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Tree Top Lodge On Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,300 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 4 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Tree Top Lodge which was built in the late 1920's is a vintage cottage with 5 Bedrooms, 1 full bath with approximately 1,300 square feet of living space that can accommodate 8 overnight guests. One of the bedrooms has two sets of bunk beds. The 400+ sq. ft. screened porch that overlooks the lake, is a great gathering spot for your group and is a wonderful option for outdoor dinning.

The Cottage has a full compliment of dishes, utensils, pots and pans. Bed linens and towels are provided. As well as beach chairs and umbrella's, coolers, and rafts for the channel float.

Perched above the scenic Benona Park Beach, on the dunes and sandy shores of Lake Michigan and neighbor to Camp Miniwanca. This cottage has been enjoyed by four generations of family.

Recently the owner purchased and restored the cottage next door which is called 'Casa del Camino' HomeAway #3693111, which together have shared 'the hill' and 10 acres of property for 85 years.

Enjoy the panoramic views of Lake Michigan, fun filled activities on the public beach, golf at a number of local courses, dune rides at Silver Lake, horse back riding, biking trails, hiking through the woods, wind surfing, fishing or a leisurely tube float from Stony Lake down the channel that leads to Lake Michigan.

Great location for day trips to Ludington, Pentwater, Grand Haven, Holland and others that offer wonderful festivals, shopping, restaurants and attractions.

Walking distance to Stony Lake (Public Beach), the Stony Lake Store & Cafe, which has great ice cream and Stony Lake Inn.

More Details

E.J. O'Leary
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 1, 2018

About E.J. O'Leary

The cottage has been held by three generations of family. As a native Michigander, our family summer time stays on the lake were vey special and still are today. I currently reside in the Atlanta, GA with my wife Nancy.

E.J. O'Leary purchased this cottage in 1988

What makes this cottage unique

Over the years we've continued to make improvements i.e. new plumbing, rewired the electric, smoke alarms, kitchen cabinets, septic tank, steps to the beach etc. but kept the original look and feel of the cottage from yesteryear. Those that have visited are captivated by the view and the charm of this 85 year old cottage.


Shelby Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Wonderful view of the lake, wonderful night time breeze.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , The 'Blue' Room, great view of the lake.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , The 'Yellow' room, connects with the Bunk Room
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single , Two sets of Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , A classic 'maids' room, exits to screened in Back Porch
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Please contact the owner with any special requests i.e. small weddings and family reunions.


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Tree Top Lodge On Lake Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Our best vacation yet!

  • 5 of 5

Every summer we vacation for a week with another family on beautiful Lake Michigan. This was by far our favorite destination to date. It had everything we love in a lake cottage; woods to explore and set up our hammocks, beautiful beach to enjoy all day, campfires on the beach at night to enjoy the amazing sunsets, morning coffee and meals on the spacious screened in porch with a hilltop view of the lake, and paddling and tubing on the river was a bonus! The cottage was clean and well-equipped and it was so fun staying right next door to our family friends! The owner was friendly and helpful. We can't say enough good things about our stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Emma, Thanks for the kind words. As well we really appreciate the care you and your family took with the cottage. Looking forward to your return! All the best, E.J.
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Our favorite place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My family has been coming to Lake Michigan for the past 25 years, have stayed at multiple cabins, and this remains our favorite place to stay. We love the location, the view, and the breeze!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Anna, It was great to to see the gathering of the family! Boat, Beach, Cards, BQ Meals, Fire Pit at Benona, Star Watching, Conversation, Naps, guys covered it all. Thanks for taking care of the Tree Top Lodge, much appreciated. Looking forward to your return! All the best, E.J.
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An Amazing Vacation Location!

  • 5 of 5

Casa del Camino is beautifully restored to its former graciousness while maintaining a comfortable, informal feel vacationers need. The view of Lake Michigan from both Casa and Treetops is breathtaking. The sunsets can be spectacular. The well kept grounds have seating for relaxing and enjoying coffee or a cold beverage while taking in the magnificent view.

Both homes are very comfortable and well maintained. They both have all the amenities needed for a lake vacation without taking away from the historical ambiance. The kitchens are both well stocked. There is a trove of local lore surrounding the history of the Casa!

Lake Michigan offers a variety of beach activities as does nearby Stony Lake. Stony Lake is usually warmer than Lake Michigan. The lakes are connected by a small Creek often used for tubing.

There are lots of activities for adults and children in the area. I spent time at Casa del Camino and Treetops in the summers of 2015 and 2016 and hope to be able to go again. Mr. O'Leary is a helpful and accommodating host.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words! I'm glad your group had a wonderful time taking advantage of the amenities at Casa del Camino and TreeTop Lodge, on the sandy shore of Lake Michigan. Looking forward to your return visit!!! All the best, E.J.
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Perfect summer getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We are just finishing up our vacation here at Tree Top. We have stayed this this cottage for multiple summers and the experiences just keep getting better! Our 3 girls, ages 9, 6, and 5 are making so many memories. Some of their favorites include the beach(of course), horseback riding at Rainbow Ranch, tubing down the river, the sand dunes, Lewis' Petting Farm, and the rodeo on Saturday evenings at the JJ Ranch. The cottage is in the perfect location with an amazing view of the lake and sunsets. Sad to be leaving, but already looking forward to next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Looks like the family had an action packed week on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan! Looking forward to your return!!!
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Provided us the respite we needed!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is in a great location. It is cleaned, well-maintained, and we would highly recommend it. It has a spacious, screened-in porch, overlooking the lake, catching an amazing breeze day after day. Within walking distance to the beach, ice cream, and even a lazy river. The cabin is spacious with a lot of beds if needed. Owner is pleasant and easy to work with, open to feedback and communication. I've been coming to this area for the past 30 years with my family and this is by far the best place we've stayed. We couldn't have had a more beautiful place to stay and enjoy Lake Michigan.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anna, thank you. Looking forward to your return visit!
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Charming cottage you will love!

  • 5 of 5

Having spent my summers at Stony Lake/Lake Michigan growing up made this the perfect place to stay. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that the only thing we needed to bring were our personal items. This cottage is stocked with EVERYTHING you will need. The screened in porch was the best part. Coffee in the morning to a glass of wine in the evening taking in the beautiful view of Lake Michigan. The cottage was clean and well maintained and the beds were comfortable. The breeze on the hill top made for great sleeping with the windows open. Something we can't do in Houston! We had plenty of room for family members who live in the area to come and visit. E.J. is a host who wants to make sure his guests have everything they need and we appreciate that hospitality. We WILL be back next summer!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Looking forward to your return visit!!!
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Nearest Airport
81 Miles
Grand Rapids (GRR)
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Ludington & Muskegon
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Benona Shores Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
U.S. 31
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Stony Lake Inn, Stony Lake Cafe
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Cottage overlooks Benona Twp. Beach

Dune Rentals at Sliver Lake Dunes, Day trips to Ludington, Pentwater, Grand Haven, Holland for restaurants, shopping and attractions.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $100

If renter wishes to cancel reservation, the deposit will be refunded at 50% if cancelled (forty five day) 45 days prior to arrival date.
Please contact owner with any special requests i.e. family reunion, wedding celebrations.

Special rates will be provided if this cottage and the next door cottage are rented at the same time (HomeAway # 3693111)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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