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Brenda's Beach House (WOODY'S) - Sandy beach, gentle sloping lake bottom.

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Sep 15, 2016
House, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 14 Sleeps

The Upper Crooked Lake is a 735-acre all-sports lake located in the Gun Lake area near Kalamazoo's premiere Gull Lake. It is located next to the quaint tourist town of Delton in Barry County, home to some of the most beautiful lakes in Michigan. Upper Crooked enjoys the lowest boat traffic of the four largest lakes in the area and is part of a chain of lakes surrounded by the Michigan State Nature Preserve (Lux Arbor). Swans, geese, cranes and loons can be seen all summer long and the fishing is spectacular!

  • Sleeps 14
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

We are Michiganders who now hail from Austin, Texas. There's nothing better than the endless summers of Michigan, where we raised our family on the lakefront. We hope our properties will bring fond memories to all our guests, their families and friends as it has for us.

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5 Reviews

5
based on 5 traveler reviews

5

Very relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and well stocked, well maintained, including forks for marshmallows on thepit and wood for the fire pit! The view was beautiful! I would recommend this for all types of families with children and pets as well. We drove into Kalamazoo for a visit and shopping which was a mere 30 minutes away. The local restaurant was convenient as well.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind review! We hope your group can come visit us again soon! Cheers!
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5

Beautiful lake, lovely home

  • 5 of 5

Brenda's Beach House was great for my multi-generational family. Large, bright kitchen (we love to cook), plenty of sleeping space and best of all, a huge patio and front lawn. The clean, sandy shore was perfect for the three-year old in our group. We spent many hours on the pontoon (a must have for us!) and the pier easily accommodated our boat. The lake is lovely--big, clean, with really interesting islands and other features. We never tired of riding on it. We fished, skiied, tubed. Even the one storm during our stay was entertaining--very cool to watch come in over the lake. The owner was very helpful and easy to work with. We would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind review. Hope your family can make it out again next summer! Cheers!
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5

Great family vacation

  • 5 of 5

What was not to like! Walk out your door to a beautiful clean lake. Great swimming, fishing, campfires, and boat rides. House was great, big kitchen with more utensils than you could think about. There was even a griddle to cook on and a very nice gas grill. Rent the pontoon, it is a great deal and if you have trouble with it call Bob and he will be there promptly! Great big table for family dinners, seats 10 easily and could squeeze in more .Very quiet lake especially during the week. Fish at dawn and dusk, you won't be disappointed.Grocery store 5 minutes away We are going back next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind review - we look forward to your return!
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5

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay. Beautiful lake. Friendly town. Enjoyed being able to use the paddle boat and row boat. Loved having the fire ring and wood available. The house is clean and comfortable and beautiful. We were there with 11 people and we never felt crowded. The back patio is wonderful and the view is great. The beds are comfortable and everyone slept great. There are plenty of games available for rainy days. The local pizza place has great pizza. The local grocery store has everything you need. There was even an ice cream stand within walking distance. The first floor and patio area is wheelchair accessible. Definitely hope to come back.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind review. We're glad you chose Brenda's Beach House, and we hope y'all can visit again soon! Cheers!
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5

Amazing property - beautiful lake

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Brenda's Beach House this past summer with my sister's family and had an amazing time. The home is beautiful inside - like new, and has all the amenities we would expect in the kitchen and bathrooms. The home literally feels like its floating on the water the way the windows are laid out, and we loved the Jack-N-Jill bathroom setup on the second floor as well.

The firepit on the patio was also great and not having to take firewood was a treat. The views to the southwest gave us amazing sunsets almost every night, and we truly had endless summer nights like we remembered as kids. The lot next door was vacant, and we almost never saw the older couple next door, so it was really quiet and private. We rented the pontoon boat as well, and HIGHLY recommend it. Our enjoyment of the lake increased by multiples because we were able to discover every nook and cranny and the fishing was outstanding.

One additional detail - the home has sidewalks that wrap all the way around and down to the beach with a turnaround for wheelchairs. This was great for my son who was in a wheelchair during our trip. There was also a very spacious kennel for our Boxer, which we were able to take with us and it was like new as well.

We enjoyed going into the village of Delton and eating at Sajo's and my brother and I got a kick out of Tujax Pub. We had one rainy day and went into Kalamazoo to bowl and hit the malls and a movie and it was a short drive - maybe 15 minutes. My brother and I also hit two great golf courses nearby - Stonehedge and Gull Lake view - highly recommended. The ladies took their bikes on the Yankee Springs trail and said it was really beautiful - tons of critters/wildlife, but a little challenging.

About the only improvements I could suggest is that it would be nice to have a seadoo to rent for the kids and a TV in the kids bedrooms. The paddle boat and row boat are great for the fishermen and younger kids, but the teenagers really wanted a seadoo and we could not find one to rent. The master on the main floor had a TV, but the kids bedrooms did not so we wrestled over the remotes a little.

On the whole, this was one of our best vacations ever for our families, and we will definitely be coming back. Brett was easy to work with and really responsive and helpful in giving us ideas for our rainy day as well as with the paperwork, access instructions, etc. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the wonderful compliments. Its been a pleasure to serve nearly 150 families vacationing on Upper Crooked Lake since 2003, and its an honor to have so many return year after year.
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Location

From the Owner

We purchased and renovated Brenda's Beach House to be a mecca for our family and friends. We designed the property to be family friendly - the way we wanted it for our family. We are honored to have many perennial guests who have been staying with us since we purchased our first vacation rental in the area, in 2003.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : KZO Kalamazoo at 15 Miles Nearest Barpub : Tujax at 3 Miles Nearest Golf : Gull Lake View at 10 Miles Nearest Train : Amtrak Kalamazoo at 20 Miles Nearest Motorway : M-43 at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Bowen's at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Bittersweet Ski Resort at 15 Miles Nearest Beach : On premise

There are 6 golf courses within 10 miles (15 courses with 20 miles). Area activities include the soon to be opened Gun Lake casino, fishing, swimming, boating/water skiing, hiking, hunting, mountain biking (Yankee Springs & Fort Custer), snowmobiling and downhill skiing (Timber Ridge and Bittersweet Ski Resorts are within 15 miles). The Village of Delton is walking distance from the cottage for easy access to restaurants, cocktail lounges (Tujax and Pete's), ice cream parlors, pizzeria's (Sajo's), a full-service grocery store and a Shell station. Its also an easy 30-minute drive to downtown Kalamazoo or 45 minutes to Grand Rapids or Lake Michigan.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$325
$1,200
 
 
New Year's
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
$325
$1,200
 
 
Memorial Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
$350
 
 
2017 Summer Peak Season
May 30 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,500
 
 
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
$350
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$275
$1,350
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Property Damage Protection $99
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

2016 Rates
Peak Season (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

$2400/week
$3000/week for the 4th of July
(Plus taxes and $150 cleaning fee)

Offseason (Before Memorial Day/After Labor Day)

$750/weekend or 3-nights, $1200/week
$1200/weekend Christmas or New Years
(Plus taxes and $150 cleaning fee)

- Pets may be permitted with added cleaning charge of $100.00;
- Pontoon rental available for $1000/week plus taxes
- Weekly rentals are from Saturday to Saturday
- Check-in is anytime after 5pm and checkout is 10am
- Non-refundable 50% advanced rent payment is required, balance due 60-days before stay
- Up to 14 guests maximum

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

From the Owner

Enjoy the benefits of a newly renovated home and all the luxuries of home. Look out the wall of windows and feel like you're on a houseboat floating on the lake. The gentle slope of the lake bottom and sandy beach are ideal for young families and elderly alike. The lake is low traffic allowing for teaming wildlife (eagles, swans, cranes, fish, turtles, frogs and more) year round.

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront

Attractions

  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

Floor Area

  • 2000 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Main Floor Bathroom - toilet, combination tub/shower, Toilet/shower separated by pocket door, laundry facilities
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower, Jack and Jill bathroom

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Second Floor - Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Second Story - Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single, Two sets of twin bunks, beautiful lake view
  • Main Floor Master - 1 queen, Premium mattress set, TV/DVD, dresser and ample closets
  • Second Floor - Bedrooom 3 - 1 queen
  • Second Floor - Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single, Two sets of twin bunks, awesome lake view
  • Each bedroom has a generous closet and dresser, nicely decorated with many windows - several with stunning views of the lake.

Outside

  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Notes:

  • Brenda's Beach House is another Woody's Beach House property located on beautiful Upper Crooked Lakefront. Each each house is all located directly on the lake with its own private sandy frontage. The cottages are just a gentle slope from the lake level for easy access and convenience. Each cottage is appointed in a family-friendly way so guests can enjoy tasteful furnishings and the conveniences of home. Each features a large deck overlooking the lake, picnic tables, adirondack chairs, firepit, gas grill, fishing boat, pedal boat, a newer 50+ foot dock and much more.

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