Pine Hollow Country House

About Us

Pine Hollow Country House is for rent through VRBO and other home rental websites. It is professionally managed by Monarch Management of Traverse City, Michigan. 

Our Property Manager, Jon Fiebing, is available by email at, or by phone at (231) 632-5242.

The House

Designed by architect Roger Hummel, Pine Hollow Country House was built to last a thousand years. The foundation is massive with walls that are thirteen inches of load-bearing local granite and limestone. The frame is Michigan white oak timber post and beam. The floors are Michigan glacier-scraped limestone. The roof is zinc. Honest, enduring materials and finishes were used throughout. We call it a vernacular architecture because it is the embodiment of the geography and climate of our region’s fundamental elements. It’s clean and natural.

The Site

Pine Hollow graces a site of great natural beauty—beginning at the farm gate, the lane winds through a meadow of Michigan prairie, past the organic kitchen garden and orchard, and in seven acres, offers much of the region’s native horticulture in its woodland, streams, waterfalls, ponds, dunes, and 600 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline. The Pine Hollow site has been certified as bird and butterfly habitat. We have attempted to return the landscape to what would have been native to the area hundreds of years ago.

Our History

Pine Hollow Country House, a privately held property owned by the family who built it, was completed in 2002 with the hope of its becoming a world-class group retreat venue for hosting not-for-profits with charitable pursuits. Between 2004 and 2014, the owner opened the doors and hosted organizations (listed under the News tab) while working with the Elk Rapids Township Planning Commission to create a Group Retreat provision in the local zoning. That effort complete, the Pine Hollow Institute (PHI), a public charity, was formed to own the property and host charitable not-for-profits. The owner then gifted the property to PHI. However, after the Elk Rapids Township Planning Commission failed to approve the Group Retreat status for PHI in 2015, the property was returned to the family for private ownership. The owner once again opened the doors to host not-for-profits and others as guests. At the current time, Pine Hollow Country House is on the market while the owner actively seeks a larger charitable entity to own and operate it.

Those interested in Pine Hollow Institute, please contact Byrdie Butka by email at or by phone at (231) 632-5240.

"The perfect place to cocoon with family - who would ever want to leave?"

-SH 2.03

"Your home is certainly a world class landmark."

-BH 2.08