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Family friendly home on 37-acre private lake, located on 342 acres

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 696 m²
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Sleeps 24-32 guests, 2+ kitchens, fully-furnished, 4+full baths, huge sunroom

Three levels of executive comfort on a private, 37-acre spring-fed lake. All space is flexible to meet the needs of your family or group. The Red Bud Room has a comfortable queen bed with built-ins, 2 sets of homemade bunk beds, and an adjoining full bathroom with shower. The Walnut Room features a comfortable queen size bed and beautiful built-in cabinetry with a shared bath (across the hall). The Cedar Room includes a comfortable queen bed with a set of handmade bunk beds with a shared bath (down the hall). The Dogwood Room is a flexible room with a full-sized futon and a set of handmade bunk beds. These rooms are all located on the main floor with easy access to the Main Kitchen, Gathering Room, Great Room, and Sun Room. The Oak Room is located on the second floor and has a comfortable queen size bed and large spa like bathroom with garden tub, shower, double vanity, and toilet. The Loft outside of the Oak Room is a perfect spot for a family 'slumber party': room for cots, mattresses, and sleeping bags. A great place for movie time with the family. The Gathering Room has a piano, couches, chairs, and a unique design with perfect places for conversation or to catch up on your reading. The Great Room is an open, spacious area that is multifunctional. Tables and chairs can be set up for dinner, crafts, movies, and games. Plenty of room for everyone in your party to stretch out. The Sun Room has plenty of comfy chairs and room on the floor for kids to play with a beautiful lake views on three sides. This is the perfect place to reflect with your morning coffee! Our Lower level features the Hickory room with a queen bed and handmade bunks, a kitchenette, dining area, living room with full pull out sofa sleeper, and a beautiful 3 season room with relaxing seating and lake views. The Main Kitchen has a large island, a Jenn-Aire stove top, oven, microwave, and large refrigerator, dishwasher, completely stocked with dishes, utensils, cookware, glassware, etc. You only need to provide the groceries! Steps away is the Sun Room Kitchen with another stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher. It is also completely stocked with everything (except the groceries) you need to entertain up to 24 guests. There is seating available in Sun Room Kitchen for up to 32. Step outside the Sun Room Kitchen into the screened-in Covered Patio and a gas BBQ grill with addition seating for 12. Steps from the Covered Patio is a beautiful fire pit with room for everyone. Next to the fire pit and overlooking the lake, is a 5 person (shared)hot tub. Watch the sun rise or set while you indulge. Follow the walkway to the boat dock where you will find spring fed, crystal clear water, abundant fishing, canoes, and kayaks for your use. There are plenty of life jackets for everyone. Jump off the dock and swim, float on a raft and enjoy the lake. No gas motors on the lake, just peace and quiet! After a relaxing day on the lake, perhaps you would like to challenge a family member to a game of disc golf on our 9-hole course? Or get the clubs and balls out and do some Scottish style chipping? Bring your bikes and ride around the lake or up in the woods, or hike in our 342 acres, photograph wildlife, pack a picnic and explore. This lodge is waiting for you and your family! Do you need additional room? We have some additional lodging and meeting spaces on the property. Call for details. Our owners live on site in an apartment above the 4 car garage and are just a phone call away, should you need anything!

Property Manager
Julie Swallow
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Julie Swallow

David and Marie Hazell lived in Russia for eight years working on Bible translation. In 1992, shortly after communist walls began to fall, they moved their family to the depths of Siberia where they assisted with printing the first Scripture portion in the Evenki language. David and Marie also served in Moscow, coordinating translation projects in 70 minority languages of the former Soviet Union. The family's move back to the United States in 2000 marked a new era in their support of international missions work as they now devote their time to starting businesses that promote the principles of the Kingdom of God including giving a majority of company profits to Bible translation and other worthy non-profit endeavors. Please consider helping them with this endeavor at God's Word for the Nations (

Why Julie Swallow chose Newburg

Kabekona Hills Retreat Center was established to provide a peaceful place for retreats, and family reunions. The owner's grandfather had a dream of owning property that could provide weary Christian soldiers (pastors, missionaries, and Christian laymen) solitude on lakeside property where they could rest in the hand of the Eternal Creator. Purchasing property in Northern Minnesota on Lake Kabekona, grandfather Bratrud shared his find with many Lutheran preachers and his land became respectfully known by many as preacher's point. Now two generations later with seed money from the sale of the family cabin on Lake Kabekona, we desire to carry on grandfather's dream to establish a peaceful resting place and a place of celebration for those who serve God's Kingdom. Kabekona Hills Retreat Center is a place 'where one road ends and the adventure begins.' Come and rest in the hand of the Creator.

What makes this lodge unique

The drive in is breathtaking! The property offers privacy and seclusion. Quiet, beautiful views, nature all around!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Newburg

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 696 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 32
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No fireworks allowed on property
  • No gas powered motor ATV's or boats allowed on property.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 32 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main floor bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Attached to Red Bud Room
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Executive bathroom on upper floor attached to Oak Room
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 32
  • Walnut Room - 1 queen , Main level with shared bath
    Cedar Room - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Main level, shared bath, sleeps 4 plus
    Red Bud Room - 1 queen , 2 bunk bed , Main level, attached full bath, sleeps 6 plus
    Oak Room - 1 queen , Upper level with attached executive bath
    Dogwood Room - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Sleeps 4
    Hickory room - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Sleeps 4
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
We also have additional space available for rent with this property if you are needing lodging for more guests, including an RV, and RV hook ups. We also have an Event Barn for rent for gatherings. A small fishing boat is occasionally available for rent. Call or email for more details. See VRBO property #871393


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Family friendly home on 37-acre private lake, located on 342 acres
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

What a wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

I have been using VRBO for many years, but my experience staying at Kabekona was by far my best experience. Very seldom are your expectations met when renting a vacation home, here they were greatly exceeded.

The hosts could not have been any more accommodating ,or easier to work with. The pictures do not do justice to the size, or the beauty of the entire property.

We will definitely be planning another trip there in the near future.

  • Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rick! We look forward to having you back!
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting for our family reunion and eclipse watching adventure. The house is spacious enough for lots of people and well stocked with kitchen supplies and dishes. Our grandchildren asked if we could buy it and live there forever. (All 16 of us!)

  • Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, property, and friendly staff!

  • 5 of 5

Very friendly and accommodating staff. Our group enjoyed the convenience of having everyone together in such beautiful surroundings. Sunrise and sunsets on the lake are awesome. Catering was a special treat. We didn't have to worry about purchasing food, cooking or clean up. We are looking forward to our next stay.

  • Submitted: 8-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place was AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot even begin to find all the words I need to express how wonderful our experience was. We had around 35 family members from the KC and Chicago area meet here for a family reunion. Prior to arriving, I had put together a supplemental list of outings off the property that families could do. DID NOT NEED it at all. The living spaces were perfect. LOVED the sunroom kitchen where we could ALL eat our evening meals together. We spent our days kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming (spring fed, very clear and clean lake), playing kickball and wiffle ball, relaxing in the hot tub, and hitting the bike trails. Plenty of space inside and out for group get togethers and for solo retreat as needed (my youngest took self time daily and read in the beautiful sunroom that overlooks the lake.) We also had the barn space and our families staying their loved it as well. On one day of rain, we gathered in the main level of the barn which is a small event space for games, laughing, and dancing. This place is our newfound paradise. The owner, Dave, was great to work with throughout the week and we were happy to have him share a meal and great conversation with us. Julie- the property manager- was amazing and was so kind and generous in working with me to make sure all of our needs were met and questions were answered. We are already planning our next reunion for 2019 here. Such great family memories were made!!!

  • Submitted: 7-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Women's Retreat Location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful retreat at this private oasis. There were 18 participants and 7 teachers. We also had two different massage therapists come in. Everyone love the space, the rooms, and especially the water. If you are holding a retreat, this place not only has the room for everyone to have privacy, but also has many spaces for everyone to come together in community. We used the barn for our movement practices and workshops. It was perfect. Our property guide was available for anything we needed and he gave us great instructions and a tour upon arrival.

Just a couple things to note if you are bringing a group for retreat: If you plan to cook and cater at your event, but sure to swing by and do a check list of all that you need in the kitchens. We had to bring quite a bit with us to facilitate our particular food needs (but we are pretty particular). We did have some stove issues, but otherwise had the space and refrigeration we needed. There are 4 refrigerators between all of the spaces!

Also, if you plan to be there in the hot summer months, you may consider bringing a portable air condition unit. The main eating facility can get pretty warm, but there is a small unit in there. If you plan to use the downstairs porch, there is no A/C unit in that space, and it was so hot we could not use it during the day.

All-in-all we would most definitely bring our retreat back to this location! It was exactly what we had hoped for in giving our ladies a place to rest and relax, but also with the outdoor space to venture off for activities. It's a very special spot, located conveniently. We were told there are more and more improvements happening each year and we know this will continue to be a much anticipated haven for rejuvenation for many people in the come years. We fell lucky to have found it!

  • Submitted: 26-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cina, Thank you so much for the great review. We just want you to know that we have replaced the range in the sunroom kitchen with a beautiful gas range with large oven and replaced our small oven in the main kitchen with a double oven. All ovens in the lodge now have convection capability and work amazingly! Hope to have you back again soon!
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Nice view

  • 3 of 5

We rented the entire facility for a weekend event and enjoyed working with the marketing director, Julie Swallow, very much. She was responsive, positive and helpful. There were 12 of us staying in the 6-bedroom house, which was very clean and well-kept. We all enjoyed the patio type kitchen that was large enough for us all to cook and eat together, however, it would be much better if there was a bathroom near that part of the house. The large upstairs suite included a bathroom, but no door separating it. Only one other bedroom had a bathroom in it. The owner is on-site, living over the garage, and is particular as to where you park, what you turn on and off, and where you set your coolers.

  • Submitted: 28-Sep-2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michele, Thank you so much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the sunroom kitchen area and the beautiful views. You are correct, there are only two bedrooms with attached, private bathrooms. There are a total of 4-1/2 bathrooms throughout the house and some sharing is necessary. The owners do live in an apartment over the garage and therefore parking in the proper area is important for them to have access to move their cars in and out of the garage. Also, the loading and unloading area can easily become a bottleneck if guests do not take turns. We are pretty particular regarding placement of coolers inside the house (we would hate to see any of the beautiful floors damaged by a leaking cooler or condensation) but welcome you to use them on the patio and in the sunroom kitchen which both have ceramic tile. We are so pleased that you chose Kabekona Hills for your event and we hope you will visit again.
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Nearest Airport
41 Miles
Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Interstate 44
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Various chain & local
Car: necessary

Missouri University of Science and Technology is 15 minutes away. St. James, Three Squirrels, and other local wineries are approx. 30 minutes drive from the property. Also, Fort Leonard Wood Army Base, Waynesville, and St. Robert Missouri are a 40 min drive. Traveling to Meramec Caverns is an hour drive. Property is within within a few hours drive of many rivers and springs to fish or canoe including the Gasconade, Big Piney, Current, Meramec, Huzzah, Meramec Springs, Lane Springs, Montauk Springs, Bennett Springs, to name a few. One other local event site is Fugitive Beach with lots of activities.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Newburg

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2018
Mar 1 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day 2018
May 25 2018 - May 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
June 2018
May 29 2018 - Jun 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
4th of July 2018
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
Jul 6 2018 - Aug 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Sept/Oct 2018
Sep 4 2018 - Oct 31 2018
Changeover Day: Thursday
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$379.5
Damage Deposit C$632.5

Premium Rates of $1195 ($1295 Thurs-Sat) for the following:
Weekends of: New Years, Valentines, Easter, Mother's Day, MST Graduation, Memorial Day, Father's Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, MST Homecoming.
Also the weeks of: Thanksgiving and Christmas
Also during Hunting Season (Deer)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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