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 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.
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.
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