THE ULTIMATE BEACH HOUSE

Douglas

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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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THE ULTIMATE BEACH HOUSE

Harbor Springs Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Baths, 4 Deck Levels Facing Lake

Windemere Summer House was designed by architect Frederick Crosley Ball, and has a towering two-story living room atrium with white-washed Aspen paneling and cherry wood flooring throughout. Enormous wrap-around windows allow you to look at the many moods of Lake Michigan and know the schedules of bald eagle overflights.

The kitchen boasts a blue-enameled La Cornue Stove and a big farm house table can seat a crowd. An adjacent screened-in porch off the kitchen also includes a table for breezy dinning on warm summer nights. Multiple decks allow you to enjoy cocktails, casual dinners and star gazing.

On a chilly evening, there are two fire places (kitchen and living room) and a wood burning stove in the downstairs bar.

Up on the second floor, enjoy a floor-to-vaulted ceiling library --complete with full literary, history and art collections; as well as gardening and home decorating books. A cherry-paneled office looks over a flower garden.

All bedrooms have their own full bath. On the lower level, there is an artist's studio, film room with lg HD TV, and a wood paneled log room also with HD TV. Walk-out double doors make for easy beach access.

Cobble/sandy shoreline for long beach walks. Lake suitable for bathing/swimming. Outdoor shower; steam shower and deep soaking bath. This is the perfect place to get away from it all and ponder life's possibilities. The effect is magical. No smoking or cats.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Douglas (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
Speaks english

About Douglas

Douglas and Heidi Marshall. Douglas, Ph.D., was on the faculty of Univ-MI for 12 years before becoming part of the automotive industry for 16 years, primarily on the GM Corporate Strategy staff, and later as part of the International group at GM Japan and GM Europe. Up here he took a 2 year assignment as CEO of the Little Traverse History Museum in Petoskey. Heidi, MFA, is a professional pastel artist and instructor at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey.

Douglas purchased this chateau / country house in 2001

Why Douglas chose Harbor Springs

Harbor Springs is in Forbes Magazine's list of the 10 best places to retire. It is a New England town plunked down in the Midwest. I grew up in the Great Lakes region and could not ask for a more beautiful spot, central to nature, and with magnificent summers and sunsets. We rented houses along Lower Shore Drive for 14 years before acquiring this land and building.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Advantage is living in close proximity to nature. We are surrounded by conifers right on Little Traverse Bay. Our house is astride Indian trails through the woods with Chief Petoskey's campfire site a 6-minute walk away. Thorne Swift Nature Preserve is the adjacent property with hiking opportunities on trails and shore.

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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 3 traveler reviews

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The Ultimate Beach House
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
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Harbor Springs Northern Michigan
Michigan
5

Anniversary away from it all

  • 5 of 5
After spending a winter weekend in the charming carriage house we booked a week in the stunning main chateau for our anniversary in September. We were not disappointed as this fabulous country estate is strategically placed in a cul de sac on a private drive overlooking Lake Michigan. The sunsets we witnessed were captivating and the sound of the waves lulled us to sleep each night. Our dog, not really requiring much stress relief, was also hypnotized by the coastal sounds and serenity. This custom designed home by Frederick Crosley Ball is masterfully laid out, decorated like a model home and exudes quality in every feature and detail. We enjoyed cooking in the gourmet kitchen as well as superb farm-to-table dining at Pond Hill Farm. And who could forget the fresh menu at Julienne Tomatoes in Petoskey! The screened in porch off the gourmet kitchen was medicinal to visit with a Scotch whisky or glass of wine along with a book or to just stare at the majestic view of Lake Michigan. We thoroughly enjoyed our time as country squires and left renewed, with a well rested dog.
  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Harbor Springs Northern Michigan
Cincinnati, Ohio
5

Romantic Get A Way

  • 5 of 5
My Husband and I have spent two summer vacations at this beautiful Lake Home. Our favorite spot was an
afternoon lying on the comfortable couches reading and enjoying the most amazing view from the grand
windows overlooking the lake. I loved playing on the Baby Grand Piano that is a welcoming sight as you
enter this gracious home. It is truly a home away from home. Beautifully decorated and the comforts of home
down to the exquisite China for dining if you so choose. A summer paradise and so much to do in Harbour
Springs.
  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Harbor Springs Northern Michigan
Michigan
5

Holds a Piece of Our Heart!

  • 5 of 5
Our family has rented this beautiful home for many years now! Harbor Springs is one of our favorite places to visit, and this home is a big part of our love of the area. The main house sits right on Lake Michigan in a very private setting. (With a bonus that it is only a few miles from town!) The home itself has been built to the highest of standards and is well equiped. The views from every room are simply amazing!

We have spent many an evenings sitting in the screened in porch, on the veranda, or beside the firepit on the beach watching the sunset on Lake Michigan. It is simply a "Peace of Heaven on Earth". Quite simply, we would highly recommend this home to anyone who is looking to enjoy pure northern Michigan and all of it's beauty.
  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Harbor Springs
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Harbor Springs
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Birchwood
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Kilometres
M-119
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Harbor Springs
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Nub's Nob

Adjacent property is Thorne Swift Nature Center. It has forest pathways, a museum, and summer lectures.

Just a mile down M-119 is Pond Hill Farm, which sells fresh produce, food, botanicals and hosts wine tastings.

Close by is Brek-N-Ridge riding stables just up the hill at Birchwood Farms.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Harbor Springs Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

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Fall
Sep 14 2014 - Oct 19 2014
6 night minimum stay
$800
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Thu,Fri,Sat
$5,600
 
 
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7 night minimum stay
From
$1,200
Thu,Fri,Sat
$7,600
 

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Amenities

Amenities

Harbor Springs Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4086 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Thermasol steam shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet/sink
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Master bath overlooks Lake Michigan from upper deck. Jetted tub and separate shower with steam Outdoor shower on lower deck
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Room has private bathroom and two lg closets
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , One twin bed with trundle underneath. Private bath.
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Room has 36' HD wide-screen television with Net TV Netflix
  • A sleep sofa is located in the main floor study
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
Proximity of house to other structures: Nearest neighbor is 240 feet away hidden from view by conifers. Neighbor in other direction is one-third mile away with intervening forest and old Indian trails.
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