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Turn-of-the-Century Home Meets Contemporary Art!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

This is a treasured home and an outstanding example of small space living!

The GuestHouse is a private art gallery which showcases regional artists and is a vacation rental.

Regarding the house: as a local artist and writer, I renovated this 1905 home with high attention to quality interior design. At 1100 ft.², it is an excellent example of small space living. There are two bedrooms and one bath. Enjoy morning or afternoon coffee on the porch. Maple hardwood floors are throughout the living room, dining room, and bedroom. There is air-conditioning, a five-burner stainless steel gas range, microwave, a quality appointed kitchen, reverse osmosis drinking system, a main-floor bedroom with a queen bed, an upstairs bedroom with a full bed, and a pullout living-room couch sleeper. The main floor bathroom includes an old-fashioned cast-iron tub, shower, and a Whirlpool washing machine and dryer. Wireless Internet, a 38” flat screen television with an internet audio and video player (internet access to Netflix, Hulu Plus , You Tube and Pandora), and an ample library of DVDs. The dining room table seats four, but has three extra leaves. The GuestHouse is centrally located in downtown Ortonville, just two houses away from The Ortonville Pier and Lakeside Park, walkable to the library. During the summer, enjoy the Saturday farmer’s market along the lake.

I try to use natural cleaning products. Towels and sheets are 100% cotton and are of high quality. I strive to buy organic cotton when I can. The GuestHouse has been inspected and licensed by the state of Minnesota, which means it meets safety and cleanliness criteria. Mattresses are encased with a hypo allergic and bed-bug barrier, there are smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, a carbon monoxide alarm, etc.

This summer, 2018, I launch my fifth summer season of having The GuestHouse. It amazes me where people come from. I’ve had guests from all over the United States including Hawaii. I have people who come here to see family and reconnect with their roots, people attending weddings, honeymooners, girlfriend getaways, people who want to see what our region is like and explore real estate. I have also attracted people specifically because of this house, which makes me incredibly happy!

Because The GuestHouse is also an art gallery, I have the opportunity to be a curator, which means I select the type of show I want to have for the season and specific artists. Because I am an artist myself, I am familiar with artists in our region and with their work. So I begin to think of shows long in advance and imagine who the artists might be.

The 2018 Art Exhibit

Artists at The GuestHouse are: Deborah C Connolly of Danvers, Kristi Link Fernholz of Appleton, John George Larson of Milan, and myself. The permanent collection includes: Corina Kells, Kathleen Marihart, Becky Stattelman, Phyllis Joos and myself. With some advanced notice, studio tours can be arranged. PLEASE NOTE: an art show runs from May through the end of September. If you rent this house in the "off" season, there will be art on the wall just not the art that is photographed on VRBO.

This summer, 2018, I launch my fifth summer season of having The GuestHouse. It amazes me where people come from. I’ve had guests from all over the United States including Hawaii. I have people who come here to see family and reconnect with their roots, people attending weddings, honeymooners, girlfriend getaways, people who want to see what our region is like and explore real estate. I have also attracted people specifically because of this house, which makes me incredibly happy!

Because The GuestHouse is also an art gallery, I have the opportunity to be a curator, which means I select the type of show I want to have for the season and specific artists. Because I am an artist myself, I am familiar with artists in our region and with their work. I begin to think of shows long in advance and imagine who the artists might be.

Regarding this year’s show: I am a big fan of Deborah’s watercolors! Her work is absolutely beautiful. I love the dreamy ethereal quality of her florals. She is renowned in our area but also has statewide recognition for her paintings.

Kristi’s photography is so perfect for this house! There is a peaceful Zen quality to her work. They are so simple, yet at the same time really embody the peacefulness of the prairie.

I am showing my work this year, something I don’t typically do! I create large canvas painted photography that showcases the prairie.

There is a really beautiful thread through these three artistic expressions of rural life. They represents both the macro and the micro perspectives of our shared landscape. I am honored that both of these women are showing their work this year at The GuestHouse. I know that they will be very well received by the clients.

I am thrilled to have John George Larson’s ceramics in the house. He lived in South Korea for a year studying with a ceramic master. It is only a matter of time before he is discovered – with a larger audience – for his truly innovative creativity in ceramics. I’m absolutely delighted to have three-dimensional sculpture as part of this year’s show.

All four of us are part of The Meander, which is the Minnesota River art crawl which happens every October.

Returning artists showcased this year at The GuestHouse: Kathleen Marihart is a lifelong artist. Along with fine arts, she is a master award-winning quilter. I believe that her work with colors through fabrics, have had a strong influence in her paintings. She’s a prolific artist and is constantly taking classes to expand her knowledge and explore different mediums. I am always fascinated by what she is doing and how her work is evolving. She has the four small yupo’s by the kitchen.

Corina Kells has a degree in photography. She has been exploring different types of art for years. Creating yupo art is something that she is really enjoys doing with her mother, Kathleen Marihart. Kathleen has an art studio on Big Stone Lake, so when the two of them are painting, Corina often will take a break and go for a swim in Big Stone Lake. Not too shabby. She has the small green yupo in the living room and the pieces upstairs.

Becky Stattelman was born and raised in this area. She loves life on the farm and lives it with panache and style. I would have to say that her life itself is a form of artistic expression. The beauty that surrounds her, the horses with their swishing tales, the strutting chickens, and her welcoming farm dog, are all part of her personal expression. It’s no surprise that she is able to communicate her appreciation of farm life and nature through her stunning photography. She and her husband are the proud hosts of The Meander location titled The Red Barn. Their site attracts about 900 people a year! Becky took the photograph hanging above the bathtub.

I discovered Phyllis Joos’ work at the PRCA gallery in Morris. Once upon a time, a long time ago, I explored woodblock printing. She has taken woodblock printing to a whole new level in creating images of clothing. I immediately fell in love with her work and really appreciate how avant-garde it is. Everyone who has been in the house and sees her work is absolutely nuts about it! She has the baptismal gown in the hallway.

As a returning artist, on permanent display, are the historical painted photographs in the dining room. These are old photographs that I painted. They are important to me because they honor history--not only the land that this house is on-- but to Ortonville and our area. The Orton’s own the property that The GuestHouse is on. Ironically, they also owned the property that my personal home is on.

I am deeply honored to have all these artists at The GuestHouse. Each of them bring years of creative expression to their work.

Thank you for your interest!!!

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Edie Barrett
Member since: 2014
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June 20, 2018

About Edie Barrett

I moved to Ortonville in 2010. Once upon a time, I was a NDSU student, and transferred to the University of California Santa Barbara to complete my degree. I remained in Santa Barbara for 26 years. I am a fifth generation Minnesotan and Norwegian. Although my professional background was in business, I am a lifelong artist and writer. The Minneapolis Tribune has published my work; I am also a Meander artist. I have always enjoyed interior design. The GuestHouse is my fifth home renovation project.

My family and I have rented five different homes through VRBO, so I know what I want my experience as a renter to be. Living in Santa Barbara I got used to having houseguests. Between being a vacation home renter myself, and having years of guests, I hope to strike a balance of providing beautiful accommodations, being a host if you need assistance, and also providing you with enough information to create your own memorable holiday.

Edie Barrett purchased this house in 2013

Why Edie Barrett chose Ortonville

My family lived in the Ortonville area during the turn of the century. While visiting here five years ago, I fell in love with the beauty of the prairie, Big Stone Lake, and the iconic small-town charm of Ortonville. I find the people here incredibly welcoming and generous. The fact that there is an active arts community is tremendously appealing to me. More and more, I see people from other areas discovering Ortonville as a well-kept secret.

What makes this house unique

The moment I walked into this house I loved it and I saw it’s creative potential. I have approached this renovation as an evolving art project. To my knowledge, there’s nothing quite like this rental home in western Minnesota, and perhaps in the state. My friends say to me, “This house is so personal! How can you rent it to strangers!?” It is a personal house. But I also want to give visitors the opportunity to stay in a unique home and get a sense of who we are as an art community. This area of Minnesota is exceptionally beautiful. To host people in a quality way, facilitate an appreciation of art, and help them to enjoy our beautiful region, well... that just really thrills me!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Ortonville

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • The mainfloor bathroom has a cast-iron tub, a walk-in shower, and a like-new whirlpool washer and dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Pullout sofa couch - 1 double
  • The main floor bedroom has a quality queen size mattress with quality bed linens. The upstairs bedroom his a full bed, a quality mattress, with quality bed linens. The living room has a sleeper, pullout sofa. This is an authentic 1950’s sofa. It has hardly ever been used, but best for children or someone under 30. The mattress could also be put on the floor and be used as a futon, which might be more comfortable than having it on the couch. In addition, I have a full size blow-up mattress with a hand pump.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
If you like hunting and/or fishing, I have connections with avid hunters and fishermen with advanced notice, I could arrange guides. Although this home is right next to the lake, there is no lake access on this property. There is a boat launch approximately one mile from the property.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

great vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

Ortonville is a great place to take life a little slower. The Guest House was very well-stocked with anything we might need. The art work inside was great. The house is located in town.

There was some road construction going on nearby but I'm sure it is normally really quiet. The owner, Edie, was wonderful.

  • Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great stay !!!!

  • 5 of 5

Great attention to detail here - , our party of three enjoyed the beautiful art work inside , the peek- a -boo view of the lake from the deck and we LOVED the Fire pit and comfortable seating there / .It made for a great evening/night and star gazing ! The well stocked kitchen was appreciated -as well as the beautiful flowers outside and those placed inside for us . We were a group of 3 generations- mother , daughter and- (adult ) grand dau- .1 bedroom on main level worked well for elderly mother . The upstairs bedroom had 1 full size bed and an air bed to inflate - that worked for the other two in the party - then did not have to use sofa sleeper . Plenty of bedding and pillows .

The only thing we wanted was more time there !!!!


  • Submitted: 7-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thoughtful and clean

  • 5 of 5

Edie's GuestHouse was the perfect retreat for my family while we visited family in nearby Milbank, SD.

It's evident that Edie has thoughtfully furnished and designed this lovely home. Not a single detail was missed.

The directions and suggestions were meticulously communicated by our host, and we loved exploring Ortonville.

This is a beautiful, family-friendly space that we look forward to using again.

  • Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wayzata, MN

Love this home!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying here and would definitely book this home again! We were greeted with a bouquet of peonies and a bag of fresh coffee beans! The location is fantastic! It's just a stroll down the sidewalk for coffee and lunch, or a walk along the lake! The home was clean and stocked with everything you could possibly need. Super cute porch to have morning coffee while looking at the lake ! Also, a great area designated for evening reclining by the firepit. Love it!

  • Submitted: 14-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sioux Falls, SD

Great home, great location

  • 5 of 5

This house is the perfect little rental to enjoy a get-a-way in Ortonville. It is conveniently located and close to everything - including the lake! The art displayed inside by local artists makes extra special. No details are missed (including comfortable mattresses on the beds) and the owner is wonderful to work with. We can't wait to book it again!

  • Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, Confortable and Great Location

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean and comfortable for our weekend winter stay. Edie was attentive and easy to get hold of, she returned our damage deposit promptly, and she provided us a bag of the most wonderful homemade granola we've ever eaten!

And whatever you're coming to Ortonville for, the location of this house has to be near perfect. You're close to lake access, the main drag in Ortonville, and the road to the South Dakota side. I can't imagine many situations where you would visit this area and have a much more ideal location.

If you're looking for all the comforts of home in a convenient Ortonville location, this is your place!

  • Submitted: 24-Feb-2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Watertown, SD
Car: not necessary

The Unique Benefits of This Area: Big Stone Lake is the headwaters to the Minnesota River. The area is lush with vegetation, it’s a major bird watching, fishing, and hunting destination.

Big Stone Lake divides Minnesota from South Dakota and is 26 miles long. It’s a beautiful lake, with wetlands and rolling hills that give way to the prairie. The city of Ortonville was established in the late 1800s. Due to the railroad, it became a mecca not only for growing industry, but for theater, arts and education. Currently, the population of Ortonville is about 1,800 people.

Things to Do: According to Times outdoor writer, Glen Schmidt, “… one could make the argument that Big Stone Lake is now the best perch fishing lake on the map.” We are already known as having one of the best walleye lakes in the western region of Minnesota. People also fish for northern, pike, and bluegills. This is a beautiful lake in the summer, but don’t let the winter blues stop you, Artie’s Bait and Tackle rents ice fishing houses. You’ll need to have a very strong Minnesota accent, have eaten lutefisk and lefsa, and know who Ole’ and Inga are.

You don’t have to be a fisherman to enjoy the lake. In the summer, if you would like a pontoon boat ride and a tour of the lake, give a call to Let’s Go Fishing and they will be happy to schedule a boat ride for you.

One my favorite seasonal places is The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, just 1 mile south of town on Highway 7/75. This is a self-guided driving tour that attracts 20,000 to 30,000 people per year for bird watching and sightseeing. There are approximately 230 different species of birds that have been documented in our area. The refuge is a five-mile wildlife paved loop that also has two hiking paths to explore. Every time I go there, I am stunned by the beauty of the land and the prolific birdlife. Bring your binoculars and a camera! There is a large elevated dock seating area and nice restrooms. The gate opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. This area is open in the winter for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however, if there is too much snow, the gate will be locked. Note: the highway sign reads, Scenic Auto Driving Tour.

This is also a great area for walking and biking. There is a trail that runs along the Minnesota River called The Minnesota River Headwaters Recreational Trail. It starts at Big Stone Lake and connects to The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. If you’re looking to break a sweat, and be awestruck by the beauty of nature at the same time, this would be a great biking loop. The trail is wheelchair accessible.

Need a little retail therapy? How about visiting our local antique shops! Just south of Ortonville off-highway 12 is Valley View Antiques. In Big Stone City there are two seasonal antique shops: both are located on Highway 12. After all this antiquing, you might need to go have a chocolate shake at Mac Daddy’s. They have the best ice cream in the area. You can’t miss the location, it’s right next to Old House Antiques. They have summer hours only.

Since you’re sporting a sugar high, why stop now? I recommend visiting The Furniture Shoppe in downtown Ortonville. While Jim has a large selection of new furniture upstairs, it’s the basement shop that I enjoy. Jim buys estates, so you can find everything from used furniture, to paintings, to Christmas tree decorations. I found a flawless Limoges (French porcelain) coffee pot there, as well as many other treasures.

Our golf course is a major attraction! The back nine are beautiful holes on the plateau that overlook Big Stone Lake. Having dinner on their outside patio, overlooking the lake, contributed to “sealing the deal” in my desire to move here. You probably already know, but this area is renowned for all kinds of hunting. Once you’ve gotten that big buck, give Dale a call at Pioneer Meat Market. He makes the best homemade deer sausage in the region! Whole deer processing costs $60. While you’re there, you might want to ask about the sliced roast beef that they sell by the pound that is precooked. It’s a real easy crowd-pleasing meal!

There are many things to do in this area, but it’s also just a beautiful place to unwind and be quiet. It’s a great getaway.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Ortonville

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer & Fall 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Oct 2 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$398.07
Cleaning fee C$79.61

There is $75 cancellation fee within two weeks of reservation arrival date.

On two week rentals there is a $110.00 cleaning fee. With linen service after 7 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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