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Lake Michigan Home! Lake living at it's best! Best Sunsets in the World!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 12 Sleeps

This is a chance to get away from it all. This is a large summer cottage located on the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan, approximately 10 minutes from downtown Charlevoix. It's has four bedrooms (comfortably sleeps 12), 2 1/2 baths, a large fully furnished kitchen and dinning for ease of family meals, and a washer & dryer. Enjoy relaxing on the beach, swimming in Lake Michigan, taking in a sunset on the large deck or venture into Charlevoix for outstanding dining selections, local shops, beautiful walking pier, challenging golf courses, charter fishing and small town Michigan atmosphere.

More Details

Bradford Hawkins
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 10, 2017

About Bradford Hawkins

We built this home as a simple family retreat nearly 40 years ago. Over the years thousands of sunsets and days on the beach have been enjoyed by friends and family. Truly a special place.

Bradford Hawkins purchased this cottage in 1978

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had always dreamed of a stay on Lake Michigan but never knew it could be this great! The kids played on the beach and picked all sorts of cool treasures. I did not know the sunsets were so pretty. I finaly finished my book from this spring. A true gem.
Jul 2014
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Charlevoix Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Half Bathroom - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Fully equipted home. All you need is your toothbrush.


4.2/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Lake Michigan Home! Lake living at it's best! Best Sunsets in the World!
average rating of 4.2 based on 7 reviews

Best vacation ever.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at the cottage in August of 2016. There were 14 of us, children and grandchildren, and my husband and myself. For many years we had a cabin in northern Michigan, as the children grew up we found it harder to maintain the property and we decided to sell it. 16 years later, we missed being up here and decided we would rent cottages on the lake and use it as our family vacation. So 5 years ago we began renting different places, never really finding one we felt like we wanted to rent more than one time, until we found this cottage. The minute we walked in, my husband and I felt like we were back home. Everything was perfect here and reflected what it really was to be up north. This was a home where a family grew up. Where everything you would ever need to live had been collected over the years. Room for a big gathering around the dining table, games that kids had played thru the years on rainy days or evenings, a door with the kids heights recorded on it, a firepit by the lake just waiting for people to sit and relax, tell stories, laugh, or maybe just look up at the incredible display of stars and wonder where we fit in this magnificent universe. Yes, this cottage has everything, 4 bedrooms, all facing the lake, big country kitchen open to the dining area and living room,windows everywhere to fully enjoy, what I would say is the most beautiful section of lake michigan I have ever seen, well equipped, clean, big enough for a large family, everything you have in your own home is in this cottage. The location is perfect, 7 minutes from a grocery store, 10 minutes from charlevoiux and all the amazing shops and restaurants, a little farther north you're at the mackinaw bridge and the island and the upper peninsula. On top of all the cottage has to offer, the owner brad is a true representative of the folks you will meet up north, kind, trusting, loyal to his word....a good guy. So this year we hope to get the cottage for 2 weeks, instead of one,

I d like to keep this place a secret, so that it would always be available when I wanted to come up here, but that just doesn't seem right. Once you ve stayed here, at this cottage, you will never want to be anywhere else. Oh, the sunsets....,you won't see anything more beautiful.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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St. Joseph

Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed for a week in August, 2015. We had a wonderful time. Cottage was great-Comfortable and clean. There were 12 of us -cottage accommodated comfortably! Great place to relax and reconnect- was great to be off the grid! Thanks for a great week!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Madison, WI

A lovely, classic N Michigan (BEACHfront) cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here for a week in July '11, and have just booked another stay for that same week in July '12. The Hawkins' property is a classic northern Michigan getaway. This is a lovely deal for true waterfront, featuring undulating dunes leading to the lake out the back that our kids, nieces and nephews (ages 6 through 17) enjoyed all day, every day we were there. The adults visited in the ample-seating living room looking out on the water or on the deck right outside. Great seating for dining (kitchen and dining tables also overlook the lake). Lots of sleeping options, plenty of bedding and towels, and an available washer & dryer. Big front yard for kids' ball play -- and/or numerous cars to park. And the owner could not be nicer, not to mention the next door neighbor/owner. This is not fancy -- it is modest but very comfortable, a dear family home that we feel lucky to have found, and to have shared with us. I encourage you to give it a try. As I said, we're definitely coming back.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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grand rapids, mi

Back to basics

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cottage. Not fancy, but very comfortable with excellent views of the lake. The lack of tv and telephone was a welcome respite from our digital life. Great evenings playing cards with friends and watching the sunset. Awesome watching the storms cross the lake. The decor is a bit dated, (think 70's style), but clean and in good conditon. Great value. Can't wait to go again!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, Michigan

Musty, cold stay.

  • 1 of 5

Gorgeous setting, view and home. However, be wary as this home has no heat for cold evenings or rainy days, and no other modern amenities such as land line telephone, cell service, radio or television. There is also only one shower for the entire three story home. Probably the scariest part of this home is that it is so moldy in the basement that every person staying in the cottage was suffering from sinus and breathing problems. The smell is worse than the average lake cottage and will only make your stay more uncomfortable. Highly recommend trying another cottage or staying at the many wonderful hotels in Charlevoix, especially for those with allergies or asthma.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My name is Richard Hawkins, owner of our summer cottage on Lake Michigan, responding to the commet of the cottage. It is a summer cottage and has been a place of enjoyment for hundred of people over the years. Many say in our guest book "it is a touch of Heaven." They also write of spectacular sun sets and how great it is for family vacations - no TV or fine china. There is a TV(not good reception) for movies, a radio to keep you in touch with the outside world, two full baths and a 1/2bath. Some one checked for mold and found one small spot and removed it. The lower level was cold and musty (removed an old carpet remnet) and engaged the dehumidifer. There were 7 available electric heaters. Then came summer.
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* fine dinning.

* shopping.

* art galleriers.

* boating.

* fishing.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* walk the pier.

* concerts in the park.

* venetian festival.

* hiking.

* sunsets.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* trip to historic Mackinaw island.

* minature golf.

* movies.

* swimming.

* camp fires on the beach.

Hiking trails, sandy beachs, great sunsets, swimming, short drives to golf, vineyards, shopping, art galleries, resturaunts.


Rates & Availability

Charlevoix Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Season
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Weekly Rate: $1700 - $1700

$1,700 per week from Saturday at 3:00 p.m. to Saturday at 11:00 a.m. After Labor Day Weekend The Cottage will rent, rates available upon request (two night minimun) until the end of October. Deposit and Cleaning charges may apply.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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