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Tree Top Lodge On Lake Michigan

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Shelby Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

E.J. O'Leary
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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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.


based on 6 traveler reviews

Tree Top Lodge On Lake Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

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: Aug 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: Jul 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: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Looking forward to your return visit!!!
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Such a beautiful place to vacation!

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend staying here in beautiful West Michigan. Lots of room, fantastic view and location and so many fun things to do in the area. This is one of my favorite places in the whole world! There is great golfing, antiquing, quaint seaside towns and lots to sight see. Or if you would rather just relax and be secluded and decompress it works for that as well.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa, thank you for the kind words. Looking forward to your return to the sandy shores of Lake Michigan!
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Pure Michigan

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to your return visit to Casa del Camino and TreeTop Lodge for another family gathering on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan.
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Amazing cottage and location.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this cottage 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!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your group has been wonderful to host! We look forward to your return. All the best, E.J. & Nancy
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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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

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)

50% of Rental Agreement due with signed agreement, remainder plus security deposit and $100.00 cleaning fee due 45 days prior to rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Shelby Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • 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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