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Picturesque, Spacious Lake Front Family Vacation Home

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Lake Front Home With 4 Bedroom, 3 Full Baths With Lots Of Space To Play

Need to get away from work and hectic schedules? Pack up the car and head to our Lake St. Helen Vacation Home. Just 5 miles off I75 in mid-Michigan, it's just what you need to chase the stress away.

Lake St. Helen is a well kept secret. It's an all sports lake great for swimming, water skiing, tubing, personal water crafts, fishing and much more. Bring your boat, rent our pontoon, or rent a fishing boat at the marina just a few blocks away. The lake boasts a 75% uninhabited waters edge of state land. This makes for colorful evenings as the sun sets across the lake. Sit by a campfire at the waters edge and take it all in as you listen to the camp fire crackle. Don't forget the marshmallows!

In the fall, come up for the beautiful color change. The drive is beautiful, not to mention all the color right across the lake. The smell of the leaves and crisp fall air will cure you of almost anything.

A favorite time is spring. The earth is bursting with new life and the animals are coming alive. There's always a fawn or two in the woods with mom and dad not too far away. You'll more than likely see them on a walk.

No matter the time of year or what the weather brings, there's plenty for the family to do. A game room in the basement has ping pong, pool and foos ball tables. Sleeping space will never be a problem at this cottage. There's trundle beds and several bunk beds, enough to house a large family or even two!

Choose your time of year and make your reservation. Once you've been to this 'Northern Get Away,' you'll make it an annual vacation.

More Details

Donna Laing
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Donna Laing

Married 33 years, we are a close family with 4 adult children and 1 grandchild. The cottage was our re-connecting place. Just the right distance from our home, (2 1/2 hrs) the cottage has always been the our favorite family vacation. It was not until the economy

faltered did we decide to rent this jewel. Most of our guests have returned for several years. We hope you will do the same.

Donna Laing purchased this house in 1997

Why Donna Laing chose Northern Michigan

Our lake home was owned by my brother before us.

We loved the peaceful area and beautiful setting so much we bought a small home down the street. When he decided to sell we quickly sold ours in order to have this awesome, spacious, family cottage.

What makes this house unique

The cottage is in a small town with just the essentials for a convenient stay. Located on a beautiful wooded street with well kept homes and a lake that is like glass in the evening, we can't think of a better place to enjoy.


Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I 75
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Car: recommended


Saint Helen House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , First floor dual access
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , off sunken family room
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Second floor, dual access
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • First Floor - 1 queen , direct access to full bathroom
    Second floor Master - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Twins are a trundle bed
    Second floor 1st bunk room - 2 bunk bed , Bunks are full on bottom and twin on top
    Second bunk room - 2 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Bunks are full on bottom & twin on top, twins are a trundle
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(11 traveler reviews)

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Picturesque, Spacious Lake Front Family Vacation Home
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

Home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Mike and Donna's. Beautiful rental with everything you could ask for. Clean and spacious. Wonderful and friendly neighbors. Beautiful sunsets. Fishing wasn't so great this year, but we have had luck on this lake before. God willing, hope to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful get-away

  • 5 of 5

The house was comfortable and had everything we needed. Nice neighborhood and the lake is beautiful with a sandy bottom. I had no idea how spacious the house was from the pictures, plenty of sleeping room as well as space for activities or just relaxing.

We had a great time playing games, boating and making bon fires with our children. We would definitely love to come back. Owner is very nice and easy to deal with. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review! We look forward to your family's return in the future. Donna
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Above and Beyond expectations!

  • 5 of 5

This place is beautiful. It has everything you could ever need! Highly recommended! We Will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a relaxing time!

  • 5 of 5

**Friend vacation 8/16/17-8/20/17**

A group of my friends and my self stayed at this house for a long weekend. The house is big and beautiful with a lot of space. Donna the owner was extremely helpful throughout the whole process. We had lots of people going, so I had lots of questions for her. Her responses back to me were quick and full of information. There were so many things I loved about this house. Plenty of beds, we were able to eat meals together, the view is perfect. We were able to rent her boat for a day and that was such a wonderful experience that will give us tons of memories to look back on. The boys were able to catch some fish in the lake :) We did get some rainy days, but we had fun staying in playing card games and laughing. We were able to find a bowling place about 15 miles away that let us go out and do something during the rain as well. I would highly recommend this house. I'm glad we found this gem, we will be defiantly returning!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your kind remarks. Donna
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Everything we wanted

  • 5 of 5

I've rented cabins up north a few times in the last couple years and this home was by far the best one I've stayed in. Very clean and taken care of. The place was so nice that we felt obligated to clean it and vacuum before we left. it's very spacious and the water frontage is huge. Will definitely be going back with my family in 2017.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review Tony. So glad you enjoyed our home. Donna & Michael
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Beautiful and Well Kept.

  • 5 of 5

The lake house is located on the lake and is well kept up.

Lake St. Helen is unique in being rather private with a significant amount of land surrounding the lake being owned by the State of Michigan. You feel like you are really getting away.

The pictures of the house, on the website, do not show how well kept and updated this house really is. You can tell that Mr. and Mrs. Laing put a lot of time and effort into keeping the property in prime condition.

It is a real bargain considering the location and excellent condition of the house and grounds.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95
Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

Dogs are permitted upon approval based on age, size and breed. Pet fee of $15/night or $100/wk
1 Dog maximum. Picture is required before approval.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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