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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 :)

More Details

Property Manager
James Laughbaum
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 5, 2017

About James Laughbaum

Lover of home architecture and design!

James Laughbaum purchased this house in 1905

Why James Laughbaum chose Northwest

Spacious, quiet, country, nature

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: 10
  • 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
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • 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 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • 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. If using a cellphone the Verizon Networks have better reception than AT&T.


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The Ely House in Northern Michigan
average rating of 4.928571 based on 42 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The Ely House and it's owners are fantastic! Everything you need is close by. The farmhouse setting is peaceful and relaxing. The firepit is a great place for visiting & star-gazing. The owners baked us the best cherry pie I have ever had for our arrival at the Ely House. I look forward to more time spent at the Ely House!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome place

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at the Ely House. The owners are friendly and helpful and even baked us a pie for our arrival! Would, and do, recommmend this place to everyone!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Ely House July 22nd - August 5th, 2017. We had 8 in our party, my parents, my husband and our 9 and 6 yr old children, and my sister and her 4 year old daughter. The house perfectly suited our needs. It is a clean, well kept home that had everything we needed including books and games for all ages. We loved the yard - a great open place to play and fun seeing the cows and the sandhill cranes. We had expected to smell the cows when we were outdoors, but there was only a very faint smell in the evenings, which was just another fun reminder that we were in the country on vacation. The stars were amazing at night and the views are just beautiful wherever you look. If you need WiFi, the Pellston airport is about 5 minute drive away and actually an interesting place to see and a good place for brochures on things to do. The house is perfectly located for going to Petoskey (including Walmart, Meijers, etc.), Burt Lake, Pond Hill Farm, the Lavendar Farm, Sturgeon Bay, Mackinaw, the UP for longer drives, etc. Everything is about 20-30 minutes away. And for that, you get the peace and quiet of the country. Ely Road had more traffic and trucks because of the construction on 31, but even that was minimal. The weather was wonderful and the few times it rained, we enjoyed watching the storms from the huge porch. James was fantastic to work with, quick to respond, helpful, friendly, and professional. We can't say enough good things about our stay or the house and have booked it already for next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Away from It All!

  • 5 of 5

If you need to get away from it all, this is the place. Surrounded by pastures, you can sit and watch cows graze, listen to wind in the hardwood and pine trees, and see the moon and stars without the inference of street lights. The home is steeped in history which the landlord shares in his welcome book and will gladly tell you more about. The beds are incredibly comfortable, the entire house very clean, and there are enough dishes to host the largest dinner party. We enjoyed cooking there and inviting friends and family to join us. If you'd rather go out, Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Cross Village are close at hand. We were so happy with our stay that we booked it again for next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind review! We are so happy you enjoyed our stay and are coming back next year!
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  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay at the Ely House. It was perfect for our large family.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review the Ely House. Nothing makes us happier than seeing families like yours enjoy our home. You are all welcome back anytime!
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  • 5 of 5

The Ely House is conveniently located near Petoskey and Mackinaw City. During our week there, we enjoyed Pirate Cove Adventure Miniature Golf in Petoskey and Petoskey State Park, Mackinac Island, Colonial Michilimackinac, and Sturgeon Bay. Our kids loved the dunes at Sturgeon Bay and finding a Petoskey stone at Petoskey State Park. If you stay at the Ely House, we highly recommend eating at Moose Jaw Junction.

We loved our stay here and made some great memories! It was so nice coming "home" after a day at the beach or another day trip. We loved getting to see the hummingbirds and butterflies that enjoyed the lilacs and porch flowers. Next time we will have to explore some hiking on the trails at Wilderness State Park.

The owners are awesome! They went over and above to make us feel at home while on vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our family was happy to know you all enjoyed your stay! We enjoyed having you and hope you are able to come again!
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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

Pellston House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 27 2017 - Oct 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Years
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Damage Deposit $200

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.
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