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Lake Michigan water front located on the scenic Tunnel of Trees

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 10, attached garage for easy unloading

The home is located on M119 Heritage Highway (bring your bicycle) with 165 feet of frontage on Lake Michigan for beach activities. The 3 acre property is half dune and half forest. The boat launch is 1 mile away. There are many hiking trails through area forests and conservancy properties. The village offers a post office, general store-gas station,churches, and restaurants. There are several artists in the neighborhood with opportunities for classes/workshops. Multiple golf courses are a short drive away. Medical care is available in nearby Petoskey. Mackinac City and ferries to Mackinac Island are less than a 1/2 hr. drive. An eclectic variety of activities abounds in the area: watch a polo match, attend a concert at Bay View, go to a casino, climb a dune, shop, eat in one of many area restaurants, or just tuck in with a puzzle or good book.

This is a 2 story home with the main floor upstairs to maximize the great view. Three bedrooms have queen size beds. The 4th bedroom has 2 sets of bunks. In addition there are 2 queen size futons in the all-purpose room.

More Details

Laurelynne Harris
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2018

About Laurelynne Harris

My husband and I purchased this property in 1975 and then spent 15 years gathering ideas before we consulted architect Robert Wood of Harbor Springs for the final plan. The goal was to maximize the view, keeping the interior neutral and allowing the windows to provide the artwork.

We felt the grand-kids should focus on outdoor and creative activities while at the Lello House and therefore made a conscious decision against having a television. Unfortunately retirement incomes do not allow for ever increasing property taxes which make it necessary for us to rent a few weeks every year. Otherwise we would be there ourselves!

Laurelynne Harris purchased this house in 1975

Why Laurelynne Harris chose Harbor Springs

The view! The trillium, morels and wild flowers in the spring; the freshness of the breeze; the beach in the summer; the beautiful fall color; the surprising enchantment of winter. Cross Village has a wonderful neighborly small village culture. Did I mention the view?

What makes this house unique

The Lello House is well suited for multigenerational vacations. We have a crib, high chair, and 2 booster seats.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I wanted to tell you how wonderful our stay was and how much we enjoyed your

library of books, very peaceful and serene. Your cottage is charming and we

fell in love with it. I can understand why you would like to live there

full time.
Jul 2014
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Harbor Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 bathrooms are on the upper level and one is on the lower level
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bunk room - 4 twin/ single , Two sets of very sturdy bunk beds.
    All purpose room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2 queen size futons with excellent mattresses
  • 2 bedrooms are on the upper level and 2 are on the lower level. The 3 queen bedrooms as well as the all purpose room have lake views.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
There is so much to do that we have found TV unnecessary. The 165 foot private beach is a combination of sand and small rocks which varies with weather conditions so bring water shoes.


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Lake Michigan water front located on the scenic Tunnel of Trees
average rating of 4.6 based on 12 reviews

The Lello House is WONDERFUL

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Lello house was nothing short of dreamy. I've been coming to this area for 35 years and this house is one of the most magical homes I've been fortunate to know. The house is flooded with natural light and the thoughtfully placed windows provide gorgeous views of the woods and lake, letting in steady breezes. I loved the way the kitchen is oriented toward water views and at the center of the living space. The upstairs living space was perfect for our little family, but I can imagine it would be a blast to include another family and utilize the bunk and rec. rooms on the lower level.

The owner's communication was terrific and it's clear she has gone out of her way to ensure guests have what they need. My only issue is figuring out how and when we come back! Thank you Lauralynne for sharing your home. We cherished our time spent there.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cross Village Comfort and Beauty

  • 4 of 5

This home is well equipped, clean, and the owner is welcoming and available. We enjoyed the beautful beach and long walks on the shore.

The bedrooms are comfortable and clean, and kitchen was well equipped.

I would recommend this property if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing beach home that is within a 30 minutes or less drive to shopping, dining, tourist attractions.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have been vacationing on Lake Michigan for many years....and this stay was our favorite! The house was lovely and the views from every window were staying in a treehouse with a beautiful view of the lake. The owner was extremely helpful and we would highly recommend this home. We would love to stay again next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted you had a good time. We worked with the architect to create a design which would accentuate the view. The interior is decorated in neutrals to keep your eye focused on the windows which serve as large works of art.
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Awesome stay - Great time

  • 4 of 5

Our extended family stayed at the Lelo house and had an awesome time. Laurelynne was a great host. Incredible views. Great beach and swimming. Kids spent a lot of time down there. Looking forward to next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clarkston, Michigan

Lovely home, spectacular location!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed our stay at your lovely home so much! The house was clean and very warm and welcoming, and my son and I really appreciated your book selection. The views from the house and the deck were beautiful and we enjoyed having the beach all to ourselves every day. The overall ambiance of the place was so peaceful and relaxing that we changed our plan for a day trip to Mackinaw Island because we wanted more time at the house! We would love to come back sometime.

Julie S., Clarkston, MI

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you had a good time. Our location is great for getting away from it all.
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Pellston Regional
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Legs Inn
Nearest Ferry
28 Miles
Mackinac Island
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
True North
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
I 75
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Legs Inn
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Boyne HIghlands
Car: necessary

Lake Michigan beachfront provides opportunities for: swimming,walking, kite flying,dune climbing, kayaking and watching the freighters. There is no light pollution to the delight of astronomy buffs. Visit the Dark Sky Park!-2014-dark-sky-park-program-schedule-754/ Drive the historic Tunnel of Trees Heritage Highway. Hike the North Country Trail. Visit a Little Traverse Conservancy property or attend one of the workshops. Local area offerings include: golfing,dining, art (including many workshops), wildlife,polo,shopping,and music. Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Mackinac City ( ferries to Mackinac Island) and Cheboygan are all less than 1/2 hour drive. Day trips to the upper peninsula are always fun.

Golf: True North;Boyne Highlands;Little Traverse Bay Golf Club; Wilderness Golf Course


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $79

Arrival time is 4:00 P.M. Saturday. Departure time is 10:00 AM the following Saturday.

2 consecutive weeks price reduced by $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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