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Cozy Lakeside Cottage, North Shore, Upper Hamlin, and pontoon boat rental

27 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
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Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Come enjoy our like NEW cottage nestled in the Manistee National Forest on the north shore, sunny side, of upper Hamlin Lake. The cottage was built in the 1940’s and has been totally renovated/updated inside and out. The furnishings, cabinets, appliances, linens, etc. were all new just five season's ago and it is still very neat and CLEAN. You will enjoy a panoramic view of the entire upper lake and awesome sunsets over the dunes right from your deck or the shore. Fishing is great right off the dock. Boating, swimming, skiing, hiking, wine tasting, and other fun activities are waiting just for you! There is also a lakeside firepit. Lake Michigan is minutes away for an afternoon picnic or swim. Golfing at some of the state's finest courses is close by. Or, for those who like more physical activity, bring your bikes for riding on the miles of trails in the National Forest. Ideal for couples who are looking for peace and quiet, bring a good book to read while sipping on your favorite beverage in a lounge chair by the lake! If you are looking for 2 cottages in close proximity, this cottage sleeps 2 adults and The Shadows on Hamlin Lake #1 sleeps 5 adults! (See VRBO listing #236973.) Great for friends and/or families who like to vacation together but sleep/stay in different quarters. It all awaits you at The Shadows on Hamlin Lake #2. We live on the property, adjacent to this cottage which is approximately 20 feet from the waters edge. Because it is so close to the lake, we provide you a garden cart to take your belongs to the cottage, as you cannot drive to your back door. You may hear the water lapping on the break wall or on the attached boathouse wall. For some this may be a relaxing, soothing sound. For others……. Children 16 years and older welcome. NEW THIS YEAR, WE HAVE A PONTOON BOAT FOR RENT! ASK DEB FOR DETAILS.

Keywords: cottage, lakeshore, lakeside

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Deb Hulst
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 28, 2016
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About Deb Hulst

My family came here for summer vacations from Chicago starting in the 1930's. When I was born, we moved here. We lived here year round until I was 12 years old then we moved to GR, MI. So it went back to being a cottage for weekends and vacations. I moved back with my husband and daughter in 2000. Decided in 2009 that it was time to share this beautiful spot with others.

Deb Hulst purchased this cottage in 1930

Why Deb Hulst chose Michigan

My Grandparents chose this perfect location, out of the winter's cold winds, but basking in the summer breezes, set deep in the Manistee National Forest, very private, quiet and serene. So different from Chicago where they came from!

What makes this cottage unique

Ability to be part of nature, hummingbirds are fed on the property, pileated woodpeckers also dot the forest, the peace and quiet from the city hustle and bustle.


based on 27 traveler reviews

Cozy Lakeside Cottage, North Shore, Upper Hamlin, and pontoon boat rental
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views, relaxing, close to Manistee and Luddington which is great for shopping and exploring! Super sweet cottage that is clean and very comfortable to relax in.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The view from the cottage of the lake, dunes, and sunsets is beautiful. Glad you enjoyed it. The location is perfect, as you said. Between ludington and manistee, and in the national forest for lots of nature exposure. Hope to see you again soon.
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

The location was stunning. The cabin was very clean, comfortable, and welcoming. Mark and Deb were friendly and very hospitable. We had a wonderful time and cannot recommend this place enough. It was just lovely.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. A perfect mini vacation. We LOVED the cottage! Our hosts, Deb and Mark , were so friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed staying right next to the water, listening to the waves. It was the most relaxing atmosphere, so quiet and peaceful. The best sleep we've had in a long time! Beautifully decorated in a nautical theme, the cottage was spotless, very comfortable and Deb has it perfectly furnished with absolutely everything needed for a perfect stay. First class. We enjoyed cooking on the gas grill, sitting by the water watching boats and birds , an afternoon on the beautiful pontoon boat to the dunes, fishing, walking their beautiful wooded property and gorgeous sunsets every night. We look forward to staying there again. Tom and Anita

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have found and enjoyed our little piece of paradise! Glad we could share it. Sunsets here are the most beautiful this time of year and more so in the winter! There are many miles for trails in the national forest to enjoy as well. The fun never ends. Hope you can come back soon!
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Perfect 2nd Visit

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the cabin. As before, Deb and her husband were welcoming and helpful. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed lazy mornings at the cabin, afternoons hiking/at the beach and evenings with a bonfire. The location is beautiful. Our only comment is that none of our 5 devices were able to use the wi-fi. It didn't bother us but may be a problem for those who need access while on vacation. We hope to come again!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so glad to see you again! We sure wish you had told us about the wifi problem. We changed providers 3 weeks ago because of connection problems and have had no complaints. We are paying for wifi service to provide you a 5g service and could have contacted the provider if we had known about it. When you come next time, please let us know if you have this problem again.
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Fantastic vacation!

  • 5 of 5

So clean and neat along with QUIET! We loved the accommodations and the fact that we were able to rent their pontoon boat for the day. Owners were fantastic with making sure we had everything. Had a great, relaxing trip with lots of hiking!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay in our cottage. We take great care to maintain the cleanliness of the cottage and our property, including the boat! And so glad you appreciated how quiet it is here in the woods. Looking forward to seeing you again.
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Howell, MI

Tricia and Brian

  • 5 of 5

Oh my gosh.....just what the DR ordered! This was the perfect answer to getting away from the chaos of the city and busy work life. A drive down a tree lined road...away from all our cares...into the woods...and alas we see the lake. Adorably decorated and super clean cottage sits right next to the lake. Comfortable bed, kind and friendly owners, wildlife (deer, all kinds of birds) grill...if you're looking for an escape..this is it...great breeze off the lake ....little to no need for the air conditioner to be running. This is not the place for the high-maintenance types but it's perfect for those wishing to get away that can enjoy the beauty of the great North.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at our cottage. We really appreciate your opinion on our cottage and value your input. We strive to maintain a clean cottage and well kept property and your help is always appreciated. It is the perfect getaway from the big city life! We found that to be true also. We agree that it is not for the "high-maintenance" individual, but for those down to earth people who love the lake, out of doors, and nature. So glad you slept well and, even though you were here during one of the hottest weeks this summer, the air conditioning of the lake breeze suited you just fine! We look forward to seeing you again!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Mason County
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Pirates Pub - by water
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
US 10/31
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Free Soil Cottage Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

Cottage open 5/16-10/15/14.Damage deposit required with 1/2 rental amount to reserve cottage. Damage deposit returned upon satisfactory inspection after vacating premises within 2 weeks and covers any damage done to the cottage/grounds as well as excessive cleaning services.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Free Soil Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • All new fixtures. Shower only. No tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1) in bedroom.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Electric fireplace in living room with new 42' flat screen TV. No Children under 16 years of age.

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