Our Greek Revival estate graces 64 acres of rolling glacial till in rural south central Michigan. Hermitage Hills Estate was built in 1995 as a replica of President Andrew Jackson's Hermitage in Nashville with four spacious bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths, four fireplaces, and four ponds.
Hermitage Hills Estate is a luxurious, red brick, 22-year-old estate with acres of wooded trails and sandy paths, bonfire pit, four private ponds and Pavilion. There is radiant in-floor heat throughout the house on all three levels and central air-conditioning. It looks like Andrew Jackson's Hermitage in Nashville, but with modern amenities like indoor plumbing and an in-house kitchen.
Children & Pets:
Children ages 24 months and younger stay free! Children older than 24 months count as guests.
We are pet friendly for friendly pets (with prior approval only). We require you tell us about your pets before a reservation is confirmed. We also require that the pet(s) you bring to Hermitage Hills be counted as part of the total guest count as you book your reservation. Lastly, pets CANNOT be left alone inside the house, especially locked inside a room. We have had several beautiful six-panel stained oak doors get scratched by dogs who were locked inside a room by themselves. Please bring a cage for your pet or chain him outside.
This 5,600 square foot home is a paradise for adults and children alike. Front and back porches grace the first floor and front and back balconies span the second floor. This is a beautiful play space for kiddos and a relaxing spot to take in the outdoors from the treetop level!
Hermitage Hills has 10+ acres of water with four large private fishing, swimming, and kayaking ponds. No Michigan fishing license is needed since we own the ponds. Bring your own bait, tackle, and pole. There is also a large outdoor playset for children of all ages.
Swim, fish, and kayak our private ponds, enjoy a large reading selection, and cozy up by the bonfire pit to roast marshmallows while enjoying stellar stargazing in the backyard. A Holland grill on the back porch is available for your use.
Our guests are welcome to use two adult-sized orange kayaks along with our old, leaky rowboat. Two plastic tubs in the garage have 10 adult-sized life jackets, five youth life jackets (50-90 lbs.) and three infant life jackets (0-30 lbs.) for your use.
There are horse shoes, croquet, and badminton and a playset with a tire swing, slides, and more!
Enjoy a stroll through rolling glacial till known as "hills and dales" in Hillsdale County, Michigan, including our black walnut grove of nearly 300 mature trees.
The House Amenities:
Enjoy hotel amenities in your own private home. Hermitage Hills has fresh bed linens, pillows, and towels for our guests. A washer and dryer is available for your use. We provide HE laundry soap. If you use your own laundry soap, please make sure it's high efficiency (HE) before use.
Campus high-speed WiFi is always available. There is one 43" LG LED flat-screen TV with Charter Cablevision and integrated Bluetooth surround sound system in the family room and another 43" smart TV in the finished basement.
Kitchen, Breakfast Nook, and Dining Room:
The kitchen is fully equipped with Le Creuset cookware and bakeware, blender, Cuisinart food processor, Kitchenaid stand mixer, electric griddle, and much more. There are matching table settings for 30+ people, cooking utensils, a Krups drip coffee pot, (we provide filters and coffee) toaster, microwave, and a double oven. A fridge in the garage (just off the kitchen) provides extra space for big groups. The formal dining room seats 14 and the breakfast nook has seating for eight.
If you need anything we don't have, we'll do our very best to accommodate. We provide many basic pantry staples so guests don't have to over-buy for short stays (creamer, sugar, honey, coffee, spices, condiments, cooking oil, bug repellent, etc.).
As a courtesy to our guests, we provide a basket of baked goods. Fruits, juice, coffee, and tea are also complimentary. Bring your own firewood. Enjoy farm-fresh eggs during your stay from local free-range chickens.
Bedroom 1: main floor--king bed en-suite
Bedroom 2: upstairs--queen bed en-suite
Bedroom 3: upstairs--two queen beds
Bedroom 4: upstairs--two queen beds
Bedrooms 3 and 4 share the upstairs full bath and dressing room.
Finished basement sleepover space: Six queen-sized luxury airbeds in our finished basement are here for large groups. (We add more as the need arises.) They are 20" off the floor. One is is a private room. A pack and play is also available upon request. The finished basement also includes a large sectional sofa, billiard table, and a 43" smart TV.
Although we are not off-grid, our solar panels produce as much as or more energy than is used at Hermitage Hills. An outdoor wood boiler is maintained by us and provides radiant heat and hot water. It complements the solar panels in our efforts to use renewable resources.
Be a Hermit if You Choose:
Located on 64 acres with four private ponds, Hermitage Hills is private and serene. Come with your groceries and firewood, fishing poles, cross country skis, kayaks, and mountain bikes to our destination and just stay, enjoy and explore the outdoors, and rest.
While we do have neighbors, they are not close and there is a tremendous feeling of quiet, privacy and serenity here.
Come From All Directions:
Hermitage Hills is centrally located in south central Michigan about two hours from Detroit, about three hours from Chicago, and three hours from Cleveland. Only about 10 miles or fewer north of the I-80-90 toll road in Indiana and Ohio and a short 25-minute drive to Hillsdale College. Only 45 minutes from Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
Well-behaved dogs and children are welcome, though they must be closely supervised in and around our water features. Swimming, fishing, and kayaking is done at your own risk as there is no lifeguard on duty. Life jackets are available for your use in the garage. We encourage all to wear a life jacket when swimming and kayaking.
1. Hillsdale, Michigan is 17 miles away and has Johnny T's restaurant, and many more restaurants.
2. Bill's Steak House on US-12 in Bronson, Mich. is Nick's favorite!
3. Angola, Indiana is about 15 miles away and has many locally owned and chain restaurants.
4. Allen, Michigan is about 8 miles away and is known as the Antique Capitol of the World.
5. Fremont, Indiana is about 15 miles away and has an outlet mall. There's also Satek Winery (with tours) in Fremont and Wildwinds Buffalo Preserve in Fremont that gives tours that may put you in the middle of a herd of bison! (Our own children loved the tour!)
6. We recommend The Pizza Barn in Reading, Mich. for some good pizza pie. They even deliver to Hermitage Hills!
7. The nearest full-line grocery stores are in Coldwater (Meijer, Wal-Mart) and Hillsdale, Michigan (Kroger, Wal-Mart, IGA) are about 17 miles from Hermitage Hills. Fremont Village Foods (Fremont, Indiana IGA) is 11 miles doorstep to doorstep. Reading, Michigan is about 5 miles away and has a newly-built Dollar General, north on M-49.
Hermitage Hills is a destination itself. Escape the city with your family and enjoy the peaceful beauty of quiet here.
Child-Friendly Attractions within an hour's drive of Hermitage Hills:
1. Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve in Fremont, Ind.
Also, well worth the tour price. You will be in a pick up truck wagon and in the middle of a herd of buffalo. Lots of Native American history as well. Our own kids loved it!
2. Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Lots of airplanes, space simulators, indoor ferris wheel, and indoor hot air balloon rides. Our kids have been several times and are still game to go again! There are special rooms with rides for little ones as well.
3. The Little River Railroad in Coldwater, Mich.
An absolute favorite of our own children! From the website: A trip through the countryside on an historic train powered by real steam locomotives! Round trip train rides depart from Coldwater, MI and go to Quincy, MI. Tickets can be purchased any time from the website or at the ticket office. Handicap accessible.
4. Capri Drive-In in Coldwater, Mich.
You will love this experience! View a movie or two from your vehicle. This is the real deal, folks!
5. Adventure Zone (next to the Capri Drive-In)
Paintball, Go-Carts, Miniature Golf, Arcade, Laser Tag, Bounce House
Wedding and Reception Information:
On Instagram @hermitagehillsestate for the latest venue and wedding pictures. View our wedding wire reviews and access the 2017-2019 price worksheet and timeline on wedding wire or the knot. Message us to schedule a guided tour.
Hermitage Hills Estate welcomes indoor and outdoor weddings and receptions. Stay two or more nights at Hermitage Hills Estate with up to 30 overnight guests and up to 200+ wedding and reception guests, 40'x60' Pavilion, 200 white folding chairs, 120 wooden chairs, 30 8' tables, two Little Pole Barn bathrooms with shower stalls, and a kitchenette. The kitchenette has a microwave, mini-fridge, Keurig, sink, a commercial ice maker, and a deep freezer filled with 20 lb. bags of ice.
We have several camping plug-ins as well as outbuildings that have both electricity and water. There are over 20 acres of grass mown weekly, and several thousand feet of pond frontage that can accommodate many tents and travel trailers.
Enjoy our campus-wide, high-speed cable internet. Several groups have had over 50 devices connected simultaneously to our WiFi network. We have an Ion Gameday 50 watt Bluetooth speaker with microphone that can be used at the ceremony site and the Pavilion.
We live nearby and are Airbnb Superhosts and hope you'll read through our five-star reviews to be confident in your booking.
Marisa and Nick
Guests have access to the whole house. Enjoy!
Interaction with guests
We live nearby, so quick and easy access is always available and only a text message away. Text us immediately if a problem arises.
The Golden Rule:
We ask that you treat our space as if it were your own. We will launder towels and sheets, but we ask that you leave the space as you found it.
Put trash in the blue herbie-curbie by the driveway. If the herbie curbie is full, put bagged trash inside the garage to prevent outdoor critters from getting into it. Burnable items can be placed in the burn barrels also by the driveway.
This is our beloved home, and we've worked incredibly hard to make it warm, clean, and comfortable. We have prepared an extensive House Manual that should tell you everything you will need to know while staying at our house. We hope you love your experience! We expect everyone who stays here to treat the house with respect.
No smoking inside the house or on the balconies. Smoking by the bonfire pit in the backyard would be fine.
We're pet friendly for friendly pets (with prior approval only). We require you to tell us about your pets before a reservation is confirmed. We also require that the pet(s) you bring to Hermitage Hills be counted as guest(s) as you book your reservation since they are guests too.
All dog guests must be house trained and must stay off furniture and beds at all times. Dogs and air beds don't mix, so no dogs in the finished basement with the airbeds. Take care of and clean up after your pet.
Please note that we do not have a fenced area for your dog(s).
Police your dog(s) and dispose of refuse left in the mown grass. You can do this by throwing the refuse into the wooded areas. If you leave your pet at the house while dining out, etc., please put your pet in a securely-locked dog cage. If you did not bring one with you, text message us, and we will bring you one or more to use. Keep your dog(s) on a leash outdoors as we have a yellow lab and a gray cat also on the property.
Lastly, pets CANNOT be left alone inside the house, especially locked inside a room. We have had several beautiful 6 panel stained oak doors get scratched by dogs who were locked inside a room by themselves. Please bring a cage for your pet or chain him outside.
Please remove your shoes on the boot mats located inside the garage and also on the back porch. Our yard oftentimes has grass clippings, plus it's just more comfortable to be in your socks or slippers.
Your Airbnb Profile:
We are most comfortable with those who introduce themselves with complete profiles and even reviews. We agree with the Airbnb Help Center's advice on How to Travel:
"Profiles: It's a good idea to fill out your profile before you start contacting hosts as many hosts prefer to learn about potential guests. The fastest way to fill out your profile is to connect your social media account. You can also edit your profile by clicking the down arrow next to your name all the way at the top of the screen, selecting Profile, and clicking on Edit Profile. Some hosts require complete profiles, so if you haven't done so already you might get asked to upload a photo, add a description, or more when you try to message them." https://www.airbnb.com/help/getting-started/how-to-travel
Required Name List:
I require a list of first and last names of all guests prior to arrival. Please do this by sending me a message through airbnb.
No Additional Guests:
No extra visitors allowed for the duration of the reservation without prior written approval from me. You may not invite additional guests on the property for any length of time.
With prior written approval from me and a list of extra visitors' names (via messaging), there is also an additional charge of $10.00 per person per day for these visitors. Since we will know ahead of time about these day visitors, we will include the additional per person visitor fees in an airbnb price adjustment for you. Anyone who shows up unannounced or unaccounted for, you will be billed are agreeing to pay for while you are here.
Please load and run the dishwasher as needed. Dishwasher soap is provided and under the kitchen sink. All LeCreuset pots and pans need to be hand washed. Do not put them in the dishwasher.
Board Games/ Lawn Games/ Billiard Table/ Books/ Toys/ Treadmill key/ Life jackets:
These are provided for your use and enjoyment. Please make sure any items used are returned to their proper places for the next guests.
Please open the flue before starting the fire. Close the flue after use. Do not leave the fireplace unattended. Do not leave burning or smoldering logs or embers unsupervised inside the house.
I have outside cameras on the property. They are for security only.
Please treat our home with respect. Thank you!
Other rules may apply.
I am a teacher at a local high school who likes non-fiction books and strong coffee with raw cream, thanks to our cow share at a local organic farm. Nick is a self-employed computer mastermind, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and the second smartest man I know, next to my dad.
We love it that our children can hop in the rowboat during the summer or go for a swim, and sled down our hills during the winter. Our cat, Earl Grey, has been known to greet guests and even snuggle if encouraged.
We are family oriented and feel grounded on this land with which we are blessed. There is a beauty, serenity, peace, love, and joy here. We are thankful for our guests and their insights. Thank you for stopping by! We hope you come for a visit!
Marisa and Nick