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Farm-Based “Hotel” Built From Grain Bins
Converting grain bins into hotel-style lodging is a perfect complement to Gathered Oaks, a wedding and event venue featuring a barn and 11 rural acres overlooking a lake. When not in use by wedding guests, Airbnb and other guests can book the grain bin rooms.
Anne Larson, owner of the Alexandria, Minn., business explains that her son saw an article about converted grain bins “and we decided to go for it because it’s just so cool. We found a good builder willing to do it.”
The 18-ft. dia. bins came from her aunt’s property. They were disassembled, transported, reassembled and grouped together. With two levels in each bin, there are eight units with private baths and modern accommodations. One bin is slightly taller with a third story to create a suite on the top floors.
The builder cut angles to create 13 sides to accommodate the round walls, and the top floor rooms have dome ceilings. The biggest challenge was installing utilities such as water and septic. Getting Wi-Fi was also tricky because of the metal walls.
The effort was worth it, Larson says. Wedding guests can stay in the grain bin rooms as well as the farm house.
Besides the lake, the property is surrounded by farms and next to a winery and other attractions in the lakes area of Alexandria that is 10 minutes away.
To book, check out the Gathered Oaks website or go through Airbnb.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gathered Oaks, 4550 County Road 34 NW, Alexandria, Minn. 56308 (ph 218-979-2101; tessa@gatheredoaks.com; www.gatheredoaks.com).

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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #1