Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Great Location Short Drives To Mackinac Island Traverse City Golf

Sleeps22
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 3,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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.


Owner
Ben Castle
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

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 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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

DESPITE UNUSUALLY COOL WEATHER, OUR CLAN HAD A BLAST AT THIS BEAUTIFUL LAKEFRONT HOME..HOME IS UNDERSTATED IN IT"S VRBO DESCRIPTION.. GREAT LAYOUT WITH SEVERAL ROOMS/BEDROOMS OVERLOOKING LK. ST, HELEN..HUGE DEEP SAND BEACH BORDERS SANDY-BOTTOM AND SHALLOW WATER FOR KIDS TO ENJOY..TWO GREAT SITTING AREA"SON DECK TO WATCH KIDS AND /OR TIP YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE..CLOSE EAZY TRAVEL TO ST.HELEN-WEST BRANCH-HOUGHTON LK. AND EVEN ROSSCOMMON TO SHOP..THIS HOME IS #1 ON OUR LIST FOR OUR 2018 VACATION.. THANKS BEN FOR ALLOWING TO SHARE YOUR GREAT HOME !!!!!!!!!! DICK AND KATHY Y
Jun 2017
  • 1 of 1

Amenities

Richfield Township House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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:
  • 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

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

95% Complete
4% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Great Location Short Drives To Mackinac Island Traverse City Golf
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 25 reviews
5

Perfect for families

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Sandcastle was wonderful. It is a beautiful place that was perfect for our children and their families. The grandchildren ranged in ages from 6 months to 9 years old and the set up of the house, the beach etc was perfect for us. The beach was just what the kids needed. We Had a pretty bad storm come through and knocked power out, but thanks to the generator that automatically came on, we were good. Ben was quick to respond to all my emails and helped to direct us to a marina for a pontoon boat rental. St Helen is a small town but that is what we wanted. We would highly recommend this place if you are looking to relax and watch amazing sunsets.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Donna, Your family was great and took great care of The Sandcastle! We are so happy the kids had a great time on our beach and that the pontoon referral worked out. I am also happy that you enjoyed the paddle board rentals. It was unfortunate to hear about the storm, but was happy to hear that the emergency generator system worked for you. You were our first guest to ever have to utilize it! Hope to see you and your family back at The Sandcastle soon. Safe travels. Ben
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Surpassed our expectations!!

  • 5 of 5

We cannot say enough about how much our entire family; our children and their spouses, and our 13 grandchildren, enjoyed our stay in August at The Sandcastle. The 'Cottage' and property were beautiful and certainly exceeded our expectations. The Sandcastle is so well and comfortably furnished and was very clean and well maintained, indoors and outside. We could see that a lot of thought went into the building of this beautiful home including the outdoor shower which was such a great way to wash the sand off at the end of the day. The 'foot shower' before stepping up on the deck is also a great idea. There is plenty of space in the house for a large group though we were blessed with fantastic weather for our entire stay, so we spent the majority of our time on the deck and the great beach. Our grandchildren started their days playing in the sand and were in the lake for hours. The water is shallow for a distance so that was great for them. One of our sons brought his boat so we were able to enjoy skiing and tubing on Lake St. Helen which is large and was not crowded at all. The very nice fire pit allowed for campfires and s'mores every evening along with absolutely amazing sunsets. Obviously, we don't know Lake St. Helen in its' entirety, but we can't imagine a better location for a cottage than the Sandcastle.

Ben Castle was easy to work with and contact. He responded to any emails very quickly. We would not hesitate to recommend the Sandcastle to others, in fact we already have, and the pictures that our children posted on Facebook have prompted people to ask about the Sandcastle and our vacation. We are thankful that the Castles are willing to share this little piece of 'Heaven on Earth' with others.

George and Andrea

August 2016

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Royal Oak, Michigan
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
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
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
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

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!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

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!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

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

Photos

Rates & Availability

Richfield Township House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
2017
May 20 2017 - Sep 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,675
 
 
snowmobile and ski season
Nov 18 2017 - Feb 28 2018
4 night minimum stay
$475
From
$500
Thu,Fri,Sat
$3,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
summer 2018
May 25 2018 - Sep 16 2018
7 night minimum stay
$3,800
 
 
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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Contact Owner
Available
Unavailable

You might like these similar properties