House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)
About Michael Rath
We are a middle-aged married couple with four children (two girls/two boys). Our children are married and we have seven grandchildren.
Michael Rath purchased this House in 2006
Why Michael Rath chose Port Clinton
We bought this house house to stay engaged with our children and so we can vacation together. We all live in the greater Cleveland area but as they got older it was harder to get together. This house works out perfectly. We let everyone know when we will be there and everyone comes up when they can.
What makes this House unique
We think you will love every minute. From sunrise over Sandusky Bay until you see the moon reflecting off the water. The views are breathtaking. We think you will also love the beach, as we have one of the few private beaches in the whole area. Ours is just steps away from the patio! Many of our guests really love just sitting quietly and enjoying the beach and the views. The real caboose gives our house something unique and adds great personality while serving as a comfortable spot for up to four people.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Our house is perfect for children
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Satisfactory Vacation Spot
Owner was cooperative and accommodated our special rental request. Clearly family occupied with lots of useful paraphernalia. Nice location directly on Sandusky Bay but 4+ miles from nearest commercial area. No folder of local information or tourist material. No instructions for unique house features, particularly living room electronics with 6+ remotes and trash/recycle directions. Inoperative kitchen ceiling light reported to owner at start and repair promised but did not happened during our stay. No dishwasher is a miss for such a relatively expensive rental. Only inside dining table is in attached garage furnished as a TV sitting area with a large table with chairs but the table is not big enough to accommodate house maximum occupancy at one time and the garage is not air conditioned. Garage door detracts from ambiance and is also principal entrance. While obviously not under the owner’s control, after dark we suffered two days of heavy mayfly invasion around the outside of the house and through any opening. Mayflies are apparently a Lake Erie region phenomenon in early summer.
Perfect family getaway!
Plenty of room for the ten of us to hang out together to watch a movie or eat outside together and then spread out across the yard, the gazebo, the screened in garage or the caboose. We had a great week!
Mike is very attentive to his guest. He is quick to reply and very helpful! His home worked out great for my family. Initially we had an issue with large dead fish on the beach in the morning, but we attributed this to the extreme heat and lack of movement with the water. This was only an issue for a couple of days and Mike answered our texts to help remedy the situation. The rest of the days, everything was great! The water was beautiful and we were in it all day. Mike's home is very nice and this is the second vacation we have stayed at his place. He has everything you could want in the home, and the screened in garage is an added extra for game night, as well as the second refrigerator. Mike - the gazebo was definitely an added plus!! We spent time in their when it was too hot to be in the sun and really enjoyed it. The caboose is always an added plus, which has also been updated since our last visit. Very comfortable beds, and plenty of living room space. The patio out front is great for the mornings, but gives plenty of shade the rest of the day. Thanks Mike - we appreciated everything!
Thank you Pam. It was our pleasure to have you and your family. I hope you enjoyed the fireworks all over the Bay
Absolutely wonderful week!
Well the reviews are in from all my family and all the reviews were wonderful. Everyone agreed it was relaxing and fun. Michael Rath, the owner, could not have been nicer. Answered all my texts quickly and was friendly and upbeat. I have so many good things to say about our stay. Place is nice and big and was able to accommodate all of us easily. The railroad car was used by my daughter, her husband and 4 kids. What a treat! The neighbors also had a real live railroad car (caboose) in their yard. House has a large backyard area. The outdoor patio had a big table and umbrella where we spent many a morning drinking coffee and enjoying the beautiful view. There was also a very large outdoor screened in gazebo which could hold a bunch of us and it protected us from the mosquitos at night. It was used for quiet reading during the day and a few nights for family fun talks and one night for music request night - which was a blast. House has 2 fridges - one in the house and one in the garage so there was plenty of storage for food. Also a large pantry in the kitchen for more storage. Garage was great for storing things too. The house is listed as 3 bedroom but it also has a loft area. So with the caboose and loft it was like a 5 bedroom house. Since we were only 30 minutes from Cedar Point Roller Coaster Park the kids (I am including my husband as one of the kids) aged 16-10 (except for my husband) spent a day here and had a blast. They were so excited to go and it did not disappoint. For thrill seekers this is the Roller Coaster Park Par Excellence - one of the best in the world. Some of the older folks played golf at a local course maybe 20 minutes away - called Oak Harbor. Some of us come from a big congested area (Washington DC) and really enjoyed the easy friendliness of the locals at the course! There was a cornhole game in the garage which we placed outside on the huge lawn and had literally hours of fun playing - old and young alike. My grand daughter and I had the longest winning streak with 5 wins in a row!! We have so many great memories of our week here. Everyone was thanking my husband and myself for the great week as they departed for home and we got lots of e-mails from everyone thanking us again. Be aware there is no recycling which is painful if you are used to recycling and each morning the beach had to be cleared of dead fish - wheelbarrow provided. This was the only negative but all chipped in to help each morning.
Thank you so much for the great review. We loved having your family
A wonderful home in a great location with perfect accommodations!
The home was beautiful with the perfect sleeping accommodations for three adult couples with kids. The caboose was a great hit with the grand kids and gave their parents some alone time! The beach was a place where we could launch our kayaks and paddle the lake for miles, but we had to watch the weather for wind conditions. The grand kids loved fishing for the first time off the beach! They even went in swimming! Grilling was great too! The gazebo (screened in porch) was relaxing when we didn't want to deal with the wind by the beach and still had a great view. We were able to have a fire on the beach where we enjoyed roasting marshmallows and smore's. Cedar Point, Lakeside Marblehead Lighthouse, East Harbor Beach (State Park) and Wild Safari were enjoyed by all. Of course the best ice cream, Toft's, could not be passed up. The Rath's are a gracious couple and we are thankful that they were willing to share their home. We would not have made such great memories without their efforts! This vacation will be difficult to top! Never a dull moment with all the activities in the area to enjoy! We even bicycled Port Clinton a few times too.
We really enjoyed having you and your family.Thank you
This house is absolutely beautiful. When you step in the door, you get an unbelievable view of the bay. All of the rooms were comfortable and well furnished. Everything in the house, and the yard was clean and well kept. The caboose was adorable. Our grandkids slept there, but it would be wonderful for adults who wanted some peace and quiet also. The property was very private, and we rarely saw or heard any of the neighbors. The fishing was unbelievable. In the week we were there, I think we caught about 60 large fish from the back dock. The property is only about 10 minutes from Kogers and Wal-Mart. We never had any issues, but whenever I e-mailed Michael with a question, he responded promptly. I feel this owner goes all out to assure that his guests have a wonderful stay.
Thank you so much for the kind remarks. We would love to have you back anytime. We do try very hard to make your stay comfortable and its nice to hear it acknowledged. Thank you again.
On-Site: Cornhole, Beach Volleyball, Burnpit on beach. Nearby:Restaurants/Bars,Cedar Point, Put-in-Bay, Fishing Charters, etc.