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Starvation Lake, Sandy Beach Front ,Quiet, Snowmobile

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 10)

Fully furnished cottage with most things you will need for your stay. New carpet 2017. Relaxing atmosphere, perfect for families, a home away from home, you'll want to come back! 4 BR, 1 BA, 1,000 square foot Cottage.

Large sandy beach on, All sports, Starvation Lake. Sandy bottom, ideal for swimming and within walking distance to the Hide Away Bar & Grill (Entertainment) & the Trading Post store. Snowmobiling and ORV trail-head just across the road.

~55 Minutes to Traverse City.

~30 Minutes to Turtle Creek Casino.

~35 Minutes to Gaylord

~10 Minutes to Mancelona area restaurants and trails.

~15 minutes to the Kaliseum (indoor pool, recreation center, ice skating rink)

This is a great central location for day trips to Gaylord, Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Petoskey, and many other places of interest.


Fully furnished cottage with everything you'll need for a comfortable stay. (Linens and towels by guest)

Fully furnished kitchen with:


~Coffee Maker


~Pots & pans & dishes & utensils

~Direct TV in living room

~43" flat screen tv

~DVD Player in living room

~Charcoal barbecue

~Fire pit

~Master bedroom has a queen bed

~Second & third bedroom has a full size bed and dresser.

~Fourth Bedroom has Knotty Pine Bunks and a dresser.

~Queen pull out sofa in the living room.

~Enclosed front porch plus deck.

~Fire pit and Dock on Beach.

*There is no phone in the cottage.


Winter: Snowmobiling, Ice fishing, Snow skiing, Snowshoeing, Deer & Small game Hunting, and Gambling.

Summer: Swimming, Boating, Water skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Mushroom hunting, Hunting (surrounded by state land), ORV trails, Golfing Skating, Gambling Site seeing etc....

Winter 5 month available

We are offering a special winter rate. Rent our Cottage December through March and pay only $1,200.00 per month plus heat and snow removal. Get a group of fellow snowmobilers to go in on the cottage for the winter and have a base camp for snowmobiling!!! What a great deal!,

Keywords: Cottage, cabin, retreat, lake cottage

More Details

Frank & Kim Sturm
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Frank & Kim Sturm

Kim and I live and work in traverse city. We purchased the cottage in 2004 for an investment income property and also to use several times a year. We have enjoyed the property for years and hope our guests enjoy it as much as we do.

Frank & Kim Sturm purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Frank & Kim Sturm chose Mancelona

We chose this property to buy because of its central location to all points of fun here in northern Michigan. Also because, while stores are just 15 minutes away, it has that in the middle of nowhere appeal.

What makes this cottage unique

If your a all seasons type of person this is the perfect property. For easy access to orv and snowmobile trails, golf hiking antiquing, and dining. Also close to several casinos. Small game and white tail hunting as well as fishing in starvation lake out back of the cottage or on any of the abundant lakes in the area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Deer Hunting: Joe and his friends saw deer and liked the location and the cabin. They are thinking of comming back in July with their families.
Jan 2005
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Mancelona Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa Twin, Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Boyne mountain with Avalanche Bay water park for winter and summer fun. And some of the best snow skiing and zip lines. Gaylord has dining, golf, elk viewing, antiquing and cinemas. Traverse city and Petoskey for casinos Wineries, festivals etc.. All with in 1 hour.


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Starvation Lake, Sandy Beach Front ,Quiet, Snowmobile
average rating of 4.681818 based on 23 reviews

Fantastic evening Views

  • 3 of 5

Overall, the best part of the stay was looking down the lake at night. The cabin was ok and met our needs for the week. Unfortunately there were neighbors working on their cabins with saws and hammering to wake us up each morning and the delightful yelling and screaming from the Hideaway at 2:30 am was not considered an added bonus The cabin had 4 bedrooms although 2 of them were connected and the beds were uncomfortable and need to be replaced. The internet and cable tv were a real plus and the beach really was a highlight. Overall the place was clean and we were able to make ample use of the stove and full size refrigerator.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake House Northern Michigan Family Fun

  • 4 of 5

Great lake house wonderfully located near Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Torch Lake. Perfect for family's who like swimming, fishing, camp fires, and exploring Northern Michigan. There are stairs from the house to the beach so a little difficult for very young children or elderly. Loon's and Eagles came by every day. The beach is very shallow and sanding great for kids. Wifi very weak and AT&T cell phones do not work due to the hills surrounding the lake. A beautiful place to relax and enjoy. We had a great time and enjoyed the location.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My family and our 2 dogs

  • 5 of 5

Being a retired USAF Officer with 6+combat tours of Iraq/Afghanistan we found the Cabin to be a Perfect get-away.It was quiet, clean, great beach ,great neighbors and an overall fantastic week. Thank you Frank for the opportunity and hope to return as much as we can.What a relaxing, fun week. I read the reviews before booking and the vast majority were great. The reviews that were less than excellent were due to the fact that you have to realize this is a cabin and not a 5 star hotel.Will gladly recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Disappointing Lake House Getaway

  • 2 of 5

We were very disappointed with our stay at the Starvation Lake cottage. The beach area was great. There was a nice size sandy beach and a good distance to play in the water without worrying about a drop off. We were very disappointed we could not use our boat on the lake because the dock was too short for the shallow water. Then there was the cleanliness of the cottage. The carpet was filthy and stained from the back door to the front door which then made us question the cleanliness of the cloth sofa’s and loveseat. The stairs down to the beach were so far off the ground with railing only on one side and tree limbs growing out into the walkway we felt made for a dangerous situation. While there were adequate paper supplies provided, the pots and pans were very limited and there were no lids that fit properly on any of the pans. The non-stick pans had the coating peeling off and could not be used. Upon arrival, we were notified by a note on the counter that the fire pit was no longer down by the lake but in front of the cottage and the row boat could not be used as it was leaking too much. We also learned upon arrival that the neighbors had heavy equipment in place as they were building a garage only 30 feet from the back door. While this beyond the owner’s control, it would have been nice to know about it in advance. We do not plan to return to Starvation Lake.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful view

  • 4 of 5

Our stay was fun and relaxing. Great view of the lake and the beach and water were excellent. However, I did not feel the property was adequetly stocked with the essentials for a family to stay for a week. We had to go buy toilet paper, dish soap, light bulbs, garbage bags, and some other items that you need to stay somewhere for a week. So that was frustrating. Also, would be nice if you could have a fire on the beach which was not allowed. However, a campfire is available near the road. Other than this, the property was nice and is great for the price. Owner was easy to work with and was quick to answer any questions. Would surely recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

We cannot express how much we enjoyed our stay. Our family had such a wonderful time here at the cottage. If you are looking for privacy and some peace and quiet, this is the place for you. If you have the chance, the Hideaway bar and grill is a must. They have good food, good people and good times our family will remember for years to come! Thanks again for the hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Lakes of the North
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Downtown mancelona
Nearest Ski
37 Miles
Boyne mountain
Car: necessary

Gaylord, Mancelona, Kalkaska, Bellaire area. Snow and water skiing. Hiking, mushroom hunting, deer and small game hunting, Boating on all sports Starvation Lake, Turtle creek casino, Close to wine tasting tours, Golfing, Fall festivals, mountain biking, ORV trails across the road. Bar and grill & country store within walking distance. Cable TV & DVD.

Other Activities: Mushroom hunting, ORV Trails, Snow-mobiling, Hiking


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Winter stay: renters are liable for the heating bills between Dec. 1st and march 31st and any snow removal that they have done. . Minimum stay is 4 months. Pets that have ben pre approved are subject to a $75.00 per week charge (per pet) Weekends are $286.00 for minimum 2 day stay. Each additional day is $143.00ea. Weekend only and extra additional days are allowed during off peak time only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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