This beautiful 8-bedroom house on the north shore of Crystal Lake dates from the forties, but was extensively remodeled in 1985. It sits on a bluff overlooking Crystal Lake from 125 feet over the water, and includes 400 feet of lake frontage with a small private sand beach. It is furnished mostly with antiques dating from the 20s and 30s. Access between the house and beach is via a 1/3 mile long paved driveway/trail through deep woods. The house is in the middle of 30 acres of deep north woods. The house has one of the most spectacular views of the lake available. The house has a tennis court, picnic tables and swing set overlooking the lake, and a variety of beach toys and equipment down on the beach. A dock and swim raft, and numerous small boats are available in the summer season. In winter, the place makes a spectacular retreat center for family skiing; it is only 12 miles from Crystal Mountain.
Water sports: A number of boats are included in the rental for the summer season. There is an aluminum rowboat, with oars, and a 6HP outboard. There is a sunfish (sailboat) included as well. There are four styrofoam paddle boards, two kayaks and various other floating toys. There are several water skis available. A 20-foot Boston Whaler is available during the summer season for an additional charge of $500 per week, plus fuel. This boat requires some training before use, and is too fast for anyone other than an adult boater with some experience. There are numerous life jackets for all ages.
We rented this house for our friends annual New Year's eve trip with a total of six couples. The house was as described by the owner - who communicated very detailed information in advance as well as during our stay when i had a quick question. There was plenty of room for everyone and seating area to watch all the football on New Year's Day.
A beautiful property with a breathtaking view of sunset, would love to see this in the summer.
The drive is long, but manageable even in the winter. The kids that were with us even sled down the driveway!
Overall, a great rental experience and would rent again.
This property was perfect for our group of 16 people. There was tons of space and everything was clean and organized around the house and beach. Plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy and the view of the lake from the back yard was exquisite. The owners made themselves available and provided lots of helpful information for our stay. They were flexible and quick to reply throughout the booking process. Everything that we needed was available at the house. We had tons of fun fishing and spending time by the fireplace, There really was a "homey" feel staying here, and we would without a doubt consider this property again if ever traveling with a group.
Perfect for what we needed. Large enough and enough beds and couches. House was found clean and welcoming. House has a lot of personal items that probably should not have been left out though. Very private property but driveway is impossible to get up unless plowed. It was plowed for us on the second morning of our stay. Nice location and views over the lake and close to skiing/snowboarding. Plenty of places to buy/eat around the house.
My company just returned from a two day retreat at this home in Beulah. There were 21 of us in total. We had a wonderful time and the home/accommodations worked out wonderfully.
The home is very spread out so nobody felt crowded at all - plenty of bathrooms, a large gathering area, several picnic tables on the back patio and a downstairs game room. The kitchen came equipped with all necessary items - lots of plates, utensils, cooking gear, etc.. Although we only used the basketball court, the owner is very generous with allowing use of their personal items - bikes, boats, sports equipment, etc...The location of the home is spectacular - 30 acres of wooded wonderland and a breathtaking view of Crystal Lake.
We took a day trip to Traverse City to do some winery and distillery tours, and the drive was not bad. We ate at the house the first night (again, the kitchen is small but more than adequate - we fed 21 people out of it with no problems) and went to the Mayfair Tavern in Elberta (about 15 minutes drive) for the second night. We highly recommend Mayfair - great food, reasonable prices. My steak was excellent.
Other posters (and the owner, as well) have commented that the home may need a little updating, the kitchen in particular; however, we found it to be perfect just the way it is. If we had wanted to stay at a sleek and modern location with a high-tech kitchen...that's what we would have done. The homey atmosphere just contributed to our group feeling relaxed and comfortable, which is why we were on the retreat in the first place.
All in all, this property exceeded our expectations. The owner consistently communicated with us prior to our arrival and everything was exactly in order when we arrived. We will definitely plan on staying at this home again next year!
Over the last eight years, we have rented seven homes through HomeAway/CyberRentals and never had a negative experience until this rental. I arranged a trip for five families to stay at this house over President's Day weekend and we treated the house with the utmost respect and care when we were there. When we left, we made sure things were in perfect order, and we even called the garbage removal service to make sure our garbage was picked up asap.
The owner said the house was in great shape, but there was some cereal spilled in the basement shag carpet. He said he had to keep half of our security deposit because his cleaning lady had to spend extra time vacuuming. $250 of vaccumming? He also accused us of using illegal substances in the home, which was incorrect and we found very offensive. I would never rent this house again.
A large group of young professionals from downstate was pleasantly surprised by this "big old house"; it offered everything promised and a bit more. We rented it for the weekend because it was close enough to ski at Crystal during the day and offered us a place to party by night (with care of course). The amenities were quite sufficient and it was rather inexpensive.
In response to the previous review, I agree about the kitchen needing a little update, however they missed out on the downstairs bathroom even though it looks a little scary it had excellent water pressure with multiple water nozzles spraying water out of the walls all around you, what a fabulous shower!
All in all, we'd definitely consider making it an annual tradition!
Crystal Lake in Benzie County, one of the very clear lakes in NW lower Michigan, is about 2mi wide and 9mi long. The village of Beulah is on the eastern end of lake. The western end of the lake is separated from Lake Michigan by only 1/2 mile. Our place is on the north shore, about 1 mile west of Beulah. The city of Frankfort lies between Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan, where there are Lake Michigan beaches and fishing opportunities. Crystal Lake is at the southern edge of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, where there is abundant access to Lake Michigan. We are also within 8 miles of Crystal Mountain, a large ski resort in the area. There are at least three golf courses within 10miles. The swimming at both Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan is fabulous. Crystal is warmer than Lake Michigan.
Other Activities: Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore
Golf: There are at least three golf courses within about 10 miles, 'Champion Hill', 'Pinecroft' and 'Crystal Lake Golf Club'.
Ski: The house is about 8 miles from Crystal Mountain, which offers full skiing opportunities. In addition, there are ample opportunities to sled right at the house. When Crystal Lake is frozen, the lake offers opportunities to ice skate and to ice fish. The lake usually freezes sometime in January. We keep the long driveway plowed in winter, but it's very steep in places, so renting parties should have at least one All Wheel Drive vehicle, just in case.