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Michael Oswald

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Beautiful Year Round Lakehouse Rental 30 min from South Bend/ 2 hrs from Chicago

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Spacious 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath with 2 huge living areas on oversized lake front lot

Our beautiful smoke-free home is located on 246 acre all-sports Donnell Lake. This year round retreat is large enough to accommodate 2 families. Features 2 extra large living areas, spacious dining, kitchen and laundry with full size washer / dryer. Completely furnished with linens, towels, appliances, cable TV, internet, and more. Kids will love the ping pong, sand box and oversized lot.

Our home is ideally located in a cove on the northeast side of the lake - perfect for swimming, fishing and watching the sunset. Home features a full length private pier and boat parking.

Situated on a small hill, our home provides the best view of the lake. During the late afternoon and evening, enjoy beautiful sunsets over the water.

Donnell Lake is located just 2 hours from Chicago, and only 30 minutes from Notre Dame / South Bend, IN. There are two golf courses just minutes away, and you can be skiing or snowboarding at Swiss Valley Resort in less than 15 minutes.

Donnell Lake is a quiet lake, where you will not find taverns or restaurants on the lake itself. This truly is ideal for a family vacation or retreat from the city. We hope our renters find our house clean, comfortable and affordable and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michael Oswald (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Michael Oswald

Being from the Midwest, we love Michigan! We love the changing seasons, and enjoy being able to visit year round during different times of the year. Our family loves to be on the water, whether it be tubing, wake boarding or skiing. We enjoy docking at the island, playing in the water and just hanging out on the boat. Our favorite times are when we have friends and family visiting and enjoying time together on the lake.

Michael Oswald purchased this house in 2000

Why Michael Oswald chose Michigan

Donnell Lake is located just 2 - 2 1/2 hours from either Chicago or Detroit, making it an ideal spot for a weekend getaway or vacation retreat. Donnell Lake is a relatively small lake, while being large enough to be full recreation. It is a quiet spot with a great family atmosphere.

What makes this house unique

Our home is in an ideal spot on the lake. Located in a cove on the NE side of the lake, we are in an area perfect for fishing and swimming. Our unique, large, lakefront lot offers 50 feet of waterfront deck and about 60 yards of flat, open grass. We love to play corn hole (bean bags), ladder golf, Bocce Ball, Croquet, football and more.


based on 9 traveler reviews

Beautiful Year Round Lakehouse Rental 30 min from South Bend/ 2 hrs from Chicago
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

A Great Family Place

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful family vacation we were able to have here. From the beginning Mike was very accommodating and responded immediately to the many questions and concerns I raised. The house was incredibly spacious for me, my wife, my son, my daughter, my son-in-law and their five kids. We all had a great time swimming in the lake, using the canoe, playing the many games that were available and just being together. Kitchen facilities, towels, linens, laundry facilities, outdoor grill, sandbox, dock, tv's, water toys, whatever we needed was there. Be sure to get instructions from Ed and his wife about working the back door lock before they leave. Oh and beside the breaker box in the kitchen there is one in the garage that controls the washer and dryer. We had to figure that out when the washer suddenly stopped mid cycle. Those were the only two little problems we had. If you rent this house you will enjoy your time at Donnell Lake. We did and we're glad we stayed there.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Al thank you so much for your kind words. We appreciate the chance to have you stay with us. The electric panels are tricky and we will definitely review these with all renters to make sure they understand the nuances. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Osceola, IN

Donell Lake House

  • 4 of 5

It is very nice & very family friendly. Owner & neighbors made the stay easy & accommodating. During the week you practically have the lake to yourself.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great stay here. Our family was able to get together at this great lake house for an extended weekend. Being right on the lake was amazing for the views, the lake activities, and just pure relaxation and quality family time. Mike was very communicative from the beginning, detailing out everything we'd need to know about the house and the area. Everything was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed canoeing, the huge yard, and the cleanliness of everything. We'd choose to stay here again, thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. We work very hard to try to make our home a great choice for families spending time together.
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Notre Dame football weekend

  • 5 of 5

We typically rent a home each fall for our group to attend a Notre Dame home football game. This was our first stay at Donnell lake and it was great. The property is very large with great views. We were able to set up some outdoor games with plenty of space to spare. Indoors we had plenty of space to spread out. The kitchen is a great size with all you need. Cable TV was great to have as well since we watched football or baseball playoffs during downtime. Door to door from the home to ND stadium was about 40 minutes with traffic. The home was clean and had everything we needed. The owner and property mgt team were great with information and made the reservation process and check in easy and informative. I highly recommend this home!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenville, Michigan

Spacious vacation getaway for large groups

  • 5 of 5

WOW! This was our familys' first time to rent a furnished house for our vacation and we were more than impressed! There were 8 adults and 6 children. The home is spacious, clean, and well stocked with many ammenities. The owners have given every attention to the smallest detail to make our stay comfortable. There is even included a small step stool for the little kids to use. They have furnished a helpful notebook complete with information regarding the house, location of stores, golf courses and restaurants in the area. The swim area was well suited for all of us (18 months to adult). We enjoyed the yard toys, sand box, patio set and spacious deck by the lake, fire pit and available dock space. The owners are prompt in responding to questions and are very accommodating in sharing their home. They are open to any suggestions and follow through promptly. We would whole heartedly recommend this vacation home.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Lois for your kind words. We are always trying to make sure our home is great for families. We strive to make our home the best vacation lake house in southwest Michigan.
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great lake house

  • 5 of 5

we were really excited about finding this property on the lake since all of the guys are avid bass fisherman,and we were not disapointed lots of bass caught. but the house o my what a wonderful place to spend a family vacation.plenty of room for all and there was 12 of us.although the deck was being remodeled it did not interfer with our outside activities.plenty of yard games nice beach for the kiddies, and the pier space was great for our bass boats.had (1) day of rain so we played board games inside many of those to choose from also.

mike is a great guy to deal with very quick with the e-mails and ed& sherri will fill you in on everything at the house. will we be back you bet!!!!!! .

the lake is kinda busy on the weekend but duriung the week you almost have it to yourself and that was very nice.

thanks again

see you next year!!!!


winona lake, in.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Roger! We are so happy that you were able to enjoy the home, the lake and the family atmosphere.
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Nearest Airport
37 Miles
South Bend Regional Airport (SBN)
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
The Friendly Tavern
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Park Shore Golf Club, 18 holes, Cassapolis, MI
Nearest Train
21 Miles
Amtrak, Elkhart, IN
Nearest Motorway
21 Miles
80/90 (Indiana Toll Road)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard
Nearest Beach
49 Miles
New Buffalo Beach
Car: necessary

Great family place to stay in the fall if you are going to a Notre Dame Football Game! Notre Dame University is one of America's leading educational institutions, and one of the country's most exciting college football venues. During spring and summer, South Bend offers a family friendly minor league baseball venue. The South Bend Silver Hawks are an A-Ball affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The stadium is family friendly and tons of fun.

Only 33 miles away, visit beautiful and quiet Shipshewana, IN. Shipshewana is defined by its surrounding Mennonite and Amish communities and the small town character that make the town so attractive to thousands of visitors annually. Buggy rides, flea market, antiques and more!

During your stay, we recommend a visit to the Farm House Bakery located just 2 1/2 mi away. You will enjoy down-home country cooking in a very quaint, small town atmosphere.

For nearby entertainment, visit Four Winds Casino in Dowagiac (16 mi). This brand new casino (open April 2013) houses 300 slot machines, four table games, a non-smoking section and a Timbers restaurant serving American cuisine.


Rates & Availability

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Select 2016
May 15 2016 - Jun 11 2016
3 night minimum stay
Prime 1 2016
Jun 12 2016 - Jul 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
Holiday 2016
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
Prime 2 2016
Jul 17 2016 - Sep 11 2016
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $160

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Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Lower Bath - toilet , shower , Extra large, walk-in shower.
    Upstairs Bath - toilet , tub , shower , Newly remodeled in 2013. Double vanity.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Oversized master with plenty of extra carpeted floor space.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Lofted twin with extra mattress below. Large closet.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , Full bed, and a twin over full bunk. Large closet.
    Bunks on Lower Level - 2 built-in bunk beds feature extra long twin bunks for 4.
    Pull-outs in upstairs living area - Includes a queen futon, a full futon and a sofa bed.
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Bring your own boat or jet skis, which you can park at our private pier. There is a public launch site, but no marina on the lake. Park Shore Marina nearby rents boats, and will deliver to our pier (269) 470-4650, Don't forget to bring your lifejackets, tubes and other water rec equipment for fun in the sun!

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