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LARGE GROUP perfect for Family reunion, weddings, or just large families!

Bedrooms 9
Space 7,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

We offer 3 very private deluxe units under one roof.

Our FANTASY BEACH HOUSE has five bedrooms and 3 full baths it will accommodate up to 14 people. Master bedroom offers a King size bed with large private bath. On the main floor there are 2 bedrooms with Queen size beds and a very large shared bath. In the lower level there are 2 bedrooms one has 2 full size beds and the other has 1 full size bed and 1 queen size bed, the bedrooms have very large egress windows, also with a very large shared bath. The living space of the lower level has a large wet bar with full-size fridge,convection oven, microwave and pizza oven. also a gaming area with a pool table and dart board. FANTASY BEACH HOUSE is over 5000 square feet, fully furnished, has a complete kitchen containing a Wolf cooking range , dishwasher, refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, and toaster. There is a laundry room with washer and dryer. There are two dining areas, one by the kitchen overlooking the lake and the other in the great room offering plenty of seating space for large groups. The great room is huge with 2 seating areas and a gas fireplace at one end.

The BAY VIEW CABIN is HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE,The CABIN has 3 bedrooms, one bath and will accommodate up to 8 guests . The master bedroom has a king size bed. Second bedroom has 2 full size beds and third bedroom has a queen size bed. This lovely cabin is furnished with turn of the century antiques, a wood burning fireplace , fully stocked kitchen with microwave,refrigerator,dishwasher and range. There is also a laundry room with washer and dryer. The BAY VIEW SUITE has a beautiful large bedroom with a king size bed and private bath . The living area has a sofa that pulls out along with a electric fireplace fully stocked mini kitchen. The view of the lake from this unit is gorgeous! This complex is joined on the lake side by a common entry with road side entries to the FANTASY BEACH HOUSE and BAY VIEW CABIN. Linens provided for all the units, but please bring your own towels.Paper products are provided for your arrival but you will need to replace as needed.

The deck overlooking the lake has 2 dining sets,gas and charcoal grills for outdoor cooking. We also have 2 picnic tables closer to the beach. We provide yard games,volleyball and horseshoes. The night sky on the shores of Lake Superior is especially brilliant as there are no city lights to mar the view.


More Details

Paul E. Pfaffle
Member since: 2016
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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

About Paul E. Pfaffle

I was born and raised in Waukesha, Wi. Both of my parents were from Marquette.Michigan and loved the Big Bay area so from the time I was very young it became our favorite family vacation spot. After graduating from high school I took the big step to start my own auto body shop. I owned and operated Hillside Auto Body for 33 years. In 2007 I started looking for a home in Big Bay to fulfill my dream of living in the area. I purchased TRANQUILITY HAVEN that year. The next year I sold my business, moved to Big Bay and started living that dream.

Paul E. Pfaffle purchased this house in 2008

Why Paul E. Pfaffle chose Big Bay

I wanted to make my home in Big Bay so I started searching for the perfect property, I walked into this home and looked out over this beautiful bay and knew this was it, Tranquility Haven.I upgrade this home on a yearly basis to make it more comfortable each year. It is my Labor of Love!

What makes this house unique

There are few vacation rentals that can have everyone right on the same property to celebrate a special event ,we have that to offer. We have one unit that is handicap accessible, we are the perfect place for family reunions, weddings,and group gatherings .


Big Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 26
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 35 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 Fantasy beach house master bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 Fantasy beach house/ main floor large shared bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 3 Fantansy lower level large shared bath - toilet , shower
    Bathroom BAY VIEW SUITE-1 full bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom BAY VIEW Cabin-1 large shared bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 26
  • Bedroom 1FANTASY BEACH HOUSE- Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 FANTASY& BEACH HOUSE Main floor - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 FANTASY BEACH HOUSE Main floor- 1 Queen - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 FANTASY BEACH HOUSE lower level - 2 double
    Bedroom 5 FANTASY BEACH HOUSE Lower level - 1 queen , 1 double
    Bedroom 6 BAY VIEW Cabin Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 7 BAY VIEW Cabin - 2 double
    Bedroom 8 BAY VIEW Cabin - 1 queen
    Bedroom 9 BAY VIEW SUITE Master bedroom - 1 king
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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LARGE GROUP perfect for Family reunion, weddings, or just large families!
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Great for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We had a large family, actually several families with little kids. We all had our own space and a large common area for gathering and meals. The lake and the beach were great and the outdoor space was very nice.

Paul was also a great host.

We had a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very nice family. Left our property very well kept. Thanks so much
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Lake Superior Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting houses for one week in the summer for many years now, and this one is definitely the best. This property is very beautiful and in a very lovely remote area. We enjoyed the nice sandy beach of Lake Superior which went on forever, and the kayaks and canoe that came with. Paul, our host, was very helpful, always answered his phone, and fixed things that needed attention. We took many of his suggestions for hikes and greatly enjoyed them all. Our king size bed in the master bedroom was exceptionally comfortable, and I didn’t hear any complaints about the others. The whole week was a wonderful adventure. We hope to return some day.

Emily Gordon

PS: I wouldn’t advise ordering pizza from the Thunderbay Inn in Big Bay. We ordered six pizzas, paid $122, and they were thin, dried out, burned, and not worth 5 cents.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This family is very polite and more than welcome back anytime!!
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Fit the bill

  • 5 of 5

Lots of space for everyone to enjoy. Liked that everyone could eat together and play games in the Beach House. Wish the weather and flies would have cooperated so we could have enjoyed the beach more.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so pleased with our guests. Wish the weather was cooler and no flies when they checked out the house was very clean. What a gift We thank them so much.
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It’s amazing...Location, House everything is exceptional...Paul is amazing and very helpful.

  • 5 of 5

Five ⭐️

  • Submitted: May 28, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 7 families with 29 adults and teens. The house was perfect. The house had everything we needed and Paul was great. We had a blast and would recommend this house to others looking for an awesome vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yooper Paradise for a Crowd

  • 5 of 5

This home on Big Bay offers a wonderful getaway location with exceptional views and plenty to do. Our extended family spent a week here. We'd recommend it for the location, the spacious accommodations and the sunsets! The house was ideal for a large group (There were 21 of us, the youngest being 16 yo). Each day we'd go on an outdoor adventure (nearby hikes, trips into Marquette, rock jumping, kayaking). Each evening we'd cook a family meal, and gather on the beach for sunsets. Twilight seemed to linger for hours. The outdoor area is especially great with plenty of chairs, tables, hammocks, swings, grills, birdbaths, benches, shade trees and a beautiful sandy beach along a massive bay that is perfect for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding or hanging out and watching the day slip into night. The main house is filled with light, modern and comfortable. The main kitchen is well stocked, easy to work in and can accommodate a crowd. (There are several refrigerators onsite which was helpful for a big group.) The great room is filled with books, movies, maps and more. The cabin accommodations, however, could use some updating and TLC. They are dated and out of synch with the rest of the home. Paul, the host, was helpful during the booking process and quick to respond when we had questions leading up to our trip. He dropped in several times during our stay. Also of note, there was plenty of room to park cars because the owner has an empty lot adjacent to the property that can be used for overflow. This home is a real gem in a beautiful part of MI. We all fell in love with the UP and we all agreed that this home -- on this beautiful bay -- was perfect for us!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
KI Sawyer International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Thunder Bay Inn
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Marquette Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Thunder Bay Inn
Nearest Ski
28 Miles
Marquette Mountain Ski Hill

Visit the Thomas Rock Outlook for a great view of Lake Independence and Lake Superior. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior or venture into the forest for hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. There are nearby lakes and streams beckoning the angler and kayaker. Lake Independence is noted for excellent fishing of pike, walleye, perch and small mouth bass. There is a public boat launch at Perkins Park as well as the Big Bay Harbor. Canoes, and kayaks are provided for our guests along with life vests. ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 must be attended by an adult. Fishing boats are available to rent. Experience a delightful trip by canoe or kayak down the Iron River.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Insurance $99

There will be a cleaning fee of $250.00. If guests choose not to purchase PROTECTION DAMAGE thru VRBO there will be a security deposit required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.