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Ben Castle

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

Great Location Short Drives To Mackinac Island Traverse City Golf

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

100 Ft Beach And Lake Front 5 Bdm 3.5 Baths Awesome Sunsets!

Newly built Lake home on one of the best kept secrets in Michigan! Nearly private all sports, Lake St. Helen this home features; Master bedroom (King size) w/master bath walk in shower, 2 (Queen size) bedrooms, 1 teenage bedroom w/(full size) bunk bed and (full) trundle, 1 kids suite 2 (full size) bunk beds and (Queen size) futon. Gourmet kitchen w/prep station, bar and knook seating areas. Dinning room overlooking large deck and beach (seats 12+). Living room with theater surround. Separate stereo sound controlled areas including the decks and the dinning room. Fire pit ring for campfire songs or making s'mores. Boat dock with bench to oversee the beautiful lake, fishing or the awesome sunsets. To keep the inside clean this home offers a outdoor shower and separate bath to wash off the sands from the beach along with a foot wash right off the deck! Take an afternoon siesta on the hammock right off the waters edge.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ben Castle (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Ben Castle

Born and raised in Michigan currently live in Chicago. Purchased this property in 1996 and tore down and rebuilt in 2008-09.

Ben Castle purchased this house in 1996

Why Ben Castle chose Northern Michigan

My wife has been coming up to this lake since she was in high school. We bought this property because of the location and what surrounds. Even on the busiest of holidays the lake is never busy! With 28 miles of shoreline only 4 miles are built on and that makes this the perfect lake. When we lived in Michigan it was a 2 hour trip and we were away from the every day hustle, now it takes us about 4.5 hours from Chicago. This property is 15 minutes from Higgins Lake, Houghton Lake and West Branch. Only 75 minutes from Traverse City and 90 minutes from Mackinac Island and the Upper Peninsula. Located just minutes from quality golf clubs such as The Dream, The Nightmare, The Quest, Forest Dunes and Fox Run. 15 minutes from the outlet mall in West Branch.

What makes this house unique

We love the 'private like' lake and the sunsets and the ability to take a short day trip to some great activities!


based on 18 traveler reviews

Great Location Short Drives To Mackinac Island Traverse City Golf
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews
Clinton Township, Michigan

50th Anniversary Celebration

  • 5 of 5

We booked the Sand Castle to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary; all 17 of our family were able to stay the whole week and we were absolutely delighted. The accommodations were perfect; the facilities were more than adequate for both indoor and outdoor. The sandy beach was perfect for our 4 year old grandson, who refused to leave the water. The dock accommodated both boats brought up by our son-in-laws. Our 12 year old grandson had a difficult time leaving, he had such a great time; we would have no qualms in renting again - it's one in a million. It was a truly memorable anniversary. Thanks from all 17.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Lake House for our family!

  • 5 of 5

We booked the Sandcastle to accommodate our large extended family. We could not have been more pleased. The home and property include every detail you could think of to make your stay wonderful. The lake is very peaceful which made boating with the kids a real treat. The location made day trips to Grayling and Mackinac a breeze, though the property was so great we hesitated to go anywhere. The local golf course just a couple of miles away was a little gem we discovered too. We can see ourselves coming back to the Sandcastle again and again.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us here at The Sandcastle. We are so pleased you were able to enjoy our home along with the location making day trips so easy. Your family took great care and left The Sandcastle in great shape. We all look forward to having you back soon. Safe travels!
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Las Vegas, Nevada

A great, great family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

The Sandcastle was a perfect place for our large family to rendezvous. The day of our family photo, we had 44 family gathered to capture the memory on the back deck. Age ranges 8 months to 83 years! After the picture, with everyone helping we were able to feed those 44 people. The accomodations couldn't have been better or more comfortable. The kitchen facilities were above average with plenty of prep room for the many foods we prepared. The grill was tricky to get started, but also added extra cooking space. The house manager and owner were very receptive and helpful. We had people scattered around the area-some in Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake and campsites in St. Helen, and all were able to party at the Sandcastle with ease. Sunsets were breathtaking! The beach, the dock (we rented a pontoon boat!), and location were PERFECT, PERFECT, PERFECT.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Multi-Generation Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at the Sandcastle. The house and location was great for our family (including grandparents, kids (aka parents), and 4 grand sons ("the boys" ranging in age from 3.5 - 6.5). The boys had a wonderful time playing in the sand, jumping off the dock and fishing (off the dock and out in the lake off the boat. The older boys caught several fish which was thrilling for them). The parents appreciated the shallow water (allowing even the 3.5yr old twins to comfortable jump off the dock like the big boys); set up and close proximity of the beautiful deck to the water; outside shower and foot rinse as well as the beautiful dining room and ample kitchen space for cooking. The grandparents (especially handicap grandma) appreciated the proximity of the water and deck allowing them to hear and enjoy the grandsons playing in the sand and water. Wonderful week - we have already booked for next summer and look forward to our visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that our Sandcastle was a great fit for all of your family. These types of experiences makes it all worth while for us! The fact that we can share our secret with others...Is Awesome! We are looking forward to having you back again next year! Thank you for being our guests.
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The facility was great! The view fantastic! The lake and beach were enjoyable. The kids and adults had a wonderful visit! Any issues were handled expeditiously!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us and more importantly coming back again next year! Your family kept great care of The Sandcastle and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time...We are looking forward to your stay with us next summer. Safe Travels!
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Huntington Woods, MI

friends and family

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect house for our gathering. Plenty of room for everyone, a beautiful property and view, and great outdoor living space!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Saint Helen House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Season
May 20 2016 - Sep 15 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
May 20 2017 - Sep 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $300

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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , master bath seperate toilet room walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , main level
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , main level
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , outdoor shower , outdoor only shower and toilet room
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , main level
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , main level
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed , main level bunk bed is full size and has a trundle full siz
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 bunk bed , 2nd level full size bunks queen futon 50inch flat screen tv
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2nd level master suite with flat screen television
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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