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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:
July 9, 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!


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 4.75 based on 16 reviews

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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  • 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
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Simply awesome!

  • 5 of 5

Simply awesome! Peaceful and unique!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Harrison Twp

Very neat place!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here this past weekend with out two boys, 3 and 7. Love the design in and out, nice amenities and back porch, love being right on he river catching frogs and craw dads with the kids.

Town is close by so it's easy to get what you need for your stay. My only complaint would be the dogs up or across the river, a lot of whining and barking in the early hours of the morning, can easily not hear them by just closing the doors and windows. Other than that I very nice stay and had a great time!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your stay and kind words. Nature is an awesome place to be. Those are hunting dogs and yes they can be annoying when they bark and whimper, the sound amplifies on the river ! Sorry for that ! Thank you Wendy
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south lyon

I love this place

  • 5 of 5

We loved every part of this place! We will be back soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words! I feel the same way , I luv this place too! Many new creations in the works for this spring ! The new roof will be a colorful display of a nest and we are now working on new rustic hand made chairs made of cedar logs from the UP. The fence will get some updates with some unique features as well. Some new things for your return visit. 😊 Thanks for choosing Serenitys Nest for your getaway! Wendy
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Perfect Honeymoon Getaway

  • 4 of 5

When we pulled up we were a little worried with how the cabin looks from the driveway but when we opened the door we were so pleased. This cabin is so unique, we loved all the art and creativity that was put into it. It was still pretty chilly when we stayed here but I have no doubt the cabin is even more fun in the warm weather. There were tons of movies to keep us busy. So many stores and antique shops only about 5 miles up the road. The cabin felt very secluded which was perfect for our honeymoon. My only advice to renters is to bring slippers because although this cabin has the most beautiful floor I've ever seen, little stones make it difficult to walk barefoot on. I definitely recommend this cabin, I hope to be able to stay here again possibly on our 1 year anniversary.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mr And Mrs , the rocky floor problem is soon to be fixed as the epoxy has arrived , the last and final coat will be applied next week. Spring will bring several new additions to the cabin including the colorful roof that suits the artistic theme! Some new fence work with flare is also in the works! The outside will be freshened up as well this spring. Thank you for choosing Serenitys Nest for your honeymoon and I hope you have a blessed first year of marriage! Thank you Wendy
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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.


Rates & Availability

Merritt Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 28 2017 - Sep 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 10.0%

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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