Thank you for looking at Craignair, our family's vacation home. Due to the limited amount of time that we rent, and the fact that our previous renters have chosen to return, we do not have any 2013 availability. For 2014, we have one summer week: Friday, August 22nd to Friday, August 29 - end of summer special $2,000 plus tax. A great way to end your summer. In addition, we have one fall week starting the week of September 14th - $1,500 plus tax.
Craignair is only available for weekly rentals - no exceptions.
Craignair, a beautiful century old home on 450 feet of private Lake Michigan shorefront, was featured on the pages of Better Homes and Gardens in 1955. It has been lovingly cared for by our family for 66 years. Located on a secluded lane, in a tucked away corner of Northern Door County, it is perfect for quiet get-a-ways, yet 10 minutes away from busy Sister Bay by car.
The main house is steps away from the water and boasts a warm cheery atmosphere. The living room is resplendent in knotty pine, balanced by a significant fieldstone fireplace. The room is highlighted by an inspiring panoramic lake view. The attached sun porch welcomes cool lake breezes, is generously proportioned with vaulted ceiling and has views in 3 directions. The dine-in kitchen with vaulted ceiling makes cooking for a crew a snap, while a gorgeous lake view takes the mind off the task. The dining room seats 12 at two tables and contains a dry bar with small fridge. A ¾ bath with shower is off the living room.
The three downstairs bedrooms feature airy cathedral ceilings and yet more fantastic water views through picture windows. The green room has 2 full size beds, the red room and white room have one each. A full bath with shower/tub, is located between these rooms.
Upstairs, the yellow room has a private entrance to a full width lake view balcony and a full size bed. The blue room has two twin beds. A half bath services these rooms.
A complete coach house apartment above a newer detached garage offers privacy, while still being close to the action. There is one double and one twin bed built into the living room walls and a bunk room that can fit four as well. A small kitchen and ¾ bath make this unit self sustaining. The lake view and fireplace make for a comfortable, relaxing stay.
The spacious yard is fronted by a very private rocky beach and shallow waters. A 20 x 28 foot lake front deck with gazebo, is an entertaining centerpiece great for sunning and funning! A propane and Charcoal grill and 2 picnic tables make outdoor feasting an easy possibility. Perhaps a strenuous game of volleyball or shooting hoops is your desire or maybe reading in a shaded hammock. No matter your degree of output, there is something here at Craignair to interest you! A wooden swing set is offered for the younger set.
The house is 5 minutes by car from a boat launch and close to Northern Door County attractions and restaurants.
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We four brothers (Ross, Bill, Ames & Jamie) are fortunate to be the third generation entrusted to care for this beautiful and unique place in the world. Like our mother and her father before that, we don’t look at ourselves as owners as much as custodians, protecting and caring for Craignair until it is time for our children to take our place. We were tight as kids and the guardianship responsibilities have strengthened our ability to work together and stay close as adults. We each contribute in our own way, finding joy in doing jobs here that would be drudgery at home. We have truly been blessed.
We have spent our entire lives summering at this wonderful site so it could be said it was more heritage than a conscious choice. The story below tells better than we can how our Grandfather discovered and chose to renovate this piece of paradise.
Excerpts from October 1955 Better Homes & Gardens article entitled “From shanty to showplace”
It was a late summer afternoon. Ames Ross had gone walking along the shoreline of Lake Michigan in northern Wisconsin. He was thinking of the site of a future home for his family. The warm sun reflected on the beach and back from the beach was a growth of brush and grass and evergreens.
Then, his reveries were interrupted. A rusted iron pump and a shabby farmhouse stood just up a slight grade from the beach. The windows were boarded up. Inside he was met by cobwebs and dust and emptiness. It was hardly a homey impression.
But Ames Ross is an architect and could see things other people might miss. First he took in the condition of the house-foundation, framing and roof. To his great surprise all these important parts were in good shape. The house was small. Its first floor was broken into four tight cubicles-all inadequate as separate rooms. Upstairs there were two bedrooms. When remodeling was completed the 4 small rooms had been opened to become a single large living room. A new wing was added off the living room for the kitchen, dining area and downstairs bathroom.
An old shed was joined to the house by a small porch. The shed was remodeled into 2 first floor bedrooms. A large screened porch completed the first additions. Two years later, the family added a guest room and bath.
Part of the reason Door County is so popular is because it offers a wide range of vacation opportunities. The trick is to find a situation that meets your needs & desires.
If you are looking for the hustle and bustle of downtown or new construction or a place to be near your docked boat, Craignair is not right for you. VRBO offers many choices that will better fit your requirements.
If your vision of an ideal vacation includes peace & solitude at a spacious, century old lakefront estate, while a short car ride away from Door County's shopping, entertainment and restaurants, you have found the right place. Welcome to Craignair!
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