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Spa Visit, Kayak Rides and Play@ a Private, Modern Lake Home W/ Walls of Windows

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An early morning kayak ride through the mist...

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Last updated: 07/01/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Central Lake house description

Book for the fall or beyond: we're all full until then. Start with a complimentary bottle of up-north wine and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a tranquil lake.

Get a fantastic (and affordable) massage or facial four minutes away. Go hiking, fishing, biking or simply wander into a sweet village a half-mile down the road. Take out one of our single or double kayaks into town, or for hours (or days, if you want!) through an idyllic chain of lakes.

Relax inside with a cappuccino or hot chocolate, watch one of many dozens of movies or cable in high def on our new 50' flat screen TV; pick from a multitude of CDs, books and games, use our WIFI.

Get cozy in freshly laundered robes and lounging-around socks (for kids AND adults). If it's cool at night, curl up at night on flannel sheets, down comforters and fleece blankets. Eat out or cook in with a kitchen equipped for a foodie--from an espresso machine, Kitchen Aid mixer and electric pancake griddle to fresh herbs and tomatoes (spring through fall) growing outside the front door.

Outside, enjoy browsing antique shops, galleries, farmers' markets, orchards and charming haunts. An easy few-minute walk to a peaceful village (playground, fudge, shops, pub and restaurants), and an easy drive to a handful of quintessential up-north 'cities.'

We've teamed up with a spa less than five minutes down the road to offer an assortment of options for men, women and children: luxurious massages (choose hot-stone; deep tissue; Swedish and more); facials; pedicures; manicures, reflexology and more. Enjoy one treat, or spend the day there! Spa packages (to name a few) include: Queen for a Day (massage, facial, manicure); King for a Day (deep tissue massage; gentleman's facial and manicure; and hair cut); Prince or Princess for a Day (chocolate cream facial mask, mini-manicure and mini-pedicure and relaxation massage); Ladies' or Men's Day or Night Out with any of the above...or add to your package reflexology, a rejuvenator special with essential oils and hot stone and paraffin for your hands or feet, Reiki and more. Ask for more details!

Tucked into a glacial valley and nestled in the hills of northwest Michigan , we're located on a 75-mile chain of beautiful lakes. Halfway between the Equator and the North Pole on the 45th Parallel.

Minutes away, visit Bellaire's restaurants, cafes, a spectacular brewpub, Shanty Creek's championship golf courses and ski slopes; enjoy indoor putt-putt, or take in a movie. Dine at a renowned gourmet restaurant a few miles north of us or at lovely small-town cafes.

Enjoy the nearby quintessential up-north cities of Charlevoix, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Gaylord, and the sweet towns of Elk Rapids and Alden. Or play at Michigan’s largest indoor water park at Boyne.

Here's a quick tour (watch our video for pictures to go with it). Remodeled in 2007, the light-filled single-level open-plan design includes a:
• Master Bedroom: New queen and an antique headboard; sliding glass doors leading to a private deck and the lake beyond; ceiling fan and window a.c. unit; TV and DVD player, and a comfy chair. Linens included.
• Second Bedroom: Two sets of bunk beds each with a double and single bed (featherbeds for the doubles); window a.c. unit; Xbox/DVD player & games, toys and children's books.
• Living Room: Three sets of sliding glass doors stretch across the lakefront wall. They lead to a deck w/a gas grill, picnic table, and a glorious view of the lake a few dozen steps away; two full couch/sofabeds and an overstuffed chair; ceiling fan; TV, DVD, stereo, movie, music, book, toy and game collections.
• Dining Room: Sliding glass doors; queen couch/futon; dining table(s); ceiling fan and a library.
• Kitchen: Open to the living and dining rooms with a lake view and a breakfast bar with seating. Fully equipped and well stocked
• One and a half bathrooms: ceramic tile floor; shower/tub & double sinks in primary bath, completely remodeled in December 2013, second small bathroom. We supply towels.
• Garage: for storing bikes, fishing rods, snowmobiles, and extra stuff we provide your pets and children (plus a few adult and child-sized bikes you can use at your own risk).

Come on up to what our son lovingly named 'Our Hanley Lake Hideaway' and a repeat guest calls 'Our Little Slice of Heaven!'



Keywords: Family-friendly cottage; pet-friendly retreat, secluded lakefront all-season cottage, sunny guest home, country house with walls of windows, Hanley Lake Hideaway; up north cabin; northern Michigan cottage.

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome:

                Two bunkbeds, Pack 'n Go playpen; indoor and outdoor (beach, water and sledding) toys, high chair & booster seat, youth-sized kayak; children's life jackets, floating noodles, kickboards, and blow-up rafts (for water or snow!), XBox and games; art supplies, books, DVDs and music. Toddlers and young children will enjoy the little beach; water shoes recommended for the lake. We've also filled a crate with additional toys for your use. Freshly laundered kid-sized robes and warm, cozy socks available!...moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                Well-behaved dogs allowed; they love the lake! Water and food bowls, and a dog crate available....moreless

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

              • Bedroom 1

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              • Bedroom 2

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              • Convertible bed(s)

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              • Queen size Beds (2) on antique bed in master bedroom. Also queen futon (with a queen featherbed to put on it) in the dining room. Double Beds (2) Two doubles are the lower bunks on the second bedroom's bunkbeds plus two sofabeds in the living room (with two double featherbeds for added comfort where needed). Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds on top of the bunkbeds in the second bedroom (with featherbeds on top of the mattresses) with two double beds below. Child Beds (1) Pack 'n Go playpen for baby or toddler. Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) One queen and two full sofa beds--the queen in the dining room and the doubles in the living room. Both bedrooms have window a.c. units and TVs with cable....moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

              • Bathroom 2

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              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

                Completely renovated in December 2013...moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                Fully equipped (the usual, plus a small convection/toaster oven; toys for foodies (waffle griddle; electric pancake griddle; KitchenAid mixer; crock pot; juicer; breadmaker, snow cone maker, etc.) and well-stocked with coffee; tea; cocoa; staples, brand new spices, condiments and lots of other basics to get you started....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Everything you'd expect plus some extras to make cooking here easy (from a garlic press to new knives). Plastic-ware also available for eating on the deck, by the water, or going on a picnic....moreless

              • Coffee Maker:

                Espresso maker; French Press; Mr. Coffee....moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:

                6...moreless

              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Freezer
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items
              • Toaster
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Microwave
              • Seating for 6 people

              Amenities

              • Garage:

                Available to store bikes, supplies, extra pet and kids' supplies, toys, etc. A few bikes for guests too....moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                (Linens recently updated. Down comforters & cozy blankets for winter.)...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                In the home. (Outdoor clothesline too.)...moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                A few steps from the front door....moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                In the home....moreless

              • Babysitter
              • Iron & Board
              • Hair Dryer
              • Towels Provided
              • Parking
              • Heating
              • Living Room seats 6
              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer

              Other Amenities

                  • Dock, small sandy beach, shaded hammock inches from the water; 2 fire pits and a porch swing hanging from a tree by the water's edge; two double kayaks; two single adult kayaks and single child-sized kayak; canoe; pedal boat; life jackets and water toys; outdoor/beach chairs; several bicycles; new gas BBQ grill (May 2012). Spa (massages, facials, waxing, hair styling and more) three minutes down the road serves you on its outdoor deck overlooking the lake when weather allows and treats our guests well. Pontoons, motor boats, jet skis, sun fish and ice shanty can also be rented down the road. Ceiling fans in the master bedroom, living room, and dining room. Freshly-laundered robes and cozy socks available for adults and kids....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Music Library:

                    Large collection of CDs for children and adults--pop, folk, jazz, rock, classical, alternative, holiday music and more....moreless

                  • Video Library:

                    Many DVDs for children and adults. (More available at the Corner Store a 1/2 mile down the road.)...moreless

                  • Television:

                    (3) 50-inch flat screen high-def TV in living room; TVs with cable in both bedrooms....moreless

                  • Video Games:

                    Original Xbox and dozens of games, including Dance Dance Revolution....moreless

                  • Books:

                    Overflowing bookshelves with books for kids and adults....moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    (2) Cable in the living room and both bedrooms....moreless

                  • DVD Player:

                    In the living room and both bedrooms....moreless

                  • Games:

                    Many for kids and adults....moreless

                  Communications

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        Sprawling lawn down to lake with lawn chairs and table, hammock, fire pits and beach by the water's edge. In the winter, great for sledding (sleds available)!...moreless

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        (2) Deck out the sliding doors of the master bedroom; another deck out the sliding doors in the living room w/ picnic table and deck chairs....moreless

                      • Kayak / Canoe:

                        two double kayaks; three single (two adult-sized and one child-sized), one canoe...moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill:

                        Propane grill....moreless

                      • Wood Deck
                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                      • Porch / Veranda

                      Theme

                      • Family
                      • Away From It All

                      Location & View

                          • Lakefront:

                            Private, sunny and secluded stretch of 110 feet....moreless

                          Activities

                          • Cinemas
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Groceries
                          • Laundromat
                          • Cross Country Skiing
                          • Equestrian Events
                          • Skiing
                          • Golf
                          • Water Skiing
                          • Mountain Biking
                          • Hunting
                          • Swimming
                          • Tennis
                          • Sailing
                          • Cycling
                          • Fishing
                          • Basketball Court
                          • Water Tubing
                          • Pier Fishing
                          • Rafting
                          • Hiking
                          • Hunting Small Game
                          • Jet Skiing
                          • Freshwater Fishing
                          • Snowboarding
                          • Snowmobiling
                          • Hot Air Ballooning
                          • Kayaking
                          • Medical Services
                          • Massage Therapist
                          • Walking
                          • Wildlife Viewing
                          • Museums
                          • Restaurants
                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Autumn Foliage
                          • Churches
                          • Forests
                          • Library
                          • Marina
                          • Playground
                          • Theme Parks
                          • Water Parks
                          • Coin Laundry
                          • Winery Tours
                          • Ice Skating
                          • Eco Tourism
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Horseshoes
                          • Miniature Golf
                          • Shelling
                          • Shopping
                          • Paddle Boating
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Sledding
                          • Beachcombing
                          • Bird Watching
                          • Gambling Casinos
                          • Scenic Drives
                          • Boating
                          • Antiquing
                          • Sound/Bay Fishing
                           

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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Summer
                          Jun 8 - Aug 31, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $1,245
                          Fall Calm & Colors
                          Sep 1 - Oct 30, 2014
                          2 night min stay
                          $145
                          $870
                          Late Autumn-Early Winter Break
                          Oct 31 - Dec 18, 2014
                          2 night min stay
                          $135
                          $810
                          Holiday Treat
                          Dec 19 - Jan 4, 2015
                          3 night min stay
                          $149
                          Winter Fun
                          Jan 5 - Mar 29, 2015
                          2 night min stay
                          $139
                          $834
                          Early spring pleasures
                          Mar 30 - Apr 30, 2015
                          2 night min stay
                          $135
                          $810
                          Spring Delight
                          May 1 - May 22, 2015
                          2 night min stay
                          $149
                          $894
                          My Standard Rate
                          2 night min stay
                          $139

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Pet Fee $10
                          • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
                          • Cleaning fall-spring $75
                          • Cleaning-summer $100
                          • Tax Rate 6%

                          Notes:

                          Payment of $200 deposit holds spot. Pets welcome: $10/night per dog. Nov. 1 through March 29: 7 nights for the price of 6. Summer stays are sunday through sunday, 7-day minimum. Check-in is at 3; check-out at 10.


                          Cancellation policy:

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


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                          Location

                          26 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Traverse City
                          25 Miles
                          Nearest Ferry
                          10 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          Central Lake
                          Nearest Beach
                          On property
                          1 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          0.01 Miles
                          Nearest Ski
                          10 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Shanty Creek
                          1 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Blue Pelican

                          Car: Necessary

                          Rent pontoons, sunfish and motor boat minutes away, right on the lake. You can canoe, kayak or motor along for hours or days along our 75-mile chain of lakes; you're minutes from Torch Lake, Grand Traverse Bay's sandy beaches, championship golf courses, downhill ski slopes and groomed cross-country trails and a great spa/salon; short drives to the tourist attractions of Petoskey (36 miles); Charlevoix (19 miles); Traverse City (39 miles); and Gaylord (36 miles); downhill and cross-country skiing, zip-lining and mountain biking at nearby Shanty Creek and Boyne Mountain (with Michigan's largest indoor water park). Nearby Bellaire (10 minutes) has a movie theatre, bowling alley, indoor miniature golf, and nice restaurants and pubs. Gourmet restaurants and family diners minutes away.

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2005

                          About the owner: Your hosts are two self-employed parents and a sweet (yes, still sweet!) 15-year-old boy. We live full-time in Ann Arbor and visit up north whenever we can sneak in between guests. One of us adults is originally from Great Britain and the other is originally from New York (and the small person is a native Ann Arborite who speaks American English with a few Britishisms slipped in.) For many years now we've been permanent Michiganders, enjoying the joys of our glorious retreat on Hanley Lake.

                          Why the Owner Chose Central Lake:
                          We love the gentle beauty of this northwestern Michigan chain of lakes. We were ecstatic to find a tranquil lake we can see from almost every room in the cozy year-round house. (Note from Laurie: my gold standard for vacation heaven was a place where I could take a cup of coffee out onto the deck and see--and be in--the water within seconds.) We can draw or eat breakfast on the dock or in the dining room, play in the sand, take out a canoe or kayak, swim in warmer waters (instead of waiting until the end of August for the chill to subside in the big lakes), and fish. We can sled right out the back doors to the lake and cross-country ski nearby. We wander into a welcoming village to play and eat without being swarmed by overdressed tourists and overpriced food. We were delighted to find this peaceful little retreat, which offers the pleasures of an all-sports lake without the noise and chaos of one. The passing 'traffic' is generally kayaks, pontoons, and people fishing (including ice fishing in the winter).The fresh, clear water in Hanley Lake flows 75 miles thru a chain of 14 lakes. All-sports lake without the usual traffic of one! We were thrilled to discover we're just a few miles from the long sandy beaches and waves of Lake Michigan, which are great fun in every season. We're glad to do day trips to fudgey towns like Charlevoix and Petoskey, to wander Traverse City or even more nearby Bellaire. But we love coming home, whether it's raining, snowing, or blazing hot: to play outdoors, or hang out inside doing jigsaw puzzles, playing games, making soup or brownies, or drawing the changing colors of water, sky and trees. We love going out on the placid water (our son can steer his own kayak) and paddling past kingfishers and great blue heron, turtles nestling in the tall grasses, and weeping willows along the shore, or watching the water from our comfortable home. It always refreshes us to get away here.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          Thanks to our 2007 renovation, we love the fresh, open-plan kitchen with views outside almost everywhere. We went window-crazy, creating four sets of sliding doors in the connected living and dining rooms. We added a a new, private deck we can step out onto from the master bedroom with another set of sliding doors. Last spring we bought new curtains and linens, set up a big picnic table for the deck and added more lawn chairs. We're having a blast adding CDs, DVDs, games, kids' toys and books, and a host of comforts for our guests--and for us! We're in heaven in the summertime, but we also keep discovering treats during the other three seasons. In winter our son loves sledding down the back lawn onto the frozen lake; I like sketching the winter scenes from a deliciously warm, light-filled living room, we've discovered the wooded hill right across the street is ripe for hiking, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing, and we finally went tubing, downhill and cross-country skiing at nearby Shanty Creek. Springtime brings Morel mushroom hunting and a lush landscape; fall leaves are stunning.


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                          Photos

                          • An early morning kayak ride through the mist...

                            An early morning kayak ride through the mist...

                          • Are the foam-topped mattress, flannel sheets, and down comforter and lake view keeping you in bed all day?

                            Are the foam-topped mattress, flannel sheets, and down comforter and lake view keeping you in bed all day?

                          • Bathroom renovated December 2013--pristine and sunny

                            Bathroom renovated December 2013--pristine and sunny

                          • Boys fishing early on a brilliant morning.

                            Boys fishing early on a brilliant morning.

                          • Cook, dine,and  relax together in the sunny, open-plan cottage

                            Cook, dine,and relax together in the sunny, open-plan cottage

                          • Follow our guests' lead: fish all four seasons for perch, bass, walleye & more!

                            Follow our guests' lead: fish all four seasons for perch, bass, walleye & more!

                          • Laze on the hammock & hang out while the others enjoy the beach, dock and lake!

                            Laze on the hammock & hang out while the others enjoy the beach, dock and lake!

                          • Eat in the dining room, play on the handmade games table or curl up with a book

                            Eat in the dining room, play on the handmade games table or curl up with a book

                          • The lake is peaceful morning, noon and night

                            The lake is peaceful morning, noon and night

                          • Our new clear deck railing protects you from the wind but oh, the view...

                            Our new clear deck railing protects you from the wind but oh, the view...

                          • Cook in a foodies' kitchen, watch movies, read, eat, watch the ice fishermen outside, altogether...

                            Cook in a foodies' kitchen, watch movies, read, eat, watch the ice fishermen outside, altogether...

                          • Ah, winter in Michigan (no need to step outside)

                            Ah, winter in Michigan (no need to step outside)

                          • Relish the sunset from a boat, the dock, the decks, the bedroom or living room

                            Relish the sunset from a boat, the dock, the decks, the bedroom or living room

                          • A guest sends her dog leaping off the dock...delicious. Kids & adults do it too!

                            A guest sends her dog leaping off the dock...delicious. Kids & adults do it too!

                          • Your second bedroom gives you four comfortable beds--two doubles and two twins!

                            Your second bedroom gives you four comfortable beds--two doubles and two twins!

                          • Relish a sunset thru floor-to-ceiling windows in the iving room & master bedroom

                            Relish a sunset thru floor-to-ceiling windows in the iving room & master bedroom

                          • Soak up the sun, enjoy the lake, and sip a glass of complimentary up-north wine

                            Soak up the sun, enjoy the lake, and sip a glass of complimentary up-north wine

                          • Classic up-north beauty right around the corner

                            Classic up-north beauty right around the corner

                          • Kayak or canoe just minutes into town or for days on the 75-mile chain of lakes!

                            Kayak or canoe just minutes into town or for days on the 75-mile chain of lakes!

                          • our open plan dining room (more seats at the counter and at a bigger table...)

                            our open plan dining room (more seats at the counter and at a bigger table...)

                          • Laze in bed gazing at the lake (or drink a cappuccino on your private deck come spring).

                            Laze in bed gazing at the lake (or drink a cappuccino on your private deck come spring).

                          • Watch ice fishing from bed in the master bedroom, tucked under a down comforter

                            Watch ice fishing from bed in the master bedroom, tucked under a down comforter

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