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Quiet, Spacious, Serene Retreat Located in a Private Wooded Setting

Bedrooms 2
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Fife Lake Chalet Rental Photos and Description

Chalet, 2 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

A private gated drive leads to The Chalet and its a 160 acres of quiet scenic serenity. This home offers a spacious, open floor plan (approximately 2,000 sq. ft.), and many windows engulfing one in sunshine, calm and nature.

The home rents weekly from Saturday to Saturday in prime summer weeks and can also be rented on a daily basis thereafter.


Interior – The main level features a fully equipped kitchen, queen bedroom and full bathroom (all linens and towels provided). The living space is an open layout with high ceilings and a large fieldstone wood burning fireplace. There is a good sized sunroom equipped with a futon for extra sleeping. The upstairs loft has 2 queen beds and another full size bath.

AC and washer/dryer also provided.

Exterior - The private 160 acres include 2 spring fed lakes, great for swimming, fishing, hiking, etc. The swim raft, fishing boat, kayak and paddle boat are included.

Other exterior features include a fire pit, spacious decking, and gas and charcoal grills.

The Chalet is a perfect winter getaway with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing (on property and near VASA trails) and miles of snowmobile trails right outside the gate!

We also have another property within a mile of The Chalet that could be utilized in combination with the Chalet to accommodate a larger group (VRBO Listing #653026 The Cabin)!

Key words: Private lake and access to miles of snowmobile trails

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Carole Loftis
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 10, 2016
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About Carole Loftis

I live in Grand Haven in the woods on the beach and have been coming up to the Fife Lake area for the past 20 years. I spend much of my time up north. My neighbors in GH, who come only in the summer, always wonder why I could possibly be going any where else!

Carole Loftis purchased this chalet in 2002

Why Carole Loftis chose Northern Michigan

My husbands father built his cabin in Fife Lake in the forties. We loved the woods and beautiful lakes in the area and subsequently found our own place on Downs Lake in 1994. The Chalet, also on Downs lake was purchased in 2002. The original cabin, close by, has been renovated and can be rented along with the Chalet.

What makes this chalet unique

The chalet is a peaceful place in the center of nature. Watch and observe closely, you will not be disappointed.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Quiet, Spacious, Serene Retreat Located in a Private Wooded Setting
average rating of 4.5 based on 12 reviews

A wonderful winter getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had a wonderful time creating memories at this lovely Fife Lake chalet! It is an hour's drive to Boyne and about a half an hour to Traverse... A perfect location. We are winter enthusiasts and it was ideal for ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. The snowmobile trails begin just outside the gated driveway and go for miles, with many bars/restaurants along the way. After a fun day out in the snow, we would cozy up by the wood burning fireplace. We love to cook as well, and the kitchen was nicely equipped with everything we needed. The bathrooms are a nice size. There is no Wi-Fi yet, which was not a problem for us, but may be for some. We would love to come back in the summer and enjoy boating and swimming, as it seems to be perfect for that as well. Thank you to Steve and Carole for being such a pleasure to rent from!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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weekend get away

  • 5 of 5

Love the Fife Lake area and we were excited to find this place. Secluded, lots of land to roam, private lake. Close to State Land, Traverse City. Chalet was clean and well stocked with beautiful views. Carol was friendly and very helpful. We plan on staying here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The Chalet was the perfect place for our summer vacation. We spent the week kayaking and swimming on the beautiful lake, exploring the gorgeous property and relaxing on the spacious deck. This was our first trip to Michigan and based on our experience at The Chalet, we will definitely come back for more! The property is close to Traverse City and we took several day trips there as well as to Petoskey, Torch Lake and Mackinac Island. Our 9 year old daughter had a wonderful time swimming in the lake. Checked all the boxes on our must-haves on vacation list: relaxing, fun and memorable! Carole was a pleasure to work with and the house is lovely - the perfect size for our small family. This one's staying on our favorites list!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Get-Away

  • 4 of 5

This is a great place for nature lovers. It was very quiet and secluded on a private lake. We took walks in the woods every day with our two dogs. We used the fishing boat, paddle boat and kayak. The Chalet was very clean with nice rooms and good size bathrooms. We had a very relaxing time and enjoyed it so much that we made arrangements to stay an another week.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, beautiful chalet on lake

  • 5 of 5

If your looking for a place to get away from noise and electronics then this is the place. What a great place to reconnect with your family. The chalet was perfect!!! CLEAN, nice rooms and bathrooms, the lake was breathtaking in the mornings (even had a bald eagle fly over my head one morning). Carole even left us games one day when it rained all day which was perfect. The kayaks, paddle boat, and fishing boats were put to good use. It was secluded but not to far away for sightseeing.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The chalet was all the owner represented it to be. We thoroughly enjoyed the private, peaceful setting surrounded by woods and ferns looking out over the beautiful lake ringed with water lilies. We appreciated the comfortable beds (the best we had slept in months), well stocked clean kitchen, spacious living area, beautiful fireplace (42 degrees one morning) and large clean bathrooms. We enjoyed all the hiking trails and the use of the fishing boats and kayaks. We were able to check kayaking off our bucket list - now we are hooked! If you are a star gazer, the night sky is spectacular. We were awakened each morning with loons on the lake and put to sleep with owls hooting at night. The chalet was a great place to disconnect but just the right distance from Traverse City if you are seeking a busier pace. Carole was easy to work with and checked in with us mid-week. We are outdoor people and photographers, and would love to visit in the fall and winter.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Traverse City Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Fife Lake
Nearest Golf
23 Miles
LochenHeath Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Fife Lake Inn
Nearest Ski
18.6 Miles
Mt. Holiday Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Fife Lake

Property is located in a beautiful wooded setting on 2 private lakes providing many of its own activities including swimming, hiking, fishing, attached snowmobile trails and cross-country skiing.

Traverse City is an easy drive if you are looking for a bigger city opportunity, as well as the renowned Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Rates & Availability

Fife Lake Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 19 2016 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 26 2017 - Oct 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

pet fee winter $35
Cleaning Fee(winter $75) $150
Pet Fee $75
per pet summer $75

Long term rental is available. Contact Owner for further information on rates and availability.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Half of the total amount is required immediately to hold the reservation and the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to check-in.

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Fife Lake Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
You will find hiking and x-country trails on the property, such a great opportunity to experience nature right out your door. Snowmobilers will not be disappointed with the miles of trails just outside our gate. Swimming off the swim platform into the rejuvenating spring fed waters is also a delight.

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