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Jim Ashmore

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Centrally located in the Village of Lake Leelanau

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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All the comforts of home and close proximity to all the fun in Leelanau County.

Our cozy, air conditioned home offers you 2 bedrooms (full size bed in one, queen size bed in the other) and an air pillow sofa bed for up to 6 guests at a time. You will love the tiled bathroom, open kitchen area with garbage disposal and dishwasher, and having laundry facilities. The main living area offers a 50" plasma HDTV using DirecTV, Charter internet, and floor to ceiling bookcases filled with books, DVDs and CDs. The back yard patio is the perfect place for you to roast marshmallows in the free-standing fire pit, grill a yummy barbecue or enjoy a morning coffee while you relax and plan your next adventure in Leelanau County.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jim Ashmore (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Jim Ashmore

We, Carol and Jim Ashmore, are excited to be opening our home to you. Carol was born and raised in Traverse City while Jim came from Stockbridge. For over 30 years we lived and worked down state. Returning to Leelanau County and being able to live here have been a dream come true for us.

Against the Wind is our personal residence from November 1st to May 1st of the year. In May we vacate the house for our summer guests.

ATW also has a year round rental, with a separate entrance and separate driveway on the lower level of the house. Our tenants are a young couple expecting twins in October. They work hard, are not "party animals." In two reviews a guest said they heard faint noises from the lower level, but nothing that would prevent them from renting from us again. Personally, lower level noise has never been a problem. When we renovated ATW we made special efforts to sound proof the house as much as possible.

Jim Ashmore purchased this house in 2012

Why Jim Ashmore chose Northern Michigan

Family roots and a deep appreciation for the beautiful natural landscape of the area have always been a magnet for us. Carol's family has been in Leelanau County since the mid-1800's. Her mother was born and raised in Northport. Many of her cousins still live in the area. We enjoy walking the many beaches, swimming and looking for Petoskey stones, riding our bikes and sometimes just going for a ride. There is no other place we want to call home!

What makes this house unique

We're sure you will enjoy the morning sun streaming in the living room window and the evening sun warming the back yard patio. Within walking distance you will find the friendly community of Lake Leelanau with three very different places to eat, a distillery, a winery, a coffee shop and a pastry shop. Nearby Suttons Bay offers a lovely cinema and unique shopping. Historic Fishtown on Lake Michigan is a five mile drive to Leland. Traverse City, with all it offers the vacationer, is only 20 miles away. Perhaps you would like a day trip to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Glen Arbor or an evening outing in Peshawbestown at the Leelanau Sands Casino. Our central location gives you a multitude of options, all close to home. And when you return home from your day's adventures, you will feel the comfort and relaxation that only home can give you.


based on 16 traveler reviews

Centrally located in the Village of Lake Leelanau
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews

Clean and Comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Nice 2-bedroom ranch with plenty of room. Large living room. Enjoyed morning coffee and evening drinks and dinner on the patio. Walking distance to a local pub/restaurant, neighborhood market, marina at The Narrows, and to a local distillery. Two boat launches within 5 minutes of the house.

Would recommend to cyclists seeking to ride the rolling tree-lined roads and paths in the area, or to enjoy the waters of South lake Leelanau and/or North Lake Leelanau.

Nice little community!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent! Very Clean and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

5 Plein-Air artists (4 women and one very brave guy) came and stayed at this lovely home for a working vacation. We painted outside in the area, from Suttons Bay to Leland, every day, all day. We all had our laptops and worked on the reliable wireless provided.

We cooked most of our meals. The kitchen was so stocked with condiments and spices, that it was easy to make everything. And two refrigerators! Which was excellent for us. The oven & stove worked great! It took us a bit of time to find the control for the garbage disposal (hidden behind the very versatile coffeemaker). The dishes/pots and pans were clean and useful. There was an issue with the dishwasher leaving stuff in the top rack dishes at first, but the owner came right away and solved that. There was plenty of room for all 5 of us to gather around the dining table to eat and play the provided games. The one night that we ate out, we gathered on the wonderful outside backyard deck w/table beforehand and had appetizers and drinks. Then we strolled down the block and ate at Dick’s Pour house.

The queen bed was very comfortable for the 2 of us that slept in there. In the double bed room, the 2 girls brought along some kind of set up bed so they each had their own. There was plenty of room in there for them. The guy that slept on the pull out in the living room didn’t want to deal with whatever you had to blow up. (It looked pretty simple to me, all automatic.) So he slept just on the sofa (with the provided bedding) that you sit on. Said it was very comfortable.

The bathroom (only one for the 5 of us, but it worked out okay) was also stocked with everything you could think of for emergencies. It was great. The shower was pristine and lots of hot water. Nice towels and a hook for each of us.

The 4 women agreed we would do it again even with 6 people and thought it was great with usable and plenty of space. The guy thought it was a little cramped for 5 of us, but I think he was just feeling outnumbered.

It was easy to clean/sweep at the end of our stay and worked well to make sure we didn’t leave anything behind.

We all drove separately and there was parking for each of our cars. Couldn’t ask for anything else.

The owners were kind and helpful and addressed any of our concerns immediately!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was just perfect for us!

  • 5 of 5

This house was very well stocked for our arrival! Carol Lynn & Joe were very welcoming! We would definitely recommend to anyone interested!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Regan & family were fun to meet and excellent guests.
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Excellent property

  • 5 of 5

John and Carol, the owners met us and reviewed there winter residence and it was more than advertised. We were impressed by our whole experience and would recommend to anyone. We were there for a nephew"s wedding but may go back in the future just to roam the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent home!

  • 5 of 5

This has been one of the most surprisingly excellent homes that I have stayed in as part of a vacation rental. It was the first time dealing with VRBO (I usually have done Airbnb), but the whole process was so smooth when dealing with Jim. He was very much so in contact with me regarding my stay, calling to confirm a couple days before and then checking in intermittently as to how things were going while we were there. Jim has put forth an fantastic home to rent for up to 6 people and he had no problem with our small dog, which was great. Turns out that he and his wife live there half the year and rent it out during the summer time, so everything in the house is fully stocked. Pots, pans, sauces, spices, laundry, cleaning supplies, you name it...they have it. They also have an extensive book collection to suit a wide range of readers and enthusiasts. There are plenty of pages of information about the area, things to do, and places to eat that are neatly organized in 3-ring binders.

The home itself is spacious and pleasantly decorated (it looks much better in person that the pictures, even). They have a comfortable sleeper sofa, which has an air mattress, and plenty of linens. A nice touch is that they replenish and of the little toiletries in case you forgot to bring something like toothpaste or a toothbrush. Really, this is a great place to stay whether you're looking for a quiet, relaxing time or if you were like us and needed a central location to be out and about in Leelanau peninsula. For the price, it's unbeatable. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who's visiting the area, and most likely stay there myself again someday. Thanks Jim!e

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Immaculate and comfortable. We felt immediately at home! Would recommend to anyone who is interested in visiting Lake Leelanau!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"Great wine in walking distance from Against the Wind."
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"Local produce and Indian(India) take out highlight this local grocery store."
Jaffe's Resale & Consignment
"Fun at every turn!"
Bunek True Value Hardware
"You never know when you need a good hardware."
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Dick's Pour House
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Dick's Pour Housee
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Several in Leland & Sutton's Bay
Car: recommended

Leelanau Sands casino


Rates & Availability

Lake Leelanau House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is final.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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