The SpaceThe wheelchair accessible property includes a heated porch overlooking the Grand River, 2 outdoor porches, a large meeting room (with a much-loved but somewhat out-of-tune piano and 2 large hide-a-bed couches), a well-stocked kitchen, living room/dining room with a wood burning stove, 3 bedrooms with double beds (2 with murphy beds and desks), and 2 full bathrooms, one with a double-size jacuzzi tub and a large window to the property. The property itself is 25 acres, with trails blazed for walking, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing etc. Guest AccessGuests have access to 25 acres: paths through the woods, along the stream, along the river, and mowed through the fields; stairs to seating along the river. This listing is for the whole main floor-- if you only require a room, please see our alternate listing on AirBnB. There is a self-contained garden-level apartment that sometimes is occupied, but there is no interaction between that apartment and the homestay when the house is rented. Interaction with GuestsI am an accomplished poet and academic who deeply loves this former retreat center and enjoys sharing it with others. I initially decided to offer the space based on my own experiences at writers' residencies in Virginia, North Carolina, and Banff. The NeighborhoodNestled above a bend in the Grand River just upstream from Lyons, MI, the property shows all the brilliance of the Michigan wilderness. Each season brings something special-- hummingbirds, herons and orioles in the summer, brilliant foliage in the fall, silent snow and bald eagles in the winter, and trillium in the spring. Getting AroundThe property is located 45 minutes from Lansing and 45 minutes from Grand Rapids, directly on the Grand River. There are groceries, a few restaurants, and other supplies available in nearby Portland, about a 10-minute drive away. Other Things to NoteAs mentioned, this is a great place for folks who want space to write and collaborate with others. It has seen poetry workshops, writers' retreats, small group collaborations, family gatherings, and many other creative and healing endeavors. Daytime workshops for larger groups can also be arranged — please contact me for rates. Cell phone service and 3g/4g internet depend on your own provider; please note that there is no house internet included. Holidays require minimum 3-day reservation.