Waterfront, Serenity's Nest Private Riverfront with Glow in the Dark Floors

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Last updated: 10/20/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Serenitys Nest now has GLOW IN THE DARK FLOORS AND COUNTERS as it suffered a frozen water pipe in Feb of 2015, the entire lower floor was damaged and now replaced with a one of a kind UNIQUE GLOW IN THE DARK FLOOR AND COUNTERS . At night when all the lights are out the floor glows with artful stones creating a very special atmosphere. Serenity's Nest was named for the beauty and serenity I felt when I first visited. On the front porch are at least 5 undisturbed birds nest that yearly have new arrivals and can be viewed from the couch in the front room. In spring feedings may be viewed. I have viewed beavers, deer, raccoons so many different birds, including the Blue Herring, chipmunks, squirrels, and of course the fish that jump from the river and occasionally a turtle is spotted. This cabin is a great place to bring your family for a great peaceful vacation, but yet close to the many activities that Houghton Lake area offers. Fishing from the rivers edge can be great fun for the whole family, the evening campfire can be a relaxing way to end your day, or enjoy a late night snack, a hot dog (Koegles Vienna best in MI) or maybe a smore. Come and enjoy your home away from home at Serenity's Nest.

Recreation.: Houghton Lake offers many activities. Lots of shopping, a movie theater ,boat and skido rentals available. There is a state boat launch and room to park your boat at the cabin. Merritt Speedway just minutes from the cabin. Lake City 15 miles from the cabin.

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    must be 21 years old to rent...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • Air Mattress: 2 double

    sleeps 6 for fee...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 sleep sofa /futon

    double pull out couch...moreless

  • Sleeps 6 in beds 2 on an air mattress one on couch and one in recliner. Small tents are allowed . Flat bottom boat is free to use or Rent 2 canoes, ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: tub

    Outdoor balcony old fashion soaking tub that fills w/ hose ...moreless

  • Over sized shower

Other Amenities

  • Linens not provided Sheets and towels. they are available for a per-person fee, of 10.00 per person which includes one set of sheets and 2 bath towels ,2 hand towels and 2 washcloths. Pillows are on each bed along with a coverlet and extra blankets are provided. firewood available at 5.00 a bundle. Serenitys Nest - Wendy Olsen 9140 E Houghton Lake Dr Merrit, MI 49667 ...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Direct TV but no internet!...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • River
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront:

    The river is in the front yard , fishing can be great fun for whole family. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Pull out under counter table can be used in living room or as extra counter space. No formal kitchen table but the eat around kitchen counters can seat up to 7....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Heating
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    land for trailors and boats to park...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully equipped kitchen minus your food....moreless

  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    1943 gem lowere bedroom also has a fridge raptor with a frezzer...moreless

  • Stove:

    1943 Detroit Jewel , oven is smaller than standard ovens, and must be hand lit. But it works great. ...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat:

    Flat bottom boat free to use in the river. ...moreless

  • Boat With Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio:

    front porch, upper bedroom has deck and balcony...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Steps lead into the river for easy kayak and canoe access . Canoes are for rent at 25.00 each per two day rental there are two of them....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Barrel style gas grill....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Old fashion Soaking tub on upper deck,outside, fill with hose from faucet with Hot water....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.7
from 13 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 - Sep 28, 2017
2 night min stay
$900 $3,000
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $50
  • Tax Rate 10%


Pets are welcome with a 50.00 additional cleaning fee. You are still responsible to remove all dog waist from the property. We will have to vacuum entire cabin .Pet cleaning fee is not the same as cabin cleaning fee two separate fees.

Call for reservation with a BANK credit or debit card. Deposit is 75.00 a night plus 75.00 refundable cleaning deposit. Or 300.00 for a week plus the 75.00 refundable cleaning deposit! Your deposit is NON REFUNDABLE IF canceled within 30 days of reservation. For pets a 50.00 cleaning fee is added for complete cabin vacuuming , it is not refundable! balance is due 2 weeks prior to reservation.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 10/20/2016
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Serenity's Nest is located on M-55, 5 miles west of highway 127 exit 194 at Houghton Lake in the small city of Merrit on the west branch of the Muskegon river only 1 mile west of the main branch of the Muskegon River and Jeff Bens park. Houghton Lake is only a 10 minute drive. The quite country setting is 15 miles away from Lake City and the Merrit Speedway is a 10 minute drive. The cabin is on a 1 acre piece of land that sits way back from the road. A peaceful but convenient location to fit all the needs of your family members.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: My name is Wendy , i own and operate Serenitys Nest with a little help from my friends. I am a care provider in lower Mi, caring for the elderly in my home. Wisdom Living Senior Assisted Living Flint Mi. near airport.

Why the Owner Chose Merritt, MI, USA:
My family has livied in Houghton lake for over 40 years and i have been visiting since a young child. I choose Serenitys Nest for my cabin as it was so peaceful and a fixer upper at the time. It has just enough space inside and out.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Just about everything here at the cabin is unique, handmade and made with luv!

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Speaks: english



  • View from sitting on couch in living room.

    View from sitting on couch in living room.

  • Up river view.

    Up river view.

  • The soaking tub ! Hose runs through ceiling to kitchen faucet for a hot tub!

    The soaking tub ! Hose runs through ceiling to kitchen faucet for a hot tub!

  • Up river view.

    Up river view.

  • Wood burner for a cozy fire!

    Wood burner for a cozy fire!

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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