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Harmony House, peace on South Bay, Pelee Island

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10) rents weekly in summer. 3 nights off season

Harmony House on the South Bay of Pelee Island is a place to unwind and reconnect. It's a place for families large and small, for couples, for hikers, bicyclists, fishermen, swimmers, sunbathers and bird watchers. (PLEASE NOTE. Our large cottage only rents for 1or 2 week sessions during the summer season. No weekends. This is not a B and B. Thanks.)

The five-bedroom cottage sleeps 10 and has a fully equipped kitchen, living room with fireplace and a family room. The family room is air-conditioned but because of the constant breeze from the lake all the rooms are usually cool and comfortable.

Outside, where you'll probably spend the most time, is a large grassy lawn with shade trees, and an observation deck overlooking Lake Erie and the clean blue water that stretches as far as you can see. In the morning from the deck on the break-wall, you'll take your cup of hot tea and watch flocks of geese, cormorant, great blue herons, gulls and egrets feed in the sandy shallows. In the afternoon you can sunbathe, read, play cards or swim in the warm shallow water. Perhaps you'll take a bike ride along the shore to the public beach, or the old lighthouse. Maybe you'll want to tour the winery, or go to the museum which tells about the history of the island and about the endangered and rare wildlife that find a home here. Some days may want to rent bikes or kayaks. or perhaps charter a boat and go fishing.

Pelee is famous for rare birds and butterfly migrations so bring your binoculars. In the evening you'll watch the sunset from the deck and roast marshmallows over a campfire or if you're in the mood, head for one of the local restaurants for a fish dinner and some music. Before bed go back out to the deck to look at a sky full of stars.

The cottage has 5 bedrooms, one with a king bed, one with queen, one with full size, and two with twin beds. There is a laundry room with washer and dryer. Also available, TV and VCR. If you have a boat you can dock at Dick's Marina, which is a short walk away. You can fly to the island or make reservations for the ferry, which runs several times daily, from Canada or Sandusky, Ohio.


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Tom and Patsy Harman
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2017

About Tom and Patsy Harman

The Harman's, Tom and Patsy and three grown boys (and now grandkids) have been coming to Pelee Island since Tom was in his OB/Gyn residency at Case Western University in Cleveland. We now live in WV but get to the island fairly often. Tom is still in practice and Patsy, a nurse-midwife, works part time in the office and is an author of memoirs and novels.

Tom and Patsy Harman purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Tom and Patsy Harman chose Ontario

What we love about Harmony House is the peace and quiet. The South Bay is not crowded with beach houses like some parts of Pelee Island. We have 2 1/2 acres of lawn and trees. The bay attracts all kinds of water fowl, so bring your binoculars!

What makes this cottage unique

The house is larger than most cottages on the island and can host about 10 people. There are two living rooms so you don't all have to sit in one all the time. There is no screened in porch, so if you can bring a screen tent you might like it. We have one, but can't leave it up when we aren't there because of the wind. From our deck on the breakwall you can see both sunrise and sunset. We love it.


3.5/5 -
(2 traveler reviews)

Harmony House, peace on South Bay, Pelee Island
average rating of 3.5 based on 2 reviews
Ancaster, Ontario Canada

Harmony House best location and property on Pelee!

  • 4 of 5

Harmony House has been a favourite of mine for # of years. I believe it offers the best of location and amenities on the island. The lookout deck, located on the lake offers amazing sunset dinners and bird observations.

The cottage is like a home away from home, it has everything one could ask for and more, with it's own privacy for family reunions or friends seeking a place to enjoy themselves.

I can't wait to return, the only negative thing about Harmony House is that one has to Leave Eventually!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harmony House stay

  • 3 of 5

We had a pleasant stay at the house. We were not able to enjoy all the benefits as we were at a wedding for the weekend and were away from the house a lot. It, therefore, was quite expensive for our stay. I do have to say that I was quite uncomfortable having the owners stay in the barn on the property, though. It felt like they were able to invade our privacy. This was especially true when the sliding glass door was open to the barn. There was nothing that said they could do this, or would do this until the weekend of the stay. Also, the house did not seem 'to code' with respect to the staircase (very steep) and definitely the lack of smoke and CO detectors. The ones there were visibly and deliberately dismantled. Very unsafe and needs to be dealt with asap before another stay. I would have liked to discuss this with the owner but was unable to do so. Overall, I would stay there but with no owners on the property and working alarms in the house.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is still very irritating to me. The barn is 250 to 300 feet from the house, and the barn entrance is on the opposite side from the house, so I don't see how it impacted them. I never noticed them there except at night. Yes the stairs are very steep; the house was built in the 1870's. We eventually want to change them, but it will be a giant project. The smoke detectors had been dismantled by renters by and by, there were still a couple up, and they have now been replaced.
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Pelee Island is in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. There is something magical about an island. Maybe it's the light. This is a quiet place with about three places to eat, a few lively bars and a winery. If you like peace and quiet and want a time to relax and reconnect this is for you.


Rates & Availability

Pelee Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 1 2016 - Jun 14 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Pelee Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Bring your own sheets, pillowcases, and towels.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Bring your own sheets, pillowcases, and towels.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Bring your own sheets, pillowcases, and towels.
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Bring your own sheets, pillowcases, and towels.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Bring your own sheets, pillowcases, and towels.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
We ask that people bring their own linens, sheets, towels, pillow cases for one king, one queen, one full, and 4 twin size beds or however many you will need. Most of the cottages on Pelee Island seem to do that anymore. Housekeepers on the island are at a premium and many clean more than one cottage in a day and do not have time to wash all the sheets.

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