Large year-round country home, with beach, on beautiful Crystal Lake

Large year-round country home, with beach, on beautiful Crystal Lake

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Property Details

Updated: Oct 15, 2014
8 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 24

This beautiful 8-bedroom house on the north shore of Crystal Lake dates from the forties, but was extensively remodeled in 1985. It sits on a bluff overlooking Crystal Lake from 125 feet over the water, and includes 400 feet of lake frontage with a small private sand beach. It is furnished mostly with antiques dating from the 20s and 30s. Access between the house and beach is via a 1/3 mile long paved driveway/trail through deep woods. The house is in the middle of 30 acres of deep north woods. The house has one of the most spectacular views of the lake available. The house has a tennis court, picnic tables and swing set overlooking the lake, and a variety of beach toys and equipment down on the beach. A dock and swim raft, and numerous small boats are available in the summer season. In winter, the place makes a spectacular retreat center for family skiing; it is only 12 miles from Crystal Mountain.

Water sports: A number of boats are included in the rental for the summer season. There is an aluminum rowboat, with oars, and a 6HP outboard. There is a sunfish (sailboat) included as well. There are four styrofoam paddle boards, two kayaks and various other floating toys. There are several water skis available. A 20-foot Boston Whaler is available during the summer season for an additional charge of $500 per week, plus fuel. This boat requires some training before use, and is too fast for anyone other than an adult boater with some experience. There are numerous life jackets for all ages.

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  • Sleeps 24
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided

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Large year-round country home, with beach, on beautiful Crystal Lake
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p147801
-734 663-4851
Crystal Lake Northern Michigan
Ann arbor
5

Wonderful weekend getaway!!

  • 5 of 5
This property was perfect for our group of 16 people. There was tons of space and everything was clean and organized around the house and beach. Plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy and the view of the lake from the back yard was exquisite. The owners made themselves available and provided lots of helpful information for our stay. They were flexible and quick to reply throughout the booking process. Everything that we needed was available at the house. We had tons of fun fishing and spending time by the fireplace, There really was a "homey" feel staying here, and we would without a doubt consider this property again if ever traveling with a group.
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Large year-round country home, with beach, on beautiful Crystal Lake
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p147801
-734 663-4851
Crystal Lake Northern Michigan
Chesterfield, Michigan
4

Great stay

  • 4 of 5
Perfect for what we needed. Large enough and enough beds and couches. House was found clean and welcoming. House has a lot of personal items that probably should not have been left out though. Very private property but driveway is impossible to get up unless plowed. It was plowed for us on the second morning of our stay. Nice location and views over the lake and close to skiing/snowboarding. Plenty of places to buy/eat around the house.
  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2010
  • Stayed: Feb 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Large year-round country home, with beach, on beautiful Crystal Lake
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p147801
-734 663-4851
Crystal Lake Northern Michigan
Holland, MI USA
5

A perfect retreat location

  • 5 of 5
My company just returned from a two day retreat at this home in Beulah. There were 21 of us in total. We had a wonderful time and the home/accommodations worked out wonderfully.

The home is very spread out so nobody felt crowded at all - plenty of bathrooms, a large gathering area, several picnic tables on the back patio and a downstairs game room. The kitchen came equipped with all necessary items - lots of plates, utensils, cooking gear, etc.. Although we only used the basketball court, the owner is very generous with allowing use of their personal items - bikes, boats, sports equipment, etc...The location of the home is spectacular - 30 acres of wooded wonderland and a breathtaking view of Crystal Lake.

We took a day trip to Traverse City to do some winery and distillery tours, and the drive was not bad. We ate at the house the first night (again, the kitchen is small but more than adequate - we fed 21 people out of it with no problems) and went to the Mayfair Tavern in Elberta (about 15 minutes drive) for the second night. We highly recommend Mayfair - great food, reasonable prices. My steak was excellent.

Other posters (and the owner, as well) have commented that the home may need a little updating, the kitchen in particular; however, we found it to be perfect just the way it is. If we had wanted to stay at a sleek and modern location with a high-tech kitchen...that's what we would have done. The homey atmosphere just contributed to our group feeling relaxed and comfortable, which is why we were on the retreat in the first place.

All in all, this property exceeded our expectations. The owner consistently communicated with us prior to our arrival and everything was exactly in order when we arrived. We will definitely plan on staying at this home again next year!
  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2009
  • Stayed: Nov 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Large year-round country home, with beach, on beautiful Crystal Lake
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p147801
-734 663-4851
Crystal Lake Northern Michigan
1

Very Disappointing

  • 1 of 5
Over the last eight years, we have rented seven homes through HomeAway/CyberRentals and never had a negative experience until this rental. I arranged a trip for five families to stay at this house over President's Day weekend and we treated the house with the utmost respect and care when we were there. When we left, we made sure things were in perfect order, and we even called the garbage removal service to make sure our garbage was picked up asap.

The owner said the house was in great shape, but there was some cereal spilled in the basement shag carpet. He said he had to keep half of our security deposit because his cleaning lady had to spend extra time vacuuming. $250 of vaccumming? He also accused us of using illegal substances in the home, which was incorrect and we found very offensive. I would never rent this house again.
  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Feb 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our place is a very beautiful, but older home on a very gorgeous piece of property. We've owned it for 25 years, and value and respect both its beauty and its limitations. Most renters are very careful of our place, but when it has been abused, or left in an unsatisfactory condition, we deduct the cost of the extra cleaning required from the security deposit. In this particular case, the cleaning person described what apparently had been a food fight in the basement room rec room. Cereal was everywhere, in, around, on and under everything in the room. It necessitated a total cleanup, which upset both the mood and the schedule of the cleaning person.

Our lease also states very clearly that smoking is not allowed in the residence. In this case, the cleaning person identified evidence of smoking in the cleanup debris. Some of us have severe allergies, so we do everything to encourage our renters to adhere to this policy.

Our place is very secure, and carefully watched. In 23 years, we have never have had a single occurrence of theft or of unauthorized entry to the place. Because of this, we generally think it reasonable to attribute damages to renters, rather than to vandalism or to unauthorized use.

We seldom cash the security deposit check until we determine that something has gone wrong. We think this is fair to both renters and to us. And we determine the extra costs before contacting the renter. This gives us the opportunity to tell the renter the good news that we will be returning some of the deposit at the same time as we give them the bad news.

Our renters enjoy the spaciousness and beauty of the place and its surroundings, and respect the place along with us. We welcome all those who will agree to do the same.
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Large year-round country home, with beach, on beautiful Crystal Lake
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p147801
-734 663-4851
Crystal Lake Northern Michigan
Lansing, MI
4

Pleasantly Surprised

  • 4 of 5
A large group of young professionals from downstate was pleasantly surprised by this "big old house"; it offered everything promised and a bit more. We rented it for the weekend because it was close enough to ski at Crystal during the day and offered us a place to party by night (with care of course). The amenities were quite sufficient and it was rather inexpensive.

In response to the previous review, I agree about the kitchen needing a little update, however they missed out on the downstairs bathroom even though it looks a little scary it had excellent water pressure with multiple water nozzles spraying water out of the walls all around you, what a fabulous shower!

All in all, we'd definitely consider making it an annual tradition!
  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2008
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Large year-round country home, with beach, on beautiful Crystal Lake
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p147801
-734 663-4851
Crystal Lake Northern Michigan
Brighton, MI
4

Winter Weekend at Crystal Lake Property

  • 4 of 5
Space was certainly not an issue with this house. Plenty of bedrooms and living space. Lots of towels. Stunning property, with 30 acres on what looks like one of the highest spots on the lake. Very long 1/3-mile driveway, but it was cleared before we got up on the morning after a six-inch snowfall. I can see where this would be a great summer get-away for a large family or group.

The house has a lot of character, and it seems like stepping into the sixties. Could use some new updates, especially the kitchen. Some in our group complained a little about a musty odor. It was very prevalent in the basement. We also noticed some mouse traps.

We were suprised to find the refrigerator and freezer so full. There were many spoilable condements in the fridge, and we had to move them outside so we could have enough room for our food.

We wished we had another shower. Nobody used the basement shower because it did not look very clean. Plenty of hot water. We never ran out. There were two large bathrooms upstairs with showers.

Individual heat controls in the upstairs bedrooms were a plus.

We were puzzled by the absence of any electrical outlets in the half-bath off of the bedroom downstairs. Had to run an extension cord for a blow drier.

There was plenty of fire wood, and we had a good fire every night.

Enjoyed the stereo, which we hooked to an IPOD.

We had a couple of kids in our group for a night, and they enjoyed the toys in the enclosed porch.

All-in-all, we had a good experience, and will consider renting it again. I recommend this to large groups, but understand that this is not modern luxury. It is comfortable and quirky; a big old-time cottage that can be a lot of fun.
  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2008
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thanks loads for this fair and honest review. The home suffers some because of its age (the lack of outlets and such), and the downstairs shower can be daunting, again because of its age (it's really quite clean -- I use it regularly). But we will make a better effort to keep the accumulated stuff out of the fridge. We hope to upgrade the kitchen in the next few years, and install a second fridge in the basement.

Location

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Crystal Lake in Benzie County, one of the very clear lakes in NW lower Michigan, is about 2mi wide and 9mi long. The village of Beulah is on the eastern end of lake. The western end of the lake is separated from Lake Michigan by only 1/2 mile. Our place is on the north shore, about 1 mile west of Beulah. The city of Frankfort lies between Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan, where there are Lake Michigan beaches and fishing opportunities. Crystal Lake is at the southern edge of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, where there is abundant access to Lake Michigan. We are also within 8 miles of Crystal Mountain, a large ski resort in the area. There are at least three golf courses within 10miles. The swimming at both Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan is fabulous. Crystal is warmer than Lake Michigan.

Other Activities: Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

Golf: There are at least three golf courses within about 10 miles, 'Champion Hill', 'Pinecroft' and 'Crystal Lake Golf Club'.

Ski: The house is about 8 miles from Crystal Mountain, which offers full skiing opportunities. In addition, there are ample opportunities to sled right at the house. When Crystal Lake is frozen, the lake offers opportunities to ice skate and to ice fish. The lake usually freezes sometime in January. We keep the long driveway plowed in winter, but it's very steep in places, so renting parties should have at least one All Wheel Drive vehicle, just in case.

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  • Tax Rate 6.0%

Notes

  • Minimum rental charge is one weekend. Cleaning and laundry is included in rental.

Amenities

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Gas Heating
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Lakefront

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 4000 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, attached to master
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, tub, shower, on main floor
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, shower, upstairs
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet, shower, upstairs
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet, shower, basement
  • The master bedroom has its own half bath. Grandma's room and the green room share a full bath with tub and shower. These three bedrooms are on the first floor. The five bedrooms on the second floor share two full baths each with shower (no tub). There is an additional full bath with shower in the basement, which is fully finished.

Bedrooms

  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single, Master, attached 1/2 bath
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single, Grandma's room
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single, Green room
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 king, 1 double, Meg & Ali's room
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single, Canopy room
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 double, Ducky room
  • Bedroom 7 - 2 double, Lisa's room
  • Bedroom 8 - 1 king, 1 twin/ single, 1 child bed, Trina & Dave's room
  • The master, with its own half bath, and Grandma's bedroom and the green room are on the first floor. The other five bedrooms are on the second floor. The main floor and basement are heated by a hot air furnace, while the upstairs bedrooms are all heated electrically.

Outside

  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Sailboat
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Skis
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs

Notes:

  • The main level of the house is up about 4 steps from the driveway access, so that wheelchair-bound persons must be helped up these steps. Once inside, the main level is fully accessible. We do not want smoking in the house, although smoking outside is OK. Dogs are allowed if well behaved and house broken.
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