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Located in the private community of Benway Landing on the Chain, our lakefront French country cottage was designed by national award winning home designer, Robert Martignoni of Building Science Associates.
Nestled in the woods on a private road, the house is built on a slope and offers views of the lake from the large great room, the master bedroom, the screened porch and the sprawling deck. The floor to ceiling windows in the great room provide plenty of light and add to the spacious feel. The stone (wood burning) fireplace is the focal point in the great room and not only warms the room but provides a romantic ambience on those cold winter nights.
The home features natural pine floors throughout with tile in bathrooms and carpet in upstairs loft. The gourmet kitchen has Jenn-Air appliances, including a gas stove with convection oven and French door style refrigerator with ice maker. The painted custom cabinets contrast the beautiful granite counter tops. There is plenty of storage and all kitchen essentials are provided including a Cuisinart blender, Kitchen Aid mixer, dishes, glasses, serving trays and cookware. The eating area seats six, with an adjoining enclosed screened porch that seats six to eight more guests.
The great room has just been updated with a 50' flat Plasma (HD) TV, a Blue Ray DVD player and a new receiver with surround sound. Direct TV satellite was just installed in January 2013.
The master bedroom has a queen size iron bed and a closet with drawers and hanging space. The adjoining master bathroom includes a granite vanity, Jacuzzi corner tub, shower and linen closet.
The guest bedroom has a full size iron bed and is right around the corner from the main bathroom which has a granite vanity and shower.
The loft upstairs has a sofa bed which pulls out to a queen size bed. There is a wonderful view of the lake from the loft.
The expansive outdoor deck is approximately 10' x 30'. Enjoy the quiet and serene setting gazing at the lake and surrounding wooded areas. There is a gas grill, Adirondack chairs, and a large table with umbrella which seats six to eight. Guests thoroughly enjoy drinking their morning coffee as the sun comes up on this wonderful deck. The (unfinished) basement provides additional beds (great for kids) and game area. There are two full size beds, one twin bed and a roll-a-way bed in the basement along with a pool table and foosball table. The new walk out patio provides additional outdoor seeing at ground level with easy access to the boardwalk leading to the lake. The fire pit area is conveniently located close to the walk out patio and there is an additional seating area down by the lake.
Attention wildlife enthusiasts! The cottage is located on Benway Lake, which is among the 'Upper Chain of Lakes'. The lakes are perfect for kayaking and canoeing. Paddle through all six lakes on one trip or break this fabulous landscape into day trips. Either way, you are in for a unique kayaking or canoeing experience. We have two one-person kayaks and a canoe for your use, as well as life jackets. Enjoy wildlife such as loons, swans, ducks and turtles. Fish for bass, pike, walleye, and even trout and muskie! We also have a row boat available so if you'd like to bring your own boat motor you can easily attach it. There is not a sandy beach at this property, but both Lake Michigan and Torch Lake beaches are just ten minutes away.
The best northern Michigan golf courses are all a short drive: Bay Harbor, Shanty Creek, The Chief, Hawks Eye, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, A-Ga-Ming, Antrim Dells and Dunmaglas. The cottage is a great base location for golfer's who enjoy playing a different course each day. Excellent local restaurants include The Blue Pelican in Central Lake, Lulu's in Bellaire and The Rowe in Ellsworth. Classic Pizza in downtown Central Lake has great pizza and subs. And, believe it or not, the Central Lake BP gas station also has great pizza, smoked chicken and smoked ribs! The local grocery store in Central Lake has most everything you will need to cook at home and if not, the large Family Fare market in Bellaire is a short drive away.
Master bath with shower and jacuzzi tub. Hall bath with shower.
Property is on Benway Lake and is located on thirteen acres. Although we do not have a sandy beach, Benway Lake is great for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, tubing and skiing. The public beaches at Lake Michigan and Torch Lake are a mere 10 minute drive. If you love to golf, many of the best courses in the region are within a 30 minute drive. Or, take a drive on the country roads through the rolling hills and experience the beautiful scenery and spectacular wildlife! Boat rentals are available by calling Bedell's @ 231-544-8211....moreless
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About the owner: We built our cottage in 2005 as a family retreat and future retirement home. Since our careers moved us out of state, we are unable to visit as often and decided to share it with others. We hope you love it as much as we do!
Why the Owner Chose Central Lake: After spending many years visiting friends 'up north', we too began to fall in love with the areas natural beauty. We never thought we would find property that was on a lake (my requirement) AND had acreage (Tom's requirement). We purchased ten acres on Benway Lake in 2002 and began to build in 2003. We recently purchased the lot next door adding an additional three acres and lake frontage totaling 220'. We love the location as we feel the west side of Michigan is the most beautiful with its rolling hills, country roads, cherry and apple orchards, wineries and road side markets. We love the location and we love the house! We only wish we lived closer so we could enjoy it more. Our loss is your gain!
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Golf in the summer and ski in the winter! What a great location near the best golf courses and ski slopes. Agaming and Shanty Creek are just 30 minutes away; Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain and Bay Harbor are just 40 minutes away. Stay home and walk the woods and country roads, sit on the deck with morning coffee, cook to your hearts desire in the wonderful kitchen. You may never want to leave the relaxation of the cottage. If you do venture out, don't miss going up to the picturesque town of Charlevoix on beautiful Lake Michigan, a lovely twenty minute drive northwest. Enjoy great shopping and food including American Spoon, fudge (of course), and ice cream! Another twenty minutes from Charlevoix is beautiful Petoskey, with Harbor Springs just a bit further up along Lake Michigan into Little Traverse Bay. Heading south from Central Lake, Bellaire is just twenty minutes. You will find my favorite restaurant, Lulu's, as well as Short's Brewery for some local flavor and entertainment. Just five minutes from our place will take you right into Central Lake, situated on beautiful Intermediate Lake, where you can buy groceries, have pizza or enjoy a nice dinner at the Blue Pelican. Want to go to the beach? A short drive due west (ten minutes) takes you to Torch Lake and Grand Traverse Bay beyond (Barnes Park), where you can lay on the public beach for hours (remember, we do not have a sandy beach at our property). Do you have a special occasion in which a fine dining experience is worthy? Drive no further than Ellsworth (ten minutes) to The Rowe Inn and enjoy their unique menu. There are plenty of places to go and things to do. Don't forget Sleeping Bear Dunes and Mackinac Island are both day trips from our cottage!