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Donna Laing

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Picturesque, Spacious Lake Front Family Vacation Home

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Donna Laing (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

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.


based on 4 traveler reviews

Picturesque, Spacious Lake Front Family Vacation Home
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Great family vacation getaway in a well maintained home with loads of space

  • 5 of 5

This was our annual family vacation. We have 6 adults and 7 children under the age of 12. We were all able to eat our meals at the dining table at the same time. Had plenty of beds, the lake was great it was shallow enough for the little ones to enjoy without worrying. We also rented the pontoon boat which was great for taking the kids fishing and caught fish! The kitchen was well stocked with everything one would need. Everything was really good and we are planning on returning next year to the same home for our vacation

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Awesome Place

  • 4 of 5

Spacious, comfortable, relaxing. The views from the back deck and water's edge fire pit were absolutely spectacular. We have older kids, so the basement game room area was great for hanging out when the weather was a bit nasty for two of the days during our stay. Great fishing, boating, and beautiful surroundings (we even spotted a Bald Eagle while on the water one day). Probably our last family vacation as the kids go off to college, get jobs, etc. Thanks for a great final set of memories. Only reason I gave 4 out of 5 stars is because there is no beach on the property, there is a public beach right down the street, but a beach on the property would have been great.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a memorable stay. I wish we had a beach too but the erosion forced us to put in a sea wall. At that time we added the 12 x 15 sand area so young kids had a place to play with sand toys. Come again! The Laings
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great location, waterfront on beautiful peaceful lake, 1 min from downtown St. Helen, 15 minutes from shopping in West Branch, 25 minutes from Houghton Lake area. The lake was beautiful! Very large, great for boating, great fishing. The house was very nice. We had a small group, but it would be perfect for large groups. Open concept with lots of seating and plenty of beds. Basement has pool table, ping pong, and fooseball. There is a nice big yard and deck with grill and firepit. No beach at the house, but a public beach is right down the road for swimming.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great Find

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have been taking lakehouse vaca's for years. This one has it all. Its not overcrowded, it does offer privacy. The sunsets are to die for. The owners are great people. Our pets are part of our family and as long as they pre approve your pet, they can enjoy your vacation too. This has been our summer vaca spot for 5 years. Love it

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I 75
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Saint Helen House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $75
Departure Cleaning fee $85

Pets are permitted upon approval based on age, size and breed. Pet fee of $15/night or $75/wk
2 pet maximum.

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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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • 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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