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The Bunkalow: A Lakefront Compound with Lifts for your Speed Boat & Pontoon Boat

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bdrm Cottage + Bunkhouse + Boathouse Suite + Boat & Pontoon Lifts - Sleeps 12


We've made huge improvements to the Bunkalow Compound, which already had a 4.8/5 rating! For 2017 we've added 1) a new fun room, the Boathouse Suite, that can double as sleeping quarters, 2) all new deck furniture, including a lounge setting with couch, love seat, chair and tables, 3) 10 new Adirondack Chairs surrounding the firepit, 4) 4 new chaise lounges for sun worshipers, 5) a swim platform 50 feet from shore, 6) bar level seating with a view over the lake from the main deck, 7) new metal roofs to all three buildings, and 8) new siding and a complete model at the Boathouse.

THE BUNGALOW COTTAGE: Sleeps up to 5 with two on a queen size bed on the lake side, and three on a full-single bunk bed in the back room. It has two bathrooms with a shower in one and a washer/dryer in the other. The kitchen has been recently upgraded. It also has a 48-inch TV with Charter Cable and all channels, plus a landline phone for free calling within the U.S.

THE BUNKHOUSE: Sleeps up to 8 persons with 2 on a queen size bed on the loft, 4 on single bunks on the ground floor, and 2 on a full size pullout sofa. Please note that the max number of persons allowed sleeping on the property is 11. It has one bathroom (no shower) on the ground floor. We have also added a private deck shower that I personally use every time I shower at the property! (Check our reviews - everyone seems to love the deck shower). It has a 60-inch TV with Charter Cable and all channels and surround sound.

THE BOATHOUSE SUITE: New for 2017, and configured with a large deck and 4 chaise lounges just off the lawn, it includes a 9-piece, cushy sectional lounge and a Smart TV with WIFI, perfect for teens to hang out. It can even double as a sleeping room, though it is not provided with linens. We recommend you bring sleeping bags and arrange the sectionals into a big square bed! A very fun new room!

BOAT LIFT, PONTOON LIFT, & SEAWALL W CLEATS FOR YOUR WATERCRAFT: Don't bother to trailer your watercraft each day. Feel free to use our boat lift (up to 20ft) and/or pontoon lift (up to 25 ft) and/or seawall with room and cleats and rubber bumpers for three boats.

OTHER BUNKALOW AMENITIES: The bungalow has a roomy and open floor plan with a HUGE deck overlooking the HUGE yard and Huge Lake. Free high speed wireless internet, unlimited long-distance phone, and top 100 channels of Charter cable TV with DVRs on each TV (except the Boathouse, which only has wifi and a smart TV - no Charter or DVR).

NEARBY AMENITIES: Barnharts Resort & Marina is 0.5 miles by boat (1.1 mile by car) includes fuel for your boat, boat rentals, and a great restaurant with an island vibe and live weekend music. Wilson Park Boat Launch is just 0.5 miles away. The Shagway Arts Barn (less than a mile) hosts regular weekend art shows combined with live music. The "Dunes" beachfront and Ludington State Park (~ 2 miles by boat) are favorite places for pontoon/boat hangout with shallow sand for sunny day water lounging. Lower Hamlin Grocery (4 miles south of cottage). Downtown Ludington (9 miles south of cottage). Excellent Mountain Biking Trails - Call the bike shops in town for details. Excellent Fishing on Hamlin Lake - Cast your reel from our swing seat!

- Charter Fishing on Lake Michigan

- Ludington Skate Plaza (skateboarding & inline skating)

- Silver Lake Sand Dunes (20 miles south of Ludington)

- Historic SS Badger Car Ferry (Cross Lake Michigan to Wisconsin)

- Historic White Pine Village

- Sand Castles Children's Museum

- Disc Golf

- Horseback Riding (Neigh Haven Stables (3 miles) 4716 N Beaune Rd, Ludington. Indian Ridge Riding Stables, 1525 S. Poplar Road, Custer, MI 49405, Phone: (231) 757-4514)

More Details

Andrew Murray
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Andrew Murray

Our family loves Hamlin Lake!

Andrew Murray purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Andrew Murray chose Ludington

Nothing beats vacationing on the water.

What makes this cottage unique

Water, water, everywhere. What's really cool about Hamlin Lake is that it borders Lake Michigan and Ludington State Park, which means you can boat to the Park and walk to the sandy white beaches on Lake Michigan. Or, you can drive 10 minutes by car and be on the beach. Also, Hamlin Lake is divided into two distinct regions, Upper and Lower, which typically means that if the water is too rough from wind on one part of the lake, you can go to the other part of the lake and it will be much calmer.


Ludington Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Rentals during prime summer weeks are Sunday to Sunday. Prime time starts the Sunday before Memorial Day and ends the Sunday after Labor Day.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Free Long Distance
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - This is the Famous Deck Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , This is the Loft of the Bunkhouse
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , This is the lake-fronting room in the main cottage
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , The 2nd room in the main cottage, with a full/twin bunk bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 4 bunk bed , This is the lower floor of the detached Bunkhouse
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Boathouse Suite w/ sectional couch - bring sleeping bag!
  • Queen size Beds (2) One queen bed is located in the front bedroom of the main cottage facing the lake. The room includes a sliding glass door out to the huge deck. The 2nd queen is on the Loft of the new bunkhouse. ,Bunk Beds (6) Our newly remodeled Bunkhouse includes four twin size bunks below the loft. The bunk in the main cottage includes a twin size bed on the upper level of the bunk (full size on the lower level). The newly renovated Boathouse Suite includes a huge sectional couch with no linens. If you wish to sleep here, you will need your own sleeping bag.
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Just prior to Summer 2010, we completed our fabulous bunkhouse, which can sleep up to 6 additional persons that are part of the main party renting the main cottage (11 total on property). We also have a large grass yard between the cottage and lake, plus a great fire pit at the waters edge. The fishing is most excellent right from our lawn.


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The Bunkalow: A Lakefront Compound with Lifts for your Speed Boat & Pontoon Boat
average rating of 4.75 based on 52 reviews

Very Beautiful and family friendly

  • 4 of 5

This was a great "compound" for an extended family. There was plenty of space to sleep and play.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a great time at the Bunkalow

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of sleeping space as well as out door gathering places and gas grill. The recent upgrades were great. The boathouse was nice but the weather was to warm to enjoy the space as there was no screen on the slider to circulate the air. The kitchen was overstocked with everything we needed. An empty cupboard to store our food would have been nice but we made due. Plenty of room to dock our boats and the fire pit and comfy chairs was awesome. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Troy, MI


  • 5 of 5

Exactly as billed. A great place.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Byron Center, Michigan

Nice place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Lot of outdoor seating. Great recent upgrades. Will certainly stay again

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Bend Area, IN, USA

Awesome place and great owner. Perfect t spot for the family!

  • 5 of 5

The houses and grounds are super for our family. This is a great ludington lake spot

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The the location was beautiful and we had a great time

  • 4 of 5

The deck was especially nice, very comfortable for the nine people in our party. It had a very nice gas grill that was a very pleasant surprise. With the table and chairs that were available it allowed all of our party to enjoy the scenery and eat out every night on the deck. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils and cookware. The one negative was that storage space for your clothing was lacking. Having a washer and dryer available was terrific. We definitely had a great time during our stay. We would stay again.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
71.2 Miles
Muskegon County Airport (MKG)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Barnhart's Resort & Marina (0.5mi boat 1.1mi car)
Nearest Ferry
8.2 Miles
The Badger (Ludington) to Manitowac, WI
Nearest Golf
6.7 Miles
Hemlock Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Barnhart's Resort & Marina (0.5mi boat 1.1mi car)
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
The Dunes on Hamlin Lake (2 miles by boat)

Hamlin Lake Beach in Ludington State Park is 5 minutes away by boat!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $600

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.