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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
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Fireplace


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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017


Grayling House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • River
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • 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 double , 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
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Chalet on the Upper Manistee River (Pet Friendly), 2 Bed Rooms
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews
St. Clair Shores, MI

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Just a quick note to let you know that we had a wonderful weekend get-a-way at your up north cottage. We were there Oct 28-30 and could not have asked for better weather or such a fun weekend. There were 7 in our group! Dispite the large number - we all fit comforably in your cottage - including the kitchen where we enjoyed our "Waltons" style breakfast and dinners in your large and well stocked kitchen. Thanks for the use of the fireplace - it was perfect! We visited a couple lakes and parks - my sons hunted a little - all in all a fun weekend. My daughter and the rest of the 'younger' crowd went to the Haunted Cornfield for added fun. My son and his wife are already talking about returning in February if all goes well. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2005
  • Stayed: Oct 2005
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Michigan Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was like the song, 'Over the River and Through the Woods...' beautiful setting on the bluff of the Manistee, comfortable beds and plenty of room for our great stay at Skip and Kathy's. Retro 70's decor, giving it that 'homey, comfort food' feel.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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This quick weekend getaway.

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I had a great quick getaway. The house was clean and well stocked with everything we needed. The river was beautiful. We spent a lot of time hiking and biking in the area. It was just what we needed.

Thanks Kathy

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views of the Manistee River

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time everything was just as pictured on the website. Kathy was so helpful with check in. The view of the Manistee River was wonderful from the dock so relaxing. Just a short drive to some very good places to eat and drink and watch football. Strongly recommend the paddle hard Brewery.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ella, We are SO glad you enjoyed your stay and the pleasures and beauty of the Grayling / Manistee River area. Our intention is to make each guest feel welcomed and informed about how to access our home and area attractions! Kathy
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Had a great week on the Manistee River.

  • 5 of 5

Family Canoe trip to honor "Mom" Meiers on "her" river. Wife and I came up from Florida with 91 year old father. We spent one day canoeing , celebrating 3 birthdays that take place with in 2 weeks of each. Family loved the home. The Grand children "fished" off the dock. Our dog became friends with the neighbor's dog. Really hated to leave. After family left from the canoe trip/ birthday party it was so peaceful. We had another super experience but that will remain the neighbors and ours, very exciting!!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dan, Better late than never - I am learning how to use this new service via Home Away. SO GLAD you and yours enjoyed the beauty, charm and surprises (!) of nature at our Manistee River Retreat. Our neighbors are so caring, too - helping to ensure a pleasant stay. Kathy Kathy
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Beautiful location, and a nice clean cottage. A great peaceful getaway.

  • 5 of 5

A lot of fun and relaxing things to do in the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brian, We are glad that you found and enjoyed the pleasures, activities and relaxation of our beautiful, peaceful Manistee River Retreat. Kathy
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Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
M-72 and Arrowhead Rd
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
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)


Rates & Availability

Grayling House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 22 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 26 2017 - Sep 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 7 2017 - Nov 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $75
Pet Fee $10

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.
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