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Quiet Retreat in the woods, near Empire Beach

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

1 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, sleeps 4

Our retreat is located on 120 acres of beautiful wooded land in Leelanau county. To arrive you drive on a well maintained two track through a lovely woods. When you step out of your car, you truly understand the notion of 'getting away.'

House is a 1200 sq ft timber frame,mortice and tenon frame, with stress skin panels. Custom made cabinets. House is a simple yet elegant design.

The kitchen is nicely equipped, with a nice collection of cook books. Also a nice collection of reading books. A good place for quiet contemplation.

The house comfortably sleeps four guests.

There is good hiking right out the front door!

We are located 9 miles to Empire Beach, and 18 miles from Traverse City.

This region is renowned for its natural beauty, the spectacular sand beaches of Lake Michigan, the vineyards and cherry orchards of Leelanau County. The closest golf course is four miles away. Empire is the gateway to the 70,000 acre national park, Sleeping Bear Dunes. No shortage of skiing, hiking, beach combing, canoeing, fishing and peace and quiet.

We are located only twenty minutes to Traverse City, which offers many fine dining possibilities as well as the newly renovated State Theater, home of the Traverse City Film Festival.

An additional timber framed guest cabin is available, a stones throw from the house. Please inquire for details.

If you are looking for the peace and quiet of the woods, this is an ideal place to be.

More Details

Owner
Hughthir White
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2017

Amenities

Empire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet
  • Local Maps
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • House has one master bedroom with queen bed. Two single sleeping options on main floor.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

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Quiet Retreat in the woods, near Empire Beach
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 35 reviews
St. Clair Shores, MI
5

A Picture Is Worth A 1000 Words? Not this time!

  • 5 of 5

Way to go Hughthir! We were wondering when you would decide that you should let the world know about this gem of yours. Folks, you can be assured that my wife Kathie and I are looking over our schedule for this summer ... and the fall ... to see when we can get the time away to enjoy this opportunity. I can tell you this from our many visits to the property over the past few years: This home and setting are magnificent, and extremely well priced for what you will be getting for your money. From the moment you pull off the road onto the two-track back into the woods you start to feel the serenity of nature at its best. Don't pass this one up folks. Take it from a city boy who is stuck in the hussle and bussle of the work-world WAY too much: This is it! And I can promise that once you do rent Hughthir's place you will ABSOLUTELY want to come back again and again. And that's just the way it really is!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Moon Twp, PA
5

Truly is a Quiet Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 3 wonderful nights at the Quiet Retreat. Close enough to everything but far enough away from it all as well. A beautiful log home and the surrounding wooded area truly makes you feel as if you are miles away from anyone or anything. If you love the outdoors and peace and quiet...this is the place for you.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great, the house was adorable, very well kept and super clean.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful cabin just perfect for getting away

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I loved this place. It's just far enough away for peace and quiet, but close enough for excursions into Traverse City and Suttons Bay. We are definitely looking forward to a return trip possibly with a couple friends since the guest house with the sauna are tempting. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful, serene cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was comfortable, inviting and serene. Was able to hear an owl at night, and see a hummingbird while sitting on the deck. The area is wonderful, minutes away from hiking and biking trails, beaches, and the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes . Hughthir was a good host. The photos don't do the place justice. A real gem.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Woodsy solitude

  • 5 of 5

Off the beaten path but close to many attractions. Beautiful small home is well appointed (no TV, which was fine with us). We enjoyed opening the windows at night and listening to the birds and coyotes. Hughthir is gracious host. Just what the doctor ordered for us. We hope to come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60

This retreat offers the option to rent the guest cabin for an additional $75:00 a night. Ideal for two couples who share the main house for meals and bath facilities, and then have completely private sleeping quarters. The guest cabin has a wood fired sauna which can be fired up for a $25.00 fee. The guest cabin has no plumbing, but a port-a-potty is available. For parties of 5 guests, a one time cleaning fee of $60.00 will be added to your bill.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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