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Inhabit A Hobbit House!

Bedrooms 2
Space 720 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Whimsical Stone Cottage Overlooking Lake Michigan!

Over 90 five-star reviews! Architect and dreamer Earl Young created a magical world with his unique and eccentric stone cottages in Charlevoix. Half House is absolutely one of the most adorable homes you will ever see! Now you can experience it for yourself. Enjoy the sandy beach, lighthouse and breathtaking sunsets just outside your door. Half House is an easy two block stroll to the quaint village of Charlevoix for shopping, dining, marina, ferry, drawbridge and music in the park. Everything you will need for a comfortable vacation is included: luxurious cotton bed linens and towels, firewood and kindling, free wireless internet, books, music, two flatscreen TVs with Charter cable and DVD players, kitchenware, beach chairs, plus more. Not to mention the spectacular view of majestic Lake Michigan! This cozy two bedroom home accommodates four guests quite comfortably. Relax!

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More Details

Bill Thom
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Bill Thom

Book with someone you can trust! I was raised in Michigan and fell in love with the charm & natural beauty of 'UpNorth' many years ago. My family spent summers in Charlevoix, but now I live in Texas and my four children are grown and scattered across the country from Virginia to Washington. It's your turn to experience the wonder of Half House!

Bill Thom purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Bill Thom chose Charlevoix

I have been a homeowner in Charlevoix for over twenty five years. I purchased Half House in 2001 and quite frankly, I couldn't believe it was for sale! It is perfectly located directly across from the beach and just two blocks to downtown.

What makes this cottage unique

I love the quirky eccentricity of this fairytale home. It has so much history and character; thoroughly enchanting! I am pleased to now be able to share it with you.


Charlevoix Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Pet owners agree to clean up after their pet and keep animals off of the furniture and beds.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Includes stacked washer/dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The house will accommodate five in beds, however I do not recommend more than four adults. The second bedroom located upstairs is small with two twin beds, and better suited for two children or single adults. There is an additional full-size sleeper sofa in the living room, however it IS in the living room! Perfect for stretching out and reading, looking out the picture window at Lake Michigan, or gazing at a blazing fire.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(105 traveler reviews)

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Inhabit A Hobbit House!
average rating of 4.904762 based on 105 reviews

Just the two of us after 50 years

  • 5 of 5

Our 4 children wanted us to do something BIG for our 50th wedding anniversary. A special trip with our four children and grandchildren to San Antonio. San Antonio holds many memories for us, being on the Riverwalk, Mariachis serenading us at Mi Tierra restaurant. Or a big party in Chicago where we are from and have so many family and friends.

But it hit me, we started out just the two of us. that's what I wanted. something for just the two of us. I remembered seeing the Hobbit House. I thought it looked perfect online.

But it was more than perfect in person. It was magical, like a fairy tale. Every detail made me smile. the small kitchen with its just right pots, pans, which we never used. The furniture in the living room, which we used alot, two comfortable recliners in front of a unique fireplace. The perfect bedroom, with the beautiful wall picture of two birds. Lovebirds. The bed and pillows were not too soft, not too hard, perfect. The color of the blue ceiling and the orange creamsicle walls was like an illustration in a childrens book. We probably spent more time in the house than we did exploring Charlevoix. A fairy tale house. I loved the whole experience. And what a perfect house it was for our 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! I’m so happy to have played a small part in such a wonderful milestone. Congratulations!
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Magical Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our family absolutely loved this house! It was the perfect cozy get away we were looking for. It is a truly unique place to stay with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan, easy access to the beach and to downtown Charlevoix. Our stay was in February and our family had a wonderful time exploring the ice on Lake Michigan, hiking the snow covered trails of the nearby recreation area and seeing the blue ice mountains on the shoreline for the first time despite being life long Michiganders. The home owner was accommodating, easy to communicate with and thoughtful in making sure we were prepared for our stay in his beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Farmington Hills

Bucket list experience

  • 4 of 5

Staying in an Earl Young "hobbit house" was a fun experience. The house is full of character and Young's signature stonework, including the fireplace. (Owner provides firewood and fatwood kindling.) The kitchen is tiny, but well-equipped, including a dishwasher. Wi-Fi worked great. The location is an easy walk to "downtown" Charlevoix , the beautiful public library, and other Earl Young homes in the area. The house overlooks Lake Michigan, although in the summer trees and other foliage might obstruct the view. The house sleeps 4, but it is VERY tiny and better accommodates two unless all four of you REALLY like each other!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This little House is cute, cosy, and charming.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at the half house. It’s the perfect size for a couple or small family of four. Within a walking distance of Charlevoix shops and restaurants by far enough for peace and quiet. The view out across the lake and lighthouse is a huge bonus. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very cute and whimsical place.

  • 4 of 5

Overall had a good time.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI

Relaxing winter getaway

  • 5 of 5

Loved the half house, ( the ceilings and doorframes were a little low for my 6'4" husband). Beautiful view of the lake, awesome fireplace, walking distance to the beach and downtown. Found lots of petoskey stones - even in January!! Great restaurants and breweries.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great ice cream made locally in Petoskey.
Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant
Depot Beach
Located on Lake Charlevoix at the original old Charlevoix train station stop.
Little Traverse Wheelway
A treasure for hikers and bikers.
Flap Jack Family Restaurant
Feed the kids a big breakfast on the cheap.
Castle Farms
Mt. McSauba Disc Golf Course
A great beach to take the dogs and let them run free. Sand dunes and hiking trails abound.
Roquette Burger Bistro -- CLOSED
Lake Michigan Beach
You are just up the hill, steps away from this fabulous beach!
Scovie's Gourmet
Great little spot to get a carry-out lunch for your picnic. I highly recommend the Northern ...
Charlevoix Public Library
The Charlevoix Public Library is a great resource! Use the library card to get free movie & ...
The Rowe Inn Restaurant
Not only one of the finest restaurants UpNorth, one of the finest Michigan! This little road...
Nearest Airport
48 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport - Traverse City, MI
Nearest Ferry
Beaver Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Belvedere Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
The Weathervane - Also Built By Earl Young!
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Boyne Highlands / Nub's Nob, Boyne Mountain
Nearest Beach
Lake Michigan Beach
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 6.0%

Check-In is at 3:00 PM Check-Out is at 11:00 AM
There is no smoking inside the house.
There is a flat rate Pet Fee of $75 per approved pet.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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