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Crystal clear water & the outdoors await you!

48 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Johannesburg House Rental Photos and Description

3 bed / 2 bath with spacious living areas and kitchen.

This beautiful 3-bedroom / 2 bath home on Little Bear Lake offers excellent sandy beaches and spectacular lake views of turquoise water. You'll be amazed at how clean and clear Little Bear Lake actually is. It's definitely a hidden gem 'Up North', and your family will beg to come back each year. Come and stay in this magnificent lake house that was built in 2011. The house is adorned with rustic decor, knotty pine, and log trim. It sleeps 9 comfortably, and at 1,600 sq ft, there is plenty of room for you and your guests to relax and recall the day’s fun. We've got a huge kitchen island for you to play cards and board games on, or just hang out with the friends and family.

You can rest assured that you will enjoy your stay. The owner is only a phone call away, 24x7, and can manage any incident that you may encounter. The owner is happy to take your calls for any questions you may have throughout your stay, as well as the reservation process.

Our rental process is very easy, so give us a call today to reserve your stay in this amazing Gaylord area vacation rental.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Steven Dove
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 4, 2016
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Why Steven Dove chose Northern Michigan

This property was purchased in 2009, and rebuilt in 2011. The home is brand new and is located on one of the most amazing lakes in northern Michigan.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a GREAT time at your lovely chalet. It was exactly as pictured, and very cozy and comfortable. We had all rain and cold weather, but we didn't mind a bit. Just snuggled up with books and alternating cups of cocoa and glasses of wine. Lovely!

The nicest surprise was the wonderful dog tie-out. We weren't expecting such convenience! It was so nice just to step outside and hook the pooch up. After one high-energy run down to the end of the line (and subsequent flight), she got the hang of it and enjoyed having some freedom.

We would love to return another time when the weather permits us to wander a bit further.
Oct 2012
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based on 48 traveler reviews

Crystal clear water & the outdoors await you!
average rating of 4.8125 based on 50 reviews

Fall On the Lake

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here from October 14th-16th while attending a Jeep club event. House was very clean and the view over the lake was awesome. Very quiet neighborhood. House was stocked with everything you need. Enjoyed our stay very much! Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful stay in northern Michigan

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Little Bear Lake House 8/27/16 - 9/3/16. The house was exactly as advertised on VRBO if not better, the house seemed actually bigger in person than the photos showed. Everything was very very clean upon arrival. The kitchen was well equipped, linen closet stocked, and there were plenty of extras provided such as paper towel, TP, laundry soaps, and the like.

Little Bear Lake is a very beautiful lake. Its smaller than the neighboring Big Bear Lake (go figure right?) so I think the majority of the boat traffic is on Big Bear, making Little Bear a nice relaxing quiet lake with minimal boat traffic. There wasn't much of a beach but what there was was all sand and the swimming was great off the dock, very sandy. We didn't use the canoe or the row boat provided because I brought up my own fishing boat, but those seemed fine.

The only thing I'd say could be an improvement would be the addition of WiFi, but then again, it was nice to kind of unplug from the world and spend quality family time together.

All in all, we will definitely be coming back!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! We do our best to make sure that your stay is uneventful, and provide you with the items that you've mentioned. We anxiously await high-speed internet access to be available in our area, as we're still a bit remote from the rest of the world. Normally, we have a great beach! The water levels are currently the highest that we've seen in over 10 years. Hopefully our beach returns next year so that our guests will have more room.
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Wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

Little Bear Lakehouse was just perfect for our family. It is beautiful, clean, in good repair. Everything was excellent! Steve was a total professional and great to deal with. Will I stay here again? Already booked!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a amazing time on little bear lake. When we first walked into the house we could not believe how clean it almost sparkled. We loved the openness of the house since we had children it made it great for them to play. The rooms were perfect sizes and bed were comfy. We loved that there was enough towels and wash clothes for us to use. The house was stocked with pretty much everything you would need and some. The lake and beach are very clean and crystal clear. Everyday the kids would go down the the water and loved jumping off the dock. The canoe was used daily. There was several towns that had some amazing restaurants. But we loved the house so much we hardly left. Their is nothing I can say bad about this house and our vacation. We cannot wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Place to stay at an awesome Lake

  • 5 of 5

The House was well organized, very clean and easy to access. Our overall experience with the House as well as the Owner was perfect. We recommend this place to all which like Lakes in the Woods.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely and Relaxing Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

My family had an absolutely wonderful week at Little Bear Lake House! When we arrived the house was exceptionally clean. The owners thoughtfully provided enough linens and towels to last our family of 5 for the whole week. Having 3 children, I especially appreciated the fact that there was a full bottle of hand soap in each bathroom. :) The kitchen is fully stocked with glassware, pots, and pans. The whole house is roomy and comfortable. We immediately felt at home. The view of Little Bear Lake from the deck is quite beautiful. The lake itself is very clean, and the beach and lake floor are sandy. My whole family spent hours in the water and jumping off the dock. During the week there were some people out on boats and jet skis, but they all stayed a safe distance from the shore. In the evening we enjoyed playing cards or board games at the raised kitchen table. There is a small fire pit in the front yard that is great for roasting marshmallows. One cloudy day we drove into Gaylord and went to Bavarian Falls Park for mini-golf, which was also a lot of fun. We were so impressed with Little Bear Lake House and Little Bear Lake, and we hope to be able to stay there again!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Traverse City, Cherry Capital
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Treetops Resort
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Johannesburg House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $70 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

All rates are subject to change based on availability. Holiday rates also apply. Please inquire for reservations that occur over federally recognized holidays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Johannesburg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • 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 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Attached to master bedroom.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Has private full bath.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • The master bedroom contains a king sized, cedar log bed, with an attached private bathroom. This bedroom has a walk-in closet, alarm clock and night stand. The second bedroom has a queen sized, cedar log bed. It has a closet, armoire, alarm clock and night stand. The third bedroom contains a single twin, cedar log bed, and a set of cedar log bunk beds.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming

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