If you want to get away from it all and still enjoy all modern conveniences, this is it! Our family of 10 (3 generations) spent a week at the lakefront 'castle' and cherished every minute of it. The location is very private and the beach is wonderful, complete with wooden beach chairs, volleyball net, 2 ocean kayaks, and a firepit which we made use of every evening while watching the sunset (firewood can be purchased nearby).
The house itself offers all imaginable comforts and is fully equipped in every respect, including kid's toys, foosball and ping-pong tables, games, even a hidden 'secret room' for the kids to find (which proved to be quite a fun challenge).
The home is beautifully maintained and the directions by the owner were easy to follow. We found that the pictures really don't do it justice and were most pleasantly surprised. There is no lack of anything.
We enjoyed lots of fun things in the area, dune buggy riding, renting a pontoon boat on Silver Lake, horseback riding, etc. Most of our meals were eaten in except for one dinner at the Applewood Restaurant on the golf course nearby (5 minute drive) which was quite good.
This was our first stay on Lake Michigan. Compared to the Atlantic, there is lots to be said for crystal clear water (yes, it's a bit chilly), no debris on the beach, no jelly fish or sharks, no salt water, no tide. Nothing but fine sand, huge dunes, and spectacular sunsets! We loved it!
As a footnote, there are lots of steps both inside and out which might be a bit difficult to negotiate for those who are physically challenged. For the rest of us, it was an excuse to double up on dessert. :)
A very special thank you to the owners for letting us share this beautiful home.