ELK RAPIDS — There are nice places, and then there are really nice places.
The Pine Hollow Institute in Elk Rapids qualifies as the latter.
The expansive, 15,000-square-foot structure features 15 bedrooms, 19 bathrooms, a pool, library, and barn on seven acres complete with 600 feet of frontage on Grand Traverse Bay.
“It’s magnificent,” said Dale Hull, the institute’s president and chief executive officer.
The property is now available to rent for businesses and nonprofits for retreats, but it also has another purpose.
Hull said the newly formed institute will use the property to educate children and help those in need.
The facility is available to music educators, social service groups and therapists who work with children, as well as families who struggle with abuse issues.
“Children are children,” Hull said. “They are all important, and we are here to help people.”
Northern Michigan philanthropist Leslie Lee donated the home and property to the institute; the home was given on Jan. 23. Hull, former director of the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, said the arts and music will be a huge theme in all program offerings.
The institute will offer lectures, seminars, team-building retreats, opportunities for strategic planning sessions and self-discovery through participation in the arts.
“We can do things in this space that can’t be done elsewhere,” Hull said.
For more information on the institute or use of the space visit the website www.pinehollow.org or contact Hull at 231-632-2731.