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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 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
July 12, 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: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • 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 -
(32 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 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
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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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5

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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5

Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cabin for small family. Far off in the woods but close to everywhere you would want to go in Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties. All amenities you need are provided (kitchenware, linens, books, etc) and nothing you don't need (tv). We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Michigan
5

One of the most memorable and lovely homes we've stayed in

  • 5 of 5

Hughthir crafted this home with his own hands for his mother. After her passing we get to share in the beautiful retreat he created for her. This was the most relaxing and restorative place we've stayed at in years.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for our honeymoon this week, and it was more than we could have asked for! It was so relaxing and peaceful to be away from everything and just spend time together. It is a beautiful property and we were so pleased. Thank you, Hughthir for being a great host!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Empire House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak
Jun 8 2017 - Sep 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
$185
$1,200
 
 
Off Peak 2
Sep 8 2017 - Nov 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
$170
$1,100
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$175
$1,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

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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