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Sandy Beach Accessible Knotty Pine Lodge w/ 47 Wooded Acres!

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 3,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 7 Bedrooms, 7.5 Baths, (Sleeps 20-24)

Welcome to our Knotty Pine Lodge!

With construction complete in 2011, the wheelchair-friendly 3,770 sq. ft. Knotty Pine Lodge is nestled among the trees in a serene setting just 25 feet from its sandy, gentle-slope beach on Stone Lake. Situated at the end of a quiet dead-end lane with only 18 homes, it's part of a private 47-acre heavily wooded nature preserve with trails great for exploring wildlife.

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The optional Attached Guest Wing (AGW) adds 2 more BRs / 2 more BAs (7 BRs / 7.5 BAs in total), with sleeping for 20 in beds, 24 using sofas. The AGW also adds a private 9 x 24 covered deck overlooking the lake, woods and the 29 x 30 playset. All 7 BRs have Queen beds with very comfy memory foam toppers; 3 of the BRs also have Twin bunkbeds.

Need more BRs? Add one of our other vacation homes on Stone Lake - one is 100 feet away and the other is about 900 feet away on the same quiet dead-end country lane -- go to VRBO dot com and enter property #262334 or #890604.

On the main level is a 550 sq ft level wheelchair accessible Gathering-Game Room with 10-foot ceiling, knotty pine planking, lots of windows, pool table, foosball table, folding ping pong table, 5 leather sofas, 2 Bistro Tables with barstools and a second 25 cu ft stainless steel fridge to keep the beverages cold! This unobstructed open space is also ideal for Yoga Groups, Scrapbookers, Quilters, Business Retreats. Most all of the furniture in the Gathering-Game Room can be moved into the adjacent 9 x 24 Entry Foyer if more open floorspace is desired. A big hit with Guests is the 1080 HD Projection TV with 10-foot power screen, Yamaha home theatre audio system, Blu-Ray player, all connected to an HD satellite box. Perfect for sports, movie night or PowerPoint presentations! ***

**** See below link to our auxiliary site for LOTS of add'l photos - link is just above 'Map and Owner's Profile.****

With its lakeside wall of windows on all 3 levels the Knotty Pine Lodge has incredible views of the secluded western shoreline of quiet Stone Lake. The 7 BRs each has its own full bathroom – yes! -- and each BR has a Queen Bed. Three of the upper level BRs also have twin bunk beds. Twin 50-gallon hot water tanks means a never-ending supply of hot water.

The entire interior is finished in knotty pine planking - hence its “Knotty Pine Lodge” name.

The Knotty Pine Lodge has a barrier-free entry, two MBR suites with 3 x 5 roll-in showers & private water closets with grab bars (see floorplan). A Power Chairlift connects the Main Level with the Lower Level. Additional accessible features include BA vanities w/ knee room, lower mirrors, the 12-foot x 36-foot lakefront Covered Deck right off the Main Level…and pocket doors galore.

The landscaping includes mostly gently sloped hard surface walkway from the lower level patio to the beach dock and the secluded, sandy gentle-slope beach.

At a shady spot at the treeline near the house is an awesome playset (29' W x 30' L) that features multiple platforms, swings, slides, rock climbing wall...enough to keep the kids entertained for hours.

Included with every reservation: over 15 bicycles (yes 15+) in a mix of child and adult sizes for our Guests to ride on the trails in the 47 wooded acres -- and through the nearby residential areas of the Village of Cassopolis for those who like to admire the many grand turn-of-the-century homes that are sprinkled throughout. Bring your bicycle helmets!

**** See below link to our auxiliary site for many more photos - link is just above 'Map and Owner's Profile.****

Main Level: The bright & airy kitchen features stainless steel Whirlpool appliances and a 9-foot peninsula breakfast bar. The kitchen is open to the Great Room and its soaring 19-foot high ceiling with huge windows facing Stone Lake. The Great Room features an intimate U-shaped seating arrangement with two sofas, loveseat and ottoman facing the gas fireplace -- and the 50-inch Plasma TV with home theatre system. The Great Room makes for a super indoor gathering place for the adults. The open sun-filled Main Level includes the dining area with a table that expands to seat 14+ (extra chairs provided). The 12' x 36' covered deck is right off the Great Room and has lots of seating and dining furniture – with incredible views of quiet Stone Lake. The deck railing is 'see-thru' stainless steel wire for unobstructed views. The Main Level has one of the two Accessible MBR Suites with a roll-in 3' x 5' shower, her vanity / his sink, and a private accessible water closet. There is also an accessible powder room off the kitchen. And of course the 550 sq ft Gathering-Game Room is on the main level, as is the 9 x 24 entry foyer.

Upper Level: Features 2 cozy BRs each with Queen beds + bunk beds, 2 FBAs with snug shower stalls, a balcony overlooking the Great Room, and access to the Attached Guest Wing with 2 more BRs / 2 more BAs and another private deck.

Lower Level: Completely finished and wheelchair accessible from the Main Level via the Power Chairlift on a wide staircase, this level features a Media Room with 2 sofas, loveseat, ottoman and 50-inch Plasma TV with home theatre system. Also a Wii with free NetFlix downloads via the Wii. With its wet bar and dorm-size fridge, it's a great indoor place for the kids. This level also has a 2nd Accessible MBR Suite with roll-in shower, her vanity / his sink, and private accessible water another MBR suite with a FBA including a bathtub shower. Both BRs have lakeside picture windows. Right outside is the 12' x 36' covered patio - all just 25 feet from the edge of Stone Lake.

Many guests enjoy reserving our Pontoon Boating Pkg -- it really opens up a whole new world to be able to get out on the lake – and the little ones just love playing 'captain' steering the boat. The Pontoon Boat also makes for a great mobile swimming platform, and sunsets are glorious as it's so peaceful to be out in the middle of Stone Lake and just slowly drift and watch the waterfowl, birds, etc. And if anyone likes to fish - that's what Stone Lake is famous for! We include in the rental of the Pontoon Boat a personal orientation session so that the Pontoon can be operated safely and with confidence. Also included is 10 gallons of fuel -- enough for a week.

Included with a Pontoon Boating Pkg are five (5) Sea Eagle soft-side 2-person sit-on-top Kayaks. Also a fishing row boat - all perfect for exploring the quiet undeveloped shoreline of Stone Lake to experience aquatic life up close.

For Guests with mobility issues, and Guests with children who love to vacation with other families, the serene setting of the Knotty Pine Lodge with its own boat dock, gentle-slope sandy beach and 47 wooded acres -- makes for family memories to last a lifetime.

We love to talk about Stone Lake -- so please shoot us an email for more info!


Ted & Brenda

Keywords: Lakehouse, Lakefront, Beachfront, Lake View, Multi-Family, Diamond Lake, Handicap Accessible, Accessible, 5 Bedrooms, Wheelchair Friendly

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Ted Gogol
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

About Ted Gogol

In the early 1980s we moved away from Michigan for jobs, settling in Maryland near Washington, DC where we raised our two wonderful children. As empty nesters, in the summer of 2008, we started what we thought would be a 5-year search for our dream retirement home back in Michigan, on a lake, halfway between Chicago and Detroit -- where all of Brenda's family have homes. In our very first house-hunting trip in June 2008 we came across a beautifully restored 1935 craftsman house on 3 acres; it exceeded our expectations in every conceivable way. It's a dream come true for us that in one short year became a mecca for family gatherings. In 2010 a 47-acre wooded parcel became available that surrounds the 3 acres and which included 150 feet of lake frontage...we were able to acquire it and build the Knotty Pine Lodge right on the water. We hope you will consider staying here at Stone Lake to build your own wonderful family memories. -- Ted & Brenda

Ted Gogol purchased this house in 2010

Why Ted Gogol chose Southwest Michigan

Cassopolis, Michigan with its two lakes -- Stone Lake and Diamond Lake -- is halfway between Chicago & Detroit...about 2.5 hours from either. Less drive time = more fun time. Why drive 5-6 hours?

What makes this house unique

Here's what's most unique: The privacy and tranquility of a 47-acre wooded retreat with a private shoreline featuring a secluded, gentle-slope sandy beach upon which sits a 7-BR, 7.5-BA, 3,700 sq. ft. home that easily accommodates multiple families. Throw in a private dock with available Pontoon Boat, Kayaks, Row Boat, 8 Mountain Bikes -- and it's a recipe for a great week at the lake. The icing on the cake? Guests can walk to downtown Cassopolis' restaurants & watering holes...and within 15-20 minutes by car are a plethora of other great restaurants. The Lodge House is 40-minutes from Notre Dame / South Bend and 45 minutes from Four Winds Casino. Numerous Golf Courses are nearby as are many Wineries which offer tours.


Cassopolis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
  • 7.5
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Queen size Beds (7) All 7 BRs have comfy Queen beds, each topped with a Costco-sourced quality memory foam topper, plus comfortable BR chairs for some quiet alone time with a good book while looking out a window at nature's finest., Bunk Beds (3) Three of the upper level BRs have twin bunk beds in addition to their Queen beds - great place for the kids. The 3rd twin bunkbed is in the optional Attached Guest Quarters.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Attention individuals with mobility issues: The Lodge House is extremely wheelchair friendly with 2 MBRs that feature bathrooms with 3 x 5 roll-in showers. A Stannah Model 420 Power Chair Lift connects the Main Level with the Lower Level. Covered Deck is 12-feet x 36-feet, Covered Patio is 12-feet x 36-feet, Huge Wooden Playset measures 29-feet x 30-feet. 8 Mountain bikes (mix of adult and child sizes). Pontoon Boat, numerous 2-person sit-on-top easy to use Kayaks, fishing row boat, outdoor yard games and beach toys all make for a great 'Escape to Stone Lake' experience.


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Sandy Beach Accessible Knotty Pine Lodge w/ 47 Wooded Acres!
average rating of 4.9850745 based on 67 reviews

Fantastic Family reunion

  • 5 of 5

My family and I rented the Knotty Pine Lodge for a family reunion during Spring break. Our children and their families came from as far away as the State of Washington. The weather was quite abysmal but the Lodge was perfect for that type of weather. We had 26 people including 14 grandchildren (ranging in age from 2 to 18) and had plenty of sleeping arrangements for everyone. The bedrooms were perfect for closing the door and having quiet for naps and just getting away. Since the weather was mostly rainy, windy, and cold, we were forced to stay in the Lodge most of the time. Normally that would have been worrisome but the game room provided a perfect place for the children to congregate. Many of them had never played Ping Pong and that became one of the center pieces. We have a family tradition of playing around-the-world Ping Pong with everyone trying to run from one paddle to the next to hit the ball and being eliminated if you mess up. Our granddaughter requested we play one last game as we left to go home. The pool table also received a lot of attention as did the Foosball table. One of our sons-in-law is a huge Foosball fan and he was in heaven. In addition to the games, there is a projection TV with a pull-down screen in the game room and we watched one movie as a whole family and the children watched two or three others on their own. The lower gathering room had a Wi game system with numerous remotes for many to play. Each of the bedrooms had an attached bathroom with a half-bath on the main level. We never had a problem finding bathrooms for the children's needs. Our adult children played many games together in the main dining area around the table and had a great time visiting each other. Three of our children live out-of-state and aren't able to get together as often as we like and this was a perfect place to meet and visit. The weather was good enough for us to use the barbecue one afternoon and it was great. When it finally let up a little on Friday, we were able to go outside and some of the younger children enjoyed the very nice swing-set/playset. Some were able to go down and enjoy walking on the beach and some of us walked a little into the woods. All in all, we had a wonderful time and Ted and Brenda were so accommodating and provided everything we needed. Everyone thought this would be a great place for our next family reunion but later in the year when we can enjoy the beautiful lake.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Rental for

  • 5 of 5

What can I say other than this is our 5th year of being able to stay at the Knotty Pine Lodge with our immediate family & siblings & I hope we can continue to make this a yearly event.

This home is phenomenal, very well equipped with everything you need for a Fabulous stay!

It is the most cozy home with all the perks that any large family would enjoy. I must say that I have never once commented on the beds, but we all talk about how well of a good nights sleep that we get each time we stay there. The kitchen , massive amount of bedrooms & bathrooms & the game room are just perfect for large families! While we stayed there, Ted actually took us for a tour of the other 2 homes on the block that Brenda & him own & rent out which also took our breathe away.

We highly recommend this home for anyone considering it; the only suggestion that I would say is that we need a hot tub , that is the only thing missing that I know everyone would enjoy, especially those staying during the cold months since we don't get to enjoy the outdoors as much.

With or without my "wish" of having that, it is PERFECT! Anyone who visits & stays here will be happy they made that choice.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Great Winter Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I hosted a large group of friends for a celebration in the middle of winter. Brenda and Ted were very responsive and expedient in the introduction/paperwork phase, and everything was in great order when I arrived. The Lodge is bigger and better than the photos reveal and very well laid out. The game room - with a pool table, foosball, ping pong, 10 ft. projection screen, couches and hi-boy tables - was very impressive. Clean and well maintained throughout. Being at the end of the street, right on the lake and with woods all around, made the house feel private and secluded. Highly Recommend! Thanks, Brenda & Ted!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Fun lake house

  • 5 of 5

16 of our family members gathered at the lake house for a fun week on Stone Lake. The home is very well designed, decorated, and equipped with most everything you could possibly want/need.

Although one family member brought his power boat, we also rented the boat package. The pontoon boat was used every day. We anchored it out in the lake, and used it as our floating swim dock. The young children spent hours wading along the shore, catching minnows and frogs.

Because the game room is situated away from the sleeping areas, it was never a problem with noise, even though it was often used.late into the night. The kitchen was very well stocked, and the extra refrigerator in the game room was great to have, because we shopped at Costco on our way to the house and it had plenty of room for our groceries for the week.

We ate dinner every evening out on the deck at the big table. Many of our family members hiked the trails that wandered thru the 47 acres, and we picked up kindling from the nearby woods for our gathering around the fire pit to roast marshmallows and tell stories.over the last 15 years, I have rented 20+ vacation properties from VRBO, and I have to say that Ted was the most attentive owner I have ever dealt with. He is genuinely commited to helping you have a wonderful time while staying in their home.

We hope to return sometime in the next few years.

Thanks, Ted and Brenda

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Columbus, Ohio

5th Year of Making Family Memories!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has now stayed at the "Redhouse" for 5 years and we plan to return again next summer. The owners, Ted and Brenda, whom we finally got to met in person this year, are wonderful people. Their hard work and vision guarantee that you will not be disappointed should you be lucky enough to get to spend time at the property. The Redhouse has so many things to offer that we never seem to be able to do it all. Here is just a short list of our activities from this year: boating, rafting, fishing, swimming, camp fires, billiards, corn-hole, foosball, ping-pong, board games, puzzles, croquet, bike riding, hiking, basketball, swinging and playground, movie night, and my favorite... Coffee and breakfast on the back porch while over looking the lake. The fishing was a record year for us, catching mainly largemouth bass, sunfish and bluegills. There is something there for everyone, so much so, that we only go out to eat once during the week, which means we are spending most of our time together catching up and playing games. Another great feature is that the house is at the end of the street, so you feel very secluded and the kids have plenty of room to run around safely. All said, the house is perfect for large families or groups that want to spend time quality time together.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Okemos, Michigan, USA

Most Wonderful Week

  • 5 of 5

The house is the most fantastic "cottage" we have ever rented. The knotty pine gave it a cottage feel, but the amenities are first rate! The bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen were all above our expectations. The "Playroom", as my kids called it, and the movie room were above and beyond what we needed, but were used and would have been a life saver if the weather hadn't been perfect, which is was! Even though we are a family that is lucky enough to not need the handicapped accessibility, I know a lot of thought went into the building of this home and it was very well thought out and would make anyone's stay a treat!!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
South Bend, Indiana (SBN)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Harley's Ale House in downtown Cassopolis
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Diamond Lake
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Amtrak station in Dowagiac
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
M-60 and M-62
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Broadway Cafe
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area
Nearest Point of Interest
POI #1 - Diamond Lake
Nearest Point of Interest
POI #2 - downtown Cassopolis
Nearest Point of Interest
POI #3 - Vlasicaks' Meat Market & Smokehouse
Nearest Point of Interest
POI #4 - Zekes Lindy's
Nearest Point of Interest
POI #5 - Golfing
Nearest Point of Interest
POI #6 - Shopping, Antiquing!
Car: recommended

With 47 wooded acres with trails PLUS all of the fun of a lakefront home with available Pontoon Boat, 4 2-person Sea Eagle Kayaks, Fishing Row Boat, champion Ping Pong Table, Pool Table, Foosball Table, Wii with 4 controllers and games, lots of indoor Board and outdoor Yard Games..the Lodge House has it all!


Rates & Availability

Cassopolis House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov. - April
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
June - August
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $600
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $210

It is not possible to list every rate - we provide exact price quotes when responding to inquiries. Please note that holidays are at a higher rate. From November - April we accept 2-night reservations at a higher daily rate compared to 3 or more nights.

Personal and business checks accepted. Visa and MasterCard accepted with 3% fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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