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Review 1279: Owner, #4059, #20662, #20669
Houses in Huron on Lake Erie, Ohio
June/July 2004, 1 week
The three houses were located on Lake Erie in a private community adjacent to a public park with swingsets, basketball court and picnic tables. In spite of one of the houses being next to the public park I felt the location was very private. We had our own outside areas where we could take chairs to sit with a great view of the lake. The same person owns all three houses which was convenient for our group of 18.
There was a small local grocery store within a five minute drive. A super Wal-Mart was also conveniently located within a fifteen minute drive which is where we did our grocery shopping. There were a few nice seafood restaurants in downtown Huron, approximately a ten minute drive.
#4059 was a duplex; each side had two bedrooms and a futon or sofabed. Since we rented both sides there were no privacy issues. The front duplex enjoyed views of the water while the back duplex had a small deck and garden area. The feel of the duplex was very cabiny - pine-paneled walls, very homey.
The middle house (#20662) was the smallest with two bedrooms, I would estimate built in the sixties. It had a recently updated kitchen and a small deck off the end closest to the water.
The large house (#20669) was the nicest, being a bit older with much more character than the other two rentals. It had a carport which we used as a sitting-out area as well as a small concrete deck on the other side of the house facing the water. There were three bedrooms; two in our party brought air mattresses and one slept on the front glass-enclosed sunroom and the other in a small ante room located next to the twin bedroom. The living room was particularly nice with a fireplace (obviously not in use during our summer stay) and comfortable furniture. There were two bathrooms in the big house; one with slate-tiled shower stall and the other with tub and hand-held shower.
All of the rentals had washer/dryer facilities (the duplex shared a laundry room).
Each rental unit had a nice outside sitting area, private to each location. There was a bit of a rock/concrete wall built next to the water to protect the houses, this did obstruct the immediate view of the water from inside some rooms of the houses. It was a great location however to take chairs and enjoy the view (along with a nice glass of wine!). There was no pool but you could swim, tube, canoe or kayak in the lake. The public park also had a public pier where you could fish and it had a ladder into the water for swimming. Also, the teenagers in our group enjoyed the public park adjacent to the properties, spending evenings playing basketball with the local boys.
The furniture in all of the rentals was in good shape although not brand-new. We all felt it was comfortable and the houses were clean. The living and dining rooms had plenty of space for the size of the group staying there. We tended to gather together in the evenings for meals and would migrate outside to the deck areas utilizing the picnic tables to accommodate our entire group.
The beds had good-quality mattresses; no cot style beds here. All bedrooms had either an armoire, closet or small dresser to stow our clothing. The duplex had a total of two bathrooms; one for each unit. Since there were only three people in each unit one bathroom per unit was sufficient. I can imagine that with the maximum of six people per unit it could get a bit squeezed.
The small house had one bathroom, shared between four. The large house had two full bathrooms shared between eight. We juggled our bathing times a bit and it worked fine. The shower room in the large house was a bit non-private as the door leading to this room didn't go all the way to the floor (a bit like a public stall door) and then it wouldn't lock.
All of the kitchens had dishwashers. There were plenty of pots, pans, dishes and utensils for the size of the groups in each house. The kitchens were fine for cooking full meals and all had a microwave.
Problems or Bonuses
The location was a plus. It was very convenient to be close to so many different attractions (nice for a big group with varied interestes) and although the Henry Ford museum was quite a drive it was well worth it. Watching the lake in the morning and evening was very relaxing. This was a great home base to return to each evening.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We dealt directly with the owner, Dave. Dave is very friendly and even took an hour upon our arrival to drive around with two in our group pointing out the shopping areas, local restaurants and areas of interest. He explained the back way into Cedar Point Amusement park which was very helpful. He also told us about some local attractions and the drive time to each. The payment was handled by sending Dave a check for half of the amount due and then we paid the remainder in cash upon our arrival.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would highly recommend these houses and would stay here again. The duplex could present privacy issues if you didn't rent the entire unit.
Things to do in this area
During our stay we went to Cedar Point Amusement Park twice, a local arboretum (free and beautiful), several people in our group took a day trip to the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan, we fished off of the bulkhead and there were several local fishing charters available.
We also took the ferry to Kelley's Island and rented golf carts to drive around the island which was fun.
The maritime museum in nearby Vermilion was of great interest, especially to those curious about the Edmund Fitzgerald.
We toured many lighthouses in the area, our favorite being Marblehead.
We spent one evening playing miniature golf and go-karting and went through an animal safari (a bit over-priced but worth it for the sheer amusement value).
The basketball court was located far enough from the big house that the noise wasn't a bother. There was also a recreational park where we went to play a game of softball.
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