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

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Eagle River House Rental Photos and Description

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.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Virginia and Edward Cole
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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About Virginia and Edward Cole

Bud and Jan Cole, a brother/sister team, hail from four 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 Upper Peninsula Michigan

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 a 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. 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.


based on 6 traveler reviews

Historic 1850's Hotel Transformed Into A Sensational Single Family Residence
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Fantastic Family Fun on the Keewenaw

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely property. Clean, comfortable, with great decor and a well appointed kitchen for cooking and conversation. The owner Jan Cole was a joy to work with. We highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Wonderful Property with all amenities included!

  • 5 of 5

My family rented the big house for another wonderful week in the UP. The property is even better in person than it is in the photos. The house was clean, the furniture and beds were comfortable and the kitchen was amazing. Jan so graciously has many things stocked and ready for guests, as well as beach towels and chairs. Jan was wonderful to work with and answered all our questions. The full size washer and dryer was helpful and the spacious mud room was great to keep all our extra things in. This is a beautiful property located on a charming street in Eagle River. We had a wonderful time and were made to feel very comfortable and welcome. I would highly recommend this property to anyone wishing to visit Eagle River.

-Mary Vertin Hill

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, clean home in a perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

We walked through the door and instantly felt at home here. It was big, clean, beautifully decorated, and has everything you need including toiletries in all 5 showers! It was convenient to all the Keweenaw attractions and our favorite restaurant, The Fitzgerald. Jan welcomed us with fresh flowers and local coffee and later left fresh pasties. Beds and sheets are so comfy. My niece enjoyed the local chipmunks out the kitchen window. We are definitely staying here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Chance for Renewal and Connections!

  • 5 of 5

Our large family of 10 was in need of a place to have Thanksgiving, and our daughter who lives in Houghton found your rental home. I visited last summer and found it to be delightful. I knew it was the place for our family! Each family had a bedroom and bath, which made it very convenient. Even our little 6-month-old grandson had a place for sleeping! The most fun we had was in the ability to spread out during our cooking and visiting with each other. The fact that you had two living rooms made it a place for relaxing or for talking. The large kitchen allowed many hands to be in the pot at one time. The fact that the weather was blizzarding made no difference to us! We were warm and cozy in your home. Thank you for a fabulous Thanksgiving stay! Sheridan Steelman

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place for vacation

  • 5 of 5

This house and its location are even better than described. Thoughtfully laid out and decorated, it is an ideal place to stay with a large or extended family, offering ample accommodations for rainy days as well as beautiful ones. With two additional family rooms downstairs adjacent to the luxurious kitchen, there are plenty of spaces and good lighting to play cards, curl up and read, watch movies, or play games. The house has a historical significance one can feel and appreciate while staying there as well, which the proprietors have taken special care to preserve. There was nothing wanting in our stay.

Its location is understated too, as it is situated perfectly across from a trestle foot bridge and the local lighthouse, and between Lake Superior and the local ice cream shoppe. At night one can hear both the river making its way to the shore, and the waves themselves on the beach. Whether you are interested in a lazy beach vacation or an active recreational one, Eagle River is an ideal place to pursue either.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Awesome house!

  • 5 of 5

We headed to Eagle River, MI to snowmobile for a long weekend and couldn't have been happier with this property. It has all you need to stay comfortable in the harshest winter weather and the trails are right down the road (very easy to access). We will be returning for future snowmobile outings.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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Fitzgerald's Restaurant
"Incredible food, outrageous beer and whiskey selection and the best view in the Keweenaw. Se..."
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Houghton Memorial Airport
Nearest Barpub
The Fitz at the Eagle River Inn
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Nearest Motorway
MI 26
Nearest Restaurant
The Fitz at the Eagle River Inn
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Mt. Bohemia
Nearest Beach
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.


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Eagle River House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 6.0%

Cancellation Policy: Full refund if cancellation is received in writing 60 days prior to arrival date

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Eagle River House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • 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 ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • 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
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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