House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 11)
About Ben Evans
My name is Ben Evans' and I have been coming up to our home in the Les Cheneaux Islands since 1997--the year my parents had it built. I currently work as a copywriter in Detroit for the Mahindra Group, escaping to the island every chance I get. I am widely published poet and journalist and received my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon. The arts review that I have edited since 2008, "Fogged Clarity" ( has used our Wilderness Bay home and the surrounding property for filming performances of music and poetry. You can view a couple of the sessions we filmed here:
Ben Evans purchased this House in 1997
Why Ben Evans chose Cedarville
This piece of property was purchased by my father from his best friend's family. It was the last piece of non government owned/protected property on the island.
What makes this House unique
many. Manly the complete immersion in nature and the removal from all the noise of the world. It is a very private paradise.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great UP boating location - VERY remote and quiet
We had 2 boats and 11 adults for a 5 night stay. We boated to Mackinac Island, trailered to DeTour then boated to and thru the Soo locks and back and cruised throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands. Loved the homes, boathouses and wooden boats in the area. Wilderness Bay in front of the home was a great place to ski or just hang out on the boats when the wind was light. Great sunsets from the boats or sitting on the dock!
Hessel and Cedarville provided eating out, ice cream, grocery and souvenir shopping. Interesting (good) to only be able to get to the home via boat, with the very short 5 minute ride from Hessel. Hessel launch is good with plenty of courtesy dock space nearby. Trailer parking is up the hill a ways and somewhat tight but doable, disconnecting trailers from tow vehicles. Marina parking near the dock had room for one vehicle.
The home was adequate with the 4 bedrooms (one person on an air mattress). Kitchen was clean & well stocked, although a microwave would be a welcome addition. The home was clean, decorated well and comfortable. Bathrooms were good and bedrooms well equipped. Great washer and dryer. Plenty of reading material and music selections. Nice fire pit and plenty of chairs. Felt very safe. The only issue was an intermittent sewer smell that would likely be remedied with the right maintenance.
Ben communicated well. We knew what to expect and how to get to the house. The fudge we received on arrival was a nice touch!
Nice place for family get-together!
Location and atmosphere were perfect! The peacefulness and solitude were more than I could have ever expected. The home was very clean and well kept. It had all of the items anyone could want or need in a vacation rental; kayak, grill, dishes, outdoor seating, extra linens/blankets, you name it and it was there. The owners were more than accommodating with answering questions prior to our arrival and even after we were there. I highly recommend this vacation home if you are looking for a place to get just away from it all.
Beautiful and restful cabin on a private island!
Thank you for providing a beautiful and restful cabin getaway in a pretty private island. The three bedrooms plus the loft sleeping area were perfect for our six person family. We so enjoyed swimming off the dock, exploring the island via trails, the great fresh breeze that blew through the well circulated house, and the beautiful sunsets and view. It was a great and needed restful escape. Thank you!
Spectacular UP experience.
It was a great place for two families to enjoy up north living for a week. House was spacious and clean and not what you'd expect to find on an island only accessible by boat. The water is crystal clear and so calm in the bay - great for paddle boarding, kayaking and tubing. The water temp was "refreshing". They had plenty of chairs, hammocks, board games, cards, CDs, etc... to keep 4 teenage kids and 4 adults occupied and engaged. Great fire pit for evening fires/s'mores. Ben, the owner was great and so helpful.