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Three Bears Lodge -5 Star Lakefront Cottage Charm-Near Lk Mi

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 11)

Three Bears Lodge - Not Your Average Rental

Three Bears Lodge offers the best of both worlds! Traditional Michigan cottage charm with all the bells and whistles you expect from a NEW home. Features include 100 feet of frontage on beautiful Bear Lake, large dock, expansive yard/lawn (great for outdoor games!), firepit, professionally-designed, exposed aggregate patios and covered porches and OUTDOOR HOT TUB.

Bear Lake is a well kept secret: close to everything while offering the seclusion of being in the middle of nowhere! It's a terrific spot for a family gathering or golf getaway. The lake features 1,800 acres with a sandy bottom and little boat traffic, making it great for fishing, skiing, sailing and swimming. This cottage is extremely clean and well-kept with everything you will need to make your vacation enjoyable. Sorry no pets or smokers please.

We offer the cottage for rent for a limited number of weeks each summer. We enjoy nice properties while we travel and strive to keep our cottage up to the highest standards. This is not your typical's more like a high end bed and breakfast, but you provide the breakfast! You'll find wonderful mattresses, down comforters with duvets, featherbeds on the queen beds, etc. Please read the comments from those who have stayed with us!

The interior features extensive hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings, loads of knotty pine, solid surface and granite countertops, new appliances, ceiling fans, luxury linens, multiple TVs, surround sound stereo, and charming decor throughout. The lower level rec room features large screen home theater and sleeping nook. We also provide wireless internet, private desk with executive leather chair (for those who can't leave the office!), cable TV with free movie channels and cable music through the whole house stereo system.

Please see our calendar below, select weeks are available. Also, see the link to Photobucket for additional pictures.

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
February 8, 2017

About The Owner

This is our second home on Bear Lake. We have been coming to the area for over 15 years. We are an active family and enjoy all the water sports and outdoor activities the area affords. We cherish the special family time and countless memories we have created here with friends and family.

The Owner purchased this house in 2008

Why The Owner chose Northern Michigan

After spending two years exploring almost every Northern Michigan lake, we kept coming back to Bear Lake. At 1800 acres, Bear Lake is big enough without being too big for our children to safely explore. The lake warms quickly as it is only 30 feet deep at its deepest point and most importantly the bottom is sandy and the water crystal clean. The swimming can't be beat as there are few to no weeds. The bays on the lake provide excellent fishing. Bear Lake remains somewhat undiscovered (shh!) and boat traffic is minimal.

We love our North Shore location, the large expansive lakeside yard for lawn games and the amazing lakefront views.

What makes this house unique

When we completed construction of the cottage we were transferred out of state. Rather than sell, we decided to rent the cottage. It was a great experience and we loved sharing our special place with other families. Now that we are back in state, we continue to rent the cottage a few weeks a year when we can't be there. We have the cottage equipped the way we like it (very nice!) so you'll find this is not a typical rental!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Looking out on the beautiful view by the lake on our last day, we can't help but smile thinking of all the fun we've had at your beautiful home. Our aching shoulders and tired arms are a sign that this is the first time any of us has kayaked.....and loved it! The water trampoline, hot tub and hammock were a blast too. Even on stormy, rainy nights we had great family game nights, biscotti baking and watched the storms roll in. We've made some very fond memories that we'll always hold dear and we thank you for making this all possible and opening your beautiful home to us.
Aug 2011
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Bear Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Lodge Bath - cottage charm with all new conveniences - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Main bath located off kitchen and close to bungalow
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Amazing large glass shower with vaulted ceiling & speakers
    Nautical Bath - toilet , shower , Across from queen guest with heated towel bar
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Master - 1 queen , Expansive with sliders to lakeside hot tub, attached bath
    Queen guest bedroom -The Cabana - 1 queen , Lovely lake views, amazing mattress with hotel bedding.
    The bungalow -charm and comfort - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Plush bedding with French door to lakeside patio
    Lower level bunkhouse - 4 twin/ single , Loft beds+sectional and big screen tv. Large space 500sf
  • Queen size Beds (3) Custom Built Log Canopy Bed in the Master, Four Poster Mahogany Bed in Main Floor Guest Room, and third queen located in third main floor bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds located in main floor bedroom (queen bed also in this room), Bunk Beds (2) Lower Level bunkroom features 4 twin beds in loft style layout.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Whole House Stereo, In Wall Speakers, Large Walk-in Tile Shower with Bench, Heated Towel Bar, Granite Counters, Paddle Boat, Three Kayaks, Boat Rental Available, Wireless Internet


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Three Bears Lodge -5 Star Lakefront Cottage Charm-Near Lk Mi
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
Eastern, Michigan

Perfect Lake Home!

  • 5 of 5

We loved it so much we wished it was ours! The home is beautiful. It has absolutely everything you could want or need. We travel to TN and rent cabins a lot down there but this home is just as nice, has the added benefit of all the lake activities, and is located close by. Can't wait to come back in the summer and enjoy the full benefits of the lake. Thank you to Terri and family, you have been blessed with a beautiful lake home.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Spot for a Fun Filled Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Three Bears Lodge. We had family travel from Chicago, Columbus and Dayton, OH and everyone had raving reviews. The cabin was beautifully decorated and was very accommodating to both small children and a my disabled father. Fun amenities on the lake with the water trampoline, kayaks and paddle boat. Bear Lake is conveniently located with various inland lakes, towns and state parks within driving distance. Can't wait to return soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Des Moines, IA


  • 5 of 5

What a place! The owners managed to preserve all the the charm of the original cabin yet have all of the comfort and amenities one would expect at a 5 star resort. Everyone in our family (teens to oldsters) wanted to stay longer. Wonderful home base for all there is to do in the area, but really no need to leave at all - everything is there, from kayaks, paddle boat, life jackets and water trampoline to the 2 grills, games, books, hot tub, and firepit, cookbooks, wine glasses, comfy beds and even robes. Thank you Jennings family for sharing this gem with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake Barrington, IL


  • 5 of 5

We came with four teens, one grandmother, my wife and I and the layout could not have been better. The "Bunkhouse" in the basement gave the teens a place to be away from us, and we had peace and quiet while they played games in surround sound. This is our 8th vacation in 8 states and Three Bears Lodge may be our favorite spot yet.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your vacation and our special spot! We love it when families enjoy it as much as we do!
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Chicago, IL

We had a wonderful time a...

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Three Bears Lodge. The cottage is just beautiful, has EVERYTHING you could want and more! Location is great - cute towns nearby, amazing golf and sunsets at Arcadia Bluffs. Hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2007
  • Stayed: Sep 2007
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

We had a fantastic stay h...

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay here. We had 6 adults and 5 children in our group and had plenty of room. The kids had a great time in the lake which is very clean and shallow near the shore with a sandy bottom. We enjoyed a lot of time outside in the great yard and the hammock. Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2007
  • Stayed: Sep 2007
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Lake Michigan Beaches 10 Minutes, Beulah, Onekema, Frankfort 20 Minutes Away, Golf Courses (Including Arcadia Bluffs, Crystal Mountain, Bear Lake County Highlands), Rockin R Ranch for Horseback Riding, Carriage Rides, or Group, Hayrides, Canoe or Kayak Down the Betsie, Platte, and Manistee Rivers, Snowmobile Trails, Crystal Mountain for Skiing, Little River Casino 15 Minutes Away, Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Manitou Islands a Short Drive, Great fishing for Bass, Northern Pike, and Walleye!


Rates & Availability

Bear Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 9 2017 - Jun 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
Jun 25 2017 - Aug 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late August
Aug 25 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

50% of Rental fee required to secure rental. Fully refundable deposit of $400, and remaining 50% due within 30 days of rental Security deposit refunded if no damage and cottage left reasonably tidy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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