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Plan for fall at a Sunny, Modern Lake House w/ Walls of Windows!

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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms w/ Bunk Beds+ Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, Open Plan (Sleeps 6

We're booked through the summer but plan ahead for fall. Outside your door, fish, swim, boat or nap on a hammock by the lake.

Take out our single and double kayaks or canoe, or your own boat, on a placid 75-mile-long chain of lakes and paddle past kingfishers and great blue heron, turtles nestling in the tall grasses, and weeping willows along the shore. Then roast s'mores at the fire pit under a sky full of stars.

A complimentary bottle of up-north wine awaits you at your bright, private retreat with floor to ceiling windows, WIFI & a fully-stocked home.

Drive 10 minutes to Grand Traverse Bay, where you can wander the beach, swim, sunbathe or walk the trails. Get a quality and affordable massage or facial five minutes away, enjoy a great beer and sandwich 10 minutes away at the renowned Short's Brewery or visit Michigan's largest indoor water park.

Head for one of a handful of delightful nearby up north "cities" for fun eating, shopping, and exploring. Enjoy browsing wineries, antique shops, galleries and other charming haunts along the way.

Happy inside? Put your feet up in your cozy, well-stocked year-round vacation home. Start with the wine or a homemade cappuccino as you gaze out floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a tranquil lake and the woods beyond. Sip your drink on one of two private decks steps from your own private 110-foot beachfront.

New fridge, range & beach updates on top of a recent bathroom renovation are in just in time for your stay. Enjoy the WIFI, 50" flat screen TV, and XBox, choose from many dozens of DVDs, CDs, books, games and toys. Get cozy in freshly laundered robes and lounging-around socks (for kids AND adults) in our comfortable year-round cottage. Or just nap on comfy beds with flannel sheets and down comforters. Nothing to do but relax.

Tucked into a glacial valley and nestled in the hills of northwest Michigan, the village is located on a 75-mile chain of beautiful lakes. We're halfway between the Equator and the North Pole on the 45th Parallel. Minutes away, visit Bellaire's restaurants, cafes, or Schuss Mountain's championship golf courses (and ski slopes). Dine at a gourmet restaurant a few miles north of us or at dozens of lovely small-town cafes.

It's an easy 15-minute walk to Central Lake, a sleepy, peaceful village (with a few charming shops, a pub and several restaurants), and an easy drive to a handful of quintessential up-north 'cities' like Charlevoix, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Gaylord, and the sweet towns of Elk Rapids and Alden. Or play at Michigan’s largest indoor water park at nearby Boyne.

In the master bedroom, enjoy a queen bed with an antique headboard and a luxurious mattress topper while looking out at the lake through sliding glass doors. New as of December 2014 in the second bedroom: two solid wood twin over full bunk beds. Enjoy our completed updated bathroom.

Eat out or cook in with our fully outfitted kitchen-- with gadgets ranging from an espresso machine, Kitchen Aid mixer and electric pancake griddle to fresh herbs and tomatoes growing outside the front door summer through fall.

About that massage or facial...We've teamed up with a spa less than five minutes down the road to offer an assortment of options for men, women and children: luxurious massages (choose hot-stone; deep tissue; Swedish and more); facials; pedicures; manicures, reflexology and more. Enjoy one treat, or spend the day there! Spa packages (to name a few) include: Queen for a Day (massage, facial, manicure); King for a Day (deep tissue massage; gentleman's facial and manicure; and hair cut); Prince or Princess for a Day (chocolate cream facial mask, mini-manicure and mini-pedicure and relaxation massage); Ladies' or Men's Day or Night Out with any of the above...or add to your package reflexology, a rejuvenator special with essential oils and hot stone and paraffin for your hands or feet, Reiki and more.

Here's a quick tour. Fully remodeled in 2007 with yearly updates since, the light-filled single-level open-plan design includes a:

• Master Bedroom: Queen bed with a luxurious mattress topper, where you can look out sliding glass doors leading to a private deck and the lake beyond; ceiling fan and window a.c. unit; TV and DVD player, and a comfy chair. Linens included.

• Second Bedroom: Two sets of bunk beds each with a double and single bed; window a.c. unit (when needed); DVD player, flat screen TV and cable, toys and children's books.

• Living Room: Three sets of sliding glass doors stretching across the lakefront wall. They lead to a deck w/a gas grill, picnic table, and a glorious view of the lake a few dozen steps away; two full couch/sofabeds and an overstuffed chair; ceiling fan and air conditioning unit (for summer, of course); 50' flat screen, high-def TV, DVD player, stereo, a large collection of movies, music, books, toys and games.

• Dining Room: Sliding glass doors; queen couch/futon; dining table(s); ceiling fan and a library.

• Kitchen: Open to the living and dining rooms with a lake view and a breakfast bar with seating. Fully equipped and well stocked

• One and a half bathrooms: ceramic tile floor; shower/tub & double sinks in primary bath, completely remodeled in December 2013, and a second small bathroom. We supply towels.

• Garage: for storing bikes, fishing rods, snowmobiles (plus a few adult and child-sized bikes you can use at your own risk).

You're located on a country road less than a mile from the village of Central Lake. Neighbors are a mixture of vacationers and year-round residents and have been rarely heard or seen. You're down a curving driveway from the village road so the "traffic" you notice will be less the occasional passing cars than the occasional passing fishing boats (ice fishing in winter!) or, weather permitting, passing pontoons.

Come on up to what our son lovingly named 'Our Hanley Lake Hideaway' and a repeat guest calls 'Our Little Slice of Heaven!'

Keywords: Family-friendly cottage; pet-friendly retreat, dogs welcome; secluded lakefront all-season cottage; year-round vacation home; sunny guest home, country house with walls of windows, Hanley Lake Hideaway; up north cabin; northern Michigan retreat; private lake; boats; kayaks and canoe; dock; private decks; birding; morels; skiing; fall colors.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Laurie (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

About Laurie

Your hosts are two self-employed parents and a sweet (yes, still sweet) 17-year-old boy. We live full-time in Ann Arbor and visit up north whenever we can sneak in between guests. One of us adults is originally from Great Britain and the other is originally from New York (and the teenager is a native Ann Arborite who speaks American English with a few Britishisms slipped in.) For many years now we've been permanent Michiganders, enjoying the joys of our glorious retreat on Hanley Lake.

Laurie purchased this house in 2005

Why Laurie chose Northern Michigan

We love the sweet beauty of this northwestern Michigan chain of lakes nestled among gentle rolling hills. We were ecstatic to find a tranquil lake we can see from almost every room (thanks to our renovation) in the cozy year-round house. (Note from Laurie: my gold standard for vacation heaven was a place where I could take a cup of coffee out onto the deck and see--and be in--the water within seconds.) We can draw or eat breakfast on the dock or in the dining room, play in the sand, take out a canoe or kayak, swim in warmer waters (instead of waiting until the end of August for the chill to subside in the big lakes), and fish. We can sled right out the back doors to the lake and cross-country ski nearby. We wander into a welcoming village to play and eat without being swarmed by overdressed tourists and overpriced food. We were delighted to find this peaceful little retreat, which offers the pleasures of an all-sports lake without the noise and chaos of one. The passing 'traffic' is generally kayaks, pontoons, and people fishing (including ice fishing in the winter).The fresh, clear water in Hanley Lake flows 75 miles thru a chain of 14 lakes. All-sports lake without the usual traffic of one! We were thrilled to discover we're just a few miles from the long sandy beaches and waves of Lake Michigan, which are great fun in every season. We're glad to do day trips to fudgey towns like Alden, Charlevoix and Petoskey, to wander Traverse City or even more nearby Bellaire. But we love coming home, whether it's raining, snowing, or blazing hot: to play outdoors, or hang out inside doing jigsaw puzzles, playing games, making soup or brownies, or drawing the changing colors of water, sky and trees. We love going out on the placid water and paddling past kingfishers and great blue heron, turtles nestling in the tall grasses, and weeping willows along the shore, or watching the water from our comfortable cottage. It always refreshes us to get away here.

What makes this house unique

Thanks to our 2007 renovation, we relish the fresh, open-plan kitchen with views outside almost everywhere. We went window-crazy, creating four sets of sliding doors in the connected living and dining rooms. Each year we add something (or some things!) new. Recent additions include a new fridge with ice maker and stove (2015), a private deck and sliding doors off the master bedroom; tempered glass deck panels for safety and an unobstructed view of the lake (2014); a fully renovated bathroom (in 2013), a flat-screen TV and DVD player and wood bunk beds (December 2014) in the second bedroom, and two window air conditioners (June 2014). We're constantly adding CDs, DVDs, games, kids' toys and books, and a host of comforts for our guests--and for us! We're in heaven in the summertime, but we also keep discovering new enticing treats during the other three seasons. In winter our son loves sledding down the back lawn onto the frozen lake; I like sketching the winter scenes from a deliciously warm, light-filled living room, we've discovered the wooded hill right across the street is ripe for hiking, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing, and we finally went tubing, downhill and cross-country skiing at nearby Shanty Creek. Springtime brings Morel mushroom hunting, birding, bike rides and walks in a lush landscape; fall leaves are stunning and apple orchards and Color tours beckon.

Guestbook comments from the owner

(From an email:) We had a fabulous time at your cottage. Our dog Chip had a wonderful time launching himself off your dock. My husband took some wonderful pictures of the sunset from the deck. The swans came up in the morning for breakfast and I loved feeding them. Your cottage is darling.

We canoed from one end of Lake Hanley to the other. Both Richard and I had a facial at the Swan Cove Spa and it was terrific. What a relaxing day that was.

We got a chance to visit the art fair in East Jordon while we were there and purchased some great items. I just loved all the little towns so close by.

Thank you

Dianne Whisner
Sep 2009
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Plan for fall at a Sunny, Modern Lake House w/ Walls of Windows!
average rating of 4.981818 based on 57 reviews

Great Week on Hanley Lake

  • 5 of 5

Cottage was very nice, roomy and clean. Everything we needed was there, and there was adequate space to unpack our own clothes. The Lake is nice for fishing and very scenic with the loons calling and daily visits from the ducks. There is a great deal to do in the area, and the information provided in the welcome book gave a lot of good advice. Would definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Hanley Lake. We love the location and we loved being on the water. My husband brought his fishing boat and also enjoyed fishing from the dock. I enjoyed kayaking and walking into the friendly town of Central Lake. We appreciated being able to bring our dogs. The cabin was clean and contained everything we needed for our stay. The pictures and description are accurate and Laurie is EXCELLENT to work with.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Our fantastic Hanley Lake vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family had an amazing time in Michigan at Hanley Lake Hideaway! The property was beautiful inside and out. We really enjoyed relaxing on the dock with our feet in the water. There were a few swans with their goslings that enjoyed our company and our bread. We enjoyed paddle boating, skipping rocks, roasting marshmallows, and fishing, even though we didn't catch anything. :) We visited Torch Lake and Lake Michigan, and we were lucky enough to find a few Petoskey stones. Charlevoix was our favorite stop. We were able to see Lake Michigan, a light house, a small draw bridge, and our girls enjoyed walking on the rocks and the beach while the waves crashed against them. We enjoyed lunch and walked through all the shops. (Our girls have plenty of Michigan wear now.) We did have one rainy day and we stayed in and watched movies and played board games that were already in the cabin. The kids loved pictionary man the best! We got quite a few laughs because the girls misread the words and acted out something totally different. The cabin looked just like the pictures online. It has all the amenities listed on the website. The bedrooms, living room, and kitchen fit our family of 5 wonderfully. Laurie was of great help before the trip and even sent a friendly text when we were due to arrive. We had such an amazing time and we were already talking about coming back before we left. We had a wonderful time on our vacation, thank you Laurie!!!

Thank you kindly,

Scott and Beth Anderson

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Everything we wanted and more

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay! It was great for our family including our 2 year old daughter and chocolate lab. Loved the soft master bed and kayaking on the quiet lake. No dishwasher (other than myself) or fire place, otherwise only good things to say!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Wonderful, private getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was clean and comfortable, with plenty of lounging and reading space, and a more than adequate kitchen. Laurie was very responsive to our needs during our stay, and that made a few glitches work out great for us. Dogs are welcomed! And i can tell you, our dogs loved the lake.

Shorts brewery has tripled in size since we were last there 2 years ago, and continues to be a great place for food and beer. Lulu's, unfortunately, has closed. The Blue Pelican has also expanded and offers great food and entertainment. Frenchies in Traverse City was sooo worth the short ride there for breakfast.

Mostly, though, the relaxation factor was fantastic!

John B

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Will Stay Again

  • 5 of 5

Place was really clean and cozy. Rented because we wanted a place we could return to after ice fishing the local lakes. Ended up fishing on the lake the cottage was on the whole time. Caught a lot of perch and a few pike. Ten times better then any hotel. Bottom line, we will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Blue Pelican Inn
Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Shanty Creek
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Blue Pelican
Nearest Ski
0.01 Miles
Nearest Beach
On property
Car: necessary

Rent pontoons, sunfish and motor boat minutes away, right on the lake. You can canoe, kayak or motor along for hours or days along our 75-mile chain of lakes; you're minutes from Torch Lake, Grand Traverse Bay's sandy beaches, championship golf courses, downhill ski slopes and groomed cross-country trails and a great spa/salon; short drives to the tourist attractions of Petoskey (36 miles); Charlevoix (19 miles); Traverse City (39 miles); and Gaylord (36 miles); downhill and cross-country skiing, zip-lining and mountain biking at nearby Shanty Creek and Boyne Mountain (with Michigan's largest indoor water park). Nearby Bellaire (10 minutes) has a movie theatre, bowling alley, indoor miniature golf, and nice restaurants and pubs. Gourmet restaurants and family diners minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Central Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Joy
Jun 3 2016 - Sep 4 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall Beauty
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Late Fall Peace
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Winter Fun
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring Pleasures
Mar 3 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring Delight
May 1 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pets-$10/night per dog $0
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $0
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

Pets welcome: $10/night per dog. Fall through Spring: 7 nights for the price of 6! Summer stays are Sunday through Sunday, 7-day minimum, with these exceptions: There are two summer weekday specials available: Sunday through Thursday, June 5-9 and June 19-23, at $745 per stay. Check-in is at 3 pm; check-out at 10 am for all stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Completely renovated
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2)-- antique bed in master bedroom. Also queen futon (with a queen featherbed to put on it) in the dining room. Double Beds (2) Two doubles are the lower bunks on the second bedroom's bunkbeds plus two sofabeds in the living room (with two double featherbeds for added comfort where needed). Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds on top of the bunkbeds in the second bedroom (with featherbeds on top of the mattresses) with two double beds below. Child Beds (1) Pack 'n Go playpen for baby or toddler. Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) One queen and two full sofa beds--the queen in the dining room and the doubles in the living room. Both bedrooms have window a.c. units and TVs and DVD players with cable.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Sand Box
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Dock, small sandy beach, shaded hammock inches from the water; 2 fire pits and a porch swing hanging from a tree by the water's edge; two double kayaks; two single adult kayaks and single child-sized kayak; canoe; life jackets and water toys; outdoor/beach chairs; several bicycles; gas BBQ grill. Spa (massages, facials, waxing, hair styling and more) three minutes down the road serves you on its outdoor deck overlooking the lake when weather allows and treats our guests well. Pontoons, motor boats, jet skis, sun fish and ice shanty can also be rented down the road. Ceiling fans in the master bedroom, living room, and dining room & and air conditioning units in the master bedroom and living room. Freshly-laundered robes and cozy socks available for adults and kids.

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