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Harmony House, peace on South Bay, Pelee Island

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
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, unplug 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. GO TO RENTAL RATES TO SEE WEEKLY RATES IN CANADA $) Thanks....oh, and by the way, this is not a B and B.

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. It's also possible to fly from Port Clinton, Ohio or Windsor CA.


More Details

Tom and Patsy Harman
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

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 Pelee

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. From our deck on the breakwall you can see both sunrise and sunset. We see bald eagles, geese, ducks and even pelicans on the bay nearly every day. We love it.


Pelee Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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
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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(7 traveler reviews)

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Harmony House, peace on South Bay, Pelee Island
average rating of 4.0 based on 7 reviews

peaceful bliss on Lake Erie

  • 5 of 5

Had a great vacation at Harmony House. Since it is on the south side of the island it does not get the traffic as on the west side of the island with the dock and businesses or the north side of the island with the restaurants (not that there is a rush hour in those areas). The deck on the sea wall is a great place to relax and read or soak up the sun. Read all the books by the property owner in addition to other books in the bookcase. Also lots of videos and dvd's available if you want to watch movies. Lots of land between houses so there is a lot of privacy. All the restaurants on the island have great food and desserts. Grocery store is handy if necessary though we bought the bulk of our groceries in Leamington before we got on the ferry. Fully equipped kitchen if you want to cook your own meals, which we did many times. Hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time. The food on Pelee at the various eateries is great. Keep in mind there is a farmer's market on Saturday AM at the Quarry, across from Art Works. Pick up a map at the Ferry Dock. We try to leave some at the house and there is one on the kitchen cupboard, but sometimes we run out
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Rustic, Private House on Pelee Island

  • 4 of 5

We are a group of 5 couples that vacation together every summer. Harmony House was a lovely, secluded getaway. We read in other reviews about the proximity to the barn - but it was empty during our stay so we cannot attest to that.

The kitchen and barbeque are well-equipped for cooking.

One member of our group has a dust allergy that was acting up a lot from the carpeting.

There is very little cellphone service and no internet in the house, which made it very secluded.

Overall, we had a lovely stay in Harmony House on Pelee Island.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review. "Rustic" is a new adjective for our lakeside home. Sounds like a log cabin...which would be strange, considering the house is a 100 year old refurbished farmhouse with 5 bedrooms. Unplugged it is, however! And it's one of the things we like about Harmony House. You can occasionally get connected from out on the deck...but it's nice not to have internet all the time. You can get WiFi at the local art store for $1/30 min. Not sure about the allergies. All the carpets are pretty new (except in two rooms) and are vacuumed regularly. Hope you come again. Sounds like a great group.
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Sunshine on the south side!

  • 4 of 5

Another great stay at Harmony House. House was clean, tidy and well ready for our stay. Easily sleeps ten (five bedrooms). Two large common areas allow for great togetherness and still have the option to sneak off for a bit of quiet time. The house is more practical than fanciful and the awesome bits are really on the outside!

Property is wonderful with the alley of trees, the enormous expanse of lawn, and the break water deck. Combined, they constantly call you outside.

This location is exactly what you are looking for if you need to house a number of people and you love outdoor living. It's ten minutes to the hike at Fish Point, 15 minutes to the winery (!!) but still on the quiet side of the Island.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful enjoyable time

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful quality time at the Harmony House. It is located at the southern side of the of island which is very quite area away from the mildly more active Northern and Western sides. The following are the positive and the constructive comments:

* The owners are wonderful friendly couple! they stayed in the barn, but we hardly noticed them. We actually asked for some extra favors since they were reachable :)

* The island is very peaceful place, the shops close anywhere from 2pm, 4pm and very few later. The co-op has some essentials (eggs, milk, baking materials, and some snacks) But for our party of 10, we brought two big coolers and few bags full of food. We ended up buying milk. The trash dumpster has short operating hours and takes $3 per bag but free for recyclables, we took some trash in the trailer back to Ontario.

* The house has a large yard for kids to play around, located on a 15 KPH (10 mph) dirt road.

* Is on the edge of shallow beach that you can walk down the stairs and into a 100 ft length of shallow water. Which starts rocky then gets sandy further in. The stairs could use an update as few steps had some nails sticking out and the last cement step is tilted downward and slippery

* it's right next to a deserted marina which is great if you have a boat and want to drop it off. It is deserted so it's free to park, however it is pretty gone in terms of docking areas, so you probably want to lift off your boat out of water, park it in the northern marina, or enjoy a little swim back and forth to your boat

* The house has 5 bedrooms and 10 people can sleep in comfort. There are 5 small window A/C around the house which are sufficient when it's not too hot outside, but you will need to keep the bedroom doors open upstairs since only 2 out of the 4 rooms have ACs. We would appreciate more cleaning to be done prior to our stay. Carpets could use an update, and please remove the carpet from the half bathroom! More lighting needed around the house. charcoal grill works fine, the gas grill needs replacement.

* Water from the filtration system, although potable, had very strong sulfuric odor. Leaving the water in a pitcher for a while solves it, but we ended up filling water from a water machine on the W shore Rd. I think the filtration system may need some tuning.

* For fishing, go the Northern side of the island. Nothing bites on the southern side.

It was a great time to unwind and unplug!


  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having this lovely family at Harmony House. Thanks for the tips about the house. Water was easily fixed and we again have state of the art filtration, the best on the island. Better lighting is good idea and easy to do. We could not find any nails on the dock that needed pounding in. I think after the guests found that one and pounded it in, the problem was fixed. The steps down to the water are always a problem. The peaceful bay can sometimes roar with waves as big as the ocean and the cement block at the bottom tips .This year the water has been deeper than usual and we haven't yet tried. Hope you come back someday and bring the kids.
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As close to the water as you can get without sitting directly in it!

  • 4 of 5

We were delighted. Wonderful deck atop the breakwater makes this a fabulous spot if being outside is your thing.

Spacious accommodations. Not fancy but sturdy and practical. Well provisioned kitchen (including labeled cupboards & drawers) made it possible to easily execute all our cooking plans. Lots of storage for food. Outdoor grilling: charcoal grill superior to the propane in function.

House was very clean and tidy for our arrival. Movies, games and books available. Electric fireplaces made for cosy nights. Common areas are well setup and allow for togetherness without sitting on top of each other. Expansive property goes right to the water's edge. Decent fishing right next door at the abandoned marina. Well situated to move easily around the island.

Owners communicative and responsive. Would stay here again!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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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