Welcome to our Lodge House!
Completed in 2011, the wheelchair-friendly 3,770 sq. ft. Lodge House is nestled among the trees in a serene setting just 25 feet from its sandy, gentle-slope beach on Stone Lake. Situated at the end of a quiet dead-end lane with only 18 homes, it's part of a private 47-acre heavily wooded nature preserve with trails great for exploring wildlife.
The optional Attached Guest Quarters (AGQ) adds 2 more BRs / 2 more BAs (7 BRs / 7.5 BAs in total), with sleeping for 20 in beds, 24 using sofas. The AGQ also adds a private 9 x 24 covered deck overlooking the lake, woods and the 29 x 30 playset. All 7 BRs have Queen beds with very comfy memory foam toppers; 3 of the BRs also have Twin bunkbeds.
Need more BRs? Add our other home on Stone Lake that's just 900 feet away on the same quiet dead-end country lane -- go to VRBO dot com and enter property #262334.
On the main level is a 550 sq ft level wheelchair accessible Gathering-Game Room with 10-foot ceiling, knotty pine planking, lots of windows, pool table, foosball table, folding ping pong table, 5 leather sofas, 2 Bistro Tables with barstools and a second 25 cu ft stainless steel fridge to keep the beverages cold! This unobstructed open space is also ideal for Yoga Groups, Scrapbookers, Quilters, Business Retreats. Most all of the furniture in the Gathering-Game Room can be moved into the adjacent 9 x 24 Entry Foyer if more open floorspace is desired. A big hit with Guests has been the recently added Panasonic 1080 HD Projection TV with 10-foot power screen, Yamaha home theatre audio system, Blu-Ray player, all connected to an HD satellite box. Perfect for sports, movie night or PowerPoint presentations! ***
**** See below link to our auxiliary site for LOTS of add'l photos - link is just above 'Map and Owner's Profile.****
With its lakeside wall of windows on all 3 levels the Lodge House has incredible views of the secluded western shoreline of quiet Stone Lake. The 7 BRs each has its own full bathroom – yes! -- and each BR has a Queen Bed. Three of the upper level BRs also have twin bunk beds. Twin 50-gallon hot water tanks means a never-ending supply of hot water.
The entire interior is finished in knotty pine planking - hence its “Lodge House” name.
The Lodge House has a barrier-free entry, two MBR suites with 3 x 5 roll-in showers & private water closets with grab bars and maneuvering room (see floorplan). A Power Chairlift connects the Main Level with the Lower Level. Additional accessible features include BA vanities w/ knee room, lower mirrors, the 12-foot x 36-foot lakefront Covered Deck right off the Main Level…and pocket doors galore!
The landscaping includes mostly gently sloped hard surface walkway from the lower level patio to the beach dock and the secluded, sandy gentle-slope beach.
At a shady spot at the treeline near the house is an awesome playset (29' W x 30' L) that features multiple platforms, swings, slides, rock climbing wall...enough to keep the kids entertained for hours.
Included with every reservation: 8 Mountain Bikes (mix of child and adult sizes) for our Guests to ride on the trails in the 47 wooded acres -- and through the nearby residential areas of the Village of Cassopolis for those who like to admire the many grand turn-of-the-century homes that are sprinkled throughout. Bring your bicycle helmets!
**** See below link to our auxiliary site for many more photos - link is just above 'Map and Owner's Profile.****
Main Level: The bright & airy kitchen features stainless steel Whirlpool appliances and a 9-foot peninsula breakfast bar. The kitchen is open to the Great Room and its soaring 19-foot high ceiling with huge windows facing Stone Lake. The Great Room features an intimate U-shaped seating arrangement with two sofas, loveseat and ottoman facing the gas fireplace -- and the 50-inch Plasma TV with home theatre system. The Great Room makes for a super indoor gathering place for the adults. The open sun-filled Main Level includes the dining area with a table that expands to seat 14+ (extra chairs provided). The 12' x 36' covered deck is right off the Great Room and has lots of seating and dining furniture – with incredible views of quiet Stone Lake. The deck railing is 'see-thru' stainless steel wire for unobstructed views. The Main Level has one of the two Accessible MBR Suites with a roll-in 3' x 5' shower, her vanity / his sink, and a private accessible water closet. There is also an accessible powder room off the kitchen. And of course the 550 sq ft Gathering-Game Room is on the main level, as is the 9 x 24 entry foyer.
Upper Level: Features 2 cozy BRs each with Queen beds + bunk beds, 2 FBAs with snug shower stalls, a balcony overlooking the Great Room, and access to the Attached Guest Qtrs with 2 more BRs / 2 more BAs and another private deck.
Lower Level: Completely finished and wheelchair accessible from the Main Level via the Power Chairlift on a wide staircase, this level features a Media Room with 2 sofas, loveseat, ottoman and 50-inch Plasma TV with home theatre system. Also a Wii with 4 controllers and Sports Package + Super Mario -- and free NetFlix downloads via the Wii! With its wet bar and dorm-size fridge, it's a great indoor place for the kids. This level also has a 2nd Accessible MBR Suite with roll-in shower, her vanity / his sink, and private accessible water closet...plus another MBR suite with a FBA including a bathtub shower. Both BRs have lakeside picture windows. Right outside is the 12' x 36' covered patio - all just 25 feet from the edge of Stone Lake.
Many guests enjoy reserving our Pontoon Boat -- it really opens up a whole new world to be able to get out on the lake – and the little ones just love playing 'captain' steering the boat. The Pontoon Boat also makes for a great mobile swimming platform, and sunsets are glorious as it's so peaceful to be out in the middle of Stone Lake and just slowly drift and watch the waterfowl, birds, etc. And if anyone likes to fish - that's what Stone Lake is famous for! We include in the rental of the Pontoon Boat a personal orientation session so that the Pontoon can be operated safely and with confidence. Also included is 10 gallons of fuel -- enough for a week.
Included with a Pontoon Boat reservation are 4 Sea Eagle 370 inflatable 2-person sit-on-top Kayaks (we actually may add more Kayaks since they're so popular!). Also a fishing row boat - all perfect for exploring the quiet undeveloped shoreline of Stone Lake to experience aquatic life up close.
For Guests with mobility issues, and Guests with children who love to vacation with other families, the serene setting of the Lodge House with its own boat dock, gentle-slope sandy beach and 47 wooded acres -- makes for family memories to last a lifetime.
We love to talk about Stone Lake -- so please shoot us an email for more info!
Ted & Brenda
P.S. A note about the Rates. VRBO has changed the format of the Rates section and is forcing homeowners to learn and implement the new system - we have not yet had time to do so. VRBO will no longer allow homeowners to edit the rates in the 'old' format,' so for the time being our rates on VRBO are not current. Our apologies - when we respond to inquiries we are able to provide up-to-date rates. FYI: On VRBO's website blog for homeowners there is a mini-revolt among owners as the new rate system's 'one-size-fits-all' format makes it impossible to allow for individual circumstances among the tens of thousands of properties on VRBO and their parent company, HomeAway. We include ourselves among VRBO's disappointed homeowners.
Keywords: Lakehouse, Lakefront, Multi-Family, Diamond Lake, Handicap Accessible, Accessible, 5 Bedrooms, Wheelchair Friendly
In the early 1980s we moved away from Michigan for jobs, settling in Maryland near Washington, DC where we raised our two wonderful children. As empty nesters, in the summer of 2008, we started what we thought would be a 5-year search for our dream retirement home back in Michigan, on a lake, halfway between Chicago and Detroit -- where all of Brenda's family have homes. In our very first house-hunting trip in June 2008 we came across a beautifully restored 1935 craftsman house on 3 acres; it exceeded our expectations in every conceivable way. It's a dream come true for us that in one short year became a mecca for family gatherings. In 2010 a 47-acre wooded parcel that surrounds the 3 acres became available and which included 150 feet of lake frontage...we were able to acquire it and build this brand new vacation Lodge House right on the water. We hope you will consider staying here at Stone Lake to build your own wonderful family memories. -- Ted & Brenda Gogol
Cassopolis, Michigan with its two lakes -- Stone Lake and Diamond Lake -- is halfway between Chicago & Detroit...about 2.5 hours from either. Less drive time = more fun time. Why drive 5-6 hours?
Here's what's most unique: The privacy and tranquility of a 47-acre wooded retreat with a private shoreline featuring a secluded, gentle-slope sandy beach upon which sits a 7-BR, 7.5-BA, 3,700 sq. ft. home that easily accommodates multiple families. Throw in a private dock with available Pontoon Boat, Kayaks, Row Boat, 8 Mountain Bikes -- and it's a recipe for a great week at the lake. The icing on the cake? Guests can walk to downtown Cassopolis' restaurants & watering holes...and within 15-20 minutes by car are a plethora of other great restaurants. The Lodge House is 40-minutes from Notre Dame / South Bend and 45 minutes from Four Winds Casino. Numerous Golf Courses are nearby as are many Wineries which offer tours.
With 47 wooded acres with trails PLUS all of the fun of a lakefront home with available Pontoon Boat, 4 2-person Sea Eagle Kayaks, Fishing Row Boat, champion Ping Pong Table, Pool Table, Foosball Table, Wii with 4 controllers and games, lots of indoor Board and outdoor Yard Games..the Lodge House has it all!