BEAUTIFUL, TRANQUIL FARMHOUSE IN NATURE SETTING, TEN MINUTES TO WARREN DUNES

Lori

Advertiser since 2011
Speaks english
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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BEAUTIFUL, TRANQUIL FARMHOUSE IN NATURE SETTING, TEN MINUTES TO WARREN DUNES

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 6 nights

Overview

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Sawyer Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Near Wineries, Antiquing,Beaches, Historic Four Bed, Two Bath Farmhouse

Fall is bursting in bright goldens and reds, and Harbour Country pours you another glass of Michigan wine! Stay at the beautiful and artfully decorated, fully modern, one hundred year old farmhouse...Four bedrooms, maximum ten guests. Beautiful Harbour Country spring colors, Notre Dame games, Greenbush Brewery, shopping, enjoying the great pleasures of nature and serenity...

Revel in the splendor of forests and soak up acres and acres of beautiful Michigan Harbor County's softly rolling hills! Ten minute drive to the Warren Dunes and Lake Michigan. Huge, gorgeous, Turn-of-the-Century Farmhouse surrounded by pond, gardens, nature, forests, a gigantic screened-in back porch--everything for a perfect vacation getaway! The Farm is just minutes in your car to the beach for sunset walks and hiking at Grand Mere woods that have miles of dunes and beaches... Peaceful and Gorgeous Spring and Summer. Oaks turn their full buds into bright green, flowers grace the landscape of lush gardens, the pond houses bullfrogs and dragonflies, the forests will erase all traffic and city hullaballoo in an instant.... Access to the Warren Dunes, wineries, public access beaches including New Buffalo beach, fantastic restaurants, and Red Arrow Highway antiquing! 13 incredible acres for Nature Lovers. Unwind, unplug, relax and recharge on 13 acres of extraordinary Michigan farm country. The Farm is a fully updated farmhouse complex with completely modern amenities. A hundred-year-old former winery, beautifully and artfully decorated. A magical and special place to us. There are trails to walk, wonderful gardens overflowing with flowers, trees everywhere you turn, waves and waves of birds, generous fields filling stretches of property, fish, heron, Aku Aku statues and sculpture. And the best feature? The wide expanse of backyard nature viewed from the comfort of a huge screened-in back porch! Birdwatching, gazing at the pond, enjoying a meal with friends...all from the comfort of your cushioned chair.

This is pure Michigan with woods and forest, farmland, rich in history and just minutes from Greenbush Brewery and the stretches of antique stores on Red Arrow. Some of the best restaurants in the state like Timothy's, Lusia's, and Guilistan's are just around the corner.

It's that time of year to be cozying up to the fire, lazing in the warm sun, catching up on your books and escaping from the hectic pace of everyday life...

Bike down the prime trail of Glendora Road, the famous trail of the Apple Century bike ride. Have a new brew at one of the many microbreweries where people look you in the eye and take their time getting to know you. Shop at the Sawyer Garden Center for the freshest farmstand picks. Have a hangar steak at Fitzgerald's in downtown Sawyer, or head over to Wheatberry's in Buchanan for barbeque and brews. Saunter down to New Buffalo to eat at Redamak's for burgers and Oink's for Moosetrack ice cream. Go antiquing on Red Arrow Highway. Farmer's Markets are honor system stands, birds reign over the land, and everything is a little bit slowed down. Bring your camera, bring your project. Walk in the woods, eat at Viola's cafe and see a movie at the beautiful Vickers Theatre in Three Oaks or live music at The Acorn Theatre. Explore every inch of nature in twelve acres of forests and gardens. Music. Cook for twelve hours. Laze around in front of the fireplace or dance in the snow, sprawl in the pond. Do crossword puzzles in bed all day. Stare at the fire in the firepit outside in the crisp night air, roasting marshmallows until 3am, playing guitar, and just being downright silly with no plan on waking up early. Figure out what it is like to just be a human.

Fall in Michigan is here so get your dates now! The reviews you read here will tell it all...

Listen to the treefrogs. Watch the stars. Go geo-caching at Fernwood...finish your book, write a book, have a drink at the Woverine Wintergarden. Do it all, do nothing.

Keywords: Harbor Country, Warren Dunes, large, artfully decorated farmhouse with four bedrooms, living room, dining room, enclosed front and back porches, Southwest Michigan, Summer, gardens, Country acres, forests, ponds, fields, walking trails, trees, Fernwood, four bedroom, hiking, turn of the century farmhouse, nature, idyllic, biking, Huge, four bedroom, arty, beautiful, screened-in back porch, bucolic, peacful, fully equipped, birds, flowers

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
Lori (Owner)
Advertiser since 2011
Speaks english

About Lori

Howdy! As a native Chicagoan, The Farm has been an extraordinarily special place for me and my mathematician husband. We have traveled all over the globe together and have learned the art of making other travelers comfortable! I spent fifteen years working as a biofeedback therapist and have a huge passion for entertaining. One year I cooked over 100 pounds of brisket for our holiday party! In this new economy I now have the opportunity to live out my dream of acting full-time and tending to this amazing property. We are almost always seen digging in the gardens or walking the property with mugs of coffee in the morning! In Chicago you will find us at most every concert and theatre event there is...we love art, museums, and are curious about the beautiful universe we live in. We are very aware of making the most out of the time we have left on this earth and would love to show you the magic of this wonderful place.

Lori purchased this farmhouse in 1985

Why Lori chose Sawyer

You have to see it for yourself to believe it. It is absolutely gorgeous, historic, and secluded. The location is so peaceful and beautiful without having the crowds of living right on the lake and not being so far from Chicago that the drive becomes overwhelming. I have spent longer trying to get through Chicago's rush hour traffic than it takes to get to the farm! The clincher was the perfect amount of time it does actually take to drive to the lake. Ten minutes! That was a huge perk. This part of the world struck us a perfect place to escape with the wonderfully friendly people and the sense of strong community. Not to mention the property is utterly stunning and who wouldn't want a farmhouse that is over a hundred years old?

What makes this farmhouse unique

The walks. Definitely. In the morning before our guests are awake we walk the property with our coffee and look at all the changes nature has given us. And the runs and bikes down Glendora keep us in shape! The guests: we love having people up to The Farm, it fills us with such joy to be able to share such a magical place with the people we love. The house comfortably accomodates everyone, and finding a peaceful or not-so-peaceful spot (depending on your whims) is not hard to find. The beach: we hop in the car and we are at the beach in ten minutes. We don't have to live with the beach crowds and beach restaurant goers--we can get back to our tranquil house where a few cars going by is unusual.

And we love speaking to the local business owners. We have relationships where we end up talking for at least a half hour in each store we visit, it is just that kind of place. Where in Chicago does that happen?

Guestbook comments from the owner

From a card sent from all the guests:

"Lori, we can't thank you enough for letting us rent this spectacular home. It was just what the group of us needed. We couldn't believe it when we walked into the door. The house and property are simply amazing. We cooked so much food and had lots of fun at Greenbush and Fitzgerald's. We will be back!

xoxoxoxo

Scottie"
Mar 2014
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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 6 nights
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Reviews

4.8
based on 12 traveler reviews

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Beautiful, Tranquil Farmhouse in Nature Setting, Ten Minutes to Warren Dunes
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews
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Beautiful, Tranquil Farmhouse in Nature Setting, Ten Minutes to Warren Dunes
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p379719vb
Sawyer Southwest Michigan
Chicago, Illinois
5

Breathtakingly AMAZING!!!

  • 5 of 5
This place is a little piece of heaven! Came up with the family including two 9 year old boys. They were in their own little world. Everything you could possibly need is already there. There are so many cool and unique things all over the house! If you really need to relax and recharge this is definitely the place to be! There are spots all over the house to unwind BUT that screened in porch is something else!!! The grounds are huge and beautiful too and the kids loved feeding the fish in the pond! We had a blast around the fire at night...relaxing, talking and laughing. Just so much fun!!! The owners, Lori and Geoff are so nice and welcoming and made us feel completely at home! They have really thought of everything! Lori, you were not kidding....the bacon at Molly's!!! HELLO!!! So delicious! We are just really glad to have found Breakwind Farm and it was hard to leave. We had the best time EVER!! Thanks, Lori and Geoff!!!!!
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Teresa--we are so happy you will be back this year! You truly see the beauty of the Farm, and we can't wait for your family to experience it again this summer! All the best, Lori
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Beautiful, Tranquil Farmhouse in Nature Setting, Ten Minutes to Warren Dunes
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Sawyer Southwest Michigan
Morgantown, Pennsylvania
5

Perfect family getaway but close to the beach

  • 5 of 5
We came for a week with our three young boys (6, 5 and 3). Our in-laws stayed with us the whole time, and we had our grandmother stay for a few days as well as our brother, wife and newborn baby. It was great for everyone. Although we may have missed technology just a touch, that just shows how much we needed to be unplugged. We practically lived on the screened in porch. The house was wonderful and included so many every day items; saved us a lot of packing knowing it was already there. My boys asked if we could stay there forever and were very sad to go. We liked the end of the road beach best! It was uncrowded (of course some of that may have been the low temps :). We really had quite a lovely time!

I only complaint was the smell of the water, but the pur filter took care of it for drinking
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so, so pleased that the whole family had a good time! You have been such great guests and we would love to have you back to stay 'forever' with the kids! xoxoxo Best, Lori
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Sawyer Southwest Michigan
Carmel, IN
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vacation review

  • 4 of 5
We enjoyed our time. The house was very homey. We had a concern about only seeing one smoke detector in the house (in upstairs hallway). It was very nice to have the notebook with handy information in it, including local attractions and how to get to them. The rug under the dining room table has several holes in it. It was difficult to move chairs out from the table as legs of the chairs would get caught. The rug may need to be replaced. Beds were very comfortable. Lovely screen porch. Top rack of the dishwasher gave us some problems. Back bedroom door with large gaps around closed door (lack of privacy). Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. It was a lovely getaway.
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Cara, thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay at the Farm. We appreciate your constructive review and look forward to taking a look at the top rack of the dishwasher and the antique Kilim rug beneath the dining room table. These are two recent discoveries that you have brought to our attention and we will examine these matters and correct them over Labor Day Weekend 2012. Thanks!

However, there is more than one smoke detector located in the house--located both upstairs and downstairs that you may not have spotted. It is a great idea for us to be sure we include where they are located in our literature, so thank you!

The turn-of-the-century farmhouse has all original doors, so you may see a small gap along the bottom..but we will definitely take a look at it as part of our Labor Day project!

We are so happy to hear you had a lovely getaway! We find it so important to find that time to get back to nature. And have a nice bed in which to sleep late! The screened in porch beckons quite often and many a book has been read, conversations have been had, coffee has been sipped, and wonderful times have taken place in that beloved spot....
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Beautiful, Tranquil Farmhouse in Nature Setting, Ten Minutes to Warren Dunes
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Sawyer Southwest Michigan
Michigan
5

Beautiful grounds & Perfect location

Beautiful grounds & Perfect location
  • 5 of 5
Our recent stay at The Farm was fantastic! The home is well equipped and spacious. The huge screened in porch (with lights and ceiling fan) had to be our favorite part. Many hours were spent reading, napping, playing, and....living on that back porch! A huge reason we ENJOYED the back porch (and The Farm in general) was because we were completely unplugged- no TV, internet or cell phone service. Family bonding and feelings of peacefulness were plentiful.
The location could not be better. Within 10 minutes we were on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, tasting local wine and beer or visiting art galleries. The location of the farm really is amazing...to think you can feel so remote, yet a quick car ride to so much.
The owners were always a quick email or phone call away and very flexible. They were great to work with and very accommodating. We look forward to another week at The Farm soon!
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Katherine! I really enjoyed your comments about the unplugged quality of the Farm. We are so happy that you were able to benefit from this aspect of the property. We appreciate this element at this special place and make extra efforts to keep the Farm a place of peaceful serenity.

You were extremely thoughtful guests and were a joy to rent to from start to finish.

I also especially enjoyed reading about your adventures in this lovely part of the world! I agree that we are in a nicely secluded part of Harbor Country that has quick access to galleries, wine tasting, beach, etc.. As you know, location can really determine the enjoyment of one's stay and it sounds like you took full advantage of the wonderful surrounding area easily!

Again, thank you and we look forward to renting to you again in the future!
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Beautiful, Tranquil Farmhouse in Nature Setting, Ten Minutes to Warren Dunes
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Sawyer Southwest Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
5

The Best Vacation Spot Ever

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at The Farm in early June 2012. We were looking for a place to reconnect with family, from my 88 year old grandpa to our three young children, some in-laws, and even a dog. The Farm was the place. Lori has done an amazing job to create a place to "get away from it all," while still being practical. This place has everything. A delightful farmhouse in the country with plenty of space. The home is tastefully decorated and INTERESTING...you could spend a whole day just looking at her antiques! There is a huge yard and some acreage where you can take a hike on the property. There's a pond where my kids fed the fish every morning. Wildlife abounds. There are birdfeeders everywhere and you can spend another day just watching the wildlife. Beds are comfy and everything is very clean. Kitchen was fully stocked with whatever tools we needed. The location is perfect! You can take a bike ride on a country road or spend 10 minutes in the car and be at the beach. I can't think of a better place to get reconnected with family and yet still be close enough to everything to get the best of both worlds. Truly a remarkable experience. We will be back.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Sarah, we hope that we are still playing golf at age 88! What an inspiration your grandpa is! We loved reading about your birdwatching! Michigan has some of the most incredible migrations....we have even spotted Orioles and spend much time observing them from our porch!

We are so heartened to read your review: you just 'get it'. We are thrilled that you not only enjoyed the nature, hiking, and our home--but you were able to simply relax and enjoy the simple pleasures with your family. The pond is a terrific spot to just forget about your worries. You have made the fish happy!

As location is so important, thank you so much for reviewing where our little sanctuary is located in terms of being able to hit the beach in such a short period of time and take that long-awaited, uninterrupted bike ride! Apple Cider Century does something really right each year! What a stretch of country road!

Sarah, it was such a great pleasure to serve you and we truly appreciate your taking the time to review the Farm...thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Be frequent flyers! Until next time...
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Sawyer Southwest Michigan
United States
5

The perfect, inspiring getaway

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I have stayed at the farmhouse many times now, and we fall in love with it every time. Huge property with paths through the woods, a lovely little pond, plenty of sight-seeing opportunities and open roads for cycling.

And the house itself is amazing. Super-clean and well maintained, well-stocked kitchen, and tons of charming decor. Four bedrooms upstairs--each affords a new and wonderful view. In the fall, we love to light a fire in the living room and just relax in the warmth.

Coming from Chicago, it's the perfect place to get away from it all. As video and theater artists, we also kind it a marvelous, inspiring atmosphere for creativity, writing, collaboration. In a word: GO. You will not regret a single moment.
  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Jeffrey, how touching to read that the Farm inspires creativity...
Your appreciation of the Farm gives us great pleasure, as we hope so very much that we can encourage an environment for creation! May the Farm serve as your muse for many years...

I really loved reading your comments about the property--it sounds like you both have a huge appreciation for nature. There is an abundance of nature on these acres and the open road calls for cycling!

Again, thank you and we so appreciate your business and thoughtful response.
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Rates & Availability

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Amenities

Amenities

Sawyer Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (4) All bedrooms are queen sized beds, two futons available under two beds in two of the bedrooms.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
Large pond, ten minute drive to the Warren Dunes, forests, gardens, wooded trails, natural Tallgrass fields, full views of beautiful nature
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