Charlevoix House Rental Photos and Description
4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps 10
Duke's Lake Retreat, on the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix, is perfect for a family vacation or a group of friends getaway. The property boasts 100 feet of lake shore on one of the largest and most pristine lakes in Northern Michigan. The South Arm (the smaller part of Lake Charlevoix) is perfect for water sports including sailing, jet skiing, tubing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing or cruising on a pontoon. Just a few nautical miles north, the South Arm opens up to the bigger part of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. Rent or bring a boat! This property features a dock that can accommodate up to a 26 foot boat. You can stay connected with the home's free wireless internet or 'unplug' yourself and put your feet up to relax with the calming sound of waves.
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- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
John and I live in Williamston, MI, but completely love the Lake Charlevoix area! John, a graduate from Albion College, is in the mortgage business. I graduated from MSU (Go green!) and am currently a project manager for a communications company in East Lansing. We purchased Duke's Lake Retreat in 2004, and the first few summers we spent as much time as possible exploring the beauty of Lake Charlevoix as well as searching out the many places to eat, drink and be merry in Northern MI. We were engaged at Chateau Chantal on Old Mission Peninsula (about 45 minutes from Duke's Lake Retreat) and were married at Castle Farms (right in Charlevoix!) in January of 2010. So many of our special life moments have been in and around Northern MI! In 2009 we decided to start sharing our home with guests via homeaway.com and have had a wonderful experience! Although we would love to be able to spend more peak summer time at our home, we are so pleased to be able to share it with our guests. Whether it be painting a bathroom, installing an irrigation system or replacing the beach towels, we find upgrade projects every year to help improve our guests' vacation experience.We feel lucky to have met some fantastic people through this process and look forward to many more years of sharing Duke's Lake Retreat!
When we first looked at the home, it was a bit difficult to see the potential of the interior. An inefficient layout, purple sinks, walls and carpets and a collection of taxidermy ferrets did not create a welcoming environment! But the moment we walked out on the decks, we saw past all of the quirks and fell in love! The decks and the dock totally sold us......having a large enough deck to accommodate the whole family with a sunset dinner overlooking the lake has been the best feature of our home. John is a fantastic cook, so we enjoy his grilled creations, fish fries (John Cross Whitefish caught daily out of Charlevoix is the best for a summertime fish fry), super big sandwich lunches and yummy morning frittatas. The deck is also the favorite spot for late night card games, sunbathing with a book or enjoying a peaceful morning coffee.
The South Arm of Lake Charlevoix is perfect for family fun because it is not too crowded and the water generally stays pretty calm. The area right off of our dock is perfect for water skiing, tubing, potoon boat rides, and sailing. For more adventure, you can swing out to the main part of Lake Charlevoix (about 30 mins via power boat) and then on to Lake Michigan (another 45 mins via power boat).
With a lot of vision and hard work, John totally renovated the interior and we are now proud of our comfortable, clean, and much more efficient layout. It may not be as inspiring as the view from the decks, but it is definitely not too shabby:)
We are so lucky to have Swan Valley Marina right next door! As first time boat owners, we relied on their help and guidance for the first few years. Now, it is so convenient for our guests to walk over to rent boats, kayaks and jet skis. They also sell ice, snacks and other essentials.