The Green Gate Barn Home

House - Entire home/apt · Giants Ridge Rd, Aurora, MN 55705, United States

One-of-a-kind barn home on private 13 acre property next to Giants Ridge Recreation Area.

Your host, Shawn
7 Reviews

One-of-a-kind barn home on private 13 acre property next to Giants Ridge Recreation Area.

The Space

Old meets new in this unique space. All the amenities of an efficient modern home with the charming details of a century-old timber barn.

Guest Access

Ample space for relaxing on our property- private riverfront access, gardens, fire pit, and green space. The paved Mesabi Trail passes 1 block from our property. Swimming beaches within 1 mile. Giants Ridge (3 miles away) provides 2 golf courses, downhill/Nordic skiing, hiking, disc golf, snowshoeing and paddling (plus a rental shop to outfit you for adventure!).
The small town of Biwabik is 1.5 miles away, and we are about an hour drive to Ely, Duluth, and the shores of Lake Superior.

Interaction with Guests

I currently live about 2 miles away, but am generally at the property daily working on various projects (currently building a log cabin!). I respond quickly to texts/calls in case guests should need anything or have questions during their stay.

The Neighborhood

It is next to everything, yet away from it all!

Getting around

Once you arrive, you won't want to leave. But if you do, a vehicle, bike or hiking shoes are required to get around.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 2
Extra people: $25 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1399 /week
Monthly Price: $3999 /month
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Ok. So, this place is the most charming, lovingly restored farmhouse anywhere. Shawn is an artist--everything in the farmhouse is done with perfection. Kind of reminds me of the quote in the Mozart movie where Mozart asked Salieri to comment on one of his works and Salieri said "it has too many notes.." Well Shawn has produced a space and an atmosphere where no note is out of place. Iv'e been up there on a guys trip to to CC ski, and a family trip to teach my kids to downhill, both were remarkable. On top of this, Shawn is just a great guy, knowledgeable and helpful. If you want to learn about solar heating, pellet stoves, woodworking, cross country skiing, all are topics to discuss. I expect my family and i will be coming back for years to come.

    January 2014
  • Fabulous stay in Northern Minnesota! The house was very comfortable, beautiful, and full of thoughtful details.

    August 2013
  • My friends and I had an terrific (email hidden) Gate Guest House. Shawn is a true craftsman: the artistry involved in building and furnishing the house became evident during our first moments in the space. It was beautiful! He has stocked the house with anything you might need for cooking and plenty of magazines, books, and games. Shawn also gave us a wealth of information about the best spots for hiking, biking, swimming, (website hidden) Gate exceeded our expectations, and we hope to visit again soon!

    June 2013
  • The greenhouse is simply amazing. Shawn has rebuilt an old farmhouse, with supreme craftsmanship and soul. The the detailing of the woodwork is beautiful. We spent 3 days cross country skiing with friends, and shawn was very responsive and insightful to all of our question--difficulty of trails, snow conditions, etc., really look forward to returning

    February 2013
  • A wonderful retreat, guest house was built from the heart and it shows! We loved our stay here and hope to return.

    May 2012
  • Awesome. Beautiful premisis and guest house. Amazing attention to detail from the craftsmanship of the guest house to the amenities provided. Well equipped with everything.... Even seasonings, oil, and cliff bars. Close to downhill skiing and even had a trail that hooked up with major xc ski routes. Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to coming back. Thank you Shawn!

    February 2012
  • We had a wonderful experience staying at Green Gate Guest House - everything was perfect - this is a beautiful cozy home. For people who love to cook - the kitchen is probably one of the best set up kitchen that we have come across in our travels. We cooked the whole weekend and it was a pleasure with all of the spices available in the home and quality cookware. We are looking forward to the next time we can stay here! Thanks Shawn!

    January 2012
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I am a degreed professional (mechanical engineering as well as nutrition science) with a variety of passions and interests. In addition to a 'corporate' engineering career, I have worked in the natural foods industry (various roles over several years (email hidden)-op), nutritional counseling, and residential construction and interior design. For the past few years, I have been dedicated to the design/build of Green Gate Guest House- one of two unique lodging properties on my 13 acre homestead. I have a passion for all areas of construction, design, technology, sustainable living, renewable energy, etc., and enjoy putting ideas into action through the myriad of projects I always have going! I enjoy nature, outdoors, exercise (running, hiking, cycling, skiing, etc), as well as the culture and arts of the city. I've traveled domestically and internationally, and enjoy a mix of both 'roughing it' and 'pampering'- great experiences often include a bit of both! My travel adventures have been minimal for the past few years due to work commitments, but I look forward to more travel ahead (Nepal may be next!). Having operated my vacation rental properties for almost two years now, I have been fortunate to host such a variety of wonderful guests. Everyone that has stayed here has been a pleasure to get to know, and I look forward to all our future guests.
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