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Waterfront, Serenity's Nest Private riverfront with GLOW in the DARK floors

Bedrooms 3
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom 1 bath sleeps 8

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.

More Details

Wendy Olsen
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Wendy Olsen

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.

Wendy Olsen purchased this cabin in 2000

Why Wendy Olsen chose Merritt

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.

What makes this cabin unique

Just about everything here at the cabin is unique, handmade and made with luv!


Merritt Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - tub , Outdoor balcony old fashion soaking tub that fills w/ hose
  • Over sized shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Air Mattress - 2 double , sleeps 6 for fee
    Bedroom 3 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , double pull out couch
  • 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,
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
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
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
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


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Waterfront, Serenity's Nest Private riverfront with GLOW in the DARK floors
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Peyton, Colorado

Was beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Wendy was amazing. She did everything to help us on our stay. The house is so amazing. Will love to stay again in the future. Jani and keith

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello to you both, thank you for the kind words , I do the best I can to accommodate all my quests needs. It was nice to meet you both and I thank you for choosing Serenitys Nest for your getaway ! I look forward to talking with you again in the future. Thank you! Wendy
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Full of charm- Terrible odor

  • 1 of 5

This house initially was exactly what we were looking for- unique and full of charm and fairly isolated so that we could have a relaxing weekend. Unfortunately we weren’t able to stay due to a terrible odor in the master bedroom. The door to the room was closed when we arrived and when we opened it we were immediately hit with a sickening rotting stench. We closed the door and because it was late, just stayed in the smaller bedroom. The next day we opened the door and the windows and the smell permeated through the rest of the house. I contacted the owner, and no one was able to come that day. We couldn’t stay, it was making us ill. I asked for a refund for the night I couldn’t stay and am still trying to work through Home away to get my security deposit and one night minimum returned to me. Haven’t experience good customer service from the owner. Loved the house and yard, wish we could have enjoyed It.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: He'llo Ashley, I'm sorry that you smelled something! I'm not sure what you where smelling as the maintence person had just cleaned and did not notice any smell but the smell of the wood walls. The cabin was checked after your stay on Sunday and again , no smell ! I did send you the texts regarding the issue ! When you contacted me on Friday night at 10:30 I was unavailable to respond. I did respond at 9:57 on sat morning and let you know that It is a possiblility that there could be a dead mouse in the room and the location of the light switch that you could not find! You responded back at 1:46 pm to let me know that you would just stay in the other bedroom again , that night! Then you could not find the DVD cord. I responded promptly to your text, that people move things around all the time to look in another room. We do not check everything in the cabin when we clean , plugs and light switches or under beds ect., unless their Is an obvious Oder . That is the last text I received from you until, 8 days later when you requested a refund for your stay! I did respond promptly to that text and send you copies of all our text along with the text from the maintence person that had arrived to the cabin on that Sunday morning of your stay at 11:00 am. Again , there was no Oder smelled in the master bedroom. I did respond in 6 hrs to your request for a refund and said I would not refund your stay! As The last correspondence from you on saturday said you would just sleep in the other bedroom ( same size as master) for that night! Then you threaten to complain to Homeaway and you said you would write a bad review ! Your refund for your 75.00 cleaning/secutity deposit was refunded on 10/16/17 and your refund for one night was processed through your complaint to Square on 11/6/17 150.00 out of my account. I am more than fair to my quest and I did respond to all of your texts and emails, I even offered you a free nights stay in good faith to make you happy. The cabin is in the woods and surrounded by nature, I'm not sure what you smelled but we did not smell it! If you have still not received your refunded cleaning deposit and your one nights stay refund then you may have to complain again to your own bank or card processor. Again I'm sorry you smelled something that we did not! The offer for the free night is no longer available as you have been refunded for one night. I wish you well and thank you for choosing Serenitys Nest! Wendy
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I liked it, my husband did not.

  • 3 of 5

I didn't realize that not only did we not have wifi, we did not have cell service either. My husband was not prepared to come "unplugged". All his reading and entertainment was on line and he didn't bring a book. Also, our kids were at home and we had to go out of the house to hear from them. Not a good fit. We left a day early and only stayed one night. I kind of liked the decor and uniqueness of the house, but my husband thought the decor was hiding a not so nice little shack that he had to turn sideways in to get up the stairs to the bedroom. (He's not fat, just broad shoulders.) I wish we could give it rave reviews like some other places we've stayed, but it was not a good fit for us. However, I did love the back swing in the morning listening to the birds, frogs, and dogs. Peaceful! Mixed feelings on this one!!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post your opinion of the cabin . It does not have Wi-fi and it does let you know that in the amenities , some phone services work, and some do not, it is out of town! I have AT&T and have full service anywhere in the cabin . An A-frame diffinatly has slanted walls, and they are visible in the photo's, that's the construction of an A-frame! I don't know the construction of a shack but the cabin is very sturdy! I'm sorry your husbands broad shoulders caused him to turn sideways getting to the upstairs bedrooms. Thank you for your review, the cabin is a unique rustic creation that offers a peaceful retreat to those that visit. Thank you , Wendy
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Chicago, IL

Beautiful and peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

Serenity's Nest was the perfect getaway for our family! It was so peaceful and the cabin is a true work of art. Everything was thoughtfully made and beautiful. The roof, the floor, the handmade furniture, the vintage stove, the tub... all amazing! We were there with our two-year-old and 4 month old and as soon as we arrived I told my husband I'd love to return in future years. The creek and Surrounding outdoor area are perfect for little ones. This is very nit picky, but the only thing I would change is providing recommendations of where one should take their garbage if they want to clean the cabin themselves to retain the security deposit. With two babies, we had two bags of smelly garbage that we couldn't drive six hours home with us so we left it and opted not to clean ourselves. That small thing aside, we loved everything about Serenity's Nest and found it to be such a peaceful getaway from everyday life.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lisa for your kind words! I'm glad your family enjoyed your stay! I will take into consideration your recommendation for the garbage removal service. I do understand that not all vehicles are accommodating for that. Thank you for choosing Serenitys Nest, Wendy
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Totally awesome cabin

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place. So much better than a hotel. I would stay over and over. Clean, and heat.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I look forward to your future visits! Wendy
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! Very relaxing setting and loved all the little details put into the house.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at Serenitys Nest, Wendy
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Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
highway 27
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
houghton lake

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 10.0%

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. The pet cleaning fee is not refundable . If we find you have brought a dog without prior permission you will not receive your 75.00 refundable cleaning fee back!

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. If cancelled prior to 30 days 10% of deposit will not be returned for credit card fees.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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