The Loft is set amongst a circle of trees next to the entrance to the Blueberry Trail. It receives some welcome southern sunshine in the winter through the big living room/dining room windows.
You enter the Loft through a wraparound screened-in porch and then into the kitchen. Off to the left are two rocking chairs with foot stools in front of the free standing wood burning fireplace. Ahead sits the dining table in front of the large, south-facing, viewing windows. Also on the first floor is a ½ bath*. You ascend up the spiral staircase to the loft where two single beds reside. The Kitchen has a small refrigerator with a freezer, a two-burner cook top, microwave, coffee pot, crock pot, and a toaster oven. A CD player, air conditioner, floor/table fans as well as ceiling fans, Wi-Fi, and an outdoor grill are also available. Outside the Loft by a large tree, there is a firepit and a tree swing.
Two floor design with spiral staircase to upper floor
2 beds and 1 bedroom
1 bathroom with shower*
Kitchen with a two-burner cooktop, one small refrigerator with freezer, microwave, crock pot, coffee maker, a large toaster oven, and all the necessary kitchen utensils and dinnerware
* Those who lodge in the Loft may also use the bathing facilities of the Octagon (large shower on the first floor or claw foot tub on the second level), or the lower level shower/bathroom in the Cedar House depending on the circumstances.
Air conditioner, floor/table fans, ceiling fans
A free-standing wood fireplace
Outdoor grill, firepit, and tree swing
Available for a fee:
Firewood is $5.00 per day
Children age 14 and under are $15/day per child when accompanied by an adult. This may not apply to special events.
Weekend and Holiday stays are a 2-night minimum. There may be exceptions so please contact the office.
For reservations or questions, call 320-592-0180 (OFFICE), 612-423-4562 (CELL), 612-423-4720 (CELL), email us at email@example.com, or fill out our reservation form. Text messages are welcome for CELL numbers only.
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4:00pm or later
no later than 1:00pm
For reservations, questions, or special check-in and check-out times, call 320-592-0180 (OFFICE), 612-423-4562 (CELL), 612-423-4720 (CELL), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out our reservation form. Text messages are welcome for CELL numbers only.
The calendar may not be up-to-date or accurate. Please call or email us to confirm your reservation.
"It was comforting to pull up and see the Loft again. It had been 3 years. I had searched online for the Dwelling and it seemed to have disappeared. Then, a few months ago, I searched again and there was the Shire in the Woods. It was back – new name, same place. I am thrilled. I now have my place back – where I go to get clear, reconnect myself with nature and rejuvenate. Best of success here. Namaste."
- Nikki, Guest
“The Hobbit - The unexpected journey... The Shire in the Woods... expected, planned journey. My first trip here was maybe 8-10 years ago. I found it peaceful, calming and healing. I know that is what I needed at that time in my life. This round, I simply was looking for solitude, nature and time to relax, which is what I found...fire in the wood burning stove, snowshoeing, hikes, a trip to see the white-tailed deer at Father Hennepin State Park, squirrels, chickadees and peace.”
- Lori, Guest
"Thank you for this beautiful solitude and such a warm welcome. The ambience and peaceful nature of this retreat is worth every penny and is healing unto itself. Keep up the good work."
- Anonymous, Guest
“24 hours of peace, nature wrapped in the cozy walls of the Loft. Listening to the rain, roaring fire in the stove, letting the magic of the place seep into me. Listening to the world wake up and the coffee brew - the deep green that stretches out all around. I feel restored, renewed and ready to return to life outside this magical place.”
- Jennifer, Guest
“Thank you for providing a spiritual haven to me over the past week. I badly needed a retreat to rest, relax and be quiet for a time, and this was the perfect venue for it. I can appreciate how much time and care you place into running this place. Thank you.”
- Erin, Guest
“Arrived after fighting the north Metro traffic which added an hour to my trip. Found a warm smile and gentle greeting. Have already fallen in love with the Loft... perfectly nun-sized. Awoke naturally to sunlight and bird song. Finished several projects. Fully rested and wonderfully productive at the same time. I will return.”
- Sister Laurie, Guest
“Arrived with my mom. We walked on the wooded paths. We enjoyed watching a red squirrel eat the bird seed we put out. Every once in a while, a bird came too. The whole place is beautiful. Enjoyed our stay.”
- Erika & Jennifer, Guests
“Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. I was looking for a place to get away with God, and the Shire in the Woods is the perfect place. I leave feeling very refreshed.”
- Cierra, Guest
“We had a wonderful stay here in the Loft. Thank you for letting us bring our bird dog because she had an awesome time too. We will be back next year to try another cabin and would love to get up here in the winter to sit in front of the fire.”
- Lou, Steph & Ellie, Guests
“When I am walking, I am ancient. I am touching the earth softly and doing no harm. On the trail the veil is thin.”
- Sanchia, Guest
“Such a cute little place this is! Wonderful windows to watch nature and just enough room to relax and rejuvenate my soul. Thanks.”
- Liz, Guest
“I am a new mom, newish wife, artist, professor, colleague, friend, daughter, sister... I came here to let all of these identities melt away for a few days. In this quiet space, I have been able to just be "me". Thank you for this wonderful experience. I will be back.”
- Megan, Guest
“Thank you for your commitment and hard work to provide peaceful solitude in such comfort and charm. I needed a few days away and now I'm ready to go back. Everything was perfect. With gratitude.”
- Kate, Guest
“My son (3 yrs.) and I spent just one night here, but it was very enjoyable and rejuvenating. The wood stove kept us plenty warm. My son enjoyed exploring the spiral staircase, building a fire, cooking and exploring the woods around the cabin. I appreciated the cleanliness and craftsmanship of the cabin and the intentionality of the staff towards giving guests a pleasant visit. Thank you. I hope to visit again for a longer stay.”
- Ricardo & Manalo, Guests