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Secluded Paradise on 50 Acres: Great for Families & Pets

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Office, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Why not enjoy a week of peace and tranquility on 50-acres of woods and Dunes in Michigan? Bring your kids, your dogs or just come by yourself!

You will be hard pressed to find another property for rent like this one anywhere in the Midwest. You'll be sitting back on 50-acres of woods on the dunes overlooking a beautiful valley. In fact, you'll be surrounded by several hundred acres of woods as the adjacent properties are also un-inhabited forest. At the same time, you'll feel the lake breeze (Lake Michigan is only 3/4 of a mile away) and you'll be on a beautiful public beach in a 5-minute drive. Bring your dogs, because there is a 3-acre fenced pen for them to around in. You will also be close to tons of summer time activities within 30 minutes drive: golf (nearest course 1 mile away), hiking, horse-back riding, mini-golf, go-karting, dune rides/dune buggies, tubing, fishing, fruit-picking, amusement/waterparks (Michigan's adventure), summer festivals, and petting zoos.

Just 3.5 hours drive from Chicago, 1h15mins from Grand Rapids in Shelby, MI.

You'll enter the property on a 1/4 mile driveway that winds through the woods - go slowly because at dusk you'll often see large groups of deer that frequent the area due to the many fruit orchards (including our neighboring cherry orchard). When you get to the end of the dirt drive you will find the house secluded on over 50 acres of woods and dunes. In fact, since all of the neighboring properties are also un-inhabited forest, you'll be sitting in the middle of several hundred acres of woods.

The house sits on about 1-acre of open field which at the tip drops down into a valley. Our overlook point is one of the highest spots in the immediate area, so you will have a view overlooking the forest for as far as the eye can see. We've got a fire pit set up on the point, and you can sit here in the woods and still feel the Lake Michigan breeze (which is 3/4 mile to the East).

There are walking trails throughout the property and you can take a nice stroll through the woods. In addition to deer, you will see wild turkey, porcupines, squirrels, frogs, hawks, and lots of other birds. We've got a healthy colony of hummingbirds that appear at our feeder around July.

There is also a 3-acre fenced in dog pen where your dogs can get their exercise without the worry of them disappearing into the forest. There is internet available over a cellular mifi and 5MB of internet data are included in the rental. Additional data is available for $15 per MB.

Keywords: pets




lake Michigan

silver lake

stony lake




western Michigan

beach rental

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About Darby

We live in Chicago and own a company that makes customized bobblehead dolls! We have 3 kids and 3 dogs who all LOVE coming up to Michigan whenever we can! We travel all over the world but still love coming up to Shelby whenever we can!

Darby purchased this house in 2008

Why Darby chose West Central

My husband is from MI but I am from New England. The hills and woods on this property made us fall in love with it and reminded us of Vermont and its rolling hills! The beaches here were also spectacular with the lighthouse and the stony lake beach with the river there which is perfect for kids. The area was a perfect match of plenty to keep the kids entertained and the beautiful scenery we were looking for. We really wanted something secluded with no neighbors in sight when we go out of the city.

What makes this house unique

The land itself is just unparalleled in the area. It is the highest point around there and therefore it looks out over a beautiful valley. There is such a peacefulness and privacy there and yet you are still so close to so many things to do. There is just nothing better than sitting out at the point around the fire pit in the evenings. The hiking trails keep us and our kids out and about all afternoon. It is just a wonderful place for both people and dogs alike!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Secluded Paradise on 50 Acres: Great for Families & Pets
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Great family getaway location

  • 5 of 5

Everything was beautifully maintained and it was a relaxing and delightful stay! We had fantastic communication from our hosts and were very pleased. Their communication was detailed, warm, and welcoming. We look forward to another visit in the future! There was space to spread out in the big house, with many activities to do in the near vicinity. Ate at the Brown Bear and Pizza Factory in Shelby, did Mac Woods Dune ride and the Whippy-Dip. Township park beach near Stony Lake was very nice. Great food at the Cherry Point Market and Woodland Market. Check out the house website for some great information on places to visit. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing memories

  • 5 of 5

Our family has been renting this property for 5 years now. We have such a wonderful time on the trails, and the property is centrally located to many local attractions. Kids range in age from 3 to 17 between two family's, there is something for everyone! The house is well stocked and clean. We just got home, and have booked the property for next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Awesome Family Trip

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time renting a vacation home on VRBO. This house was wonderful and Darby was very helpful through the whole process and answered all our questions (probably too many of our questions). We loved that fact that the house is two separate units connected and we loved how private the house was surrounded by the woods! We greatly enjoyed the backyard bonfire area and all the kids toys, ping pong table, and kids DVD collection that was included with the house. There are tons of interesting things to do in just a very short drive away from the house! We enjoyed the beaches, Fox Barn winery, Mac Dunes tour, and Brown Bear restaurant in nearby Shelby. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking to have a great time, especially families. We loved it! We will definitely book this place again!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a place to really get away from the hustle and bustle of daily living, this is the spot. As you sit at the edge of the property overlook a beautiful valley all you hear are birds chirping, leaves rustling in the breeze as you watch Hawks flying above, As noted there are hiking trails right outside the door. Darby has everything you would need for your stay. If you have kids...well they are in for a treat. Darby recommended a spot with the best pizza ever (there is a wait) and if you didn't know abou the spot, you would never go in to place your order. Beaches in the area are beautiful. I cannot say enough about how accomodating Darby is.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great getaway place!

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a great getaway spot. We had a fantastic time during our stay. The house is setup perfectly with 2 separate living quarters so we (the adults) were able to have privacy on the first floor and the kids had their own place upstairs.

The property is awesome with several very nice, well marked trails which we used everyday. But even though this place is in the middle of the woods, you are very close the Silver Lake Dunes.

One of the best parts for us was that we were able to take our 2 Labs along. They loved the trails and we didn't have to worry about them taken off because there is a huge penned in area for them to stay in.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Girls getaway

  • 5 of 5

Amazing place to relax!!! Away from it all. House was very cozy and clean. Wonderful outside area, perfect for grilling. Bonfires at late night were just perfect. During the day you can walk through the wooded trail or better yet we took our quad. Truly amazing place. We cant wait to come back :)

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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There is so much to do in this area we never run out of things to do with ourselves or the kids. There are lots of hiking trails on our property (all over the 50 acres) and we are so close to 2 great beaches, the petting zoo/farm markets, orchards, tubing, lots of golf, boating and so many other things to do.


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Cleaning Fee $125

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Shelby House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
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