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Quiet Country Setting with Great Hunting & Fishing

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Property type house


About the property

4 BR, Vacation Home Close to Lake Huron. Great Hunting & Fishing

Come to the Thumb of Mich. and enjoy quiet relaxation on the 2 shady acres surrounding this large vacation home. Great hunting & fishing areas. Two State Game Lands nearby for hunting. Water activities in Lake Huron just a short drive away.

Prime location for outdoors men--great fishing and hunting area! Bait & party store directly across the street. Close to Minden & Verona State Game Areas where pheasant, deer & turkeys abound. The marina in Harbor Beach has two boat launches & docking facilities, as well as a fish cleaning station. Fishing charter service is also available locally. A pier & bathing beach park for swimming & picnics is within the City of Harbor Beach. This park offers a spectacular view of the lighthouse which sits inside the sheltered harbor. The city has a theater, bowling alley, restaurants, video rental, Laundromat & hospital as well as many unique shops. Many festivals held throughout the year. Vacation & restaurant guides available at the home.

Numerous craft shows & water sport activities are held during the summer & fall months. The Can-Am Watercraft Races are held in the harbor in July with a gigantic fireworks display. Baseball tournaments are also held at nearby Port Hope.

Wagener County Park is nearby and has camping & picnic areas in addition to nature & bike trails. Three public golf courses (Huron Shores, Verona Hills & Ubly Heights) are within 20 miles for duffers in the family who like a challenge. North Park located at the north end of Harbor Beach on the west side of M25 directly across from the marina offers camping, picnic/play areas for family entertainment. Both parks offer shower facilities for campers.

A driving range is located 2 miles south of the home, with a bar and restaurant across the street from it.

The house is situated 4 miles north of the Village of Forestville.

Small boat launch & picnic area available at the Forestville Park, with a nice beach for sunbathing.

4 BR 1B Amenities: 1/B 4BR Home has fully-equipped kitchen including all cooking/dining utensils, stove, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, toaster & coffee maker. Living room has satellite TV with VCR--some VCR tapes available for your enjoyment). 2 downstairs bedrooms each have double beds; 1 upstairs bedroom has a double bed, and 2nd upstairs bedroom has 2 twin beds. Rollaway bed also available. Double bed size sleeper sofa also available. Linens & towels are also provided (must bring own beach towels).

You'll need a cell phone since there is no phone in the home. Cottage has well water and also an Abso-Pure type water dispenser for drinking and/or cooking.

Large shaded 2 acre lot in a very quiet, peaceful setting provides lots of room for outdoor sports such as volleyball, badminton (must bring your own), or just relaxing. Picnic table & grill provided.

4 BR 1B Activities: 1/B 4BR Hunting, fishing, swimming, golfing, antiquing, or just relaxing.

Polite, housebroken pets for extra fee:4 BR 1B Area: 1/B 4BR Close to Minden City & Verona State Game Areas

More Details

Sharleen Schumacher
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

Why Sharleen Schumacher chose Harbor Beach

This home has had a colorful past. It was once home to the 2nd wife of auto magnate Horace Dodge. She stayed on after the divorce and became personal sec'y to the last Mrs. Dodge, Matilda Dodge Wilson of Meadowbrook Hall & Oakland University.

This house also served as a hideout for Detroit's infamous Purple Gang. Another resident for a short time was author John Steinbeck.

What makes this house unique

PEACE & QUIET! Awaken to the birds chirping, no fire or police sirens. Enjoy sitting on the porches and watching hummingbirds get nectar from the flowers of nearby feeding station.


Harbor Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Cooler
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Wash bowl/vanity
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • 2 downstairs bedrooms each have double beds. One upstairs bedroom has a double bed & the other upstairs bedroom has 2 single beds. Roll-Away bed also available.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
2 night stay - $290; 3 night stay - $420; 4 night stay - $540- 5 night stay $675; 6 night stay $810; $825 week long stay. Groups of 6+ must call for pricing.


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average rating of 3.3333333 based on 3 reviews

Black Mold! Worn-out Mattresses! No Heat! No Refunds! Do NOT book this home!

  • 1 of 5

This was hands-down the worst vacation rental experience that I have ever had. My husband, two children (ages 4 and 1) and I booked this home for the weekend of August 11-13th, 2017. Immediately upon entering the home, we were struck by the smell (very, very musty, like an old basement). We figured the home just hadn't been rented in a while and needed to air out, so we opened up every possible window and headed in to town for dinner.

The smell still hadn't improved when we returned back to the home later that evening, but it was getting chilly outside, so we closed up the windows and attempted to turn on the heat. The thermostat did not work. No instructions were left as to how to operate the heating system in the home. My husband went down to the basement to make sure that the furnace was turned on. He was absolutely appalled by the amount of moisture in the basement of this home! He immediately realized why all of the floors on the first level of this home are so terribly warped, and why the home smells so awful. Unfortunately, he was not able to figure out how to turn on the heat.

We got our children tucked in to bed, then attempted to sleep ourselves, but every bed that we tried out in the home was worse than the one before. You can actually feel the springs of these mattresses digging in to your body. And the linens themselves are old, ratty, and completely worn-out. My husband, who has severe allergies, struggled to breathe, and to sleep, in this home.

The next morning, we got cleaned up, and in the daylight, I then noticed something in this home that made my stomach churn: BLACK MOLD. The white interior doors are covered in it! I can only imagine how much mold is living under the carpeting in that home, as you can actually feel the moisture in that carpeting when you walk on it (from the moisture issues in the basement). I immediately contacted the homeowner to explain the situation, and to let her know that my family and I would be checking out a day earlier due to the mold issue. I left it up to her to determine how she wanted to handle things financially.

The answer I received from the homeowner was: "I do not feel that any type of financial adjustment of your rental fee is warranted. Your family did stay overnight and utilized 3 of the 5 beds available as well as used the shower facilities."

I have filed a formal property complaint against this home. Do not book this home!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the 1st bad review we've had during our 10 years of renting this property on 2 websites. If I could post all the positive comments guests have written in my "Guest Book," they would far outweigh the comments made. The furnace does work, and we have rented to the same deer hunters each Nov. for the last 10 yrs. to prove it (and they certainly do need heat). We do have a dehumidifier in the basement but opt to turn it off during times when we have guests staying so as not to disturb them. My mother resided in this home until her passing at age 96 (and not from black mold problems either). The home is almost 200 yrs. old and sits on 2 shaded acres of property very close to Lake Huron -- thus the humidity. I feel that their dissatisfaction with the home & property was caused by their lack of due diligence in not realizing the humidity/dampness involved in renting a property so close to the lake coupled with an allergy problem. I, too, live on Lake Huron and experience extreme moisture but nothing that a dehumidifier doesn't remedy. It's a lovely, old home with a history, so please disregard this 1 bad review and come on up to the beautiful Thumb Area of Michigan and see for yourselves!!! Ms. VonFintel at no time contacted me by phone to indicate any problems upon her arrival. I live almost across the street from the rental property and could've immediately responded to her problems. My name & phone number were clearly posted on the refrigerator. I didn't even know they had departed (leaving all windows wide open on a rainy day), and notified me by "e-mail" which I didn't open until later that afternoon. This couple has filed a similar complaint about another rental property, so there appears to be a pattern here.
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Quaint Location, Friendly Community

  • 4 of 5

The house has a wonderful outdoor area including two porches, a spacious yard and an enormous fire pit. We found the wonderful restored one room school house up the street, met the neighbors and were able to get the tour. The kids ran the school bell and had a blast.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful and relaxing!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and myself and another couple stayed for the 4th of July weekend and had a wonderful time. The weather was perfect and the people in the area are so friendly and accomodating. We cant' wait to do it again:)

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2008
  • Stayed: July 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Bad Axe Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Several Within 10 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Huron Shores, Ubly Heights, Verona Hills
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Boondock's, Al's Restaurant, Farmer's Tavern
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Harbor Beach Bathing Beach Park
Car: recommended

Other Activities: Great Lakes Sunken Ship Museum in Lexington/Pt. Sanilac Area for underwater divers. Tw State game areas nearby for hunting. Kayaking water trail. Great fishing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150

Rental group of 6 or more, call for pricing. Weekly rates are based on a Thurs. thru Tues. stay. 2 night stay $280; 3 night stay $405; 4 night stay $520; 6 night stay $780; week long stay (Thurs. thru Tues.) $800.00

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.