The Big Twig is a larger version of the Twig, which has been listed on airbnb for over two years. It is a two-story former studio with an open living area on the first floor, including the living room, dining area and kitchen. There is also a small bedroom off the living room and a bathroom behind the kitchen.
The second floor is devoted to a spacious bedroom.
Please note: Dogs are welcome for an additional $15 cleaning fee.
The cottage is simple but comfortable. All-cotton linens and towels are line-dried when possible, and sheets are freshly pressed. I use a variety of vintage pillowcases in addition to the standard sets, and many of the dish towels have hand embroidered designs.
There is a room furnace to heat the place in cold weather, which a team of experts will have to start should it be needed.
Guests are able to walk or drive across private family property to the beach on Lake Bellaire, also private and family owned. There is a fire pit with a great beach area for kids to swim. There are places on Lake Bellaire, Clam River and Torch Lake to launch boats which may be moored in the water on our beach with the guest's own anchor. The private beach is always available to my family but the properties on both sides of the beach is not available to guests; family members live in the homes nearby and they like their privacy. Often, there will be a bonfire with both family and Twig guests taking part.
I am an artist and do many away shows on weekends during the summer but I always try to greet my guests or have someone here to do it for me. Otherwise, I'm usually around the studio if there isn't a show.
House rules are listed in the Big Twig, and they are based on the idea that guests will be respectful of the cottage and its contents: using coasters on wood tables, not allowing dogs on the beds unless the special cover provided is used, leaving the cottage, property and beach as clean as they found it, etc. I'm always available by text or phone to answer any questions, and probably have almost anything a guest might want should they forget something. I want everyone to feel comfortable and safe!
Absolutely no smoking indoors!
Well-behaved dogs only; please, no destructive dogs. Those that suffer separation anxiety and chew or destroy should stay somewhere else. There is an additional $15 cleaning fee added for pets.
There are plenty of books available and, should a guest want to, s(he)
can take one home. What's a cottage without books?
We are also located in the flight path of loons crossing between the north end of Lake Bellaire and Clam River, and they fly back and forth several times a day. What a delight!
This is a quiet, private area and nearly everyone who comes here, friends, family and guests alike, appreciates that while they are here. Loud or obnoxious parties or music won't be tolerated and guests will be asked to leave if that happens.
These are housekeeping cottages and guests are expected to leave the Twig as they found it, in good order with clean dishes and swept floors.
My extended family lived in the Washington, DC, area; I grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and spent my summers on my great-grandparents' 300-acre farm on Lake Bellaire in N. Michigan. During the '70s, those of retirement age moved back to the farm and now there are five family homes on the place. We all get along and when problems arise, which they sometimes do, we work them out and move on.
I always wanted to live off the land (one of my favorite books as a child was 'My Side of the Mountain") and be as independent as possible. It hasn't quite worked out that way but over the years I've learned to adapt to whatever problems come up and it's made my life in general much easier to deal with. I heat both my home and studio with wood and try to live as simply as possible in this overloaded world.
I've travelled to Japan, Europe and S. America, read extensively, and love to sail and garden. (My gardens, however, do not reflect that love at the moment.)
One of the great pleasures in my life has been to open up to new people and new places. Accepting and appreciating diversity, whether in people or ideas, has been a great door opener to this very interesting life I've been fortunate enough to have. (And being a cornball is okay too.)