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Spanish Cottage on Lake Michigan

Shelby, MI, USA
  • Cottage1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

4 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Additional Option To Rent 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Guest House

Perched above scenic benona park beach, on the dunes and sandy shores of lake michigan and neighbor to camp miniwanca. Built in the late 1920’s the cottage went through a major restoration in 2012. Take a step back in time to yesteryear and enjoy the panoramic views and incredible sunsets on the lake.

As the morning sunlight rises through the woods, enjoy the back porch with a cup of coffee and breakfast. After a fun filled day of activities, it’s time for appetizers and refreshments on the front porch as the sun sets off a thousands points of light on the horizon. Enjoy golf at a number of local courses, dune rides on silver lake, horseback riding, biking, wind surfing, fishing on the big lake or stony, take the nature float on the stony lake channel, hike through the woods or simply a relaxing day on the expansive sand beach.

Walking distance to stony lake, the stony lake store & café, which has great ice cream, and the stony lake inn.

Please contact owner with any questions or special requests.


E.J. O'Leary

Member Since 2014
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 05, 2018
About E.J. O'Leary

Born and raised in Michigan, I currently reside with my wife North of Atlanta, GA.

E.J. O'Leary purchased this Cottage in 2011

Why E.J. O'Leary chose Benona

Four family generations have enjoyed summers on “the hill” over looking Lake Michigan. My grandfather purchased property from his friend and owner of “Casa del Camino” and built 'Tree Top Lodge” (which is really a cottage) in 1929. In 1988 I purchased the cottage from my mother and three uncles. The two cottages have shared the hill and 10 acres of property for over 85 years Casa del Camino was built in 1928. In 2011 I had an opportunity to purchase the cottage from the second family owner. The cottage was in need of major repair and my intent was to restore this local landmark to its original state as well as preserve the harmony on the hill that our family has enjoyed for so many years. The restoration project for the main cottage, guesthouse and two level garage took approximately 18 months. We are very pleased with the results.

What makes this Cottage unique

Family, friends and visitors all comment on the wonderful character of the cottage. You'll find that the rooms are smaller than newer homes, but the spanish charm and setting is perfect for a family vacation, friends outing or a romantic week on the shores of Lake Michigan. We've also had a few small wedding receptions on the hill, to include mine.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, Adjoining bedroom w/closet, Dresser, reading lamp
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double, French doors to adjoining bedroom, dresser
      • Bedroom 4
        1 double
      • Master
        1 queen, Great view of the lake, w/Reading Room
      • screened windows in all rooms providing a cool breeze in the evening.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Beachfront
          • Lake View


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Garage
                        Accommodations can be made if storage is required, i.e. bikes, kayaks
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Fireplace
                        One in the living room, one located in the basement. Not available for Summer time use.
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                        Drive way and in front of Garage
                      • Telephone
                        Cell phones are spotty, there is a landline which is shared with Tree Top.
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            Small galley kitchen but very functional. Most renters take advantage of outdoor charcoal grill.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Great view out to the lake.
                              • Dining Room
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                  • Game Room
                                    Featuring a ShuffleBoard table and Card Table. Room was recently re-finished
                                  • Games
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Screened in Front & Back Porch
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • festivals

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • walking

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • cycling
                                                      • freshwater fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • sailing
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • water tubing
                                                      • wind-surfing


                                                          • Beach Umbrella & Chairs, Floats, Coolers provided

                                                            13 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Beautiful cottage with stunning Lake Michigan view

                                                            Barbara H.

                                                            My husband and I just returned from our stay at Casa del Camino. The cottage was immaculate and beautifully restored. Our favorite part of this cottage was the beautiful lake view from the living room and screened in porch. We could have spent the entire time relaxing on the comfortable glider and gazing out at Lake Michigan. We also enjoyed the basement game room and the shuffleboard table. Everything we needed was provided and the kitchen was very well stocked. Thank you E.J. For sharing your beautiful cottage! We had a great time!

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Matt & Barbara, you were great guests...thanks for taking care of the Casa del Camino!

                                                            Looking forward to your return visit.

                                                            Missing the cottage already!!!!!

                                                            mary c.

                                                            Just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had, again. The fire pit and shuffleboard table were great additions and played exploding kittens on the card table. We tubed down the creek, set up a badminton net and bag toss. Walked the beach and waves were big enough one day to do some body surfing. The extra fridge made food much easier and as usual the view and breezes were spectacular. Missing your cottage already. We would love to sign up for next year. All your crew was wonderful and accommodating. Just loved being there and felt so relaxed when we had to head home.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Your group was wonderful and took great care of this little gem, thanks!

                                                            Lake Michigan Gem

                                                            George B.

                                                            Our family enjoyed a spectacular week at Casa del Camino and Treetop Lodge.

                                                            The occasion was our 45th wedding anniversary, celebrated by us, our children and their spouses, and grandchildren. The cottages are unique and beautifully restored. We enjoyed the beaches at both Stony Lake and Lake Michigan, and floated on tubes down Stony Creek. There was plenty of exploring to do locally. We enjoyed large group meals prepared in the well-equipped kitchens. Our experience could not have been better!

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Congratulations on your 45 Wedding Anniversary! We’re thrilled that you could share this special time with family at Casa del Camino and TreeTop Lodge. Looking forward to your return visit!!!

                                                            Fantastic!!! Amazing!!!!

                                                            Lisa R.

                                                            Amazing views, stunning accommodations! We love this area. The cottage is beautifully maintained and in an amazing location.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank you for the wonderful comments! We look forward to your return to the sandy shores of Lake Michigan!!!

                                                            The ultimate relaxation and get away!

                                                            Kathy C.

                                                            Our families rented Casa Del Camino and Tree Top on this Hilltop for the ultimate private get a way! All ages enjoyed and connected to nature as the layers of stress lifted to the treetops and beyond.

                                                            It was so refreshing for children of all ages to continuously discover something new in nature to wonder about and to play in the river and lake, tubing, swimming, skim boarding, snorkeling, etc . Much food and libation was enjoyed on the hilltop mesmerized by the 360degree views. The accommodations are gorgeous, historic and comfortable. Time stands still here on the hill. Our little niece saw her first shooting star as we laid on our backs mesmerized by the Milky Way and the unending show of stars. Thanks EJ for sharing this unique gem! It is a gift.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Kathy, your comments brought a smile to my face. It's great to hear that your family enjoyed quality time together exploring the 10 acres of property overlooking Lake Michigan. As well it sounds like the combination of Casa del Camino and TreeTop Lodge cottages worked out well for your group. Looking forward to your returned visit. All the best, E.J.

                                                            Stunningly beautiful!

                                                            Erica K.

                                                            We have stayed at EJ and Nancy's cottages for the past 8 summers. Great for large/multiple families. The location is perfect. Right on Lake Michigan which is great for the bigger kids. The channel from Stony Lake runs through the beach area as well. This is calmer and usually warmer than Lake Michigan. There are so many things to do within walking distance to a few miles of the cottage. There is a nice park, ice cream shop, horseback riding, the sand dunes and much more. We look forward to this vacation every year! EJ and Nancy are great hosts!

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Looking forward to your return next year!


                                                            Shelby, MI, USA

                                                            Rates & Availability

                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Cleaning Fee

                                                            50% of deposit will be refunded if cancelled 45 day's prior to rental date. Please contact owner for if interested in the Guest House rental or additional information on the property. Special rates available if rental is combined with the next door TreeTop Lodge (HomeAway.com #38557720

                                                            50% deposit required with signed contract. Remainder plus $500 refundable security deposit, due 45 days prior to rental. $100 cleaning Fee

                                                            13 Reviews
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