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Starting at $1247 a night

Watassa Retreat

Type: CabinBedrooms: 8Bathrooms: 5
Beds: 9Sleeps: 16Pets: No
Min Night Stay: 3

    Watassa Retreat: Located on 60 acres with frontage on the Big South Branch of the Pere Marquette River-a designated scenic river. Nature trails extend in all directions from the lodge. Most likely, hikers will never encounter another human, only wildlife. With the nearest neighbor two miles distant and completely surrounded by the Manistee National Forest, you’ve achieved the closest you ever will to total seclusion. The large home is well suited for family retreats, corporate retreats, or hunting/fishing expeditions.

    INSIDE THE HOME

    The lodge consists of 8 bedrooms and 5 full bathrooms. Public areas consist of a large gathering room with a beamed ceiling, wood-burning fireplace, generous seating area, pool table, shuffleboard, and foosball table. An open configured kitchen, dining room, living room will seat up to 17 guests for dining. Porches include a screened porch and an open upper balcony porch overlooking the river, a great spot to observe eagles and ospreys. There is an expansive porch surrounding the gathering room with panoramic views of the surrounding nature.

    Please Note: There is no internet service available at this home.

    SLEEPING

    The unit sleeps 16. All bed and bath linens are provided.

    Bedroom #1: King bed (Ground level)
    Bedroom #2: Queen bed with en suite bathroom (Ground level)
    Bedroom#3: Full bed (Main Level)
    Bedroom #4: Full bed (Main Level)
    Bedroom #5: King bed (Upper Level)
    Bedroom # 6: King bed (Upper Level)
    Bedroom #7: King bed (Upper Level)
    Bedroom #8: Twin Bunk Beds (Upper Level)

    EATING

    The kitchen is fully equipped. There is a standard drip coffee maker along with a coffee bean grinder. There is seating for up to 17 guests in the main dining area and an additional dining table in the gathering room. A side porch off of the screened porch has a Green Egg Grill that uses lump coal for barbecuing.

    PARKING

    There is plenty of parking on the property to accommodate.

    THE LOCATION:

    The property was originally the site of a logging camp dating to the 1880s. The bridge, which allows for access to both sides of the river, was built to allow for a narrow-gauge railroad to service the logging camp. The Pere Marquette River system is known for its trout fishing in the spring and salmon fishing in the fall – recognized as some of the best fishing in Michigan. The surrounding Manistee National forest is home to deer, turkey, grouse, bear, porcupine, bobcat, and many other species indigenous to Michigan. The forests of mixed hardwoods and pine trees are carpeted with ferns and wildflowers. Stargazing is spectacular because there is no light pollution. Located an hour from two great skiing resorts. Miles of snowmobile trails are accessible from the lodge. It is completely private with a two-mile drive in from Walhalla Road.

    Located just 30 minutes from Ludington. Ludington has shopping, restaurants, beaches & sightseeing opportunities, as well as Mason County Airport and Ludington Municipal Marina.

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    Cancellations will be refunded if canceled 30 days or more before check-in. Any cancellations within 30 days of check-in will not be refunded. There are no refunds for early departures, reduction of nights rented, or delayed arrivals due to inclement weather or any other factor.

    THE UNSALTED ADVANTAGE

    An Unsalted Vacations team member has personally been in every one of the vacation rentals on our site. All photos, amenities, calendars, and rates are 100% accurate.

    We make it stress-free to stay with us! You’ll receive a starter supply of paper products, shampoo, soaps, and hotel-quality towels and linens to get your vacation off on the right foot. Check-in is a breeze; drive straight to your rental and let yourself in with a unique lock code. We’ll send you all the information you need including directions, lockbox codes, and instructions so you’ll be ready to rest, relax and rejuvenate!

    All Unsalted Vacations rentals follow local and state tax rules. Your reservation includes applicable taxes, a cleaning fee, and a Damage Protection policy.

    Amenities

    • bed linens
    • cooking basics
    • cleaning: included
    • dishes & silverware
    • essentials
    • towels
    • heating
    • hot water
    • kitchen
    • long term stays allowed
    • oven
    • living room
    • refrigerator
    • stove
    • air conditioning
    • bathtub
    • coffee maker
    • dvd player
    • foosball
    • games
    • pool table
    • dishwasher
    • dryer
    • wireless internet
    • game room
    • fireplace
    • yard space
    • telephone
    • microwave
    • balcony or patio
    • private entrance
    • shampoo
    • smoke detector
    • toaster
    • bird watching
    • wildlife viewing
    • water view
    • television
    • washer
    • deck or patio uncovered
    • grill
    • fishing
    • fishing - fly
    • hunting
    • family
    • romantic
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    Location

    Guest Reviews of watassa retreat

    4.91 out of 5 stars based on 11 user reviews.

    family vacation

    Review by Linda K.
    Watassa retreat was all it said it was and more. Great place to unwind and hang with family.
    5 out of 5 stars

    Desy Family Christmas

    Watassa Retreat was absolutely beautiful, clean and very comfortable for my family of 16. We celebrated Christmas there. The lodge was well stocked and even losing power in December did not hasten our stay. The caretaker (Bob) was very helpful and really kept in contact to make sure we were comfortable. I can not thank the innerspring enough for opening up there home for us. We will definitely be back next year.
    5 out of 5 stars

    A MUST stay rental!

    Review by Alyssa J.
    You have to see it to experience it. This place was beyond amazing. Secluded with acreage of privacy and a lodge-like feel is just the beginning. The perfect place for a family vacation or group weekend away. The house provides comfort for all with multiple living and lounging places. The kitchen is huge and fully stocked. The game room provides fun evening activities. Drink coffee in one of the many river viewing rooms. Do not hesitate and book this for your next getaway.
    5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    Review by Devon C.
    Unbelievable property. This house is absolutely beautiful and fully stocked so there is no reason to leave this little oasis. All rental processes were communicated promptly and clearly. They even had the firewood stocked so we were nice and cozy at night. There walk down the river was gorgeous and we all swam each day. Beds were comfortable and I would suggest bringing an extra pillow if you like more than one. Our favorite was that there was no cell service or wifi so we had a wonderful time connecting, practicing yoga outside, cooking and reading on the porches. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.
    5 out of 5 stars

    Family Reunion

    Review by Eric J P.
    Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed the space. Nice room to gather together and private bedrooms to get away. We would highly recommend for others to enjoy.
    5 out of 5 stars

    Great house for our large extended family

    Review by Jennifer G.
    We all had great time at this place. We enjoyed campfires, star gazing and big family dinners. Location was good for our canoe trip and trip to Silver lake dunes as well as shopping in Ludington.
    4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome getaway

    Unique, beautiful, spacious, and peaceful. Great place to get away with a large family like ours.
    5 out of 5 stars
    Manager Response:
    This is a great location to get away from it all. We hope you come back again!

    Beautiful Secluded Home

    We had a group of 12 which included 5 families and we had an amazing experience. Great movie/DVD collection for adults and kids. The game room with pool table and shuffleboard attracted A lot of competitive spirit. The river led to a lot of fishing and viewing wildlife such as bald eagles and deer a plenty. The AC was cold and refreshing after a long day in the heat and humidity. The croquet set was perfect for the wide open space next to the house and the fire pit was a “s’mores” extravaganza. We will return for another family retreat in the future.
    5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Family Retreat

    Great place to stay with family. Good indoor and outdoor space. Enough bedrooms and bathrooms for all.
    5 out of 5 stars
    Manager Response:
    Great to hear! We hope we can host your family again!

    Amazing secluded getaway!

    Our extended family (15+) have been taking a yearly vacation together for over 20 years. This is by far one of the nicest, roomiest and well cared for places we have been.The pictures do not do it justice! House is spotless and the kitchen is stocked with more than the basic necessities. The property has endless walking trails. The river is a dream for kayaking or sitting in a tube or chair and reading. Their is no cell, internet or TV so perfect place to “unplug”. Besides the property, plenty of DVDs, games and huge game room to fill your time. Unsalted Vacations made renting very easy and quickly responded to any concerns with nearby pleasant caretaker. A “TEN” in all regards.
    5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Review by Krista T.
    Excellent! Check in was easy and the house was spotless! The kitchen was very well stocked with everything you could ever possibly want or need. The property is gorgeous! It was really nice to unplug for a few days. What a beautiful property! Unsalted was very responsive and checked frequently to see if there was anything we needed. They were quick to answer any questions that I had. This place was great for a family retreat!
    5 out of 5 stars
    Manager Response:
    Watassa Retreat is great for family vacations! We hope we get the privilege to host you again in the future!