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Dena McMurray

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Beautiful, Crystal Clear Lake, Right on the Beach, Very Clean & Family Friendly!

11 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 10 - right on the beach!

Newly purchased and totally updated lakefront home on gorgeous Lake Avalon with 95 feet of private frontage. Fishing, boating, winter and summer sports, or just kick back and relax. Clean white sandy bottom water frontage. Very gradual sloping in the lake - perfect for kids. Home has been completely updated with new wood/ceramic floors throughout. An amazing 2 tier deck with built in seating to enjoy your meals while taking in the beautiful views of the lake. Comfy, large areas to gather indoors with some nice a/c to cool down.

$2,000/week (summer) OR $400/night (3 night min.)

$400 refundable security deposit

Abundance of golf courses in the area; ThunderBay Golf Resort, Elk Ridge and Garland Golf Resort. In the winter months, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride to view the elk at ThunderBay!

Lake Avalon is one of the most pristine, clearest and cleanest lakes in Michigan and the United States (according to National Geographic). It's a natural spring fed lake which is home to loons, small & large mouth bass, perch, blue gill and trout.

Lake Avalon is an all-sports lake, with a free boat launch.

Extra Amenities Included for free:

-12 foot aluminum fishing boat, trolling motor, oars, fishing net, fishing poles and tackle

-amazing, totally clear kayak by Blue Hawaii with paddles - seats 2

-14 foot canoe with paddles

-life preservers (all sizes)

-inflatable rafts, boats, rings and many other kids toys

-sand toys for the beach

Amenities Available for Rent:

Four Winns speed boat - available to rent for entire week only (sorry no partial weeks) $2000

Security deposit for boat $400

Included with rental: ski vests, o'brien skis, double tube, single tube(s), tow robes

More Details
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Dena McMurray (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Dena McMurray

We are the owners of this beautiful Lake Avalon home. Pictured are our 4 beautiful children ready to tube around the lake. We grew up in Hillman and I had the privilege of growing up on the other side of the lake. I have always loved this lake, but didn't realize how special and rare a lake like this was until we moved away from the area. We spent many years in Berkley, MI and currently reside in Clarkston, MI. On the weeks that we do not have the opportunity to use our lake home, we are renting it to others so they may too experience this amazing lake and create life-long memories at this truly special place!

Dena McMurray purchased this house in 2012

Reviews

5
based on 11 traveler reviews

Beautiful, Crystal Clear Lake, Right on the Beach, Very Clean & Family Friendly!
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Ada, MI
5

Great Avalon Lakehouse!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house comfortably accommodated our group of 8.

It was exactly as advertised.

We are very familiar with the lake, having once owned (a much) smaller cottage for years.

The house had everything we needed, from comfortable beds, a stocked kitchen, water toys, beach towels, wifi, etc...

We will definitely will return!

Lou & Char Quinn & family

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A little bit of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

I brought my family to Mark and Dena's property during the second week of July. We were 10 strong...ages 1.5 to 71.

Everyone had a wonderful time. The house was immaculate. The beach was superb for our kids ... ages 1.5 to 7 years old. Just shallow enough to be safe but deep enough to try new things. We didn't realize that the house would be so well stocked with everything we needed for a great week. Kayaks....my grandchildren learned quickly how to maneuver these, canoes, paddle board, fishing boat, lots of floats and water toys. The kids were discovering new toys each day we were there. There is a sandy area that the kids used every day with enough sand toys to keep them busy all week. Every night we had a fire in the new fire pit that overlooks the lake. We brought our boat and tubed and swam every day. Had to push the boat out....It is a bit shallow for a ways out but we were there to get wet anyway! The lake was not busy at all...even on the weekends. A great place for poppa to try and ditch the kids off the tubes and into the water. We had many memorable moments!

The interior of the home was just perfect for our family. There was lots of space to do things together as well as have our quiet time. The washer and dryer came in handy! The kitchen was well stocked with pantry needs. Bathrooms had beach towels, hair products, etc. Dena did a wonderful job in making sure that our needs were anticipated. She stocked the cabinets with adult and kids games. There were also toys upstairs that the kids played with all week. There are DVDs ..family style... To play in the 2 tvs.....no one wanted to leave.

There wasn't much around to go and do away from the property but we came to play in the water!

We are definitely coming back next year.....to a little bit of heaven!

Thank you Mark and Dena for allowing us to share your home.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Beautiful, clean, and relaxing home

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful experience! The entire family had a blast and the owners replied immediately for the few questions we did have. The lake is just as gorgeous as I remember it being 30 years ago. We will be back for certain!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice comments. We are so glad you had a fabulous time and we look forward to your return.
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5

Lake Avalon - Michigan's Best Kept Secret

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to our dear friends, Dena & Mark, we have had the repeated pleasure of staying at their beautiful beach house on Lake Avalon. Pictures do not do this house and lake justice. You MUST experience this place in person. The house strikes the perfect balance of beach decor, cleanliness and at-home feel. Newly remodeled, yet not over done, makes this an ideal vacation lake home for families. We eat most every meal on the deck to take full advantage lake views and the remote location of Hillman, MI. allows us to skip the crowds, enjoy quiet evenings, and produces jaw-dropping views of countless stars at night from the dock. Yet the true secret of this home is the quality of the water (lake) it sits on. Think Bahamas...but better! My self-proclaimed lake-snob friend, who grew up on lakes all over northern Michigan, could not get over the clarity, cleanliness and warmth of the Lake Avalon the first time he visited. The second time he visited (yes you'll want to return too) he bought a Go-Pro to get underwater shots/video. The combination of incomparable water, uncrowded all-sports lake, wonderful cottage home and great owners makes this the only choice in NE Michigan. Enjoy! We plan to be back as well.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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5

Amazing home..amazing lake!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the home last summer and all I could say when I walked in was WOW! They literally have everything you need for fun: water toys, kayak, life jackets, ping pong, board games etc. It was amazingly clean and the décor was perfect (I want that design in my own home). The dock was sturdy and the lounge chairs were perfect. The best part of this home was the lake. It was sparkling and crystal clear and shallow enough for quite a distance which made my 5 year old very comfortable. The owners were gracious and quickly responded to my emails. Thank you for sharing your home with us. We hope to return in the future!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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5

It's a home away-from-home!

  • 5 of 5

We feel so at home at the cottage! It has everything one could possibly need for a great vacation. It is clean as can be and the view from the front is spectacular. This is the place to go to get away from it all!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Alpena General Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
ThunderBay Golf Resort
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
A-Frame Pizzeria
Nearest Beach
Home is directly on the beach of Lake Avalon
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Hillman House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
$400
$2,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Refundable damage deposit $400

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***Some weekly rentals may be increased in price for Holiday rentals: 4th of July and Labor Day, etc.

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Amenities

Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , with attached bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bonus Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , pull-out single bed with best view of lake!
  • Brand new mattresses in every room. Always protected with a sheet protector! Additional pull-out twin bed in the upstairs lake view bonus room. Pack and Play also available for use if needed stored in closet.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 10 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Free boat launch on the lake. Free use of rowboat with oars and life jackets, as well as our clear kayak and canoe. You may attach your own outboard motor to the rowboat . Mooring provided for guest's watercraft to dock right at the lake house. Great lakeside fire pit to gather around at night. Lots of rafts, water toys and sand toys also available to use.

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