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Historic 1850's Hotel Transformed Into A Sensational Single Family Residence

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

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.

Virginia and Edward Cole
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 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 Eagle River

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.


Eagle River House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - 2nd Floor Front - toilet , shower , Bath shared between two bedroom suite
    Bathroom 3 - 2nd Floor Middle - toilet , shower , Private bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - 2nd Floor Rear - toilet , shower , Large shower, private bathroom
    Bathroom 5 - 3rd Floor Front - toilet , shower , Private bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - First Floor - toilet , shower , Bath with utility shower; shared with laundry room
  • Five bathrooms, one each in bedroom suites; one first floor bathroom
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 2nd Floor Front - 1 king , 1 queen , Large room with lake views, conjoins bedroom 2, shares bath
    Bedroom 2 - 2nd Floor Front - 1 queen , Conjoins Bedroom 1 and shares a bath
    Bedroom 3 - 2nd Floor Middle - 1 queen , Two room suite with a private bath
    Bedroom 4 - 2nd Floor Rear - 1 double , Small room with full bed and private bath
    Bedroom 5 - 3rd Floor Front - 1 queen , Large suite with lake views and private bath
  • Five bedrooms on two floors
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Historic 1850's Hotel Transformed Into A Sensational Single Family Residence
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

SnoMo in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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  • 5 of 5

The best

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautifully furnished, comfortable beds, full kitchen with all the tools.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can’t top this!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house for a family/friend weekend gathering.

  • 5 of 5

Property is lovely, we'll maintained and can easily handle a group of 10.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply Stunning

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what a place! I rented the 'Big House' in Eagle River for an October girls weekend with 9 ladies. The house was spacious yet cozy, had the comforts of modern amenities yet also kept some of the historic charm. Every bedroom was as pleasant as could be with fresh cut flowers on every bed stand. The living areas are perfectly decorated with lots of fun art work and the kitchen! ...well it's the kitchen of dreams! :)

Jan was a wonderful host- she patiently answered many questions of mine in our correspondence before the stay and left out some wonderful resources and tasty treats for us in a nice welcome basket. The location was perfect - about a half hour from the airport and a stone's throw from the pretty beach in Eagle River. Nestled in this quiet and quaint town, the 'Big House' is a beauty!!

I'm looking forward for my next visit! :)

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Houghton Memorial Airport
Nearest Barpub
The Fitz at the Eagle River Inn
Nearest Golf
22 Miles
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge
Nearest Motorway
MI 26
Nearest Restaurant
The Fitz at the Eagle River Inn
Nearest Ski
16 Miles
Mt. Bohemia
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Eagle River Beach
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $400

Please review contract carefully for terms of stay.

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.

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