The first words out of first time visitors are “WOW'! Great spot, beautiful view, fantastic beach.” Duneswater at Onekama is all that: a private, one-family home with brand new kitchen filled with state-of-the-art amenities, where dogs are welcome.
From the private road entrance, the lowest level contains a beach shower and laundry facilities. The main floor is reached from the inner stairway or from the south side redwood deck, complete with cushioned deck furniture and a gas barbecue. The main floor great room is dominated by the spectacular lake views and the large fieldstone working wood fireplace. The dining area shares this space.
The kitchen has everything you need or want. Gas stove and cooktop with lake view, coffee makers (drip & espresso), all small appliances, icemaker, dishwasher and microwave. Truly a cook’s kitchen with lots of counter space and breakfast bar with swivel stools.
The south bedroom has a queen bed and a lazy-boy reading chair. The north bedroom contains twin beds. The main floor full bathroom has a large well-lit walk-in shower.
Upstairs is a sleeping loft with a variety of twin beds and a full bed to accommodate your crew’s requirements. The loft has an open space for cards or games and 1/2 bathroom.
Dogs have always lived in this house, so one well-behaved dog is allowed with an additional $200 refundable pet deposit. As a result, if you have dog allergies another home may suit you better.
There is no smoking.
Outdoors is living with the view. The redwood deck is protected from northerly breezes. The shade patio is for taking the air, and the beach itself is for lounging, walking or pit-fires.
There are books, games and satellite dish TV, even DVDs and music CDs – but that’s not why you choose Duneswater. The secluded location, private beach, incredible view, comfortable well appointed home – that’s the choice!
The beach is back! The trend of rising water levels in Lake Michigan has tapered off, and our beach has reappeared. It is easily accessed by the new railed staircase completed in fall 2016.
Duneswater embraces the concept of continuous quality improvement (CQI) for the comfort of our guests. In recent years, many changes have been made, including: rebuilding the main deck, new carpet in main floor BRs, new sofas, re-covered bar stools, retiled fireplace spark apron and new screening, paint, new shower light main floor bath, new stairs to the beach and new carport.
Whatever your “great” vacation requirements might be, if it’s not at Duneswater itself, it is nearby. The Village of Onekama has groceries, WIFI hotspot, post office, hardware store, gift shops and several good restaurants. Most other amenities, including a casino, are 15 miles south in Manistee. If you are a golfer, the three closest courses include Arcadia Bluffs (Golf Digest #10 ranked), Bear Lake County Highlands and Manistee National. A visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline, voted Good Morning America's 'Most Beautiful Place in America' in 2011, is a great excursion north along scenic M-22.
Maximum occupancy is 8 people. Minimum stay generally is 7 days. Weekly rent of $3000 includes taxes and cleaning fees. (Security and pet deposits, $400 and $200 respectively, are extra. These are refunded within 14 days of a satisfactory checkout.)
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