Built in the 1850's as a hotel and Keweenaw County's first jail, the 'Big House' (and it is truly big at 3700 sq ft), has been carefully renovated into a single family residence that sleeps 10. First floor consists of a large sun porch with lake views, two ample living rooms filled with oversize sofas and chairs for lounging. An enormous gourmet kitchen comes complete with Viking stove, granite countertops, quality cooking equipments, spices, and a table with seating for ten. The large center island magnetically draws laughter and conversation around food preparation. The substantial mudroom completes the first floor with cubbies, hooks and plenty of space to put adventure gear away after a day outdoors. The second floor houses three bedroom suites -- one with two conjoining rooms with king and queen beds plus bath, one with a queen and bath, and one with a full and bath. The third floor suite has a queen and bath and the first jail in Keweenaw County! Hardy heart pine doors with hand wrought iron decorates the holding cell once used for boisterous miners and seafarers back in the copper boom. The Big House is steps away from miles of sandy Lake Superior beach, top notch dining at the Fitz, Eagle River Falls, Eagle River Museum, and the Keweenaw County Courthouse.
- House3700 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Virginia and Edward Cole
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 15, 2018
About Virginia and Edward Cole
Bud and Jan Cole, a brother/sister team, hail from six generations of UP natives and lovers. Both share a passion for the history, pristine natural beauty and people of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Together, they work to restore historic properties to their full potential. Incorporating old world charm with contemporary sensibility, their projects showcase a clean, eclectic style. Their appreciation of the area translates into a willingness to guide you to splendid trails and back country, historic venues full of fact and legend, and a easy place to enjoy a meal with friends and family at the end of the day.
Virginia and Edward Cole purchased this House in 2013
Why Virginia and Edward Cole chose Allouez
The Cole family spent summer vacations on Eagle River's shores. Fond memories birthed a desire to invest in the community. The Big House offered an opportunity to preserve part of Eagle River's history while providing a venue for new families and friends to create special memories.
What makes this House unique
The Big House is absolutely unique in its history and presentation. Built in the 1850's by the Long brothers along with adjacent pub, the structure was originally a rough hewn log hotel for miners and seafarers run by the Coles great, great aunt and uncle. The house shares East Main Street Eagle River with six other early structures, making it one of the only intact venues from the 1860's copper boom. The partners wanted to preserve the building's character and continue its legacy as a gathering place for family and friends.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful, comfortable house in one of my favorite parts of the world.
Jan is a fantastic host. This home sits right next to Superior on one of the most beautiful spans of Superior coastline. Definitely go to the Fitz for dinner and drinks. Jampot and Brockway are great stops too. We come up every year for Mountain Biking in Copper Harbor and this is one of the best places to stay in the Keweenaw. A ton of value.
The house was beautiful and wonderfully supplied!
We arrived to the surprise of fresh flowers and gifts from our hosts. They were quick to answer any questions we had. Beautiful house with all the amenities you could need.
SnoMo in Paradise
The Big House is a great place to stay for snowmobiling, plenty of room for all our gear and two large areas to socialize. Beautiful kitchen.
It’s centrally located on the keweenaw peninsula in eagle river, mi and the trails access is very close. Avoids all the traffic from Hancock , Houghton so you can enjoy 😊 more time riding.
Beautifully furnished, comfortable beds, full kitchen with all the tools.
Can’t top this!
Our Thanksgiving 2017 is full of happy memories. The house and location were perfect for our party of 9. All the beds were comfortable and having our own bathrooms was a luxury. We cooked most of our meals at home and had absolutely everything we needed. I’ve never stayed in a home this well appointed. It was a treat using the Viking oven for thanksgiving; I loved the warming light. Jan was so kind and helpful. We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the welcome basket full of local coffees, cinnamon bread and syrup. The many sitting areas among the house allowed for multiple activities at once; playing games, watching TV and reading. Everyone felt so comfortable and at home. WiFi was important; we had 3 kids who were able to access their games and videos. As we were all departing, it was said that I would have a tough time topping this house for our trip next year. I replied that there’s no need to top it, we will rent it again. It was perfect for us! Thank you for sharing this beautiful home.
Miles of pristine Lake Superior beach, local museums full of the area's copper mining history, thick fragrant woods, waterfalls and wilderness for hiking, biking and exploring. After a day of adventure, enjoy fabulous libations and dining at a variety of local restaurants.