|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Remodeled in 2007, this 1920 craftsman style home is built on a bluff overlooking beautiful Crystal Lake on a 70 foot high bluff providing both privacy and the quiet most people want on their vacation. Take a short 1 mile drive down to the beautiful sandy public beach to enjoy a swim in the crystal clear lake or go out fishing and watch the fish 12 feet down bite on your hook. Your family can play on the public beach one mile down the road while you watch from your warm sunny perch on the 175 foot wide beach or in the shade from the picnic area. The beach has bathrooms, picnic area, boat launch and pavilion.
Our home is custom built for artists with custom trim, maple floors and cabinets with many built-in storage cabinets, stone gas fireplace, inlaid stairs, three decks, and a gourmet kitchen. The owner utilized many unique pieces of wood in the custom interior decor. The home has 45 acres of woods with trails. for your hikes. Enjoy deer and other wildlife visiting the artisan well and stream. Guests can visit nearby Sleeping Bear National Park, Crystal Mountain, artists' shops, take a charter boat ride on Lake Michigan and fish fish fish!. One can also hike or bike (we have five bikes) on the Betsy Valley Trail, or visit any of the 8 golf courses within a 30 minute drive.
World class fishing: The world record Brown Trout was caught in Betsy Bay in Frankfort in 2008. Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake fishing are always productive for a wide variety of fresh water species including Coho Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Perch, Brook Trout, Pike, Steel Head Trout, Bass, pan fish, and other native fish.
World class golfing: The Frankfort area offers 8 golf courses within 25 minutes. Arcadia Bluffs has been rated as one of the World's most scenic and best courses in the world. Crystal Mountain's three courses are unmatched in beauty and will bring the most capable players to their knees. Crystal golf course provides wonderful views of Crystal Lake and challenges to the best golfers. Other courses are very playable and offer their own challenges and views. Golf pros are available for private lessons at several of the courses. Crystal Mountain offers a health spa, swimming pool and other activities for children and adults as well.
Jill is employed as the Title One Director with the local school system. Richard is a retired construction trades teacher/builder having taught as an adjunct at Eastern Michigan University and retired from teaching Building Trades at the local school district. Jill graduated from Eastern Michigan University in Elementary Education with a minor in art. Jill's art background and interest has melded with Richards craftsmanship to transform a 1920 cottage into a beautiful year around home.
Richard or Jill Lutz purchased this house in 1983
Guests enjoy Jill's mother's artwork as well as Jill's handcrafted ceramics. Richard's craftsmanship is obvious throughout the home from inlaid maple stairs to utilizing wood pieces they have gathered from all over the United States. The home is many steps about the standard rentals in the area. One feels like they are truely welcome in this lovely home made with much pride and tender loving care!
When Jill and I first traveled in this area and rented a nearby cottage, we instantly fell in love with the beautiful wooded lake views and above all the quiet. To fall asleep at night listening to the waves gently washing ashore is a dream in itself. Our friend who owns a home nearby called us letting us know his cousin was selling this cottage. We drove up in the dead of winter, walked back to the cottage and we noticed a sign hanging next to the door. 'Greenwood' We looked around and our view was the many 100 foot tall pines standing out against the beautiful white snow covered lake. We were in love and immediately made a call to purchase what was soon to be our home.
Great cottage -- beautiful woodwork; great 'space' for community and privacy; nice hot tub and separate jucuzi bath; good access to the lake. It's not on the lake itself, but excellent access down a hill.
Have you ever lived in a gallery? Me neither! Until now! Our family of 5 (2 kids, grandma and parents) plus the dog stayed at this cottage at the end of August. It's is a beautiful house! Warm, inviting, comfortable. We all want to come back. Besides being decorated throughout with items that the owners had collected from local Michigan artists, there are beautiful details in the house itself. Like the wood inlay on the stair risers and the trim work on the doors. It is also a very comfortable place to stay. All the amenities are there and the kitchen is fully stocked with pots and pans and proper utensils. My kids wanted to move there!
A beautifully decorated cottage, inside and out. Very comfy and cozy. Lots of wood accents which really made us feel like we were somewhere special. Being there just gave us a good feeling. The whole place has a peaceful vibe. Plenty of room to spread out. The back deck was a favorite. Shaded. Relaxing. Watching the birds eat at the feeder. Great for morning coffee. Kitchen is fully loaded for any kind of cooking or baking. Close to Frankfort's downtown. We would stay again. One of our favorite vacations.
This is a super cute home with two separate living areas separated by a common floor. There is a nice hot tub and two awesome outdoor/deck spaces. The house has wi-if, cable, and the owners also provide towels and linens. They also have bikes, kayaks, etc for guest use. There's also a washer/dryer...nice to have! We would definitely rent this place again.
Notes - the stovetop was a pain to light and the oven routinely set off the very sensitive fire alarm, even though nothing was burning.
The property/house also have a ton of stairs and steep walkways. This is not a house for people with disabilities, though the owners do offer baby gates, which we used to keep small children from escaping from the deck spaces.
There is a lot of really amazing art and knick-knacks around, much of which we had to hide to protect from curious kids.
There is no private beach access - public beach access is a long walk or short drive away. However - there's a pretty view from the deck and lots of walking trails throughout the property.
Overall - beautiful and well maintained. Very lovely.
My family and I could not be more satisfied with our stay. Words and pictures cannot possibly express the beauty of this property. From the one-of-a-kind craftsmanship to the beautifully decorated gardens, it does not get any more gorgeous than this. Everywhere you turn you will discover carefully chosen artwork that make this home feel like a museum. Relaxing in the hot tub in the evenings with nature all around you warrants a sixth star!
The location was excellent. About 1 hour drive to Traverse City. The town of Frankfort was fun and charming. Crystal Lake is absolutely breathtaking.
The owners were friendly and responsive. They made sure we had everything we needed to be comfortable during our stay.
I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did.
This home truly lives up to the reviews and photos provided. The craftsmanship, artwork, and gardens surrounding this home are going to keep you entranced throughout your entire stay. The thoughtful touches such as the fabulously scented hand soaps (a different one in each bathroom!), fluffy beach towels, and family-oriented books/games/movies were really nice. The lake was absolutely gorgeous, and is appropriately named Crystal. Great fishing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. We truly appreciated the owners' dedication to making our trip great, especially when the unexpected happened: Richard was very helpful in recommending a local mechanic to take care of a car repair. Lake views from the house aren't really possible, but you'll feel like you're in a tree house and the peace and privacy of being up the hill is worth it!
Our home is located on top of a 70 foot high bluff overlooking Crystal Lake. The public beach is located only 1 mile away and has a boat launch, public restrooms and a beautiful sandy beach. The home is located close to Sleeping Bear National Park( 8 miles), Lake Michigan, Crystal Mountain, world class golf courses, Lake Michigan (1 Mile), charter fishing,(4 Miles)(world record brown trout caught here in Betsie Bay in 2008), shopping, artists, biking, art festivals, wind surfing, boating, water skiing, (all within 4 miles) National Cherry Festival (43 miles) mushrooming, bird watching and much wildlife to view out the back door or walks in our 45 acre woods.
Golf: Crystal Mtn 3 18 hole courses 18 miles, Crystal Lake 18 hole 8 miles, Pinecroft 18 hole 20 miles, Chestnut hills 18 holes and 18 miles, Champion Hills 18 holes 25 miles,
Terms: $1,000 down and balance due May 1 or by 30 days prior to move in date. $2000 down and balance due 60 days prior to move in date for two or more rental weeks. Will consider house swaps in lieu of rental charges.
$1000 holds reservation for one week reservations. One week stays, balance is due May 1, 2017. Extended stays $2,000 down and balance 60 days prior to move in date. Payments by personal check or through PayPal.com.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.