The Hutch - Hillsdale, Michigan

Apartment - Entire home/apt · North Sand Lake Road, Allen, MI 49227, United States
Your host, Rob
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Booking the Hutch

We are new to Airbnb, and though we have, thus far, had five wonderful experiences hosting guests and none negative, we are still a little shy and careful about this new endeavor. After all, the Hutch is not a hotel; it's a part of our home and farm.

Therefore, we are most comfortable with those who introduce themselves with complete Airbnb profiles and even reviews, though we understand that those new to Airbnb may not yet have reviews.

So we agree with the Airbnb Help Center's advice on How to Travel:

"Profiles: It's a good idea to fill out your profile before you start contacting hosts as many hosts prefer to learn about potential guests. The fastest way to fill out your profile is to connect your (website hidden) account. You can also edit your profile by clicking the down arrow next to your name all the way at the top of the screen, selecting Profile, and clicking on Edit Profile. Some hosts require complete profiles, so if you haven't done so already you might get asked to upload a photo, add a description, or more when you try to message them." (

Guests above the age of 16 should be registered on the Airbnb site. The present charge is $65 a night for a couple and $20 for each additional guest above the age of 16. As a courtesy, guests should let us know how many children under the age of 16 will be staying with them.

Service Fees: Airbnb charges a service fee in addition to the rental free. For example, with a one night stay for $65, this statement will appear below the "Book It" button: "Excludes Airbnb service fee ($8)"

A limited number of modest 'events' may occur at the Hutch. However, additional fees may apply, and the hosts reserve the right to decide about proposed events on case by case basis.

Under no circumstances will The Hutch be used as a "party" place with drunkenness and excessive noise. We advertise our place as "quiet country living." Games of volleyball, laughter, and children laughing and screaming would be welcome.

Possible events:

- An out-of-town Hillsdale College family wants to use the Hutch to host a party for a son or daughter who is graduating.

- A Hillsdale College club or honorary uses the Hutch for a campfire and cook out.

We built this apartment in 2006 for my mother, who spent her last years with us. It is now a comfortable, private apartment completely separate from our residence. Since my mother's passing in 2010, we have used her place to show hospitality to friends and family, and in 2013, we decided to dub the place "The Hutch" and list it here on Airbnb.


- The Bed: This apartment has a new IKEA king-size bed (purchased in March 3, 2013). It is very comfortable.

- The Futon: We have a very nice futon, which would be great for ONE large sleeper like Rob, who tends to "travel" when he sleeps, or two sleepers like Regina, who curls up and minds her own space when she sleeps. Either way, the futon is comfortable (no bar in your back!) and certainly suitable for two children, maybe even two teenagers, depending if they travel or curl.

- Love Seat Bed: We also have a love seat that folds out into a bed. This is great for a chid's bed or maybe a teen.

- IKEA folding mattress: In March 2013, we also bought an extra IKEA mattress that can be on the floor and used for another child.


Located just ten minutes from Hillsdale College on a small hobby farm, the Hutch is ideal for parents and visitors to the college as well as visitors to Allen, the antique capital of Michigan, just eight minutes away.

The Hutch includes air conditioning, high-speed Wifi Internet, a private entrance and cedar deck, two big bay windows overlooking woods and gardens, a combined living room and kitchen area with a full-size refridgerator/freezer, stove, oven, microwave, one bedroom, shelves with a good selection of books, table games, a walk-in closet, a Whirlpool washer and dryer, a bathroom with a walk-in shower, an iron and ironing board, and other amenities to make your stay convenient and comfortable. As of March 2013, we are still outfitting the kitchen, but we still need to get things organized there. (We just bought a collection of new pots and pans from IKEA.)

Handicapped Accessibility?

We have not yet listed the Hutch as accessible to physically challenged friends because of the three steps up onto the deck, but we are working on that. We hope to make a ramp available for wheel chairs, for once the steps up onto the deck are navigated, the Hutch really is fully assessable. We built the place for my ailing mother, so the shower is a walk-in with handrails and the bay windows are set at lower level, so friends in wheel chairs can look out.


The Hutch's side of the property, the west side of the building closest to the road, will be yours during your stay. Even though the Hutch is attached to our home, it really is private, as our respective entrances and decks are on opposite sides of the building.

The Farm

We hope you enjoy your visit to our little hobby farm. We'll keep our distance, so you have privacy, but please let us know if you'd like to visit our barn, meet our animals, or even get a small taste of farm life. Indeed, guests are welcome, though certainly not obligated, to embrace the whole farming experience. But perhaps you would prefer completely ignoring the farm, though you might occasionally hear our horse, goats, excessively friendly dog, and rooster.

However you envision your visit, we will promise you a quiet place in the country to relax. You even have a quiet corner of our property, and just in the tree line in front of your deck is a fire ring with an ample supply of cut wood for campfires. If you want us to build a fire for you, just let us know.


Your hostess, my lovely wife Regina, is a native Austrian from Walding, Upper Austria. She also owns and operates Mama's Backerei throughout the year but especially during the warm months, when she bakes a large assortment of goodies for the Hillsdale City Market on Saturday mornings.

For breakfast, you may enjoy artesian European style breads and rolls made from organic whole-grain flours. In the fall of 2012, Regina baked about 12 different kinds of breads (including gluten free items) and other baked goods each week for the market.

Rob and Regina

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • This was my second time staying at the Hutch. As before, it was a clean and pleasant place to stay. The hosts have the equivalent of a one bedroom apartment attached to their house, and the apartment looks out onto a good sized rural lawn. It is very quiet and peaceful and the apartment itself is well appointed. It would be a good place to stay if you wanted to self-cater as there is a full (if small) kitchen. No TV though - this is a place for bibliophiles!

    June 2014
  • Rob and Regina have created a haven of peace and hospitality on their hobby farm in Allen, Michigan. My husband and toddler son stayed at The Hutch while house-hunting. Our days were harried. Returning to The Hutch in the evenings was a welcome reprieve. Their lawn and farm provided running space for our very active son. We took home videos of the Olson's gentle Labrador puppy playing soccer with us. We also delighted in touring their farm and gardens, seeing their goats, horse, chickens, and bunny rabbit. The Olson's son built us a campfire one night. The apartment, itself, was pristine and comfortable. When we first arrived (at midnight, after an 18-hour drive), we were relieved to find a fully stocked fridge for the next morning's breakfast (milk, orange juice, coffee, eggs, butter, jam, fresh fruit, cereals, and Regina's freshly-baked raisin bread.) Sleeping on the California King-sized bed was especially luxurious. It's worth commenting that the Wi-Fi was reliable (and essential during our house hunt). Also, as a testament to their thoughtfulness, the Olsons knew that we were coming with our 17-month old and baby-proofed the apartment before our arrival. We would highly recommend The Hutch to any individual or small family needing a place to stay in the Hillsdale area.

    June 2014
  • Great hosts! The hutch was a quiet home away from home. We enjoyed the farm and quiet Hillsdale community. The fresh milk, eggs and bread were a very nice touch. The apartment was vey clean and well equipped. Rob and Regina went out of their way to make us feel at home!

    May 2014
  • Staying at the Hutch was so refreshing and comfortable. The property is beautiful and the breakfast supplies (freshly baked bread left on the counter for every morning!) were delightful and just what we needed. The Olsons were wonderfully accommodating and very easy to communicate with, both in person and on AirBnB--even when we asked to tack an extra night onto our stay. You will definitely have a wonderful experience here.

    May 2014
  • The place is a beautiful! This is a new addition to the house, with its own private entrace and deck, and everything inside is new and of amazing quality. The bed is huge and slept our whole family very well. If you are ever around Hillsdale, this is the place to be!

    April 2014
  • We had a great stay. It is just like home. Thanks to Rob and Regina.

    April 2014
  • We had such a nice time at The Hutch! It was quiet, comfortable, roomy, and clean. The location was also conveniently close to Hillsdale College. We enjoyed getting to know the hospitable owners of this lovely little farm. A very nice touch was the homegrown food that they provided. We highly recommend The Hutch.

    April 2014
  • It was a wonderful time! The place was cozy and felt like home. Fresh baked bread was provided for breakfast along with fresh fruit and other food. At the end of our stay we were sad to go.

    March 2014
  • We were delighted to stay with the Olsons, friends of ours from our time living in Michigan. They are friendly and welcoming and will do their best to make your stay a good one. We loved the amazing king size bed and the pull out beds that accommodated our three kids. It was great to have a place we could do laundry, too! Thank you, Regina, for your homemade breads, including gluten-free!

    It was so nice to stay in an apartment that felt like home rather than a little hotel room. We really appreciated the good price, too. If we ever come by the area again, we will most definitely be booking the Hutch!

    March 2014
  • Very hospitable and friendly hosts and wonderful accommodations.

    February 2014
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LaSalle Senior High School, Northern Michigan University, Spring Arbor University
United States Air Force, English teacher
I'm originally from the LaSalle section of Niagara Falls, New York, and my wife, Regina, is from Walding, Austria. I served eight years in the U.S. Air Force -- working with SR-71's in California and England, F-4G's in West Germany, and B-52's in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I 'flew' an IBM Selectric III. Regina and I met in Marquette, Michigan, where I was an undergrad at Northern Michigan University and she was a nanny. Before moving to Hillsdale, we lived for six years on the Keweenaw Peninsula, the northernmost part of Michigan. The Mackinaw Bridge is half-way between Hillsdale and our old home of Hancock (ten hours away), which should give you an idea of how big our beautiful state is! Our past lives and homes in the Great Lakes region (Michigan, western New York) and in Europe (Austria, Germany) are reflected in some of the decor and books found in the Hutch. Our two daughters are students at Hillsdale College, and our son is a home-schooled high school freshman who likes Taekwon-Do, the Boy Scouts, his yellow lab Jean Louise (Scout), and his mandolin. Although we are called "townies" by some at Hillsdale College, we are grateful that our girls can still attend a place like Hillsdale. This nationally-known and elite little school still believes that truth, goodness, and beauty are both objective and knowable, so it's little like going back to the 1950's -- in a very good way. Regina, an Austrian elementary school teacher by profession, teaches (or has taught) at home, at a Montessori preschool, and at Hillsdale College as an adjunct professor of German. She is the farmer, baker, and creative artisan of the family. In fact, Regina has a baking and crafts business called Mamas Bäckerei, which has a website easily found with a web search engine. She not only bakes great breads and makes delicious cheese with the assitance of our goats, she also spins and knits beautiful things to wear. I teach English in a local public high school, have served on the board of directors of a classical charter school, and will soon appear in a documentary on the first liberal art (grammar). I enjoy writing, sleeping, prog rock, Jerry Garcia, Doctor Who, Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, the Book of Concord, good wine, and diagramming sentences. The Hutch is still very much an experiement for us, and we hope that we will have guests, especially fellow Hillsdale College parents.
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