|Space||500 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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
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.
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.
My husband and I took a 3-day weekend on a lark and ended up in this little pocket of heaven. You are truly off the grid here, at least we were: no phone or even 3G service. The owners have wifi at their house if you need it, but honestly, what a relief to put those phones away and stare at the sky, which is endless, and the meandering creek. To take a walk through the grasses with our dog, lie on the hammock, curl up with coffee and a book. The kitchen is perfect for cooking, the small gas fireplace very cozy. I imagine this place looks different every day of the year, depending on the weather, the clouds, the progress of blooming flowers and nearby farms. I want to come back again and again to see how it changes. Thanks to Vicki and Steve for creating this oasis and for giving us time, space--and eggs!
This was truly a retreat. The cabin was clean and cozy and felt like home. I enjoyed exploring the property and the many trails were a great way to do it. I couldn't be more happy with my visit and look forward to returning in the future!
Well designed and maintained cabin on the prairie. The supply of essentials was much appreciated, as well!
The only draw back was, it is the beginning of spring and the Asian beetles were out in full force and were around the inside windows. Although they pretty much stayed near the windows it would be suggested to use a home defense spray to maybe keep them at bay.
Over all though a great little spot to enjoy the beauty of nature and some fresh eggs from the chickens!!
The Redpath Retreat was the perfect, beautiful, cozy getaway. We had just the right amount of privacy and access to our hosts. The cabin is lovely and filled with amenities and the land is so peaceful and serene. And the fact that we were able to bring our pup was the cherry on top! We will be back!
Sorry for the delayed review. It was a fantastic weekend retreat with peace and quiet. We wanted a small cozy cottage with a fireplace in the middle of the peaceful countryside and that is exactly what we got. The eggs were fresh (even in January) and unbelievably delicious. We ate the entire carton over our weekend retreat. While it was too cold the weekend we were there to cross country ski, it would have been a perfect area, especially up the frozen river bed. 2 thumbs up and would highly recommend!
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.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights