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Looking up to the house from the barn.

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Last updated: 09/10/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This is a beautiful old farm house built in 1890 about 1/4 mile north of the historic Village of Empire. The building has been updated, but still has the old feel of comfort and tranquility. There's a glassed in wrap-around porch that is just perfect for lounging on a rainy day with a large dining room table for 'almost-outdoors' meals.

The house is at the end of a short, private road (no traffic) in a grove of very old locust trees in the southwest corner of a 40-acre parcel. The property has a very pretty little stream flowing across part of it a few hundred feet away and below the house. Adjacent to the 40 acres of wooded private land is a nature area protected by the Leelanau Conservancy with comfortable walking trails.

There's a very nice public beach in the Village of Empire with a large playground and access to both Lake Michigan and South Bar Lake (warmer water). If you're feeling fit, you can also walk about one mile north and west from the house, through the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore forest to emerge on a very secluded sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan.

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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    This bedroom is on the ground floor....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    This bedroom is on the second floor....moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon

    This is a full-size, semi-private bed on the 2nd floor....moreless

  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

    ...moreless

  • The bathroom is on the ground floor, and it includes a claw-foot tub with a stand-up shower installation, lovely for long soaks, or quick showers....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing

Dining

  • Dining:

    There is also a dining table that seats 4-6 on the glassed in wrap-around porch....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    While the house does not have central air conditioning, it is furnished with multiple fans....moreless

  • Heating:

    For chillier days and nights, there is a new forced air propane furnace that heats the entire house....moreless

  • Internet:

    The house has speedy WIFI....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Two sofas, lighting for reading, multiple arm chairs....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is ample parking in near the house....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is fully furnished with dishes, pots, pans, utensils and appliances....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The house sits on a 40 acre piece of land; the mowed yard is close to an acre....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$850

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50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Last updated: 09/10/2016
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1933

About the owner: Bronwyn is an English teacher at Northwestern Michigan College. Joe is the director of a nonprofit community service organization in Traverse City. We're very active in several of the region's nonprofit groups and enjoy lots of outdoor activities. We're also members of the Beach Bards, a nonprofit group of four poets and storytellers. We gather with lots of friends and visitors every Friday night to recite poems, tell stories and enjoy some music around a big bonfire next to Lake Michigan at the Leelanau School near Glen Arbor - come join us.

Why the Owner Chose Empire, MI, USA:
Bronwyn inherited this property from her grandfather ('the professor') who purchased it from one of Empire's founding families in 1933. The old farm house was purchased by Professor Jones as a summer get-away, which it was for many, many glorious summers. In recent years, the house has been a beloved retreat for family members.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We love the tranquility and seclusion of Grove House. But we also love the connection to a beautiful historic village with lots of amenities in Traverse City, just 25 miles away. The Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore is truly a jewel on the world's inland seas. We enjoy picking up some towels and a small cooler and walking the mile or so to the secluded Lake Michigan shoreline, swimming and reading all day, then watching the sunset (have you seen the green flash?).


Contact us

Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • Looking up to the house from the barn.

    Looking up to the house from the barn.

  • The downstairs bedroom.

    The downstairs bedroom.

  • Upstairs bedroom

    Upstairs bedroom

  • Living room and south door to wrap-around porch

    Living room and south door to wrap-around porch

  • Kitchen and door onto west side of wrap-around porch

    Kitchen and door onto west side of wrap-around porch

  • South side of wrap-around porch

    South side of wrap-around porch

  • A closer look at the house & porch (Joe's cleaning windows)

    A closer look at the house & porch (Joe's cleaning windows)

  • Looking from the dining room across the house to the living room.

    Looking from the dining room across the house to the living room.

  • Fold-out futon in semi-private sleeping area

    Fold-out futon in semi-private sleeping area

  • Tub-shower in the bathroom

    Tub-shower in the bathroom

  • West facing side of wrap-around porch

    West facing side of wrap-around porch

VRBO #251581

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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  • Calendar last updated 09/10/2016

(231) 334-6540 (Michigan, USA)

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