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Home for 10 on Lake Charlevoix

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps 10

Duke's Lake Retreat, on the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix, is perfect for a family vacation or a group of friends getaway. The property is great for all seasons - the view of Lake Charlevoix transitions throughout the seasons, but remains the highlight of our home.

Winter: Easy access to tons of winter sports! 20 minutes to Boyne Mountain (downhill and cross country skiing, tubing, skating, Avalanche Bay waterpark, spa etc). Also, only 1/4 mile to state groomed snowmobile trails

Summer: 100 feet of lake shore on one of the largest and most pristine lakes in Northern Michigan. The South Arm (the smaller part of Lake Charlevoix) is perfect for water sports including sailing, jet skiing, tubing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing or cruising on a pontoon. Just a few nautical miles north, the South Arm opens up to the bigger part of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. Rent or bring a boat! This property features a dock that can accommodate up to a 26 foot boat. You can stay connected with the home's free wireless internet or 'unplug' yourself and put your feet up to relax with the calming sound of waves.

Fall: Color tours - including drives or bike rides through the Jordan Valley

Spring: As the snow melts and Northern Michigan starts to bloom, the spring brings a season of adventure. With fewer tourists, it is the perfect time for outdoor adventures (mushroom hunting!) or to explore the many places to eat, drink and be merry!

More Details

Melissa Duke
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Melissa Duke

John and I live in Williamston, MI, but completely love the Lake Charlevoix area! John, a graduate from Albion College, is in the mortgage business. I graduated from MSU (Go green!) and am currently a program manager for a communications company in East Lansing. We purchased Duke's Lake Retreat in 2004, and the first few summers we spent as much time as possible exploring the beauty of Lake Charlevoix as well as searching out the many places to eat, drink and be merry in Northern MI. We were engaged at Chateau Chantal on Old Mission Peninsula (about 45 minutes from Duke's Lake Retreat) and were married at Castle Farms (right in Charlevoix!) in January of 2010. So many of our special life moments have been in and around Northern MI! In 2009 we decided to start sharing our home with guests via homeaway and have had a wonderful experience! Although we would love to be able to spend more peak summer time at our home, we are so pleased to be able to share it with our guests. Whether it be painting a bathroom, installing an irrigation system or replacing the beach towels, we find upgrade projects every year to help improve our guests' vacation experience.We feel lucky to have met some fantastic people through this process and look forward to many more years of sharing Duke's Lake Retreat!

Melissa Duke purchased this house in 2004

Why Melissa Duke chose East Jordan

When we first looked at the home, it was a bit difficult to see the potential of the interior. An inefficient layout, purple sinks, walls and carpets did not create a welcoming environment! But the moment we walked out on the decks, we saw past all of the quirks and fell in love! The decks and the dock totally sold us......having a large enough deck to accommodate the whole family with a sunset dinner overlooking the lake has been the best feature of our home. John is a fantastic cook, so we enjoy his grilled creations, fish fries (John Cross Whitefish caught daily out of Charlevoix is the best for a summertime fish fry), super big sandwich lunches and yummy morning fritatas. The deck is also the favorite spot for late night card games, sunbathing with a book or enjoying a peaceful morning coffee. Through a couple rounds of renovations, we have worked hard to bring the rest of the home up to a comfy and cozy environment.

The South Arm of Lake Charlevoix is perfect for family fun because it is not too crowded and the water generally stays pretty calm. The area right off of our dock is perfect for water skiing, tubing, pontoon boat rides, and sailing. For more adventure, you can swing out to the main part of Lake Charlevoix (about 30 mins via power boat) and then on to Lake Michigan (another 45 mins via power boat).

With a lot of vision and hard work, John totally renovated the interior and we are now proud of our comfortable, clean, and much more efficient layout. It may not be as inspiring as the view from the decks, but it is definitely not too shabby:)

What makes this house unique

We are so lucky to have Swan Valley Marina right next door! As first time boat owners, we relied on their help and guidance for the first few years. Now, it is so convenient for our guests to walk over to rent boats, kayaks and jet skis. They also sell ice, snacks and other essentials.


East Jordan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • One full bathroom on each floor! Master bathroom is connected to the master bedroom on 2nd floor, but has a separate door to the hallway for 'outside' access for the other 2 bedrooms on the 2nd floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2 pull out couches on two differnt levels
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The master has a fireplace, flat screen TV and balcony!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , This bedroom has a balcony overlooking Lake Charlevoix!
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , This bedroom has 2 sets of twin bunkbeds. Perfect for kids!
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , This lower level bedroom has a TV and private bathroom.
  • Master suite (on 2nd floor) has one very comfy queen size bed, fireplace, flat screen TV and a deck overlooking the lake. Second bedroom (on 2nd floor) has a full size bed and balcony overlooking the lake. Third bedroom (on second floor) has 2 sets of twin size bunkbeds. Fourth bedroom (on lower floor) has a queen size bed, TV and private full bath. All bedrooms have closet and storage for belongings.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The decks are one of the best parts of the home!!! 1000sq feet of deck space overlooking the lake makes for the perfect place to grill and dine outside, watch the sunset, read a book, play games or just catch some rays.


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Home for 10 on Lake Charlevoix
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 27 reviews

Great place, great view and plenty of room and amenities!

  • 5 of 5

Great place on the water close enough to attractions although plenty of privacy.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wedding at the Barn

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable. Close to venue. Well stocked. Clean. TVs galore. (Great sports weekend). Beautiful view of lake. Amazing decks & docks. No problems. Very happy with how everything played out. ***** 5 stars. Thanks Dukes, for a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

We were in town for a family wedding. In our down time we sat on the deck enjoying the view of the lake. It had everything we needed. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your feedback! We always love to hear when our guests enjoy their time at our home....especially for such a fun family gathering like a wedding. You and your family were fantastic & considerate guests......would love to have you back anytime! Take care.
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Room enough for 9

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Duke's retreat. There was room for all. The table expanded so we had room for all. When we had a problem it was fixed that day. The view was very nice and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your note! We are so glad that our home was a good fit for your group and you enjoyed your time at our home!
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NOT For The Elderly or Infirm

  • 2 of 5

This place wasn't a good fit for us. We were the max (10) and it felt small. Luckily it didn't rain much and the spacious decks definitely were a welcome spot to relax and enjoy the lake. They were the jewel of the home. The listing said "suitable for the elderly and infirm" and that is simply NOT TRUE. All entrances to the home as well as stairs within the home are unsafe for folks unsteady on their feet. Many steps have no railings and the indoor stairways air either steep and narrow or twisty. The other major disappointment was the condition of the basement where several of us had to sleep, which smelled strongly of mold. When I spoke to the owner after the visit, she said they had been unaware of that and would try to rectify it. (The owners were very nice to work with and responsive). The other reviewers mentioned road noise and that is notable (especially at night when windows open for breeze) but not a deal breake. rFinally, the dock was seriously in need of a coat of paint and some board replacements, and the fishing chairs felt unsteady and were not used by us. All said, its a wonderful location for a smaller group hoping to enjoy Lake Charlevoix and the area but the home is overdue for maintenance and NOT SUITABLE FOR THE ELDERLY OR INFIRM.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa, We are very sorry that our home was not a good fit for your family! It is important to us that our guests are comfortable in the space, but this time we did not do a great job of properly setting expectations. Even though you and I communicated about the lack of railings and potential dangers prior to your arrival, I should have suggested you find more appropriate accommodations. We sincerely do appreciate your feedback - and always work to use guests' input to improve our accommodations and the experience for future guests. Thank you for taking the time to review our home - Melissa
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great get away

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place. Well cared for!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your feedback! We always love to hear when our guests enjoy our home-hope we can accommodate you and your family again in the future!
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Boyne Mountain
Car: necessary

This perfectly located property sits in between the cities of Charlevoix and East Jordan on the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix which makes the opportunities for adventure endless. You can easily jump in a boat to cruise over to East Jordan, Charlevoix or Boyne City for great shopping and dining. If you prefer traveling on land, many fabulous golf courses and restaurants are just a short drive away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $100
Damage Insurance $59

Cleaning fee will be assessed for each reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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