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Beautiful Lakefront Cottage on 13 Acres! Reserve Now for Summer!

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Last updated: 11/11/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Central Lake cottage description

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.

Keywords: Cottage, Lake House, Cabin

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            You must be 25 years or older to rent this property....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 6-10

          • Bedroom 1


          • Bedroom 2


          • Loft


          • Queen size Bed (1) Master bedroom, Double Bed (1) in Guest room , Queen size sofa bed in Loft. Also two double beds, one twin bed and one roll-a-way in unfinished basement....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1


          • Bathroom 2


          • Master bath with shower and jacuzzi tub. Hall bath with shower.

          Other Amenities

              • 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


              • Books
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player:

                Blue Ray...moreless

              • Foosball


              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Horseshoes
              • Miniature Golf
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

                  • Lakefront

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Hunting Big Game
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Parasailing
                  • Sailing
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Water Tubing


                  • Dining:

                    Table in kitchen seats 4-6 and adjacent screened porch table seats 4-6. ...moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 6 people


                  • Air Conditioning:

                    Central Air....moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Fireplace
                  • Garage
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided:

                    Sheets, blankets, quilts, pillows all provided. ...moreless

                  • Parking:

                    Several cars will fit in the driveway. ...moreless

                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                    On roadside okay...moreless

                  • Towels Provided:

                    Bring your own beach towels...moreless

                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet:

                    HughesNet WIFI...moreless

                  • Wood Fireplace:

                    For use by our winter guests only, please....moreless


                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    You name it.......moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    Anything you need!...moreless

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Kitchen:

                    Stainless steel Jenn Aire appliances; coffee maker, blender, mixer, four slice toaster, juicer....moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items:

                    Coffee filters, salt & pepper, garbage bags. ...moreless

                  • Refrigerator:

                    French door with ice maker....moreless

                  • Stove:

                    Jenn Aire gas stove. ...moreless

                  • Toaster


                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    Two single kayaks, one canoe....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Pool / Spa

                      • Jetted Tub


                      Write a review 4.9
                      from 15 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Jun 13 - Sep 12, 2015
                      7 night min stay


                      Changeover Day: Saturday

                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                      • Taxes Not included


                      50% due 60 days before arrival.

                      Balance due 14 days before arrival.

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                      Last updated: 11/11/2014
                      Check availability
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                      50 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Cherry Regional Airport Traverse City, MI
                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      The Club - Central Lake
                      10 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Agaming Golf Course near Torch Lake
                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Blue Pelican - Central Lake
                      20 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Shanty Creek
                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Barnes Park - Lake Michigan or Torch Lake

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2005

                      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!

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                      Speaks: english



                      • Front view in summer

                        Front view in summer

                      • Great Room

                        Great Room

                      • View from loft

                        View from loft

                      • Kitchen with eating area

                        Kitchen with eating area

                      • Back Deck

                        Back Deck

                      • Master bedroom- queen bed

                        Master bedroom- queen bed

                      • Guest  Bedroom- full size bed

                        Guest Bedroom- full size bed

                      • Boardwalk from cottage to lake

                        Boardwalk from cottage to lake

                      • Walk out patio

                        Walk out patio

                      • Swans in Benway Lake

                        Swans in Benway Lake

                      • Little Traverse Bay taken in Harbor Springs, MI

                        Little Traverse Bay taken in Harbor Springs, MI

                      • Catch a nice large mouth bass in Benway Lake like these lucky fella's!

                        Catch a nice large mouth bass in Benway Lake like these lucky fella's!

                      • Rear view in autumn

                        Rear view in autumn

                      • Great Room

                        Great Room

                      • Eating area with window seat

                        Eating area with window seat

                      • Screened Porch

                        Screened Porch

                      • Fire pit area down by the lake

                        Fire pit area down by the lake

                      • Master Bath

                        Master Bath

                      • Loft with queen size sofa bed

                        Loft with queen size sofa bed

                      • View from top of our hill

                        View from top of our hill

                      • Fishing in a morning mist

                        Fishing in a morning mist

                      • Sleeping Bear Dunes is less than two hours away!

                        Sleeping Bear Dunes is less than two hours away!

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                      Date last modified - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

                      $243 - $250 per night (USD)

                      2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 10

                      View calendar: Updated 11/11/14
                      Minimum stay: 2-7 nights
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                      Member since: 2010
                      Speaks: english
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