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Spring $50 off Spa Deal & Free Night@ Updated, Private, Pet-Friendly Lake Home!


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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Central Lake House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, Open Plan (Sleeps 6)

Seven days for the price of six through May 21st! Play, fish, bird-watch, hunt morels, take out a kayak or canoe, or curl up, cozy and toasty, inside our bright, private, well-stocked year-round cottage. Start with a complimentary bottle of up-north wine as you gaze out floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a tranquil lake and the woods beyond.

Get a fantastic (and affordable) massage or facial four minutes away and take $50 off this month (our treat)! Wander into a sweet village a mile down the road or to nearby charming up north 'cities.'

Outside, collect morels, bike, wander, fish, or boat on the tranquil 75-mile chain of lakes. Take our kayaks or canoe, or your own boat, on the placid water and paddle past kingfishers and great blue heron, turtles nestling in the tall grasses, and weeping willows along the shore. Enjoy browsing antique shops, galleries, and other charming haunts. An easy few-minute walk to a peaceful village (with a few charming shops, a pub and a couple of 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 nearby Boyne.

Or relax inside with a cappuccino or hot chocolate from a well-stocked kitchen, 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) in our comfortable year-round cottage. (In the master bedroom, enjoy a queen bed with an antique headboard and a luxurious mattress topper while looking out at the lake through sliding glass doors. New as of December 2014 in the second bedroom: two solid wood twin over full bunk beds.) Enjoy our completed updated bathroom

Eat out or cook in with our kitchen-- with gadgets ranging from an espresso machine, Kitchen Aid mixer and electric pancake griddle to fresh herbs and tomatoes growing outside the front door (coming up soon!) .

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.

Tucked into a glacial valley and nestled in the hills of northwest Michigan, the village of Central Lake is located on a 75-mile chain of beautiful lakes. We're halfway between the Equator and the North Pole on the 45th Parallel. 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: Queen bed with a luxurious mattress topper, where you can look out 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; window a.c. unit (when needed); DVD player, flat screen TV and cable, toys and children's books.

• Living Room: Three sets of sliding glass doors stretching 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 and air conditioning unit (for summer, of course); 50' flat screen, high-def TV, DVD player, stereo, a large collection of movies, music, books, toys and games.

• 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, and a second small bathroom. We supply towels.

• Garage: for storing bikes, fishing rods, snowmobiles (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, dogs welcome; secluded lakefront all-season cottage; year-round vacation home; sunny guest home, country house with walls of windows, Hanley Lake Hideaway; up north cabin; northern Michigan retreat; private lake; boats; kayaks and canoe; dock; private decks; birding; morels; skiing.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Laurie (Owner)
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About Laurie

Your hosts are two self-employed parents and a sweet (yes, still sweet!) 16-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 teenager 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 nestled among gentle rolling hills. We were ecstatic to find a tranquil lake we can see from almost every room (thanks to our renovation) 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 Alden, 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 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 cottage. It always refreshes us to get away here.

What makes this house unique

Thanks to our 2007 renovation, we relish 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. Each year we add something (or some things!) new. Recent additions include a private deck and sliding doors off the master bedroom; tempered glass deck panels for safety and an unobstructed view of the lake; a fully renovated bathroom (in 2013), a flat-screen TV and DVD player and wood bunk beds (December 2014) in the second bedroom, and two window air conditioners (June 2014). We're constantly 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 enticing 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, birding, bike rides and walks in 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.

Thank you

Dianne Whisner
Sep 2009
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Winter get-a-way

  • 5 of 5

I had a great mini vacation on Hanley Lake with a few of my friends! Great property on a beautiful private lake and an awesome ice fishing lake. I would definitely stay here again. The house comfortably accommodated the four of us for the weekend. We also loved how close it was to Short's Brewery in Bellaire.!

Thanks Laurie for having us!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

A GREAT Place!!!

  • 4 of 5

Your place provided the perfect setting for rest & relaxation as well as a lot of fun! We, both humans and dogs, enjoyed every minute. It was serene on the lake and we had a good mix of weather, some wild storms and welcome sunshine. With all the rain, the front yard was a bit slick and tricky to maneuver. However, your cottage is cozy and we felt very comfortable and 'at home'. What a lovely area to explore, we got to many places you recommended and thank you for the thorough tips on interesting destinations! There is something for everyone and then some! Thank you so much for sharing your Hanley Lake Hideaway with us!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Detroit, MI

Awesome home!

  • 5 of 5

This home is right off the water of a very beautiful lake. The home itself is amazing, and is perfect for small groups. A group of friends and my two large dogs stayed for 4 nights and can honestly say we will return.

Everything you need is in the house. Grill, Hammock, Lake, Kayak, Fire pit, Large HDTV, full kitchen just to name a few things, and we were able to keep our vacation cheap, but grilling and cooking meals at "home".

This was a perfect place to get away from the city, and just unwind and relax.

Thank you for opening up your home to us!!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Pontiac Michigan

Mom's Birthday

  • 5 of 5

Trip was amazing! I don't know if a better time could have ever took place. Initially, I had told Mom that we were going camping and she was very, VERY uneasy at that. However, when we got to this place...obviously not knowing what was happening, she asked, in her irrate, fed up, motherly voice....What the heck is going on now? Who lives here, What are we doing, lol, and I said, welcome home. She then proceeded to ask...cautiously...what?? we are not going camping? are your serious? and then began to excitedly ( like a child) jump up and down, until we got to the lake park of it, wherein she began to cry (being too excited and too happy). We stayed for two nights, three days, and we had the time of the our lives! We aspire to return, AND, let me say that we brought my 12 week old puppy, who loved the lake...and I found out, knows! how to swim. The lake was still cold, however, I only wanted to ensure he knew how to swim; he knows, however, eyes closed, paws wide, lol he will get better, he is still a puppy.

I cannot wait until it gets warmer out so I can actually swim and be in the lake with my puppy more often, and my Mom is just anticipating the return. Furhtermore, we went into town and found the resturant...the Front Porch, and my oh, my, what an experience. We really did not want to leave, and we are ever so glad we went! Again, we thank the home owners for allowing us their place to use.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Peaceful, Quiet, and Scenic

  • 5 of 5

Had a very relaxing time! We enjoyed ice fishing on Lake Hanley with our niece and nephew, which was their first time. It was so convenient to head out to the lake and enjoy the outdoors, then head back, snuggle in and enjoy the cozy cottage. Also close to Boyne Mtn./Bellaire and all of the fun things those towns offer. We would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

A Winter Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

We decided to stay at this property for our winter getaway. And we loved it! The home was well stocked, clean and the heat working when we arrived. We loved that it was quiet and away from everything, but also in close proximity to restaurants, grocery stores and beautiful scenery. The owner provided us with all the information we needed and even put together a list of activities, restaurants and shops you can frequent in the area. We woke up to find ice fishermen right in the middle of the lake one morning; our kids spent a good amount of time just sledding down the driveway. We visited Boyne Mountain Resort, Shanty Creek Resorts and Grass Lake Nature Preserve - all in easy driving distance from the cabin for a fun-filled, action packed getaway. Pure Michigan at it's best!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Shanty Creek
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Blue Pelican
Nearest Ski
0.01 Miles
Nearest Beach
On property
Car: necessary

Rent pontoons, sunfish and motor boat minutes away, right on the lake. You can canoe, kayak or motor along for hours or days along our 75-mile chain of lakes; you're minutes from Torch Lake, Grand Traverse Bay's sandy beaches, championship golf courses, downhill ski slopes and groomed cross-country trails and a great spa/salon; short drives to the tourist attractions of Petoskey (36 miles); Charlevoix (19 miles); Traverse City (39 miles); and Gaylord (36 miles); downhill and cross-country skiing, zip-lining and mountain biking at nearby Shanty Creek and Boyne Mountain (with Michigan's largest indoor water park). Nearby Bellaire (10 minutes) has a movie theatre, bowling alley, indoor miniature golf, and nice restaurants and pubs. Gourmet restaurants and family diners minutes away.


Rates & Availability

From $135 Per night

Central Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early spring pleasures
Mar 30 2015 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
Spring Delight
May 1 2015 - May 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
Summer Joy
May 22 2015 - Aug 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Fall Calm & Colors
Sep 7 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Late Autumn-Early Winter Break
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 17 2015
2 night minimum stay
Holiday Treat
Dec 18 2015 - Dec 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Winter Fun
Jan 3 2016 - Mar 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning summer $100
Pet Fee $10 + Tax
Cleaning fall-spring $75
Refundable damage deposit $200
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes Pets welcome: $10/night per dog. Fall through Spring: 7 nights for the price of 6! Summer stays are Sunday through Sunday, 7-day minimum, unless noted otherwise. Check-in is at 3 pm; check-out at 10 am.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Central Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Completely renovated in December 2013
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2)-- antique bed in master bedroom. Also queen futon (with a queen featherbed to put on it) in the dining room. Double Beds (2) Two doubles are the lower bunks on the second bedroom's bunkbeds plus two sofabeds in the living room (with two double featherbeds for added comfort where needed). Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds on top of the bunkbeds in the second bedroom (with featherbeds on top of the mattresses) with two double beds below. Child Beds (1) Pack 'n Go playpen for baby or toddler. Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) One queen and two full sofa beds--the queen in the dining room and the doubles in the living room. Both bedrooms have window a.c. units and TVs and DVD players with cable.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Sand Box
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Dock, small sandy beach, shaded hammock inches from the water; 2 fire pits and a porch swing hanging from a tree by the water's edge; two double kayaks; two single adult kayaks and single child-sized kayak; canoe; pedal boat; life jackets and water toys; outdoor/beach chairs; several bicycles; new gas BBQ grill (May 2012). Spa (massages, facials, waxing, hair styling and more) three minutes down the road serves you on its outdoor deck overlooking the lake when weather allows and treats our guests well. Pontoons, motor boats, jet skis, sun fish and ice shanty can also be rented down the road. Ceiling fans in the master bedroom, living room, and dining room. Freshly-laundered robes and cozy socks available for adults and kids.

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