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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 raise beef cattle. Cold Creek runs through the middle of our property connecting to the Maple River. The Maple River offering abundant trout fishing opportunities for the experienced angler. The home sits right across from snowmobile and ATV trails that also serve for great morning walks and site seeing. We're only 13 miles from the gorgeous Sturgeon Bay where snorkeling, swimming, and dune climbing make for a non-forgettable day out. We've always considered our selves blessed to be right in the middle of the most beautiful spread 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 contact us. The Ely House is family owned and cared for and we want our guests to feel welcome. See more pictures and info on our Facebook page @theleyhouse

More Details

Property Manager
James Laughbaum
Member since: 2015
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:
April 19, 2018

About James Laughbaum

4th generation family farm

James Laughbaum purchased this house in 1905

Why James Laughbaum chose Pellston

Family Owned and Operated - Spacious, quiet country, and 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
  • Children welcome
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

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The Ely House in Northern Michigan
average rating of 4.9423075 based on 52 reviews

Great Weekend!!

  • 5 of 5

A group of friends got together to celebrate a birthday and enjoy some snowmobiling. Unfortunately, mother nature did not cooperate, but we still had a great time. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, which a plus for a group of adults. The house was spacious and comfortable. James was very welcoming and the cookies on the counter were a nice touch!!

Thank you. We will rent again.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best VRBO property.

  • 5 of 5

The ely house was the best VRBO property I’ve stayed at. The house is perfect for a group of 5-8. Great location to Boyne Highlands and nubs nob. About 15 minutes to both. House was huge and had plenty of room for multiple families. The fire pit outback is perfect for a winter night.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, Ryan. It was great having you at the Ely House. We are happy you enjoyed the house and all the snow at the ski resorts!
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Ely House oy to save our New Years week ski trip after our cottage lost heat and fron New Years week

  • 5 of 5

James and his family went out of their way to accommodate our family at the last minute when our cottage lost heat and froze all the pipes. I contacted James at mid-night on New Years Eve and he graciously fit us in starting New Years day. The Ely House was way above expectations. It is a well furnished renovated farm house with everything a family could need. The beds are the best and the home is decorated for the Holidays. It has everything that you need. The property is awesome. The best experience at a rental ever. We cannot rave enough about the home and the way we were treated. We would recommend this home and James and his family to anyoneone who wants a get away in Northern Michigan.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was pleasure having you and your family at the Ely House! We are sorry you had trouble with your own cottage but we were glad you were still able to have a successful ski trip! Thank you for the wonderful review. We wish you all the best!
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Loved the home, location of the property and the Christmas decor! The weather was perfectly snowy!!!

  • 5 of 5

The home was warm & welcoming with all the Christmas decorations & tree. We felt very cozy & comfortable relaxing in the family room after long days of snowmobiling. Thank you for sharing this piece of heaven!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you and your family during the holiday season-- Christmas is one of our favorite times. Many blessings to you all in the New Year! Come back soon!
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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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Dam Site Inn
Moose Jaw Junction
Boyne Highlands Resort
Nubs Nob Ski Resort
Pellston Market
Pellston Regional Airport
Sturgeon Bay
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 $199
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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