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Exceptional Lakefront Property Private Beach on Portage Lake and Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, Sleeps 15

Unique family vacation home on beautiful Portage Lake with private beach access to Lake Michigan. The house is ideally situated on a quiet private peninsula between Portage Lake and Lake Michigan and is designed for entertaining and a quintessential vacation experience. The cottage has 2.5 acres of beautifully landscaped green space and gardens. The home boast over 300 feet of private waterfront on Portage lake, complete with terraced gardens, a waterfront boardwalk, a huge sandy beach area, fire pit, patio area, dock and swimming platform.

The main house has 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and can comfortably sleeps 11. There are two fabulous sleeping porches on each end of the house. Each porch has two twin beds which can easily be configured into a king size bed. One room has 2 bunk beds and another has two twin beds. Each sleeping porch has an interior dressing room, one with another twin bed. There is a studio apartment next to the garage with a queen bed, bunk bed, and full bath -- ideal for a family or individuals wanting privacy.

The kitchen is charming and fully equipped. It is located between two large dining rooms. With a combined seating capacity for 22. The front room has over 30 feet of large glass windows to view and enjoy the splendor of the lake. The sun rise is directly across the lake and makes for an unforgettable morning. The home has a wonderful brick fireplace and has a spacious and flowing floor plan.

There are two patios on each end of the home with porch furniture. The incredible yard is ideal for bochi, croquet, yard tennis, and every conceivable game of tag or hide and seek. Across the road is a deteriorating but functional private tennis court and basketball court.

The home is situated on the south west corner of Portage Lake with easy access to Lake Michigan through the channel yet offering the natural protection of a cove which is ideal for mooring motor and sail boats. There are two kayaks available. The water is clean and great for swimming

A pristine and private Lake Michigan beach is accessible via the nearby channel. Enchanting sunsets, fishing and beach combing are at your fingertips.

Beach chairs, towels, umbrellas, fire pit, wood, is included.

More Details

Abby Hurst
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2017

About Abby Hurst

This is a historic family cottage occupied and loved by five generations.

Abby Hurst purchased this house in 1922

Why Abby Hurst chose Michigan

Spectacular summer lake home with 300 feet of lake front, beautiful yard, and full of character.

What makes this house unique

Home on Portage Lake and access to pristine Lake Michigan! Sleeping Bear Dunes is a short drive north. Excellent Golf in Onekama, Manistee and Arcadia. Arcadia Bluffs is one of Michigan's premier golf destinations. Little River Casino is less than 5 miles away. Manistee is a fascinating victorian town with lots of shopping and summer attractions.


Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Shays Chop House
Nearest Ferry
38 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
130 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Shays Chop House
Nearest Ski
23 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary


Manistee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 22 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The fourth bathroom is located in the studio apartment
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Exceptional Lakefront Property Private Beach on Portage Lake and Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

The Most Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

This house was so beautiful and the property was absolutely amazing. I cannot say enough good things about our week here.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Lake House

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Carter House. There was plenty of room to spread out and we enjoyed looking at all of the artifacts from your many travels. The beach was nice and the lake was clear for swimming. Did not go to beach at Lake Michigan as it did not have an easy access.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kalamazoo, MI

Family of 15

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic vacation place has something for every age. Beautifully appointed. Gorgeous scenery! Just like home. Plenty of room.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Charming Lake Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderfully nostalgic week at this lake home last summer. It is a beautiful place with everything you need to unwind. I look forward to my return!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $350
Refundable damage deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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