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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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 10, 2017

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 Northern Michigan

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
  • 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 4.714286 based on 10 reviews

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: Aug 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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Lainsburg Michigan


  • 3 of 5

Location is great. Open clean floor plan. Great parking.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you liked it. Thanks for rebooking for 2018. We are always working on updates and have more planned for this fall and upcoming spring.
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Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

the house is beautiful and very well taken care of. The views r fabulous!! Great place to stay!!! Check it out!!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad u love it as much as we do!! So glad you are coming back next year!!
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Grand Ledge MI

The cottage was more like a home.

  • 5 of 5

This rental is a must do if your going to Houghton Lake. Very easy to get to. Close to everything. Even though once your there, I can't see any reason to leave except for grilling food and drinks. And the place is absolutely amazing! The remodeling makes it feel like a new build. Will most definitely rent this place again!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation getaway

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here 2 years in a row & plan to continue enjoying this beautiful property in the years to come. Close to town, cannot get any closer to the lake, gorgeous lake front lawn & fire pit and beautifully updated house!!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lisa! We are looking forward to you and your family coming back in 2017. Hope to get a new deck this coming year...fingers crossed. Any suggestions are helpful on anything you think would make your vacation better. Renee
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Brighton Township, MI

A wonderful family getaway.

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed here and we are coming back again. The owners have been updating the house and it is exciting to see the changes. We love being on the lake and there is a large yard for the kids to run in. Two full baths help when you have multiple children staying. The owners are very nice, the house is clean and spacious.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having your family enjoy our lake house. We are always looking for ways to update the retreat and are thankful that people are enjoying it. We make sure the cabin is 100% clean up to our sectfications before turn it over to the next renters. Stay tune for more updates...look forward to many more years of continued venture. The Herdons
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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

Houghton Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Winter Rate
Nov 1 2017 - Jan 17 2018
3 night minimum stay
Tip Up Week #1
Jan 18 2018 - Jan 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Tip Up Week #2
Jan 25 2018 - Jan 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Winter Rate
Feb 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Spring Rate
Apr 1 2018 - May 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer Rate
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Summer Rate
Jun 16 2018 - Sep 7 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
4th of July 2017
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $5 per person per night
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.
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