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Original Frank Lloyd Wright Secluded Home with Tea House

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Angell House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

227 Orchard Hills Drive, Ann Arbor Michigan - Google Maps FLW Palmer House, please see our website 'FLWPalmerhouse'


PLEASE NOTE: Due to size limitations and local restrictions, any event at the Palmer House is limited to a maximum of 25 people.

The Palmer House is a multilevel brick and cypress late period Frank Lloyd Wright house, the plan and design of which is based on the equilateral triangle. The house is sheltered by a long broad hipped roof with deep overhangs. The cantilever extending over the terrace is the most dramatic feature of the house. The open interior is fitted with Wright-designed furniture and built-in cabinetry. The Palmer house exemplifies Wright's open, American organic architecture in which all parts are related to the whole and are linked to the environment in an adaptation of form to nature.

In addition to the main house, there is a tea house located on the 2 acres of woodland surrounding the home. The tea house includes a working fireplace, a small kitchen and a bathroom with a shower-over-the toilet.

During your stay, please enjoy complementary tea and coffee, high thread count sheets, feather and non-feather pillows and organic shampoo and conditioner. We are committed to greening the earth and only use organic cleaning products, hand soaps, dish detergent, and laundry soap. Please be advised that there is no air-conditioning (the floors are concrete, the roof blocks direct sun, and the house is surrounded by very large trees and thus the house remains cool).

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  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016

About The Owner

We currently live in San Francisco and purchased the house in March 2009. Jeffrey Schox, who is a San Francisco patent attorney, spends several weeks a year in Ann Arbor. When he is not in Ann Arbor, the Palmer House will be available for rent as a guest house and as a meeting location. Kathryn is a yoga teacher and plans to offer both public and private classes in the house a few times a year. Jeff's parents, Sue and Gary Cox are the caretakers of the house.

The Owner purchased this house in 2009

Why The Owner chose Michigan

We both graduated from the University of Michigan and while attending school, frequently went on long walks or runs with the Palmer House as our destination. Jeffrey has been a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright since an early age growing up outside of Detroit and Kathryn became a fan while attending the Art Institute of Chicago and exploring the suburbs of Chicago.


based on 23 traveler reviews

Original Frank Lloyd Wright Secluded Home with Tea House
average rating of 4.869565 based on 23 reviews

Bucket List MUST for any FLW fan or for one in YOUR life

  • 5 of 5

While the photos attempt to show you the unique visit that awaits you , the reality will exceed your expectations when you ascend the steps and enter this FLW "experience". The home, teahouse, property and details are exquisite. Calm... tranquil...light...nature...impeccable workmanship...gardens...must say LIGHT again! Ever dream what it was like to live life in a FLW home - this is the place to visit!

This was an 80th birthday celebration for my dad - a life long FLW fanatic, to share with his family. My dad's words "BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!"..... While this house is close and convenient to many attractions...once we checked in, there was no reason to leave! Again his words... "where would we go that could possibly top THIS?"

Thank you Sue and Gary for meeting and providing an informative tour to begin our stay; and leaving some items for us to discover. Also, to Jeffrey & Kathryn for preserving and providing this opportunity for those who want to study FLW design leisurely, up close and personally. And Thank You Mary Palmer... for your wisdom and foresight so many years ago, you also had impeccable taste and input. New bucket list item...experience nature in this home in EACH season! One down, three to go!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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East Tennessee

Yesteryear Lux

  • 5 of 5

This amazing home wraps her arms around you and takes you back in time. Sue and Gary were perfect hosts sharing many anecdotes about FLW, the Palmers and this gorgeous property....then they disappeared and we had this wonderful, quirky home to ourselves! Special, special, special!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harrison Twp, Michigan

A Spectacular house and experience to be savored

  • 5 of 5

I am a fan of Wright's work and this house is generally accepted as one of his best. For architectural aficionados, this is a must. Even if you are not, this house will blow your mind and allow you to envelope yourself with nature and serene peacefulness. The private garden, the teahouse, are all part of the amazing setting. You are going back in time to the 1950's. And with world class restaurants a short drive away, you don't need to cook. It was a privilege to stay in this house.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Simply amazing!

  • 5 of 5

This home is so special. My husband and I came back home to Ann Arbor for my birthday and had such a magical experience at this very unique home. The architecture is to die for, no surprise, and the grounds are a journey into another land. If you're looking for a very unique and very special experience this is the place to stay. The owners are lovely and worked with us to orchestrate the perfect trip and everything you need to enjoy your stay is available within the home, including the location being so close to the famous Arb for walking and exploring. A definite must do at least once in your lifetime.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

Most unique place to stay in Ann Arbor.

  • 5 of 5

By far the most unique place to stay in Ann Arbor.

The property is dated, but, that is part of its charm. You are renting a piece of architectural history. So, be prepared to swing with it, and enjoy F.L.W.'s design in a peaceful, tree-filled neighbourhood.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Northville, MI

Unforgettable Weekend

  • 5 of 5

I made reservations for a weekend stay at the Palmer House as a birthday surprise for my boyfriend. Needless, to say the weekend was a perfect gift for both of us! We spent an unforgettable weekend of; living, entertaining, and breathing in- this awe inspiring home, that was the designed by FLW, and built with love by the Palmer's. Words can not do justice to this "house beautiful". We truly were overwhelmed by the level of detail, originality, and beauty throughout the house, and the grounds are just as beautiful. Many thanks to the Sue and Gary for their welcoming hospitality (enjoyed your sharing a few anecdotes of Palmer's life in their Wright house), and for allowing us to spend time immersed in history.

As a side note: For out of town guests, this home is a very short drive to downtown Ann Arbor- full of great restaurants, shopping and very close to Nichols Arboretum- please find time to make a trip to Zingerman's Deli- you won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Detroit Metropolitan Airport
Car: recommended

Canoeing and Kayaking, Cider Mills, Art Fair and Film Festivals, Dance, Opera, Music, Lectures, Library


Rates & Availability

Angell House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Nov 4 2016 - Nov 5 2016
2 night minimum stay
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Nov 18 2016 - Nov 19 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 24 2016 - Nov 27 2016
2 night minimum stay
New Years Eve
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Sec Deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

Holidays are subject to premium rates. Special daily rates are available for corporate events with a maximum of 25 guests.
Winter Weather Guarantee: Reservations can be rebooked without a penalty if cancelled due to a winter storm.

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Angell House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Day bed in study
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking

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