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Ultimate: 350 steps to beach, lighthouse, downtown, marina, play park

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 12. In a pinch, 14 with rollaways.

This English cottage-style house was built on a dune rise in 1930 in an upscale neighborhood. Of interest, the property housed the first residence in Ludington, a log cabin built by an up and coming lumber baron. He later became the first mayor of Ludington. I believe he chose this site because it was far enough from Lake Michigan to avoid the brunt of storms and yet close enough to view it.

The house has lovely arches, french doors, and a front porch on which to sit and enjoy drinks. The yard has a gathering area with a charcoal grill, a picnic table, lots of chairs and a firepit.

The house is wonderful for family groups, reunions and weddings. Children will find the yard a bit small for play.

We have a six-unit motel on the property; mid-century and very popular with guests. It is often available should our house guests need to rent extra rooms.

From our location, you can walk to everywhere of importance in Ludington. Here is a review of what you'll enjoy:

--Stearns Beach--350 steps away. In 2012 'USA Today' named it the best beach in Michigan.

--North Breakwater Lighthouse--3 blocks to the pier. Its pier extends 1/2 mile into Lake Michigan.

--2 blocks to Stearns Beache children's play park, skateboard plaza, and miniature golf.

--3 blocks to the municipal marina, play park at the marina, sculpture walk, and charter boats.

--3 blocks to the harbor to watch the SS Badger arrive and depart.

--3-4 blocks to pier and rock fishing.

--3-4 blocks to downtown restaurants, antique stores, art and photography shops, ice cream parlor (36 flavors) , banks, clothiers, souvenir stores, music bars and a bike shop.

--Lots of horn blasts. The Badger blows its horn as it sails in and out twice daily. There are fog horns. There's a 10:00 curfew horn. A noon whistle. For a small town we have an amazing amount of horns. It is quaint.

More Details

Property Manager
Muriel and Deborah Canfield
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2017

About Muriel and Deborah Canfield

I'm a longtime 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'm not in love with cold so I go south for the winter.

My partner works as an accountant and is an enrolled agent for the IRS during the winter month. 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 Western Michigan

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 it from the living room window (when the leaves are off the trees).

Amenities

Ludington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • 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 ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom second floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, 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
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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Ultimate: 350 steps to beach, lighthouse, downtown, marina, play park
average rating of 4.571429 based on 14 reviews
5

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: Jun 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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4

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: Jul 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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4

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: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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: Aug 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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5

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: Jul 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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5

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: Jul 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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Map

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Muskegon
Nearest Ferry
0.8 Miles
Ludington
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Holland
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)

--Biking

--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

Photos

Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Prefer e check but will accept credit card



Deposit refundable, minus at $150 rebooking fee up until 30 days after booking. After 30 days, the deposit is not refundable.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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