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Welcome to our sandy gentle-slope-beach *** wheelchair-friendly*** family retreat - secluded and surrounded by our private 50 wooded acres with trails - at 148-acre Stone Lake that is famous for its fishing and quiet solitude. Five minutes away are the Park Shore and Diamond Lake Public Golf Courses - with many more in the area.
***** To see LOTS of photos see below link that reads 'CLICK HERE - Add'l Photos of Our Vacation Property.' The link is right above 'Map and Owner's Profile.' ******
The Lake House, with 7 BRs & 6 BAs, is nestled among mature trees and sits upon a small rise with a commanding view of Stone Lake. **The property includes a lakefront lot with a private beach, porch and boat dock reserved for Guests that is just a 150-foot stroll from the main house down a path through the trees (the main house is 75 feet and across a quiet dead-end street from the lake.)** As such the property offers the best of both worlds: The seclusion and serenity of a quiet wooded retreat combined with the fun and excitement of lakefront property.
The Lake House features a completely restored 3,900 sq ft Craftsman-style home with rooms full of charming woodwork and walls of windows. Built circa-1935 as the dream retirement home by the couple who originally farmed all of the land around Stone Lake, the house has central air conditioning and is perfectly arranged for multiple families.
A unique feature to the house is its numerous private spaces that are located throughout - on both levels - that are great for reading, napping, quiet conversation, etc. Yet the house also has large public gathering spaces that can accommodate the whole gang: A 1st floor 450 sq ft Gathering-Game Room, a spacious Dining Room with a table that can seat up to 16 (with table space for 6-8 more a few feet away at the two kitchen tables), and a 600 sq ft deck with a pavilion roof over much of it with lots of seating and a firebox. Another popular outdoor gathering space is the large firepit set in a private area tucked near the trees for seclusion - yet only steps away from the house (and accessible by vehicle for those with mobility challenges).
A NOTE ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY AND THE LAYOUT OF OUR LAKE HOUSE
With its Spring 2013 renovations the Lake House is now wheelchair friendly:
A. The new concrete parking pad gently slopes up to the front door to allow one to exit a vehicle on a hard surface and enter the house with zero steps.
B. The following ground floor rooms are wheelchair accessible: LR, DR, Kitchen, Breakfast Nook, Gathering-Game Room, 1st Floor BR-BA Suite in the Attached Guest Quarters with its ADA-compliant full BA with 3x5 roll-in shower. Also the 600 sq ft deck overlooking Stone Lake is wheelchair accessible.
Below we describe the 3 sections of the Lake House: the Main House, the West Wing, and the Attached Guest Quarters (AGQ). Please note that these 3 sections are all connected as one large house; none of them are separate structures.
THE MAIN HOUSE (3 BRs, 2 BAs)
Has plenty of room for one or two families with a Queen bed master bedroom, 2 guest bedrooms with full-size pillow-top beds, two full bathrooms, and of course the living room, dining room, study, and large eat-in, fully equipped kitchen. The Main House also includes the 450 sq ft Gathering-Game Room with lots of windows, pool table, foosball table, ping pong table, 55-inch flat screen LCD TV w/ JBL audio, 4 leather sofas, 2 Bistro tables with barstools, and a 2nd full-size fridge to keep the beverages cold! This space is also ideal for Yoga Groups, Scrapbookers, Quilters & Business Retreats.
THE WEST WING (2-3 BRs, 2 BA)
Attached to the Main House, the West Wing is perfect for another one or two families with a large 2nd floor MBR-MBA suite (the brand new BA has a spacious 3 x 5 shower), a Queen bed, and its own private outside entrance. On the 1st floor of the West Wing there is another BR with a Queen bed plus a Twin Bunkbed. Just outside this BR is a full BA. The West Wing includes the TV Room with a 50-inch LCD flat screen TV which can also serve as a private bedroom (that makes 8 BRs total). The West Wing is always included in reservations and its cost is included in rates for the Main House.
THE ATTACHED GUEST QUARTERS (2 BRs / 2 BAs)
Completed in May 2013 and attached to the Main House is the 2-story, 770 sq ft optional Attached Guest Quarters (AGQ) that adds 2 more BRs and 2 more BAs - room for another one or two families. This addition includes a 1st floor wheelchair friendly barrier-free BR-BA suite with a Queen bed, a 3 x 5 roll-in shower with grab bars and built-in folding bench, knee-room vanity, fold-down grab bars at the toilet -- and plenty of maneuvering room. The 2nd floor BR in the AGQ is generously proportioned with a vaulted ceiling, a Queen bed plus a Twin bunkbed, and its own private BA with a roomy 3 x 5 shower. The AGQ gives the Lake House a total of 7-8 BRs and 6 BAs spread over 3,900 sq ft of finished above-grade living space.
A NOTE ABOUT OUR BEDS
All Queen beds have high-quality memory foam toppers that make them exceptionally comfortable. Both Full size beds have pillow-top mattresses that are also very comfortable.
Included with every reservation are 8 Mountain Bikes (mix of child and adult sizes) for our Guests to ride on the trails in the 47 acres of woods -- and through the residential areas of the Village of Cassopolis for those who like to admire the many grand turn-of-the-century homes that are sprinkled throughout. Bring your bike helmets!
THE LOG CABIN
The lakefront Amish-built western red cedar Log Cabin is part of the property and sits directly on Stone Lake (built April 2009). The 15' x 22' Log Cabin features a cozy Little Great Room with a soaring 18-foot high cathedral ceiling, a wood-burning fireplace, and includes two full-size futons. The 2nd floor Loft overlooks the open great room and has a Queen inflatable Aero bed that sits 18” off the floor and has a 4” thick memory foam topper -- very comfy. The cabin has a TV with DVD and VCR, a huge 60-inch ceiling fan, window AC, and a fridge to keep your beverages cold -- right at the water's edge.
***** PLEASE NOTE: To see lots of photos of our Log Cabin, Pontoon Boat & the Amish-built Playset please see the below link that reads 'CLICK HERE - Add'l Photos of Our Vacation Property.' The link is right above 'Map and Owner's Profile.' ******
The Log Cabin has a high-tech $1,600 Sun-Mar Excel composting toilet in the bathroom for use by Log Cabin Guests (instructions included - it's easy to use and extremely sanitary!) but there is no running water. However Guests can easily use the main house's 6 full bathrooms for showers and baths.
Whether or not you rent the Log Cabin, its 22-foot covered porch, lakefront dock and sandy gentle-slope beach are for your exclusive enjoyment while staying at the Lake House.
Most all of our warm-weather Guests enjoy reserving our Pontoon Boat Pkg. It really opens up a whole new world to be able to get out on the lake - the little ones just love playing 'captain' steering the boat -- and it makes for a great mobile swimming platform. Sunsets are glorious and it's so peaceful to be out in the middle of Stone Lake and just slowly drift and watch the waterfowl, birds, etc. And if anyone likes to fish - that's what Stone Lake is famous for! We include (actually require) in the rental of the Pontoon Boat a personal orientation session by a qualified boating instructor so that the Pontoon can be operated safely and with confidence; fuel and life jackets are provided.
Included at no add'l cost with the Pontoon Boat Pkg are four (4) easy-to-use Sea Eagle 2-person sit-on-top Kayaks, plus an aluminum fishing row boat. These are perfect for Mom and Dad to take the kids out on the water to explore the quiet undeveloped shoreline of Stone Lake to experience aquatic life up close and personal. Or let the teens go out and have a blast on the water with their own private flotilla of watercraft!
For Guests with children who love to vacation with other families, it's truly an ideal destination. And with its accessibility features the Lake House has become a favorite for multi-generational family reunions and 40-, 50- and even 60-year wedding anniversary celebrations.
We're happy to answer any questions you may have so please ask away!
Fondly, Ted & Brenda
P.S. The 50 wooded acres w/ trails surrounding the Lake House are great fun for the kids & grown-ups to explore (and Fido really loves it!).
P.P.S. A note about our Rates. VRBO has changed the format of the Rates section and is forcing homeowners to learn and implement the new system - we have not yet had time to do so. VRBO will no longer allow homeowners to edit the rates in the 'old' format,' so for the time being our rates on VRBO are not current. Our apologies - when we respond to inquiries we are able to provide up-to-date rates. FYI: On VRBO's website blog for homeowners there is a mini-revolt among owners as the new rate system's 'one-size-fits-all' format makes it impossible to allow for individual circumstances among the tens of thousands of properties on VRBO and their parent company, HomeAway. We include ourselves among these VRBO's disappointed homeowner customers.
Ideal Setting for Families with Small Children as the Property Sits All by Itself on a Small Rise on Very Quiet Lake Shore Drive Which is a Dead-End Street with Only About 18 Houses -- Half of Which Are Only Used as Vacation / Weekend Residences. the Property's 3 Acres Includes Lots of Open Grassy Space for Playing Catch and All Sorts of Yard Games. Plus There Are Private Woods for Exploring that Has a Nature Trail Over 2 Football Fields Long. New Spring 2010: An Amish-built vinyl covered wood playset with 3 swings, a swinging 2-child horse, a 10-foot slide, and a very cool fully enclosed playhouse and deck that sits 5-feet off the ground accessed by a kid-friendly ladder steps....moreless
The Main Residence is Situated on 3 Heavily Wooded Acres and is the Original House Built on Stone Lake (Circa 1935) and Sits on a Private Hill with a Commanding View of Stone Lake. The house is across the street from the lake; the street is a quiet dead-end road with just 17 homes. The property includes a lakefront lot with sandy beach (with the Log Cabin) which is an easy 150-foot walk from the main house down a path through the trees....moreless
With 3 Acres There is Plenty of Private Parking for Boat trailers -- and the Space to Turn Them Around. Inquire regarding camping trailers / RVs. Advance written permission required please....moreless
Not a Fireplace -- But Guests Are Welcome to Build Campfires in the Designated Campfire Area Using the many Dead Branches & Logs from Our Property. Plus there is a metal firepit on the expanded deck....moreless
Deck Overlooking Stone Lake Measures 20' X 20' and Includes 6-Foot Glass Table and 6 Very Comfy Chairs, plus a 3-person upholstered wicker lounge sofa with built-in bar with 3 barstools (spring 2010). A Path from the Deck Leads to the Back Woods with its Private Circular Nature Trail Over Two Football Fields Long!...moreless
Nov-Apr: $1,295/week (2.5-night min. @ $295/Night) May, Sept & Oct: $1,995/week (3-night min. @ $375/Night) Mid-May thru Mid-Sept: $2,995/week (3-night min. @ $495-$595/Night) Early June thru mid-August: $3,395/week Attached Guest Qtrs (AGQ) adds 2 BRs + 2 BAs at $595/week-$125/day+$25 cleaning Log Cabin available at $295/week / $75 per day (+ $25 cleaning fee). Pontoon Boat+ 4 SeaEagle 2-person Kayaks + rowboat at $595 week inc. fuel. $500 sec. deposit. $165 clean fee. PetFee add'l. Holidays, NotreDame games higher.
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Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: In the early 1980s we moved away from Michigan for jobs, settling in Maryland near Washington, DC where we raised our two wonderful children. As empty nesters, in the summer of 2008, we started what we thought would be a 5-year search for our dream retirement home back in Michigan, on a lake, halfway between Chicago and Detroit -- where all of Brenda's family have homes. In our very first house-hunting trip in June 2008 we came across this property; it exceeded our expectations in every conceivable way. It's a dream come true for us that in one short year has become a mecca for family gatherings and memories that are simply priceless. We hope you too will consider building your own lifetime memories at Stone Lake. -- Ted & Brenda Gogol
Why the Owner Chose Cassopolis:
Cassopolis, MI with its two lakes -- Stone Lake and Diamond Lake -- is halfway between Chicago & Detroit. The Chicago suburb of Naperville, IL, and Dearborn, MI, are both just 2 hours 10 minutes away. We know because Brenda has sisters in both of these locales.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Here's what's most unique: The privacy and tranquility of a secluded wooded retreat with a 7-BR, 6-BA, 3,900 sq. ft. wheelchair-friendly home with central air conditioning and a floor plan that's ideally arranged to accommodate multiple families. One bedroom is a ground floor barrier-free BR-BA suite that includes a 3 x 5 roll-in shower with maneuvering room). Throw in a private dock attached to the 'guest house' lakeside log cabin and even more folks can join in on the fun -- all with comfortable accommodations. The icing on the cake? The Lake House is surrounded by 47 wooded acres with trails great for exploring nature...and we provide 8 various-size mountain bikes. And there's more! For water fun the available Pontoon Boat Pkg adds a pontoon boat (fuel included), 4 two-person Sea Eagle Kayaks, a fishing row boat, and water toys. At night and for rainy days the 450 sq ft Gathering-Game Room provides lots of entertainment with a pool table, ping pong table, foosball table, 55' LCD flat screen w/ built-in JBL audio system, 4 leather sofas, Bistro tables and bar stools...and a 2nd full-size fridge to keep the beverages cold and convenient!
Accessible Lake House w/3,900 sq ft has 7BRs +6BAs+450 sq ft Gathering-Game Rm!
Deck overlooks Stone Lake -- has huge roof, firepit, bbq grill, lots of seating.
From the entrance follow the private gravel drive 200 yards to the Main House.
Living room features beautiful woodwork and comfy seating-overlooks Stone Lake.
Remodeled kitchen w/ 2 coffee pots is fully equipped to keep the chefs smiling.
Kitchen opens up to rear deck & nature wonderland; w/ 2nd table can seat eight.
MBR in Main House connects to an updated BA; Pack-N-Play in walk-in closet.
TV Room has sofa, loveseat, 50-inch Plasma TV - can be extra sleeping space.
Gathering-Game Rm has 55' LCD TV w/JBL audio+Wii+Foosball+2nd full-size Fridge.
The Lake House attracts multi-generational family gatherings & celebrations!
Secluded firepit just 30 steps from house is also vehicle accessible...memories!
Accessible AGQ main floor BR-BA suite is barrier-free w/ roll-in 3x5 shower.
Main House is nestled among the trees with a commanding view of Stone Lake.
Guests enter the 50-acre property thru the circa 1860 stone wall via duct.
Massive stone wall flanks parking area at front of house - handles 10+ vehicles.
DR has great lake views; table expands to seat 14-16 (extra chairs provided).
Kitchen has Jenn-Air stove, microwv, dishwsher, toastr, plethora of pots-pans.
MBR in Main House w/ Queen is bright w/ lots of windows-has direct access to BA.
Both Main House guest bedrooms have full-size beds with pillow-top mattresses.
Gathering-Game Rm has 4 leather sofas,Bistro tables.PingPong top for Pool Table.
Here's Stone Lake from Lake House side deck. Lakeside Log Cabin is at right.
AGQ upper BR-BA suite features Queen bed + Twin Bunkbed & vaulted ceiling.
West Wing BR-BA suite has Queen bed + adjoining door to AGQ 2nd Flr BR.
Lakeside Log Cabin beach gently slopes to the water - perfect for little ones!
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