neighbors are great if you happen to run into them.

Property is fenced have a few cows and horses roaming around

The Zumbro River run thru the will frequently see bald eagles and hawks soaring the skies. My dogs are doing their part to feed the local eagle/hawk population... I have seen the eagles eating the animals my dogs kill.

What makes this farmhouse unique

My little slice of heaven with nature all around. Zumbro River runs thru. Privacy and seclusion and two of the nicest dogs and cat you'll ever meet

Two of the nicest dogs to human, Kody and Daisy. In there past owners lives they both were hunting may see the occasional 'catch' of a squirrel, rabbit, raccoon etc they are using their hunting skills on. I am dreading the day they encounter a porcupine :-/


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Pine Island in New Haven

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Room has queen size bed and bunk beds
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Also have fishing poles here if you want to use them.


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(3 traveller reviews)

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Country Getaway Close To The City
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Grand Rapids, MI

Country living, but not far to the city

  • 4 of 5

Country experience! You will hear barking dogs, hungry calves, lonely goats and cat's purring. You will also hear real living; family laughing around a backyard bonfire, kids playing an animated game, trying out new recipes, sampling Rosie's "squeaky" cheese from Wisconsin, and getting information on little-known local action. The family that was there when I arrived spent time at Goldrush Days in Oronoco. My husband and I were surprised how much we learned and the memories we shared at the SPAM Museum in Austin (NOT about email). The town highlights local eateries that feature SPAM on their menu, including Culver's, which serves a delicious SPAMburger. Another guest steered us toward Cannon Falls for an awesome local diner breakfast at Erik's, topped off with fresh peach pie and cobbler. The countryside is beautiful, and perfect for my passion for adventuring.

You are minutes away from the big city, and just as close to corn fields as far as you can see. I found a quaint little place called Zumbro Falls. The owner of the local gas station/campground/hotel asked if I was lost. "I'm not lost. I know exactly where I am, but I could use some help getting back, as I have no idea how I got here." On this adventure, I loved the beautiful farms and variety of landscape. Beautiful river valleys, 'hills' that made my ears pop, winding roads, and cute random villages and towns.

My trip to Rochester was centered around scary health issues. The Mayo Clinic is an excellent system, thorough and personal. We were struck by the consistency of care and concern from everyone there, from those who greet you, valet, wheelchair escort, volunteer at information desks, staff who make contact with random people who look lost or confused, people at the check-in desks, nurses, medical assistants, and other medical professionals and doctors, as well as veteran patients willing to share tips to navigate the Mayo subway.

I never felt like I was less than a full partner in each of the specialty teams involved in diagnosing and developing plans of immediate and future care.

That said, you are also not far from emotional and spiritual healing. Rosie's property allowed for quiet reflection as well as the healing that only fresh air and sunshine can provide.

I'll definitely stay here again, when in town for follow-up clinics and evaluations.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Host -- Almost Like Home!

  • 5 of 5

Let's say you have a college friend with a place out in the country with two huge bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs. You stay in comfort with WiFi, USB charger next to the bed, plenty of towels, soap, shampoo, dental floss, a sweet ironing board with two irons. and blow drier for your hair. In short, all the comfort of a hotel with the homy-ness of a Midwest farm. Refrigerator and freezer for YOU, and washer and drier in the basement. Plenty of land if you want to walk around outside, and a couple of big mellow dogs to tag along with you outside, and inside a very sweet kitty cat.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rosie is delightful

  • 5 of 5

Cute house and the owner is working hard on the property to make it a nice place to stay. She works hard as a nurse, and appears just as hard at her beautiful property. It's not a hotel (although she had things set up as nice as some hotels we have stayed at.) Don't expect perfect, but it was perfect for us! We loved Rosie, the dogs, and her lovable kitty.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Rochester International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Pine Island Golf
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Hwy 52
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Welch Village
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

If more people need sleeping areas I do have a few couches and inflatable mattress

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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