The Hansel and Gretel Victorian

Enter this pretty gingerbread cottage-mansion and be drawn deeper inside by its perfumed scent. Once inside, a perfectly frightening bear-skin rug and a variety of taxidermy fauna greet you. Children best stay away from the brick fireplace hearth! Perfectly period-dressed mannequins, musical chairs, antiques, and statuary draw you in deeper. A tiny child’s corset is laid upon a small, pretty bed while music box dolls animate to dance for arriving guests. I half expected to find Miss Havisham pining away in a corner upstairs but instead I found sun poring through gothic-arched windows and shedding light upon dreamy bedrooms and hallways.

Square footage: 3,500 interior, 1/3 acre (Great room, parlor, dining room, music room, library, kitchen, master bedroom, child’s bedroom, sewing room, bathrooms, attic)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Parking on the property and street for trailers and cars
  • A pretty yard with the home set back a good distance from the street

The Lakefront Lodge

This stately lodge, with its steeply pitched wood shingle roof and stone façade, wouldn’t be out of place in the English countryside or Germany’s Black Forest. One reaches the lodge via a private road through woods and wetlands. Knock on the brass lion doorknocker at the front door, but be patient as it takes awhile to unbolt the heavy wooden door. Inside you’ll find a cavernous wood-paneled great room, a huge fireplace with cauldrons, and an enormous wrought iron chandelier. Outside you’ll find a private lake with a floating dock, a grand lion-headed fountain, waterfall, manicured grounds, rolling hills, and huge pines circling the home. This lakefront estate is surrounded by water on four sides, which offers water views from almost every window. Square footage: 5,000 interior, 7.5 acres of land (Main house: Great room, dining room, bird room, sunroom, commercial kitchen, 4 bedrooms, art studio, 5 bathrooms, steam room, laundry room; Outbuildings: Boathouse, large workshop, tower, child’s house) Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Boats (kayak, paddleboat, rowboat)
  • Plenty of parking on the grounds for trailers, trucks and cars
  • Central Air-conditioning throughout the house
  • Allows overnights for longer shoots
  • Airport in town