RETREAT IN THE WOODS, OFF THE GRID, 8 MILES TO EMPIRE BEACH

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Hughthir White

Speaks english, italian
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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RETREAT IN THE WOODS, OFF THE GRID, 8 MILES TO EMPIRE BEACH

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1 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, sleeps 4

Our retreat is located on 120 acres of beautiful wooded land in Leelanau county. To arrive you drive on a well maintained two track through a lovely woods. When you step out of your car, you truly understand the notion of 'getting away.'

House is a 1200 sq ft timber frame, completely off the grid. We produce all our electricity using solar panels and wind generation. This retreat being 'off the grid' allows guests to experience living in an energy sustainable fashion, and requires a sensitivity to moderate energy use and a basic understanding of how alternative energy actually works. Guests will be given a simple explanation of how to monitor energy use versus energy gain. We are located 9 miles to Empire Beach, and 18 miles from Traverse City.

This region is renowned for its natural beauty, the spectacular sand beaches of Lake Michigan, the vineyards and cherry orchards of Leelanau County. The closest golf course is four miles away. Empire is the gateway to the 70,000 acre national park, Sleeping Bear Dunes. No shortage of skiing, hiking, beach combing, canoeing, fishing and peace and quiet.

We are located only twenty minutes to Traverse City, which offers many fine dining possibilities as well as the newly renovated State Theater, home of the Traverse City Film Festival.

An additional timber framed guest cabin is available, a stones throw from the house. Please inquire for details.

If you are looking for the peace and quiet of the woods, this is an ideal place to be. It is also a wonderful spot to experience off the grid, sustainable energy living.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm

Hughthir White

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2009
Speaks english, italian
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
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Property Reviews

Retreat in the woods, off the grid, 8 miles to empire beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
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Retreat in the woods, off the grid, 8 miles to empire beach
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
St. Clair Shores, MI
5

A Picture Is Worth A 1000 Words? Not this time!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
Way to go Hughthir! We were wondering when you would decide that you should let the world know about this gem of yours. Folks, you can be assured that my wife Kathie and I are looking over our schedule for this summer ... and the fall ... to see when we can get the time away to enjoy this opportunity. I can tell you this from our many visits to the property over the past few years: This home and setting are magnificent, and extremely well priced for what you will be getting for your money. From the moment you pull off the road onto the two-track back into the woods you start to feel the serenity of nature at its best. Don't pass this one up folks. Take it from a city boy who is stuck in the hussle and bussle of the work-world WAY too much: This is it! And I can promise that once you do rent Hughthir's place you will ABSOLUTELY want to come back again and again. And that's just the way it really is!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 3/4
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Retreat in the woods, off the grid, 8 miles to empire beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p235456
+1 231 326-5984
Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
5

Excellent!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
Our family just returned from staying in Hughthir's cabin. We had a fantastic time! Both the cabin and the land are beautiful! We could have spent our whole time just walking around the lake, climbing trees, and playing board games in the lovely home. However, we spent some of Saturday going to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. The visitor's center in Empire is only 10 minutes away! Those too are beautiful and fun. This is the perfect location for somebody (or a family like ours) who wants quiet, nature, and time to just be with one another. Hughthir was the perfect host. We look forward to returning in the not too distant future!
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Retreat in the woods, off the grid, 8 miles to empire beach
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
Aurora
5

Changed our lives for the better!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
What a place to relax and reflect on life. Hughthir it has changed our lives for the better! We were a little concerned driving a mile into the woods, but it is well worth it. Hughthir has made a wonderful compound back there. Very interesting buildings, owner is informative and his home is close but gave us plenty of privacy. Super clean and simple rental, yet has everything you need. Wildlife is also at its best. A short drive to all the interesting sites. Beats the crowded hotel rut!!! We just wish we could have stayed longer. Felecia the furry host was super sweet! We loved her and could have taken her home. Thank you again for allowing us to experience this unique property. We will be back!
Kim and Bryan Miklich
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Retreat in the woods, off the grid, 8 miles to empire beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p235456
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
5

Forest Retreat

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
This is a beautiful, wooded home which you will never want to leave! Our family had such a great time. If you like to explore the forest and revel in nature, this is a great choice for a vacation home. The owner is a great host, and is helpful but also very respectful of privacy. We can't wait to visit this green house next year! Thanks - the kids say this was the best vacation ever.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Retreat in the woods, off the grid, 8 miles to empire beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p235456
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
Cincinnati, Ohio
5

Great place to relax and forget about it all

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
We loved the house, it's simply but beautifully constructed and very well appointed for a rental cabin. There were plenty of interesting books to read, and the kitchen was very well supplied with everything we needed for cooking. Being 'off the grid' was not a problem at all, the house has a simple yet very elegant solar/wind system that was more than for lights and everything else we needed. The owner is an excellent guy who is more than happy to go the extra mile to make his guests feel comfortable and at home. If you're vacationing in the area, this place is a bargain and just far away enough from all the madness in Traverse City (but not too far to make it inconvenient to get there), and very close to some of the best beaches on Lake Michigan. You won't be disappointed!
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Nearest Beach
8 Miles
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Car: necessary
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Availability & Rates

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Empire House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Off Peak 1
May 1 2014 - Jun 14 2014
3 night minimum stay
$160
$1,100
 
 
peak
Jun 15 2014 - Sep 15 2014
Changeover Day: Sunday
3 night minimum stay
$185
From
$185
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,200
 
 
Off Peak 2
Sep 16 2014 - Nov 1 2014
3 night minimum stay
$170
$1,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes This retreat offers the option to rent the guest cabin for an additional $70:00 a night. Ideal for two couples who share the main house for meals and bath facilities, and then have completely private sleeping quarters. The guest cabin has a wood fired sauna which can be fired up for a $25.00 fee. The guest cabin has no plumbing, but a port-a-potty is available.
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Amenities

Empire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Lake
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Local Maps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Telephone
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • House has one master bedroom with queen bed. Two single sleeping options on main floor.
Entertainment:
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Books
  • Piano
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • skiing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
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