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Crystal Vacation Rentals

Member since: 2004
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Last Minute Availability July 25 - Aug 8!

1 Review
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Crystal Lake Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 Bed/ 2 Bath Cottage on the River, Sleeps 10

Thank you for your interest in a cottage represented by Crystal Vacation Rentals! At this time we are not booking online through Home Away. Please feel free to inquire through this listing with any questions you may have. You may also reserve cottages online directly through our website!

Get away from it all at Hidden River Cabin, a family retreat tucked away on 2.5 acres of quiet forest at the end of a private road, along the banks of the Betsie River, and surrounded by the Betsie River State Game Refuge. The Betsie is a protected Natural River, which limits development and preserves the natural beauty, and you will have 330 feet of natural frontage and private dock all to yourself. The river is shallow and gentle with a sandy bottom, great for big kids to play in (averages 2-4 feet deep), and deep enough for leisurely kayak trips in the two tandem kayaks provided (each seats 2 adults + 1 child). An assortment of life vests are available for toddler through adult.

The river will take you to the east end of the Betsie Bay, Frankfort and Elberta (2 hour float or 1 hour paddle), or all the way to Lake Michigan for the more ambitious paddlers. For the fishermen in the family, fall heralds the arrival of the king salmon run (starting as early as mid-August) with winter and spring bringing in the steelhead trout. Use the portable fish cleaning table and the grill/smoker to cook your catch for dinner, or take them to the Port City Smokehouse for the best smoked fish or pate you've ever had! Watch their Facebook page for tournaments and fishing news.

Hidden River Cabin is just a few minutes from the beautiful pristine beaches at Frankfort and Crystal Lake, and just 30 minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes. There is a family-sized folding shade tent, lots of sand toys, and plenty of folding chairs that you can take along with you on your beach outings.

Use the bikes to explore the adjacent 22 mile Betsie Valley Trail, which connects Frankfort, Beulah and Thompsonville, passing by some of the most beautiful scenery in the area. The cabin has a variety of adult and kid sized rides - just bring your helmets! Enjoy the volleyball and badminton set, bocce set, stomp rockets, s'mores around the firepit, and numerous other activities. Explore the forest, play in the river, or just curl up with a good book in the family size hammock.

The bedrooms are themed, and tastefully furnished with family antiques. The Forest Room, upstairs, has a mahogany four-poster queen sized bed. The River Room, also upstairs, has two sets of knotty pine bunk beds. The Beach Room on the main floor has a full sized mahogany sleigh bed and dresser. Additional sleeping can be found in the Living Room, a queen size futon with spring mattress.

Your family will never run out of things to do at Hidden River Cabin! Inside, you will find plenty of kid-friendly games and toys, as well as a selection of DVDs and VHS tapes.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Crystal Vacation Rentals (Property Manager)
Call Manager
Speaks: english


1 traveler review

Last Minute Availability July 25 - Aug 8!
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We loved this hidden gem. it was exactly as described. we kayaked, bicycled, swam, fished, shopped and enjoyed ourselves all week. we had 6 adults and 3 kids, the cabin was just the right size. The Betsie river is a special river in it self. thanks again.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at the Hidden River Cabin!
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Frankfort Dow Memorial Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.9 Miles
Mayfair Tavern
Nearest Golf
4.6 Miles
Pinecroft Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2.8 Miles
M-22 Scenic Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Cabbage Shed
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Frankfort Public Beach on Lake Michigan
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Crystal Lake Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 25 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
CSA Damage Protection $35
Housekeeping Fee $150
Processing $21
Tax Rate 8.0%

There is a 25% cancellation fee if cancelled before 45 days before arrival, minimum of $100. If cancelled within 45 days of arrival, there is a 100% cancellation fee unless we are able to re-book the cottage.

CSA Travel Protection is available to help protect your vacation.

All rates and amenities are subject to change until rental agreements are approved by management. Please see our terms and conditions and contact a reservation agent for more details.

A minimum of $100 is required to make a reservation. The remainder of the first half is due in 2 weeks. The second half is due 45 days before your arrival.

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Crystal Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Main Floor, between kitchen and Beach Room
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs, across the hall from the Forest Room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Beach Room - 1 double , Main Floor
    Forest Room - 1 queen , Upstairs
    River Room - 4 twin/ single , Upstairs, bunk beds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • skiing
  • swimming

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