|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
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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.