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Beautiful Sunsets Over the all sport's, quiet Crawford Lake. Year round rental!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8) lake front

Our home is very clean with most of the interior completely remodeled with knotty pine throughout in 2012, including the bedrooms. It has a fully equipped kitchen , as well as new floors and doors throughout. New windows to enjoy the lake views, not to mention the gorgeous sunsets. Complete entertainment center with a 32' flat screen TV with DVD/CD player. Beautiful views of the calm, all sports lake from the large front deck; with 125 ft. of water frontage. Sandy bottom!! Fish off the double wide, T shaped, fiberglass dock, sun tan, or just relax.It has hook up's for docking your boat, and other water toy's.(public access is just two lots away).

Our cottage is centrally located with Traverse City, Torch Lake ,Boyne City, Schuss Mtn. and Shanty Creek all within a half an hour away. We are located six miles east of downtown Kalkaska. There are many opportunities for Up North adventure, such as visiting Mackinac Island, Petoskey , Charlevoix, and Indian River. For the golfers there are three golf courses within five miles of our lake house. For the snowmobile-rs and ATV enthusiasts, you can literally take off from our lake house to join up with the main riding trails!! not to mention mountain bike, hike etc. Early morning walks around the lake are a personal favorite, the wild life and scenery are simply beautiful. If your lucky you will also see the Bald Eagles that nest on the south end of the lake! Our lake house comfortably sleeps 8 people.There are 3 bedrooms plus a queen sofa sleeper in the living room.Two of the bedrooms have a queen bed, and the 3rd has 2 trundle beds. There are two bathrooms-one full bath with tub and shower and the half bath is located right off the laundry room at the back entrance. The living room has two fireplaces as well! You will enjoy roasting hot-dogs or S'mores over an open fire in one of our two fire pitts. There is also a covered patio complete with gas-grill and prep table off the kitchen entrance. Lastly, we have a Pontoon boat for rent, for those who would like to go out on the lake ! Please note, that this is a separate rental from the cottage rental. We hope to make your vacation a wonderful, relaxing and memorable experience. Sincerely, Rick & Teresa

Keywords: Ranch 3 bedroom bath and a half lake front.

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Teresa and Rick
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2018

About Teresa and Rick

We have lived in Kalkaska for the past 26 years.I was even born in the Kalkaska hospital. Therefore, I am a true native! My husband Rick however, is a' transplant' from Plymouth Mi. He moved here to marry me! After this many years here, he is now considered a " Local-Yoko" as well. We have two children. Our son is 25, and our daughter is 16 yrs. old. We have lived out here at Crawford Lake for 26 years now.We love it here and this is why we purchased our lake front cottage in June of 2012. The cottage is just across the lake from our primary home. This makes it perfect for our venture of renting our cottage as a vacation get away /retreat. Again, we love Crawford Lake so much, as well as the surrounding area , so we thought why not share it with others! So, that's what we did!! We are loving meeting new people and making new friends. Our guests have been wonderful and we are grateful to have had them stay with us. So far, they love it here as much as we do!

Teresa and Rick purchased this house in 2012

Why Teresa and Rick chose Kalkaska

What attracted us to the area is the fact that you have access to so many fun and exciting out door activities. There is skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing,dirt-biking, four-wheeling, hiking, boating, swimming, water-skiing, fishing, golf;and the list goes on! It is just so very peaceful and beautiful . The scenery and wildlife are breathtaking, and all you have to do is look out the window! Lastly, we love this location because it is only 20 minutes from Traverse City, Torch Lake and the casinos. Perfect!!

What makes this house unique

AHH!... The View . Sitting on the deck or dock having a drink and watching the sun set over the lake and trees will leave you speechless. The fall colors over the lake reminds us of being in the smokey mountains mostly due to the fact that this lake is not jam- packed with homes one after the other. The south end of the lake has no homes, just all cedar trees. You may even catch site of the bald eagles that nest on the south end of the lake!


Kalkaska House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • 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
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Theres a full bath in the bedroom area, and a half bath at the back entrance of the cottage ;off from the laundry room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Our 3rd bedroom has 2 twin trundle beds each one sleeps 2 .
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The cottage has two queen size Beds (2) and two twin or Single Beds (2). There are two trundle beds in the largest bedroom each will sleep two., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a queen sofa sleeper in the living room.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Doublewide T shaped dock with hook ups. 125 feet of lake frontage. Only two doors down from the public access and boat launch. Complete new entertainment center. Two firepitts and complete deck furniture for your outdoor dining, entertainment and relaxation as you look out over the lake,complete with outdoor speaker system for your musical enjoyment!


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(23 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Sunsets Over the all sport's, quiet Crawford Lake. Year round rental!
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Not enough characters to describe our visit! Issues arise from time to time that are unavoidable and stressful and come without warning. This was thee most extreme case of that for all involved. But from the minute we were made aware, it was smooth sailing! Teresa and Rick were above and beyond accommodating, hospitable, attentive and friendly. Kind of a dreary wet week with a day or 2 of sunshine. Awesome sights nearby though. Lake was amazing, our parents came with their seaplane so that was enjoyable. We had a magnificent time and would love to add this to our list of favorite cottages to stay. We can't thank Teresa and Rick enough, as well as their neighbors. This review made me a bit misty eyed, but it's just a reflection on the owners and how amazing and special they made us feel. Thank you Rick and Teresa you'll be getting a Christmas card ;) !!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you from the bottom of my heart Lynette! You and your family are so kind , understanding and compassionate and we can't thank you enough for truly understanding what we were going through. That being said, we are so glad you had a great time in spite of the weather! You and your family were the hit of the Crawford Lake peeps! They all loved your parents seaplane and went running to the water to take pictures as they landed and took off! How cool! Thank you for ALL you did for us, and please know your picture will be displayed proudly at the cottage. You touched my heart with it and your kindness. Take care, and God Bless till we meet again!
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Perfect Winter Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Came up to have some winter fun and we did just that. Access to the Kalkaska snowmobile trail was a short ride down the road on the sleds. The cottage had all the essentials of home it was clean and cozy including a heated garage for us to change our gear in. The owner was very helpful in getting us settled and making our stay enjoyable. If I could think of one negative about our stay it would be the twin beds that our children slept in along with the pillows for everyone they could use some upgrading. As far as everything else from the owner to the cottage we felt like we were at home. We would deffiently come back and stay again either summer or winter.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review Michelle. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and the winter fun that abounds here! We are sorry the twin beds were uncomfortable as well as the pillows. We actually just replaced all the pillows within the last 2 months, but will take your suggestions into consideration. Thanks again for staying with us and we do hope you will consider staying with us again. Sincerely, Rick and Teresa
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Very nice place, beds very comfortable. Had everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place, beds very comfortable. Had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review! We hope you will come back again and next time we can meet you and your friends! Take care and God Bless, Teresa and Rick
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Byron Center, Mi.

Nice large lot. Cozy cottage with a great gas fireplace.

  • 5 of 5

Rick & Theresa were great to work with and made certain we enjoyed our stay. I would highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Mike! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay, and hope you will consider coming back again soon! It means so much to us that our guests enjoy their stay ! Take care, and God Bless; Teresa and Rick
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Relaxation and Beautiful Sunsets

  • 5 of 5

We spent July 29-Aug. 5, 2017 in this cozy cottage. First of all, Rick and Teresa are some of the nicest people on the planet! They show pride in ownership and want to do everything possible to make your stay enjoyable. They met us at the cottage, showed us around and gave a thorough orientation to the cottage. They even gave us some great recommendations for dinner in Traverse City for our anniversary. The cottage is clean and the kitchen has everything you can think of. The cupboards and fridge have plenty of "leftover" items from previous guests for you to use. Rick and Teresa have a garage on the property that we were able to leave our bikes in. Oh, and the sunsets...... some of the most beautiful we have ever seen! We watched each evening from the fire pit at the edge of the lake(fire wood was provided). We never got around to using the paddle boat or the canoes, but rather enjoyed our time relaxing in our tubes or fishing. We had a few rainy days, but quickly busied ourselves checking out the wineries on Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City and took a trip to Petoskey to shop. Our 2 border collies were welcome as well, we all enjoyed our stay at this lovely lake and look forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review Alice! I can't tell you how much Rick and I appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. The sunsets are incredible and we are so glad you loved them as much as we do! Thank you for staying with us and for the fresh potatoes and onions you left for us from your garden! That was so nice of you! We love the lantern you left for the cottage as well ! Thank you for everything! Please take care and come back soon! Sincerely, Teresa and Rick
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Ferndale, MI

Relaxing and great location

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting places for years and this one is one of our favorites. Rick and Teresa are great to work with. It is clean, comfy furniture, and well stocked. Having 1 1/2 bathrooms is nice! The view is awesome! We had lots of meals sitting out on the deck. The water is nice and sandy bottomed, which is great.

We also were able to go to a lot of spots around there to sight see. Cherry Street Market in downtown Kalkaska is one of my favorite places and the dairy nearby is wonderful too! It is close to Traverse City, but still quiet and when you are at the cottage.

Thanks Rick and Teresa for sharing your wonderful place.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind review Pam and Tom! We are so glad you had a great time at our cottage and found wonderful places to explore while staying with us! There is so much to see and do in our little piece of paradise in Northern Michigan! We look forward to you coming back soon!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport/ Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
The Outlaws Bar on 571
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Grandview Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Nearest Ski
23 Miles
Schuss & Shanty Creek Resort
Nearest Beach
Crawford Lake
Car: necessary

The Sleeping Bear Dunes and Mackinac Island are great day trip's from our cottage; as is Leland County for their wine tours. Traverse City is only 25 min. away and is home to the Cherry Festival. Also, snowmobile and RV enthusiasts can leave right from our cottage in order to hook up with the main riding trails. Lastly, Turtle Creek Casino's and Resort is only 20 minutes away. Schuss and Shanty Creek are only 25 minutes away for your skiing and sledding fun and Torch Lake is just 20 minutes away as well! There are so many choices for everyone's up north get away adventures!




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
cleaning fee $50
Pet Fee $50

The $250.00 payment up front to book is the damage/security deposit and is separate from the rental fee. The separate rental fee is due at check in. There is a $50.00 fee for pets. More than 1 pet needs to be okay-ed by us first. Please, no pets on beds or furniture. Also, they MUST be picked up after and may NOT be left IN or AT the cottage alone at any time.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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