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40 Acres, Unique House, Views, Spa, Pets OK, Sauna, Pond, Fishing, and Canoe,

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,001 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

You can't ride directly to the snowmobile trails from the house. There is room to park trailers and the house is centrally located to different trail heads. Firewood is not provided. The Jacuzzi spa is perfect for couples but not private for larger groups.

This spacious home sits on 40 private acres in the center of the scenic Keweenaw Peninsula, yet is only a half mile from US-41. The South Portage Entry Lighthouse at Lake Superior is within a mile. This is the most scenic and snowy area of Michigan and abounds with trails, parks and waterways. The historic twin cities of Houghton-Hancock are 12 miles away with two colleges, shops, museums, galleries, restaurants, microbreweries and a waterfront Chutes and Ladders park. The Ojibway Casino is 15 minutes south.

The house interior is charming and retains the character of the old farm house while thoroughly modernized. Classic old cabinet and room doors were retained as were some hardwood floors. Custom wood paneling is throughout the house including a cedar bathroom, a knotty pine front porch, and a master bedroom with rich black ash paneling. View stars or northern lights out the skylight over the bed. There is a fine sound system with upstairs and downstairs speakers that can be used with the TV or your ipod/phone. Guests love all the special qualities of the house, the great views, the abundant wildlife, and the central location.

There are three bedrooms (two queens beds, one double), two family rooms, a sunroom with an oversized jetted spa tub, an insulated porch with a single bed, and two full baths, one with a shower and the other with a claw foot tub. There is a washer dryer in the basement. Outdoors there is a large deck on the house and at the pond. Indoor amenities include a fireplace, premium satellite TV, stereo, DVD, dishwasher, games, puzzles, and quite a library for all ages.

The large windows upstairs and down offer ten-mile sunset vistas of the Keweenaw Ridge with almost no human development in sight. Walk in privacy through the fields or on the marked trail loop. Wildlife watching out the big windows can be great, lots of deer, recently some turkeys and large sandhill cranes walking through the fields. Raptors, herons, geese and ducks cruise over and visit the pond. Listen for owls at night. Winter is a special time since we average 20 feet of snow annually. Nearby are snowmobile trails and Alpine and Nordic skiing. Snowshoes, sleds, and sledding hills are provided.

A large spring-fed pond wraps around a small peninsula, canoe and lifejackets are provided. Catch and release smallmouth bass fishing. A fine place for kids to catch their first fish. Near the pond is a shaded picnic area. Have a campfire there and maybe you'll get lucky with the northern lights (hint, stay up late). It's possible to sweat with a sunset view over the pond out the full glass door of the triangular wood-fired sauna.

Minimum Stay: The minimum stay is two nights, except during July and August when there is a one-week minimum stay. I will make exceptions to the summer minimum if the place happens to be open near the dates you want.

Open all four seasons, fall colors are amazing. Hunting is allowed on the property with my permission. There are 200 blueberry plants, wild strawberries in abundance, pears, raspberries, blackberries, and apples. Strawberry and blueberry U-pick farms are within walking distance down the quiet county road.

Guest Comments:

We just arrived home from our vacation and wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your property. Everything was perfect. We found ourselves having difficulty leaving the farm for other activities. The dogs tried to convince us to stay forever, but they had to settle for an opportunity to someday return. Going to bed with a blanket of stars overhead and waking up to deer grazing in the backyard are luxuries not experienced in Cleveland. Lisa P.

We were able to watch a bobcat saunter through your back field one evening and several eagles around the pond in the mornings. D.H.

Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at your Keweenaw home. Watching the deer in the morning from the deck and then watching for shooting stars at night was big fun. The weather was near perfect all the while we were there so we were able to enjoy the great outdoors.


Just dropping you an e-mail to thank you for letting us stay at your place in the Keweenaw. We had a great time, even though it was pretty hot that week. We had some pretty good meals at the Pilgrim River Restaurant in Chassell and the Harbor Haus in Copper Harbor. Also, with the warm weather we went swimming in Lake Superior a couple of times. Staying at your place was very relaxing and private. Enjoyed the pond, all the stars at night and a few good thunderstorms. Thanks, again. M.K.

Everything was good, LOTS OF SNOW!!!! D.E.

Just a quick note to let you know we very much enjoyed the home and property. We especially liked sitting on the deck, canoeing and 'playing' in the pond, and your skylight over the bed. We also appreciated the fact that we only did need to bring food to make the visit complete. Your cleaning and grounds-person do a great job! Our dogs have never had the chance to roam a large parcel or play in water and they didn't want to leave. As we were packing the car, one actually started walking down the driveway and refused to come back! D. P.

We really enjoyed staying at your house. It is so pretty to watch the sun set over the hills. I enjoyed walking your trails and the peace and quiet. The stars are so bright at night. I'm glad that we were able to rent it for a few days. I wish we could have stayed longer. B.B.

We did have a great time. We loved the farm and the house. Very peaceful and great views in every direction. The stars through the skylight over the bed were a real highlight.

The house was in great shape and everything worked fine. My wife loved the claw-foot bath tub upstairs and she said you should mention it on your web site.

The deer loved the apples from the trees in the backyard. Every evening at the same time they would come by to munch on some. That was a nice treat.

We had a great time, enjoyed the pond, canoe, fire pit (every night we had a little bonfire and our twins had a ball), and the house was great, too. A.Z.

Just wanted to let you know we had a fantastic time at your home. It was absolutely beautiful there with the views. The house was fabulous and only took a very short time for us to feel right at home. Thanks for everything and we hope we can return next year. It was probably our best trip to the U.P. S.N.

We had a wonderful time at the house! It's so great. The house has such a comfortable feel that we really had a relaxing vacation (just what we needed). Can't think of any suggestions, everything was perfect! Thanks again, Y.B.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

I received my returned deposit today, thanks for that, when are you going to be taking bookings for next year, I would like to make another reservation. I meant to write as soon as we got back but time seems to have got away from me. I wanted to let you know that we had the best time at Keweenaw, loved every moment and could have stayed forever. I also want to compliment you on the condition and cleanliness of the house, everything there was top notch and I was amazed and impressed by all the books, games, kitchen appliances, extra bedding etc, You’ve done a fabulous job, we couldn't have asked for more. My daughter told me she’d only leave if I promised her we’d come back next year, that’s quite a compliment seeing as she’s 17 and tries to hang out with us as little as possible  The wildlife we saw there was awesome, a porcupine, deer (of course), hawks, eagles, bats, I’m sure I’m forgetting something but you get the idea. I truly thank you for allowing us to bring our dogs, they thought they’d died and gone to heaven, they kind of smelled that way too by the end of the week but nothing a bath couldn't fix. Thanks for everything and I hope to hear from you soon as we can’t wait to return.
Aug 2014
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Chassell House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2001 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • limited accessibility
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Large 2 person Jacuzzi whirlpool spa inside, large spring-fed pond outside with a canoe available. Near the pond is a unique sauna and a shaded picnic area with a firepit. large deck. Microwave, dishwasher, all kitchen accessories, washer-dryer, basketball hoop, satellite TV, etc., just bring food for an incredible time in the Keweenaw. Activities: This is a very unique property with absolute privacy. There are incredible starry views out skylights in the master bedroom and the hot tub room. Northern lights are common, especially after midnight. Canoe through the pond. Sit around a campfire and listen to the sounds of the night. Take a walk. Go to the University town of Houghton 12 miles away and enjoy fine dining, the great mineral museum, unique gift shops or live music. In the winter there are ski trails, snowmobiling areas, and the sauna outside is an absolutely incredible and private experience.


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40 Acres, Unique House, Views, Spa, Pets OK, Sauna, Pond, Fishing, and Canoe,
average rating of 4.756757 based on 40 reviews

Really good place

  • 5 of 5

Really good place

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, I'm happy you liked it! Greg
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Very satisfied

  • 4 of 5

We thought the property was beautiful and we enjoyed the house. However we felt there should have been a TV in the downstairs living room rather than just upstairs because the furniture was more comfortable downstairs. Overall, we were very satisfied.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Northern getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Everything you could need. Awesome view. Very comfortable house. Quiet privacy. Made snowshoe trails around the property. Saw eagles every day. Took advantage of cc ski tails in Houghton. Spent a lot of time in the upstairs sitting room just looking out the giant window. Great place great location! Ted and Terri

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! I miss the place, so many fun things to do. I'm happy you enjoyed it. And yes, I've spent many hours looking out that big window too. It's no coincidence the TV is situated in a way that you can watch TV when it's interesting and watch the big view when it's not!
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Little Piece of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

This rental is a little piece of Heaven right here on Earth. Quite, secluded, but yet close to good shopping in Houghton and Hancock. Our second year renting it, and we hope to again next year. Met the Owner, and he is a very nice gentleman and easy going. There is nothing lacking in the accommodations just your food and personal items are all you need. Love the place.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Carol! It was very nice to meet you and your husband. I'm happy you liked the property and came back this year. Greg
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Perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

First time in the area. Appreciated the quiet location. Slept perfectly. Especially liked the yard. Prairie grass and wild flowers with paths running through out the entire area. Dog especially liked the pond. House was clean and had everything you would need for a perfect stay. Thanks Greg!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Laurie! I'm happy you had a good time. Perfect place for dogs too!
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Quiet and serene

  • 3 of 5

We loved the setting of the farmhouse and the updates that it had. We saw little wildlife, which was surprising. We loved walking the mowed trails and picking the last of the blackberries and viewing the wonderful sunsets. We thought the bed in the front bedroom was very comfy, but it was a pain in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom on the other side of the house. We also only used the upstairs tv room once and thought it would have been nice to have one downstairs, too. The jacuzzi tub was nice, but not private. We found everything we needed in the kitchen and the house was very clean when we arrived. We did some sightseeing up to Copper Harbor (very scenic), but stayed at the house the majority of the week that we were there. We loved sitting out on the porch, although there were only 2 chairs, and thought it would be nice to have a table and chairs out there so you could eat out there. We loved all the original features of the house and it was nice to have plenty of places to sit (2 couches, 2 chairs and 2 dining tables). We were comfortable for the most part and would recommend this house to others.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your business and I'm happy you liked some of the features of the house and property. This is a remodeled farm house with a fair amount of newer construction and many people appreciate the unique design although I am very sorry you thought the walk to the bathroom was too far. Note that most couples stay in the master bedroom upstairs, with an adjoining bathroom. The spa located in the sunroom is very private in the sense of property privacy but it is open to the house and not private from any guest you have with you. I always urge potential guest to ask me questions before they book if there are certain things they want in a vacation rental, whether it be a very close bathroom, multiple TVs, or any other desire. Thanks! Greg
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Portage Lake Golf
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
On US-41
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Chassell Nordic Track
Nearest Beach
4 Miles

WINTER - Snowshoes are available and so are sleds! Please call me for details. We have 15 feet + of snow every year! I forgot to mention the wood stove/fireplace... Area: Houghton - Hancock is the home of Michigan Technological University and only 12 miles away. It's a town of about 15,000 with lots of charm, shopping and activities. Copper Harbor or the Porcupine Mountains are a little more than an hour’s drive away. There are also lots of local ski hills, hiking trails, water activities, snowmobile trails, cross country ski trails and lots more.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $95
Refundable damage deposit $100

There is an extra $5 per person per night fee for more than 4 people. Two night minimum off season. Note that Holiday rates may be higher. Weekly only during the summer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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