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Marty or Gaye Smith

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Private Family Luxury Retreat, Lodge in 264 wooded acres w/ private stocked lake

38 Reviews
Sleeps18
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms6
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Michigan Lodge Rental Photos and Description

7 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, sleeps 18

Now renting to families, Echo Lake Lodge, a 5,000 sq. ft., 7 bedroom, 6 bath Lodge on 264 private wooded acres, with a private 19+ acre lake, stocked with trout, small mouth bass and yellow perch. Located 3 ½ miles west of the I-75 Vanderbilt exit (Exit 290),10 miles north of Gaylord, Michigan. 15 minutes from Boyne Mt., less than 45 minutes from Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Mackinac City, Mackinac Bridge, Indian River, and the fabulous northern Michigan ski resorts, snowmoble trails and golf courses. Three 24-hr grocery within 10 minutes.

Just your family, for a quality, fun time. Eat, sleep and play together without other people or distractions. Boating, fishing, swimming, sandy beach, hiking, volleyball, badminton, bocce ball, shuffle board, outdoor (and indoor) barbecue, fire-pit for bonfire, skiing, snowmobiling, games and a relaxing place for reading or quiet conversation with those you love. For those groups needing additional space, there is a separate 3-bedroom Chalet on the property.

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Marty or Gaye Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Marty or Gaye Smith

Echo Lake Lodge has been used by my family and friends since 1974. It was completely renovated was listed for rental for the first time in 2010.

Marty or Gaye Smith purchased this lodge in 1974

Why Marty or Gaye Smith chose Michigan

This property is unique. It comprises 264 private wooded acres with a 19+ acre lake completely enclosed on the property and a truly magnificent Lodge. There is no one else to distract or interfere with my enjoyment of the property, my family and my friends. It is only 3 hours from the N.W. Detroit area,a little over 3 miles off the freeway, 15 minutes from three 24-hr grocery stores, and in the center of the most beautiful part of northern Michigan. Perfect for Reunions & Weddings.

What makes this lodge unique

PRIVACY - Private Lake - 60x12 Bocce Ball Court - 8x40 Shuffleboard Court - Children's Play Area - Fire Pit - 2 outdoor grills - 20x40 Deck over Lake - Wooded Property & trails through the woods

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dick & Deb

We just got married outside on this beautiful piece of property on Oct.6, 2012 the colors were unbelievable as it reflected on our private 20 acre lake. We had our Kids families and grand kids with us during this special time, everyone had lots to do on this 260 + acre property. It was almost impossible to stop the kids from fishing long enough to see Deb and I get married. EVERYONE had lots of room in the 7 bedroom house that overlooked the lake and fall color. 18 people in one house and lots of room for more. a great place to get married and Oct. is the best color you would hope to see anywhere in Michigan.

If you’re looking for a special place in time, this is it!
Oct 2012
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Private Family Luxury Retreat, Lodge in 264 wooded acres w/ private stocked lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews
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Our Beautiful Wedding

  • 5 of 5

We had our wedding at the Lodge and were so happy with our decision. We wanted a location that would offer us privacy, outdoor scenery, and the opportunity to make our day our own-and we got all that and more at Echo Lake. We had about 130 guests attend and brought in all needed supplies from several vendors and had no problems getting any of it set up. Several family and friends arrived a couple days before hand to spend time with us before the big day and were able to stay on site with us at the Lodge. The amenities at the Lodge made it very easy for everyone to feel comfortable and have plenty of space. We were very happy with the outcome! Can't wait to go back and spend time remembering and celebrating our wedding again!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Echo Lake Lodge--The Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful opportunity to spend a week with our family of 17 at this fabulous lodge and retreat! Echo Lake Lodge is perfectly located and outfitted to meet all the needs and desires of any family fortunate to visit there. We have great memories of our kids and grandkids swimming, fishing, boating, trailriding, at the nightly bonfires, doing art projects on the screened porch, playing Munchkin, reading and just relaxing. Everyone had a wonderful time and are looking forward to next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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A Magical Place!

  • 5 of 5

We love Echo Lake Lodge! Our family, ranging in age from 5 to 89, all had a wonderful week.

We enjoyed swimming and playing in the sand at the private beach. We had fun using the kayak, canoe, rowboat, pontoon and the new raft. One of our grandson's caught his first fish ever, a good sized bass! The kids loved the bunk room. The trails were great for hiking and running.

The large, well equipped kitchen made meal prep fun and easy. We all enjoyed ending our day around a campfire at the fire pit. There really is something for everyone!

Our biggest dilemma was feeling the draw of all the attractions in the area but not wanting to leave the compound. We are looking forward to next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Peaceful, serene spot.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to bring our family together. We have gone two years in a row and my family loves it. They have thought of everything to make a family stay great.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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The property is lovely and well maintained.

  • 5 of 5

This year was my family's 3rd summer at the Lodge. There is plenty of space and plenty to do. Four boys ages 6 to 11 enjoyed the beach, swimming in the clear lake, water crafting, fishing, exploring. The adults enjoyed this too, plus just relaxing in the serene setting and hanging out in the spacious kitchen. We all look forward to returning next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Beautifully maintained and guest friendly

  • 5 of 5

The listing was accurate, and the lodge and property are even more lovely in person. Everything was very clean and well maintained, and the property manager is helpful and available. This was our family's second stay. Plenty to do: fishing, swimming from the beach or deck, boating with canoe, kayak or rowboat, bocci, shuffleboard, and children's play lot, fire pit. Large kitchen makes meal prep a family affair. Plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms. Beautiful and serene, yet the kids can make noise and not bother other vacationers.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Private Family Retreat in Northern MI swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, golf, snowmobiling, skiing or just relaxing. Echo Lake Lodge, a 5,000 sq. ft., 7 bedroom, 6 bath Lodge on 264 private wooded acres, with a private 19 acre lake, stocked with small mouth bass, bluegills and yellow perch. Located 3 ½ miles west of the I-75 Vanderbilt exit (Exit 290),10 miles north of Gaylord, Michigan. 15 minutes to Boyne Mt., less than 45 minutes to Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Mackinac City, Mackinac Bridge, Indian River, Boyne Highlands and Nub's Nob ski resorts and the fabulous northern Michigan golf courses. 3 bedroom Chalet available to groups renting the Lodge and needing extra bedroom & facilities.

Other Activities: snowmobiling, water park, canoeing, ice skating

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Rates & Availability

Gaylord Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer incl Cleaning fee
Jun 1 2016 - Aug 27 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$6,749
 
 
Fall plus Cleaning Fee
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 12 2016
2 night minimum stay
$750
 
 
Hunting-Firearms + Cleaning Fe
Nov 13 2016 - Nov 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
$925
$6,749
 
 
Christmas-New Years + Cleaning
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
$900
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

The cost of thoroughly cleaning 6 bathrooms (7, including the Chalet), washing and changing linen in 7 bedrooms with 13 beds, maintaining a fully-equipped 17½ x25 kitchen as well as cleaning, vacuuming and preparing the Lodge (and Chalet) in first-class condition has caused us to institute a cleaning charge of $250 for the Lodge and $90 for the Chalet, in addition to the rental amount. The cleaning crew has only 5 hours between guests to ensure the Lodge and Chalet and surrounding property are in the 100% condition you deserve and expect.
There is a $1,000 Refundable Damage Deposit or, in lieu of the Damage Deposit, a guest can obtain a $1,500 damage insurance policy through an affiliate of HomeAway.com – CSA Travel Protection, by calling them at (888) 501-3025. Be sure to give them my HomeAway Property Number: 266209

Non-Refundable 50 % of Total Rental Charge at time of Reservation; Balance 30 days before occupancy. Payable by Personal Check. We do not accept credit cards.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Michigan Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
Theme:
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared by 1 & 2
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Private
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Kid's Bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Private
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Private
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Private
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Shared Bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Shared Bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Private bath
    Kid's Bedroom - 6 twin/ single , 3 Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Private Bath
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Private Bath
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Private Bath
  • 7 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms. Beds: 3 King, 2 Queen, 2 Twin & 3 full-size Bunk Beds. Four of the bedrooms have private bathrooms, Bedrooms 1 & 2 share a bathroom and the kid's have a private bathroom adjoining their bedroom. There is a separate Chalet on the property with 3 bedrooms (2-king, one with 2 double beds) one-bath available to groups renting the Lodge when additional bed rooms are needed. There is a separate charge for the Chalet. It is only rented to the group renting the Lodge in order to maintain the privacy of the property. Including the Chalet, sleeping would increase to a maximum of 26 (depending on gender/relationships).
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Pedal Boat
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
Kitchen 17 ½ X 25 with a is 52” X 10 ft. Island, 2 dishwashers, 2 sinks (garbage disposals), 2 refrigerators, indoor Bar B-Q, dishes, silverware, pots, pans, coffee maker, Cuisinart, blender, microwave/Advantium, everything you would expect in your private estate. Of course everyone wants to cook, that way the entire family eats together in your private Lodge. The dining area has a 60' round table seating 10 as well as a large coffee table in the living room. The attached screened porch is 12x32, with dining table, lounges and padded chairs and an extra table, if needed. Private stocked lake for swimming, boating and fishing, sandy beach, fire pit for bonfires. There is a large sandy beach and a 20x40 deck over the lake with outdoor table and chairs about 50 feet from the Lodge. There is a pontoon boat with an electric-start motor available for the entire rental period at an extra charge. Bocce ball and shuffleboard courts.

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