About the property
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Travel to a storybook world, full of enchanted feelings. A romantic escape...
The Chalet is a cozy retreat on the shores of Lake Michigan... And is part of a more expansive property (see listings of the Large Thatch House, Sunset Villa, VRBO listing #892820 and The Cottage #892824).
Set back behind the main house , The Chalet is entirely separate with no access from the main house. With its own private entrance, The Chalet offers a "secret hideaway" made for the romantic at heart.... Perfect for honeymooners from Castle Farms, anniversary celebrations, romantic birthday getaways, and so much more!
A "magic" spiral staircase leads to the secluded couple's bedroom on the lower level, while the children can play and sleep on the level above, in the "overhead" loft.
The kitchen and living area offer rustic charm, being handmade by "unknown small mystical craftsmen" working late at night by candle light. It is said that if one sits quietly on a moonlit night, these magical gnomes can be spotted checking on the Chalet to make certain that everything is still in perfect condition....
The charming Chalet can be enjoyed as a romantic getaway for a couple who will find their master suite downstairs and a living area and custom-made kitchen above, or for family visitors, there is the awesome carpeted loft area with two twin beds. The main floor also has a full size futon that will function as a bed along with a half-bath.
During the day, walk to the white sandy beach, just steps from your door, to enjoy the beautiful lake, or walk 3 or 4 minutes into town for shopping and restaurants. You'll walk to the beautiful Charlevoix marina/park in under 5! It all adds up to a very relaxing stay.
For those interested in lengthy exercise sessions, there are beautiful walking paths and bike trails and even 2 fitness centers nearby. The Chalet's close proximity to the beach makes it ideal for those who enjoy water sports. During the summer months paddle boards are rented right at the shore.
The Chalet is a magical vacation experience. Please read the reviews of The Chalet to see what our guests thought of their visit.
Please visit our website mushroomhouses.com for more details and pictures, and please email us for inquiries and up-to-date information on rate specials. Thanks so much!
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- May 24, 2018
About Barbara Clayton
Dear Guests, My "Mushroom House ensemble" consists of 4 distinct properties, all "rescued" Earl Young houses. Earl Young is the famous eccentric builder/architect who lined the Park Avenue stretch in front of Michigan Beach Park with his wonderful creations. The main house of my "mushroom house compound". is called Sunset Villa (304 Park Ave). It was Earl Young's first home that he built for himself and his family. Part of this property was an old carriage house behind the main house. Both properties were in deplorable shape. Most potential buyers assumed they needed to be torn down, but I fell in love with them, and with the spirit of Earl Young that's on display along this beautiful stretch of Park Avenue. I bought the house and carriage house in 2013. Inspired, I also bought "Applecore" (8003 Mt McSauba Rd), a "Mushroom House" designed and built by Earl Young's daughter Virginia. This beautiful house sat empty for 9 years. The cottage (305 Clinton St), which shares the grounds with the main house on Park Ave, was also added to complete the collection. I vowed to restore these properties. The house on Park Avenue was a special case, and I knew that with this property I would be going beyond, way beyond, merely restoring it. "Re-imagining" was a word used often in the extensive media coverage the building of this house generated—its iconic thatch roof has now become somewhat of a tourist attraction. For the carriage house I saw potential for use as a charming "chalet". It now shares the thatch roof of the main house—although it's otherwise separate, with its own private entrances. My accountants told me I was crazy. And I knew they were right, but I did it anyway. It was a labor of love. That's why I didn't spare time nor expense to turn these properties into the best they could be. I wanted to do justice to the spirit of Earl Young and I hope I gave the people of Charlevoix and its visitors something to enjoy and be proud of... Michael Seitz.
Barbara Clayton purchased this Chalet in 2013
Why Barbara Clayton chose Charlevoix
Dear Guests, Welcome to Charlevoix! This tiniest Mushroom House is SO much fun - romantic, cozy, curious - distinctive. It is a lovely little house. I am the booking manager and it is a joy to talk about this property. Children love it, honeymooners love it, young-at-heart couples love it - it's just delightful. The owner is a world traveller, and he has a team of professionals helping him manage these properties. Our Property Manager Jake was the head carpenter on the construction of The Chalet and is our resident expert. You know that old saying , "Love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life", well, we're there! We'd love to have you stay at The Chalet - please visit our website mushroomhouses.com and email me for our latest rate specials and any other new things happening at the Mushrooms. And, thanks!
What makes this Chalet unique
This is a romantic lover's hideaway... No matter your age, it is a honeymoon experience... Your feelings will be touched by the unique warm charm of the old world hobbit home retreat... Snuggle in this completely renovated Chalet and enjoy the beautiful rustic charm and cozy atmosphere. The Chalet has air conditioning for hot summers and underfloor heating for those cold winter months... Perfect as a Ski Chalet for couples or families looking to hit the slopes! This is truly a one of a kind.... Google it....nothing quite like this exists in the world....from the delicately balanced but "oh so solid" spiral staircase, to the high thatch roof enveloping you.... The beach is only 100 yards away, with spectacular evening sunsets....the water is pristine and a tropical turquoise blue ... Charlevoix town, just a few blocks away, bustles with energy and lively excitement.... With round lake as a breathtaking back drop. The only thing missing is....YOU.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 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.
Lovely Getaway! House was Magical, warm, cozy and wonderful. Walking distance to town. Can’t wait to return!
We enjoyed our stay very much. Beautiful area, beautiful home away from home with unique rustic decor. So happy we found it and were able to spend a few days!
Warm, cozy and surrounded by fun!
We had a great time at the Chalet! It was a really fun place to stay with everything we need for an up north get away. The neighborhood was just lovely and it being blocks from down town and not even a block from the beach was awesome! We spent time just hanging out in the Chalet but also walking the trails by the shore and discovering fantastic new places to eat. We really found out that we like the Charlevoix area a lot. We will be coming back to the Chalet!
My husband & I stayed in The Chalet for three nights & loved the accommodations. After reading previous reviews I was prepared & brought a small fan for the bedroom as it is a little warm & the ceiling fan wasn't quite enough. The best part is you are within walking distance of the beach & downtown which offers so much to do. I had some difficulty with the booking process; I thought I was all set with the booking however it was only a request online. I also felt forced to pay a non-refundable $60 damage protection from the VRBO site even after I was required to pay $300 refundable damage protection from the owner. I did hear back immediately from the property manager each time I had a question. We highly recommend The Chalet!
Unique and Cozy
Really a lovely unique little chalet to spend time in. Perfectly located, we walked to the beach and pier and downtown to eat. Very cool story about the history and renovation of the property. Bed was very comfortable and bathroom with stone shower was great! The kitchen is lovely but with just a mini fridge and just a two burner stove, it would be hard to do any significant meals. It was fine for us, though, and there's a grill available outside. Only downside is that the tv services didn't stream well. Couldn't watch anything on the tv without a lot of stopping of the video and very slow movement through the menus. We ended up watching a movie on our laptop through our own Netflix, which streamed fine. Not a very big issue, though, especially in the summer when the sunset is way better entertainment in the evening!
We celebrated our 10 year Anniversary here for 3 nights and it was the PERFECT spot. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, book this Chalet!!
I cannot say enough about this place and all it has to offer. From stepping inside you are immediately welcomed to comfort, coziness and romance. It is located so close to downtown and the beach you can park your car and never drive until its time to leave Charlevoix.
The communication between us and and the rental property owners was great and we appreciated such kindness and hospitality.
Thank you for this incredible weekend.
Thank you for your wonderful review. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay in The Chalet and we hope to welcome you again to beautiful Charlevoix.
The Chalet rose from the stone work of his original Earl Young carriage house, nestled among the other famous historic Earl Young Mushroom Homes on Park Avenue.
"Hobbitland … mushroom homes … elf space … gnome houses … Smurfsville … the creations of Earl Young are known world-wide. And the only place you can see them is in Charlevoix."
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Check-in is anytime after 4:00PM and check-out is 11:00AM (we need the time between guests to clean the house!) Use of the loft space IS STRICTLY at the renters risk, completely SAFE but is not for elderly, young children or those who are unstable with library ladders. Also - please note that we offer discounts for last-minute bookings. If you are free to travel at "the drop of a hat" check the calendar for availability and contact us for the reduced rate. Thanks!