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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:
July 21, 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: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • 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 4.9210525 based on 38 reviews


  • 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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This home was well suited for our vacation plans

  • 5 of 5

We were three families (12 people in total) wanting to visit with each other, see Mackinac Island, and see additional sites in the area. The home was comfortable, allowed for cooking and serving large meals, provided ample sleeping space, and is well situated near sites and activities of interest to us. The fact that it doesn't have Internet connection was actually a plus because it kept the kids off of their games and the adults away from work; nonetheless, the airport that is a mile away provided connection in a comfortable setting on the occasion that someone needed to "check in" with their virtual world.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that the Ely House worked well for your needs and that your family was able to spend time together cooking and doing activities:) You are all welcome back anytime!
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We keep coming back!

  • 5 of 5

I visit the Northern Michigan area every year with my family, and we keep returning to the Ely House! This modern country home is always immaculately clean, and the owners exceptionally friendly, flexible, and available if we have any needs. The house is situated on a scenic family farm so it is quiet and secluded (except for an occasional "moo" from a cow in the pasture:) but a close drive to top tourist areas that we frequent such as Mackinaw City and Petoskey. The house floor plan is spacious with each bedroom having its own bathroom; the kitchen is fully equipped, so it's a perfect for our large family. All the beds, linens, towels etc. are of high quality. We greatly appreciated the free washer and dryer on site to do laundry. The kids especially enjoy the campfire ring, large yard, as well as the games and children's books they have in their library. My husband and I enjoy our romantic strolls down the country road to the nearby river and sitting on the big wrap around porch is so relaxing. We frequently see deer and other wildlife. We highly recommend this property and plan to return next year!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great place close to the trails, owners were awesome.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome place will definitely come back! We snowmobile, this trip was 7 people & we did 225 miles

  • 5 of 5

House was clean every room has it's own bathroom group loved this house

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from 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

Pellston House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 27 2017 - Sep 9 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

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.
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