Old Country Church

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  1. 6 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 1 bathroom
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Spacious and newly renovated, 3 bedrooms, plus a large yard with a fire ring and picnic table. Minutes from Lake Huron beaches, and Huron National Forest with 330 miles of trails and excellent hunting.

A central location for family-friendly activities that Northeast Michigan is famous for. From self-guided Lighthouse tours to fishing area trout streams; boating and canoeing the Au Sable River; public parks and beaches of Lake Huron and much more to explore in Michigan's great north country!

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Minutes from beaches on Lake Huron's shore, and Huron National Forest with its 330 miles of trails and excellent hunting. Come set up your own getaway home base at the unique Old Country Church.

NEW FOR 2022!
A new water softener has been installed.
We continue to work hard to provide the best guest experience possible!

Enjoy this central location for the many activities that Northeast Michigan is famous for. From self-guided Lighthouse tours to fishing abundant area trout streams and lakes, boating and canoeing along the Au Sable River, swimming or picnicking at the pristine public parks and beaches of Lake Huron - and so much more - the Old Country Church is a perfect vacation home-base for the places and adventures that are waiting for you to explore in Michigan's great north country!

Several golf courses are also located close by, about 10 to 15 minutes away. They include Greenbush Golf Course, Springport Golf Course, and Lakewood Shores Golf Course.

To start, bring your fishing pole and fish off the bridge in the east branch of the Pine River which is just a quick walk down the road.

Anglers, in 2021, the Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit will be held nearby in Oscoda, Michigan on July 17 and 18. This promises to be a great fishing tournament, and we have plenty of room for guest boat parking!

This is also a relaxing retreat place for writers, poets, photographers, quilters, and hunters.

This 125-year-old church has been simply and comfortably renovated into a unique country getaway and has a large yard with shady apple and pine trees.

This space is uniquely located in a documented Michigan ghost town, which was once known as a productive lumbering town until the early 1900's when the local post office finally closed due to the dramatic decrease in population once lumbering interests were exhausted.

The Old Country Church is one of the last 4 remaining original buildings in this ghost town. It was built from the lumber which was milled right here in this area in the 1800s. Slight blade marks can still be seen on some of the boards of the newly restored and refinished original hardwood floors.

Curiously, Fifth and Sixth Street (which still host street signs) mark roads that gently lead to nowhere and fade away into fields of forgotten memories. It is on one of those streets that the Old Country Church is located, there on the left-behind corner of Sixth and Main.

The kitchen, located on the former "altar" area, is equipped with a stainless steel stove and refrigerator. It has new appliances, a Kitchenaide mixer, microwave, quality pots, and pans, matching dish wear, bake wear, coffee maker, coffee grinder, teapot, toaster, blender, matching cutlery, and a variety of utensils for a complete kitchen.

The living room has comfortable brand new couches and a bookshelf with a variety of titles for your reading pleasure. There is also a smart TV, and ROKU.

Cozy, modest bedrooms, with high-quality bedding, each accommodate 2 guests and are as described below:

- Master Bedroom has a queen-size bed with a high-quality mattress, 2 large dressers, and a closet.
- First Guest Bedroom has a queen-size bed and a large bureau (see the update note in the next paragraph).
- Second Guest Bedroom has 2 twin beds - all new mattresses - a dresser, and a small closet.

BEDROOM UPDATE 2022:
We continually work hard to provide our guests with comfortable and high-quality appointments. To that end, we are excited to share the following news:

- Master bedroom has been made over to feature a complete set of exquisite, vintage, Ethan Allen bedroom furniture in solid cherry wood. While all the bedrooms have always been beautifully appointed, this is a stunning makeover and we will post updated pictures soon. Queen size bed and high-quality mattress. Room-darkening curtains will be added in the summer.
- The maple bedroom features a quality comfortable Queen size bed, and vintage maple wood furniture. Room-darkening curtains will be added in the fall.
- The oak bedroom features 2 comfortable twin beds and a large dresser.

LIVING ROOM
The living room has brand new furniture, plus an antique desk - circa 1920.

BATHROOM
There is one shared bathroom. It is modern and has a shower and bathtub, plus a new elongated toilet. High-quality, matching towels, hand towels, and washcloths are provided. Bring your own toiletries.

RECENT IMPROVEMENTS AND UPDATES
- Internet service became available in our area for the very first time in early 2021. We are now able to offer Internet connection through Frontier Communications (approximately 250 Mpbs download/upload).
- New roof installation
- New drilled well
- New, elongated toilet installed
- Air conditioner window unit installed in the dining room
- ROKU device provided
- Full size, stainless steel refrigerator, and matching appliances
- Dishwasher
- Oak dining set
- New water softener

Because the Old Country Church is nestled so near thousands of acres of National Forest land, the surrounding countryside is burgeoning with wildlife. Guests enjoy bird sightings that include cranes, wild turkeys, geese, hawks, owls, and Bald Eagles - just to name a few. Herds of deer can be seen both near and far away. At night, the spectacular and nearly unobstructed views of northern and western skies resemble a dark sky park, and it is not uncommon to see the northern lights. Coyotes are also frequently heard howling at night in the distance, and that becomes the perfect time for telling stories outdoors around the fire ring!

Enjoy the use of the large fire ring with a grill top which allows you to build a fire and grill to perfection. Grilling utensils provided. Wood is provided daily and included in your stay. Extra wood is available to purchase. A picnic table and yard furniture are also available for you to relax with and enjoy.

There is parking for up to 6 guest vehicles and also plenty of space for guests to park their fishing boats, snowmobiles, or ATVs. Again, parking is a guest-only amenity.

Motor home parking can be available (self-contained only, separate extra fee required, please contact me for more information).

Beautifully scenic and paved country roads invite you to walk the "4-mile square", or ride your bike even further.

This is a country getaway at its best, far away from traffic, city lights, and urban hustle! The pace is slow and uncomplicated here.

The Old Country Church is located just a few miles from Huron National Forest, and 10 miles from the city of Harrisville, Lake Huron, Harrisville State Park, and beautiful Harrisville Harbor.

There are many outdoor activities within a short ride - swimming, boating, hunting, hiking, Michigan's very first Quilt Trail, seasonal Farmers Markets, bird-watching (the habitat of the rare Kirkland Warbler is located only about 45 minutes away!), biking, apple picking, antiquing, or a visit to Amish country - just to name a few. And, on Labor Day weekend, the city of Harrisville hosts the 2nd largest craft show in the state of Michigan!

While you are here, don't forget to visit Iargo Springs, and Lumbermen's Monument, located in Oscoda, Michigan. It is definitely worth the drive to get there!

I also highly recommend that you check out Oscoda Canoe Rental, and take a canoe, kayak, or tubing trip down the AuSable River. They are a great company, and it is an amazing experience that you and your family are sure to enjoy. I personally make time to take my family "tubing" several times a month during the summer.

Other nice nearby towns (within about 10 to 45 minutes or less) include Lincoln, Alpena, Oscoda, Hubbard Lake, Tawas, Mio, and Glennie.

INTERNET
WiFi internet connection (approximately 250 Mpbs download/upload) is available through Frontier Communications - speed may vary. Cell phone service through Verizon works fairly well here, and guests have told me that Alltel service works well in this area too, but I do not have personal experience with that company.

Guests have access to the entire living space.

The first-floor entry room is also available for use for coats, footwear, and luggage.

I want you to be comfortable and to enjoy your stay. If you need assistance with anything, please let me know. Most of the time, there is someone available to visit with you personally - I live right nearby as do several members of my family who live near the Old Country Church - so, we are always in sight! Also, you will have my phone number when you book this space so please call me directly if you have any questions.

Please note, there are neighbors nearby, at the end of Sixth St.

This is a rural area. Walking and bicycling on country roads is a favorite pastime, and the surrounding roads are mostly paved.

We are located about 10 miles west of Lake Huron and the charming little city of downtown Harrisville. Oscoda is located approximately 25 minutes south, and Alpena is located approximately 40 minutes north.

Huron National Forest is just a few miles away.

Be mindful of the fact that while the address is listed as being "Harrisville", the Old Country Church is not located in Harrisville proper. Remember, the Old Country Church really is in a ghost town, and over 100 years ago, Harrisville picked up the postal route in the early 1900s when the post office here closed. So, the Old Country Church is actually located about 10 miles west of Harrisville - but don't let the location confuse you!

PET NOTES
To ensure that the quality of the furniture, the beds, and the overall space of the Old Country Church is carefully preserved for the enjoyment and benefit of all present and future guests, we do not allow dogs, cats, or any other animals at this time.

We appreciate the understanding of our wonderful and thoughtful guests as we continue to preserve and improve this historic building, now known as the Old Country Church.

Links to detailed area brochures are provided to guests at the time of booking.

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What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
42" TV
Window AC unit
Bath
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced
Hair dryer
Fire pit

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Harrisville, Michigan, United States

This is a rural area surrounded by farm fields. There are neighbors on the east and south side.

Hosted by Kim

  1. Joined in August 2016
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I have lived in this area for over 30 years and love the surrounding simple, quiet serenity. It is rural and surrounded by farm fields with nearby forests, but only 8 miles from Lake Huron. I live just 1/4 mile down the road from the Old Country Church so I am available to help when needed. Enjoy your stay!
I have lived in this area for over 30 years and love the surrounding simple, quiet serenity. It is rural and surrounded by farm fields with nearby forests, but only 8 miles from L…

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Check-in: After 15:00
Check out: 11:00
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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