80 Acre Farm with an Awesome View of the Ausable Valley
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Mio farmhouse description
A Very Picturesque, Multi-Enjoyable 80-Acre Semi-Forested Farm Located in the Middle of Amish Country, Northwest of Mio, Michigan (Huron National Forest / AuSable State Forest)
The Farm is literally just minutes from AuSable River fishing, swimming, picnicking; canoeing/kayaking/tubing and launch sites. In addition, the Huron National Forest and AuSable State Forest offer hundreds of miles of trails for Hiking, Horseback Riding, ORV, Motorcycle and Groomed Snowmobile trails. By the way, ORV's are allowed on all Oscoda County Roads... Hey Golfers; ever heard of Garland? Just 13 miles away! Not a bad drive to enjoy a few great ones...
Our Farmhouse: Our quaint and cozy farmhouse, with a wrap-around valley view country porch, sleeps 4 to 6 and has been fully renovated (inside and out/top to bottom); especially the refurbishment of the original farm-grown and on-site milled hardwood flooring throughout, including the two upstairs bedrooms. The farmhouse features air-conditioning units on both floors; propane heat; telephones on both floors (free local & long distance calling) & answering machine; 3 Color TV's; Satellite DIRECTV; DVD; and VCR. Carbon dioxide, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting also provided. For your arrival security, a pre-assigned coded entry pad (no keys) awaits your private code input. For your convenience, the entry pad allows you to enter your own private entry code for the duration of your stay.
The Living Room consists of a full size La-Z-Boy Sleeper couch that pulls out to comfortably sleep two. A 32' TV with DIRECTV, DVD and VCR rounds out this entertainment center.
Kitchen and Dining Room: The Fully-Equipped Tiled Kitchen, with two tiled entries, is all stainless steel with two electric stove tops, each with overhead venting; oven; micro-wave and oven combination; dishwasher; ice making side-by-side refrigerator/freezer; 12-cup automatic drip coffee maker; electric can opener; blender; mixer; safety toaster; dish towels and wash cloths; Amish made Hickory cabinets; telephone; and DIRECTV. A gas grill, located just off the end of the lower deck, is also available for your outdoor grilling.
The Dining Room, located between the kitchen and living room, is very handy for preparing and serving snacks or meals from the peninsula stovetop kitchen counter. An antique dining room table, with an overhead stained glass chandelier, can seat six and can be extended to comfortably seat more (or, if nothing else, for the convenient placement of food). It is a warming experience having dinner, and through the dining room windows, watching big snowflakes floating down.
Our Property: The 80 acres consist of rolling/hilly meadows overlooking an awesome panoramic view of miles of the AuSable River Valley Forest; and a 3 acre, spring(s)-fed, stocked pond (beach deep up to 36 feet) featuring a 'right-on-the-shoreline' finished fishing cabin that offers electricity, propane heat, ceiling fan, covered porch and raised fire pit.
The property is as natural as natural can get. . . Groomed trails lead down from the meadows, through hardwood and evergreen forests (consisting of beautiful wooded valleys with four flowing streams) to and through beautiful cedar swamps. All trails are ideal for hiking; excellent morel mushroom hunting; ORV's/ATV's; horseback riding (except cedar trails); snowmobiling; cross-country skiing; and the meadows for tobogganing. By the way, the property also contains many secluded areas for outpost (self-contained camper/tent) camping.
The Pond-Side Finished Fishing Cabin makes for an excellent hangout for tubing, catch and release fishing, etc.
- 1000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Two Upstairs Bedrooms consist of a nice size Master Bedroom with one Queen Size bed and the second bedroom, also a nice size, features one set of Twin Size Beds. In the Living Room, a full size La-Z-Boy Sleeper couch also pulls out to comfortably sleep two. Included are all linens, mattress covers, hardwood floors, furniture amenities, cozy windows, air conditioning and ceiling fans....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- The Upstairs Bathroom consists of a shower and tub combination, sink and cabinet combination and medicine cabinet with a lighted mirror; bath, hand towels and washcloths. From 'The Throne' (which is in very easy reach of a current Farmer's Almanac) is an incredible overview of the barn, corral, pond and the majestic AuSable River Valley. The 'Throne View' alone is fit for any Royal Family....moreless
- Away From It All
- Coin Laundry
- Autumn Foliage
- Winery Tours
- Paddle Boating
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
local services and businesses
- Water View
sports and adventure activities
- Water Tubing
- Hunting Small Game
- Mountain Biking
- Fly Fishing
- Ski Privileges Optional
- Ice Skating
- Freshwater Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Cross Country Skiing
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Dining Room
- Dining Area
forms of payment
- Accept Credit Card
- Filtered Water
- Toilet Paper
- Local Maps
- Living Area
- Gas Heating
- Activities Guide
- Linens Provided
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Towels Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning
- Free Local Calls
- Living Room
- Ceiling Fans
- Sofa Bed
- Alarm Clock
- Hair Dryer
- Parking Off Street
- Evaporative Cooling
- Free Long Distance
- Pantry Items
- 4 Ring Stove
- Dishes & Utensils
- Cooking Utensils
- Garbage Disposal
- Lobster Pot
- Ice Maker
- Coffee Maker
- Porch / Veranda
- Deck Furniture
- Lawn / Garden
- Wood Deck
- Outdoor Grill
- Walkway To Water
- Outdoor Furniture
- Deck / Patio
- Porch Furniture
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Outdoor Grill Gas
ReviewsWrite a review
This was out first visit to this VRBO. The owners are pleasant, professional, accomodating, and effecient. Excellent directions and description. First impressions - Absolutely gorgeous, orderly, & emmaculate. Beautiful kitchen. Every detail in place for your arrival. This location FAR exceeded out expectations. Will absolutely make this our family tradition! Considerations: for physical limitations - one bathroom on 2nd floor and two steps to enter side door.
- Guest Michele (Lowell, MI)
- Date of stay 07/26/13
- Review Submitted 08/02/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
Owner response: Michele, Thank you for selecting our farmhouse for your family's vacation. I am so glad that you all had a great time. I look forward to hearing from you again. Thank you very much, Tina
Farmhouse StayGuest comment entered by owner
The farm house was well prepared and very accommodating. We loved the front porch for morning coffee and watched the birds. We saw the pileated woodpeckers which was a first. The hummers came regularly. We also experienced a group of about 20 wild turkeys - adults and young and younger ones. The children loved fishing in the pond and paddling their kayaks.
- Guest Carole
- Date of stay 07/22/13
- Review Submitted 08/02/13
An absolutely wonderful experience in rural northern Michigan. From quaint, humble, Amish community explorations, to hours of of enjoying your own private farmhouse, acreage and pond, AuSable Valley View exceeds all expectations. Simply put, thanks don't seem enough. Your gem is my secret. Looking forward to experiencing the fall colors someday, and another trip with the kids down to the pond.
- Guest Aaron (Okemos)
- Date of stay 07/22/13
- Review Submitted 07/31/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children.
Owner response: Aaron, Thank you for choosing our farmhouse for your family vacation. It's great to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay. I really appreciate your wonderful review! Thank you again, Tina
Farmhouse Stay ReviewGuest comment entered by owner
Farmhouse Stay Review
This was our 2nd time staying at the Farmhouse for 4th of July weekend. The house is spotlessly clean, and includes everything you could possibly need and more. It’s amazing how you can walk into a hotel room, and it will feel cold and un-inviting, but walking onto this property invites you to sit, relax, swing on the porch, walk through the woods, fish and paddle boat on the pond, sit around the fire pit at night (wood was already chopped and waiting)…it all seems just like home. The wrap-around porch is so enticing to sit on, and just breathe in the clean country air and listen to the birds (other than the birds it is complete and blissful silence). The Pileated woodpecker at the suet feeder was exciting to see, the buzz of the wings on the hummingbird at that feeder, and the Eastern bluebird family in the birdhouse gave us a lot to watch while relaxing on the porch. The farmhouse is a quick drive to the AuSable River, so our daily kayaking trips were easy entries from both the South branch of the AuSable one day (quiet and picturesque) and the Mio Dam another day (lots of people on tubes having a great time). We couldn't have asked for anything more from our stay. All in all, I'd easily give the farmhouse and our stay 5+ stars. I also recommend eating at Lost Creek Sky Ranch in the neighboring town of Luzerne (just a quick 10 minute drive from the farmhouse)...incredible food and a family feel right down to the hostess who seats you…(sweetest little ole lady on the planet I think)! I don’t recommend Ma Deeters, as the food wasn’t very good (although the pizza that was served to other tables did smell and look good…we wished we had gotten the pizza). We will definitely be returning to the farmhouse again this fall for a fall color kayak trip down the AuSable.
- Guest Marsha (Warren, MI)
- Date of stay 07/04/13
- Review Submitted 07/11/13
Northwoods with the conveniences home
Northwoods with the conveniences home
Fantastic stay in Hemingway country. We wandered around some secret spots on fabled northern streams and then settled into the farmhouse to focus on the Ausable River. We saw a mating pair of Pileated Woodpeckers most days along with a host if song birds. The house was perfect and we will be back again!
- Guest Paul S.
- Date of stay 06/14/13
- Review Submitted 07/05/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, adventure seekers.
Owner response: Paul, Thank you for your review and also taking the time to share your photos of the Pileated Woodpeckers. It is all greatly appreciated. Tina
The great escape
The great escape
This was the perfect place for our family to disconnect from technology and relax. We enjoyed fishing and walking around the groomed trails. The house was very clean and well stocked. I wanted to cook a Thanksgiving dinner in the wonderful kitchen just because it had everything I could need. We really enjoyed eating at the Paddle Inn Restaurant and driving around looking at the farms and animals.
- Guest Steve (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
- Date of stay 05/17/13
- Review Submitted 05/20/13
Recommended for: Families with young children.
Owner response: Steve, Thank you for taking the time to write this very nice review. We really appreciate that you chose our farm for your "great escape". Thanks again, Tina
Wonderful Stay at AuSable Valley View FarmGuest comment entered by owner
Wonderful Stay at AuSable Valley View Farm
We traveled to the AuSable Valley View Farm from Texas and had an "up-north" experience we won't soon forget. The farmhouse was completely updated, immaculately kept and fully functional. We enjoyed cooking our meals in the well stocked kitchen. It had all the necessary appliances for creating your own fare and we rarely ate out. We thoroughly enjoyed the groomed grounds, trails and the ability to have a responsible campfire. But what we mostly enjoyed was the peaceful atmosphere of the farm and the cool weather (we visited in August). We saw many birds at the feeders, fish at the pond, and as many as 15 turkeys feeding & wondering about every day of our stay. We hope to come again and bring friends.
- Guest Stephen
- Date of stay 08/12/12
- Review Submitted 09/05/12
Guest ReviewGuest comment entered by owner
I happened across your house when I was looking for a waterfront availability through RentalBug. The VRBO listing popped up through my search. With disappoint on not finding what we were hoping for on the water with such short notice, I decided to book with you guys. The pictures were amazing, but I had my reservations about having as much fun as we could if we had booked a room or cottage with access to the water. I really don't know how to express in words, the enjoyment that we had staying at the farm. I realize I run the risk of sounding like I am pretty far out there when I tell you, the feelings, memories and beauty we experienced were literally priceless. I cried when we left. We had such an amazing time. I have travelled to islands and mountains, but last weekend was by far, hands down, the best trip we have ever had. Your home was beautiful, the grounds were amazing, but it was so much more than just that. The air, the view, the energy was perfect and then some. Again, I don't mean to sound like I am off my rocker, but it brought my family closer. I will forever remember ringing your bell to gather the family for dinner (in your perfectly well supplied kitchen) laughing and sharing our daily adventures. I am so grateful that I found your place, and thankful to you in more ways than you can understand.
- Guest Adria
- Date of stay 08/03/12
- Review Submitted 08/16/12
Searching for Farm; Amish; MI found this unbelievably perfect VRBO listing. I am an artist, had a portrait to draw and wanted solitude. The very best part was "listening" to the silence. All my favorites: red hip roof barn, wrap around porch, a pond and the clop-clop of Amish buggies. Took me a couple days there to make sure I wasn't dreaming.The Old Order Amish population is totally uncommercialized. Good restaurants in Mio. I will be going there twice a year.
- Guest Arlene (Ionia, MI.)
- Date of stay 06/03/12
- Review Submitted 06/21/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
Owner response: We are so happy that you found our farm during your search for a rental in Amish country. Our home is meant for people like you. I loved your comment "listening to the silence". Your review was wonderful and I am excited to know that you will be back. It was very kind of you to take the time to write such a wonderful review. Thank you very much, Tina
Nice long weekend at the farm
Nice long weekend at the farm
We had a very nice trip, with great weather for mid May, lots of wildlife around the property,especially a great mix of birds. Very nice pond on the property,caught bass,bluegills and catfish on the flyrod,visited the Amish stores, the Kirtland warbler habitat and hit the backroads for some good photo-ops. Had a couple of minor things pop up and Gene was quick to respond and handle them! One of the best equipped kitchens we have found in over 30 stays at rentals. Would definitely stay again at the farm.
- Guest producer (northeast Ohio)
- Date of stay 05/11/12
- Review Submitted 05/22/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers.
Owner response: Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I'm glad you had a nice trip and enjoyed the pond, wildlife and shopping at the Amish stores. I also appreciate that you took such good care of our home. I look forward to hearing from you again. Sincerely, Tina
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Rates are based on 4 Farmhouse guests.
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $250
- Tax Rate 6%
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Pulling up the driveway to the Farmhouse
Pond and AuSable Valley View from the bathroom window
Kitchen - Front Door
Living Room from Dining Room and Kitchen
Master Bedroom with Queen Bed
Pond with view of The AuSable River Valley
3 acre Pond with Finished Fishing Cabin at the edge of the woods
View of Pond, Fishing Cabin, Barn and Farm House
Partial view of pond from the porch
Groomed Sumac Trail to the Fishing Cabin and beyond
Amish Horses. Tell ya, these Big Boy's do not horse around...
View of Turkeys from Porch
Barn view from the porch
Stainless steel and tiled kitchen - Side Door
Dining Room just off Kitchen
Living Room - off of Dining Room and Kitchen
Second Bedroom with Twin Beds
Interior of the Fishing Cabin
View from the Porch
Second of three trails to the Pond and beyond
Amish removing wood from the backyard
Taking our wood to a one-room Amish schoolhouse for winter heating
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