14044 220th Street, McGrath, MN 56350 | 320-592-0180

Description of the Octagon


The Octagon is one of our most unique structures. The grand space can be fully experienced once you enter the large vaulted main room. The main room is ideal for large gatherings, such as yoga, spiritual drumming, classes, workshops, demonstrations, receptions, dining, entertainment, and more.

There is also a 120” projection screen located in this room for presentations, workshops, or the occasional movie night. An Epson Home Cinema 3500 3LCD projector and Blu-ray home theatre sound system is available for guest use. There are VGA, HDMI, and converter cables available to interface your laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The exterior of the Octagon is surrounded by a wraparound deck with south and north facing seating areas which can be accessed from large, sliding, glass doors from the main room or from a side door off of the kitchen. These areas are perfect for grilling or setting up tables and chairs for outdoor dining.

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The Octagon


The Octagon is one of our most unique structures. The grand space can be fully experienced once you enter the large vaulted main room. There are four couches, a king-sized daybed, two chair beds, a queen-size air mattress, plenty of pillows, other chairs, and several tables placed throughout. The furniture can be moved in any manner desired to fit your needs. Original artwork is spread throughout the main room. The vast majority of the books, cassettes, and CDs of various genres are found within this main space as well as a xylophone and some drums. Extra chairs to seat 50+ people and eight 6ft by 3ft folding tables are stored within a closet. There is a large, built in wood fireplace located on the east wall. The main room is ideal for large gatherings such as for yoga, spiritual drumming, classes, workshops, demonstrations, receptions, dining, entertainment, and more.

There is also a 120” projection screen located in this room for presentations, workshops, or the occasional movie night. An Epson Home Cinema 3500 3LCD projector and Blu-ray home theatre sound system is available for guest use. There are VGA, HDMI, and converter cables available to interface your laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The exterior of the Octagon is surrounded by a wraparound deck with south and north-facing seating areas which can be accessed from large, sliding, glass doors from the main room or from a side door off of the kitchen. These areas are perfect for grilling or setting up tables and chairs for outdoor dining.

Other features of the lower level of the Octagon are a small meditation/prayer room on the main floor next to the kitchen. More books can be found in this space. The kitchen has a two-burner cooktop, a full-size refrigerator/freezer, toaster oven, crock pot, coffee makers, microwave, and all of the necessary kitchen utensils and dinnerware to serve a larger group. The kitchen has a new Oster digital countertop oven with convection with the capacity to hold two 16" pizzas or a whole chicken. Also on the lower level are a handicap accessible bathroom and shower and one bedroom with a single bed. In this bedroom are more books, games, and puzzles.

When you reach the top of the stairs to the upper level, you look out over the main vaulted room. In the east octant of the second floor, set off with a privacy screen, is another small cache of books as well as a chair and computer table for reading or studying. There are 3 bedrooms on the upper level. The central bedroom has two single beds. The east and west bedrooms each has a single bed. Also on the upper level is a bathroom with a claw foot tub and skylight. The sitting area outside of the rooms includes a rocking chair and looks down over the main vaulted room. It is bathed in warm, bright, sunlight from the unique south-facing windows. You will find more books in this sitting area.

There is Wi-Fi throughout the space. A CD/cassette player and radio is also available along with the Blu-ray player which also plays CDs. The Octagon has air conditioning, multiple ceiling fans, and added floor fans. There is a larger charcoal grill available on the west deck. It can be moved wherever it is desired.

The Octagon is a community space unless it is specifically reserved. People can lodge in the Octagon while sharing the area at a lower rate, or it can be reserved as a private space.

Features of the Octagon


Space

  • Two-floor design with wraparound deck

  • Sleeps 9 (up to 14*) guests with 4 bedrooms in the upper level (upper level: 4 single beds; lower level: 1 single bed, 1 king-size daybed, and 2 full-size couches)

  • 2 baths (1 shower and 1 tub)

  • Kitchen has a two-burner cooktop, a full-size refrigerator/freezer, toaster oven, crock pot, coffee makers, microwave, and all of the necessary kitchen utensils and dinnerware

* Two smaller couches, two chair beds, and a queen-size air mattress may be used as beds, all located in the vaulted main room.

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Amenities

  • Books, cassettes, and CDs of various genres, a xylophone, and some drums

  • Extra chairs to seat 50+ people and eight 6' x 3' folding tables

  • A 120" projection screen, Epson Home Cinema 3500 3LCD projector and Blu-ray home theatre sound system

  • An Oster digital countertop oven with convection, capacity to hold two 16" pizzas or a whole chicken

  • Air conditioners, floor/table fans, ceiling fans, and off peak electric storage heaters

  • A built-in wood fireplace

  • Large community outdoor fire pit and a large charcoal grill

  • Free Wi-Fi

Available for a fee:

  • Firewood is $5.00 per day

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Daily Rates

Children age 14 and under are $10/day per child when accompanied by an adult. This may not apply to special events.

Weekend stays are a 2-night minimum (Friday and Saturday night).

For reservations or questions, call 320-592-0180 (OFFICE), 612-423-4562 (CELL), 612-423-4720 (CELL), email us at shireinthewoods@outlook.com, or fill out our reservation form. Text messages are welcome for CELL numbers only.

ADULTS (age 15 and up) 1 2 3 4 5

The Octagon*

$55.00

$100.00

$140.00

$170.00

$195.00

The Octagon+

$100.00

$150.00

$190.00

$220.00

$245.00

Note: The Octagon sleeps 9-14 guests. For parties of more than five adults at the Octagon, the daily rate for the next two adults (6th and 7th) costs $30/adult, $20/adult for the 8th and 9th adult, and $10/adult beyond the 9th adult.

* Individuals or groups can rent a room or all of the rooms in the Octagon, in which the Octagon still remains a community space. This means other guests can come and go to use the library or bathing facilities. The upstairs rooms are individually lockable.

+ The Octagon is a private space, and no other guests can use it during this time.

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Arrival and Departure Times

Check-in

4:00pm or later

Check-out

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 shireinthewoods@outlook.com, or fill out our reservation form. Text messages are welcome for CELL numbers only.

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