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250 ftPrivate Beach, Lower Herring Lake, Lake Michigan, Jewel!

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Bedrooms 4
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Minimum Stay 7 nights

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4 Bedroom Lakefront 250 ft Vacation Rental Frankfort-Arcadia, Michigan USA

This spacious, private, nicely decorated four bedroom home is steps from the water's edge. The house is off the main highway 2000 ft so there is no noise and children are safe to play on the beach. It has its own private driveway & parking area. Lower Herring Lake is the Jewel of Benzie Co. with it's sandy bottom and pure water. The West shore is in a Conservancy to preserve the natural dunes & forest. Quite, with 250 ft of private beach on the east shore to enjoy sunsets. Guest say it looks like a commercial. Picnics, evening bon fires, with numerous beach lounges, gas grill, & picnic table. The house and grounds are well maintained.. The master bedroom on the second floor provide a sweeping view of the lake . A spacious 1st fl bedroom with no steps and a king size bed. & full bath with very long counters. Its great for grandparents . Two additional bedrooms, one with a queen bed and a single. The other is a double.. The 4th bedroom is open. Each room has a ceiling fan plus a house attic fan. Central air conditioning in the bedrooms. A full width door wall of glass give a view from the dining/living room of the beautiful beach and scenry. Gardens surrounding house.

Outstanding view of Lower Lake anytime of the day, including breathtaking Sunsets. The large dining table seats eight. plus an entertainment island with seating for four adjoins this area. There is a full kitchen with microwave oven, double door refrigerator, ice maker and glass cooktop stove. The utility room includes a second refrigerator, with a modern washer/dryer for your convenience. First floor bedroom with Kingsize bed, ideal for Grandparents or anyone who prefers not going up and down steps. The first floor bathroom is extremely spacious vanity and large space to accommodate your travel needs. The Master Bedroom on the lakeside provides a spectacular view of Lower Herring from your King Size bed. Amenities include all linens, a Weber barbecue grill, picnic table, beach lounge chairs, a boat dock with a 14-foot aluminum boat and electric trolling motor, a canoe, and a paddle boat. There is a floating dock in the lake and fire ring on your beach area for the evening bonfire.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Gerrie Gilbert
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 11, 2016
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Why Gerrie Gilbert chose Northern Michigan

This ground has been in the family for 125 years. This is situated on 250 ft of shoreline. 7 acres. Photos not photoshop! Premise is very clean, updated and time and money are spent improving. 7 minutes from 4500 acres of conservancy or opposite way is a nice size town. For larger gatherings there is 1 other house #210778


based on 9 traveler reviews

250 ftPrivate Beach, Lower Herring Lake, Lake Michigan, Jewel!
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 9 reviews

Love this cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

This is an awesome location for a family vacation. It is right on the beach with local accesses to Lake Michigan. The hosts are friendly and helpful and provide everything you need (both inside and out) for a very enjoyable, worry-free vacation. The rooms are beautifully decorated and immaculate (very North Woodsy, which I love!) Also beautiful scenery from all windows, whether it be lake or woods views. Boats, life jackets, beach toys are all provided. Inside, the kitchen is wonderful, with a coffee maker that grinds the coffee for you, fridge with filtered water and ice maker on the door, pots, pans,blender, toaster,and everything else you might need. Games, cards, movies, cable TV are also provided. Outside, there's a wonderful wooden swing to sit on and watch gorgeous sunsets or just relax and watch the kids enjoying the beach. There's a picnic table in the back yard, a grill and all kinds of chairs for outside enjoyment. Every morning I took my coffee (and my 7-year old grandson) to the chairs at the end of the pier and we enjoyed the view of the lake and the ducks (with their babies) swimming by. What a great way to start the day! There are lots of maps and information regarding local activities and places to go and things to do. You're within 10 minutes of quaint little lake-side towns, like Arcadia and Frankfort. My family and friends have been coming here for, at least, the last 15 years and we'll continue to do so. We're in love with the place! The bible verse that states "the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showath His handiwork " certainly describes this location.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. We try to maintain the property. We spray for bugs 3 times in a season. We also spend at least 5-6 hours preparing for our guest. Looking forward to seeing you again next year.
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Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

Great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay immensely! This property is well-maintained, clean, and comfortable. Although we had the maximum, 9, in our party, we never felt it was too small. The bathrooms, in particular, were spacious, and had large counters, which we really appreciated. The room at the top of the stairs did have a door but you had to walk through it from either of the upstairs bedrooms to access the bathroom and the downstairs. This was not a problem for us, however, because my daughter is a deep sleeper and had no trouble sleeping there. The place is nicer than the pictures, although there was not as much sand as it looks in the picture. We enjoyed all the boats especially and the owners (who happened to be staying next door) couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. Lower Herring Lake is very close to Lake Michigan and that made for good exploring by boat without having to use our car. Frankfort is a beautiful town and we enjoyed the fact that it was only 10-15 minutes away by car. The beach in Frankfort is amazing and there are lots of great shops and restaurants. We found a hot dog restaurant that made the best chili dogs that I have ever tasted. There is even a Kilwins for ice cream. The only thing we regretted was the swimming at Lower Herring Lake. The water is very clear and clean, but the swimming area is shallow and weedy with stones on the bottom. The kids got water shoes and that helped, but it was hard to swim out to the raft without feeling weeds. My brother, who is tall, thought he could feel weeds even when swimming at the raft. There was a swimming area on the other side of the lake that was nice and sandy though, in the conservancy--you just have to take the boat over to it.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a natural "sand bottom lake". It is not marshy like the upper lake, and it has extreme clarity. Sometimes if there is a wind it will move the sandy beach and it may expose some small pebbles. It is possible that some swimming was done close to a neighbor that doesn't groom his beach. Sometimes his reeds float and we would do get them. When you walk out to the end of our dock it is plenty deep as I swim myself. If the guest would of said something we do own beach rakes and would of taken care of it, since we were there. We also bring boats in and out of our 250 ft of shoreline and do not have weeds wrapped around our motors. Some guests bring motors and haven't had to unwrap their motors or complained. I have had guest liken our view to a "cialis" commercial. UNDISTURBED PEACE!
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Lawrence, KS

Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is my kids' favorite place to spend a week of their summer vacation! There is so much to do we always wish that we had another week to do it all. First of all, you could spend a week just around the property, swimming, building sandcastles, kayaking, biking, hiking and playing in the waves. However, we always have to take a trip into Frankfort for ice cream, visit the Cherry Bowl Drive-In theatre, plan a float trip down the Platte River, watch the sunset at Point Betsie, walk the Frankfort Pier, go to the Elberta Farmer's Market on Thursday mornings, and a visit to Gwen Frostic..phew! There are great restaurants in the area, too. Check out the Cherry Hut in Beulah, the delicious L'Chaim deli in Frankfort, and the yummy breakfast spot in Frankfort (right of M-22).

Even when the weather is not perfect you can go shopping in all the adorable shops in Frankfort, and the house is stocked with games for an old-fashioned game day!

The house is cozy and welcoming. The beach is beautiful. Fantanstic! Thank You for a great stay!!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lake in the front yard, woods in the back!

  • 5 of 5

I absolutely love this place! A smaller lake (2miles x 1.5miles) approximately but perfect for water skiing, wakeboarding and fishing. A nice new dock that we used for our rental boat right in front of the house. There was a great private beach for the kids to play on directly in front of the house that has all glass sliding doors up front. The house or "cabin" itself it cozy and clean. It has a "swiss chalet" feel to it. The lake is amazing! Perfect weather during our week and the water was warm enough to swim in everyday even with the baby. There was a big fire ring right on the beach and everynight we had a bonfire and a "star" party wiith somores. I liked having use of the kyaks and rowboat also for the kids, and we took them on a river float also and saved a couple of bucks. The house has everything you can imagine, in case you forget something don't worry there is probably one there.

The town of Frankfort is about 5 miles away and has everything you picture in a Norman Rockwell depiction. There are literally 5 Ice Cream Parlors that I ate at, confectioners, golf, resturants, pubs with incredible fried perch (Smokehouse and Villa Marine), live music, a hardware store, grocery store, drive up A&W, a lighthouse and pier to walk, public beach, etc. The town is on a harbor with the town of Elberta on the other side with a cool little bar called the Cabbage Shed that also had decent food and music. I loved going to town everymoring for fresh bakery goods or into Belah for fresh cherry products from the 90 year old Cherry Hut resturant. The best are the pies, cherry salsa, and cherry coffee with cherry carmel roll. There is a Farmer's market to get fresh stuff from almost everyday somewhere. We paid a charter fishing boat and caugh over 150lbs of King Salmon in Lake Michigan in about 4 hours. It was awsome and filled the freezer at home also. Lots of fishing everywhere - the house, the piers, charter, and the local rivers. Michigan likes to mark stuff with roadsigns now so get out of the car and take a look, we found places with no one around that were incredible slices of nature. So breathtaking, water everywhere, the world famous Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course about 4 miles away also, top notch!

Lots to do, our kids flew kites everyday right in front of the lake and played on the boats while we relaxed. Plenty at night between Frankfort and Beluah nightspots. This is small town USA and amazing there is still places like this coming from Los Angeles:)

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not what was advertised

  • 1 of 5

This house was advertised as having four didn't mention that one was a wide hallway at the top of the stairs. There is no water trampoline. The place is so secluded that the other activities are all 2+ hours away. The only thing to do was to fish and sit at the beach. Do not go here if you want to enjoy a large variety of activities.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guest had two over the limit of the house. I did not charge her the extra $200. The bedroom in question has a closet, dresser, and a queen bed. The water tramp was misused as a fishing platform and got a hook in it. We obtained a much larger floating dock with a ladder that cost $ 500 more. At home we provide kayaks, paddle boat, canoe, and fishing boats with a motor. We have a walking trail that leads to the Upper Herring, which can be walked around. It is marshy lake but great for fishing. The comment that everything is 2 hours away is ridiculous! All these items have literature in the house. 7 minutes away are rental for wind surfing, bikes, boggy boards, skates, motorcycles. There are 2 lighthouses, with one giving tours and 2 boat docks to walk. There is a restored theater, a drive in theater, Interlochen with guest artists, and 2 state of the art playgrounds. There are walking trails as well as bike trails for 40 miles and going around the bay. Horseback riding, and charter fishing. 15 minutes away is a National Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes with a museum, and rated #1 by Good Morning America. There is another 2 museums, one in Frankfort and Arcadia. There are 6 golf courses and 1 miniature golf courses. 18 restaurants, 6 gift shops, 5 clothing shops. Two outdoor farmers markets. 6 other lakes in the area, one local winery and 2 other different outlets. A children’s nature center with animals, Gwen Frostig studio, and Alpaca farm and outlet. There are tennis courts, basketball, and beach volleyball. There is a beautiful library that looks on the bay and 4 parks, two with fishing. There are 2 major streams for kayaking or tubing with rental into Lake Michigan. . There are 4500 acres of conservancy- home two 200 rare plants, with walking, biking and platforms for views of dunes and Lake Michigan. The week she was there these events occurred. Michigan legacy concert, another in Frankfort. Festival of Bear Lake. Ramsdell theater concert, block party in Frankfort, Cherry Smorgesbord, Port City Run, and Arts and Crafts Show.
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Elmhurst, Ill

Visiting Impulse

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful vacation week. The home is very charming and welcoming. The kitchen is stocked with everything, more than I have at home. Beds are comfy and cozy. The view looking out over Lower Herring Lake is incredible and we had blazing sunsets too. When you turn off M22, you drive thru a forest full of tall trees, then you arrive at your little paradise on the lake. I loved to go for walks through the woods. One morning we woke up to see a swan on the lake. My family had a great time in Frankfort walking out to the lighthouse. Sleeping Bear Dunes are close by and make for a nice day trip, along with Betsie Point Lighthouse. Highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, it is always fun to find some activity from the animals. We have Loons, Eagels, Blue Herrons, Foxes, Turkey, and Deer. We try to provide nice sheets, and a variety of pillows. There are plenty of clean blankets, We have put in air condtioning, and have brand new appliances.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City or Manistee
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Mayfare, Elberta
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Ludington & Muskegon
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
M22 & M31
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Crystal Mt
Nearest Beach
8 Metres
Lower Herring
Car: necessary

Lower Herring Lake, the Jewel of Benzie County. With 250 feet of private beach front. Miles of pristine shore line that extends to the National Dunes Park. World Class public golf courses, including The BEAR, Crystal Mt, and Arcadia Bluffs. Our modern Home sits on 6 acres, with 250+ feet of private beach. Ample parking for numerious vehicles and your boat trailers. Our Home has 2 very large baths, very nice sheets, towels included. Two side/side refrigerators, cusinart coffee pt, microwave, dishwasher, etc. Cable TV, central air in bedrooms, wifi, whole house attic fan, Weber Gas grill, beach chairs, picnic table, water platform, shared canoe, paddle boat, 5 kayaks, plus your own aluminum row boat with electric trolling motor. Convenient entrance just steps from your vehicle. Private beach with 4 ft boat dock, sand chairs and loungers, plus a round pit for that evening bon fire. We pride ourself in the way we care for the grounds and property. Over 85% of our guest are repeats, who return year after year to enjoy.

Other Activities: Cherry Bowl Drive in Theater


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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning/separate check $135

$ 3150.00 per week
Rental period from Saturday to Saturday during the high season is $ 3,150.00 per week. Call for specials or off peak season rates. Rates are cheaper in early June and late Aug and Sept..
For larger gatherings Impulse shares these 7 acres with Sunset a new, large 6 bedroom home with accomadations for 12 guest.

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Frankfort House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 2nd Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 1st Floor
  • Very long vanity counters.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Lake View
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Forest View
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , 2nd Floor
  • All sheets, towels, linens included
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Raft
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • 10 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Only 3 steps to enter the front , or side entrance. The first floor has a king size bed room, full bath, dining area, equipped kitchen, laundry area (washer/dryer) and living room. Venture to the second floor for the master bed room, where you can lay in bed and look at the lake, plus two additional bedrooms and bath. We are 20 minutes from Sleeping Bear Nat. Park. Outside hot shower. Flowers in the garden. In Frankfort there is an art museum, theater, drive/in, microbrew, ramp skating, beautiful beach, deep water fishing, lighthouses, and many restaurants. Pier fishing, wind surfing, fly fishing, horseback riding, antiques, beach combing, cycling, both types of golf,

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