|Minimum Stay||3 - 8 nights|
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Relax and enjoy northern Michigan on crystal clear Bear Lake. Spend your days on the water or on the sandy beach, Bear Lake is great for trout and bass fishing and is an all sports lake. Enjoy water skiing and tubing, there is a public boat launch area for putting in your boat. A paddle boat is provided.
Uncle Pat's cottage is a family owned cottage built in the 1950's. It has knotty pine panelling throughout. Upstairs are three bedrooms: a double, a queen, a third bedroom with one bunk bed and another twin bed. Clean linens and towels are provided. Kitchen is fully furnished with dishes, pots and pans, utinsels and microwave. There is a wood burning fireplace. Ample parking. Pet friendly. Maximum occupancy including children 8.
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I grew up traveling to Bear Lake and can't imagine not having had those experiences! We spent several weeks each summer there and used it heavily in the winters for snowmobiling. Great family memories and memories we are so thrilled to be able to pass on to our children! Hearing the loons call to each other, fishing, boating, camp fires with s'mores...and just enjoying Northern Michigan has created treasured memories. Our children are mostly college aged now and we still hear them say 'I want to go to the cottage this weekend'--great!
Kim purchased this cottage in 2009
Bear Lake is one of the clearest lakes in Michigan with clarity to over 30'. Great for swimming, boating, fishing. It is an all sports lake. Can't beat Northern Michigan in the summer!
Lakefront cottage updated in 2010 with new flooring, bedding, dishes and other furnishings. A dock a paddle boat are on the property for your enjoyment. A public boat launch allows you to launch your boat. Great fishing, skiing, and tubing on this crystal clear lake. Canoe the Manistee (15 minutes away), 30 minutes Turtle Creek Casino, 40 minutes to Traverse City.
We had a wonderful time at the lakehouse with small children who had a great time in the water and in the cabin. Kim ( the owner) was a pleasure to deal with and very accommodating. There were a couple of neighboring dogs that roamed around the property at different times (some my kids are scared of dogs) - otherwise it was terrific!
The lake is beautiful and clear. The cottage is clean and well kept. Nice for a quiet relaxing vacation. Traverse City is an easy day trip. There a lot of outdoor things to do in the area like kayaking, hiking and fishing. The lake was great for swimming and fishing. The only bad thing is the steps to the lake are pretty steep and there is no beach. We had a good time and did some day trips when the weather bad.
While we had a great time at this rental, there were several bumps in the road during our stay.
1.) A previous reviewer mentioned that the sliding door was broke, and the owners stated that it would be fixed. When we stayed, the door was still not fixed. The door was very difficult to open (the kids couldn't open it at all.) The door also would not completely close - a small gap in the lower-right corner of the door frame was a nuisance.
2.) While this rental was advertised as having Wi-Fi, they should have specified that the router that provided the Wi-Fi was located at the home next door to this rental (which the owners also own.) As anyone that is familiar with routers is aware, this does not provide ideal Wi-Fi coverage. Not to mention, if the signal needs to be reset, you must contact the owners.
3.) The description stated that there was adequate room for parking in the driveway, but didn't specify that the driveway is of the long & narrow type. As such, only one person's vehicle will be able to exit the driveway at a time. There was also a parked and run-down looking vehicle that took up some room in the driveway.
4.) This rental would be better described as a "Cabin in the woods", There isn't any room on the exterior of the property to play any kind of activities such as catch, Frisbee, etc.
5.) We had an ant problem during our stay - each morning we would find them crawling on the walls and the ceilings. At least 2-3 each day, if not more.
With all of that in mind, the owners were accommodating when we explained the problems to them, and tried to help us the best that they could. The lake is beautiful - incredibly clear. The swimming was good for the kids, and being able to bring our own boat was a real plus. We did pretty well fishing - the largest catch was a 19 inch bass.
I was extremely happy to find all new flooring in this cabin. I have a baby that crawls and I was not worried about putting her down on the floor. The layout worked well for multiple people. Bedrooms on one floor, living area downstairs. We could scoot downstairs in the morning and have breakfast and shower without waking everyone else up.
The hill down to the beach was not too steep and the water is gorgeous. It's really the best part of the lake where the water is that caribbean green color. The drop off is really far out there too. Sandy, not stoney.
It would have been helpful to have known that the kitchen had quite a lot of supplies. I brought a griddle, knives, etc. My only suggestion is that the sliding glass door and screen need maintenance.
The owner was helpful and answered our questions before arrival. We met her and her family over the weekend. Overall everything was very nice and we have alrady recommended this cabin to other family members.
This is a beautiful cottage, and the view from the decks is wonderful. It was clean, homey, and well-stocked. There were even fans to help with the warmer nights. The peace and quiet of the lake was so appreciated. Be prepared for climbing-this is a hilly area, and it is a climb down to the lake. The owners were so very helpful and kind.
My kids and I were looking for a quick get away and found this little place. The owner's were great to work with, the cabin is exactly what you want when getting away. Beautiful lake! If you are a TV person, understand this place does not have a TV, but since we are not TV folks, it was perfect. I can only give 5 stars, but I'd like to give 7.6!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
July 4th, Memorial & Labor Day
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 9 2016
8 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|