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Melody & Randy Hulten

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

Thisisit-Too Lakefront Cottage Includes 22' Pontoon Boat and Sandy Beach!

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 7)

This waterfront cottage has just been completely renovated! This includes cathedral ceilings, a brand new kitchen with all new appliances, built in counter eating area, coffee station with a view of the lake, black walnut live edge bar with stools, very unique finishes, décor and lighting! We want only the finest for our guests, when you see what we have done you will agree!

Treat your family to a wonderful affordable lakefront vacation. Our cottage is furnished and decorated to the fullest and also includes exclusive use of our 22' pontoon boat with a new 2012, 4 stroke motor to fish and explore the lake for your entire stay!

It would be our pleasure to have you as guests at our cottage. We hope you will come and enjoy a stay at the lake. We will do everything in our power to make your stay fun and enjoyable.

Our smoke-free cottage is on beautiful West Londo Lake in Hale MI. The lake is an all sports lake that you can enjoy water-skiing, fishing, swimming, relaxing on the water and beautiful sunsets. Our beachfront is safe and inviting to your children, whether swimming or playing in the sand building castles! Fishing is also a highlight on our lake with our provided pontoon boat which makes it especially enjoyable for your family.

The kitchen adjoins the main living room providing an open concept. It is fully equipped with everything you will need. Along with many new amenities our kitchen provides a built in eating area for 6 plus and a unique live edge black walnut bar with stools that is also great for serving from. Our hanging miners lamps add special lighting to add to the uniqueness.

The living room exits onto a large deck which offers a breathtaking view of the lake and beautiful sunsets directly in front of you! The deck has a large picnic table with ample seating to enjoy dinners overlooking the water.

The cottage has a master bedroom with a view of the the lake. The master bedroom has it's own TV, with cable and DVD player. There is also a bunk room that sleeps three and is decorated in a fishing motif, great for the kids. In between the master bedroom and bunk room is a full bath and a third bedroom with a double bed. Plan to bring your own towels and sheets. Pillows, speads, blankets and mattress covers provided.

Our decor will make you feel at home. It's quaint, warm atmosphere and attention to detail will make you realize you choose somewhere special for your family vacation.


The weekly rental includes the cottage, canoe, pontoon boat and fire pit with wood.

Reservation/security deposit: We will hold your reservation with a $600 deposit, this will also be a security deposit. The security deposit will be refunded to you within two weeks from your departure minus the cleaning fee. ($60 fee for reasonable cleaning, if more extensive needed, cost will reflect.)

Our cancellation policy: If a reservation is canceled, you will forfeit your reservation/security deposit if under 30 days before scheduled vacation. If over 30 days there are two exceptions. If we are able to rent the week for which you have canceled we will refund your money in full or you may transfer your deposit to another available week.

Pontoon boat: We do everything in our power to keep our boat in good running order, However, if the boat is disabled and not usable for reasons out of our control for during the week of your stay we will give you a credit of $40 per day up to a full credit of $300 for the week. This credit does not apply to lack of usage due to improper use or lack of operating knowledge by the renter. If a service person is sent to the cottage to help or service an issue that is deemed to be no fault of the owners a service fee of $40 may be deducted from your security deposit.

The pontoon boat is not to be on the lake after dark.

Please know that if cable or electric outages occur out of our control we will do our best to accommodate and rectify but no refunds will be issued.

Thank you for your consideration.

We are located two and a half hours north of Pontiac, 50 minutes north of Standish or 25 minutes west of Tawas.

This is our second cottage on this lake, if you have a family reunion or larger groups please consider renting both cottages.

Keywords: Lakefront Cottage, cabin, waterfront, pontoon boat included

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Melody & Randy Hulten (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

About Melody & Randy Hulten

We are Randy and Melody Hulten. We have been married since 1998. We are a blended family with 1 daughter and 3 sons. They range in age from 21 to 29 years of age. Because of our blended family we have 2 sons named Joshua. As if that wasn't enough our daughter married one as well! Our 2 youngest boys are 4 months a part in age and in college. In July of 2013 we were blessed with our first grandson who is a blast! We also have a welsh terrier that has us all wrapped around her paw, and always so excited to go up north. Randy is an engineer in the auto industry and Melody has been blessed to be a stay at home Mom but is kept very busy with watching our grandson and managing our two vacation rentals. We enjoy doing projects around our home and cottages too. We very much enjoy seeing the excitement in our guests as they arrive. We also love to hear or read their guestbook comments of how they enjoyed the lake and cottage.

Melody & Randy Hulten purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Melody & Randy Hulten chose Northern Michigan

We have enjoyed this area for years and have another lakefront cottage just around the corner from this one. We have always loved the location because of it only being 2 1/2 hours north of our home in Auburn Hills. All our children grew up vacationing up north and still enjoy going (except for the work weekends of course) The main reason we bought this cottage was because of the lake frontage and beach. We knew from experience that our guests really appreciate a decent swimming area. The cottage itself lends to such a fun quaint cottage atmosphere and our guests love it.

What makes this cottage unique

All our guests that stay at our cottage very much get to enjoy the lake experience because of the pontoon boat included. It is a great feature for families with kids of all ages. The pontoon makes fishing with kids much more enjoyable (we know from experience.) The reason why we include the pontoon is to give our guests the ability to enjoy the lake to the fullest instead of just looking at it. We often have beautiful sunsets to enjoy straight across the lake or on a sunset cruise. After sunset it is time for a campfire and smores down on the sandy beach. Our boat also allows you to get more up close to the wildlfe on the lake. We have a small island that nests our loons that often have 2 babies each spring. Hearing them call and sing to each other in the evening or early morning is breathtaking. As of 2007 we have bald eagles as well! We have watched them swoop down and fish themselves. They often perch in near by trees or fly over the cottage. Randy has taken many photos of them, he has been labeled 'obsessed' ! Both the loons and eagles are such beautiful creations. We desire for all our guests to enjoy our cottage as we have been blessed to do for so many years.


based on 18 traveler reviews

Thisisit-Too Lakefront Cottage Includes 22' Pontoon Boat and Sandy Beach!
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews

Super getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, myself and our German Shepherd rented the house for a weekend. Had an amazing time. Very relaxing. The house was in wonderful condition. Great little beach area out back along with a pontoon boat. We brought our fishing gear and caught some nice bass and a northern pike. Our dog was crazy over the beach and water and did tons of swimming. He was pooped! There's also some great hiking trails about 20 minutes north of the house in the state park. Would definitely rent again :)

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rita, So happy you enjoyed our place on the lake! Sounds like you and your furry family member had a blast. Glad to hear you caught some fish and found some nice hiking trails nearby, good to know! Thanks for taking such good care of our cottage and for the wonderful review. Looking forward to having you back again!
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This is what a vacation should be like!

  • 5 of 5

We loved your cottage - it was the perfect fit for us! The location made it seem like we were away from it all, but we were still able to get to a pizza place or the grocery store without a crazy long drive. The beach area and kayaks kept my kids (15 & 13) and dog entertained for HOURS. Add in the boat, and our family was set! Well, and the lounge chairs for this mom to sit in the sun, both on the beach and on the deck, and read. haha The fishing was a bummer, but you never know if that was the fisherman's issue or not. ;) The trees and lake breezes kept us cool even on the hottest days of July. We trekked over to Lumberman's Monument and the Iargo Springs which are definitely worth the trip. I dare you to keep your bare feet in that water for longer than 20 seconds!!

Thank you for letting us enjoy your beautiful lake cottage! What an amazing week we had!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A nice place...beautiful sunsets!!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for a week at this-is-it-too. We had a great time lounging, boating, kayaking, and enjoying the loons and sunsets. The remodel is very nice, the bonfire pit and seating area were really great, there was plenty of firewood, and Melody was really easy to work with. Will definitely consider going back!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Shari for your review! We are so happy to hear your family enjoyed all our amenities we offer. Working with our guests is one aspect I really enjoy, good to hear you found me accommodating!
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Miller Family, Canton, MI.

  • 5 of 5

Randy & Melody, WOW! As return renters of your cottage, this is the best word to express the family's reaction to seeing all your updates. Totally new kitchen, enlarged, new floor, new cabinets, new appliances, big and small, new living room furniture, new ceiling, new picturesque wall and a wonderful new walk in shower. I can not complement you enough on a terrific project. We look forward to returning in the coming years and have recommended your property to other relatives and friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yay! Happy you are so excited about our huge renovation! Especially since you are return guests and have the "before and after" effect! We worked very hard (and probably watched a bit too much HGTV) since last fall to transform our cottage into it's updated new self. We want are guests to have the fullest enjoyment possible while trusting us with their vacation. Thanks for the great review, we look forward to having you back!
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Quiet Lake. Great Fishing. Great Time

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week at Thisisit-Too. The house was well maintained. The owners thought of a lot and included many little extras. We really enjoyed using the pontoon and fishing on the lake was great. They even had a cleaning station. The kids enjoyed the sandy beach and we all enjoyed using the kayaks. During our time we almost had the lake to ourselves. It was so peaceful.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Vacation 2014

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful family vacation spot! The home had everything we need - including things for our granddaughter. The lake, boat and the beach was perfect; everyone had a great time. The owners were a phone call away. We will do this again!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Hale Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
Jun 4 2016 - Jun 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
Jun 18 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $45
Refundable damage deposit $600
Normal cleaning $60

All rental weeks come with the exclusive use of our 22' pontoon boat, canoe and 2 kayaks.
We are pet friendly, up to 2 pets, with a pet fee of $45 per pet. We will email you a pet form which will need to be filled out showing that vaccinations are up to date and there is no bite history. Since we value the relationship with our neighbors, pets will need to be leashed and contained to our property.

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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Flat screen TV that plays DVDs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Wall mounted flat screen TV w/ DVD player.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Log bunk bed has dbl & twin, with pack-n-play in closet
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Beach fire pit with fire wood included. No AC but a newly installed whole house fan with timer that runs very quiet, we also are on the side of the lake that gets the cool breezes with the help from our beautiful trees above. New renovations also provides extra insulation throughout that keeps the cool morning air lingering.

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