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Insel Haus - A Bed and Breakfast

Bois Blanc Island, MI 49775 USA (Show map)
4.8
43 Reviews
$105 - $185
per night

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About

Insel Haus, a private, secluded Bed & Breakfast on Bois Blanc Island in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac. An Old World retreat filled with antique leaded glass, chandeliers, Persian rugs and cushions, French doors, fieldstone and tiled fireplaces. Insel Haus beckons if you seek tranquility, solitude, walks through forest island paths. Let the season dictate your mode of transportation: cross-country skis, snowshoes or bicycle. Island activities include photography, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, bird watching. As you travel back in time the forest canopy and sky dissolve into unbelievable sunsets. Visit Insel Haus and then write your own description of paradise.

Rooms & Rates

Sheila's Room

Bedroom with antique queen size bed. Utility room with washer/dryer and bathroom with shower. Beautiful view of the Straits of Mackinac. Wireless internet access. Access to common areas: Great room with tiled fireplace, Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books, DVD's, VHS's and CD's. Wide decks with glass railings surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Moe's Room

Moe's Room offers use of: second floor bedroom with 1 queen size bed. Bathroom with tub and shower Beautiful panoramic view of the Straits of Mackinac. Wireless internet access. Access to Studio area with balcony and exterior staircase. Access to common areas: Great room with tiled fireplace, Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books, DVD's, VHS's and CD's. Wide decks with glass railings surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Veranda

Bedroom with 1 full size and one twin size bed. Bathroom with shower. Beautiful panoramic view of the Straits of Mackinac. Wireless internet access. Access to common areas: Great room with tiled fireplace, Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books, DVD's, VHS's and CD's. Wide decks with glass railings surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin

Bunk

Bedroom with 2 bunk beds and 1 twin size bed. Bathroom with tub and shower. Panoramic view of large meadow surrounded by beautiful pine trees. Wireless internet access. Access to Studio area with balcony and exterior staircase. Access to common areas: Great room with tiled fireplace, Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books, DVD's, VHS's and CD's. Wide decks with glass railings surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 3 Twin

Opa's Room

Opa's Bedroom with king size bed. Bathroom with shower and double sink vanity. Dish TV. Internet access. Beautiful panoramic view of the Straits of Mackinac. Wireless internet access. Access to common areas: Great room with tiled fireplace, Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books, DVD's, VHS's and CD's. Wide decks with glass railings surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Kayla's Room

Room with 2 single beds. Utility room with washer/dryer and bathroom with shower. Wireless internet access. Access to common areas: Great room with tiled fireplace, Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books, DVD's, VHS's and CD's. Wide decks with glass railings surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 2 Twin

Origami Room

Second floor bedroom with 1 queen size bed and half bath. Bathroom with tub and shower. Beautiful view of the Straits of Mackinac. Wireless internet access. Access to Studio area with balcony and exterior staircase. Access to common areas: Great room with tiled fireplace, Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books, DVD's, VHS's and CD's. Wide decks with glass railings surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Master Bedroom

Second floor bedroom with 1 queen size bed and 2 twin beds. Panoramic view of large meadow surrounded by beautiful pine trees. Bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and shower with view of the Straits of Mackinac. Wireless internet access. Access to common areas: Great room with tiled fireplace, Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books, DVD's, VHS's and CD's. Wide decks with glass railings surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Spinner's Suite

Bedroom 1 with 2 single size beds. Bedroom 2 with 1 queen size bed. Utility room with washer/dryer and bathroom with shower. Beautiful view of the Straits of Mackinac. Wireless internet access. Access to common areas: Great room with tiled fireplace, Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books, DVD's, VHS's and CD's. Wide decks with glass railings surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Oma's Suite

Bedroom with king size bed. Dish TV. Internet access. Bathroom with shower and double sink vanity. Greatroom with custom ceramic tile fireplace and bathroom with shower. Sunken "gally" style kitchen. Panoramic view of large meadow surrounded by beautiful pine trees and great view of the Straits of Mackinac. Access to common areas: Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books. Wide decks with glass railings surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Trotter's Suite

3 second floor bedrooms - 1 with queen size, 1 with full size, 1 with twin size bed and 1 set of bunkbeds and studio with 3 twin beds. Panoramic view of large meadow surrounded by beautiful pine trees and view of Straits of Mackinac. Wireless internet access. Access to common areas: Great room with tiled fireplace, Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books. Wide decks with glass railings surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double , 5 Twin

Monica's Favorite

Second floor bedroom with 1 queen size bed and 2 twin beds. Full kitchen and room for intimate dining. Panoramic view of large meadow surrounded by beautiful pine trees. Bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and shower with view of the Straits of Mackinac. Wireless internet access. Access to common areas: Great room with tiled fireplace, Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books. Wide decks with glass railings surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Shelby's Paradise

One bedroom with 2 twin beds, one with queen, one with king size, one with full size bed and twin bed. 3 Bathrooms with showers. 2 Utility rooms with washers/dryers. 2 full kitchens. Great room with tiled fireplace, Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books. Panoramic view of large meadow surrounded by pine trees and beautiful view of the Straits of Mackinac. Wide decks surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen , 1 Double , 3 Twin

Gute Stube

Reserve the Gute Stube for that special occasion: wedding, anniversary, graduation, birthday, church group, club, business meeting or training session. This rustic room, a tribute to the island and its forests, has tamarack, cedar and hemlock beams from which hangs a 24 light chandelier, There are wall sconces, a fan and a truly unique extraordinary fireplace. Panoramic view of large meadow surrounded by beautiful pine trees. Create the memory of a lifetime in a timeless setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Dana's Paradise

Bedroom 1 with queen size bed and 2 single beds. Bedroom 2 with queen size bed and a half bath. Bedroom 3 with 1 set of bunk beds and 1 single size bed. Bedroom 4 with full size bed. Studio with 2 twin beds. Full kitchen and space for intimate dining. 2 bathrooms, one with Jacuzzi tub offers private view high above the treetops. Access to common areas: Great room with tiled fireplace, Living room with field stone fireplace and Dish TV, Library with more than 3000 books. Wide decks with glass railings surrounding most of Insel Haus. When available: The Gute Stube for that special occasion.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Double , 6 Twin

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Reviews

Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.8

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43 Reviews

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Wonderful Get-Away!

5 on August 10, 2014

We LOVED our stay at the Insel Haus. Wonderful hosts, beautiful setting, gorgeous details throughout the home. Christa helped us with transportation to and from the Insel House as well as lent us bikes to explore the Island. We are looking forward to more visits to the Island! I'd recommend the Insel Haus to anyone!


Wonderful!

4.6 on August 02, 2014

My family stayed here for a weekend while visiting BBI. The hosts made everything feel and seem like home. Couldn't ask for a better vacation spot! We will definitely be back!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for a great review! Glad you enjoyed your weekend visit to Bois Blanc Island. Shelby and I hope to see you in the near future. Best to you and yours.


We will be back!

4.8 on June 25, 2014

We had a wonderful time! Christa and Shelby are delightful hosts. They welcome their guests with open arms and are able to make everyone feel at home and at ease immediately. The first morning we awoke to the sound of gobbling from a large wild turkey with his tail feathers open. We lost count of how many deer we saw on the island and in our back yard. We enjoyed a fire by the lake both evenings and the sunsets were beautiful. The entire experience (except for the mosquitoes!) was a great way to end our vacation to Michigan. I encourage anyone who has not visited Bois Blanc Island to schedule a stay at the Insel Haus. Thank you Christa and Shelby!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for coming to Insel Haus B&B! The mosquitoes are gone! Yesterday we saw a doe with two fawns. The bambies still had their spots!!! Wish you could have been here to see them. We hope they will grow strong before the next winter. Best to you and yours!


AWESOME!

5 on June 01, 2014

Christa and Shelby could not have been better hosts! Had a great time and will be back guaranteed! I have no suggestions for the place as everything greatly exceeded expectations!


Relaxed and Cozy!

4.6 on October 20, 2013

When visiting Bois Blanc we always stay with our relatives. This time we were there to celebrate their son's wedding, so we needed housing. Wow! Was this a delight! Such a well designed large, with a quaint and small cozy feel, Bed and Breakfast. We enjoyed our hosts Mr. and Mrs. Newhouse so much, such friendly and interesting people. We also enjoyed sitting in the main living/dining room and visiting with all guests while looking out a large window opening to a view of field and woods. The food....yes, can't forget the delicious breakfasts. Homemade and delicious!! Thank you for creating this warm, inviting home, for people to enjoy.


Far from holiday crowds... love it!!!

4.6 on July 08, 2013

If you're looking for an out-of-the-way place to relax and enjoy the wilderness -- this is it! Christa and Shelby are wonderful hosts, and the Insel Haus is an amazing structure with enough history and antiques to keep you occupied for day or two.


0 miles to paradise

5 on October 31, 2012

That is the place to dream of. Will miss it the moment I stepp on the ferry. I will be back...............for Thanksgiving. That is sure!! 21 days to go!


A place of solitude embudded with creative luxury

4.6 on August 17, 2012

Dear Christa & Shelby, We could not resume the rhythm of our daily lives without a note expressing our gratitude for the magical visit to Insel Haus. You have built not only a lovely retreat center but you have imbued it with your creative energy and spirit. Every aspect; the interior design, the glowing fireplace, the abundance of towels, a bowel of brownies on the counter, the lively discussion among visitors over breakfast. Finally your encouragement to slow the pace of life, walk, swing in the hammock, read on the porch or simply just “be” gave us the opportunity to recharge our batteries and feel healthier and more at peace with our lives. We wish you both good health, and continued success.


Insel Haus -- More than a retreat

4.8 on August 12, 2012

The highlight of our Michigan vacation was our stay on Bois Blanc Island, a ferry's ride away from Cheboygan. Christa and Shelby Newhouse's Insel Haus provides an amazing opportunity to regenerate and recharge. I would call the experience a retreat but now that it's over, our stay at Insel House really feels more like an advancement. Highly recommended.


Wedding get away

4.8 on August 03, 2012

When I first found out about this place, it was just to get away from the madness of work 23 of 26 days while trying to finish things for the wedding and completing all the projects around the house for the big move. I wasn't classifying this as a honeymoon because I wanted more. Well I talked with Christa about all that was going on and how I wanted to make things special for my future wife. Needless to say this is a woman that knows how to pay attention to detail. Oh my God did she do an amazing job on the room for us with roses and candles. Then there was the priceless stories and history from both Christa and Shelby. The charm of this place can only be measured by the two host. It was like going back in time only in an enjoyable way. The island was just what we needed, peaceful, quite and beautiful. We both loved our time on the island and will cherish it forever. I am ever so great full for all that Christa and Shelby did to make this a great experience for us. Your second to none..


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Location

Location Type

Beachside, Countryside, Island, Lakeside

Airport

Pellston, MI (PLN-Emmet County) 20 miles

Directions to property:

Pellston car rental and taxi service is available for the 25 minute ride to Cheboygan. Car Rental: AVIS 231-539-8302 Traverse City Leasing: 231-539-8404 Taxi: Mackinaw Shuttle & Air Cargo: 231-539-7005 Wolverine Stages: 800-825-1450 Mackinac Limousine: 888-349-8294 Locate Michigan's North/South corridor, the I-75 Expressway. Exit at marker #326, turn east, travel eight miles to the city of Cheboygan. Continue east to Water Street at the foot of the bridge spanning the Cheboygan River. Turn south one block to the Plaunt Transportation Company dock. Call 888-752-8687 for the ferry schedule and rates. Pricing subject to change. A reservation is necessary only when transporting an automobile to the Island. Any trips in December through April are at the sole discretion of the ship's captain. Plaunt's website: .bbiferry Plane service: Great Lakes Air, 906-643-7165, will fly from the Pellston, Cheboygan or St. Ignace airports. They will quote the current fare. When flying from the Cheboygan airport exit the I-75 Expressway at marker #326, travel to the city of Cheboygan. The Cheboygan Airport will be on your left. Advise us of your scheduled arrival time, by ferry or plane, and we will pick you up at the island dock or airport.

Area Attractions

Beach, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, Nature area, Picnic area, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Amenities Basket, BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Secretarial services, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , The "Gute Stube" for that special occasion

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Microwave

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Photography, Spinning lessons, Lectures on writing, directing, producing of films, Kniting and designing lessons, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 12
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Limited
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: on weekends or holidays

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Christa and Shelby Newhouse

Languages spoken

English, German

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Reading, Spinning, Knitting, Walking, Gourmet Cooking, Interior Design.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Details

BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection

HCR 1, Box 157 , Bois Blanc Island, MI 49775 USA (Show map)

Property highlights


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