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Remodeled 1870's Frankfort Farmhouse on 9 Beautiful Acres

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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

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

*** We will be unavailable from May 25 - June 3. Please do not try to contact us during this time. Thank you. ***
This red farmhouse sits on 9 wooded acres in a small valley half-way between Frankfort and the Congregational Summer Assembly, or CSA. 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. It sleeps eight in the three bedrooms; two bedrooms have queen beds and one has two twin beds and a double bed.

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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 since last fall. We will post pictures in May.

Popular local activities include boating, fishing, swimming, bicycling, golfing 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.

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Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:


  • Pets Considered:

    Non-shedding animals only....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Ground floor off living room...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    Upstairs front...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    Upstairs back...moreless

  • 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)....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • New tile, walk-in shower.

Other Amenities

  • 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...moreless


  • Books
  • Games:

    We have a number of board games, cards and puzzles....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Village:

    Frankfort offers an old-fashioned village main street with traditional drug & hardware stores, post office, bank & many restaurants, ice cream & fudge parlors along with arts, crafts, & clothing shops...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dining room table seats 6-8. Island bar-top counter seats 3. Back porch table seats 6. Deck table seats 4-6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    We have an electric dry as well as a clothes line in a sunny backyard spot....moreless

  • Heating:

    Gas forced-air furnace, thermostat in dining room....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We love to cook. Thus almost anything you need will the there. Just ask us about specialty items....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    fully equiped kitchen: ceramic tile counters island bar-top eating counter electric range...moreless


  • Bicycles:

    Please let us know in advance if you would like to use the bicycles. They are older and more suitable just for going into town than for long rides....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


from 7 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Season
May 15 - Jun 23, 2017
3 night min stay
High Season
Jun 24 - Aug 26, 2017
7 night min stay

Late Season
Aug 27 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Cleaning fee $125
  • Tax Rate 6%


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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Traverse City
60 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach

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


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: 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?"

Why the Owner Chose Frankfort, MI, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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 and a variety of birds all day long.

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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

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  • View from the road

    View from the road

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Our new remodeled shower and vanity.

    Our new remodeled shower and vanity.

  • Entrance to stairway

    Entrance to stairway

  • Upstairs bedroom - a double and two twin beds

    Upstairs bedroom - a double and two twin beds

  • Rear deck and porch

    Rear deck and porch

  • Meadow view from rear porch

    Meadow view from rear porch

  • The side yard

    The side yard

  • The summer meadow

    The summer meadow

  • Rear view of front maples in fall

    Rear view of front maples in fall

  • Wrap around porch

    Wrap around porch

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Downstairs bedroom - queen bed

    Downstairs bedroom - queen bed

  • Upstairs bedroom - queen bed

    Upstairs bedroom - queen bed

  • Upstairs bedroom - a double and two twin beds

    Upstairs bedroom - a double and two twin beds

  • Rear porch

    Rear porch

  • Back yard

    Back yard

  • The spring meadow

    The spring meadow

  • The early fall

    The early fall

  • Fall colors of aspen and sumac

    Fall colors of aspen and sumac

VRBO #667982

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 27, 2017

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