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Frank & Kim Sturm

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english

Starvation Lake, Sandy Beach Front ,Quiet, Snowmobile

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights

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Western Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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

Fully furnished cottage with everything you will need for your stay. 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.

Fully furnished kitchen with:


~Coffee Maker


~Pots & pans & dishes & utensils

~Cable TV (expanded) in living room

~25-inch color TV in living room

~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.

~Clean bed linens and towels are provided.

~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!!! Most places charge $1,500.00 or more per month in the winter so act soon to take advantage of this great deal!

Keywords: Cottage, cabin, retreat, lake cottage

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Frank & Kim Sturm (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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 Western Michigan

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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based on 20 traveler reviews

Starvation Lake, Sandy Beach Front ,Quiet, Snowmobile
average rating of 4.8 based on 21 reviews

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: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Medford, Oregon

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: Aug 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: Jul 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: Jun 2015
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Holland MI


  • 5 of 5

My only issue is that because I am a bigeer guy I found the toilet a little tricky. Other than that the best getaway yet. Awesome.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate the kind words. I know the toilet area is like a tunnel were working on that.:)
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Royal Oak, MI

Wonderful Lake

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a long weekend at this lovely cottage on Starvation Lake. The cottage was very private, comfortable and was in a wonderful location. We would stay here again. Don't forget to go to the Hide-a-way which is three doors down for some great pizza.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Lakes of the North
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Downtown mancelona
Nearest Ski
37 Miles
Boyne mountain
Nearest Beach
15 Metres
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

Mancelona Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring, Summer, fall
May 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2016/2017
Dec 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

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.

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Western Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • 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 or Futons (2), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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