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Spacious home perfect for the large family reunion!

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights


Harbor Beach House Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, sleeps 18, lake views, 3 levels with game room!

This spacious home on 7 acres with sweeping views of Lake Huron is a quiet getaway situated between the villages of Port Sanilac and Harbor Beach. It is the perfect destination for a group or multi-family getaway or reunion on Lake Huron! 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, sleeps up to 18, with game room, and beautiful lake views!

Our 3-story home is located in Forestville, Michigan -- 18 miles north of Port Sanilac and 12 miles south of Harbor Beach. The home is situated at the end of a long private driveway atop a bluff with sweeping views of Lake Huron. The park-like setting includes a sand beach, several lawns and picnic areas, a game room with billiards and card tables, basketball hoop, campfire pits, grills for BBQs, and enough lawn games (and property!) to keep you busy.

The kitchen is spacious and built to accommodate a crowd, with double ovens, an extra sink, plates and cutlery for many, and appliances and cooking utensils. There are 5 bedrooms total (4 upstairs and 1 on the main level), and a full bath on each level of the home. There are 2 queen beds, 6 full size beds, two bunk beds, a pack n' play, and a pullout sofa. Clean bed linens are provided. Ceiling fans throughout the home keep the home airy and cool on warm days. Wireless internet and ROKU TV (access to your Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc, not cable) are available for those who want to stay "plugged in".

The beach front provides access to a shallow bay for water play and kayaking. The bay is not deep enough for motorized boats. We recommend bringing your water shoes to navigate the typical Lake Huron rocky or sometimes mucky bottom. For deeper swimming or boating purposes, the nearby Forestville beach (1 mile away), Harbor Beach (12 miles north), and Port Sanilac marina are great destinations.

When you are fully relaxed and ready to explore, outings to Port Sanilac, Harbor Beach and Lexington are always fun to take advantage of the sandy beaches, playgrounds, museums, quaint shopping, ice cream and restaurants. Harbor Beach boasts a beautiful harbor, pier and marina where you can rent boats.

This area is great for golf (there is a driving range across the street from the home), hunting, fishing, hiking, sailing, water sports, and in the winter, snowmobiling on the extensive trail system.

The house rents from Monday (check in at 12 noon) to Sunday (check out at 12 noon) from June through early September. In the Spring, Fall, and Winter, we accommodate weekend and week long rentals. Please inquire with the owners for more information. See the "Rates" tab for weekly and weekend rental prices throughout the seasons. The week of July 4th the house rents for $2600. There is a $200 cleaning fee for all rentals. Pets will be considered ($50 pet fee). There is an additional $25 fee/person/night for groups over 14 people. Please inquire for consideration and prices for groups larger than 18 and special events.

We hope every member of your family or group will feel at home here! Send us a message with any questions and we'll promptly respond. We look forward to hosting you and ensuring your stay on 'the thumb' of Michigan is a relaxing and memorable one!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Betsy & Jim
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016

Why Betsy & Jim chose Eastern Michigan

We built this home as a family retreat 'getaway” for our large family (9 sibs!) from the Detroit metro area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I don’t have too much feedback because we thought everything was just perfect. I couldn’t believe that such a big group of such diverse adults could all be happy in one house….but we were. We loved it, I asked the group and no one could come up with anything that would have made our stay better, it was lovely.

Thank you and I hope to come again.
Apr 2012
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based on 26 traveler reviews

Spacious home perfect for the large family reunion!
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 27 reviews

beautiful and serene

  • 5 of 5

This is the 3rd summer in a row that we have vacationed at this home with multiple families. The large lot with beach frontage make for great fun for a bunch of kiddos. Room to spread out in a very comfortable atmosphere make for a very relaxing vacation for all.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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GREAT family vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great stay at this house! There was so much space and it definitely felt comfortable and homey! Having the beach right at the house was awesome! We went to the public beach to really get in the water (the beach at the house was a bit too "mucky" and rocky) but for just hanging out, the house beach was awesome!

The kitchen was great-we were able to make dinners with ease. They have everything you would need.

Betsy & Jim were always quick to respond to emails before our trip...super easy to work with.

Absolutely recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Hermitage, PA

Wonderful large home with great owners

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 13 people had a wonderful week at this lake house! It was plenty big for all of us, with a wonderful finished basement where the tv, game table, and pool table were located. The kids especially loved the upstairs "dorm" room that accommodated 8 sleepers. The kitchen is very well stocked and has a double oven that really came in handy. The extra refrigerator in the garage was perfect. There was a problem with the television at the beginning of the week, but Betsy and Jim are very responsive owners, and they got the satellite coverage fixed just in time for our sports fans to watch the Olympics. We were able to spend the days outside on the giant lawn or down on the beach, and then the evenings were spent playing games and laughing. For the teens, we discovered a great beach/park in Harbor Beach, so we made the drive on 3 different occasions so they could swim, play volleyball, fish from the pier, and eat ice cream.

Yes, the WiFi had a hard time accomodating such a large group of people with devices, but once again I contacted Betsy and Jim, and they made it their mission to work with the ISP to increase bandwidth. This was not completed when we left, due to a pesky hornet's nest by the antenna, but I'm certain this will be resolved soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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  • 5 of 5

WE HAD A GREAT WEEK IN EARLY AUGUST! The kids loved the basement with checkers, pool & tv. The beach was perfect for wading & building sandcastles. They also fished off the pier. We had an excellent lunch at Boondocks with a history lesson from the owners. They also cooked up

our catch for dinner. The kitchen was well-stocked with dishes, tools & pans. The large griddle was perfect for pancakes & French toast for the whole group. The yard was spacious enough for both soccer & volleyball & badminton. We will definitely return, by popular vote! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

Perfect family vacation away from it all!

  • 4 of 5

An ideal space and location for my whole family...8 adults one child and one infant. Betsy and Jim had everything we needed and responded quickly to all of our questions. We loved the bonfires on the lake at night (the moon was incredible), the day trips to Port Sanilac and Lexington, Game nights in the basement, Kayaking and fishing on the lake and even a Journey tribute band concert on the Harbor. The only major complaint I have is that the Wifi in no way worked the entire time we were there. No Tv, no internet nada.Its a large house that accommodates a large number of people so the house needs working Wifi. Luckily my husband was able to get some sort of signal on his own in order to check in with work. But please note if you have someone in your group that needs access and can't totally unplug from it all. We would LOVE to come back again. The memories my family made this summer will last a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Owner's Response: So glad you had a nice vacation with your family – we'd love to have you back! Thanks for the feedback on the internet and sorry about the outage (which is rare) and the bandwidth (which wasn’t sufficient to keep up with a large number of devices!). The internet provider is coming out this week to see if our ‘line of site’ with the Forestville tower will allow us to increase the bandwidth/speed. Just wanted to let you know we're working on it! Have a lovely remainder of the summer. Best, Betsy & Jim
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  • 5 of 5

The house was the perfect size for our large group of 10 adults, 3 kids and dogs. We had plenty of room and never got in each other's way. The house was well stocked and we had every amenity that we needed. The beach was very private and we had it all to ourselves. The owners were wonderful to work with and very accommodating. I hope to return next year if I can get my family's schedule coordinated.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
132 Miles
Detroit Metro
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Fosters Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Port Sanilac
Nearest Train
55 Miles
Port Huron
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Fosters Bar & Grill
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
At house (water level depending), Harbor Beach
Car: necessary

As you enter the house you will see that it sits on a bluff with a descent to the sandy beach providing sweeping views of Lake Huron. The grounds include 7 acres of trees and lawns for recreation.

You are just 12 miles south of a beautiful harbor and marina in Harbor Beach. The village includes an historic movie theater, quaint local shopping, a full-service hospital, and home-style dining in a variety of local restaurants & bars.

You are also 18 miles north of another quaint village, Port Sanilac, that features a full-service grocery store, laundromat, and hardware. Live theater entertainment is available at the local iconic Barn Theater.

This unique lakefront home is less than 1 hour north of Port Huron, right off of M25.

Golf: Huron Shores Golf Course offers some of the best golfing for the East Ports area. Call the course at 810-622-9961 for tee times.


Rates & Availability

Harbor Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall/Winter 2016
Sep 12 2016 - Jan 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Jun 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
Jun 5 2017 - Sep 10 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
Sep 11 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $200
Pet Fee $50

Our policy requires a $300 damage deposit. The cleaning fee is a flat rate of $200 per rental. There is $25/person/night fee for each person over 14 people. We will consider larger groups over 18 people and special events on a case-by-case basis. Please inquire for rates.

After your reservation is confirmed, we will send you a House Information sheet with helpful details for using and accessing the home, as well as a brief liability release statement. We require that the renter sign the liability release and return by mail or scan/email to the owners before arrival.

The primary renter must be over the age of 25. We may consider an exception to this policy in certain circumstances so please inquire.

There is no smoking allowed indoors or on the porches. Smoking guests are expected to properly dispose of cigarette butts. Cigarette butts on the lawn are a hazard to small children and pets and will be assessed a cleanup fee. Well-trained pets may be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is a $50 fee per pet. No pets are allowed on furniture or in bedrooms. Guests are required to clean up after their pets, both inside and outside.

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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Harbor Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • There is a full bathroom on each of the 3 levels. The upstairs 'bedroom-level' bathroom has double sinks, and a separate toilet and separate bathtub/shower area.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Pack n' Play for baby is in the closet
    Bedroom 4 - 3 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • All bed linens are provided. One of the bedrooms on the 3rd level has bunk beds plus three double beds. Main level bedroom has enclosed sun porch overlooking the lake. Please bring sleeping bags and blankets if you plan to have kids sleep on the floor or on blow up mattresses.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
All the comforts of home in a wonderful retreat ideal for the family or to hold a meeting, do your quilting or to just get away and enjoy the beautiful sunrises, the water, the view and each other. Cell phone coverage is limited, but there is WiFi available. This home has a water-tank system and water conservation is appreciated.

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