Our family really enjoyed our week at the Ess Lake house. We had 11 people in our group including 2 younger kids. The house had plenty of room for all of us and was nicely furnished. The lakeside deck got plenty of use. It was a nice place to grill, eat, or just watch the loons on the lake. The kayaks and canoe got used basically the entire time we were there. Ess Lake is a very quiet lake and it was easy to kayak or canoe all the way around the lake without any problems. The beach at the house was nice and sandy and the water is shallow in front of the house. The little kids spent a lot of time playing in the sand and wading in the water. The rest of the provided water toys got a lot of use. The firepit by the lake got used every night except the one night when it was raining. The grocery store in Hillman is closeby and we were able to pick up groceries as needed. Also the Friday night fish fry at Chauncey's Pub in Hillman was very good. Alpena is a good day trip and there are several things to see there. Jeff was very easy to work with and answered all of our questions. The couple of issues we had while checking in were taken care of quickly. Overall we had a great time at the Ess Lake house and we would vacation there again without hesitation.