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A Great Up North Family Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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 8 miles from Boyne Mountain with some of the best skiing and golf courses in the States. Only a couple miles to Lake Charlevoix and Walloon Lake so bring your boat

and enjoy a whole host of other great features to explore in beautiful Northwest Michigan.

More Details

Bruce Janssen
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

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.


Boyne City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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 10
  • 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 - 1 queen , 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 with twin beds and a queen sofa bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • 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
  • 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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A Great Up North Family Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Family wedding and reunion

  • 5 of 5

Bruce and Jodie have a beautiful rental--modern, comfortable, well equipped. We wanted for nothing. The children loved running around the yard getting all their energy out. The younger adults loved the trails for running and walking. The grandparents loved the wildlife and birds. Truly something for everyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place had everything our group wanted in a place for a four day golf stay. A fully equipped kitchen, three bathrooms, four bedrooms and a very scenic view. The living room/TV area is large with ample seating and provides a scenic view of the property. The area around the house is quiet with little or no out side noise disturbance which allowed for great sleeping with the windows open.We also enjoyed drinking our beer from the pilsner glasses provided! I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a very comfortable place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our outdoors family!

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful, the owner was very accommodating and takes great pride in the place! The kitchen was well equipped and perfect for making family dinners. The living space was a perfect spot to relax and gather. We also, enjoyed the back deck and view of the property! I would highly recommend the place!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Hidden gem! Absolutely gorgeous house and property.

  • 5 of 5

My family (three people) plus my sister-in-law's family (five people) stayed at Bruce's house while visiting my son who lives in Charlevoix. We took our boat up for the weekend so we could tour a couple of the surrounding lakes. This house was absolutely perfect! We comfortably fit all 8 of us and nobody was left without a bed. The location is perfect, a short drive to almost anywhere up north, and even if you are driving it is all so scenic it doesn't even seem as far as the mileage tells you it is. We DEFINITELY will be staying here again and recommending this place to all of our friends. The house was SO clean, came fully stocked with spices, plastic baggies, etc. The gorgeous land surrounding the property offers groomed trails and a view that can't be described. The owner was incredibly nice and eager to answer any questions and told us about some of the events that were going on in Boyne City during our stay. If I could give this place more than 5 stars, I would. I can't think of one negative thing about this rental property. If you have a larger group and need comfortable accommodations, do not hesitate to book this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house and well stocked with kitchen and bathroom items. Loved the deck! House was very clean. I highly recommend the house :)

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great Property and super homeowners

  • 5 of 5

We had a family reunion at Walloon Lake and needed some extra space for part of the family. I contacted Bruce about his home and it could not have been more perfect. Lovely home, well laid out for our 8 guests. Bruce and his wife were easy to work with and responded to every call and question immediately. I would definitely recommend their home to anyone who needs a place to stay in the area. It was also the only property in the area I could find that did not require a minimum one week stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Kilwin's Chocolates
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

Boyne City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Xmas / New Years
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
July 4 th / Boyne Thunder
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30
Cleaning Fee $95

Summer weekends Mid-June to August require a three night minimum.
Consideration will be given to longer bookings during peak months of July and August.
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 modified depending on number of guest, pets or length
of stay.
Please note that the owner must be notified "in advance" of any additional guest or pets. Extra charges may apply.
Please call Bruce @231-330-2638 or email me @ janssensnorth if you have a special request, or for pricing information

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Contact Owner