First of all the host, Jamie, could not have been nicer or more accommodating. She did not bother me, she just checked in to make sure I had what I needed and was aware of where things were. She is definitely an A+ host!
The cabin was spotless and really, there were so many little details to give it its Viking Cabin look. You can tell there was a good amount of effort and care. Directions were so thoughtful and suggestions for things to do were thoughtful as well.
The front porch was really sweet and I would have made more use of it if I had had more privacy.
Pros: great host, cute cabin, very clean, great location in regard to nearness of Presque Isle and Pictured Rocks as well as grocery and gas or whatever you might need.
Cons: This may not be a deal breaker to some but for me, it's HUGE. The description definitely points out iron in the water but I had NO IDEA to what extent. So in case you don't either....DO NOT WASH YOUR HAIR. I have (had) highlights in my hair, an expensive thing to have done. They are ruined. I will end up spending a couple hundred dollars trying to undo my now ORANGE hair. I have tried every home remedy and beauty store shampoo. I will have to have my hairdresser correct. I only washed my hair twice!!!
The "private beach" area across the highway is actually a public roadside pullover park. Which is not that big of a deal but it was fairly busy. As the description states there are no stairs to beach. It is a fairly steep declince and since I have an issue with my achilles tendon I was not willing to risk it. There is also a fence you have to climb over.
Privacy and seclusion: not much of it. My intention for going was to connect with nature and have a silent retreat. Unfortunately you really are smack dab in the middle of an RV camp. On two of the nights I was there I had tent campers fifteen steps from the door of the cabin. So I would have used the front porch more often.....but it was not quite private.
Do not make the same mistake I did by grocery shopping before I went to the cabin. The cooler sized "refrigerator" is truly just a small cooler and with a cooling unit in the lid. It did not work after I plugged it in. I didn't complain because I really just wanted ease and solitude so I went back to grocery and purchased a cooler. Also, the toaster oven is very small. It is mentioned as being so in description, I believe, but I didn't realize they could be so little. So my feedback would be, don't try to actually cook when staying there unless you are a good griller and don't need to keep much cold.
As far as temperature inside the cabin....even on hot days it feels really nice inside. There are windows and the ceiling fan does a great job. There is also a little window unit if it gets crazy hot.
The decor is a little off putting in the summer heat. Lots of fur and dark. It looks cool but it's not a good feel for summer months. Also, in the middle of this pandemic, I was a little concerned about how so much fur was washed as well as the upholstered throw pillows on the bed.
I am not trying to be nit picky, but these are things that affected my stay.
I think it would be a place that I would consider during the colder months when there are no campers and when I might not be desperate to shower.
Again, Jamie is a wonderful host and I am sure she would go out of her way to accommodate requests if you made them. But there's no way around the fact that you are not in a private area, the iron in the water is a big deal, there is no refrigeration, and you have to climb over a fence and slide down a "dune" to get to the beach that is across a highway.
Absolutely perfect! You could not ask for nicer hosts and the cabin was super clean and very cute and comfortable. Luxury accomodations! It was so great that they had a beach bag, towels and beach chairs for guest use as well as kayak and bicycle!! My favorite thing was the outdoor shower and the wood fired hot tub! There is access to a regular shower/bathroom in the house as well. It was perfectly private but the hosts were great about letting me know they were available if anything was needed. The walk to the beach was just a few minutes. I can’t wait to go back! I could not be happier about my time there. A perfect retreat!