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Bruce Janssen

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

A Great Up North Family Retreat

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedroom, 3 Bath country home w/valley view

Situated on 70 acres, which are accessible by mowed walking trails in summer and groomed ski trails in winter, this home can sleep up to eight people and their well behaved pooches (pre-approval required for pets). A lovely renovated ranch style home with a walk out finished lower level, this home is perfect for a family get together. There is a master bedroom with attached full bath plus two additional bedrooms on the main level.

On the lower level there is bedroom and a full bath. Satellite television and full laundry are also included.

This property gives you the best of both vacation options - a lovely country getaway surrounded by lots of recreational and cultural options throughout the year. Enjoy Boyne City's many festivals and great shops and restaurants. Located within a few miles of some of the best golf courses in the United States, the best lake east of the Mississippi (according to a USA Today poll) and a whole host of other great features to explore in beautiful Northwest Michigan.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Bruce Janssen (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Bruce Janssen

Bruce and Jodie Janssen have lived in Boyne City for forty years and are the proprietors of The Wood Shop, an award winning sign company. Active in the city's Main Street Program and various other civic endeavors they have taken a great interest in their adopted hometown and want those who visit to enjoy it as much as they have over the years.

Bruce Janssen purchased this house in 1986

Why Bruce Janssen chose Northern Michigan

In 1986, Bruce's parents purchased this lovely home as a summer home. Both parents have passed on and the home is now being used as a family retreat when it is not being rented and shared with others.

What makes this house unique

This is a lovely, solidly built home which was renovated in 2011. Ranch style with a hint of Mission styling, the home has a mix of hardwood, tiled and carpeted floors throughout. The kitchen is perfect for entertaining with its open floor plan and includes all cooking utensils, large refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher. A large screen television in the spacious living room can be used to watch movies while lounging in the great recliner sectional sofa or you can watch your favorite cable and network shows via the DirectTV satellite. Downstairs is roomy enough for games or just hanging out. The house is quite cozy with water baseboard heat throughout and air conditioned for those occasional too warm summer days. You can start your day with a cup of coffee watching the sun come up in the east over the valley or end the day with a drink while sitting on the deck. Any way you choose, this house has a great ambience and you won't regret spending your vacation here.


based on 6 traveler reviews

A Great Up North Family Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Excellent Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 adults and 2 children) and another family (2 adults and 2 children) rented Janssen North for a winter weekend. We loved it. It was close to Boyne Mountain for skiing. It was close to Boyne City for dinner and evening fun. It was close to Avalanche Bay to end the perfect weekend, and in between it was perfect for nature hiking and sledding. The home was clean, comfortable, and spacious. It was well appointed and had everything we needed. We will be back. Thank you for the memories.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The property was perfect and in an excellent location. On the one rainy afternoon we were able to sit comfortably inside and watch the wildlife, while on the nice days visit the beaches and towns that northern Michigan is famous for. The hosts made everything flawless and enjoyable with a turn key home. Thank you Bruce!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family gathering

  • 5 of 5

This is the third year we have rented Ed's house for our family gathering. It meets our needs perfectly. We could not be happier.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tammy Alvaro - Mid Michigan Community College

  • 5 of 5

I took 7 college students to this lovely home for a Leadership and Teambuilding Retreat. The students had a great time, we were able to participate in blind folded trust walks, go on nature walks and do leadership development, communication, trust and teambuilding activities. I think some lifelong friendships were made through the whole process. I have taken students to several places in Michigan over the years, but I do think we have found a permanent location to return to year after year. Bruce and Jodie are impeccable hosts and were there for anything we needed. We all had a great time, and cannot wait to return! My students even asked if they all chipped in, if we could go again in the winter. :)

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Michelle and Rod

  • 5 of 5

We rented this lovely property for our family reunion in August 2013. It was perfect! So perfect, in fact, that we are renting it again for another family reunion in July this year. The home and property accommodate family well, with plenty of space to spread out. It is clean and well appointed. We are hoping that this becomes an annual event for our family and we will rent this home every year. Once you aee it you will agree! The owners are wonderful to work with, very friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very spacious and very nice people

  • 5 of 5

We usually stay at Boyne but this was a better decision. The home is very clean and stocked with anything you would need. We had a great time sledding the hills and enjoying some peace and quiet. We are a family of four and really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Traverse City or Pellston
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Ironton Ferry
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls
Nearest Restaurant
1.8 Miles
Boyne City has many fine restaurants
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Young State Park
Car: recommended

Located only 1.8 miles from downtown Boyne City this home puts you in close proximity to all the wonderful things about Northwest Michigan. Three major lakes:Lake Charlevoix, Walloon Lake and Lake Michigan are minutes away. Ranked as a top destination small town by the National and Michigan Main Street programs, Boyne City is always hopping with a variety of fun activities for the whole family from our famous Friday night 'Stroll the Streets' during the summer months, to awesome dining in any one of our fine restaurants. Additionally, this home is close to the Leelanau wine country, Petoskey's many boutique shops and the infamous M119 drive up the coast of Northwest Michigan. Enjoy all of these great activities then come home to this quiet, secluded setting to enjoy a lovely evening walk on the 70 acres with mowed trials while watching deer and other wildlife you won't find in a city.

For winter enjoyment we have groomed XC-Skiing and snowshoeing trails

out the back door, along with sledding and tobogganing


Rates & Availability

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Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95

Deposit is refundable up to 60 days before arrival.
Rates adjustment will be considered depending on number of guest, pets or length of stay.
Cleaning fee may be considered depending on number of guest, pets or length
of stay.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private access from master bedroom, hallway access also
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Small bath off family/living area
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Finished bath serving lower level
  • All bathrooms have new fixtures
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Mattress is a tempurpedic; bathroom has private door access.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , king bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bedrooms 1,2 & 3 are on the main level
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Bedroom 4 is on the lower level and has a full bathroom
  • The three bedrooms are all on the main floor. The walkout basement has a separate bath and private bedroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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