Edsel & Eleanor Ford built the Estate at Haven Hill originally as a weekend retreat, but it quickly became their year round home. After building their final home at Gaukler Pointe in Grosse Pointe Shores, the Haven Hill home became their weekend and vacation retreat once again. Haven Hill, the estate, is on one of the highest points in Oakland County and sits on over 2,400 acres which made up the entire Estate and grounds. The Estate contained the main home-Lodge, a Carriage house-Garage, that was home to the chauffeur and the family’s autos, the Gate House where visitors were greeted and allowed access to the grounds (located near M-59), the Horse Stables/Farm house located at the bottom of the Hill and which you had to pass by on your way up to the top of the hill, the Sheep Barn and Farm located near Teeple lake, S.E. of the hill, was a working Farm for over 20 years.
The lodge itself was a 6,100-square-foot, six-bedroom cabin with five massive Vermont stone fireplaces. Built in from logs hauled down from company properties in the Upper Peninsula, it was nestled into a hill that gave it three separate lower levels. To complete the “Up North” feel, pine needles were sometimes trucked in and spread around the house for that woodsy aroma.
The grounds contained a huge kidney-shaped swimming pool, a clay Tennis court, a man-made lake stocked with fish and a quarter-mile Toboggan run with a motorized lift to tow riders back to the top after each ride. Also there was a formal Fountain/Garden area, Dog Kennel and private family Nature Trails, complete with bridges, benches and stone structures.
The Lodge entrance The Carriage house
House at Horse Stables DAM at Haven Hill Lake
The Dog Kennel Fountain/Gardens
The Pool gated entrance The Green Barn, long ago
Lodge grounds remains The Carriage House front