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Private Lake Retreat with 160 Acres .Nature Lovers Dream

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Fireplace


About the property

Estate, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps up to 9)

Wilderness wonderland. Home in picturesque setting on 160 acres. Spring feed private lake, ponds, hiking trails, pontoon boat, kayaks, canoe, paddle boat, and fire pit.

The lake is crystal clear great for swimming, fishing, kayak adventures, and sunset pontoon cruises. Wildlife is plentiful: Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Deer, Blue Herring, and Beavers are regular sightings. The property includes; a dock on the lake and 20 x 12 screened porch / sundeck at the lake.

The spacious house is the perfect location for a week or weekend escape. The house consists of 3 bedrooms all with great views of the lake and surrounding wilderness. Each room has 1 queen and twin bed. There are 2 full baths with a tub/shower in each. The large living room, with fireplace, has plenty of couch space so no one feels cramped. You can enjoy movie night or watch the big game on the Dish Network TV and DVD player. If games are more to your liking there is a foosball table, dart board, board games, and cards. The kitchen has everything you need for cooking with all appliances including microwave and dishwasher. The kitchen has a large dining room table that seats 10. If you are into grilling there is a lWeber gas grill on the large 25 x 30 deck that overlooks the pond and lake. The deck has a picnic table, and Adirondack chairs to relax and enjoy the view.

A short hike from the main house you will find 'Butler Cabin' which is a small secluded log cabin located on the property. Enjoy the woods from the porch or step inside and light the wood burning stove if there is a chill in the air.

Catch and release fishing is required on the lake and ponds. Also, there is no hunting or trapping allowed on the property.

Keywords: Private home, lake front,

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About The Owner

I enjoy anything to do with outdoors

The Owner purchased this estate in 1977

Why The Owner chose Northern Michigan

I have spent countless hours over the last 30+ years enjoying outdoor activities around South Branch. Fishing, hunting, biking, hiking, canoeing, Kayaking and skiing are my passion.

What makes this estate unique

This is a one of a kind location. If you enjoy being away from crowds and out in the wilderness this is a perfect spot. But if you prefer both quiet and also some social activities, the house is close to the Timbers Steak House, Long Lake Bar, Wicker Hills Golf Course, Rifle River State Park, and Huron National Forest.


South Branch Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin Beds (3), Baby Cribs (1) Portable, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Private Spring feed lake and ponds, 20 foot pontoon boat,12 ft fishing boat, 3 Kayaks, bunkhouse sleeps 4 - full bath - fire place, hike to log cabin with wood stove. Picture perfect location, excellent catch and release fishing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Private Lake Retreat with 160 Acres .Nature Lovers Dream
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

As beautiful as pictured!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house and property - had absolutely everything one would need for a great vacation - even to frosty mugs in the freezer!! We took the kayaks out and discovered a giant buck (with full rack) drinking out of the lake. The resident loon family came around often and were a delight to listen to. The owners were easy to communicate with and made our first time renting from "non-family" smooth and comfortable. If you desire more beach area, you can travel a short distance to Lake Huron - the town of Oscoda has a delightful beach area that welcomes dogs. Also -- make sure you have dinner at Wiltses Brew Pub in Oscoda ... best homemade root beer EVER!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Shelby Township MI

A Wonderful Place to Unplug and Relax

  • 5 of 5

This is the fourth year our family of 5 has been to "the yellow house" as my kids like to call it. It has been the perfect getaway for our family and that is why we keep coming back. The kids have a small beach to play and can comfortably walk into the water to swim. The kids can also catch all the small fish they want and I can catch some nice bass and pike right off the dock too. Included in the rental is the pontoon boat and all the toys you could want...kayaks, canoes, rowboat, paddleboards. We bring up a tube so we can pull the kids around the lake too. This year is the first year we even saw someone else out on the lake. The lake is not huge but it does the trick and you do not have to worry about others interrupting your family fun. We also brought up a 4-wheeler this year which made it easier to explore the trails and was another fun activity for us to do. There are also plenty of games and movies when the weather brings you inside. No cell phone service but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The bugs can also be bad at times. Thanks to Mike and Tiffany for sharing their place.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to get away from the downstate rat race.....

  • 5 of 5

Fun place - not too many places where you can be on a lake and not see anyone on the water. We had some great days of catch n release bass fishing. Floated the AuSable (only 15 minutes north - 3 hour float not one cabin). Sandy beaches on Lake Huron another day (about 40-45 minutes). Also had lots of BDB's (Back Deck Beers) on huge back deck. Saw a bald eagle perched on a tree overlooking the lake one day - (nice way to start the morning). Lake is clear (very few weeds) - fun for swimming and relaxing. The kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Board were a bonus. Interior of cabin is comfortable with a big kitchen and living room. Another bonus if coming from Detroit area is the drive is easy - a little less then 3 hours. I will be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Bloomfield, MI

A great place to Vacation... Private lake and srounding woods to enjoy and explore

  • 5 of 5

We had friends from Ireland visiting and wanted them to experience "Up North" Michigan. This was the perfect place. They loved it. With the private lake to swim, boat, kayak and fish and the woods to explore (visit the little house in the woods... it's special). Thier six year old son fell in love with the place and "Up North". The beach, dock, pontoon boat and property were all well maintained. The house is spacious and well equipted with more than enough room for the five or us and the dog. The views from the deck are spectacular. Being Irish.... we enjoyed visiting the local Pub and having a pint or two. Now when we Facetime (in Ireland) with them their son says "when are we going UP North again". We tell him very soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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traverse city

great place to enjoy family, friends, nature

  • 5 of 5

myself and 9 buddies stayed a long weekend, highly recommend this place to enjoy nature, convenience with classic north woods rustic retreat yet comfort. Beautiful setting, trails, privacy, nature, fire pit, lake, lodge, thoroughly enjoyed and recommended

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house and lake were both absolutely AMAZING! We brought with us three couples and three dogs and I can honestly say that everyone had a blast. The house is very clean and comfortable and it was not long before we were right at home. The first three days of our trip were gorgeous weather, the second 3 days were a little less pleasant with rain and clouds. However, we found plenty to do with Foosball tournaments, cards and the Olymipcs :) Great place to hike, bike, kayak, jog, read, and relax. The pontoon was great for floating around the lake and the kayaks were great for exploring. We managed to find a way to the second "smaller" lake on the kayaks and saw a couple of beaver lodges! Mike and Tiffany were great with questions before hand, we had a small issue with a toilet while we were there and the "handy man" was there in not much more than minutes to fix it. The security deposit was returned the day after we returned home. During your stay I would highly recommend the Long Lake Tavern (in long lake, only 10 minutes or so away)...GREAT pizza!! Overall I would give a 9.95 out of ten. The ONLY Reason it does not have a perfect 10 is because a little bit bigger lake would be perfect. Don't let that deter you though, I would only say that in a "if it were a perfect word" statement. It will not deter me from returning again, I really do see this as a place we could come year after year after year!! Thanks camp Chiado :)

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fishing, kayaking, hiking private trails to private log cabin in the woods.


Rates & Availability

South Branch Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 21 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Jan 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $450

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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