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Family Getaway on Beautiful Northern Michigan All-Sports Lake

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Three-bedroom, three-bath home sleeps twelve

Private home on beautiful Ess lake. This lakefront three-bedroom, three-bath home in Northern Michigan, is a great all-season get-away for families and groups up to twelve people.

Summer time activities include swimming, boating, kayaking and canoeing, fishing, biking, hiking, golfing, bird watching and everything else you like to do outside. Fall offers awesome color and is a variety of hunting and outdoor activities. Winter provides a quiet setting for skating, skiing, ice fishing and hundreds of miles of snowmobiling. Spring is filled with a burst in foliage and the return of migrating birds.

Year round, the house features an open format with plenty of windows to view to the lake and surrounding outdoors.The property is situated on the western shore of this special all-sports lake in a quiet neighborhood adjacent to state forest. Spacious decks on both sides of the home, with plenty of outdoor seating, make it easy for summer guests to spend most of the day outdoors.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016

About Jeff

Home to Southeast Michigan, I, like so many others in Metro Detroit, love an 'up North' get-away. I was fortunate to find this great home a several years ago and am excited to share it with others who appreciate the same special vacation experience.

Jeff purchased this house in 2010

Why Jeff chose Northern Michigan

It's just a few hours from my primary home, so weekend trips are pretty easy. In addition to the obvious appeal of owning a home on such a pretty lake, my neighbors are super nice as well!


based on 19 traveler reviews

Family Getaway on Beautiful Northern Michigan All-Sports Lake
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 reviews

Beautiful Views with lots of amazing extras!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a full week at the house with 7 adults, 5 kids and 3 dogs. It was a wonderful trip for our whole family. The kids loved the beach and the swimming. We all enjoyed the kayaks and pontoon boat. The views were breathtaking and the relaxation factor was amazing. We would go back in a heartbeat. Jeff was great to work with and helped with any issues immediately.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 4 of 5

We had such a great getaway at the Root beer house! We had a few minor glitches, but nothing that wasn't fairly easily remedied. We all had a lot of fun and loved the use of the kayaks, too! We would definitely stay here again, and are hoping to book for next year! Thanks, Jeff!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Great lake, great house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week with 6 adults and 3 kids, plenty of room for everyone. The lake is very nice with crystal clear water. The beach was key for us as we had smaller kids, its nice and sandy and is shallow for a long way out. Had use of 4 kayaks, a definate bonus. Kitchen had everything we needed. No cable but we were able to stream live TV through ESPN, etc. Thanks Jeff

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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lake fun

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at the Ess lake Hillman house. It was a lovely spot, quiet and serene. Great for kids with a wonderful sandy beach and shallow water.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Great Quiet Family Vacation Property!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful lakefront home for the whole family. We had 6 adults, 5 kids (2-6), 1 dog and everyone loved the Ess Lake house. If your looking for a quiet location to enjoy a family get-together, this is the perfect location. Jeff was very responsive to any question that we had.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Great vacation for the family

  • 5 of 5

I vacationed with my family, 6 adults 2 kids (age 1 and 3), and this house was perfect. The beach provided plenty of entertainment for the little ones and the water is crystal clear. Inside the house was very clean and the kitchen was stocked with plenty of pots and pans for cooking. The pontoon boat is older and not in the best cosmetic shape, but it worked perfectly without any issues and was a heck of a lot of fun to drive or swim off of. We fished as well and caught some good sized bass and a small pike in the canal. Overall it was a great vacation in a quiet secluded area, I would highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Chauncey's Pub
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Thunder Bay
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
US 33, US 32
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Metres

Northern Michigan Lakefront House:

This lakefront three-bedroom, three-bath home in Northern Michigan, is a great all-season get-away for families and groups up to twelve people. The Bavarian style home is on Ess Lake, a special all-sports lake in a quiet neighborhood adjacent to state forest, and offers many amenities, comfort and privacy. The loop-circle driveway leads to a large two car garage that is open for guests. Spacious decks on both sides of the home, with plenty of outdoor seating, make it easy for summer guests to spend most of the day outdoors. Grill burgers and hot dogs in the late afternoon, and make s’mores at the fire pit after dark. Morning and afternoon bird watching is also very good with regular sightings of eagles, loons, many species of ducks, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, orioles and more – many times without even stepping foot outside.

The private setting features 80 feet of lake frontage, a sandy beach area, dock and tree-lined view. Ess Lake is 115 acres of clear, blue-green water that offers all types of recreation. In the summer the water temp hits 80+ degrees and is an excellent swimming lake. Fishing (with a valid license) is very popular, and the lake features Perch, Walleye, Northern Pike, Small-mouth Bass and some pan fish.

Water toys can be available for use, and include four kayaks, flotation chairs and rafts, all paddles and vests, and a really sharp 50 horse aluminum pontoon boat (rents separately). Tip: use the pontoon boat as a mobile swim platform and head to the middle of the lake. Paddling is the purest way to enjoy the lake and can be done at a brisk pace for that morning workout, or leisurely to observe fish and turtles in the shallows and close-ups of the deep-diving loons (if you’re patient). A great way to wind down the day is that evening slow lap (or two) around the perimeter on the pontoon boat, watching the light slowly give way to the moon and stars. If you have your own boat, a launch is available at the local state campground, which also features an inviting wide open sandy beach.

Nearby Amenities:

Ten minutes from the home is the town of Hillman, MI which offers groceries, gas, dining and drinks, sporting goods, hardware, dollar stores and ice cream shops. (Tip: grab a Dairy Queen and check out the elk viewing East of town off Carrier Road.) Trails for bicycling and hiking are nearby as well. The state forest borders the neighborhood and holds many animal species, offering various hunting opportunities and awesome fall color.

Within fifteen minutes are two golf courses, one of which is the highly rated and beautiful Elk Ridge. For those golf enthusiasts, many other famed Northern Michigan courses are within an hour’s drive, including the four courses at Garland and the many courses in and around Gaylord.

Many snowmobile trails, which double as ATV trails in the summer, are at hand and represent a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Other winter activities include ice skating and ice fishing on the lake, cross country skiing and snowshoe adventures. Downhill skiing is less than an hour away, or travel twenty-five minutes further to get to Boyne Mountain.

The charming town of Alpena is a thirty minute drive East and offers many modern shopping conveniences as well as the picturesque Thunder Bay. Atlanta, the Elk capital of Michigan, is twenty minutes to the West and South and Gaylord is thirty minutes more to the West. Less than an hour to the South is the mighty Au Sable River, the birthplace of Trout Unlimited, and it also offers a variety of float trips for those hot summer afternoons.

Other Comforts:

Carpeting throughout the home, and fresh bedding and towels are provided. One of the two upstairs bedrooms features a sliding door and balcony. Other conveniences in the home include wireless (wifi) Internet* , with a flat-screen television, Roku and a DVD player. You can also stream your favorite music to the bluetooth music receiver and play through the three-way speaker system. The living room features an open floor plan, large bay windows and a sliding door for an open view to the water, plus a fieldstone wood burning fireplace and seating for several. Tip: Rent a couple movies from Morrison’s IGA in town for a rainy day or low key night.

*seasonal availability May to October

The fully furnished kitchen leads to the dining area with a country style oak table and chairs for six. Additional chairs plus stools at the kitchen counter will accommodate up to a dozen at a time. Outside on the decks are a variety of bird feeders and hanging flowers, folding furniture, a picnic table and a propane gas grill.


Rates & Availability

Hillman House Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

Final rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed. An aluminum pontoon boat is available for rent in the summer months for $300 per week.

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Hillman House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1760 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Large Main Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Also connects to master bedroom
    Small Main Floor - toilet , shower
    Upstairs - toilet , shower
  • Tile floors and showers in all three bathrooms. All towels provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Blue Room - 4 twin/ single
    Master Bed - 1 queen , Connects to bathroom via pocket door for extra privacy
    Pink Room - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , The twin is a trundle with second mattress underneath
  • Carpeted and comfortable. All bedrooms feature dressers that are open for guests. The master connects to large main floor bathroom. The two upstairs have ceiling fans. The 'pink room' has a street view and the 'blue room' has a sliding glass door to a private upstairs balcony overlooking the lake.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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