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Quiet Retreat in the woods, near Empire Beach

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights


Empire House Rental Photos and Description

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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm

Hughthir White
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, italian
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016
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based on 22 traveler reviews

Quiet Retreat in the woods, near Empire Beach
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews
St. Clair Shores, MI

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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A great place to relax, breathe deep, and take in the beauty of nature!

  • 5 of 5

A uniquely beautiful property. The cabin, guest house and studio/barn were creatively designed, artistic, very clean and comfortable. The surrounding property felt like a nature preserve. Peaceful, pristine, a wonderful getaway. Hughthir is a great host, available if needed, but respectful of your privacy. We enjoyed our stay very much and hope to return. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Loved it. Very secluded, amazing architecture, very clean and perfectly kept. Nice lake view from the front porch. Host was great. Would absolutely stay here again. Thank you for sharing your special home with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet Beautiful Sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

Although our visit was cut short due to circumstances beyond our control we found the place to be beautiful and private with an owner who was very friendly and eager to make sure we found the place and had a nice stay. The house had everything that we needed and it is in the perfect location to enjoy Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Beautiful and quiet cabin!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the house with our one year old son and we had an amazing time! The house has everything that you could need and our little boy loved the dog Felicia! We loved how close the house was to Glen Arbor and Empire (10 minture drive) as well as Traverse City (25 minute drive) yet far enough away to feel secluded. We also loved the scenic driveway leading to the house! The cabin could use some updated information regarding local attractions, nevertheless we were able to navigate the towns no problem and went on some great scenic hikes and bike rides! If we are ever in this area again we would love to stay at the cabin again. Hughthir is an excellent host and is there if you need him! We would 100% recommend and he already done so to several people we know!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely retreat

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a quiet get- away in the woods in a lovely, spacious cottage with a beautiful view from each one of the "many" windows, close to all popular spots around Empire, you should make a reservation now! Meals may be shared out on the deck with table and chairs and grill, and even a view of the water from some spots! A piano was a plus, with many good albums to enjoy on the phonograph Hughthir White makes himself available to his guests, and is a gracious, and generous host.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Empire House Rental Rates

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per property
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Off Peak 2
Sep 8 2016 - Nov 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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.

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Empire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet
  • Local Maps
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • 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

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