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Manuka Lake Chalet--Charming modern cottage on beautiful Manuka Lake, Gaylord

Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay nights


Minimum Stay


Lake Manuka Chalet Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps 9

Relax and enjoy the peaceful, rural atmosphere of this charming lakeside cottage just minutes from Gaylord. Surrounded by nature's gifts you will love the quiet, secluded comfort of this newly remodeled and completely modern chalet.

For the winter sports enthusiast, sledding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing begin just outside the door. Groomed trails will take you north to Mackinac, south to Grayling, east, west and beyond. We have maps to help you plan your route. Downhill and/or XC skiing are also available nearby at Treetops, Boyne, Michiwaye and Schuss Mountain. The local Sportsplex offers swimming, skating and many other activities.

Summertime on-site activities include: hiking, hunting, fishing, swimming on sandy beaches, bird watching and simply relaxing beside lovely Lake Manuka. 300 feet from the front door is the DNR public boat launch. The Gaylord area is famous for its many golf courses. A mini-gallery of original watercolor paintings decorate the inside.

Swimming beach: The lake is 30' from the house. Walk 250' to an excellent beach for kids to swim. Walk another 100' to the DNR public access with a cement boat ramp. Plenty of room for boat trailer storage at the cabin. The activity at this ramp is minimal and is 95% small fishing boats.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Randy or Jane Echtinaw
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 13, 2016
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Why Randy or Jane Echtinaw chose Gaylord

Our main residence is in the middle of 20 acres of woods 300 yds off the road. This cabin is a continuation of that theme, very quiet, secluded and private, perfect for us.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Manuka Lake Chalet--Charming modern cottage on beautiful Manuka Lake, Gaylord
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Great property!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this cabin, it was clean and comfortable and the lake was great for swimming, fishing and boating. Randy and Jane were very courteous and prompt with questions and requests. We really were able to unplug and enjoy this beautiful lake house.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are tickled pink you so throughly enjoyed our cabin and thank you for replacing the missing canoe paddle :) Randy and Jane
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Gorgeous Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We rented this for a family get away so we could spend quality time. The cabin was great. Everything was setup great. The boat and canoe came in handy as there was 5 of us so we could all go out fishing and enjoy. There is a beaver den near the house which was exciting for all of us to see. The house is nestled in the cove that you felt like you had the lake to yourself. We stayed Saturday to Saturday and the lake is very quite. Only 1 jet ski out but was very respectful of other people. The public access is close to the cabin for swimming and launching a boat of your own if you needed. The cabin was clean, cozy and well maintained.We cannot say enough how nice the cabin was. The animals that we seen while at the cabin were beaver, duck and ducklings, Geese and goslings, Loons and baby loon, Our 8 yr old loved to fish off the dock. We also went to Shel-haven and rented canoe and kayaks. We are thinking we have found a new place to take our yearly family vacation.

I would highly recommend this cabin.

Thank you Randy and Jane for sharing your beautiful cabin with us.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are glad you had a fun time and hope to see you next year :)
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Gorgeous Cabin!!!

  • 5 of 5

Oh my goodness. The cabin was soooo beautiful!! It had a very rustic, woodsy, yet cozy feel. My husband and I stayed there with our 11 month old son during the Camp Meeting at Grace Baptist Church and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Everything was so wonderful! We will definitely stay there the next time we are in Gaylord. The price was incredible for everything that the cabin has to offer!!! We couldn't have been more pleased! Thank you Randy and Jane!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Battle Creek, MI

Great location for activities up north

  • 3 of 5

Working to set up the rental with Randy went very smoothly. He was right on top of any questions I had before we arrived. Once we departed I received my deposit money back very promptly. The pictures are accurate except I would say of the deck. We rented in June and to me it looked like everything had sat out all winter and had not been touched since the snow melted so the deck could have used a GOOD cleaning along with all the furniture. Everything in the house worked like it should and having 2 bathrooms is wonderful with a family. The lake level looks like it went down significantly compared to a picture Randy had sent me which was a surprise but it didn't hinder the use of our kayaks while there. Since the house is nestled in alot of trees be prepared for LOTS of daddy long-leg spiders! We could have lived without those! I would also recommend bringing your own pillows since the ones there are very lumpy or flat. Fans are supplied in all the bedrooms which was great for sleeping. We basically used this house as a "home base" for our activities up north which included: visiting Mackinac Island, kayaking down the Sturgeon River, biking, visiting Torch Lake (everyone should see that lake...its breathtaking!) and visiting Historic Mill Creek in Mackinaw City. Oh, something else to keep in mind....since the guests are responsible for cleaning before departure if they want their full deposit back, you may find that everyone has a different definition of what clean is. I claim to be a "clean freak" so it wasn't as clean as I would have liked. (mostly the floors, fridge, and windows) Just something to be aware of...for some its not a problem I'm sure. Also, there is no cell service and no phone in the cabin which is a bit frusterating. (no ordering take out) Hope this review helps people make an informed decision!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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10-31 11-5 2009

  • 5 of 5

We went up with a group of people during the first week of November last year and we had a blast. the people were fun to be around but the house was wonderful. very warm and cozy. we enjoyed watching the ducks in the yard and on the lake and also the bit of snow that we got while we were there. many things to do in the area and Randy was more than a great person to rent from. very imformative and propt in his service. there were no complaints from anyone in the group other than they all were wanting to go back during the summer to take full advantage of the lake. i would recomend this house to anyone if they are looking for a nice comfortable place to stay.


  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Holy Cross Go + Gather + Grow Youth Group

  • 5 of 5

Wow what a great spot. We spent 2 nights there while attending the Big Ticket Festival and it was an awesome time. Great swimming, the canoe and row boat were fun. Lots of room!!! We loved it and hope to stay there again. June 18 & 19 2009. Thanks for the great time! Oh...Our sponsors only complaint was the coffee pots were broken and it was a challenge for them.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Otsego County Airport
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Car: necessary

Convenient and scenic location with easy access to I-75 in northern Michigan just 50 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge. Close to Otsego Lake State Park, Hartwick Pines State Park and many county parks, lakes and rivers. Gaylord is the heart of the golf mecca of northern Michigan and also offers hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile and cross country skiing trails and downhill slopes. There are many restaurants and shopping areas nearby, including movie theaters.


Rates & Availability

Lake Manuka Chalet Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150

The cleaning fee is included in rent. Any cleaning fee in excess of $50 will be deducted from the security deposit

50% to confirm reservation - 50% due 10 days before arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Lake Manuka Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake
  • Rural ...
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Town ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • The large upstairs bath is beautifully ceramic tiled and contains an extra-large tub, shower and double sinks. The downstairs bath is brand new and contains a shower, washer/dryer with ceramic tile floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bdrm #1 - 2nd fdloor with lake views and deck Bdrm #2 - Dbl. bed with dbl. hideaway - forest views Bdrm #3 - double with single on top
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Canoe, rowboat, paddles and life vests on site. Outside bonfire area. Swing and chairs at bonfire area. Deck chairs and tables. Sandy beach suitable for children 200' from deck. Picnic table in yard. Smoking allowed outside if provided butt cans are used.

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