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Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Crystal Lake Retreat

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Nestled on a bluff on the South Shore of Crystal Lake, this lakeside home has spectacular views of Crystal Lake with a peak of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Crystal Lake is beautiful with clear water and sandy bottom. Close to the quaint towns of Frankfort, Elberta and Beulah. Located in the midst of many award winning golf courses including the beautiful Arcadia Bluffs. Enjoy a bike ride on the Betsie Valley Trail or for the more adventurous, try kite boarding on Lake Michigan at Point Betsie. Follow M22 for wine tasting and shopping. Visit Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes selected by Good Morning America as the most beautiful place in America for 2011. Nearby Crystal Mountain offers an award winning spa, water park & alpine slide for kids. After a day of sightseeing, relax while enjoying the views from the covered porch. You will stay cool on hot summer days with the northerly lake breezes and the shade from the hemlock trees. The great room is perfect for meals & socializing whereas the family room offers an extra comfy sofa to watch movies on rainy summer days.

Keywords: Cottage, Cabin, House, Waterfront, Beach, Trails, South Shore of Crystal Lake, Frankfort, Benzie County, Near Lake Michigan, Near Boat Launch

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About The Owner

We have been part of the Frankfort community for over 50 years. We enjoy all the area has to offer including boating, sailing and biking. We have shared many memorable moments with our family and friends and hope that you do too.

The Owner purchased this house in 1996

Why The Owner chose Northern Michigan

This property has dual benefits. From the house, the views are spectacular and the setting is private. The nearby beach and park area are wonderful for swimming & relaxing.

What makes this house unique

We provide a double kayak and canoe for your use. There also are beach chairs for you to enjoy.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Crystal Lake Retreat
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

A beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

We were at Crystal Lake for our son's wedding, so we wanted the best for our family, and we got it.

The house is perfectly sited and well appointed. All we wanted was somewhere offering what we enjoy at home, and it was just that.

The owner was really helpful, helping us with all the details we needed.

Plenty to do and close to the lake. Frankfort is a nice place and the whole locality is teeming with things to do. Charming people.

Book this house - it will make your holiday special. Needs more than 5 stars.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

After reading the reviews, I figured no place could live up to them. Was I wrong! This place is perfectly magical. The home itself is fantastic - beautifully situated, great location, interesting architecturally, finely detailed, high end EVERYTHHING, well stocked, great views. The hosts were considerate, generous, attentive, conscientious, friendly, easy to work with. And too, it's simply a great spot. Every day we concocted wonderful itineraries and adventures, which was easy to do since the location was so great - the dunes (don't miss the scenic drive, especially the last stop), the beaches (my kids spent the entire day at the public beach down the road while I chatted with the friendly locals), the lighthouses (great rock hunting). It was the perfect vacation, and the rental was the jewel on the crown. Yes, it lives up to and beyond the reviews. Many thanks!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Return Rewarded!!

  • 5 of 5

Our second trip to this wonderful property and beautiful area lived up to and exceeded all our wonderful memories - no small task! The weather always cooperates here, because there is something for everyone in the family to do no matter what it's like outside.

The view, the porch, the fully-equiped gourmet kitchen, the size (cozy not small), the furnishings, the generous hosts - all perfect for our family! We love exploring the area, preparing and sharing meals, enjoying the many wonderful local restaurants, long walks with our yellow lab, relaxing and sharing family time, watching World Cup games (fantastic A/V & wi-fi provided), golf, the bookstore, art galleries...

In short - we love everything about this very clean, quiet, secluded yet convenient 5-Star home!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fullerton, CA


  • 5 of 5

We traveled two days by plane and car, 2350 miles total, to arrive at Crystal Lake Retreat.

We stayed 3 weeks. We didn't want to leave. My review in one word, WONDERFUL!

The house fit us, 5 adults 2 children (ages 3 and 5) perfectly. The kitchen and dishwasher got a work out as we cooked every day. Ditto with the washer and dryer, especially with little people. The dinner table, porch, & hot tub served as the center ring for all the laughter and stories with family and friends.

What did we do there?

Talk, sit, swing, relax, laugh, sing, walk, hike, run, eat, drink, swim, rock hunt, boat, ski, tube, canoe,

lake & sky watch, hot tub, play cards, take pictures, ride bikes, picnic, fish, bonfire.

(TV's in every room, not required!)

We appreciated the extras provided: linens, towels, paper goods, soap, crock pot, BBQ, & life jackets. Jean was a dream to work with over email and phone. She was both kind and prompt answering our many questions and concerns. The house was super clean, organized, and decorated with great cottage/lake style.

Location was fantastic for us to host our "Pure Michigan" visit. We loved the view, the trees, the breeze (no bugs!) the dock, the space. The shared waterfront and boat hoist was great. Our city kids loved playing "woods", content with sticks and a piece of rope on too-cool-to-swim days. The lake water was something to rave about. It is as clear as the name--Crystal! The towns of Frankfort, Beulah, Benzonia, & Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, were close for food shopping and adventures. We visited the local farmer markets too.

Looking back, I'm feeling your place was a lovely treasure found. Too good to be true?!

Truly, it was a very special time for our family and friends.

Thank you, Jean and Alan, for helping us make some memories to keep always.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Milford, MI

Very Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

Great Place!! View was fantastic of Crystal Lake!! Far enough away from the Shore Line Road with traffic, but close enough to walk to the lake. Very sandy beach, nice dock, etc. House is beautiful and very clean. Everything you need to live there - kitchen, linens, etc!! Owners are FANTASTIC and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Troy, MI

Wonderful family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This cottage lived up to all of our expectations! It is a beautiful home that doesn’t feel like an “up north cottage” at all. We comfortably fit 6 adults, 1 toddler and 1 baby and never felt cramped. The view from the porch is fantastic. We spent most evenings out there talking, relaxing in the hot tub and enjoying wine from nearby wineries. The distance to the beach was never an issue for us. The beach area was perfect for the kids. The lake is clean and sandy, not rocky and mucky. Being up on the bluff provided shade and a nice breeze, which kept the house cool during the very hot week we were there.

The owners are very nice and easy to communicate with. Jean took the time to talk to me over the phone and through several emails answering all of my questions before we booked. Alan was there to meet the first of our group to arrive to walk us through things and show us where everything was. Alan was kind enough to lend my husband his bike several times during our stay. They coordinated with a neighbor to allow us to use their buoy to anchor a family member’s boat overnight. Every room was completely stocked with everything we needed. The location is great. We drove to Frankfort, Glen Arbor and Suttons Bay while we were there.

Overall, everyone really enjoyed our week on Crystal Lake. We would all definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Scenic M-22
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Betsie Valley Trail
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East Shore Marina - Charter Fishing
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Sleeping Bear Dunes Cruises
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Gwen Frostic Prints
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Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa
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Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
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3 Beautiful Beulah Golf Courses
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Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Wine Tours, Canoeing, Alpine Slide (Crystal Mountain), Water Park, Paddle Boards, Bike Rentals


Rates & Availability

Crystal Lake House Rental Rates

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Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%
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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom on Main Level has Queen Bed Large Upstairs Bedroom has One Queen and One Twin Upstairs Bedroom #2 has Double Bed There is a Sofa Sleeper in Family Room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Gourmet kitchen, 40 acres of wooded trails for walking or mountain biking, nearby beautiful Crystal Lake public beach, boat launch & park. Nearby pristine Lake Michigan beaches.

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