|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
We purchased this home in the fall of 2014 and all the interior has been painted and updated.
-Three king-bed guest rooms, two with ensuite bathrooms.
-One bedroom with two sets of bunk beds.
-Three full baths + outdoor shower.
-All linens, towels and beach towels supplied.
-Dining table seats eight and kitchen counter seats five more.
-Two outdoor patio tables for dining al fresco.
-100 ft private beach with private stair access; ~30% of path to beach involves stairs.
-Two decks: one attached to the house and another sunset deck ten steps lower overlooking the beach and dunes for the best sunsets.
-Kitchen amenities of a year-round home.
-Games, sand toys, volleyball net, books, DVDs for use.
-Lower level without outdoor access with extra fridge, futon, air mattress and play area.
-Paved driveway up to front door.
-Three grocery stores within a 15 minute drive; Stoney Lake Yacht Club restaurant a mile out from house on Scenic Drive.
-Great hiking and biking trails, tubing and other outdoor activities including tours blueberry picking, tour of a dairy farm. Several cute towns within an hour+ of Shelby including Pentwater, Ludington and Saugatuck.
-Cleaning fee of $120 not included in rental rate.
-Pets are at the discretion of the owner and would require an additional fee.
Our family lives in Houston, Texas but I was born and raised in Michigan and summered every year for the first 10 on Lake Michigan just a mile south from this property. We rented for seven years and then stumbled on this lovely home and magnificent beach, and knew we wanted to own a small piece of this heavenly land. My husband's Norwegian heritage inspired the name of the property: Velkommen til Valhalla which translates to "Welcome to Heaven."
Laura Torgerson purchased this house in 2014
Shelby claims some of the best beaches on Lake Michigan, and when you arrive you will understand why people return year after year. Our 100 feet of private white, soft beach is equally as wide as it is long so it is ideal for lounging, building an entire village out of sand, playing frisbee or getting a game of volleyball going. The beaches stretches for miles in both directions so is ideal for long walks.
We want to sincerely thank you for allowing us to rent your beautiful home for this past week. It was wonderful in every respect.....the house, view, lake, kayaking, dinners on the deck, everything. The weather was also perfect.....sunny and 70s everyday, no rain. The dunes, golfing, tubing, biking, exploring the area.....all perfect.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time together as a family. And it was our first big vacation with our new three-month old grand-daughter. We could not have been happier.
Beautiful home with views that are beyond your imagination! This was a great choice for us, having a family 50th wedding anniversary gathering here, what memories we'll have of this year. Sunsets which were amazing, sitting outside on the patio listening to the Lake Michigan swells with a nice breeze and a cup of coffee every morning, unforgettable! If you decide to come here you won't be disappointed, all was clean and taken care of, no problems at all with the owners who went out of their way to be helpful. Surrounding areas had lots of farm markets, orchards, a petting zoo, wasn't hard to find a place for dinner when we didn't want to cook. I would definitely recommend this and hope to be back myself someday!!
We had a great stay! The house was clean, current and updated. All of the amenities you need. The sunsets can't be beat - lots of great photo ops. Lots of places to sit outside or in. The home owners were great to work with prior to our trip and answered all of our questions and provided lots of suggestions for local area attractions. Lewis Petting Zoo is a short drive away and the kids love it! Great location without being right in the middle of a busy beach town. Can't wait to come back!
We rented this beautifully appointed home with our parents and college-age sons. The views of the beach from the dining room/family room and upstairs loft are amazing! We really enjoyed long walks on the beach and sitting on the wraparound deck (lots of places to sit) for meals or reading. All in all this was a lovely rental and great vacation. We hope to come back in the future!
With so many beautiful properties in Michigan please think long and hard before renting from these owners. What a mistake! Here’s why: No maintenance done on outside of house, 4 people in our party were stung by bees (nest on stairs-we removed with help from neighbor), outside shower had a foot of leaves, patio with no safety rail (hazard for those with young children), and they cheated us out of nearly half of our security deposit with no justification (no receipts, no evidence) and held our funds for over 32 days – past date on contract. We’ve been renting beach houses in this region for 20 years, and obviously won’t be returning to this house. Our family stayed at this house for a week in 2015 and returned in 2016 for a week because we liked the general area. Two weeks after our stay this year we reached out to the owners about our security deposit. The wife (the main contact) wrote back with a nearly incomprehensible email accusing our family of dirtying their beach house. This was the first we had heard anything about this. We were flabbergasted. The owners offered zero evidence whatsoever – except generalities of the alleged “stained carpets” and “filthy towels”. While stunned, we replied in a very professional way. After our detailed response to the initial accusations, the husband texted us separately and revealed the issue: The owners, who live out of state, have had cleaning issues dating back to last year. He said that last year the couple was “totally scammed by cleaning staff that didn’t do their job. In fact they really never cleaned at all. The house progressively getting dirty as the weeks (in 2015) rolled onward.” He also said they rely on their next door neighbor who they trust 100% and that he had “nothing but good things to say about you guys.” Turns out the owners hired a new cleaning woman this year and we were the first guests of the year. The cleaning woman who is cleaning a large beach house by herself – wasn’t able to finish her duties before the next renters showed up. Her main issue was the amount of dirty laundry – laundry that was not our responsibility to clean. The owners sent us back just a little over half of our deposit with a note that said that the money they cheated us out of was used for “carpet/upholstery cleaning” and “additional cleaning fee”. Well, we were the ones who got taken to the cleaners. We hope that doesn’t happen to you. I would not recommend staying here but if you do please protect yourselves.
We had a very enjoyable one week stay at this terrific house. The home was well stocked and had everything we needed. The owners were extremely accommodating which made for a very pleasant stay. The house was even better than we expected, highly recommend !!!
Wonderful house to rent for a family or group! Great beach, beautiful sunsets, local attractions. Owners were very gracious. We had a wonderful time and will definitely visit again! Don't forget to rent tubes at Stony Lake and take a ride down the channel to Lake Michigan. Visit the Sand Dunes. Blueberry picking .. etc. Memories to last a lifetime.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
A property manager is located in Shelby should renters need anything. 120 day cancellation policy.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.