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

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 14 (1st and 2nd floor, exclude basement)

Treat yourself to a vacation at Ludington's finest beach/downtown house. You can walk out the door to everywhere of importance in Ludington.

Here is a review of what you'll enjoy nearby:

--Stearns Beach--350 steps away. In 2012 'USA Today' named it the best beach in Michigan; thus it's one of the 51 best beaches in the US.

--North Breakwater Lighthouse--3 blocks. Its pier extends 1/2 mile into Lake Michigan. It is a lovely spot to see the sun set and the moon rise over the water. You'll see pleasure boats, The Badger, surf, clouds, fish, people. It's fun!

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

--3 blocks to the municipal marina, play park at the marina, and charter boats. Waterford Park's sculpture walk is part of this property.

--3 blocks to the harbor to watch the SS Badger arrive and depart. Locals and tourists love to wave to the passengers.

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

--3 blocks to a dedicated dog beach.

--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.

--Right in the midst of many horn blasts. The Badger blows its horn as it sails in and out twice daily and charms us all. 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.

This is Ludington's only historical house for rent--a 1930 English-cottage style, with newly restored interior with art deco baths, arches, and high curved ceilings. The kitchen has just been remodeled with quartz counters, Shaker walnut cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The house has been furnished with quality furniture, as well as antiques and art. There is an awesome new leather sectional in the living room that provides a large seating area.

The house sits on a small dune rise, the site of the first log residence in Ludington (1866). The yard has a gathering area with 2 charcoal grills, a picnic table, lots of chairs and a firepit. The house's exterior is not yet fully restored but will one day display its cedar shake siding.

I live in the residence three off-season months; therefore many of my decorative items are on display. I have put away items that would tempt children and have cleared out a dresser for guests to use in each bedroom. Each room also has a hanging unit for guests' clothing. The house has a personal charm not found in a vacant property.

The rental includes the first and second floor of the house, but excludes the basement, which is used for our motel laundry. We have a six-unit motel on the property; lovely and retro, very popular with guests. It is often available should our house guests need to rent extra space.

More Details

Property Manager
Muriel and Deborah Canfield
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 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 just about every night when it is warm. I have three grown children, two living in Ludington. I'm not in love with the cold here so I go to the gulf in the winter.

My partner works as an accountant and an enrolled agent for the IRS during the winter months and as a motel/inn owner in the summer. She still has seven children at home. Of all her endeavors, mothering her children is her favorite.

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 house, I did so in a heartbeat. I relocated from southern Ohio.

What makes this house unique

The house is so near the lake that I can hear it at night in bed and see it from the kitchen window (when the leaves are off the trees).


Ludington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom first floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , new/deco
    Bathroom second floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom first floor - toilet , shower , new/deco
  • Remodeled on first floor with charming deco fixtures, rainshower heads and 1890 sculptured radiators. Two baths have a tub shower and one has a tiled and glassed in shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Second floor bedroom - 1 queen , four poster bed
    Futon upstairs living room - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , traditional decor
    Four poster room - 1 queen , antiques
    Sunroom with sleeper couch - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 30's decor, faces lake
    Twin room - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom Full Bed - 1 double , traditional decor
  • All rooms have pure Lake Michigan breezes, very cooling at night. Air-conditioners in all bedrooms Quality pillows and linens (you'll like our plush pillows)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 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
Two full kitchens. Both kitchens are equipped with dishes and cooking ware. Two living rooms Several dining areas Three private entrances: two for the first floor and one for the second.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Ultimate: 350 steps to top US beach, lighthouse, downtown, marina, play park
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 12 reviews

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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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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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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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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Perfect house for a getaway

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful experience, great house with a lot of space and walking distance to everything. Would definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family gathering perfection!

  • 5 of 5

Muriel hosted my large family in her old, expansive, charm-filled home. The space provided us time together playing lawn games, cooking, playing cards,...It served as a tremendous home-base for walking and biking to town, marinas, restaurants, and the beach/lighthouse. We needed to accommodate my Grandma (94yo), and the suite in the house allowed her privacy and comfort with her own bedroom and bathroom. We anticipate being able to do this family reunion spot again, maybe with renting more rooms from Muriel's adorable chain of motel rooms nextdoor. Muriel and her family were very lovely and accommodating. Alissa R.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a blessing to see a family group honor a grandmother as this family did. They wheeled her in her chair to the beach and around town and they all made sure Grandma had a wonderful time. We are so happy to have provided a home for this lovely family.
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.8 Miles
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 31 and 10
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
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

Ludington House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Gus Macker
Jun 16 2017 - Jun 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Late Spring
Jun 18 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
July 4th Week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Fall and Spring
Sep 10 2017 - Jun 9 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
service fee $99
Tax Rate 11.0%

July-August: bookings taken only for one week, checking in on Saturday at 4:00 and checking out on Saturday at 11:00.

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

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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