Wonderful property, wonderful home, wonderful host! What a perfect place to leave behind the stresses of work and traffic. I rented White Farm for a week and had family and friends coming and going the entire time. Some of us slept in the comfortable bedrooms (furnished, by the way, with everything you could want, so don't bother bringing extra towels or pillows), some pitched tents in the spacious back yard and some even slept on an air mattress on the front porch _ a real treat as the nights were cool. The first-floor bedroom has an attached bathroom with step-in shower and grip bars _ perfect for my mom, who has Parkinson's.
We went horseback riding at the stable a couple hundred yards down the road, rode bicycles (Phil, the host, anticipated our big crowd and supplied six, including some for kids without our even asking), walked through the fields and woods, had campfires, listened to the coyotes howl, watched the bats fly around and played euchre at the picnic table. We ate dinner outside under the beautiful maple trees every night _ again, Phil supplied extra fold-out tables and plenty of chairs _ and had plenty of room to spread out.
The kids and dogs literally had the run of the place and enjoyed every minute. It's close enough to Traverse City (which I'd avoid if you really want to get away from traffic) if you need something from a big town, and to Sleeping Bear Dunes and lovely little Lake Ann, where we rented a fishing boat for a day. We alternated ice cream runs between Lake Ann, Cedar and Empire.
The best thing, though, was the farm -- totally quiet, on a safe, low-traffic road and a perfect setting to see spectacular sunrises and sunsets. If you think the coyotes at night are cool, wait till you hear the sandhill cranes in the morning when they start rooting around in the fields.
Phil could not have been nicer and more accommodating. I am already checking my calendar to see when I can go back.