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Beautiful waterfront view, two decks for relaxing, next to vineyards

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, sleeps 7

Our comfortable cottage with its spectacular waterfront view is waiting for you. Whether you are traveling to Kalamazoo on business, visiting Western Michigan University for its many events, or just looking for a close to home retreat, this is a perfect choice for your accommodations. The cottage offers spacious rooms, with two decks overlooking beautiful Bankson Lake, and a 60' beach area. The unique corner lot offers a second view of 'Little Bankson', an undeveloped area where wildlife abounds. Campfire area w/wood supply so get the s'more supplies ready! A sandy swimming area makes it a great place for the kids, or for just floating around. The surrounding vineyards and orchards provide a quiet ambiance and a local charm.

Additional Information: There is plenty of sun but also ample shade to keep you cool on those hot summer days. The immediate area boasts vineyards and a quiet setting. A fishing row boat is included, or fish right off the dock (and the fishing is great - walleye, muskie, and bluegill). If you are bringing your own boat or jet skis, the public boat launch is 1/8 of a mile down the road.

This is a great place for families to reconnect and spend some quality time together. I will be happy to help you with any information you need to help make your trip memorable and fun. Two couples could also easily share the cottage and would have separate bathrooms and room for privacy.

For those who may be traveling to the area on business, we offer a unique alternative to hotel accommodations & perhaps you can bring the family along!

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017


Lawton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • towels provided
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
  • Bedrooms 1 & 2 have a nice view of wildlife area. Linens are provided.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Ceiling fan in family room. Room air conditioners in master bedroom & main living area. Some board games and beach toys. Non - motorized row boat and life vests. Bath towels and bed linens are provided. Special note: Access to cottage requires one flight of stairs. One flight of stairs to beach.


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Beautiful waterfront view, two decks for relaxing, next to vineyards
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews

A great family get away

  • 4 of 5

This is our second year at this property. The Bankson Lake home was perfect for our multi- generational family. Everyone had plenty of space. Our nine year old granddaughter enjoyed the swimming beach and raft. The adults were able to relax on the beach or enjoy the great views from the deck.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Michigan Vacation Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

If I could give Robin a 10 start count I would. From the moment we booked the cabin until our arrival and through to our departure, the experience was phenomenal.

The cabin was much more gorgeous than the pictures. The views were amazing. I would definitely do a repeat of this cabin.

Thank you Robin...

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic getaway destination

  • 5 of 5

This is a great little house that is perfect for a weekend getaway with friends/family. The unit was very clean and it sleeps up to 8 comfortably. Unexpected perks included Direct TV and wifi, not to mention lots of "extras" such as inner tubes, a paddleboat, etc. The wonderful view and massive porch is awesome, and it's a really great lake. Robin was super friendly/responsive throughout the process and we'd definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous, peaceful lake house

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this house.

The first thing we noticed was the size, it's a lot bigger that we thought it would be, so we had plenty of space. It was very clean and well maintained.

The second, and the best thing we noticed, was the amazing view of the lake from the deck. We spent many hours just taking in the sight of the beautiful and quiet lake.

The owners of this house are also incredibly kind and helpful. We used the rowboat and one of the oars broke. Within minutes of contacting the owners, we got a response and had a new oar for the boat.

There's also a vineyard right next to the house. When the owners stopped by to fix the oar, they invited us to walk through the vineyard whenever we wanted and pick grapes. The grapes we picked were out of this world good. We had never had same day picked from the vine grapes before, and no words can describe the difference in taste and texture. Sounds silly, but these grapes blew us away and we found ourselves spending time walking through the gorgeous vineyards, picking grapes and feeling like we were in a scene from a movie.

We also used the paddleboat, which was fun and the area near the pier is very clear, no weeds and perfect for swimming, so we swam a lot as well.

Fishing was another great part of our trip and we caught many bass, walleye and bluegill.

We also had a fire in the outdoor fire pit every night. It's right on the water and I already miss sitting by the lake, with the sound of waves and the stars above us in this great secluded location.

We really only have great things to say about our stay. It was one of the best getaways in recent memory for us.

Thanks to the owners Robin and Steve for having this house available.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Zach and Company - so glad you had a relaxing visit and a chance to enjoy the great outdoors to the fullest. I often over-look the fact that sitting down at the beach at night does offer a pretty impressive view of the beautiful star scene! Glad you also enjoyed your vineyard experience. Hope to see you all again sometime. Best to you - Robin
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Wonderful weekend at the lake!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at this beautiful cottage. The water was warm and the view from the deck was amazing. Technicolor sunsets every night! My husband and sons fished at least twice a day (caught lots of fish), and played golf at nearby courses when they weren't fishing.

The cottage had plenty of room for all of us (five adults) and we never felt crowded together. It was extremely clean and everything was in great shape. Robin was very responsive when we needed her. (Minor issue...nothing to do with the cottage.)

We spent a lot of time on the deck: eating, drinking and just hanging out. The beach was great for sunbathing and playing in the water, and we enjoyed sitting around the fire pit in the evening, making s'mores. Couldn't have been better...we'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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great cottage, clean, spaceous,great view,beautiful beach

  • 5 of 5

this was our best cottage set up so far after several events up north. very nice appliances, plenty of kitchen supplies best lake experience for my 20' boat ,tubeing and wakeboarding. we are already planning to be back next year. robin is a pleasure to deal with, best cottage owner I have dealt with.

jim klein and family

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jim! It's truly my pleasure to provide a "place" where families such as yours can come together to relax, enjoy all the lake activities and build FUN memories. I'm looking forward to your return visit in 2017!! Best to you and yours - Robin
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Kalamazoo International Airport
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
I -94 Paw Paw Exit
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
South Haven beach/ lighthouse

Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University are a 20 minute drive. Kalamazoo offers theater, art and music events with a vibrant downtown. The Kalamazoo Air Zoo is great fun for your aviation enthusiasts. There are many recommended restaurants & wineries nearby and only 50 minutes to Lake Michigan day trip adventures. The cottage is located halfway between Chicago and Detroit approx. 10 minutes from I -94 Paw Paw exit, in the heart of beautiful wine country. Our nextdoor vineyard offers a unique setting to enjoy a nature hike, or a peaceful country picnic.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $250

Rates are subject to change.
A $350 deposit is required to reserve dates.
Balance due + $250 damage deposit is due 3 weeks upon arrival date.
Damage deposit will be returned if you leave the place in the condition that you found it.
No pets or indoor smoking.
Last minute reservations - online full payment.
Cancellations must be made 30 days prior to arrival. $250 cancellation fee will apply.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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