|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Stop looking! Everything you want and need in a vacation home is available to you at The Lake House. The property consists of two homes: the 'Lake House' is a six-bedroom, three-bathroom, fully-furnished home; the 'Road House' sits behind the Lake House and is a completely renovated, two bedroom, one-bathroom cottage. Located on beautiful Intermediate Lake, The Lake House has 130 feet of lakefront and includes a gazebo, dock, firepit, and huge custom grill. The water is shallow and sandy close to shore making it perfect for families with small children or adults who like to tie their rafts to the dock and soak in the sun.
The home is surrounded with decking in the front and backyards and has two picnic tables, a swing, and lots of tables and chairs. Inside, you’ll find three fully stocked kitchens (including a dishwasher), four full bathrooms, eight bedrooms, two fireplaces (gas and natural), and a laundry room. The family room in the lower level has two pull-out sofa beds. In all, The Lake House has sleeping accommodations for 21 (four queens, four full, 1 bunk with full size lower bed, and one sofa bed). You supply the towels, bed linens and your toiletries.
The Lake House is located in Central Lake, Michigan which is just minutes from Bellaire. It is close to several championship golf courses, skiing, restaurants, shopping, casinos, wineries, and several northern 'hot spots': ten minutes from Shanty Creek and Schuss Mountain, ten minutes from Torch Lake and Lake Michigan, 30 minutes from Charlevoix, 40 minutes from Traverse City and Boyne City, 40 minutes from Petoskey.
The Lake House is available year round for all of your recreation activities: swimming, boating, fishing, water-sports, skiing, snowmobiling, golfing, hiking, hunting, fall color tours, etc. Whether you like to be on the go or prefer to sit and relax, The Lake House offers you all the choices.
We are two sisters following our life long dream of owning a piece of heavenly Northern Michigan!
Siobhan Gannon & Sheila Gannon purchased this house in 2004
We spent our family vacations renting cottages on Intermediate Lake. It didn't take long to fall madly in love with Intermediate Lake and its beautiful surroundings.
As long-time renters, we know what you're looking for in a vacation home. We're proud of the fact that we manage to provide the little things you're looking for...whether it's plenty of mirrors and lamps, blankets and pillows, wine openers and wine glasses, plastic storage containers and tin foil, or even a rolling pin...we've got it all covered. Outside, we've got the all sports lake, lots of decks, gas and bbq grills, tables and chairs, and, of course, a firepit. All you need is the ability to relax.
We stayed at the Lake House for a week in August 2016; it was a disappointment. They say that it’s “perfect for large families” and sleeps 25 but that’s deceiving. The house is strangely broken up with the Lake House, the apartment and the Road House. The Lake House kitchen and living space is quite small and the kitchen was very hot to cook in. It was very inconvenient to cook in either the apartment or the road house because their kitchens weren’t fully stocked and we had to keep running back and forth. It was awkward the way you had to get into the apartment; either go up to the second floor in the Lake House and walk through a bedroom & a bathroom or leave the Lake House’s front door, walk past the driveway and up a flight of outdoor stairs. Most of the sleeping areas were fine except for the lower level walk-out in the Lake House. Yes, there were enough beds to sleep 7 but, it smelled very musty and two of the beds were in a “cave-like” area. There were other issues like torn screens that let the flies in, the grill caught on fire the first time that we used it because it was so dirty, no bathroom in the lower level so, if you were outside by the lake, you had to walk through a pathway, up the stairs through the Lake House to the bathroom. The main bathroom in the Lake House (on the second floor) bathtub drain was so clogged with hair; disgusting. Luckily, we had good weather and spent much of the time outdoors and the outdoor area was fine. Our large family always has a good time together and we tried not to let the problems in the home affect our week. We have spent a week together in the summer at various northern Michigan locations for the past 15 years and were never as disappointed with a place or the customer service of the owners as we were this year.
We rented this house in early August 2016 and would not recommend renting from these owners.
When we arrived the rental was not cleaned well and after the grill caught on fire we called the owners. It took them a day to call back . I could list plenty of things wrong with this rental but here are a few: the ground level spelled like mold, the bathtub drain was clogged with hair, garbage cans had not been emptied etc. Then a couple of weeks after we were home - the owners cashed the deposit check with out our knowledge.
We have tried to contact them multiple times regarding cashing the deposit check and they have not returned calls, emails or text messages. We have been renting for over 15 years without any problems until we rented this place.
This rental does not deserve even 1 star!
We stayed here with my siblings and all our children and grandchildren and had a great time. The house accommodated all of us fairly well and we appreciated having both the Lake House and the Road House. All you need to bring are your linens and food. Everything else is really there. We did all our cooking together and it was well supplied. Mostly we cooked in the Road House because that kitchen was bigger. The main kitchen is narrow and is where we served the food and all ate together. Having 3 kitchens made the smallness of the main-floor kitchen a non-issue.
We loved, loved, loved all the outdoor spaces of this house. The balcony outside the Lake house is great for eating and watching the lake with lots of additional places tucked around for a quiet place to read or converse with others. The lawn by the road was great for bocce and croquet while the lovely grassy lawn by the lake was perfect for sunning and watching the kids. There is plenty of shade out there as well - unusual for a lake - and allowed everyone a comfortable place to be outside.The lake has a sandy bottom in the shallow area and was perfect for the littlest children. We brought our ski boat, sailboat and wind surf and all were enjoyed. The people on either side of us were also great. A neighbor down the road gave us permission to use the basketball court and the paved driveway worked for our skateboarder.
On top of that the village of Central Lake is a real gem. The community is welcoming and we loved the grocery store, fudge shop and the red-fronted store where if they don't have it you don't need it. Some of us kayaked down for ice cream it's so close. It was also the perfect week for picking sour cherries and we made 5 cherry pies. The U-pick place was 3 miles up the road and they pitted all the cherries for $1/bucket. Great fun!
There are plenty of things to do in the area and TC is only an hour away for those who fly in and out. In summary, I recommend this property very much. Our only real issue was the weather which made us need to remain inside for a few of the days. The living spaces inside were too small for all of us to be together easily. We are a large group! The Irish Twins were very kind and responsive if we needed anything. They made our stay here relaxing and delightful. I do not give 5 star ratings unless a place is beyond fantastic and, to date, I've never stayed in a perfect place. 4-star means you will have a great time with no worries.
Boat rentals available nearby.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Saturday to Saturday Rentals Only!
Rate: $3,950/week + 6% MI sales tax
Balance paid in two payments via check or PayPal.