Send this page to a friend

Thank You

Your message has been sent.

You can send this page to up to five email addresses. Please separate each email address with a comma.

check navigate-up


Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Enjoy the peaceful beauty of Starvation Lake

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Pay with confidence

Your booking will be backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee when you complete your reservation online and finalize payment on HomeAway.

Learn more


Western Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedroom, 3 Bath (sleeps 10) Cottage With Decks, Dock And 113 Feet Of Beach

After following a long beautiful wooded drive you will arrive at our three-story lake house overlooking pristine Starvation Lake. Step onto our covered porch and begin your relaxing vacation. Upon entering you will find yourself in a tree house setting, bright open floor plan, wood ceilings and a wall of windows overlooking beautiful Starvation Lake. This level includes a private bedroom with a king size bed, closets and a bathroom with a tub/shower. Down the hall a newly renovated, fully outfitted kitchen with stainless steel appliances and peninsula for eating awaits you. Or, you can dine at our large table overlooking the lake. Better about dining al fresco on the first floor deck with spectacular views. A homey living room complete with a wood burning fireplace, 42' flat screen TV, including cable, makes the first level a place you'll never want to leave.

Want some solitude? Choose the upstairs master bedroom, with a king size bed and private balcony overlooking the lake. Imagine yourself waking up to a serene view of the sun rising over the lake, while enjoying a cup of coffee from your in-room coffee pot. This floor also has a bedroom with a double bed and bathroom with a shower.

If you prefer the feel of the North, head down to our walkout level. You will find a rustic living room, bedroom with two full-sized beds, laundry, and bathroom with large shower. Walk out the sliding glass door onto our 1,800 square foot, three-level deck which leads to the beach and dock. This area offers plenty of space for family and friends to chat, read, eat, play, nap, relax and enjoy the views.

For your convenience we have a washer and dryer, baby pack-n-play, high chair, life jackets, beach towels, chairs and sand toys, on site.

Starvation Lake is a spring fed all-sports lake. Motorized crafts are allowed from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm. This give you plenty of time to play on the water and still sleep in or enjoy the peacefulness of the woods. Public access is located at the North end of the lake for easy launching of your boat or jet skis. Swim in the crystal clear lake; build sand castles on the beach, sun bathe or fish for brown trout (stocked annually by the DNR) off our 30' dock. At night sit around the fire pit and enjoy s'mores while gazing at the clear star-filled skies.

We are just minutes from the trails and seasonal roads where you can ride your dirt bikes and 4-wheelers.

Are cities and great food your thing? We are centrally located between Bellaire/Shanty Creek, Lakes of the North, Boyne, Gaylord, Traverse City and Petoskey; you can even plan a day trip to Macinaw Island. Throughout the year, there are a variety of festivals, fairs and farmers markets in the area for you to enjoy.

Our lake house is the perfect place for your peaceful get away. Just pack your bags and let your vacation begin.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Chris (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Chris

We bought this lake house when we both had busy careers and two teenage children. It provided us the perfect spot for family gatherings or a peaceful romantic getaway. Now we are both retired and the children are grown and moved away. This special place does not get used as often so we thought it was a great time to share it with other families to enjoy and make wonderful memories.

Chris purchased this house in 1999

Why Chris chose Western Michigan

This property was perfect for us because of the proximity to the snowmobile trails in winter and the quiet crystal clear lake in the summer. You are surrounded by nature, but can be in multiple towns within an hour.

What makes this house unique

We fell in love with this property the minute we drove into the long wooded driveway and saw the view of the lake. This lake is not well know but is quiet,beautiful and clean. Every season has something special to offer its visitors.


based on 18 traveler reviews

Enjoy the peaceful beauty of Starvation Lake
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 18 reviews

Family vacation

  • 4 of 5

Although our stay was cut short by a huge area power failure that lasted days we are planning to return. The house was a great fit for us, 5 adults and 3 kids under 7. The house was very well kept up and clean. Lake level and beach were very good for small children. Owners were easy to work with and we appreciated their efforts to make our stay enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Amazing Cabin

  • 5 of 5

There were 10 of us, 6 adults and 4 teenagers/pre teens. The cabin was wonderful and laid out where each family had their own space. The lake was beautiful and sunrise/sunsets were spectacular from the decks or the dock. The ATV trails were close to the cabin and had a fantastic trail system to many different little towns. We were fortunate enough to stay over 4th of July weekend and the fireworks over the lake went on for almost two hours. They were amazing. I would definitely recommend to others and would love to stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Excellent Home for Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5

There were ten of us-- ages 10- 78--who gathered from Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin, and we had a truly relaxing week. The house with the three levels and all the decks gave us plenty of space and privacy, and we found the house easy to enjoy and live in! We all appreciated the attention to details that made the property so comfortable and could tell the owners truly care for this cottage. They were also very easy to work with, and responded to any questions right away. We loved hanging out on the decks, the dock, and enjoyed using the rowboat and kayaks, and grilling out almost every night. And once we unpacked we stayed put--except for an ice cream run to Mancelona! We would highly recommend this cottage for a family gathering.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great stay

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay. The house is in a very pretty spot, surrounded by trees. Inside was warm and inviting. It was also very clean and generally well appointed. Be sure to have a GPS, especially if arriving at night.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Franklin, MI

Great Cabin with Best Deck Ever

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is cozy and spacious with separate living areas on two floors and a small but updated kitchen perfect for cooking in. The view from the house is great and the multi-level decks are stellar for relaxing and enjoying the quiet end of this small lake. Everything was clean and pleasant and the owners were extremely helpful. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend the cabin to anyone.

Fair warning: You aren't very close to... anything... so come prepared to relax and enjoy the lake (or spend a lot of time driving!).

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

A wonderful week of fun with family

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful setting and amazing views from the house. The house was so comfortable and clean, and our family enjoyed every minute there. There were ten of us, six adults and four children ranging in age from 3 - 12. The weather wasn't as warm as we would have liked, but our grandchildren went swimming nearly every day. The beach was wonderful. Kayaking was so much fun for all of us, and fishing was fun for all. After a visit to the bait shop, our son and granddaughter found the "spot" to fish. They were so excited.

This is a lovely home with everything you need. Our family enjoyed being together for the week in this lovely home and area.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Hide-Away Bar
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Mancelona House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

Check in after 4:00 pm - Checkout by 11:00am. Maximum occupancy 10 people.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
Enter dates to see total
Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Western Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2030 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 1st Floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Walk-out Level
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , 2nd Floor
  • Towels included in each bath. One bath towel per person, plus hand towels and wash cloths. Each bath has a memory foam bathmat.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Master Bedroom - 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , Walkout level
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2nd Floor - Pack and play available
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1st Floor - Tempurpedic King size mattress
  • All beds have new high thread count luxury linens provided. Extra pillows and blankets available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
All rooms have ceiling fans for your comfort. We do not have air conditioning. There is usually a very nice breeze off the lake, so with the windows and fans you are usually quite comfortable. Local maps and tourist information provided.

Partner Offers

Other Vacation Properties

Contact the Owner

Tell us about your trip, then book it

This property requires that you message the owner to complete your booking request.
Enter dates to calculate a quote