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Beautiful Chalet on the Upper Manistee River (Pet Friendly), 2 Bed Rooms

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Beautiful 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Chalet, Sleeps 8, Pet Friendly

Located on the Upper Manistee River seven miles west of Grayling, Michigan and just south of M-72, the house sits on a bluff about fifty feet back from and overlooking the river. There is a stairway down to a four foot by eight foot dock which gives access to the water for such things as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, wading, tubing, fly fishing or wildlife viewing.

The river is approximately three to four feet deep just in front of the dock making it perfect for an afternoon dip in the heat of the summer sun. To the right of the dock are wooden steps going into the river making easy access for youngsters and/or fly fisherman to reach shallower waters.

At daybreak and again in the late afternoon it is not unusual to find a Great Blue Heron quietly stalking it's prey in the shallows just across the river. At the top of the bluff is a hammock which overlooks the river and seems to beckon one to lay down and rest under the swaying pine trees - just for a little while.

If you are looking for a Retreat, this is the place. Leave your cares at home because there is no place for them here.

At the end of the street there is a private undeveloped park. The park offers solitude and another access point to the river. Sometimes wildlife, including deer, can be found drinking from the river at daybreak or early evening. The park area also makes a great place to lean against a tree and read a book or just relax and watch the trout rise during a hatch.

The Upper Manistee River has been classified as a Natural River. This means that future development will have to meet certain standards - standards that will help to maintain the quality of the river and the river environment. The Natural Rivers Act along with the Upper Manistee River Association will be working together to make sure that there is a healthy trout population too.

The house sits on a stretch of the Manistee River that is well known for it's Brook and Brown trout population.

It is, also, a well kept secret that a 20' Brown lives under the dock here! This section of the river is for fly fishing only and is open all year round. The Catch and Eat season runs from the last Saturday in April thru September 30. The rest of the year is Catch and Release only.


The den has a full size pull-out sofa bed, a matching chair and footstool. There is, also, a small Secretary and chair for you to write letters and or postcards to your friends and relatives. In one corner is a TV with an attached VCR/DVD Player. The .flat screen TV is a cable feed and therefore has many stations to choose from. There is a bookshelf with Cd's, DVDs, VCR Tapes and assorted reading material. And there is a Video Rental Store in Grayling (20 minutes away) if you are looking for a special movie.

In the kitchen pantry you will find playing cards and a few board games.


The house has a small laundry room with sink, washer and dryer for your needs. We provide Laundry Soap, Softener, and Bleach. Feel free to bring your own supplies or just use ours.


The house has a one-car attached garage with an automatic opener. Although there is only a single car width driveway, it is long enough to accommodate a truck/car and trailer. We park our Jeep Liberty and 19' I/O Bowrider in the driveway with ease. Also, there is room to park extra cars on the street during the summer months.

Pets are welcome with written permission and a small fee/pet.

More Details

Skip or Kathy Munson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018


Grayling House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • There are two bathrooms. The upstairs bathroom is shared by the two bedrooms. It has a shower while the main floor bathroom has a bathtub with a shower head. Both bathrooms are well stocked with soap, towels, washcloths, paper cups and tissue paper. All you need is to bring any personal stuff such as razors, shampoo and toothbrushes.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Den - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Living Room has Queen size Sofa bed pullout and Den has Full size Sofa bed pullout. The riverside bedroom upstairs has a King size bed with an extra firm mattress. There is a clothes closet as well as two dressers to help you organize your clothing during your stay. Two nightstands will accommodate your jewelry, wallets, etc. while you are resting. An alarm clock will be found on one of the nightstands for your convenience. There is a filtered view of the river from this room that is just beautiful when the sun is rising. The roadside bedroom upstairs has a Queen size bed with a firm mattress. Like the Riverside Bedroom, the Roadside Bedroom has a closet and two dressers to help you organize your clothing during your stay. This room is slightly smaller than the Riverside Bedroom and therefore has only one nightstand. Again, there is an alarm clock for your convenience. The eastern exposure of this room allows the sun to rush in at daybreak filling the room with warm rays.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Kitchen:The kitchen is well equipped to help make preparing meals easy. There is plenty of silverware, dishes, glasses and cups you will find several sizes of pots and pans, serving dishes, colanders, spatulas, measuring spoons, knives and other necessities. All you need to bring is the groceries and baking supplies. Living Room: There is a natural fireplace for you to enjoy, however, we do not supply wood or kindling. A stereo/CD sound system compliments the room and makes for playing soft music while watching a fire or reading a book. Feel free to bring your favorite music Cd's with you. The den has a full size pull-out sofa bed, a matching chair and footstool. There is, also, a small Secretary and chair for you to write letters and or postcards to your friends and relatives.


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Beautiful Chalet on the Upper Manistee River (Pet Friendly), 2 Bed Rooms
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 27 reviews

Quite, clean, and peaceful. The waterfront viewing is fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

I will come back again.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your retreat and found our "home away" calming and well maintained! Our aim is to share with all visitors this marvelous venue on the Upper Manistee, part of the natural rivers section of this great watershed.
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NC, West Jefferson, USA

Great Place for a Fall Get-A-Way

  • 5 of 5

We utilized this home for our base for a week of fall bird hunting. It was central to the places we wanted to go and it is easy to get to town for groceries, eating out, rainy day activities, etc. The home is very comfortable with everything needed for your stay - just bring your clothes and a toothbrush! We especially enjoyed the large kitchen/dining area and the TV room in the evenings. The river is beautiful, although we did not utilize the close proximity for fishing or floating on this trip. We would definitely consider staying here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly what we were looking for . . . and needed!

  • 5 of 5

We planned a last minute long weekend getaway and wanted something isolated but not remote. The house was spacious, clean and right on the river. Close to Grayling, Traverse City, etc. so you can stay in and relax or go into town and explore. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Solitude without isolation. Heavy on nature, but not too heavy.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful site, everything you could want in your own home, but so different from urban fringe, where we live.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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week stay aug 24- sept 1

  • 5 of 5

we had a wonderful time, lots of stuff in home to help with the stay. beautiful. right in the river and very close to all the atv trails. clean, well kept and very comfortable. i would recommend to any family

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: SO GLAD that your passion for the large, local ATV networks led you to our Manistee River Retreat. We welcome families/friends that like to adventure and enjoy the many activities in this beautiful area, while also providing the comforts of an orderly, cared for home. Recreation and Relaxation!
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Very comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

Weather wasn't best but really enjoyed quite relaxing very roomy home. nice neighborhood beautiful views would stay again

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
M-72 and Arrowhead Rd
Car: necessary

There is a gas grill and a charcoal grill for your use as well as several outdoor tables and chairs. For the fisherman/fisher woman there is a rack for holding your fly rods and another rack to hang your waders and boots upside down to dry. You'll be ready at the first sign of a hatch!

Trash Removal:

Since there are bears and other creatures in the neighborhood, unless you are going to be here on rubbish day (Monday)to make sure the trash is not scattered by the wildlife we ask that you take all of your trash with you. Do not put it out on Monday morning if you are leaving that morning - too often a stray dog or Racoon can rip the bags to pieces before the Garbage truck arrives. Also, since there is a septic tank there is not a garbage disposal in the kitchen sink.

Other Activities: Off Roading (4 wheeling / Motorcycling)




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $300

Pet Fee $10/night or $50/week.
Must sign and date rental forms BEFORE sending money.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.