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

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Space 3,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

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.


Owner
Virginia and Edward Cole
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2017

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.

Map

Fitzgerald's Restaurant
"Incredible food, outrageous beer and whiskey selection and the best view in the Keweenaw. Se..."
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.

Amenities

Eagle River House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • 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 ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Attractions:
  • 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 14 reviews
5

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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Another wonderful stay.....

  • 5 of 5

We had another fabulous week in Eagle River at this beautiful and charming home. It was large enough for our family and was well equipped with everything we needed. It was clean and very well maintained, just as it has been the previous times we stayed. Jan is the perfect hostess and was available to us if something came up or to answer any questions. We have a special place in our hearts for the town of Eagle River, and we appreciate Jan creating such a warm and comfortable place to us so we can continue making memories with our children. We highly recommend this property and look forward to renting it again next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Vacation Home in Eagle River

  • 5 of 5

My family throughly enjoyed their time at this historic home. The house has been renovated and is bright and airy. All the bedrooms have their own bathroom and have unique decorations. The house was easy to relax in and with plenty of space to so individuals could find a private space to relax. The kitchen is beautiful and with lots of space to mingle in and talk with family. Jan was the perfect host and we met her a few time in Eagle River. We all loved hearing the history of the house and the jail on the 3rd floor was a great topic of conversation. My family is looking forward to our visit again next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Experience

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay in a historically unique setting. If I could give our recent stay a "sixth star", I would. The property is impeccably maintained and there were numerous amenities available for our use. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a luxury stay in an out of the way location. Great restaurant and bar just a short walk down the beach.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Beautiful home and location!

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend! Beautiful large home perfect for our extended family. The location just a block from Lake Superior and 2 houses from the Ice Cream shop couldn't be better.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 6.0%

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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