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Speaks: english

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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Lawton Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)
Beautiful waterfront view, two decks for relaxing, next to vineyards
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews

A Great Family Getaway

  • 4 of 5

Our multi-generational family really enjoyed the Bankson Lake property. The rooms were ally very spacious and comfortable, but we spent most of our time on the deck enjoying the view or on the waterfront. The eight year old particularly enjoyed swimming out to the raft, playing in the sand, and going on paddle boat rides wth her parents. We also enjoyed going to the local u-pick berry farms and wineries.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orland Park, Illinois

Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great place for a family vacation. This was our second time at this property. We highly recommend it for adults with kids, since the bedrooms are in the back of the house. Abundant space and a great lake for swimming and fishing.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This Place is huge and located perfectly on the water

  • 5 of 5

I must say this was one of the best houses I rented . the house itself the location right on the beach and the lake

having your boat right next to the house PERFECT. we will definitely come back . and I highly recommend it.

Owner Robin is sooooo nice and easy to deal with . thank you for letting us use your home. one more thing

the use of paddle boat , for kids it was so much fun they are old enough to go out by themselves on it soo much fun


  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

Everything we were looking for. Great location, Spacious and clean.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northville, MI

BEAUTIFUL in all aspects!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home from our vacation on Bankson Lake and our family is already checking the calendar and planning a stay at this home for 2016. Robin was flexible and accomodating throughout the booking process and even during our stay. The view of the lake was breathtaking and the sandy beach front is amazing! There were 6 adults and two children (ages 6 and 4 years old) and we didn't want to leave this paradise! The kids enjoyed the paddle boat, fishing off the pier (the blue gills were plentiful!), playing in the sandy bottom water, and making sand castles on the beach. We brought our boat and spent time boating and tubing. The home is quite large for a "cottage" as sleeping arrangements were very comfortable and there are 2 full showers. Many thanks for a wonderful vacation! We hope to see you next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a great week long family vacation. The description of the property is spot on. The cottage is very clean, roomy, comfortable & well equipped. Robin was very good to work with all through the steps of the rental process. She was professional and very quick to respond to any questions we had. The water is very clean & has a gentle slope with a sandy bottom which would it great for small children. We were able to catch decent size blue gills & small bass right off of the dock. We also put the 4 person paddle boat & row boat to good use during our stay. During a couple of cloudy mornings we took advantage of the winery & brewery tours in nearby Paw Paw and returned to a sun soaked beach & deck and inviting lake. There are also a couple of very good restaurants, D Coy Ducks & Big T's in the town of Lawton that we ate at. The rest of the time was spent putting the BBQ to good use for enjoyable meals & the cottage. The owners supplied a number of water toys that are stored in a nice deckbox. They also have a giant cooler on the main deck that was great for cooling pop/water/beer and, supplied all of the paper products/soap. There were extra window fans if the need arose. The area was very quiet & the beds were comfortable. Hopefully our family's vacation weeks will fall in place again next year. If so, this property will be our first rental choice. Thanks again Robin! We appreciated your hospitality and hope to rent from you again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you John - I loved having you all! It's a great place to relax and unwind. I do hope that you will visit again! And I don't mention this often enough - but I do also have a VRBO in Florida in the Tampa/Clearwater area - on the end of a canal with a fantastic view of the Gulf - just in case you ever want to escape from the Midwest for a week! Hope to see you soon! 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

Lawton Cottage Rental Rates

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Summer 2016
May 28 2016 - Sep 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change.
A $300 check deposit is required to reserve dates.
Balance due + $250 damage deposit is due upon arrival date.
Damage deposit will be returned if you leave the place in the condition that you found it.
Last minute reservations - funds will be collected @ check in
Cancellations must be made 30 days prior to arrival. $100 cancellation fee will apply.

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Lawton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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