Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Country Farmhouse On 9 Beautiful Acres Near Lake Michigan & Crystal Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Remodeled 3-bedroom Farmhouse In The Woods, Near Lake Michigan & Crystal Lake

This gracious farmhouse sits on 9 wooded acres on a quiet country road just off M-22. It is about 1 ½ miles from the Frankfort Harbor Beach, the same distance from Crystal Lake, and a ¼ mile “crows flight” from Lake Michigan. The house sleeps eight in the three bedrooms; two bedrooms have queen beds and one has two twin beds and a double bed.

There is a wrap-around porch in front and a covered porch and open deck in the back. Both offer beautiful views. The front lawn is shaded by large maple trees nearly 150 years-old. The back view is dominated by a large willow, a meadow, and the maples, oaks and pines on the hill.

There is lots of room for a woodsy stroll or for throwing a ball around as well as plenty of seating for conversation, reading or just taking in the lake air. We love walking into Frankfort each evening along a small country road to watch the sunset with an ice cream. In the morning, the same trip brings hot, fresh-baked doughnuts and coffee.

This recently remodeled farmhouse was built in the 1870's by one of the first European families to settle in the Frankfort area. It retains the quirky but comfortable character of 150 years of custom building and remodeling. There are hardwood floors throughout the first floor and a painted pine floor upstairs. The kitchen island has bar-top seating and a smooth-top electric range. Enjoy meals in the dinning room or on the covered back porch. We have remodeled the bathroom which now has a modern walk-in shower.

Popular local activities include boating, fishing, swimming, bicycling, golfing, eating, shopping, and just hanging out. There are a range of nearby shops for fine or relaxed dining, craft beers, local music, local produce including fruits and smoked fish, local ice cream and fudge, gifts, art and crafts, and more. We are very close to Frankfort and Point Betsie Lighthouses and not too far from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

More Details

George Moore
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 4, 2018

About George Moore

Paula's family had a cottage in the Congregational Summer Assembly when she was growing up. The children spent most of each summer here and came to love the CSA and the Frankfort area. We have returned to vacation here many times over the years. It is always special and magical - the clear lakes, sandy beaches, cool summer weather, trees and dunes, ice cream and fudge, and especially the gorgeous sunsets over Lake Michigan. Always the question arose, "It's so great! Why doesn't someone buy a cottage here?"

George Moore purchased this house in 2012

Why George Moore chose Frankfort

When we began looking to buy we had a CSA cottage in mind. But when we saw the farmhouse we couldn't believe the potential to have a great get-away house and our own woods and meadow too. We love the solitude and sense of isolation. But, the fact that all this is within easy walking or biking distance from both Frankfort and the CSA, makes it almost too good to be true.

What makes this house unique

In our remodeling we have tried to preserve the away-from-it-all style we love about the old CSA cottages. We keep plenty of chairs on the front and back porches and usually eat on the back porch table. We love to watch as each season brings its touch to the woods and meadow. We keep our eyes out for early morning deer, wild turkeys, and a variety of birds all day long.


Frankfort House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Avoid the area around the out buildings.
  • The stacked, split wood is not for guests.
  • Fires in fire pit only. Guests may find wood for the fire pit in the brush pile on the edge of the meadow. A handsaw is on the back porch.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • New tile, walk-in shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Ground floor off living room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Upstairs front
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Upstairs back
  • One bedroom on the main floor and two bedrooms upstairs. PLEASE NOTE: The stairs to the second floor are steep and not suitable for those with reduced mobility (cane, walker, unsteadiness).
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 7 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Near: Frankfort Harbor Beach and Lighthouse, Point Betsie Lighthouse, Elberta Dunes, Crystal Lake Betsie Bay and Lake Michigan fishing Betsie & Platte Rivers - canoeing and fishing Frankfort-to-Beulah bike path Three farmers markets and local fruit stands 40 minutes to Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore 50 minutes to Traverse City


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

46% Complete
46% Complete
7% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Country Farmhouse On 9 Beautiful Acres Near Lake Michigan & Crystal Lake
average rating of 4.3846154 based on 13 reviews

We had a great time staying at the house and enjoying the Frankfort area

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here and hope to go back sometime. The area has so many fun things to do and coming back to relax at the house on the back deck was a real treat. We had deer, wild turkeys and lots of monarch butterflies for visitors. Great quiet and peaceful stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Very good stay

  • 4 of 5

liked the house very peaceful only thing i would add is ac and acsess to linnens lots of wildlife on site enjoyed talking to george

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

The house was comfortable and inviting. The property is peaceful and private.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great experience. All the basic necessities were provided. We especially enjoyed the large covered rear porch. Definitely would come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Perfect family place!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our time a were running around the yard, kitchen/bedrooms/baths had everything we could need. Frankfort is a sweet and hospitable city.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great Place to Unplug and Recharge

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time!! The house is very private but very close to town and Crystal lake. The house it old but quaint. Our 10 & 12 yo's were not happy there wasn't wifi or tv but by the second day, didn't even miss it. They loved exploring the woods, making bonfires, and playing board games. We have friends nearby so the upstairs (with downstairs door) was for sleepovers. All the beds were quite comfortable and the linens were clean.

Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Peaceful spot in the woods

  • 4 of 5

The farmhouse was just what our family was looking for, a quiet and peaceful spot to relax, enjoy nature, and still have accessibility to many things to do like the beach, sunsets, hiking and canoeing. We all had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Storm Cloud
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.7 Miles
Crystal Downs
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Car: recommended

Near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Congregational Summer Assembly, Crystal Lake, Lake Michigan, Frankfort Beach, Betsie River, Crystal Downs Golf Course, Frankfort, Beulah, Benzonia, Elberta, Platte River, Frankfort Lighthouse, Point Betsie Lighthouse, Glen Lake, Glen Arbor, Honor, Empire


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Refundable Damage Deposit $300

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.
No smoking is allowed anywhere on the property.

Check-in after 3pm on Saturday.
Check-out before 11am on Saturday.


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.