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Au Sable River Getaway

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Winter. Bridge goes across a pond in front of the house and leads to river.

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
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Roscommon house description

Relax at A Private Riverfront Getaway Only 6 Miles From The Lake
National Geographic Called The World’s 6th Most Beautiful

Welcome to The River House, our 100 percent smoke-free (both inside the house and, sorry, but due to numerous policy violations, all over its grounds), Au Sable riverfront home, for rent to caring, responsible, non-smoking individuals who appreciate the serenity of seeing bald eagles fly, hummingbirds and orioles land at window feeders, deer out the front door and chickadees that eat seeds out of your hands.
Located four miles from downtown Roscommon, six miles from beautiful Higgins Lake (location of two state parks), and just three hours from most of Southeast Michigan, this 1,300-square-foot home is available for select weeks or weekends, or shorter periods. The house sleeps four persons comfortably in a lower bedroom, an upper loft. In addition, two more can sleep on a futon. Inflatable queen beds also is available, so it can accommodate up to six.

Warning: You must like fly fishing for trout out the front door (catch-and-release, please; instruction and wader guiding available), access to nearby Higgins or Houghton Lakes with your boat, renting kayaks and canoes in downtown Roscommon, and the unparalleled beauty of the Mason Wilderness Tract, and campfires under the Milky Way in our fire pit. Grayling and Hartwick Pines State Park are only 15 minutes away., You're only two hours by car from Mackinaw City or Traverse City. Satellite and local TV also are available, as is a four-person hot tub (summer only), and wood-burning fireplace.
Stroll across the pond on our cedar log bridge to enjoy morning coffee beside the river to listen to songbirds and watch as feeding brown and brook trout dimple the water's surface.

Mountain bike on forest two-track auto trails with glimpses of wildlife and the Au Sable, or bicycle into downtown Roscommon. Enjoy two beaches at two state parks on Higgins Lake that are perfect for children.

Roscommon features several restaurants (ask for recommendations), a full-service market, wine shop that is the best in northern Michigan outside of Traverse City, and even an eight-lane bowling alley. Among the golf courses nearby are the beautiful Forest Dunes, rated by Golf Digest as one of the top 100 public courses in the nation, and the friendly Ye Olde Country Club, in existence since the 1920s.

In winter, enjoy cross-country skiing in the incomparable Mason Wilderness Tract, where the snow hangs so deeply it's like entering Narnia through the wardrobe. Other trails are near Grayling and Roscommon. Ski rentals, lessons and trails also are available at Cross-Country Ski Headquarters nearby. Read more at its own website. In summer, bring your bicycle.

A complete list of things to see and do are located in a notebook in our home.



Keywords: Cabin, year-round home on the banks of the South Branch of The Au Sable River, four miles from Roscommon, one mile from the famed Mason Wilderness Tract.

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

                  • Housekeeper Optional

                  Suitability

                  • Children Welcome
                  • Limited Accessibility:

                    A wooden sidewalk leads up to the back (road side) door. First floor is all access....moreless

                  • Non Smoking Only:

                    Due to numerous policy violations, I must now impose a total, 100 percent non-smoking policy in the house and on the grounds. ...moreless

                  Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

                  • Bedroom 1

                    ...moreless

                  • Loft

                    ...moreless

                  • I like to hold the occupancy To six; Queen size Beds (2) In master bedroom and loft; three other inflatable queen-size beds also available. This house comfortably sleeps three couples if you also includes the queen futon in the living room. It can currently sleep up to seven individuals. total. Twin or Single Beds (1) futon in loft, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) One queen futon in living room next to fireplace, and one 'college style' futon in the loft along with the queen bed plus inflatable queen beds (3)....moreless

                  Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

                  Other Amenities

                      • Two log beds, lower bedroom features 8-foot doorwall for viewing wildlife, enclosed front porch, 175 feet of river frontage with woods, cedar bridge crosses pond out front to reach river, trout fishing and kayaking. Please ask about pets. House must be left vacuumed of pet hair and droppings must be picked up and disposed of....moreless

                      Entertainment

                      • Books
                      • CD Player
                      • DVD Player
                      • Music Library:

                        iPod with player...moreless

                      • Satellite / Cable:

                        Direct TV network, but no pay channels, however access to Disney, etc.. Netflix on main TV. Local channels via antenna. A TV also is located in the lower bedroom, via repeater from main TV....moreless

                      • Stereo
                      • Television
                      • Video Library:

                        Small DVD library located next to TV cabinet....moreless

                      Theme

                      • Away From It All
                      • Family
                      • Romantic
                      • Sports & Activities

                      Attractions

                      • Churches
                      • Cinemas
                      • Festivals
                      • Museums
                      • Restaurants
                      • Zoo

                      Local Services & Businesses

                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Groceries
                      • Medical Services

                      Leisure Activities

                      • Bird Watching
                      • Boating
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Outlet Shopping
                      • Shopping
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking
                      • Wildlife Viewing

                      Location Type

                      • Water View:

                        175 feet on the South Branch, Au Sable River with firepit for summer campfires out the front door. Deer, bald eagles, birds such as hummingbirds, three species of woodpecker including the...moreless

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Fly Fishing
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Hunting
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Kayaking
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Rafting
                      • Sailing
                      • Skiing
                      • Snowboarding
                      • Snowmobiling
                      • Swimming
                      • Water Skiing

                      Dining

                      • Dining:

                        Dining table seats four to six. 'Breakfast nook' seats two....moreless

                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 4 people

                      General

                      • Parking Off Street:

                        In front of garage (garage not available to guests, sorry)...moreless

                      • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Telephone:

                        Local service available; long distance available through your personal calling card....moreless

                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet:

                        High-speed internet available. Password info included inside three-ring binder with info on the house and things to do in the area....moreless

                      • Wood Fireplace:

                        House is also heated with gas, forced air. PLEASE follow directions for fireplace operation....moreless

                      Kitchen

                      • Dishwasher:

                        apartment-size...moreless

                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave

                      Outside

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        small wood deck on river side of home. Several chairs available....moreless

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        Garden available with tomatoes, beans, etc., for guest use. ...moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill:

                        Grill available in summer months. small garden plot available with fresh vegetables and herbs. ...moreless

                      • Ski & Snowboard:

                        Cross-country Skiing nearby. Ski rentals from cross-country ski headquarters, one of the country's leading outlets, about 6 miles away. see website www.cross-country-ski.com...moreless

                      Pool / Spa

                      • Hot Tub:

                        Directions are simple and are in the front porch. Please be careful of COVER STRAPS. People apparently think cover is held on by magic, and not four--now three--buckles. One has been ripped off....moreless

                      • Jetted Tub:

                        This is a small tub, suitable for one person...moreless

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional
                           

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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Winter
                          Nov 1 - Mar 1, 2015
                          2 night min stay
                          $150
                          Summer
                          May 1 - Oct 31, 2015
                          2 night min stay
                          $120

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Taxes Not included

                          Notes:

                          Rates May-June 1 $115 per night* June 1-30 $125 per night. July 1-Nov. $115 per night,*. Nov-March $150 per night* March-May 1 $125 per night. *Renters must clean the house or pay a $65 cleaning fee. *Major holiday weekends,plus Dec. 24-Jan 1:$175/night.Dept of at least 1 nt.requd. Pls. mail deposit check within 48 hours of booking. From Feb 1-march 31, stay three nights and pay 115 nightly.


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                          Location

                          11 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Houghton Lake (Traverse City, 60)
                          3 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Jack's Place
                          4 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Forest Dunes
                          6 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          I-75 exit 239 or US 127 Higgins Lake
                          4 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Fred's
                          7 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          Higgins Lake State Parks North and South

                          One mile upstream from the famed Mason Wilderness Tract, view eagles, deer and other wildlife out the front door, relax beside the peaceful South Branch of the Au Sable, fly fish for brown and brook trout (catch and release, please), hunt in fall, enjoy cross-country skiing at several nearby trails including the 12-mile-long Mason Tract Trail, ski rentals, lessons and trails available at nearby Cross-Country Ski Headquarters. Other trails are also within a mile or two of the house. Walkers: Local roads near the house make for a good route. Sorry, but due to numerous policy violations, this property and its grounds are now 100 percent smoke-free. After Sept. 30, 2014, pets are unfortunately prohibited. I want to be amenable, however have had too many issues with hair, allergies, unpoliced droppings, etc., unless hunter pets are housed outdoors in crates.

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2007

                          About the owner: Bill is an outdoor and travel writer and book author. Denise is retired communications chief of Southeast Michigan's largest parks system. We both love the outdoors and want to share our experience with you by opening this unique home.

                          Why the Owner Chose Roscommon:
                          Bill has spent much of his summer fishing and camping in the region and when the opportunity came to purchase a home on the river he loves in 2007, he jumped at it. Its easy access, three hours from most of Southeast Michigan via I-75 (exit 239), makes it an ideal, easy-to-reach getaway. There is wood walkway leading to the home, making access to the first floor easy for those with disabilities. The home is on one of the eastern United States' best trout streams, and it is a popular canoe/kayak destination as well, with at least three liveries in town offering car spotting and pickup/delivery.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          Here are a few things to look forward to on your visit: access to three state parks, miles of mountain bike, cross-country ski and hiking trails; brook and brown trout fishing in the famed Au Sable River, kayaking and canoeing, quiet, Narnia-like snowy ski trails, and starry nights you must see to believe in front of a campfire within feet of your front door, or enjoy a glass of wine in the bubbly hot tub while stars glisten overhead.


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                          Speaks: english

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                          Photos

                          • Winter. Bridge goes across a pond in front of the house and leads to river.

                            Winter. Bridge goes across a pond in front of the house and leads to river.

                          • Living room. Fireplace burns wood. Hardwood available under tarps outside and in porch.

                            Living room. Fireplace burns wood. Hardwood available under tarps outside and in porch.

                          • Pileated woodpecker comes for a taste of orange in early summer.

                            Pileated woodpecker comes for a taste of orange in early summer.

                          • Kayaking the Mason Wilderness Tract. Rentals, shuttle, available in Roscommon.

                            Kayaking the Mason Wilderness Tract. Rentals, shuttle, available in Roscommon.

                          • Upstairs loft and half-bath, through open door

                            Upstairs loft and half-bath, through open door

                          • Fly fishing in front of the house (catch-release only, please).

                            Fly fishing in front of the house (catch-release only, please).

                          • Looking downstream from the bridge area in summer.

                            Looking downstream from the bridge area in summer.

                          • Calphalon cookware, combination convection or normal gas range, dishwasher

                            Calphalon cookware, combination convection or normal gas range, dishwasher

                          • Bridge to river in winter

                            Bridge to river in winter

                          • Start to the 11.5-mile-long Mason Tract hiking/skiing trail (no bikes or 'biles on this route; there are biking paths nearby). There is a loop in the center, otherwise it is single-track, self-groomed, same way in and out, although there is talk of volunteers grooming it.

                            Start to the 11.5-mile-long Mason Tract hiking/skiing trail (no bikes or 'biles on this route; there are biking paths nearby). There is a loop in the center, otherwise it is single-track, self-groomed, same way in and out, although there is talk of volunteers grooming it.

                          • Entrance view, road side. Walkway is handicap-friendly.

                            Entrance view, road side. Walkway is handicap-friendly.

                          • Living room seen from loft, reached by stairway at right of photo.

                            Living room seen from loft, reached by stairway at right of photo.

                          • Lounge chairs at river side of bridge ready for relaxing.

                            Lounge chairs at river side of bridge ready for relaxing.

                          • Master bedroom with eight-foot custom door wall looking onto the river.

                            Master bedroom with eight-foot custom door wall looking onto the river.

                          • Kayaking the river into the Mason Tract. House seen from river.

                            Kayaking the river into the Mason Tract. House seen from river.

                          • Home includes a fire pit on the river side.

                            Home includes a fire pit on the river side.

                          • Higgins Lake South State Park. Water is knee-deep for 700 feet, great for kids.

                            Higgins Lake South State Park. Water is knee-deep for 700 feet, great for kids.

                          • Cross-country skiing the Mason Tract trail.

                            Cross-country skiing the Mason Tract trail.

                          • Looking out front door

                            Looking out front door

                          • 1 mile in on the Mason Tract Trail. More trails, sales and rentals available at Cross-Country Ski Headquarters about 5 miles away.

                            1 mile in on the Mason Tract Trail. More trails, sales and rentals available at Cross-Country Ski Headquarters about 5 miles away.

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                          Date last modified - Sunday, October 19, 2014

                          $120 - $150 per night (USD)
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                          1 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 6

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                          Speaks: english
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                          Au Sable River Getaway

                          Roscommon #385771

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