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Secluded Paradise on 50 Acres: Great for Families & Pets

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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

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

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

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 Shelby

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!


Shelby House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
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 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2), single over double bunk bed (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 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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Secluded Paradise on 50 Acres: Great for Families & Pets
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Huge house--

  • 5 of 5

My adult kids loved the separation of the downstairs bedroom and pull out couch for them to stay. My little kids loved all the toys in their bedroom. And my husband and I loved the views and dunes attractions. Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely love this place! The owners are always very gracious, pleanty to do for all ages. Very clean, well maintained. Conveniently located between popular tourist attractions, to many to list. Beautiful!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent place to stay. Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week at the end of June 2017. We had dogs with us and they LOVED the place. Tons of places to walk them and a huge fenced in area. The house is well maintained and lovely. The location is wonderfully private, but a very short drive to the dunes, groceries and everything Silver Lake has to offer - buggy rides, go-carts, putt-putt, etc. We were a group of two couples and each had our own floor with everything we needed. We hope to stay again next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning Fifty Acre Woodland Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This cabin and the surrounding woods will not disappoint those who want to spend a relaxing vacation. There are 2 apartments: a one bedroom, bath with shower, family room, and kitchen and a 2nd apartment with 2 bedrooms, a great room, kitchen and full bath. There are decks off each apartment that are connected in the garage. The cabin was well stocked with linens and cooking utensils. The trails in the woods were wonderful and well taken care of. This cabin was super clean and comfortable for our visit with 4 adults. We had our very small dogs with us and they loved all the scents that came from the woods. It released their inner wolf as they raced around the yard. The enclosed dog area is a plus.

Thank you, Darby for all your help in getting our dates and times set up.

The area had many things to do: Fox Barn Winery, The Cherry Tree Farm Market, the lighthouse on Lake Michigan, Stony and Silver Lake, Close coastal towns and beaches.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: September 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: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125

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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