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Start with a complimentary bottle of up-north wine or a cappuccino as you gaze out floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a tranquil lake and the woods beyond. Or take your drink out to one of two private decks steps from your own private 110-foot beachfront.
New fridge, range & beach updates on top of a recent bathroom and kitchen renovation are in just in time for your stay this fall or after! We're booked until early September so plan for Indian Summer, fall colors, or winter fun...or book ahead for next summer. Relax into year-round delights. (Ask about seven days for the price of six and other advanced booking discounts!)
Play outside...bike, fish from the dock, bird-watch, golf, take out our kayaks or canoe, build a fire by the beach, or take a dip. Or curl up inside our bright, private, well-stocked year-round cottage.
Get a great (and affordable) massage or facial four minutes away! Wander into a sweet village a mile down the road or to nearby charming up north 'cities.' Get a beer at the renowned Short's Brewery just a few miles away.
Tucked into a glacial valley and nestled in the hills of northwest Michigan, the village of Central Lake is located on a 75-mile chain of beautiful lakes. We're 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 browsing antique shops, galleries, and other charming haunts. It's an easy 15-minute walk to Central Lake, a peaceful village (with a few charming shops, a pub and a couple of restaurants), and an easy drive to a handful of quintessential up-north 'cities' like 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 nearby Boyne.
Outside your door, take our kayaks or canoe, or your own boat, on the placid water and paddle past kingfishers and great blue heron, turtles nestling in the tall grasses, and weeping willows along the shore.
Or relax inside: Watch one of many dozens of movies or cable in high def on a 50' flat screen TV; pick from a multitude of CDs, books and games, or use our WIFI. Get cozy in freshly laundered robes and lounging-around socks (for kids AND adults) in our comfortable year-round cottage.
In the master bedroom, enjoy a queen bed with an antique headboard and a luxurious mattress topper while looking out at the lake through sliding glass doors. New as of December 2014 in the second bedroom: two solid wood twin over full bunk beds. Enjoy our completed updated bathroom.
Eat out or cook in with our fully outfitted kitchen-- with gadgets ranging from an espresso machine, Kitchen Aid mixer and electric pancake griddle to fresh herbs and tomatoes growing outside the front door.
About that massage or facial...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.
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: Queen bed with a luxurious mattress topper, where you can look out 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; window a.c. unit (when needed); DVD player, flat screen TV and cable, toys and children's books.
• Living Room: Three sets of sliding glass doors stretching 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 and air conditioning unit (for summer, of course); 50' flat screen, high-def TV, DVD player, stereo, a large collection of movies, music, books, toys and games.
• 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, and a second small bathroom. We supply towels.
• Garage: for storing bikes, fishing rods, snowmobiles (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, dogs welcome; secluded lakefront all-season cottage; year-round vacation home; sunny guest home, country house with walls of windows, Hanley Lake Hideaway; up north cabin; northern Michigan retreat; private lake; boats; kayaks and canoe; dock; private decks; birding; morels; skiing.
Two bunkbeds, 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
A 2-minute drive to the sweet and tiny village of Central Lake, where you can find groceries, a bar, pharmacy, restaurants, antiques, art, children's books and toys, even souvenirs and fudge!...moreless
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
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 7 - Sep 6, 2015
7 night min stay
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $189 Nightly
Fall & and Early Winter Calm
Sep 7 - Dec 17, 2015
2 night min stay
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $136 Nightly
Dec 18 - Dec 31, 2015
3 night min stay
Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2016
2 night min stay
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $128 Nightly
Apr 1 - May 26, 2016
2 night min stay
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $136 Nightly
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Pets welcome: $10/night per dog. Fall through Spring: 7 nights for the price of 6! Summer stays are Sunday through Sunday, 7-day minimum, unless noted otherwise. Check-in is at 3 pm; check-out at 10 am.
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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.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Your hosts are two self-employed parents and a sweet (yes, still sweet!) 16-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 teenager 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 sweet beauty of this northwestern Michigan chain of lakes nestled among gentle rolling hills. We were ecstatic to find a tranquil lake we can see from almost every room (thanks to our renovation) 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 Alden, 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 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 cottage. It always refreshes us to get away here.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Thanks to our 2007 renovation, we relish 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. Each year we add something (or some things!) new. Recent additions include a private deck and sliding doors off the master bedroom; tempered glass deck panels for safety and an unobstructed view of the lake; a fully renovated bathroom (in 2013), a flat-screen TV and DVD player and wood bunk beds (December 2014) in the second bedroom, and two window air conditioners (June 2014). We're constantly 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 enticing 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, birding, bike rides and walks in a lush landscape; fall leaves are stunning.
An early morning kayak ride through the mist...
No need to go outside to enjoy the view of a tranquil lake
Be together while doing your own thing: cook, watch a movie, eat, play a game...
Boys fishing early on a brilliant morning.
Eat at the glass table, bring out a larger wooden table, or sit at the counter
The newly renovated bathroom gives you another view of the lake
Cross-country groomed ski trails, frozen waves & beach walks 10 minutes away
Relish the sunset from a boat, the dock, the decks, the bedroom or living room
Decks off the master bedroom and living room are private and quiet
A playground on the lake is a 10-minute walk from home
Your back yard is a snow-covered lake
Follow our guests' lead: fish all four seasons for perch, bass, walleye & more!
Watch the lake from bed, or take your coffee out onto the private deck
Floor to ceiling windows offer views from most rooms in the cottage
Enjoy a well-stocked kitchen, with staples & herbs (freshly grown in summer)
Enjoy down comforter-covered bunk beds, a new flatscreen TV, books, toys & games
The lake is peaceful morning, noon and night
A guest sends her dog leaping off the dock...delicious. Kids & adults do it too!
Soak up the sun, enjoy the lake, and sip a glass of complimentary up-north wine
Are the foam-topped mattress, flannel sheets, and down comforter and lake view keeping you in bed? all day
Gaze at the lake from bed in the master bedroom, tucked under a down comforter
Classic up-north beauty right around the corner
riding fat tires onto the lake
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