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The Preserve-Beautiful Newer Vacation Home

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Boyne City House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms/2 full baths, sleeps max 8 (6 private), 2 car garage

Book now for your stay during the shoulder season!! Stays during October through November receive a 10% discount. You must mention coupon code '16FALL' at the time of your rental in order to receive discount. No discount will be given after reservation has been completed.

Come and vacation in Boyne City, Michigan! Voted in 2011 as one of the top 10 downtowns in the nation and the best in Michigan in 2010. Michigan also ranked worldwide as No. 3 for undiscovered wine region (2011, Wine Enthusiast Magazine). My home has many decorator touches; all in warm, neutral tones. It will easily & comfortably accommodate 6 w/an option for 2 more. 1.5 blocks from a small, nearly private beach (literally straight down the street). The home is a perfect getaway for families, golfers, snowmobilers, skiers, or for friends who want to relax and enjoy the incredible scenery around Lake Charlevoix . We are an easy and scenic hour's drive to Michigan's wine country.

While the home isn't directly on the lake, the accommodations and amenities offered are exceedingly above average (for more info., please continue reading below). You won't be disappointed in your choice. We invite you to come stay and play in beautiful Boyne City.

Natural surroundings: home is situated on a large lot with natural landscape, woods and wetlands that lead to Lake Charlevoix where deer like to call home. Lots of privacy facing the back/south. The southern exposure provides tremendous amounts of light in the home. Enjoy northern summer nights canopied under the stars in the netted gazebo; safe from the insects, listening to the sounds of summer. Enjoy a comfortable respite lounging on the shaded front porch swing, relaxing in the warm summer breeze.

Lake Charlevoix: A boater's paradise! Partial lake view from the southern exposure. Take the kick boards, cooler, and beach toys to Lake Street Beach, one block straight down the street. If you like water parks, you will love Boyne Mountain's Avalanche Bay. And now, boat rentals are available in town at Boyne Watersports -from kayaks to pontoons to ski boats.

Interior Space: All the comforts and amenities of home in a wide open space. Professionally and tastefully decorated. Large kitchen with more counter top than you'll ever need. A pass-through to the dining room then on to the adjacent living room where guests won't miss the southern view or what might be showing on the TV. Over-sized club chairs or the big comfortable sofa are where you can wrap up your day's adventures. A split floorplan offers maximum privacy with the dining and living rooms separating en suite master bedroom and guest sleeping quarters.

More Details
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Karen McKinnon
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2016
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About Karen McKinnon

I spent a lot of my childhood on Lake Charlevoix; spending time at both my maternal grandparent's summer cottage and with my father's family-all on the south arm of the lake. It was my dream to come back to this lake where so many wonderful memories were created and have a place of my own. So I found some land in Boyne City where there is much to do year 'round and decided to put a vacation home here.

Karen McKinnon purchased this house in 2008

Why Karen McKinnon chose Northern Michigan

This land was chosen for the location; only one mile from town, a block and a half from one of several beaches in Boyne and a nearly private setting with seasonal lake views. There are cedar trees all around the property, the lot is wooded along Lake Street with wetlands in the back. It was important to me to keep the integrity of the watershed and in order to mitigate damage to the wetlands, a biologist was hired to ensure that the impact would be minimal. The land is kept very natural and the setting is quiet and relaxing.

What makes this house unique

The home is still in the city limits but has a country-like setting. There are bikes for guest use. The ride into town is only one mile; a great distance for going to Kilwins for an ice-cream or just a nice ride around the area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for opening your beautiful home to us for our stay. It was so comfortable and exactly what we needed. We all loved it."
Jul 2010
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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The Preserve-Beautiful Newer Vacation Home
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 23 reviews

Great, clean, comfortable house.

  • 5 of 5

We all enjoyed our stay. The house was very clean and so comfortable. Fit our needs nicely.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stay at Preserve

  • 5 of 5

The amenities and cleanliness of the Preserve were exceptional. We would definitely stay at the Preserve again if vacationing in the area. Karen was quick to respond to any questions we might have had. The kitchen, bathrooms and laundry areas were well stocked with kitchen dishes, utensils and cookware. Laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner and body wash was also provided and much more. We appreciate Karen's thought to every detail to make vacationing feel like home.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend this house and location to everyone!! There is a lot to do and see in the area. Karen was great at getting back to me, very helpful with getting all the information we needed and easy to talk to! If we would've had more room I would've invited her to come hang with us! Thank you for the memories!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! I was hoping that you all would have a great time in Boyne. You're welcome back anytime :) And thanks again for choosing my home. You were all wonderful guests!
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Worth the visit

  • 4 of 5

4 out of 5 stars only because there was no air conditioning and we were there during a very hot week. The ceiling fans and box fans were much appreciated (we brought 2 small fans with us and used them every night). The kitchen was spacious and well equipped; we were also able to grill outside several times. Our almost 10-year old Lab enjoyed going down to the small public beach area, as did our grand daughters. We found the Wednesday farmers market to be well stocked and we purchased numerous fresh fruits and vegetables. We easily made day trips to Charlevoix, Petoskey and Traverse City from this location. The owner Karen was pleasant to work with, and responded to questions quickly - We would definitely recommend this property

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time and I would love to host you again. I know this summer has been incredibly hot and we sure could have used an air conditioner. Normally the summers are not quite so hot. Thank you much for the review! I appreciate it
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Great Boyne City vacation

  • 5 of 5

It was all we expected from the web site. We loved it. Great location near town.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing and worry-free

  • 5 of 5

Family of four, we had a great 5-night stay. The house is well-maintained and set up to be easily settled into.

Spacious, and lots of places, inside and out, to sit, relax, chat. We were able to charcoal grill one night, the kitchen is set up well to enable easy cooking (everything you need except the food!).

Overall, a great place to stay in Boyne City and the surrounding.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I strive to ensure my home is clean, comfortable, and well stocked for my guests. I hope you and your family come back for another visit!
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BC Pizza
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Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
Sportsman, Friggy's, Red Mesa, Cafe Sante
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Ironton Ferry
Nearest Golf
7.5 Miles
Boyne Mountain (at Boyne Mountain Rd.)
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
on Lake and/or Water Streets
Nearest Ski
7.5 Miles
Boyne Mountain (at Boyne Mountain Rd.)
Nearest Beach
320 Metres
Beach Approximately 350 yards or

One and a half blocks from Lake Charlevoix for swimming, boating, sailing, and fishing. Seven miles to Boyne Mountain and less than 20 minutes from Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Bay Harbor.

Other Activities: Young State Park is 1.7 miles northwest/ Ziplining at two different locations.

Rates & Availability

Boyne City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2016 Early Winter
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
2016 Christmas
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Presidents W/E
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Spring 2017
Mar 20 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer I 2017
May 30 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
July 4th 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer II 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2017 Early Fall
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017 Fall
Oct 23 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017 Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

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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Boyne City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1421 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Deep tub for soaking
    en Suite - toilet , tub , shower , Corner soaking tub, mounted make-up mirror
  • Master Bath is over sized and has separate shower stall from the corner soaking tub; a wall-mounted magnifying make-up mirror, and an electric towel warmer/dryer. Second bathroom is beautifully appointed. Each comes with plenty of bath & hand towels and wash cloths. Each are equipped with a hair dryer.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , beautiful southern view of wetlands and woods
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , northern view of tree lined street
    Master en Suite - 1 queen , Beautiful southern view of woods and wetlands
  • Sleeps 6 privately/ 8 with option of use of queen size air mattress. Two bedrooms are outfitted with queen-sized beds: Master B/R and Guest Queen. The third guest room hosts 2 twins. Bedrooms are beautifully appointed; each with large walk-in closets. Extra bed linens are stored in each room's dresser. Master has a 19' DVD HDTV; ceiling fans in all rooms and box fans in each B/R closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 bicycles
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Mosquito netted gazebo on deck complete with a comfortable bistro set, large love seat and side tables all on an outdoor carpet. Deck also has sunning area. There are also four bicycles if you would like to ride into town going either Court to Park Street (country but paved road) or North Lake (a bit busier with traffic).

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