Central Lake House Rental Photos and Description
House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
Start with a complimentary bottle of up-north wine as you gaze out floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a tranquil lake.
Get a fantastic (and affordable) massage or facial four minutes away. Then enjoy delightful 'up north' holiday shopping, or simply wander into a sweet village a half-mile down the road.
Relax inside with a cappuccino or hot chocolate, watch one of many dozens of movies or cable in high def on a 50' flat screen TV; pick from a multitude of CDs, books and games, or use our WIFI.
Get cozy in freshly laundered robes and lounging-around socks (for kids AND adults). If it's cool at night, curl up on flannel sheets, down comforters and fleece blankets. Eat out or cook in with a kitchen equipped for a foodie--from an espresso machine, Kitchen Aid mixer and electric pancake griddle to fresh herbs and tomatoes (spring through fall) growing outside the front door.
Outside, play in the snow (even if it's not on the ground, skiing is now in season!) or ice fish on the lake. Enjoy browsing antique shops, galleries, and other charming haunts. An easy few-minute walk to a peaceful village (fudge, holiday gifts, a pub and restaurants), and an easy drive to a handful of quintessential up-north 'cities' like Charlevoix, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Gaylord, and the sweet towns of Elk Rapids and Alden. Or play at Michigan’s largest indoor water park at Boyne.
About that massage or facial...We've teamed up with a spa less than five minutes down the road to offer an assortment of options for men, women and children: luxurious massages (choose hot-stone; deep tissue; Swedish and more); facials; pedicures; manicures, reflexology and more. Enjoy one treat, or spend the day there! Spa packages (to name a few) include: Queen for a Day (massage, facial, manicure); King for a Day (deep tissue massage; gentleman's facial and manicure; and hair cut); Prince or Princess for a Day (chocolate cream facial mask, mini-manicure and mini-pedicure and relaxation massage); Ladies' or Men's Day or Night Out with any of the above...or add to your package reflexology, a rejuvenator special with essential oils and hot stone and paraffin for your hands or feet, Reiki and more. Ask for more details!
Tucked into a glacial valley and nestled in the hills of northwest Michigan, we're located on a 75-mile chain of beautiful lakes. Halfway between the Equator and the North Pole on the 45th Parallel, we're surrounded by rolling hills and miles of lakes.
Minutes away, visit Bellaire's restaurants, cafes, a spectacular brewpub, Shanty Creek's championship golf courses and ski slopes; enjoy indoor putt-putt, or take in a movie. Dine at a renowned gourmet restaurant a few miles north of us or at lovely small-town cafes.
Here's a quick tour (watch our video for pictures to go with it). Remodeled in 2007, the light-filled single-level open-plan design includes a:
• Master Bedroom: New queen and an antique headboard; sliding glass doors leading to a private deck and the lake beyond; ceiling fan and window a.c. unit; TV and DVD player, and a comfy chair. Linens included.
• Second Bedroom: Two sets of bunk beds each with a double and single bed (featherbeds for the doubles); window a.c. unit; Xbox/DVD player & games, toys and children's books.
• Living Room: Three sets of sliding glass doors stretch across the lakefront wall. They lead to a deck w/a gas grill, picnic table, and a glorious view of the lake a few dozen steps away; two full couch/sofabeds and an overstuffed chair; ceiling fan; TV, DVD, stereo, movie, music, book, toy and game collections.
• Dining Room: Sliding glass doors; queen couch/futon; dining table(s); ceiling fan and a library.
• Kitchen: Open to the living and dining rooms with a lake view and a breakfast bar with seating. Fully equipped and well stocked
• One and a half bathrooms: ceramic tile floor; shower/tub & double sinks in primary bath, completely remodeled in December 2013, second small bathroom. We supply towels.
• Garage: for storing bikes, fishing rods, snowmobiles, and extra stuff we provide your pets and children (plus a few adult and child-sized bikes you can use at your own risk).
Come on up to what our son lovingly named 'Our Hanley Lake Hideaway' and a repeat guest calls 'Our Little Slice of Heaven!'
Keywords: Family-friendly cottage; pet-friendly retreat, secluded lakefront all-season cottage, sunny guest home, country house with walls of windows, Hanley Lake Hideaway; up north cabin; northern Michigan cottage.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
Your hosts are two self-employed parents and a sweet (yes, still sweet!) 15-year-old boy. We live full-time in Ann Arbor and visit up north whenever we can sneak in between guests. One of us adults is originally from Great Britain and the other is originally from New York (and the small person is a native Ann Arborite who speaks American English with a few Britishisms slipped in.) For many years now we've been permanent Michiganders, enjoying the joys of our glorious retreat on Hanley Lake.
Laurie purchased this house in 2005
Why Laurie chose Central Lake
We love the gentle beauty of this northwestern Michigan chain of lakes. We were ecstatic to find a tranquil lake we can see from almost every room in the cozy year-round house. (Note from Laurie: my gold standard for vacation heaven was a place where I could take a cup of coffee out onto the deck and see--and be in--the water within seconds.) We can draw or eat breakfast on the dock or in the dining room, play in the sand, take out a canoe or kayak, swim in warmer waters (instead of waiting until the end of August for the chill to subside in the big lakes), and fish. We can sled right out the back doors to the lake and cross-country ski nearby. We wander into a welcoming village to play and eat without being swarmed by overdressed tourists and overpriced food. We were delighted to find this peaceful little retreat, which offers the pleasures of an all-sports lake without the noise and chaos of one. The passing 'traffic' is generally kayaks, pontoons, and people fishing (including ice fishing in the winter).The fresh, clear water in Hanley Lake flows 75 miles thru a chain of 14 lakes. All-sports lake without the usual traffic of one! We were thrilled to discover we're just a few miles from the long sandy beaches and waves of Lake Michigan, which are great fun in every season. We're glad to do day trips to fudgey towns like Charlevoix and Petoskey, to wander Traverse City or even more nearby Bellaire. But we love coming home, whether it's raining, snowing, or blazing hot: to play outdoors, or hang out inside doing jigsaw puzzles, playing games, making soup or brownies, or drawing the changing colors of water, sky and trees. We love going out on the placid water (our son can steer his own kayak) and paddling past kingfishers and great blue heron, turtles nestling in the tall grasses, and weeping willows along the shore, or watching the water from our comfortable home. It always refreshes us to get away here.
What makes this house unique
Thanks to our 2007 renovation, we love the fresh, open-plan kitchen with views outside almost everywhere. We went window-crazy, creating four sets of sliding doors in the connected living and dining rooms. We added a a new, private deck we can step out onto from the master bedroom with another set of sliding doors. Last spring we bought new curtains and linens, set up a big picnic table for the deck and added more lawn chairs. We're having a blast adding CDs, DVDs, games, kids' toys and books, and a host of comforts for our guests--and for us! We're in heaven in the summertime, but we also keep discovering treats during the other three seasons. In winter our son loves sledding down the back lawn onto the frozen lake; I like sketching the winter scenes from a deliciously warm, light-filled living room, we've discovered the wooded hill right across the street is ripe for hiking, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing, and we finally went tubing, downhill and cross-country skiing at nearby Shanty Creek. Springtime brings Morel mushroom hunting and a lush landscape; fall leaves are stunning.
Guestbook comments from the owner
(From an email:) We had a fabulous time at your cottage. Our dog Chip had a wonderful time launching himself off your dock. My husband took some wonderful pictures of the sunset from the deck. The swans came up in the morning for breakfast and I loved feeding them. Your cottage is darling.
We canoed from one end of Lake Hanley to the other. Both Richard and I had a facial at the Swan Cove Spa and it was terrific. What a relaxing day that was.
We got a chance to visit the art fair in East Jordon while we were there and purchased some great items. I just loved all the little towns so close by.