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

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

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.

Den:

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.

Laundry:

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.

Garage:

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

Owner
Skip or Kathy Munson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

Map

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)

Amenities

Grayling House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 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
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Beautiful Chalet on the Upper Manistee River (Pet Friendly), 2 Bed Rooms
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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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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: Sep 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: Sep 2017
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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: Aug 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: Aug 2017
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Charming, Serene and the perfect mini vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our stay. Kathy was very informative and has a GREAT personality. We loved being right on the river, and would completely recommend this charming home away from home to everyone. We had 4 kids with us of different ages, mostly teens, and they all found things to do. Two thumbs up.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rosanna, We are SO glad that you, your family and your teens (!) enjoyed our peaceful river cottage! My delight is to share the charms of this northern retreat area with guests seeking natural beauty, river fun and the comforts of home. I am happy to provide information needed for each guest's individual interests, to help maximize their enjoyment during their stay. Most Sincerely, Kathy
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

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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