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Waterfront, Serenity's Nest Private riverfront with GLOW in the DARK floors

Bedrooms 3
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom 1 bath sleeps 8

Serenitys Nest now has GLOW IN THE DARK FLOORS AND COUNTERS as it suffered a frozen water pipe in Feb of 2015, the entire lower floor was damaged and now replaced with a one of a kind UNIQUE GLOW IN THE DARK FLOOR AND COUNTERS . At night when all the lights are out the floor glows with artful stones creating a very special atmosphere. Serenity's Nest was named for the beauty and serenity I felt when I first visited. On the front porch are at least 5 undisturbed birds nest that yearly have new arrivals and can be viewed from the couch in the front room. In spring feedings may be viewed. I have viewed beavers, deer, raccoons so many different birds, including the Blue Herring, chipmunks, squirrels, and of course the fish that jump from the river and occasionally a turtle is spotted. This cabin is a great place to bring your family for a great peaceful vacation, but yet close to the many activities that Houghton Lake area offers. Fishing from the rivers edge can be great fun for the whole family, the evening campfire can be a relaxing way to end your day, or enjoy a late night snack, a hot dog (Koegles Vienna best in MI) or maybe a smore. Come and enjoy your home away from home at Serenity's Nest.

Recreation.: Houghton Lake offers many activities. Lots of shopping, a movie theater ,boat and skido rentals available. There is a state boat launch and room to park your boat at the cabin. Merritt Speedway just minutes from the cabin. Lake City 15 miles from the cabin.

More Details

Wendy Olsen
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 26, 2017

About Wendy Olsen

My name is Wendy , i own and operate Serenitys Nest with a little help from my friends. I am a care provider in lower Mi, caring for the elderly in my home. Wisdom Living Senior Assisted Living Flint Mi. near airport.

Wendy Olsen purchased this cabin in 2000

Why Wendy Olsen chose Michigan

My family has livied in Houghton lake for over 40 years and i have been visiting since a young child. I choose Serenitys Nest for my cabin as it was so peaceful and a fixer upper at the time. It has just enough space inside and out.

What makes this cabin unique

Just about everything here at the cabin is unique, handmade and made with luv!


Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
highway 27
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
houghton lake

Serenity's Nest is located on M-55, 5 miles west of highway 127 exit 194 at Houghton Lake in the small city of Merrit on the west branch of the Muskegon river only 1 mile west of the main branch of the Muskegon River and Jeff Bens park. Houghton Lake is only a 10 minute drive. The quite country setting is 15 miles away from Lake City and the Merrit Speedway is a 10 minute drive. The cabin is on a 1 acre piece of land that sits way back from the road. A peaceful but convenient location to fit all the needs of your family members.


Merritt Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Heating
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - tub , Outdoor balcony old fashion soaking tub that fills w/ hose
  • Over sized shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Air Mattress - 2 double , sleeps 6 for fee
    Bedroom 3 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , double pull out couch
  • Sleeps 6 in beds 2 on an air mattress one on couch and one in recliner. Small tents are allowed . Flat bottom boat is free to use or Rent 2 canoes,
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Linens not provided Sheets and towels. they are available for a per-person fee, of 10.00 per person which includes one set of sheets and 2 bath towels ,2 hand towels and 2 washcloths. Pillows are on each bed along with a coverlet and extra blankets are provided. firewood available at 5.00 a bundle. Serenitys Nest - Wendy Olsen 9140 E Houghton Lake Dr Merrit, MI 49667


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Waterfront, Serenity's Nest Private riverfront with GLOW in the DARK floors
average rating of 4.7 based on 20 reviews

Totally awesome cabin

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place. So much better than a hotel. I would stay over and over. Clean, and heat.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I look forward to your future visits! Wendy
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I liked it, my husband did not.

  • 3 of 5

I didn't realize that not only did we not have wifi, we did not have cell service either. My husband was not prepared to come "unplugged". All his reading and entertainment was on line and he didn't bring a book. Also, our kids were at home and we had to go out of the house to hear from them. Not a good fit. We left a day early and only stayed one night. I kind of liked the decor and uniqueness of the house, but my husband thought the decor was hiding a not so nice little shack that he had to turn sideways in to get up the stairs to the bedroom. (He's not fat, just broad shoulders.) I wish we could give it rave reviews like some other places we've stayed, but it was not a good fit for us. However, I did love the back swing in the morning listening to the birds, frogs, and dogs. Peaceful! Mixed feelings on this one!!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post your opinion of the cabin . It does not have Wi-fi and it does let you know that in the amenities , some phone services work, and some do not, it is out of town! I have AT&T and have full service anywhere in the cabin . An A-frame diffinatly has slanted walls, and they are visible in the photo's, that's the construction of an A-frame! I don't know the construction of a shack but the cabin is very sturdy! I'm sorry your husbands broad shoulders caused him to turn sideways getting to the upstairs bedrooms. Thank you for your review, the cabin is a unique rustic creation that offers a peaceful retreat to those that visit. Thank you , Wendy
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Chicago, IL

Beautiful and peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

Serenity's Nest was the perfect getaway for our family! It was so peaceful and the cabin is a true work of art. Everything was thoughtfully made and beautiful. The roof, the floor, the handmade furniture, the vintage stove, the tub... all amazing! We were there with our two-year-old and 4 month old and as soon as we arrived I told my husband I'd love to return in future years. The creek and Surrounding outdoor area are perfect for little ones. This is very nit picky, but the only thing I would change is providing recommendations of where one should take their garbage if they want to clean the cabin themselves to retain the security deposit. With two babies, we had two bags of smelly garbage that we couldn't drive six hours home with us so we left it and opted not to clean ourselves. That small thing aside, we loved everything about Serenity's Nest and found it to be such a peaceful getaway from everyday life.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lisa for your kind words! I'm glad your family enjoyed your stay! I will take into consideration your recommendation for the garbage removal service. I do understand that not all vehicles are accommodating for that. Thank you for choosing Serenitys Nest, Wendy
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! Very relaxing setting and loved all the little details put into the house.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at Serenitys Nest, Wendy
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Lovely, unique and quiet

  • 5 of 5

We booked a stay to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary and it did not disappoint! I loved the decor! The vintage stove was a treat and the glow in the dark floors were so fun! But by far my favorite was the outdoor tub. I had a bath every night while staring at the stars. Just beautiful.

We brought our kids as well, and they are 5 & 8. Even though it was cool during our visit. The cabin was warm and the river and surrounding areas kept us all happy.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for all your kind words, the tub is my favorite as well! It allows an awesome atmosphere to the ultimate relaxation, I can stay in it for hours just adding more hot water, and of course another glass of wine! This year the roof art was added , and will soon be complete. I'll post pics when it's complete. Thanks for choosing Serenitys Nest for your anniversary getaway! Wendy
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Temperance, Michigan

Very "eclectic" & cool.

  • 5 of 5

You must sit in different areas of the house inside & outside. Take the time to look around you. There are many pieces of rustic art work. The wind chime along the river has a wonderful tonal quality. Don't forget to read one of the chimes also. The bed in the master bedroom was very comfy and adjoining balcony with soaking tub 🛀� was a nice touch. You will not need a flashlight to find your way @ night. The "artsy" floor has an irrodecent path to lead you around safely. I was hoping this section of the Muskegon would have some brook trout? Alas, only creek chubs. But they still rise to a dry fly. All in all a very enchanting "fairy tale" cottage. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for all the kind words, I enjoy every bit of it myself, more unique things to be done over the winter and in the spring as well. We all need a place to unwind and shut down from our busy life's , it's a great place for a relaxing retreat. Thank you, Wendy
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50

Pets are welcome with a 50.00 additional cleaning fee. You are still responsible to remove all dog waist from the property. We will have to vacuum entire cabin .Pet cleaning fee is not the same as cabin cleaning fee two separate fees. The pet cleaning fee is not refundable . If we find you have brought a dog without prior permission you will not receive your 75.00 refundable cleaning fee back!

Call for reservation with a BANK credit or debit card. Deposit is 75.00 a night plus 75.00 refundable cleaning deposit. Or 300.00 for a week plus the 75.00 refundable cleaning deposit! Your deposit is NON REFUNDABLE IF canceled within 30 days of reservation. If cancelled prior to 30 days 10% of deposit will not be returned for credit card fees.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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