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Lake House Retreat - Lake front house

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,560 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 12 Sleeps

Beautiful Ranch House on the biggest inland lake in Michigan. 87 Feet lake frontage. We have a sea wall with walk down ramp,. 120 ft of dock to tie boats to and fish off. We are in a sandy bed with very few weeds. Shallow for 200 feet out. The large yard is ideal for family get togethers with fire pit. The parking area is huge for extra guest and RV if needed. Driveway is located off from main drive (m-55) but house is tucked back on an acre plus parcel, no road noises can be heard due to the distance from road. The kitchen is updated, bedrooms, living room and dining room. The house is modern lodge décor, feel like you are up north. This place is top of the line and you will enjoy every moment you are there. We now have charter cable and unlimited wireless Wi-Fi!

Renee Herdon
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Renee Herdon

I love the water and hope you enjoy this gem as much as I do. I can't come up and want others to enjoy the place and make family memories. I have horses and can't leave them every weekend to play in the sun.

Renee Herdon purchased this house in 1998

Why Renee Herdon chose Houghton Lake

This Lake house retreat is located on the south side of the lake and very close to the store and restaurants. It's tucked in behind a few resorts and on an acre of property. This place is a true 4 season place. This area of Michigan is prefer for the true outdoor person. It's a playground of fun.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This note was left on the table of the cabin.

Thank you!!

Wanted to tahnk ou for all the fun we had.

Everyone enjoyed. We used the boat 4 times. Didn't have a camera to take pictures. propella is fine.

Dog behaved very well.

We did miss understand the garbage directions - took it home with us.

Thank you again may come back next year if you will have us.
Aug 2011
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Houghton Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Place must be in the same clean condition as when you got there. There will be a $50/hour charge if it is not cleaned.
  • If smoking outside - please pick up your butts. You will be charged if we have to clean up the yard. NO SMOKING INSIDE $300 fee will be applied.
  • NO PETS - You will be charged $300 and need to remove pet from property.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master bedroom bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , futon sleeps a 54 inch child
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon sleeps 2 adults
    Living room - 3 sleep sofa /futon , 2 full size futon -sleeps 2 adults -1 futon is a single size
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
1550 sqft house (1988) with attached 2-car garage. 3 large bedrooms & 2 full bathrooms. Laundry room, Open floor plan. Newly remodeled kitchen, dining room and Living room. 180 degee view of the lake form 3 rooms.. Full kitchen w/dishwasher. Pans & some dishes are available. Sleeps 2/2/2-5 total of 9+ people. Plus Living room has 2 full size futons and also a chair futon which adds 3-5 people to sleeping total. There is room for an air mattress. Parking Area/driveway is large enough for a camper or RV parking. Large yard for numerous tent locations. 55" Flat screen with Direct TV in the main room.


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Lake House Retreat - Lake front house
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 15 reviews

Awesome Winter Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Tried this property out for an annual ice fishing trip after having a long time family cottage nearby sold over this summer. This place almost made me forget about my old cottage! It was super comfortable and spacious with an open concept kitchen, dining and living area that was perfect for lounging and cooking some hearty winter meals in the updated kitchen to warm up after a day out on the ice (which, by the way - Lyman’s shanties over the south shore weed bed are right there, which was super convenient for us.) The decor has a great “up north” feel and the views out of the large windows looking out over HL are amazing. The 3 bedrooms were all comfortable and having the 2nd bathroom was a huge plus as well. We only had 5 guys, so we spread out nicely, but the couches that folded out to beds were awesome and the place could easily accommodate many more than we had. Also, the washer and dryer was another bonus. Will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hearing your responds makes renting worth while. I can’t use this lovely place very often so letting others enjoy it ‘is priceless.’ I’m glad the Lake House Retreat will be a place you can come and enjoy in the winter time! Try any of our other season too!! Look forward to your return. Renee Herdon
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Very nice home. Plenty of room for our group of 8.

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd year at this home over Labor Day weekend. We love being right on the water and the house is very clean and maintained.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great to have family reunion in the home we built and lived in for 15 years. Lots of memories. Love the wood furnishings, view of the lake, and "at home" feeling.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay and the home was beautiful. It was a perfect combination of rustic up north meats modern. If we come back to Houghton Lake again, we will surely rent this home again.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you loved the place! We sure do! We would love you come back and visit. Houghton Lake is a 4 season lake so ice fishing and sledding are a blast for enjoying the winter months or the fall colors up north are a relaxing time to ease into winter. Come back!! Renee Herdon
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The house is "BEAUTIFUL", it is so roomy, very clean, the decor is "AWESOME". The house has everything you need for a Great Vacation. Huge yard, we played kick ball, corn hole, ect. Bon fires at night, nothing like sitting by the lake. Very peaceful and private. Loved the driveway and parking too. Can't say enough about the place. Would recommend it highly to anyone. Really hated to leave.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kindness! We love the place and it's our home and want to share with people since we are too busy to enjoy it ourselves. Stay tune for more updates...dock and deck and outside furnishing will be completed by next rental season. Hope you come back really soon to enjoy the lake house. Renee Herdon
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Wonderful vacation property.

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful vacation property. The house is clean and maintained nicely. Big lawn and view is perfect. The water is shallow a good distance out which is great for kids. Just bring the toys (boat, kayaks, floats, etc) so you can enjoy the water.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the lake house. We are continuing to update every year. New deck and furniture by spring and a new dock. Glad you are coming back in 2018.
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Nearest Airport
2.6 Miles
Houghton Lake State Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Shenanigans Pub
Nearest Golf
1.6 Miles
The Quest Golf Club 1.6 miles/Pineview Highlands
Nearest Motorway
12.7 Miles
Merritt Speedway
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Little Boots Country Diner/end of driveway
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Fishing.

* Boating.

* Tubing/skiing.

* swimming.

* Hunting.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Hike.

* Swim.

* ORV trails just south of town...

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Mini golf.

* Go-Karts.

* Movies.

* Hike..

Lots of activities to be had on the lake and around the lake. Swimming, tubing, boating & jet sking

(rentals nearby). Sandy and shallow - great for kids to swim in. Houghton Lake is a fisherman's

dream - so many places to fish ( river, lake & canels). Located on the south side which is sheltered

more from waves and wind. Lots of shopping, restaurant & bars nearby. Walmarts within 5 miles.

Restaurant across street & ice cream shop is walking distance from house. M-55 has asphalt bike

lane for biking. Fire pit for marshmallowing and relaxing. Located near two amusement parks, go-kart tracks & put-put golf. Love to golf, there is 3+ locations to swing your clubs. ORV trails located nearby (must trailer to). Ice fishing & snowmobing is a very popular sports in the winter months. Within miles of state land for hunting. There is so much to do, your week will be fun packed! We are just miles from a huge scrape booking store/craft store. Large area for scrape booking at retreat.

Please email me and we can talk over the price. If available bonus days prior or afterward are awarded after a full week rental for $100/night.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Linens/towels/blankets $100
Refundable damage deposit $700

25% due at reservations request time, remaining due 45 days out. If cancelled 60 days out 100% refundable less then 60 days 25% is non refundable which is the deposit paid at original reservations. Pets are not allowed and you will be asked to board pet or to leave. (forfeiting rental)

$1250 to $2000 due to holiday weekends and special events at H. Lake area. Rentals are Friday 2pm to Friday 11 am. Please call soon due to repeat customers. Please no pets and no smoking in house. Discount for off season rental. This house is available for weekly rental all year long. Discount for multiple weeks.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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