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Ben Castle

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

Great Location Short Drives To Mackinac Island Traverse City Golf

Sleeps22
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Overview

Saint Helen 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, 1 (King size) bedroom,1 (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.

Suitability:
  • 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!

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)
Great Location Short Drives To Mackinac Island Traverse City Golf
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews
5

Delightful stay at The Sandcastle

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family (including kids and grandkids) enjoyed our week's vacation at The Sandcastle in St Helen. We found the house to be clean and ready for us when we arrived. The house is well equipped inside and outside. Very quiet location...beautiful view across the lake especially at sunset. It was fun to watch the many pontoon boats and fisherman on the lake. Enjoyed No Limits pizza, ice cream at the Peach Pit and Birch Pointe Golf Club.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Another great stay at the Sand Castle!

  • 5 of 5

Would recommend to anyone who likes the beach, the lake (fishing to tubing) and glorious sun sets!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

We are returning visitors to the Sandcastle and had another wonderful week - the house set up is wonderful for our extended family including grandparents, "kids", and grandkids - each of our three family units had our own space and the kid room upstairs was great for afternoon "quiet time" watching movies while the parents relaxed and prepped dinner. We rented a boat and each of the four boys (4,4,5,7) were successful in catching fish throughout the week. The large sandy beach area was a huge hit all week and love the shallow entrance to the lake just off the dock for the boys to splash and play in. Overall wonderful experience at the house; working with the owner Ben Castle is great; and the house manager Lisa is prompt, respectful, helpful and efficient with all questions throughout the week.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us here at The Sandcastle. We were so pleased to have you and your family back this year and that you enjoyed your stay again!! Your family took great care and left The Sandcastle in great shape. We all look forward to having you back next year and yes you can book now for next year. Safe travels!
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Amazing Family Vacation! Highly Recommend!

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our week at the Sandcastle! The listing description accurately described everything! The home was well appointed with many amenities as well as being clean and spacious. The owners were attentive and any needs addressed quickly. This lake home has it all-a beautiful home, wonderful outdoor living space area, grassy area for yard games, fire pit, sandy beach, and shallow water with sandy bottom for the little ones, The week was spent playing on the beach, relaxing on the hammock, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and tubing! We were having so much fun we forgot to go exploring the nearby areas! At night, we watched spectacular sunsets while enjoying a fire and s'mores. How did the week so fast?

The Sandcastle supplies many of the sand and water toys-our 2 year old grand daughter loved all the sand toys that helped make outstanding castles on the beach! I cannot forget to mention the campfires at night! The fire pit is amazing.

Sunsets, laughter, splashing, and soaking up the sun-it was a glorious time had by all! Thank you!!!

We cannot wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from 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 all that it has to offer. 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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5

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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Map

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

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Rates & Availability

Saint Helen House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer Season
May 20 2016 - Sep 15 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
2017
May 20 2017 - Sep 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,675
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$485
From
$525
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,325
 
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $300
Refundable damage deposit $500

Preferred Sunday to Sunday but can be flexible depending on time and circumstance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Saint Helen House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 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 2 - 1 king , main level
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2nd level master suite with 50inch smart television
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
Suitability:
  • 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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