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The Ely House in Northern Michigan

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bed & 3 Bath Homestead on the Ely Farm

Located in rural Northern Michigan, the Ely House sees every season that Michigan has to offer. We are just four miles from the Pellston Regional Airport, 10 miles from Boyne Highlands and Nubs Nob skiing and golfing resorts, eighteen miles from Colonial Mackinaw City and downtown Petoskey, and two hours from the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

The Ely House is situated on our family farm of 200 acres where we graze grass fed cattle, grow organic vegetables, and make raw honey. Cold Creek runs through the middle of our property connecting to the Maple River offering abundant trout fishing opportunities for the experienced angler. The House also sits right across from one of the best snowmobile and ATV trails in the area; great for early morning walks and site seeing. It's also only 13 miles from the locals little known secret of Sturgeon Bay where snorkeling, swimming, and dune climbing are the best around! We've always considered our selves blessed to be right in the middle of the most beautiful area in the Midwest.

Each room has its own private bathroom with shower. A full kitchen with all utilities and laundry are available. If you have any questions before or during your stay please feel free to ask. The Ely House is family owned and cared for and we want our guests to feel at home :) See more pictures and info on our Facebook page @theleyhouse

More Details

Property Manager
James Laughbaum
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 12, 2017

About James Laughbaum

Lover of home architecture and design!

James Laughbaum purchased this house in 1905

Why James Laughbaum chose Pellston

Family Owned and Operated, Spacious, Quiet, Country, Nature, Centrally Located to the best Northern Michigan destinations

More pictures and info on Facebook @theelyhouse

What makes this house unique

Fresh air, open roads, hiking trails, rivers


Pellston House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • 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
  • seating for 5 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The Ely House has no landline phone service available. Verizon Networks have better reception than AT&T.


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The Ely House in Northern Michigan
average rating of 4.9375 based on 48 reviews

Hunting Trip / Get Away

  • 5 of 5

First time stay at the Ely house was an awesome experience. We had 8 in our group - 4 kids and 4 adults, accommodation were perfect. The house was very well prepared to make us feel as though we just went for groceriers and returned home. James was very informative and ready to offer a solution if we required futher assistance. Thank you to the Laughbaum's for making this seasons hunting trip a memerable success. Discussions for a return summer trip are already in the works.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us and for your review! We are so pleased you felt at home at the Ely House and we can't wait to have you all back this summer!
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Second Stay at the Ely House

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at the Ely House. With four adults and four young children, this house is perfect for a cozy fall retreat. During our stay we took multiple nature walks, enjoyed a bonfire, carved pumpkins, visited Mackinac Island, cooked some delicious meals, and relaxed. We love staying at the Ely House and will be returning next fall.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so excited to have you and your family back at the Ely House! Fall is a special time in Northern Michigan and we are glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to seeing you again next year!
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Wonderful Home

  • 5 of 5

The Ely House is WONDERFUL!!!!! It is so peaceful there. James was wonderful to work with. I had emailed him a question about an iron and ironing board, yes I do that on vacation, and he made sure that they were there. Upon our arrival there was a wonderful hand written note to us along with a wonderful homemade pie. We brought both of our 77 year old moms and we all were able to make some wonderful memories there. There is a town called Petosky (sp?) roughly 15 miles or so from the house, you need to go visit that town. Very laid back. Loved also going to Sault St. Marie and doing a dinner cruise thru the loucks. Well worth the trip!! Also Mackinaw Island was wonderful as well. The Ely House is so close to these places and it's nice to go out and do these day trips and come back to a wonderful place to rest and get ready for the next day. Thanks again James for everything.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kim, We are so glad to know that you enjoyed your stay at the Ely House and your time in Northern Michigan. It means a lot to us that you were able to make good memories with your moms-- that's exactly why we do what we do. We hope all can come back again soon!
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  • 5 of 5

This property is well kept, very clean and extremely comfortable. We took advantage of the porches, enjoying lots of "porch talks." The fire pit is great and we really appreciated the wood that was provided. Our hot dogs and marshmallows roasted over the fire were a tasty close to a couple busy days. The Ely House is central to many northern Michigan attractions. We explored the Soo Locks, Mackinaw Island and the Tunnel of Trees. We also took advantage of shopping opportunities in Mackinaw City and Harbor Springs. All without spending lots of time on the road. We loved reading the history of The Ely House. Hope to be back in the near future and bring family along.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed The Ely House so much and and the surrounding area. We hope that you and your family can come back soon- it was a pleasure having you as our guests.
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A roomy and charming property with a great front porch and nice kitchen.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Ely House. Lots of room in the kitchen for my foodie friends to prepare meals (honestly, with the amount of food they brought we could have filled two refrigerators!). Super charming with generous amenities. Lots of hot water and comfortable beds. Close to attractions and Sturgeon Bay beaches (the best). Peace and quiet galore, and James, the property manager, is a bonus! We want to come back next year for two weeks.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure having you. Yes! You must come back next summer!
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Great farmhouse in a beautiful, relaxing, rural setting with fantastic owners/managers

  • 5 of 5

I love the Ely House! It's a beautiful place with attentive, helpful owners. Everything you need is close by. Lake Michigan, Sturgeon Bay, Petoskey and Mackinac Island are all just minutes away and short drives allow for magnificent scenery. Loved sitting out by the firepit every night.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Pellston Regional Airport
Nearest Ferry
29 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Nubs Nob/Boyne Highlands
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Moose Jaw Junction
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Nubs Nob/Boyne Highlands
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Sturgeon Bay
Car: necessary

See more pics of the Ely House and local recommendations on the Ely House's Facebook: @theelyhouse


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

Please keep any ski/snowboard boots off wood floor :)

Manager'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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