SPACIOUS HOME PERFECT FOR THE LARGE FAMILY REUNION!

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Betsy & Jim

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Sleeps18
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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SPACIOUS HOME PERFECT FOR THE LARGE FAMILY REUNION!

Port Sanilac House Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, sleeps 18, lake views, 3 levels with game room!

This spacious home on 7 acres with sweeping views of Lake Huron, situated between the quaint villages of Port Sanilac and Harbor Beach. It is the perfect destination for a group or multi-family getaway or reunion on Lake Huron! 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, sleeps 18, huge game room, and beautiful lake views!

Our 3-story home is located in Forestville, Michigan -- 18 miles north of Port Sanilac and 12 miles south of Harbor Beach. The home is situated at the end of a long private driveway atop a bluff with sweeping views of Lake Huron. The park-like setting includes a sand beach, several lawns and picnic areas, a game room with billiards and card tables, basketball hoop, campfire pits, grills for BBQs, and enough lawn games (and property!) to keep you busy.

The kitchen is spacious and built to accommodate a crowd, with double ovens, an extra sink, plates and cutlery for many, and appliances and cooking utensils. There are 5 bedrooms total (4 upstairs and 1 on the main level), and a full bath on each level of the home. There are 2 queen beds, 6 full size beds, two bunk beds, a pack n' play, and a pullout sofa. Clean bed linens are provided. Ceiling fans throughout the home keep the home airy and cool on warm days. Satellite TV and wireless internet are available during the summer months for those who want to stay 'plugged in'.

The beach front provides access to a shallow bay for wading, though depending on the water level of Lake Huron, access to the water may be limited (bring your water shoes to navigate the typical Lake Huron rocky or mucky bottom). For swimming purposes, the nearby Forestville beach (1 mile away) and Harbor Beach (12 miles north) are great destinations.

When you are fully relaxed and ready to explore, outings to Port Sanilac, Harbor Beach and Lexington are always fun to take advantage of the sandy beaches, playgrounds, museums, quaint shopping, ice cream and restaurants. Harbor Beach boasts a beautiful harbor, pier and marina where you can rent boats.

This area is great for golf (there is a driving range across the street from the home), hunting, fishing, hiking, sailing, water sports, and in the winter, snowmobiling on the extensive trail system. And, Fosters Bar and Grill (great food and drink, billiards, karaoke, etc) is an easy 5-minute walk from the house making for a fun destination!

In 2015, the house will rent for a 6-day week (check in 12pm Monday, check out 12 pm Sunday) unless special arrangements are made with the owners. Weekly rental price varies from $1600-$1800 during the off-season (end-September through mid-May), and $2000 during the summer months. The week of July 4th the house rents for $2500. If you are interested in renting the house for a weekend or for a longer period of time, please be in touch and we will see if we can accommodate. Weekend (2-night) rentals start at $600 in the off-season and (by special arrangement) $900 during the summer months. There is a $200 cleaning fee for all rentals. Pets will be considered ($35 pet fee). There is an additional $10 fee/person/night for groups over 14 people. Please inquire for consideration and prices for groups larger than 20 and special events.

We hope every member of your family or group will feel at home here! Send us a message with any questions and we'll promptly respond! We look forward to hosting you and ensuring your stay on 'the thumb' of Michigan is a relaxing and memorable one!

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Betsy & Jim

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2010
Speaks english

We built this home as a family retreat 'getaway” for our large family (9 sibs!) from the Detroit metro area.

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Spacious home perfect for the large family reunion!
average rating of 4.2 based on 6 reviews
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Spacious home perfect for the large family reunion!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p295691
Port Sanilac Eastern Michigan
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Great for our Company Retreat

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
I don’t have too much feedback because we thought everything was just perfect. I couldn’t believe that such a big group of such diverse adults could all be happy in one house….but we were. We loved it, I asked the group and no one could come up with anything that would have made our stay better, it was lovely.

Thank you and I hope to come again.
Helpful votes: 4/4
business
Spacious home perfect for the large family reunion!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p295691
Port Sanilac Eastern Michigan
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Harbor Beach vacation home

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
Beautiful home, very spacious, pictures on web site don't do it justice. View of lake is splendid and relaxing. Beach area on property is "mucky" due to low lake level, we swam at nearby beaches, take beach shoes or do belly crawl over rocky shores. Survived without air-conditioning just fine with fans and breezes. Gazebo in poor repair, not usable, looked like vandelism. Refrigerator not working up to par, had to keep milk in cooler. No problem with water supply and we had 11-14 pre-teens to adults taking plenty of showers. Foster's Bar and Grill next door is fabulous, excellent menu, friendly staff, within walking distance. Overall a wonderful vacation in beautiful area. Lisa
Owner's Response: Thank you for submitting this review! We are addressing the refrigerator and gazebo and will continue to improve the property so our visitors will want to come back for another vacation on Lake Huron!

Mother Nature will be the driving force on our beach, hopefully supplying us with more water to raise the lake level. Not much we can do about that except, as others have noted, work around the obstacles she has supplied this year.

Looking forward to a grea 2013!
Helpful votes: 2/2
business
Spacious home perfect for the large family reunion!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p295691
Port Sanilac Eastern Michigan
5

Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
This place is ideal for big gatherings. Ive looked at a lot of places before finally booking this house. I had a memorable and wonderful time with my family at this spacious and beautiful home. The area is huge, the house itself is very spacious. We had a lot of fun playing volleyball, bandmenton and ping pong. We had a wonderful time swimming, cannoeing and tubing. We did walk a little bit til we had a good depth for swimming. Yes, a few areas were mucky but we went around the beaches by Lake Huron and you cant avoid walking thru muck coz of how low the water levels are. But once you've got good depth, the water was wonderful. Dont forget to bring your water shoes! Lake Huron is a bit stony but we enjoyed the sand bars in front of the Lake House. We grilled, had choices of gas or charcoal grill. The kitchen was big, oven held up for the amount of food we had to cook for my big family. Although I would suggest that the owner should invest on a freezer and maybe an additional refrigirator at the garage. Planning, preparing and finding storage for food for a week is a bit difficult with just one refrigerator. Its big but our family love to cook and eat. We brought a lot of food. The rooms were nice, rooms facing the like had beautiful views of the lake. Now I know the house doesnt have air but it never really bother my family. The ceiling fans worked wonders and the attic fan helped circulate cool air inside the house. We never had issues with that. Although they should fix a few windows that wouldnt open coz of broken handles, there were just 3 windows I think. We never ran out of water. The house was supplied by big water tanks, water was deliverd twice a week. We did laundry everyday, towels and clothes. We had cable, kids had fun watching Nickelodeon shows and movies. The playroom was just great. It rained one day and the family were busy playing pool and video games. We had a 3 and a 2 yr old. They had so much fun playing the electric piano and all the games that was available at the house.We had bonefire almost every night, we enjoyed smores and the perfectly cooked brown marshmallows. My most memorable moment was July 4th, at dusk we all went down to the sandy area by the lake,my family gathered around the bonefire and just enjoyed the beautiful show of colorful fireworks my husband planned for the occasion. The It was amazing. Thank you so much for the wonderful memories.We really enjoyed the place and my family. I would highly recommend the place.
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for enjoying our property! We are continuing to improve the amenitites through short-term and long-term planning.

We look forward to hosting our pleased vacationers again soon!
Helpful votes: 4/4
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Spacious home perfect for the large family reunion!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p295691
Port Sanilac Eastern Michigan
Ferndale, Michigan
5

Great Place!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
We thought everything was just perfect. I couldn’t believe that such a big group of such diverse adults could all be happy in one house….but we were. We loved it, I asked the group and no one could come up with anything that would have made our stay better, it was lovely. Thank you for everything, we'll be back.
Owner's Response: How wonderful to read these comments from this group! They used the house for a corporate training session - another great use of the house and grounds. Thank you!
Helpful votes: 2/2
business
Spacious home perfect for the large family reunion!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p295691
Port Sanilac Eastern Michigan
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Don't be fooled

Don't be fooled
  • 2 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
My family of 4 generations - 8 adults and 6 children (all under age 6) had plenty of room. BUT - We had 9 towels and 3 wash cloths upon our arrival. I spent $40 on 4 beach towels our 1st night. The agent did bring more towels and unlocked the linen closet that held the beach towels the next day. Otherwise the house was well furnished. But we were led to believe that the 300ft of beach meant you could actually get to the water! There was a good 30 ft of MUCK between the "beach" and the lake!!! The agent told my mother (when he brought the towels) that they tell folks this can sometimes be the case. FALSE!!!! The neighbor said the lake was down 4 feet and that they hadn't had a usable beach in years. The agent further told my Mom that there were public beaches 1 mile & 12 miles away. That was TRUE - but packing up 6 little ones, 2 seniors, lunch and beach paraphernalia daily and cutting beach time in half to accommodate naps was not the relaxing week at a beachfront cottage we all envisioned! After swallowing that disappointment the first day, we still had to deal with the fact that there was NO AIR CONDITIONING and it was 90 degrees the first 3 days! Thank goodness the temps went down and we could at least sleep. We found out you CANNOT leave a window open in any room with a light on over night or the room will be FULL of BUGS the next morning. Bugs & spider webs were everywhere - especially windows & doors! A monthly powerwash and some bug spray would go a long way!!!! The topper on this week was that we RAN OUT OF WATER on Thurs night!!!!! Of course we were in the middle of running the dishwasher and preparing dinner when it ran out! We were told it wasn't possible that we had run out! We invited the agent to check for himself - then we were told we wouldn't have water until morning. No clean bottles, kids needing baths, 3 sinks full of dirty dishes and we would have to wait until morning. Then the agent asked us to offer a solution!!! I DON'T THINK SO!!!!! He found someone to bring water!!!! My husband spent an hour figuring out how to reset the pumps to actually get the water running. Oh yeah - one other major inconvenience was the very inadequate apartment sized washer & dryer that took forever to dry clothes!!! OVERPRICED FOR THE LACK OF BEACH & AIR CONDITIONING, OVERABUNDANCE OF BUGS AND QUESTIONABLE WATER SUPPLY AND LAUNDRY ACCOMODATIONS!!!!
Owner's Response: This family experienced a Michigan adventure, unfortunately many of the adversities that come with a lakefront rental.

There's no doubt that this family was gracious under the circumstances. Mother Nature, being as unpredictable as she is, provided the muck, the bugs, spiders, and the uncharacteristic heat that comes with a vacation home along Lake Huron. The muck was a result of calm waters and excessive heat that are not usually associated with Lake Huron. Bugs and spiders are a natural inconvenience for most of us living on the Lake.

And being right on the Lake, there are not many times that we have such temperatures as we had this past month, especially the week that this family experienced.

New towels had been ordered, but unfortunately not delivered by the time this family arrived. As soon as we learned of the towel shortage the broker himself drove up with personal towels, the best that we could do at the time to keep the inconvenience to a minimum.

The water issue, thanks to the understanding of this family, has been addressed and steps have been taken to provide better communication with the occupants on what to do when, or if, the water tanks malfunction again.

Also, for those considering our spacious home for their future vacationing, know that we are available for your inquiries.
Helpful votes: 7/8
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Map

Nearest Airport
132 Miles
Detroit Metro
Nearest Train
55 Miles
Port Huron
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
At house (water level depending), Harbor Beach
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Fosters Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Port Sanilac
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Fosters Bar & Grill
Car: necessary

As you enter the house you will see that it sits on a bluff with a descent to the sandy beach providing sweeping views of Lake Huron. The grounds include 7 acres of trees and lawns for recreation.

You are just 12 miles south of a beautiful harbor and marina in Harbor Beach. The village includes an historic movie theater, quaint local shopping, a full-service hospital, and home-style dining in a variety of local restaurants & bars.

You are also 18 miles north of another quaint village, Port Sanilac, that features a full-service grocery store, laundromat, and hardware. Live theater entertainment is available at the local iconic Barn Theater.

This unique lakefront home is less than 1 hour north of Port Huron, right off of M25.

Golf: Huron Shores Golf Course offers some of the best golfing for the East Ports area. Call the course at 810-622-9961 for tee times.

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Availability & Rates

Port Sanilac House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Winter/Spring
Jan 5 2014 - May 31 2014
$250
$300
Fri,Sat
$1,600
2 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer Season
Jun 1 2014 - Sep 28 2014
Changeover Day: Sunday
$300
$450
Fri,Sat
$2,000
5 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
Sep 29 2014 - Dec 20 2014
$250
$300
Fri,Sat
$1,600
2 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter holidays
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 3 2015
$400
$2,000
2 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200.00
Pet Fee $35.00
Refundable damage deposit $300.00
Notes Inquire for holiday weekend rates. This property requires a $500 deposit to hold the reservation. Non-refundable if canceled less than 30 days before rental however, we will try to re-book. There is a $200 cleaning fee, $300 refundable damage deposit. $10/person/night over 14 people. $35/pet fee

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Port Sanilac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • There is a full bathroom on each of the 3 levels. The upstairs 'bedroom-level' bathroom has double sinks, and a separate toilet and separate bathtub/shower area.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Pack n' Play for baby is in the closet
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 3 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
  • All bed linens are provided. One of the bedrooms on the 3rd level has bunk beds plus three double beds. Main level bedroom has enclosed sun porch overlooking the lake. Please bring sleeping bags and blankets if you plan to have kids sleep on the floor or on blow up mattresses.
Entertainment:
  • Games ...
  • Books
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Golf ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • golf privileges optional
  • pier fishing
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
Notes:
All the comforts of home in a wonderful retreat ideal for the family or to hold a meeting, do your quilting or to just get away and enjoy the beautiful sunrises, the water, the view and each other. Cell phone coverage is limited, but there is WiFi available. This home has a water-tank system and water conservation is appreciated.
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