About the property
- House2600 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)
Amazing Waterfront on Sandusky Bay! (Lake Erie) Gorgeous, custom-built home completely surrounded by some of northern Ohio's best boating, golfing, canoeing, perch and walleye fishing. This is an 14 year old home and is perfectly situated on the south side of the Marblehead Peninsula in the heart of the Lake Erie Islands area. it is directly on the Bay. Our private beach is literally steps from the house and we have great water views from every room and the patio Park your boat or jet skis right out front. Please see the map below.
The caboose pictured is the real thing and it is fantastic inside. It is heated and air conditioned. It has Bay views and its own HDTV. It is actually a big private bedroom perfect for a couple and 4 children,and is just steps from the house so its the perfect guest room.
1. 20 minutes from some of the best golf courses in the Midwest including Thunderbird Hills, Sawmill Creek and Oak Harbor Golf Club
2. 5 minutes from the Jet Express which takes you to the infamous Put in Bay and Lake Erie Islands
3. Minutes from the popular Cedar Point Amusement Park
4. Minutes to all types of shopping and Restaurants.
5. Great parking space for your boats, trailers, and extra vehicles,we are on an acre of property.
This is the perfect vacation spot for Northern Ohio enthusiasts we are close to all the fun but were on the quiet side of the Peninsula. Enjoy a day at the beach throw on your flip flops and go thru the quaint town of Port Clinton. for shopping or to sample one of the many restaurants . A weekly stay here will certainly be extra special with your family and friends and were close enough to have them visit for the day.
The main level has a tidy living area with comfy seating and a flat panel HDTV. The 2 car garage has been turned into a rec room for the kids with fooseball. it is screened to keep away the bugs. The master bedroom has its own full bath with walk in closet. The house has 3 bedrooms + loft and two full baths. All bedrooms have queen sized beds and TV. We have wifi internet. The house is not huge by any means but it is not a cottage either
Outside, between the home and the Bay, is a large patio with umbrella tables and plenty of outdoor furniture and a nice lawn separates Beach from the house.
Enjoy a fire on the beach at night there is nothing quite like it.
The home is decorated and furnished with outdoor themes and colors are meant to bring the outside in.
To check availability dates, please access owner's AVAILABILITY CALENDAR
Feel free to contact us anytime with questions.
Keywords: Beach House and Caboose
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- Response time:
- within two days
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 13, 2018
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 Portage
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.
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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.
This place was great - TONS of sleeping room and a fantastic view of the Bay. Close to town and to the amusement park. Very quiet and secluded, just a great way to spend a vacation.
Very good to excellent, overall
My wife , our 3 children and their spouses as well 5 grandchildren had a wonderful week staying at the Bay House. All was very clean and as advertised. Michael was a great host and always available if needed. The only draw back for us would be no dock for the boat therefore in and out daily and not very close. Everything else was absolutely wonderful, thank you!
Great for extended family
Our family - 6 adults and four children under the age of 6 - really enjoyed our stay. There was plenty of room for all of us to sleep, relax together, and we especially enjoyed having both indoor and outdoor space for eating. The owner was easy to work with and responded promptly to all our questions before our arrival and during our stay, and shared lot of information about the area. The location is private and quiet with only two other houses nearby. Although our six year old grandson really liked the caboose, we - the grandparents - ended us sleeping there which gave us more privacy. It was also easy to get to some of the other activities in the area - our grandkids particularly enjoyed the African Safari Wildlike Park and Monsoon Lagoon water park.
On-Site: Cornhole, Beach Volleyball, Burnpit on beach. Nearby:Restaurants/Bars,Cedar Point, Put-in-Bay, Fishing Charters, etc.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
We have a strict policy of no pets and we would keep 500.00 of deposit if we find someone who brought a pet in for a cleaning deposit