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Hughthir White

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, italian

Quiet Retreat in the woods, near Empire Beach

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Sleeping Bear Dunes 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 (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english, italian


based on 15 traveler reviews

Quiet Retreat in the woods, near Empire Beach
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 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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It was excellent and quite!

  • 4 of 5

Ok the only reason this did not get 5 stars is simple - the bed was EXTRA EXTRA hard and that was not stated - They did have a few feather toppers but it did not help and all the furniture was also on the VERY firm side (BUT) I am a big guy and this was designed for owners tiny mom so..

Other than this point 5 star land owner he meet us started a fire in the wood stove/fire place, he left us alone but was available if we had needed him. His dog was a nice visitor in the morning (she liked bacon) - The location is EXTREMELY wonderfully secluded. nice short drive to the entire area.... The cabin was very nicely stocked and had a wonderful collection of LP to enjoy and we did! Tons of books and tiny details that made it a very nice trip.

The listing was 100% accurate - (did not mention bed hardness good question to ask?)

Property was 100% clean

Owner - 100% excellent

Would I recommend renting it? - YES - just know that the bed is in no way soft.

You have to hit the Farmers Daughters Chocolate just south of empire (organic) - Glen Arbor Leeland Coffee roasters - The market in empire has awesome home made bacon - the fun places to go just goes on and on....

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Hughthir's cabin is perfect in very way. You never have to leave the property. It is so beautiful and comfortable. The wood stove is awesome. We sat and read and hiked during our stay. The area is beautiful, especially Sleeping Bear Dunes which is only a 10 minute drive from the property. Our stay was relaxing and rejuvenating. The sauna is an added perk. We definitely recommend it. We will be back. Thank you Hughthir.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a pleasant surprise! The house was big and inviting with everything you'd need for a relaxing stay. Hughthir was a wonderful host as was Felecia and the cat. Close to attractions and towns and we took many day trips north and south up the coast of Lake Michigan exploring each small town and loving the quaint shops and restaurants. The Dinghy was a favorite of ours to eat at as well as some of the other restaurants along the way I have forgotten the names of. We were able to cook our meals if we wanted at the house, which we did for the supper time. We were lucky enough to be there at the Blood Moon eclipse and got a great view of it! Our cell phones did not work well there but the internet worked great and we watched Netflix movies/shows at night as well as listened to records and the radio.

I would definitely check this place out if you are looking to get away from it all and breathe in the peace and quiet.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Completely wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough good things about this property. Hughthir is a wonderful host - completely unobtrusive, but popping up whenever we needed him. The property is so special -- beautiful, serene, with hummingbirds and other unexpected treats all over. Felicia (dog) was delightful. The house is lovely and the books kept us pleasantly occupied all weekend. Thank you Hughthir!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Best place we've stayed. Hughthir has created a true home - we felt honored to share it. From the fantastic books to the beautiful views to the lovely furnishings to the canine and feline companionship -- we couldn't get over how lucky we felt!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Empire House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Peak 1
Apr 1 2016 - Jun 7 2016
2 night minimum stay
Jun 8 2016 - Sep 7 2016
3 night minimum stay
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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Sleeping Bear Dunes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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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