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Best Sunset-Beautiful, Spacious, Beachfront Home on Lake Michigan, Mackinaw City

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Carp Lake House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 1 half bath. Sleeps 8 adults comfortably. MAXIMUM 10

More than just a place to sleep! Relax and enjoy incredible Lake Michigan sunsets from the deck of this spacious, beautifully decorated beach house. Open floor plan includes a great room with eat-in kitchen, breakfast nook and snack table, large sitting area with panoramic views throughout. There is a separate TV room with flat panel TV & satellite. The four large bedrooms (three upstairs, one downstairs) include a Master suite with master bath and walk-in shower, a beautiful romantic lakeside bedroom with balcony, a rustic bedroom complete with twig furnishings, and a cozy downstairs bedroom with its own bath.

Enjoy the lake from the balcony or deck, or step out to the white sand beach for swimming, sunning, beach combing or kayaking.

Take in wonderful local golf courses or drive just three miles to Mackinaw City where you can cross the Mackinac Bridge to the town of St. Ignace, take the ferry to Mackinac Island, enjoy summer concerts, visit the shops, restaurants or historic sites, or play putt-putt.

Home Details: Remodeled, beautiful four-bedroom home. The house is fully furnished and tastefully decorated. It provides many areas to gather as well as quiet corners to escape. The main living area and eat-in kitchen are open with tiled floors, seating for lounging and eating, and offer sweeping views of Lake Michigan. The TV room is carpeted with a sofa, chairs and coffee table/ottoman, and straight chairs, books and games. The TV is a wall-mounted flat panel with basic satellite, DVD player and VCR.

All bedrooms are carpeted and beautifully furnished. The spacious master suite offers views overlooking the beach and lake, and opens to the upstairs deck which is perfect for enjoying the view and a good book. The master bath is tiled with large walk-in shower, double vanity and separate commode area. Two upstairs guest rooms share a large guest bath with dual vanity. One opens to the upstairs deck. The downstairs bedroom offers a cozy retreat down its own hall with it's own bath.

Location, Location, Location: This two-story house is located on a beautiful sandy strip of Lake Michigan shoreline, in a private community at the edge of Wilderness State Park. The beach is easily accessible with a short boardwalk and path leading to the smooth shore area. Here you can relax in the beach chairs, walk the shoreline, swim, play or kayak (two single, one double available). After a beautiful sunset you're ready to stargaze.

Just three miles south of Mackinaw City, The Mackinac Bridge, and Ferry Lines to Mackinac Island. You can cross the nearly five-mile suspension bridge to Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the town of St. Ignace. Plan a day trip, and drive up to Whitefish Point and the Shipwreck Museum where you can learn about the wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald, stopping at Tahquamenon Falls on your way. Or see the Soo Locks and visit Canada, -passports required.

Beautiful Golf Courses surround the area. Some of our favorites are Hidden River Golf and Casting Club, Little Traverse Bay, and the courses of Boyne Highlands.

Home Away from Home: More than just a place to sleep. We have furnished this as if it were our permanent home, with beautiful, solid furnishings and simple decor.

Though there are many sights to see in the area, you may never want to leave. This house is furnished and supplied so that you have all you need to relax and enjoy your vacation from the time you arrive. In addition to the amenities mentioned, you'll find all the comforts of home. Morning coffee takes on a whole new meaning when you're watching the lake come to life. Evening meals taste better with the sun setting on the lake as you sit around the large picnic table. There is even a small, flat lawn area for playing right off the deck.

There is a double kayak and two single kayaks with paddles and life jackets for your use. You'll find toys, coolers and tote bags in the 'summer closet.' The deck is large and seats 8-10 people in addition to the large picnic table in the lower deck grilling area.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Tam Pursley
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Speaks: english
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About Tam Pursley

We live in Georgia, but have vacationed in Michigan for over forty years. We love the beautiful, clear summer days and the crisp, cool nights. For us there is no place that compares to Northern Michigan!

Tam Pursley purchased this house in 2007

Why Tam Pursley chose Michigan

After vacationing in Northern Michigan for many years, we began searching for a home to buy. We looked in many areas and communities, for several summers, and didn't really even consider Mackinaw City,

... until we looked at this home, and it's location. It fit our needs wonderfully with the soft, sandy shore, clear shallow water, friendly neighbors, and the convenience to town with the feeling of being far removed.

The home we purchased was a small ranch. We remodeled by opening up and extending where we could, and adding a second floor with spacious bedrooms and an airy deck. We were able to keep a portion of the original cabin, by utilizing the knotty pine living room as the separate den / tv room.

The location and the open-plan home are perfect for our family vacations, golf trips, and girls outings.

What makes this house unique

We are located in a small bay, just around the point from the Mackinaw Bridge. The sheltered bay and shallow water make our beaches sandy, and help the water warm just a little more than the deeper, colder waters of Lake Michigan. The lake and our shoreline are different every day. We love the glass-like, still water often seen in the early morning, and we love the crashing waves and surf that a blustery day can bring. Being inside as a storm rolls in is a treat as well. But nothing beats the sunsets from our deck as a long day comes to an end.


based on 12 traveler reviews

Best Sunset-Beautiful, Spacious, Beachfront Home on Lake Michigan, Mackinaw City
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful Home!

  • 5 of 5

The house was very comfortable and very roomy! We were able to enjoy the water, which was very clear! At night we had camp fires on the beach and the nice breeze off the lake made the evenings very enjoyable. The house had everything you would need plus more and the pictures really didn't show just how nice it really is. The beds were comfortable, the location is wonderful and we really enjoyed the living room off to the side for TV to watch Phelps win more Gold! Everyone there loved the home and I would go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of our home. We are always thrilled when guests enjoy it as much as we do! We hope you'll return when you come back to the area.
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PERFECT for our family!

  • 5 of 5

We had a mixture of adults (5) and small children (5). This house suited our needs perfectly. The beach and water were far enough away for safety, but close enough for convenience. Plus, the water was waist deep (to an adult) for a very long ways. The kayaks were a great treat too! The flat yard close to the house was a bonus for kicking the balls around or playing a game of tag. The adults enjoyed the balcony, porch, and picnic table while the kids ran around. The sunsets were also AMAZING, a great way to end a perfect day. If your family enjoys cooking like mine, this kitchen was PERFECT! Great stove and big refrigerator. The open layout was great for family conversations and the "TV room" was a cozy place to cuddle up and watch a movie. During our vacation, we were able to visit Mackinaw Island, Tahquemenon falls, Fort Michilimackinac, and Sault Ste Marie. HIGHLY recommend this house!!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Owner's Response: It sounds like you made the most of your stay. ☀️ We appreciate knowing what guests enjoyed and what area attractions they took in. Thank you so much for sharing your experience at our home.
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Loved everything single thing about this home!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week on Lake Michigan in Mackinaw City. The home was absolutely beautiful! I would not change a thing.....can't wait to be back and enjoy it again! Thank you Tam!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much for reviewing our property. We love it when guests enjoy our home as much as we do! Tam
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Loved every aspect of our vacation.

  • 5 of 5

The property was as stated, and more. The pictures do not do it justice. The house was very clean and orderly. The sandy beach was perfect for all of us, from our 5 year old granddaughter to the grandparents. The water, warm and clear. There were nine of us staying the week. We still had plenty of room. I hope to be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our home! Thank you for sharing your comments!
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Wonderful vacation experience

  • 5 of 5

Pristine cottage was even bigger and better than anticipated for our family of 8. Beach with no rocks or seaweed - just smooth sand made swimming a joy anytime of the day. Beautiful, uninterrupted sunsets was the perfect way to end the day. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed our home! It sounds like you experienced all the wonderful things we love about our place and Northern Michigan!
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Excellent. The time of our lives.

  • 4 of 5

The pictures were spot on, in fact didn't even do its justice. The place was magnificent. Every room was comfortable, clean, and had something unique to offer. The linens were fluffy and clean. The toys available on the property to use were just right and in good shape. Everything was in working order and our family created unforgettable memories. The house was huge, enough room for 10 of us to have space when needed. The water pressure and "little things" that help your stay were all wonderful. It was nice of the previous people to leave a few essentials for when we arrived and we of course did the same for the next group. Home was easy to keep clean and in order. Washing machine worked well. The only tiny thing that we were not prepared for is arriving without enough kitchen appliances. We cook a lot! And store a lot! Needed some extra pans, griddle, and things like that. They were stocked well, but if you do some fancier things, you may need to bring your own. The other thing that we did not realize is the bugs and spiders. While it was nothing out of the ordinary for northern Michigan, our family from out of state was not really prepared by having the right sprays and bug essentials, perhaps some candles too. Other than those two areas, this place was phenomenal. The beach was perfect, sandy, and warm. We had two days of calm water and 5 days of fun waves. We would absolutely choose this place again. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Owner's Response: Thank you for letting us know about your stay. Sounds like you enjoyed the house just like we do. We are always happy to hear that our home worked well for your vacation, and want to know what to work on to make it even better.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Pellston Regional Airport PLN
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Dixie Saloon, Depot, Key Hole Bar
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Mackinac Island Ferrys
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Mackinaw Club and others
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary

Northern Michigan at it's best! Located on the Straights of Mackinac, three miles south of the Mackinac Bridge which separates lower Michigan from the Upper Peninsula. A twenty minute ferry ride from Mackinaw City takes you to historic Mackinac Island, home of the The Grand Hotel. Other area attractions include Wilderness State Park, and beautiful lakeside towns including Harbor Springs, Petosky, Charlevoix, St. Ignace and others. There are beautiful golf courses and gardens as well as popular tourist attractions nearby. See fabulous sunsets while relaxing on the deck. Take amazing silhouette photographs as the sun sets on beautiful Lake Michigan right outside the door of this spacious lake house.


Rates & Availability

Carp Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fabulous Fall
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 6 2016
4 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 13 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Best of Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fabulous Fall 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Nov 4 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Occupancy limit strictly enforced.
Half of weekly rate PLUS $500.00 security/damage deposit required to reserve your dates.
Possible rate adjustment for multiple week rentals. Please contact owner for details.
Payment by check, PayPal or credit card through PayPal.
Balance due in 60 days or as agreed by contract.
Dates will only be reserved when payment is received, and will be reserved by the first payment received.
$500 security deposit required with first payment.

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Carp Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Downstairs
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master, double vanity, tiled shower, separate toilet area
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs, spacious, double vanity.
  • Each bathroom is spacious. There is a hair dryer in each full bath.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Lake Front, Balcony access
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Lake View
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Suite with balcony access and private bath.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Downstairs, private hall and bath. Queen & Bunks
  • All bedrooms are spacious with easy access to bath. All queen beds have pillow-top mattresses. Master bedroom has a firm, king Posturpedic mattress. All have a dresser or closet or both.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Absolutely no more than 10 occupants. Bedroom, bath and kitchen linens are all furnished. Starter supplies including paper towels, tissues, paper towels and hand soap, all furnished. Each bedroom has lamps and a clock/alarm clock. Extra pillows and blankets are available in each bedroom.

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