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'Tumble Down' Waterfront Sunset Wonder, All Sports Lake, Fishing

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Lake view from the shaded porch swing.

Lake view from the shaded porch swing. Amazing sunsets from the shore on Little Crooked Lake Perennial Gardens. Tumble Down view from the lakefront. Fire pit for nightly bonfires. Porch swing and secondary seating area. Pontoon boat for rent.  $100 per day, includes gas. 16' Fiberglass canoe to paddle around the lake or fish from. Enjoy a nice paddle around the lake on our aqua cycle. Secondary deck with umbrella. Tumble Down living room and field stone gas fireplace. Living room with Gas fireplace.  Couch converts to queen bed. Bedroom One - Double Bed. Bedroom Two - Custom made log bunk beds. Bedroom Two. Second living area with TV. Living area and dining area, table with six chairs and youth chair. Breakfast bar, TV with cable, DVD and DVD library. Kitchen with vintage farmhouse sink and fridge. Bathroom with pine beadboard. Bathroom. View of the hot tub and patio setting overlooking the lake. Deck dining for six over looking the lake. Fourth of July on Crooked Lake

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Last updated: 04/07/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Brighton cottage description

Historic waterfront cottage known as 'Tumble Down' with amazing sunsets. Originally built in 1923 by a well known gentleman who built many field stone cottages in the area, several of which are on West Crooked Lake. Tumble Down is located on low boat traffic, West Crooked Lake with water access to East Crooked Lake. Both are all sports lakes. Relax and barbecue on your private deck overlooking the lake, swing on the porch swing, enjoy the hot tub or roast marshmallows over the campfire. Sunbathing on the shore, deck or dock. Paddle around the lake in the 16' canoe or paddle boat both provided, bring your own boat or rent our 25 foot Bennington pontoon boat for $100 per day (gas included). Boat launch 1/2 mile away. Great fishing. Property has extensive gardens and was featured on the LACASA garden tour in 2010. Be sure to explore the secret gnome garden. Courtyard with fountain.

Tumble Down has much to offer year round. Enjoy foliage color in the fall, cross-country skiing and ice fishing in the winter. We look forward to sharing our slice of paradise with you.

Keywords: Waterfront, all sports lake, boat rental, fishing, dock, paddle boat, hot tub, firepit, sunsets, historic

Property Type

  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • Cottage
  • 2 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Children Welcome
          • Events Allowed
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

            Table seats six, plus a youth chair and breakfast bar seats two....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            foil, wraps, salt&pepper, sugar, coffee filters provided...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            6...moreless

          • Stove
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Refrigerator
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Kitchen
          • Toaster
          • Coffee Maker

          Amenities

          • Living Room seats 6:

            Two living areas, both with a couch and a chair. One with TV and the other with gas fireplace....moreless

          • Parking:

            Off street parking ...moreless

          • Towels Provided
          • Parking Off Street
          • Gas Fireplace
          • Hair Dryer
          • Air Conditioning
          • Heating
          • Linens Provided

          Other Amenities

              • Waterfront Cottage with amazing sunsets. On low traffic, West Crooked Lake with access to East Crooked Lake. Both are all sports lakes. Property has much to offer year round. Relax and barbecue on your private deck overlooking the lake, swing on the porch swing, enjoy the hot tub or roast marshmallows over the campfire. Sunbathing on the private beach, deck or dock. Paddle around the lake in the paddle boat provided, bring your own boat or access to pontoon boat for an additional fee. Private beach for all the sunbathing you want. Boat launch 1/2 mile away. Property has extensive gardens and was featured on the LACASA garden tour in 2010. Shared courtyard with fountain....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Toys:

                Let us know your children's ages and we will have some fun things ready....moreless

              • Video Library
              • Television
              • Satellite / Cable
              • DVD Player
              • Books
              • Games

              Communications

                  • Wireless Internet

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Hot Tub

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Boat:

                        25' Bennington Pontoon Boat available for additional charge of $100 per day (includes gas)....moreless

                      • Porch / Veranda:

                        With porch swing and Adirondack chairs...moreless

                      • Bicycles:

                        Available upon request....moreless

                      • Beach Chairs:

                        2...moreless

                      • Balcony
                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Deck / Patio

                      Theme

                      • Historic
                      • Sports & Activities
                      • Tourist Attractions
                      • Away From It All
                      • Adventure
                      • Romantic
                      • Family

                      Location & View

                      • Golf Course View
                      • Beachfront

                      Car

                          • Necessary

                          Activities

                          • Cross Country Skiing
                          • Skiing
                          • Snowboarding
                          • Water Skiing
                          • Hot Air Ballooning
                          • Fishing
                          • Massage Therapist
                          • Laundromat
                          • Medical Services
                          • Mountain Biking
                          • Wind-Surfing
                          • Kayaking
                          • Freshwater Fishing
                          • Golf
                          • Hunting Small Game
                          • Hunting
                          • Ice Skating
                          • Cycling
                          • Hiking
                          • Sailing
                          • Swimming
                          • Snowmobiling
                          • Jet Skiing
                          • Hospital
                          • Scenic Drives
                          • Playground
                          • Miniature Golf
                          • Boating
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Library
                          • Restaurants
                          • Live Theater
                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Churches
                          • Cinemas
                          • Paddle Boating
                          • Shopping
                          • Sledding
                          • Fitness Center
                          • Groceries
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Wildlife Viewing
                          • Outlet Shopping
                          • Bird Watching
                          • Walking
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Antiquing

                          Other Activities

                              • Enjoy cross-county skiing and ice fishing on the lake during the winter. Magnificent fall colors on property as well as several state parks in the area, Kensington Metro Park and Island Lake. 3 mile drive to Mt Brighton for skiing/snowboarding in the winter and golf at the Jackal in the summer. Many additional golf courses, restaurants, shopping, antiquing, etc are very close by. Travel adviser book provided in the cottage for recommendations. Downtown Brighton (4 miles) and Howell (6 miles) offer many events in the summer including concerts, sidewalk sales, holiday parades, farmers markets, Howell Balloon Festival, Ann Arbor Art Fairs, Brighton Art Festival, Howell Melon Festival, Brighton's Smokin' Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival, etc. A close drive to U-M (30 minutes), MSU (30 minutes) and Detroit (45 minutes), a great place to stay for all college and professional sporting events....moreless
                               

                              Reviews

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                              • Beautiful Location and Home

                                Beautiful Location and Home

                                • Guest Stefani s.
                                • Date of stay 10/17/13
                                • Review Submitted 10/22/13
                                My family had such a great time at this home. The views are breathtaking and make those not from Michigan to purchase a home in Michigan. My hubby and son enjoyed fishing (caught a pike), paddle boating around the islands, and campfires! The home is clean and decorated so darn cute! Melisa is extremely personable. She provided our family with suggestions for food, activities, and more importantly made us feel like it was our home! My only suggestion, is if you are a tall man, like my hubby, the rooms are small and he was head to toe sleeping. Even with that, he loved the house and there were other places to sleep he just chose the room! We can’t wait to go back. This was our first time ever using VRBO and our experience was out of this world. I sincerely can’t express how much Melisa welcomed us, and how clean this home is! This home is totally worth every penny! Thank you so much Melisa for making this a wonderful memory my family will never forget.

                                Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children.

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                              • Fun Time!

                                Fun Time!

                                • Guest SNIPEr (Dayton, Ohio)
                                • Date of stay 10/11/13
                                • Review Submitted 10/17/13
                                The house was wonderful, but felt like visiting a Hobbit's house (my wife and I are over 6 feet tall). The view cannot be beat. We enjoyed the evenings sitting on the porch and around the fire pit making smores. The paddle boat was great to explore the islands in the lake. Ann Arbor and Brighton are cool towns to explore (the kids loved searching for Fairy Doors). The landscaping is immaculate! There are 45 steps down to the entrance so be careful, or Tumble Down will earn its name. The owners were great and very accommodating (they live in the attached house, but there is significant privacy). The hot tub would have been awesome, but there were some technical difficulties. It was a good introduction to Michigan for this Texas boy. I would stay here again anytime!!!

                                Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway.

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                              • Great trip

                                Great trip

                                • Guest Shelly B. (Waterville, Ohio )
                                • Date of stay 09/20/13
                                • Review Submitted 09/25/13
                                Our annual fall get-a-way was a blast. Despite the weather (it was cold and rainy some of the time) we had a wonderful time. The cottage itself was truly a delight. We had plenty to do and we never turned the T.V. on which I truly enjoyed. We used the hot-tub, ate on the deck, played games and took a canoe ride. Even though there are several steps leading down to the cottage....we enjoyed the challenge. I would highly recommend this rental. The owners were very pleasant and easy to work with.

                                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.

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                              • Great Time at Tumble Down

                                Great Time at Tumble Down

                                • Guest Tumble Down Vacation (Somers, New York)
                                • Date of stay 08/18/13
                                • Review Submitted 08/27/13
                                We had a great time at Tumble Down cottage. Family and friends came to visit almost every day and they said the exact same thing. Very nice cottage, well decorated, plenty of amenities, and wonderful owners. My family loved it so much that we're thinking of making a yearly tradition of spending a week each summer at Tumble Down. I would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone.

                                Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children.

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                              • Family vacation

                                Family vacation

                                • Guest Michelle (Dallas tx)
                                • Date of stay 08/09/13
                                • Review Submitted 08/21/13
                                We had a great time. It was very accurate in the description. We enjoyed the pontoon boat but wished that it went faster so we could ski. Next year we will find a place with a ski boat. Also the steps down to the unit were steep. Maybe to warn people that if elderly or handicapped this place would not work. The views were amazing and the house hosts were so nice. We had a nice vacation. Thanks

                                Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.

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                              • Absolutely loved our stay!

                                Absolutely loved our stay!

                                • Guest Nancy Z.
                                • Date of stay 08/07/13
                                • Review Submitted 08/19/13
                                We were 3 couples that took a short getaway to Tumble Down & Tumble Down is the most accommodating property I have ever been on. Aside from the beautiful home & vast recreational activities, Melissa is by far the most gracious host I have ever met. She sincerely made our trip because she was helpful, responsive, & easy to talk to every step of the way. We added the boat rental & it was absolutely worth it so dont hold back on adding that because that took our stay from great to amazing. We were only there for 2 nights & my only regret is not being able to stay longer. The cabin has everything you need. The decor is fitting to the ambiance one would hope to get from a cabin & all of the interior & exterior space gives a group of any size enough privacy. The hot tub area is beautifully landscaped & 2 separate seating areas (2nd level deck & patio) was a nice touch. I LOVE the porch swing but hate Mosquitos so don't forget to pack Off or bug repelling candles. The canoe & paddle boat were a great workout before a relaxing ride on the pontoon and the fire pit was a great end to the day even though our city lives made us realize we couldn't even figure out how to build a fire so it was nice of Melissa to save the day lol.

                                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, families with young children, girls getaway.

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                              • Relaxing Stay

                                Relaxing Stay

                                • Guest Bill (Maui, HI)
                                • Date of stay 07/16/13
                                • Review Submitted 07/31/13
                                Great place to entertain family and friends I had a very relaxing week despite having as many as eleven family members there on Sunday afternoon. The Burnett's provide everything you need to enjoy your stay.

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                              • Romantic getaway

                                Romantic getaway

                                • Guest Gus (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
                                • Date of stay 05/17/13
                                • Review Submitted 05/22/13
                                Wonderful view of lake from the swing on the front porch. "Sunset Wonder" describes it perfectly. Cottage was clean, charming, and cozy. Enjoyed the farmers' market and artisan display on Saturday in downtown Brighton. Owner has a book prepared about restaurants and activities to enjoy. Great experience!

                                Recommended for: Romantic getaway.

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                              • Charming Rental

                                Charming Rental

                                • Guest Sarah C. (Ann Arbor, Mi USA)
                                • Date of stay 04/01/13
                                • Review Submitted 04/08/13
                                My family stayed for a 2 night visit at Tumble Down just after Easter. Melisa was a very good host. She has really put her heart and soul into this vintage cottage. There are plenty of interesting "artifacts" around to keep you amused. Her guest book/tourist information binder was so informative, I asked her for a copy; she was nice enough to share it with me. The view from the cottage is stunning. Because it was early April in Michigan, the weather didn't really permit us to enjoy the lakeside, but we did enjoy going for walks around Round lake. The neighborhood is pleasant and upscale. The cottage is very "cozy" and was a tight fit for our group of 4. My tall husband was a little cramped in the full bedroom. I, on the other hand, was quite comfortable. My son and his friend said the bunk beds were comfortable. I am sure in the summer it is magnificent with the added outdoor living space.

                                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.

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                              • Winter getaway

                                Winter getaway

                                • Guest Lauren (United States)
                                • Date of stay 01/18/13
                                • Review Submitted 01/31/13
                                First of all, I have to state that Melisa was as flexible and accommodating as she was able to be when one of the people in our party had a medical emergency just before our trip. Melisa was flexible in stating that we could change weekend if we'd like with no charge. That was very generous of her. The highlights of the cabin are the hot tub and the fireplace. The upstairs area of the cabin is very cozy and welcoming for a relaxing winter weekend. The downstairs area was rather chilly and didn't get much light during the day, which made it less than ideal to spend time in during the winter. The kitchen was workable but did not have a freezer or a tea kettle. We had three adults and no children in our party and I'd say pushing it much passed four people would be a tight squeeze. One thing all of us could have done without was the taxidermy animal motif. The property was well kept, but there was some sort of odor attached to the couch on the first floor. I think this property is best rented in the summer when you're not spending too much time inside. But all in all we had a great weekend!!

                                Owner response: Thank you Lauren for your comments. We have since had the couch professionally cleaned and will be adding a comfy rug for the lower level and tea kettle for winter rentals. Additional things added for 2013 based on our awesome visitor feedback...new vintage looking refrigerator that has a freezer, a microwave, blinds on the windows over looking the hot tub, new paddle boat and vent over the stove. We are looking forward to your visit in 2013!

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                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              Fall-Winter-Spring
                              Nov 26 - May 23, 2014
                              2 night min stay
                              $200
                              $1,015 $3,600
                              Summer
                              May 27 - Aug 31
                              7 night min stay

                              $1,260
                              My Standard Rate
                              2 night min stay
                              $200
                              $1,260 $4,000
                              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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                              Fees and Rental Conditions:

                              • Property Damage Protection $49
                              • Cleaning Fee $100
                              • Tax Rate 6%

                              Notes:

                              Seven day minimum rental from Memorial Day through Labor Day weeks. Friday, Saturday or Sunday check-in/check-out preferred. Check-in is 4 pm and Check-out is 11 am.


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                              Last updated: 04/07/2014
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                              Location

                              • Nearest Airport: Detroit Metro Airport at 50 Miles
                              • Nearest Train: Ann Arbor at 25 Miles
                              • Nearest Motorway: I-96 and 23 at 10 Miles
                              • Nearest Beach: On our Lake at 500 Metres
                              • Nearest Barpub: Brighton and Howell at 5 Miles
                              • Nearest Ski: Mt. Brighton at 2 Miles
                              • Nearest Golf: The Jackal and Oak Pointe Country Club (Club Corp) at 2 Miles
                              • Nearest Restaurant: Brighton and Howell at 5 Miles
                               

                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 2005

                              About the owner: We love to travel, spend time with friends and family, garden, enjoy good food and wine, host parties, and of course spend time on our lake!

                              Why the Owner Chose Brighton:
                              We have lived in this community for almost 20 years. Living on West Crooked Lake is like living 'on vacation' all of the time. We looked at every lake in Brighton and settled on West Crooked Lake based on sunsets, quality of water, visual interest, boat traffic, wildlife and quality of residence development.

                              The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                              We love watching the circle of life on our lake year round. We have multiple bird families that make West Crooked Lake their home; Multiple Swan families, Canada Geese, Wood Ducks, Blue Herons, Egrets, Sandhill Cranes, Hawks, a pair of Morning Doves that nest in our garden and a mischievous Muskrat that lives in our neighbor's wood pile.


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                              Photos

                              • Lake view from the shaded porch swing.

                                Lake view from the shaded porch swing.

                              • Perennial Gardens.

                                Perennial Gardens.

                              • Fire pit for nightly bonfires.

                                Fire pit for nightly bonfires.

                              • Pontoon boat for rent.  $100 per day, includes gas.

                                Pontoon boat for rent. $100 per day, includes gas.

                              • Enjoy a nice paddle around the lake on our aqua cycle.

                                Enjoy a nice paddle around the lake on our aqua cycle.

                              • Tumble Down living room and field stone gas fireplace.

                                Tumble Down living room and field stone gas fireplace.

                              • Bedroom One - Double Bed.

                                Bedroom One - Double Bed.

                              • Bedroom Two.

                                Bedroom Two.

                              • Living area and dining area, table with six chairs and youth chair.

                                Living area and dining area, table with six chairs and youth chair.

                              • Kitchen with vintage farmhouse sink and fridge.

                                Kitchen with vintage farmhouse sink and fridge.

                              • Bathroom.

                                Bathroom.

                              • Deck dining for six over looking the lake.

                                Deck dining for six over looking the lake.

                              • Amazing sunsets from the shore on Little Crooked Lake

                                Amazing sunsets from the shore on Little Crooked Lake

                              • Tumble Down view from the lakefront.

                                Tumble Down view from the lakefront.

                              • Porch swing and secondary seating area.

                                Porch swing and secondary seating area.

                              • 16' Fiberglass canoe to paddle around the lake or fish from.

                                16' Fiberglass canoe to paddle around the lake or fish from.

                              • Secondary deck with umbrella.

                                Secondary deck with umbrella.

                              • Living room with Gas fireplace.  Couch converts to queen bed.

                                Living room with Gas fireplace. Couch converts to queen bed.

                              • Bedroom Two - Custom made log bunk beds.

                                Bedroom Two - Custom made log bunk beds.

                              • Second living area with TV.

                                Second living area with TV.

                              • Breakfast bar, TV with cable, DVD and DVD library.

                                Breakfast bar, TV with cable, DVD and DVD library.

                              • Bathroom with pine beadboard.

                                Bathroom with pine beadboard.

                              • View of the hot tub and patio setting overlooking the lake.

                                View of the hot tub and patio setting overlooking the lake.

                              • Fourth of July on Crooked Lake

                                Fourth of July on Crooked Lake

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                              This listing was first published here in 2012.

                              Date last modified - Monday, April 14, 2014

                              $180 - $200 per night (USD)
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                              2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 6

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                              Minimum stay: 2-7 nights
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