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Welcome to Oakenwald Terrace!
Oakenwald Terrace, built in 1897 and proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the grandest homes in South Eastern Minnesota. You will drive away from your stay marveling at the architecture, the historical content, and the collectibles displayed everywhere in this amazing home. One stay will not be enough! We guarantee that after your return visit you will wonder how you had missed so much during your first stay.
Southern Minnesota's Finest Bed & Breakfast! Chatfield itself is a beautiful small town, which offers a friendly, peaceful atmosphere - a place to get away to relax for a weekend or special occasion. As part of Bluff Country, the area offers tourist attractions and remarkable scenic drives.
Breakfast: A full (and delicious) breakfast is always included with your stay. The portions are large so don't plan a large lunch.
Dinner for two: If you are staying with us on a weekend, treat yourself to one of the most impressive meals you have had in ages. You will dine like royalty. This seven-course meal, with entrees like prime rib and grilled salmon, is served on fine china with real silverware and wine out of silver goblets. Plan on spending at least two hours around the dinner table for this feast. ($90 per couple)
Please advise us prior to your stay if you have any food allergies or other conditions so that we may provide you with a suitable meal.
Nestled within Oakenwald Terrace's 10,000 square feet, you will find six lovely guest bedrooms, each with its own private bath and spacious sitting area. The rooms are all lavishly appointed with antique furniture and collectibles.
The common areas include a parlor donning a fireplace and square grand piano, a library originally used as a receiving parlor for guests, and an extravagant dining area shining with silver. Guests are also welcome to enjoy two alluring decks for relaxing during temperate weather, an extensive screened-in porch housing several tables and other patio furniture, a front veranda with the traditional porch swing, and a large patio area bedecked with multiple fountains and, of course, beautiful flowers.
Guests are encouraged to use the common areas as though they were their own. A cold winter night is a great time to pull a chair near the fireplace and immerse yourself in a book from the library. For those of you with musical talents, the piano, organ, cello, violin, or any of our dozens of instruments are available so that you may share your talents with us. We keep the accordion hidden unless we are very confident that you won't scare off the rest of our guests. If you carry your own instrument, we certainly would not object if you bring it with and serenade us a bit.
After you have finished touring the home and marveling at the contents, make sure to take time to enjoy our relaxing multi-terraced lawn and gardens. And since the collectibles overflow into the carriage house , take a stroll and see what else may catch your eye during your explorations.
"Very elegant, yet warm... a museum caliber bed and breakfast."
Within our cozy town of 2,400 residents, there are several attractions beyond the scenery and serenity.
Amish bullet Chatfield is the gateway to Minnesota’s Bluff Country. If you are looking for activities during your stay, the options are plentiful. Our town has multiple Amish furniture stores, a great bakery and a flower and candy store that has no rivals, and a canoe rental business.
bullet If you are a fisherman, the “Root River” and “Mill Creek” flow past the edge of town. In addition to Mill Creek, there are other small trout streams within a few minutes drive.
bullet Chatfield itself is known as “Band town USA.” Chatfield is the home of the world’s only Brass Band Lending Library. Area musicians put on concerts in the park during the summer months.
bullet The Pope and Young Archery Museum calls Chatfield home. For those of you interested in bow hunting, or in wildlife in general, this is a “must see” museum. We are hoping the big buck that dines in our garden areas will soon be a resident in this museum.
bulletbullet Chatfield is horse country, and celebrates “Western Days” as our town celebration the second weekend every August. While no one has bothered to count, the area surrounding our town is probably home to more horses during Western Days than people.
bullet In the area surrounding Chatfield, there are several more attractions. Bluff Country has a wonderful bike trail. Access to the trail is just over 10 minutes away. The town of Lanesboro is a popular afternoon destination and is only 20 minutes “down the road.” We have mapped out several beautiful driving tours including Amish tours, scenic drives through the rolling hills, along the Mississippi bluffs, or along one of the best Bald Eagle viewing areas in the country.