Beechmount was built in 1915 as part of a resort with inns and 'Maine Camp' style (primitive) woodland cottages. At the time it had a wood stove, outhouse, pump, and kerosene lamps. It has been remodeled and expanded over the years, but retains history and rustic character, with such features as beadboard, maple floors, double French doors to deck, fireplace.
It's furnished with numerous modest rustic antiques, wicker, braided and sisal rugs, iron bedsteds, mied in with a bit of 'early attic' in keeping with it's simple family lake cottage identity. See pix on VRBO. We have not turned it into a polished place. It will appeal to people comfortable in woodsy surrounds.
Our wooded acre, with 100' Beech trees, is secluded on a hill overlooking Hamlin. Our deck view is into woods, with lake glimmers through leaves or in between hemlocks. Other cottages are obscured from view.
Our waterfront is on a separate piece of property - a 'block' distance downhill from the cottage. A walk takes 5 min, or one can drive. This takes some explaining, please phone us. At our waterfront we have 3 docks, decking between them, a large screened room which is freestanding, unattached to any building. We call this the 'Boat Porch', because it houses boat paddles/gear/water toys. The porch is spacious and also houses a long picnic table. It is freestanding like a gazebo, but is not at all dressy! Basic,concrete floor, plain. But airy with pleasing view of lawn and water. The 'boat porch' has a nice small deck with grill and glass topped table overlooking lawn and water. On lawn we have another picnic table, swing, and fire pit. The 3 docks are connected by decking, where we have chairs. Can send you pix. Rent a boat from neareby livery and leave it at the dock for last minute trips to the Dunes. Or use our canoe or one of our kayaks. Good fishing hole 75' off our docks. Some fishing poles in Boat Porch (their condition not guarenteed!).
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Paul Davidson and Mary Hebblewhite Davidson, of Sandy Springs GA. Our cottage, Beechmount, was part of a 1910's resort,and retains a Maine Camp Cottage (woodsy rustic) flavor. This area of Western MI is unique. The Great Pt. Sauble area, unlike any or the other charming other harbor areas we know of in W. MI, is basically made up of Ludington State Park, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, and Manistee Nat'l Forest lined up along the Lake MI shore, between Hamlin and Lake MI. Thus, there are miles of roadless undeveloped beaches, many uncrowded, and miles of forest and dunes, along both Hamlin and Lake M, preserving scenery and recreation. Wild and Scenic Rivers are also nearby for good fishing and gentle float trips. We're outdoorsy. We love the Southern Appalachians near where we live, but we drive to MI each summer. It's a good kid and family place - plenty of water, sand, and woods, lighthouses, big and little boats, interesting history, charming town.
The Owner purchased this cottage in 1995
The Hebblewhite family has owned a cottage here for 4 generations. Originally owned Sunnyslope, which was next door. The history and fresh beauty of the area, and outstanding family recreation keep us coming back. Our grandkids now are a 5th generation. Although our family sold the original family cottage in the 90's, we ourselves bought this similar nearby cottage from friends a few years later. Between our visits here each summer, we make the cottage available for renters to enjoy. This is definitely a family summer lake cottage, and will not have the feel of a 'for rental' property. It is simple, cabin like, not fancy, not polished. We like it that way. Please call with questions.
The area is great for outdoorsiness and kids: Look at our map (below) on satellite option and zoom out, to see the configuration of Hamlin and Lake MI in the Big Point Sauble (Sand Point) area. Western MI boasts many charming harbor resort towns. But none with the Point Sauble Ludington/Hamlin area's expanse of roadless Lake MI shoreline and uncommercial beach, lake, and forest recreation. Lined up in between Lake MI and Hamlin's Western shores are State Park, National Scenic Lakeshore, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, and Manistee National Forest. These areas were established to protect the scenic and recreational values all around here --- lucky Hamlin!
Hamlin is a known FISHERMAN's LAKE (1). Fishing maps are available. LAKE MI charters are available for day or half day for SALMON. Fishing is excellent in nearby rivers (the Pere Marquett, Sauble, Manistee, Muskegon). Guides are available. The Sept. salmon runs are well known. (2) BOATING: The sailing on Hamlin is great (our sailfish is available for rent). We kayak or canoe the bayou, the open lake, the lovely inlets and islands at State Park, and nearby designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. Our canoe and kayaks are provided, and there are other liveries on the lake and on rivers. (3) In Victorian Ludington there's the Lighthouse to climb, the big SS Badger to see come into harbor. (4) There are overnight Badger cruises to Manitowoc Wisc - where there's a submarine museum from WWII. There are Badger sunset cruises past scenic shore and 2 lighthouses on July 4th and Labor Day. Ludington and Hamlin Lake have big fireworks on the 4th. (5) There are antique and art shops in Ludington and also in Manistee and Pentwater nearby. Ludington eateries range from family/traditional to casual trendy. There's a fresh fish fry place, berry picking, farmers markets, and further North vinyards are nearby. (6) The gorgeously restored Victorian theater in Manistee presents musicals (James Earl Jones and others began there).(7) BEST is the roadless BEACHs & WOODLAND recreation of the National Forest and State Parks in the Big Point Sauble (French explorers named it ---Big Sand Point). You won't find roadless beaches to this extent anywhere else in W. MI. See satellite map on our VRBO. There's the beachwalk to historic Big Sauble Light, with virtually empty beaches. Hamlin Lake's jewel is the TOWERING DUNES: wild scenery + sandy shallow swimming. (8) Canoe, motorboat, bike, or drive to Barnhart's for dockside family friendly food/pub. (9) At cottage: the FP, large trampoline, deck, lake glimmers through leaves. Secluded.
I am not family or a friend so I can give an honest review. I would not recommend this cottage nor will we stay there again. It was nice and tucked into the woods as promised but that was about as good as it got. Our biggest complaint was that it was just not comfortable overall. The bed is about 10 years past its prime and the living room is made up of an old futon and some garage sale wicker chairs. The TV didn't work which wasn't the end of the world but it would have been nice to have. We actually left a day early since we woke up one night to find the bathroom covered in small thin black bugs. I am not joking.
The upstairs bedroom is accessible by an attic ladder that i would not trust in the middle of the night. If you have a boat then the lake front area would be nice but with no electricity or restroom facilities it is not practical. With some simple upgrades this house could be nice but until those happen we will not return.
We had a wonderful week away from it all! This cottage is nice and private. It seems to sit up from the other cottages and is surrounded by tall trees. It is very open and airy with the large windows and the outside seems to come in when the doors and windows are open. The large deck extends the living space for reading and relaxing. The walk through the woods to get to Hamlin Lake is easy to follow and a short walk down the road. We did not spend to much time by the lake but did spend most of our time at the state park in Ludington. This state park is wonderful. We hiked many of the trails and floated down the river a few times. The lazy river leads directly into Lake MI. After an hour of floating you just pick up your tube and walk up the beach to find the rest of your group relaxing on the beach. I really works out great. We bought tubes and a few small boats at the Walmart and they have an air compressor at the store in the state park to fill them up. The kitchen at Beechmont was well stocked with everything you need including some spices to use for cooking. Our family of 5 survived sharing a bathroom for a week and we never ran out of hot water! The internet service is also very good at the cottage.
We had some complications just as our trip was ready to start and Mary was very helpful and accommodating to make sure the cottage was ready for us.
We had a wonderful time and would love to stay here again!
We had a wonderful family vacation at Beechmount. We had four adults and three children ages 15, 11, and 9 and two dogs. The kids really enjoyed the loft, and the stairs did not prove to be a problem even for the two adults who slept in the upstairs bedroom. These stairs may be an issue for younger children or older adults as they are steep and there is no railing at the top. For our kids, this just added to the fun and they loved sleeping in the loft. The beds and bedding were all very comfortable.
We rented a boat for the week, which proved to be very fun for fishing, sunset cruises, and trips to the dunes for swimming. The dunes were excellent for the kids and the dogs to climb and explore and the swimming is excellent as the water is warm, shallow, and sandy. The cottage is old and rustic, but we found it to be very charming and full of character. In the past, we have camped while visiting Ludington, so the cottage felt luxurious to us! It was clean and had everything that we needed to cook our meals, shower, do laundry, etc… And a rainy day was happily spent playing games, using the wireless internet, and watching TV. It was very warm and humid the week we were there and there was no air conditioning. We were aware of this before we booked the cottage and I am assuming that it is rarely warm enough to actually need AC, but this may be a consideration for some families. We enjoyed the woods and seclusion of the cottage and LOVED the fact that they allow dogs to be a part of the family vacation! We really enjoyed being able to bring them along with us, they may have even had more fun than the rest of us.
The cottage was clean, comfortable, and charming. It would suit those who are comfortable being close to nature and all the lovely things that come with it. Hamlin Lake and the surrounding area are absolutely wonderful. If you stay during blueberry season, don’t miss picking your own right down the road. This area has the best of both worlds with beautiful Hamlin Lake as well as Lake Michigan!
I found this rental on Google, looking for "pet friendly, Ludington area", and spent the week before Memorial Day at this charming rustic cottage. Mary was very prompt in responding to our last minute request to stay, and everything was pretty much exactly as advertised! We loved the quiet, out of the way location, but close enough to everything that it was still convenient. As we live in a 1908 farmhouse, we loved the "modern" conveniences (g) of the cottage. I found the cottage extremely clean- obvious that someone had recently done a "spider roundup", although with an almost 100 year old rustic cottage in the woods, a few bugs are to be expected. If you are looking for a modern, immaculate environment, maybe a waterfront condo in downtown Ludington would be more your style. We did have to scrub out the coffee maker, as this is a necessity we CANNOT live without. Made all the difference. Also tightened the water connections for the washing machine, so no more "water vs electricity" experiments in the basement! We found the lakefront screenhouse easily, and spent a few hours trying to find fish, but no luck. It was still a little cold to be out on the water, so we didn't take the canoe or kayaks out. Spent a day at Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and another day shopping downtown Ludington. Watched the Badger dock. Highly recommend the Blue Moon Cafe for sushi! Overall, an extremely enjoyable week spent relaxing and having fun! The dogs loved it too! I would come back tomorrow!
We spent Labor Day weekend here. It could have been a little warmer, but we did get out into the Lake Michigan breakers one day. We were here with our 3 adult sons and a fiance, and had plenty of room. I especially liked the old design of the house with plenty of big windows that could swing out for for ventilation, but generally let you appreciate the huge old trees. At night it is really dark and really quiet. Not for someone looking for modern luxury, but it was very clean, with lots of the touches of a cozy old cottage. Great internet connection, and cable on a small TV. The coffee maker though just didn't get with the program. We used the kayaks and canoe, but it was a little too chilly to use the boat porch much. It would be nice if the electricity were turned on down there. We'd go back.
Had a wonderful week with friends at Beechmount!
The photos on the VRBO site depict it perfectly.Directions to the cottage were accurate. Upon arrival a quick tour of the place showed that it was very clean, and charming. Enjoyed the whole place, especially the large deck with picnic table, hammock, and even the trampoline. Nice swing to sit on and view Hammond lake through the trees. Short walk to the boat house through the woods. Had fun with the kayaks!
I liked that the place had a feeling of privacy with all the beautiful trees surrounding it.
Mary provided great recommendations of restaurants, dog beaches, etc...and we did it all. Don't miss the restaurant on Hammond Lake. Great food! Mahi mahi sandwich was the best!
Quick drive into Ludington to enjoy the great shops and restaurants, and the beautiful state park/beach.
I would love to do it all again!
Hamlin Lake's Sand Dunes, for wild scenery AND safe swims in sandy shallows. National Forest and State Park trails and beaches. July 4th and Labor Day sunset cruises Lake MI ferry, the Badger. Fireworks on Hamlin and Lake M. Ludington and Big Point Sauble Lighthouses. Climb them! Golf. Charter fish Lake MI or excellent fishing in Hamlin. Dune buggy. Historic village, kids' sand castle museum, art/craft shops very good. Llama hikes. Elk ranches. Sail, canoe, kayak (cottage boats). Trampoline in the yard.