About the property
- Chateau / Country House
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
20 Private Acres with a Main house, Guest house and Private 6 Acre Lake. No Weddings or Special Events Allowed. Our property can accommodate up to three families in style yet with the charm of Robinson Township. Off season only you may rent the homes separately for a BIG discount. You'll enjoy swimming, fishing, paddling ,making a bonfire at our fire pit or playing sand volleyball. Our family property has been exclusive for 45 years. We have fully remodeled the main house, but left some original pieces for country charm. The guest house was added 10 years ago. Please note: this calendar is the most up-to-date. No Weddings or Special Events Allowed.
Our country compound is a private friends & family retreat, not a “proper" resort. We are carrying on the proud 50-plus year history of reconnecting people to the simple pleasures of simple times in a no-frills, recreational country setting.
Remember, you're not just renting beautiful lodging, you'll also have access to the grounds, private beach, woods, private spaces like a backwoods tree house, campfire pit, sports courts, boats, canoes, smokers, grills, etc.
Again, we are not a "proper" resort, so if you require an immediate response, lots of hand-holding and attention to detail, then this just might not be the best fit for you. OK, you've been warned : ) Thanks.
What should I bring you ask? For starters, the basics. A few beach towels. Some Deep Woods Off. Sunscreen. And flip flops. As for food shop local. Stock up at the local Meijers in town. Bring an empty cooler and fill it up to rest on the sundeck or beach. Bring your food and booze for appetites and budgets of all sizes. Even the nearby Oakley store has bait, food, wine, ice, booze and beer too.
Again, this is not a "proper" resort, it is a private, friends-and-family retreat that is making the true country available on a very limited basis. All guests will be asked to sign a release of liability. Maximum number of guests must be agreed upon before booking. Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25.00 per night, per additional guest.
The main house has a 1st floor queen bedroom and bath. The upstairs in the main house has a full bath and over sized lofts with a queen and three twins with trundles. The space is all shared, so if you want privacy then check into a hotel. There is a three season room in the main house and a full sized kitchen.
The smaller guest house has two bedrooms, one queen and the second bedroom has a twin with a trundle,a full bath, laundry and kitchenette. Also, plenty of extra green space for tents.
The new barn on the property will be locked but The old barn is always open to explore. The waiver also covers the rowboat paddle boat, canoe and paddleboard.
The hand peeled log cabin on the property is not for use. It is my uncle's. He also lives in Chicago but does not rent it out.
There is a gas grill on the main house deck. Open for grilling or smoking up those summer meats! Bring smoking chips.
Snowmobiles are welcome in the winter as long as you trail them up and have proper Michigan registration.
We have a self check in procedure for the buildings but my neighbor will be there to greet you. We all reside in Illinois, so the property will be completely private to your party. My local neighbor friend will be available should you have any questions or concerns and please contact me directly with any questions.
It is a wonderful time to share our natural gem yet we ask in turn to respect our property as it is your own during your stay. Robinson Township can be very dark at night so please use caution. Mosquitoes are present in the summer months so bring mosquito repellent. (We do have a spraying service which makes a HUGE difference) Note: this is a large, wooded compound on a natural lake. During certain times of the year you may encounter: poison ivy, poison oak, insects, snakes, weeds in the lake, raccoons, foxes, wild turkeys, bad weather, deer, skunks, etc. These are part of country life.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- english, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
About Elizabeth Duff
We are a family of six living in Northbrook, IL.I am a teacher and my husband is an architect and we reside in the north suburbs of Chicago. We love to vacation in Michigan and the drive is about 3 hours from downtown Chicago.
Elizabeth Duff purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1971
Why Elizabeth Duff chose Crockery
The Michigan property has been in our family for over 45 years as it was purchased by my grandfather for his family to enjoy. Currently, my mother and uncle are sole property owners of the more than 100 acres in Robinson Township.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
This unique compound gives you 40 private country acres to enjoy with the comforts of a luxury lifestyle. Guests can enjoy the outdoors to its fullest with a large group of family and friends with all the luxuries of your own home.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Just like the pictures, a great cottage in the country!
Elizabeths property worked out great, everything was just as pictured and we had a great time during out stay. Elizabeth was a great host making sure she promptly answered any questions for us. The house is on a great lot in the country, definitely would recommend! Thanks Elizabeth for letting us use your property!!
Special time with kids and grands!
The property was the perfect setting for us to gather with our children and grandchildren from Massachussets, Florida and Australia! We were able to have places for everyone to sleep, eat, swim, enjoy conversation and laughs around the fire. Our parents and siblings from the area joined us for an afternoon cookout and time to catch up. The homes are nicely equipped with all the things needed for family time. Everyone, from the neighbors to homeowners were easy to work with and very efficient. I would highly recommend this property to others.
Great place to get together with old friends.
A really fun and well-appointed getaway!
A great place for a large family gathering! We had a blast. Accommodations are first-rate, and the fun factor for the kids is very high. Tucked away in the quiet of rural Ottawa Country, it's only fifteen minutes from gorgeous sunsets over Lake Michigan, the bustling village of Grand Haven, and two of Michigan's best golf courses. Has all the features one could hope for in a getaway place: lovely swimming hole; plenty of toys for all ages; fire pit; cable and wifi; and lots of places to gather for games or just conversation. Our grandchildren found an endless supply of places to explore, both indoors and out, and the grownups found lots of places to chat or just sit quietly and enjoy the natural beauty of the place. We recommend it highly.
Beautiful getaway - relaxing, fun and adventurous - you will want to come back!
My husband and I stayed for 4 nights with our daughter and her three children/our grandchildren. They are ages 13, 10, and 5 years old. We all had a wonderful time, we loved the farm and the grounds. The grandchildren loved the water and all the toys - as well as the adults. We played all day until dusk and then went inside and ate and played games and had wonderful family time. The kids were so relaxed and loved the house - the upstairs is a kid wonderland. They had their space and loved it. We were planning a day at Grand Haven Beach but they did not want to go - they said we have everything here and plus it is much more fun! We also had friends visit us for one day to have an evening barbecue and later a bonfire at the fire pit they could not believe this place! Liz Duff the owner is so friendly and in communication with us for everything we need - she made us feel at home in her home!! I can't say enough about this gem of a Family Farm wonderland.
Great for families to get together to relax and have fun!
The property is beautiful! The house and guest house were comfortable and clean. Great communication and easily accessible for questions. The lake had several options for everyone. So glad we found the property and couldn't be happier with the accommodations.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
No fireworks on the grounds. No use of our motorized equipment in the new barn. Only small pets allowed. No Underage Drinking No Smoking in any house on the property. No littering. No use of any boat or golf cart without separate signed agreement. You accept all liability and responsibility for yourself, your guests and anyone on the property during your stay. This is a large property with the obvious risks of drowning, wildlife, inclement weather, dangerous vehicles, injuries, falling off the dock, slipping on wet dock, fire, etc. If you use the fire pit, you should put it out completely. Fires are only allowed in the designated fire pit area. You may not operate any vehicle on the property while or after consuming any alcohol or drugs. All vehicle operators and users must sign a separate agreement and must be licensed and of the proper age, state of mind. You must have your own insurance policy that covers you and all of your guests or anyone on the property during your stay for all of their activities and name the property owner as an Additional Insured during your stay. Only guests who signed our waiver are allowed in the property. Trash day is Thursday but please bring the bins down the driveway to the street before you leave the property.