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Shawn Callahan

Member since: 2011
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Unique Barn Home Next to Giants Ridge Recreation Area

55 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Biwabik holiday house

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Green Gate Barn Home is a one of two exceptional vacation rentals on a private 13 acre farmstead (see The Green Gate Farmhouse, our other vacation rental offering). We are conveniently located adjacent to the Giants Ridge Recreation Area. Our guests enjoy direct access to the Mesabi Bike Trail, skiing and golfing at Giants Ridge, and lounging at the beaches of Embarrass Lake just a short walk from our door. We are a year-round destination, catering to nordic and alpine skiers, cyclists, paddlers, golfers and those simply choosing to relax at our historic homestead retreat.

Green Gate is a truly unique barn home, combining all the modern amenities with the rustic charm of the original 1935 hay barn that inspired the project. The 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom guest house can accommodate up to 6 people. A well-commissioned kitchen, dining room, and comfortable lounge area with cable TV and WiFi make Green Gate your home-away-from-home. Guests can also enjoy campfires, explore the surrounding countryside, or relax at a lake beach just a few minutes away.

Green Gate Guest Houses is a sustainable lodging facility. We support sustainable tourism by following strict green building standards, choosing environmentally-conscious purchases, adopting energy conservation and renewable energy technologies, using environmentally friendly products and supporting non-motorized recreation.

Located 1.5 miles from Biwabik and 3 miles from Giants Ridge Golf and Ski Resort. Direct access to the Mesabi Bike Trail and Snowmobile Trails. Water access for swimming and paddling nearby, and 1/4 mile from Superior National Forest Scenic Byway.

Keywords: Private, rural, farm, farmhouse, nordic skiing, downhill skiing, giants ridge, golf, northern MN, arrowhead, iron range

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  • non smoking only
Shawn Callahan (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english

About Shawn Callahan

Shawn is a degreed professional (Mechanical Engineering and Nutrition Science) who relocated from the Twin Cities to northern Minnesota in 2002. Since that time, he has worked in a variety of positions, while also renovating the historic property that is now the site of two vacation rentals. Inn his spare time, he enjoys the many opportunities for outdoor adventure in northern Minnesota.

Shawn Callahan purchased this house in 2002

Why Shawn Callahan chose Minnesota

I built these vacation homes on our historic 13 acre homestead to provide a one-of-a-kind lodging option for the many travelers to this area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“We were all very fortunate to stay in your beautiful guest house. It’s a home-away-from-home. Lots of laughs and wonderful memories with great friends! We had a blast snowboarding and a couple girls got massages! We all have established there will be another visit in the future. Thanks for everything and the warm hospitality”
Feb 2012
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based on 55 traveller reviews

Unique Barn Home Next to Giants Ridge Recreation Area
average rating of 5.0 based on 58 reviews

Amazing private retreat

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic barn home, uniquely designed and crafted by owner, everything needed for a relaxing stay is available inside this cozy, quirky home, hand-made furnishings and decorations, totally comfortable setting!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls' Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We (3 30ish ladies) deeply loved the barn! We were gathered for a spring weekend away from our families to play cards, have drinks, and generally disconnect from real life. This was the perfect storybook setting to do that! We initially had booked the tiny log home, but when Shawn realized there were 3 of us, he offered this for a nominal fee more. The barn was the most charming setting that I've ever had the pleasure to call mine (even if just for a bit). The craftsmanship is wonderful. Shawn also gave us the run of the land - it was warm one day, and we set lawn chairs in the river and drank margaritas in solitude. Thank you, Shawn! You are a great craftsman and host!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breezy Point, MN

Great stay, great property.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in both the farmhouse and the barn/silo. Both were clean and in excellent shape. Shawn was a wonderful host.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing and incredibly detailed!

  • 5 of 5

The Green Gate Barn Home is impeccably maintained and impressively built! We couldn't believe all the detail and thought that went into this cozy, amazing little home, from the staircase that lights up as you go up or down, to the birthday candles in a kitchen drawer. Every detail is taken care of to make your stay as relaxing and stress-less as possible. You will want to move in and stay forever!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Favorite Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Just spent our second sister get together at the Barn. Perfect for preparing dinner for our friends from the area, as everything we need is right there - just like home. Very private and so beautiful. A perfect place to explore the North country - hiking, biking, skiing, water and winter sports are right outside your door. Which guest house to choose is the question, as they are all so unique. We are in awe of Shawn's craftsmanship. All questions and inquiries are answered immediately and each guest house is immaculate and well maintained. We have recommended these beautiful guest houses at the "Farm" to all our friends. We will be back very soon.

Bonnie A. (Andover, MN) and Jan V. (Park Rapids, MN)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anchorage, AK

A ten! Couldn't be better.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great visit to the Northland and the Barn Home played a key role. It was centrally located for the numerous activities during the East Range All-Class Reunion. The home was so comfy and well-appointed that I was tempted to just "hang out" and skip all the running around. It was a great place to visit with family members who stopped by. It will definitely be my first choice whenever I visit The Range in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Located on a private 13 acre homestead outside Biwabik, near Giants Ridge Recreation Area. Variety of recreational opportunities nearby, including beaches, swimming, fishing, hiking, paddling, cycling, mountain biking, golfing, Nordic and alpine skiing, bird watching, scenic drives and historic tours.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Biwabik, Minnesota

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$655
Tax Rate 12.38%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Biwabik

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • non smoking only
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Private, 13 acre homestead, river frontage, lake/beach within walking distance.