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Historic farmhouse offers 35 acres of quiet beauty with fishing pond and row boat. Close access to boating or swimming in Torch Lake, awesome beach and sunsets at Barnes Park, fishing paradise in Chain of Lakes, night life and shopping in Charlevoix.

The space

This 100+ year old, historic farmhouse has everything that you need for a comfortable, relatively "unplugged" stay!

The kitchen is equipped with all you might need to make some wonderful meals: fridge, sink, oven, microwave, pots, pans, mixing bowls, utensils, dishes, cups, mugs. A covered front porch and covered back deck (with grill) provide for additional dining environments.

There are two bedrooms. One has a king bed and the other has two twin beds. The fourth bed is a comfortable, queen sofa pull-out in the living room.

Towels, bedding and firewood are also provided. (Collection of firewood on the property is prohibited, however kindling from small dead branches near pond is ok)

What makes this place truly spectacular is the property on which you have have to roam. This 35 acre property has many places to enjoy and explore. There are several open spaces around the house to lounge, picnic, or play games. There are also two ponds to (URL HIDDEN) close to the house and the other a pleasant 5 minute walk on a well maintained path. Both provide for some rewarding wildlife discoveries. Venture off the well beaten path an apple tree, or berry bush.

While this property is not waterfront, it is located not far from some spectacular places. The north end of Torch Lake is just a couple miles away. Lake Michigan beaches are within minutes of driving. Restaurants, breweries, wineries, farm markets are all within reach for great day trips. Lakes, beaches and hiking opportunities abound!

We are located 15 minutes south of Charlevoix and 20 minutes north of Elk Rapids. Bellaire (home to Short's Brewery) is 20 minutes away. Traverse City is about 30 minutes to our south.

Guest access

Guests have access to the house and the paths and ponds on the property.. And may use the garage. Guest may use the small row boat on the pond, turning it over so as not to collect rain water for the next guest. Oars stay with the boat or are taken back to the garage

Interaction with guests

I am available by phone or text to answer any questions that may arise. Barb Nienhouse

The space
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: 16 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: 79
Security Deposit: 237
Weekly Discount: 5%
Weekend Price: 138 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 4PM

The overall expectation is that you treat the house and the property with care and respect. Smoking is not allowed in or directly around the house. Pets are not allowed. Cutting down of trees for firewood (or for fun) is not permitted and is illegal.

Check out guide:

We ask that you strip the bed of all linens and place them with the towels on the floor in the bathroom next to the kitchen. A special request to start one load of towels and have them drying in dryer before you leave. As you go, please put the garbage and recycled items in the appropriate bins in the garage/pole barn. Please leave key on kitchen counter, turn off all lights and close all doors to garage when you leave.

Relax and enjoy!



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

20 Reviews

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Jon User Profile
July 2017
A beautiful, restful retreat. Wonderful hosts. Always responded immediately to any questions. Clean, organized, very comfortable accommodations. They provide you with everything you need for your stay. Wonderful quiet, idyllic location to hike or simply take in nature. A place we will definitely wish to return.

Melissa User Profile
July 2017
Our second time here, and we had the best time! The farmhouse is in the ideal location to really enjoy Northern Michigan, and we took full advantage of all the area has to offer.

Annette User Profile
June 2017
The farmhouse was a delightful change for these city dwellers. The photos are accurate but don't do justice to the setting. We arrived in late afternoon after a long drive and we were just overwhelmed by the wonderful spaces and explored everything like excited kids. The grounds are lush with trees and flowers and we heard frogs and saw deer and rabbits. We picked strawberries at a nearby farm (in June) and watched sunsets over Lake Michigan. The house is really well-stocked and there were lovely baskets, ceramics and art on display. Perfectly lovely.
Sisters-In-Law Barb And Jen User Profile
Response from Sisters-In-Law Barb And Jen:
Thank you Annette! We love to hear that our guests enjoy this place as much as we (URL HIDDEN) a slice of heaven:) So glad you were able to take in the natural beauty of the property and the surrounding area. We'd love to have you back any time!
June 2017

Arie User Profile
September 2016
Warm welcome by Jennifer and Barb, to an area of Michigan we have often visited. The Farmhouse has become a place of retreat and renewal for us. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to experience a peaceful, quiet setting, yet one close enough to the attractions of places like Charlevoix, Elk Rapids, Petoskey and Harbor Springs. We plan to return next year.

John User Profile
September 2016
The Farmhouse getaway is truly that - a place that is far away from modern noise and allows you and your family to relax and restore. Such a blessing.
Sisters-In-Law Barb And Jen User Profile
Response from Sisters-In-Law Barb And Jen:
Thank you Leegwater family!!
September 2016

Marie User Profile
August 2016
We loved our stay! It was close enough to easily explore Traverse City, Petoskey, and Mackinac Island. The area was quiet and gave us a perfect chance to relax and enjoy northern Michigan as we celebrated our first anniversary. Thanks again for the awesome stay.
Sisters-In-Law Barb And Jen User Profile
Response from Sisters-In-Law Barb And Jen:
Thank you Marie, you guys come back again if your up north! Jennifer
August 2016

Katia User Profile
August 2016
Super welcomed, hosts ready to help with questions or concerns at all times, super easy to find and navigate around the nearby sites. Beautiful, quiet, super equipped, great for families, friends, anyone!!
Sisters-In-Law Barb And Jen User Profile
Response from Sisters-In-Law Barb And Jen:
Thank you Katia for your kind words, I sure enjoyed hosting you! Love that you soaked everything up so deeply, a soulful place for a soulful person. Please do come back for more refreshing country rest and rejuvenation. You are most welcome! And thank you for your feed back in all areas, very thorough and helpful! Thank you Katia! Jennifer
August 2016

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Sisters-In-Law Barb And Jen User Profile

Welcome to the Nienhouse Family Farmhouse:) Jennifer and I are the faces and voices behind the rental, as it is owned and managed by us and our husbands Jon and Eric. Eric and Jon grew up in Michigan and have been coming to this area since they were children (and their parents and grandparents before them). Our two families have been coming to this farmhouse in Northern Michigan since 1996. We love to come here to unplug, get a nice hit of beach and water, and visit with the locals. We love all things outdoors, especially climbing, water sports, camping, biking, and gardening. We also love good stories, good friends, and good food!

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