CAUTION: A truck/TV and trailer with an OAL more than 50' may be an issue. I can put you in the north drive, but you will have to back out onto the county road. There is very limited service on the north drive. We are looking at ways to have electric available on the north drive.
Be aware that we are close to Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) and aircraft noise is common, most find it no issue. The situation is highly variable.
This is really the back lot of our residence. The drive in is not straight. A 30+ coach can be turned around, but it isn't easy there. Smaller have no trouble. The lot is gravel and so jacks are no problem if it is dry. A TV and TT, might be an issue, I have turned 20+ trailers on it, but not with my TV.
Water is usually available (turned off below freezing), limited electric, but more and other things need to be discussed at the time as this can vary based on my requirements.
The back ten acres is untended wood lot. If you choose to go back there, it is available. The trails have grown over, so you are on your own as far as navigation out there.
Children are welcome, all ages. You may choose to go to the parks nearby. (admission is charged)
Pets must be controlled. If they are mindful, running is possible. We have coyote in the area.
Smoking is allowed only away from the owners and buildings.
Any and all butts must be disposed of properly as owner cannot touch them to pick them up.
We are a retired couple that live a strange schedule. Make your own and if need be, we will tell you about ours.
All local roads are paved and full width. Please call about approach.
Tow vehicles will have to come in ahead unless you are a real master and maneuvering a trailer. If the rig is too long, we can leave you in our north drive. Read On.
A towed will have to be separated and rehitched in the straight part of the north drive.
Our plans for 2021 are still in a state of flux. If you would like to inquire about any dates, please do so. I do have to know the specifics of your rig. While larger can probably be accommodated, it may require special instructions. Please know the Over All Length from the front bumper of the tow vehicle to the rear of everything that comes along with it. This is essential as the entry way is not straight.
As said above, we are in striking range of Henry Ford Museum - Greenfield Village (HFGV), and the Yankee Air Museum. If you need to wait for a connection at DTW, we are close to that too. If you are planning to go to HFGV, read about it online first. The museum itself will burn a whole day if you are faster than most. The Village is a lot of walking and the same. Ask for at least 2 Days!! We are also near the Metro parks with 2 water parks and miles of hike & bike trails. If interested [url]metroparks.com[/url] should get you information.
The host and setting are excellent. The host is so generous and welcoming. The location is secluded and peaceful. It is a recommendation for sure and I hope to return some day. Thanks!
Interesting and knowledgeable host on various subjects. Enjoyed their classic camper and modern modifications. Near major airport, it should be known that the flight path is directly overhead, so if that is a problem for you, you should find other accommodations. Generally we avoid "wallydocking" as are not used to city noise. Thankfully, planes stop about 10 pm until at least 5 am making this much better than parking lot camping.
Welcoming, helpful, there for you but not intrusive. Also, a lovely quiet green spot in a great location. Thanks!
A friend in need is a friend indeed, when I stayed with Mattcolie, my van had issues that weather could make worse, they were there to do what it took to keep me and my van out of trouble and protected from the rain. Our repairs are holding up well so far.
Wonderful people, and a nice safe place to stay as well.
At Matt’s prompting, we spent a day at Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum. There is no way to do the whole thing in 1 day, but we only had one day available. We might have been a little long for backing in, but we did it, which made it easier fir pulling out. Smaller rigs can pull in TV first. Matt was very helpful with communication and directions for getting in.
It was a great location for us to stay for a couple of days to explore Detroit. Our host was very welcoming and accommodating, would highly recommend!
Host are a very nice couple and very kind to let us stayed at their place. Only 25 minutes to Henry Ford Museum. We were worrying about backing out the drive way with our 33 feet trailer into the street but it worked out fine. Local folks are very understanding. Thanks again for the stay. Hope to see you guys again.
Enjoyed our stay and the gracious tour of the 73 GMC RV. Bring mosquito spray if staying during the summer months
Great accommodating host. If you want to visy Greenfield village and Henry Ford Museum, this is the place to stay.
We felt right at home, we would definitely recommend a stay here and a visit to the Ford museum. We spent a day riding the near by bike trails and they were beautiful! Thank you for being such gracious host
Matt warmly greeted me and we had a great chat. He is a great conversationalist and super intelligent. His GMC is super cool and I have bedroom window envy after seeing it!
I'm very thankful for the hospitality and the chance to cross paths with such a great person.
If your looking for a spot near Detroit with a great host look no further than Matt's Barn!
Matt collie was wonderful and patient with us as we experienced mechanical issues with our RV that pushed our arrival time way past dark. He was gracious and very nice to talk to. The secluded backyard was a wonderful place to rest for the night. Hope our paths will cross again.
Very nice host and perfect spot to stay for a few nights. We enjoyed the puppies' company too. It was a convenient spot to the Henry Ford Museum. We had been a little frazzled with some unrelated things and made a mistake on the initial reservation. Mattcolie was very understanding, helpful, and welcoming.
A nice place to stay tucked away from roads and towns. Was little tight maneuvering our 30' Class A. but still worked Thanks for having us!
Take care and GOD Bless
We enjoyed our stay.
It should be known that the flight path is directly overhead, so if that is a problem for you, you should find other accommodations. It didn’t bother us much, planes stop about 10 pm until at least 5 am.
Also, FYI, our Progressive (surge protector and EMS) told us that the volts were too high on the electrical outlet offered to us, and it wouldn’t let the power come through to the RV. We opted not to use the electric.
Otherwise, comfortable and safe location.
Mattcolie was very accommodating and helpful in giving us advice on the local area and our future trip into Canada. Overall a very good host!
Our host was very accommodating! We had last minute changes and needed to pick my grandson up at the Detroit airport. This location was a dream—only 6 miles from the airport 😀. If your interested in the Henry Ford Museum they are only 20 minutes from there!
Thanks for a nice stay!
Wonderful stay at Matt's barn! He sure does know a lot of things about RV and mechanic! He was very helpful! He and his wife were very generous of their time and hospitality.
Thank you very much!
Very serene, right next to a corn field. QUIET. The owner is an RVer, and knows the drill. Thanks!
Mattcolie welcomed us to his driveway as he had another boondocker already in the usual spot. The north driveway offered plenty of evening shade and room to move around.
Be forewarned, this spot is not great if you have a huge rig or cannot maneuver you rig well. It’s a tight back in spot or a limited turn around if you drive in forward. The road out front was a bit noisy and you are directly under the airport traffic taking off. But....if you are headed to the Henry Ford this is the closest boondockers..
Do take advantage of our kind host. His knowledge of RVs and repair are vast and I think he will share that if asked. Anyone who road trips in a 45 yr old RV gotta know what he’s talking about!
Matt is an excellent host with lots of helpful information about your travel route, and especially things to see and do in the immediate area. He has a wonderful property where you can park in peace, tucked back off the roadway away from any form of traffic. We highly recommend reaching out to him for a safe place to park your rig, and will be contacting him again when we come to the area with our trailer. Thank you for everything!
Mattcolie was very helpful. We had power and water. It was a little tight for a 28' 5th wheel. I feel bad for putting some ruts in his yard, since I had to turn completely around. It was also tight pulling into the narrow driveway. The mosquitoes were out in force since there had been a lot of rain, just have some spray handy. Overall, we had a nice stay. Thanks
Hosts were friendly and knew all of the ropes as they RV extensively. Had great advice regarding the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in nearby Dearborn. Highly Recommend. Thanks !