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Secluded Lakefront Getaway

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6-10)

This brick ranch home is located on three acres and a small lake in the Pinckney Recreation Area. The lake is great for swimming and taking a leisurely paddle around the lake. In the summer time it is a great place for a family get together. Fire pit, gas grill, picnic tables, swing, volleyball net, outdoor shower all make for a great summer vacation. The fireplace and hot tub make for a great fall, winter and spring getaway. The house comes completely furnished with 2 king sized beds, one full size and 2 futons mattresses allow up to 10 people. There is an amazing feeling of peace and tranquility in this setting. You cannot see any other houses so you really have privacy. There are 2 canoes and 2 kayaks that come with the rental. The living room has a 42 inch HD TV, the porch bedroom has a 31 inch TV with cable, the master bedroom has a 21 inch tv with cable, the garage has a 52 inch tv with cable and the other bedroom has a small tv (no cable) with a dvd player and an assortment of dvds available. The kitchen is completely stocked with everything you need including a Keurig coffee maker, popcorn popper, Kitchen Aid Mixer and several sizes of Crock Pots.

Karen Devine
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Karen Devine

As a kid I have many fond memories of this place- Christmas dinner, Easter egg hunts, swimming and watching baseball on TV with my Grandpa. I was lucky enough to get to live here with my Grandpa for a few years while I was in college. I told him I wanted to buy the place-he thought I was crazy. Somehow it all worked out that in 2003 I got the unique opportunity to own this place. Everyday there are amazing encounters with nature and a peaceful and serene setting that renews your spirit.

Karen Devine purchased this house in 1957

Why Karen Devine chose Southeast Michigan

Grandma and Grandpa Devine bought this property in 1957 and then built the house 3 years later.

What makes this house unique

Sitting on the dock, kayak or lawn chair you are surrounded by nature and it is rejuvenating. Swimming in this lake you don't have any boats to worry about. You can just swim or float for hours and enjoy the serenity. Every season has its unique characteristics and each is dramatic and magical.


Pinckney House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Sleeping Porch - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , When temps are below 40 F this room may be not be available.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , TV with cable in this room.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon mattress stored here - can be moved to living room.
  • Two king size beds. One bed is locating in the sunroom. This room can be used most of the year. (In extreme cold conditions this room may not be available.) This room faces the lake and makes a great bedroom with a view. Double Bed (1) located in second bedroom, (1) Pack-n-play available, 2 Futon mattresses available (one goes in sunroom and the other in the living room- best for kids)
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Outdoor shower with hot water located in a secluded garden area.


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Secluded Lakefront Getaway
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Quiet home on the lake!

  • 5 of 5

I found this home while searching for a place to stay while traveling with my dogs. This is exactly what I hoped for!! Quiet and secluded home with plenty of outdoor space for the dogs. The landscaping is beautiful and we had wildlife visiting us everyday. The bird feeder was always busy with many types of colorful birds. We were also visited every day by a pair of ducks, bunnies and squirrels. The lake is gorgeous and use of the kayaks was appreciated. We spent many evenings outdoors, grilling, sitting at the bonfire and relaxing. The home was very clean when we arrived and Karen was very helpful. I would definitely recommend this home!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything that we were looking for!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place! Spacious, functional and clean! We needed a pet friendly rental and we are/were so fortunate to have found this place. We had some issues with the TVs, but quickly realized that there was so much more to do both inside and out than to spend our time watching TV. We enjoyed the games that were available, the fire pit and spent so much time in the water. Thanks Karen!

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hidden gem in Pinckney

  • 5 of 5

We've been traveling to this area for years and always wondered about the quiet little house on the private lake. We felt so fortunate to find it here on VRBO. This is a wonderful, quaint little hideaway. I wouldn't call it fancy, but it was exactly what we had hoped it would be. A safe, clean and warm home right by a huge recreational area. The lake and trails around here are wonderful for exploring. Can't say enough about how responsive and helpful Karen was as well. She even mailed me a pair of shoes I left by mistake. We will be returning again next year. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus Indiana

Stayed through Graduation Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved the place. Karen was an amazing host, Although I could not meet her every thing was coordinated very well. Petty safe neighborhood. We did not have any difficulties at all. Every necessity we needed was provided (even canoes, boats, life jackets). We were a large group of people with parents over 60yrs. They found the stay very comfortable and loved waking up to lake views. Karen has taken the effort to decorate the house with many books, movies, games, sreens and intricate details that make the place ideal for an enjoyable relaxing weekend.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manton, MI

Married with children and grandchildren

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the secluded lakefront getaway for our son's graduation from the University of Michigan. We had multi generations stay for the weekend, from a 3 year old to a73 year old. It fit the bill perfectly for all of us. Our teenage boys stayed in the man cave garage, which was a nice separate space for them. We had time to relax by the lake. It was a perfect fit. We would recommend this property to anyone.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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very nice place

  • 5 of 5

we stayed for a wknd had a very nice time the owner karen worked very hard to accomadate us she was very freindly and everything needed is in house.better than pictures and lots of birds.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Detroit Metro
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Inverness Bar and Grill
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Hudson Mills
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Ann Arbor
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
US 23
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Portage Lake Yacht Club
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Mount Brighton
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Silver Lake State Park
Car: necessary

This tranquil setting is located just 15 miles from Ann Arbor but a world away. Bordering the Pinckney Recreation area gives you over a thousand acres of state land to hike, mountain bike, play beach volleyball, and hunt. Silver Lake beach is less than a mile away and Hudson Mills Metropark is a short 5 minute drive. Hudson Mills has 7 miles of paved trails along the river and in the woods. Go to Hell and enjoy ice cream and putt-putt golf.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $100

Beginning Summer 2017 Hot tub option may not be available.
June - September weekly rentals only.
Check in on Friday morning and check out Thursday.
Cleaning fee option: $150 to have it cleaned or no charge if you clean prior to departure and return it to rental condition.
Pet fee $100 week or $50 a weekend
Cancellation policy: $300 non-refundable to hold dates. Balance due 60 days prior to arrival- not refundable.
Off Season Special: October - May monthly rate of $2000, $150.00 daily, $500 weekly

$300 non-refundable deposit to hold a reservation. Balance due 90 days prior to arrival and non refundable 60 days prior to arrival date.
$400 security deposit is due at check in. This is held to ensure there is no damage or violation on rental agreement terms.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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