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Inhabit A Hobbit House!

Bedrooms 2
Space 720 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Whimsical Stone Cottage Overlooking Lake Michigan!

Over 90 five-star reviews! Architect and dreamer Earl Young created a magical world with his unique and eccentric stone cottages in Charlevoix. Half House is absolutely one of the most adorable homes you will ever see! Now you can experience it for yourself. Enjoy the sandy beach, lighthouse and breathtaking sunsets just outside your door. Half House is an easy two block stroll to the quaint village of Charlevoix for shopping, dining, marina, ferry, drawbridge and music in the park. Everything you will need for a comfortable vacation is included: luxurious cotton bed linens and towels, firewood and kindling, free wireless internet, books, music, two flatscreen TVs with Charter cable and DVD players, kitchenware, beach chairs, plus more. Not to mention the spectacular view of majestic Lake Michigan! This cozy two bedroom home accommodates four guests quite comfortably. Relax!

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Bill Thom
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 11, 2017

About Bill Thom

Book with someone you can trust! I am a Michigan native and fell in love with the charm & natural beauty of 'UpNorth' many years ago. My family spent summers in Charlevoix, but now my four children are grown and spread across the country from Virginia to Washington. It's your turn to experience the wonder of Half House!

Bill Thom purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Bill Thom chose Charlevoix

I have been a homeowner in Charlevoix for over twenty five years. I purchased Half House in 2001 and quite frankly, I couldn't believe it was for sale! It is perfectly located across from the beach and just two blocks to downtown.

What makes this cottage unique

I love the quirky eccentricity of this fairytale home. It has so much history and character; thoroughly enchanting! I am pleased to now be able to share it with you.


"Great ice cream made locally in Petoskey."
Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant
Depot Beach
"Located on Lake Charlevoix at the original old Charlevoix train station stop."
Little Traverse Wheelway
"A treasure for hikers and bikers."
Flap Jack Family Restaurant
"Feed the kids a big breakfast on the cheap."
Castle Farms
Mt. McSauba Disc Golf Course
"A great beach to take the dogs and let them run free. Sand dunes and hiking trails abound."
Roquette Burger Bistro -- CLOSED
Lake Michigan Beach
"You are just up the hill, steps away from this fabulous beach!"
Scovie's Gourmet
"Great little spot to get a carry-out lunch for your picnic. I highly recommend the Northern ..."
Charlevoix Public Library
"The Charlevoix Public Library is a great resource! Use the library card to get free movie & ..."
The Rowe Inn Restaurant
"Not only one of the finest restaurants UpNorth, one of the finest Michigan! This little road..."
Nearest Airport
48 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport - Traverse City, MI
Nearest Ferry
Beaver Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Belvedere Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
The Weathervane - Also Built By Earl Young!
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Boyne Highlands / Nub's Nob, Boyne Mountain
Nearest Beach
Lake Michigan Beach
Car: not necessary


Charlevoix Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Includes stacked washer/dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The house will accommodate five in beds, however I do not recommend more than four adults. The second bedroom located upstairs is small with two twin beds, and better suited for two children or single adults. There is an additional full-size sleeper sofa in the living room, however it IS in the living room! Perfect for stretching out and reading, looking out the picture window at Lake Michigan, or gazing at a blazing fire.


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(97 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.927835 based on 97 reviews

Just the two of us after 50 years

  • 5 of 5

Our 4 children wanted us to do something BIG for our 50th wedding anniversary. A special trip with our four children and grandchildren to San Antonio. San Antonio holds many memories for us, being on the Riverwalk, Mariachis serenading us at Mi Tierra restaurant. Or a big party in Chicago where we are from and have so many family and friends.

But it hit me, we started out just the two of us. that's what I wanted. something for just the two of us. I remembered seeing the Hobbit House. I thought it looked perfect online.

But it was more than perfect in person. It was magical, like a fairy tale. Every detail made me smile. the small kitchen with its just right pots, pans, which we never used. The furniture in the living room, which we used alot, two comfortable recliners in front of a unique fireplace. The perfect bedroom, with the beautiful wall picture of two birds. Lovebirds. The bed and pillows were not too soft, not too hard, perfect. The color of the blue ceiling and the orange creamsicle walls was like an illustration in a childrens book. We probably spent more time in the house than we did exploring Charlevoix. A fairy tale house. I loved the whole experience. And what a perfect house it was for our 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! I’m so happy to have played a small part in such a wonderful milestone. Congratulations!
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Pinckney, Mi

A Thanksgiving Holiday in a Magical House

  • 5 of 5

We spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Half House. For all the years we have driven by the little house, it was delightful to get to stay in it. It is small but you have everything you need and the quick trip across the street to Lake Michigan was so convenient. It is so easy to walk to restaurants and shopping you don't need your car. We can't wait to go back again.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI

One of a kind home!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at this home and we will be back again. We have rented many rental homes and this is one of the best. The owners obviously take pride in their home and do not just use left-over furnishings from their primary home. The new fridge and couch are adorable. The home is so cozy and the location is the best - you can walk downtown and to the beach. The little movie theater in town is adorable. If you rent this home, you will love it. There is nothing negative that I can say.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bloomfield Hills, MI

A Wonderful Weekend at a Magical Home

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay at this fabulous home (and we will be back!) It was immaculate and had all of the comforts of home. We also brought our 5 year old black lab. She absolutely loved her surroundings. I believe that some of the people taking pictures of the home were amused that our dog was sitting in front screen door protecting "her" home.

We loved sitting in the front of the house and look at the beauty of Lake Michigan. We also felt like "stars" since this was a tourist attraction. We met many wonderful people , that specifically came to Charlevoix to see "The Mushroom Homes" . Many of these people did not realize that someone could actually rent this great place. If you have the time, the owners have a DVD on the history of The Mushroom Homes and the builder Earl Young.

Bill was very responsive to our queries and would not hesitate to recommend this enchanting home.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Warm and cozy!! Adorable place!

  • 5 of 5

Loved everything!!

Super clean! Cozy. Close to everything in town!! Great view of Lake and lighthouse! Looking forward to another stay in Spring 2018

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cute and cozy little place

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and daughter in law stayed here with me for our annual wine tasting weekend. It was a very nice and cozy little place to stay. We loved the fireplace and the feel of staying at home. The main queen bed was very comfortable, while the twin beds upstairs were not, girls had sore backs after sleeping. But it was nice to have our own kitchen to use and all of the appliances. The shower had great water pressure, a little short on the size but it's a small house! The price was very pricey but it was once in a life time experience.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jill, thank you so much for the five-star review! I honestly have never slept on the beds upstairs. No one has ever mentioned it before. I’ll give them a try on my next visit. ~Bill
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Cleaning Fee $125
Tax Rate 6.0%

Check-In is at 3:00 PM Check-Out is at 11:00 AM
There is no smoking inside the house.
There is a flat rate Pet Fee of $75 per approved pet.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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