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Amazing location: 350 steps to beach, lighthouse, downtown, marina, play park"

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,799 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 14. Lovely gathering area in yard and on porch.

(PS. Just sanded floors and they are gorgeous. Also installed lovely windows. Downstairs baths and kitchen redone in 2012)

Now for the story:

My house was built in 1930, clad with cedar shake exterior and toped with a sloped roof in the English cottage style. The house is large with three entrances, is located in an upscale neighborhood near Stearns Beach (rated best beach in Michigan: USA Today; Outdoors Magazine.) You can pack your towels and walk there in five minutes. The same five minute walk in other directions will take you downtown, to the harbor and to play parks.

You'll have a gathering area on a covered side porch and in the yard with a firepit, charcoal grill, picnic table, and chairs. The house is on a small dune rise.

There are two parking spots on my garage apron and one at the motel office. I have a large corner lot where parking is allowed on the street for cars, boats and trailers up to 22 feet in length. (There is a 6-unit motel on the property as well. If you wish to rent extra rooms for your guests, you can book them through me.)

The interior of the house is very charming! The first floor is renovated with high ceilings, a bay window, French doors and arches. The floor plan features a center hall, leading to three bedrooms, one with a sun room. The master bedroom has a private bath. And there is a hall bath. All the ornate, original radiators remain.

The second floor has a kitchen, bath, dining area and one bedroom with a queen bed. There is a double futon and two sturdy rollaway beds for sleeping. The kitchen appliances are new as is the wood floor. You can reach the second floor through an outside entrance and through an exit on the first floor.

The first and second floor are included in the rental. The basement is not, nor is the garage. Thus laundry machines are not available. But on check in we will provide each person a set of towels and bed linens. If you plan to stay a week, we will provide a towel change on Wednesday and do two loads of laundry for you. If needed, there is a laundry a mile away.

More Details

Property Manager
Muriel and Deborah Canfield
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Muriel and Deborah Canfield

I'm an author with four published books and many articles. I love sand walking at Stearns Beach and do so daily. I have three grown children, two living in Ludington. I also love helping our guests enjoy their stay in Ludington.

My partner works as an accountant and is an enrolled agent for the IRS during the winter months. She still has five children at home. She loves being a mom.

Muriel and Deborah Canfield purchased this house in 2009

Why Muriel and Deborah Canfield chose Ludington

My grandfather had a cottage on Hamlin Lake in Ludington. I loved Ludington as a child; the birch trees, the little minnows that I dragged for with my father, the dunes, and Lake Michigan. When I had a chance to buy this property, I did so in a heartbeat. I relocated from southern Ohio.

What makes this house unique

The property is so near the lake that I can hear the waves at night in bed and see the lake from the upstairs window (when the leaves are off the trees). You can see the Badger car ferry leaving and returning from a dining room window.

I have SECRET DUNE CLIMB MAP steps from my grandfather's property. Few know of this place. You can see Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake from the top. It is like being close to heaven! My husband, a consulting forester, provides my maps.


Ludington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2799 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Children welcome ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please tell us if you are staying a week and need us to help out with laundry. We'd be happy to do two loads and will change towels mid-week.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom second floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Second floor bedroom - 1 queen , four poster bed
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Also two sturdy roll aways, so sleep four in living room
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Suite Bedroom - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleep couch on sunporch with a door for privacy
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.571429 based on 14 reviews

Awesome house to rent

  • 5 of 5

I had a bunch of friends and family rent this house over the Gus Macker weekend and it was perfect. A lot of rooms and areas for families to stay and have their own rooms. Would definitely rent this again. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Zachary, We loved your group and enjoyed watching you have fun. You and your group are always welcome at our home. My best, Muriel
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Great location. Convenient to everything Ludington.

  • 4 of 5

Muriel was a wonderful hostess. She was readily available and prompt to answer questions. The house served our needs well. We had 11 adults ranging in age from 23-83. While the outdoor space is limited, we did enjoy the picnic table and firepit. Walking distance to Sterns Park was fantastic. We also walked to the ship channel and to the stores and restaurants downtown. The kitchen is nicely remodeled but a little tight for a big group. Plenty of room inside with the living room, dining room, and bedrooms. Ludington is a great Michigan town. We had a wonderful time!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for coming. You were absolutely delightful guests, from making sure your cars were parked correctly to assuring with me that you did a complete check out. I loved also watching your family enjoy the gathering areas in the yard and on the porch.
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A well appointed beautiful historic home in the the perfect location!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this lovely well-appointed historical home. It was two blocks from the Breakwater lighthouse and sandy beaches of Lake Michigan, and only four blocks from downtown. The home was spacious and easily accommodated 8 of us. It could have held 2 or 3 more people with room to spare. All the beds were very comfortable and the rooms were air-conditioned if you prefer that to the gentle breezes off the lake. The outdoor space with a patio area and BBQ added to the comfortable accommodations.

We would list it as 5 stars except that we accidentally washed one of their spa towels with our laundry, tuning it a grayish blue, which was understandably upsetting to the owners and they brought it to our attention. We paid for the replacement after questioning the price charged. Our intention wasn't to upset them with our questioning, we only wished to clarify and make it right. Nevertheless, a misunderstanding left both the owners and our party feeling badly about that incident. What can be said except that we're all human with human emotions and defenses. We hope that they forgive us the hard feelings caused by our actions, and that they prosper in their VRBO adventure. We can honestly say that the owners were gracious and helpful in every way. With a little more care on our part, our unfortunate event could have been easily avoided. We highly recommend this extraordinary home!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent location, great host, lots to do

  • 5 of 5

This property was a very brief walk to the beach as well as downtown. It was situated perfectly for us to access all that Ludington had to offer. Some of our group was able to hike and bike around Ludington State Park. The beach was pristine (and close!). We rented tubes and floated down the nearby river (~15 minutes from the house). Muriel was a great and accommodating host. The house was perfect for us.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We loved your group all the way, and I often thought of how kind you all were, and so beautiful--every last one of you!
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Amazingly Great

  • 5 of 5

It is difficult to find a place near Lake Michigan which can handle 15 or more for our annual family get together. We have stayed in New Buffalo, Grand Haven, and Holland, but this place in Ludington is a gem. This was our third visit to Muriel & Deb's vacation home--it's the best we have found--and we recommend it highly! When we have family members who cannot stay for the whole week (or too many for the home), extra rooms at the Blue Spruce Motel across the parking lot work well. The home is fully equipped and clean. Muriel & Deb are very helpful and accommodating to our needs. We arrive with several bikes and a few kayaks, and there is ample room for them in the yard. There is plenty of parking on the quiet streets next to the home. Ludington is wonderful and the Ludington State Park nearby is great. 5 Stars!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We always love your stay with us. Seeing your whole family laugh around the fire pit and just sit and talk blesses us. We miss you already!
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Wonderful rental home

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Ludington in this rental home. It provided enough space for 10 adults and one child. The location was great as it was only about 2 blocks to the beach and two blocks into town, so very little driving was required. The house was very clean and Muriel and Debbie were very prompt in responding to any requests and questions! Our whole party enjoyed our stay and would return again!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved every minute of hosting you! You were always gracious and left our house absolutely clean. We look forward to the day you will return!
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.8 Miles
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 31 and 10
Car: not necessary

--SS Badger carferry port

--Stearns Beach (top rated in Michigan)

--Ludington State Park (Michigan's top park: 'Midwest Living,' 2010)

--Nordhouse Dunes

--Northbreakwater Lighthouse (1/2 mile breakwater walk) (tours)

--Little Sable Lighthouse

--Big Sable Lighthouse (tours)


--Trail hikes

--Ice fishing

--Skate park

--Dog beaches, exercise trail, park

--Charterboat fishing (salmon, brown trout, pike, perch, steelheads, and more)

--Charter sailing

--Pier fishing as well as many other casting spots

--Lake Hamlin fishing

--Rafting and boating of all kinds

--Mural walking tour downtown

--Sculpture park

--Gift shops

--Antique shops

--Historic Victorian homes

--Recreated historic village (White Pine Village)

--Children's museum (Sand Castles)

--Art fairs

--Friday night live downtown in August

--Top rated restaurants and Ice cream shop with 36 flavors

--Bird watching

--Moral mushroom hunting

--Top golf courses

--Photographic opportunities par excellence


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Damage Insurance $99

Prefer e check but if will accept credit card

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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