The first words out of first time visitors are “WOW'! Great spot, nice low bluff, fantastic beach.” Duneswater at Onekama is all that: a private, one-family home with brand new kitchen filled with state-of-the-art amenities, completed Fall 2009.
From the private road entrance, the lowest level contains a beach shower and laundry facilities. The main floor is reached from the inner stairway or from the south side redwood deck, complete with cushioned deck furniture and a gas barbecue. The main floor great room is dominated by the spectacular lake views and the large fieldstone working wood fireplace. The dining area shares this space.
The new kitchen has everything you need or want. Gas stove and cooktop with lake view, coffee makers (drip & espresso), all small appliances, icemaker, dishwasher and microwave. Truly a cook’s kitchen with lots of counter space and breakfast bar with swivel stools.
The south bedroom has a queen bed and a lazy-boy reading chair. The north bedroom contains twin beds. The main floor full bathroom was recently remodeled and has a large well-lit walk-in shower.
Upstairs is a sleeping loft with a variety of twin beds and a full bed to accommodate your crew’s requirements. The loft has an open space for cards or games, an artist’s/crafter’s table and 1/2 bathroom.
Dogs have always lived in this house, so one well-behaved dog is allowed with an additional $200 refundable pet deposit. As a result, if you have dog allergies another home may suit you better.
There is no smoking.
Outdoors is living with the view. The redwood deck is protected from northerly breezes. The shade patio is for taking the air, and the beach itself is for lounging, walking or pit-fires.
There are books, games and satellite dish TV, even DVDs and music CDs – but that’s not why you choose Duneswater. The secluded location, private beach, incredible view, comfortable well appointed home – that’s the choice!
May 2016 Beach Update: The trend of increasing Lake Michigan water levels that began in July of 2015 has continued into the spring of 2016. As a result there has been a lot of coastal erosion and beach loss in Manistee County. Specifically at Duneswater, we no longer have low dune beach access, and while 2 weeks ago we had 15 feet of beach, today we have 5 feet. Having lived with the week to week changes at the beach, I assume this is a high water cycle that will pass, but I can't predict the time frame. If you are a first time renter, we want to assure you we have had lots of beach in the past; we cannot say with any certainty, however, how much beach you will have during your stay.
Whatever your “great” vacation requirements might be, if it’s not at Duneswater itself, it is nearby. The Village of Onekama has groceries, WIFI hotspot, post office, hardware store, gift shops and more good restaurants than a city many times its size. Most other amenities, including a casino, are 15 miles south in Manistee. If you are a golfer, the four closest courses include Arcadia Bluffs (Golf Digest #10 ranked), The Heathlands at Onekama, Bear Lake County Highlands and Manistee National. A visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline, voted Good Morning America's 'Most Beautiful Place in America' in 2011, is a great excursion north along scenic M-22.
Maximum occupancy is 8 people. Minimum stay generally is 7 days.
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We enjoyed our stay at Duneswater. This is our second time renting this home and it has everything we needed and more. The only downside was that all our linens and towels had to be washed and dried by 11:00 check out time. We had to get up at 6:30 am to start showers and the wash so it was all done in time for the 8 of us. It would have been better to strip beds and start wash for the clean up crew. I found this to be a hassle our last morning.
We really enjoyed our stay at Duneswater on Lake Michigan. The house provided all that we needed for a nice relaxing vacation. We will definitely be back!
This house located on a absolutely beautiful part of the beach was everything we hoped it would be. Crystal clear, not rocks and very private. The modern kitchen is a plus. Furnishing a bit dated, but okay for a beach house Everything was clean and in order when we checked in. It was a great family vacation spot. Found the Glenwood, Blue Slipper Bistro, and Annie & Teddies Ice Cream shop a must for any visitor. Local IGA was also a pleasant surprise with a butcher available for fresh cuts of meat. Not too far from Sleeping Bear Dunes which is a must for anyone visiting the area for the first time. We would love to rent this house again.
Yoga, massage, concerts in the park, wine tasting, beautiful sunsets
|Refundable damage deposit||$400|
This is a non-smoking home. Prime Season occupancy is limited to 8 at weekly rate of $2850. Weekly rental is Friday to Friday. Check-in at 4 PM and checkout at 11 AM. One well-behaved dog is allowed; $200 pet deposit required. Cleaning charges are included in the rental fee.
Prime Season: $2850 June 12-Sept 4. Early & Late Season: $1650 May 29-June 12 & Sept 4-18. Half the rental fee plus $400 reservation and $200 pet deposits due within 14 days of booking. Balance of fee required 30 days before your rental week. Reservation fee and pet deposit will be refunded after satisfactory checkout. Personal checks are accepted by mail.