Play in the Snow or Enjoy it from Inside Your Bright, Private, Modern Lake House(59 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
House, 2 Bedrooms w/ Bunk Beds+ Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, Open Plan (Sleeps 6
If you want to plan ahead, take 10% off and book a winter stay at least a month in advance.
Settle in with a complimentary bottle of up north wine. Relax into modern comforts in country living: 50-inch flat screen high-def TV with cable, WIFI, PS3, many dozens of CDs, DVDs, books and games, a fully-stocked kitchen and more.
Outside your door, ice fish, skate, or toast s'mores by the lake. Drive 10 minutes to Grand Traverse Bay, where you can climb frozen waves or cross-country ski on groomed trails. Head for one of a handful of delightful nearby up north "cities" for fun eating, shopping, and exploring. Enjoy browsing wineries, antique shops, galleries and other charming haunts along the way.
Happy inside? Put your feet up in your cozy, well-stocked year-round vacation home. Start with the complimentary wine or a homemade cappuccino as you gaze out floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a tranquil lake and the woods beyond.
New fridge, range & beach updates on top of a recent bathroom renovation are in just in time for your stay. Enjoy the WIFI, 50" flat screen TV, and XBox, choose from many dozens of DVDs, CDs, books, games and toys. Get cozy in freshly laundered robes and lounging-around socks (for kids AND adults) in our comfortable year-round cottage. Or just nap on comfy beds with flannel sheets and down comforters. Nothing to do but relax.
Tucked into a glacial valley and nestled in the hills of northwest Michigan, the village is located on a 75-mile chain of beautiful lakes. We're halfway between the Equator and the North Pole on the 45th Parallel. Minutes away, visit Bellaire's restaurants, cafes, or Schuss Mountain's championship golf courses (and ski slopes). Dine at a gourmet restaurant a few miles north of us or at dozens of lovely small-town cafes.
It's an easy 2-minute drive or 15-minute walk to Central Lake, a sleepy, peaceful village with a handful of charming shops, a pub and several restaurants. And it's an easy drive to Charlevoix, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Gaylord, and the sweet towns of Elk Rapids and Alden.
In the master bedroom, enjoy a queen bed with an antique headboard and a luxurious mattress topper while looking out at the lake through sliding glass doors. In the second bedroom: two solid wood twin over full bunk beds. Enjoy our completed updated bathroom.
Eat out or cook in with our fully outfitted kitchen-- with gadgets ranging from an espresso machine, Kitchen Aid mixer and electric pancake griddle to fresh herbs and tomatoes growing outside the front door summer through fall.
About that massage or facial...We've teamed up with a spa less than five minutes down the road to offer an assortment of options for men, women and children: luxurious massages (choose hot-stone; deep tissue; Swedish and more); facials; pedicures; manicures, reflexology and more. Enjoy one treat, or spend the day there! Spa packages (to name a few) include: Queen for a Day (massage, facial, manicure); King for a Day (deep tissue massage; gentleman's facial and manicure; and hair cut); Prince or Princess for a Day (chocolate cream facial mask, mini-manicure and mini-pedicure and relaxation massage); Ladies' or Men's Day or Night Out with any of the above...or add to your package reflexology, a rejuvenator special with essential oils and hot stone and paraffin for your hands or feet, Reiki and more.
Planning for next spring or summer? Swim or fish. Take out our single and double kayaks or canoe, or your own boat, on a placid 75-mile-long chain of lakes and paddle past kingfishers and great blue heron, turtles nestling in the tall grasses, and weeping willows along the shore. Then roast s'mores at the fire pit under a sky full of stars.
Here's a quick tour. Fully remodeled in 2007 with yearly updates since, the light-filled single-level open-plan design includes a:
• Master Bedroom: Queen bed with a luxurious mattress topper, where you can look out sliding glass doors leading to a private deck and the lake beyond; ceiling fan and window a.c. unit; TV and DVD player, and a comfy chair. Linens included.
• Second Bedroom: Two sets of bunk beds each with a double and single bed; window a.c. unit (when needed); DVD player, flat screen TV and cable, toys and children's books.
• Living Room: Three sets of sliding glass doors stretching across the lakefront wall. They lead to a deck w/a gas grill, picnic table, and a glorious view of the lake a few dozen steps away; two full couch/sofabeds and an overstuffed chair; ceiling fan and air conditioning unit (for summer, of course); 50' flat screen, high-def TV, DVD player, stereo, a large collection of movies, music, books, toys and games.
• Dining Room: Sliding glass doors; queen couch/futon; dining table(s); ceiling fan and a library.
• Kitchen: Open to the living and dining rooms with a lake view and a breakfast bar with seating. Fully equipped and well stocked
• One and a half bathrooms: ceramic tile floor; shower/tub & double sinks in primary bath, completely remodeled in December 2013, and a second small bathroom. We supply towels.
• Garage: for storing bikes, fishing rods, snowmobiles (plus a few adult and child-sized bikes you can use at your own risk).
You're located on a country road less than a mile from the village of Central Lake. Neighbors are a mixture of vacationers and year-round residents and have been rarely heard or seen. You're down a curving driveway from the village road so the "traffic" you notice will be less the occasional passing cars than the occasional passing fishing boats (ice fishing in winter!) or, weather permitting, passing pontoons.
Come on up to what our son lovingly named 'Our Hanley Lake Hideaway' and a repeat guest calls 'Our Little Slice of Heaven!'
Keywords: Family-friendly cottage; pet-friendly retreat, dogs welcome; secluded lakefront all-season cottage; year-round vacation home; sunny guest home, country house with walls of windows, Hanley Lake Hideaway; up north cabin; northern Michigan retreat; private lake; boats; kayaks and canoe; dock; private decks; birding; morels; skiing; fall colors.
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Member since: 2008
- 1200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
Two bunkbeds, indoor and outdoor (beach, water and sledding) toys, high chair & booster seat, youth-sized kayak; children's life jackets, floating noodles, kickboards, and blow-up rafts (for water or snow!), art supplies, books, DVDs and music. Original Xbox, games, and Dance Dance Revolution mats. Toddlers and young children will enjoy the little beach; water shoes recommended for the lake. We've also filled a crate with additional toys for your use. Freshly laundered kid-sized robes and warm, cozy socks available!...moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Considered:
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Queen size Beds (2)-- antique bed in master bedroom. Also queen futon (with a queen featherbed to put on it) in the dining room. Double Beds (2) Two doubles are the lower bunks on the second bedroom's bunkbeds plus two sofabeds in the living room (with two double featherbeds for added comfort where needed). Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds on top of the bunkbeds in the second bedroom (with featherbeds on top of the mattresses) with two double beds below. Child Beds (1) Pack 'n Go playpen for baby or toddler. Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) One queen and two full sofa beds--the queen in the dining room and the doubles in the living room. Both bedrooms have window a.c. units and TVs and DVD players with cable....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- Dock, small sandy beach, shaded hammock inches from the water; 2 fire pits and a porch swing hanging from a tree by the water's edge; two double kayaks; two single adult kayaks and single child-sized kayak; canoe; life jackets and water toys; outdoor/beach chairs; several bicycles; gas BBQ grill. Spa (massages, facials, waxing, hair styling and more) three minutes down the road serves you on its outdoor deck overlooking the lake when weather allows and treats our guests well. Pontoons, motor boats, jet skis, sun fish and ice shanty can also be rented down the road. Ceiling fans in the master bedroom, living room, and dining room & and air conditioning units in the master bedroom and living room. Freshly-laundered robes and cozy socks available for adults and kids....moreless
- Audio Tape Player
- Books For Adults
- Books For Kids
- CD Player
- DVD Player:
- Games For Kids
- Music Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Video Games:
- Video Library:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Autumn Foliage
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
A 2-minute drive to the sweet and tiny village of Central Lake, where you can find groceries, a bar, pharmacy, restaurants, antiques, art, children's books and toys, even souvenirs and fudge!...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Ice Skating
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning:
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer:
- Filtered Water
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Parking Off Street:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Sofa Bed
- Thermos Bottle
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- Water Cooler
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
Fully equipped (the usual, plus a small convection/toaster oven; toys for foodies (waffle griddle; electric pancake griddle; KitchenAid mixer; crock pot; juicer; breadmaker, snow cone maker, etc.) and well-stocked with coffee; tea; cocoa; staples, brand new spices, condiments and lots of other basics to get you started....moreless
- Beach Chairs
- Beach Towels
- Boat Dock
- Boat With Paddles
- Child's Swing
- Deck / Patio:
- Deck Furniture
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Large Cooler
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Furniture
- Outdoor Grill:
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 1 - Mar 2, 2017
2 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat
Mar 3 - Apr 30, 2017
2 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat
May 1 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat
May 28 - Sep 3, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning $100
- Refundable Damage Deposit $200
- Pet Fee $0
- Pets-$10/night per dog $0
- Tax Rate 6%
Pets welcome: $10/night per dog. Fall through Spring: 7 nights for the price of 6! Summer stays are Sunday through Sunday, 7-day minimum, with these exceptions: There are two summer weekday specials available: Sunday through Thursday, June 5-9 and June 19-23, at $745 per stay. Check-in is at 3 pm; check-out at 10 am for all stays.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Rent pontoons, sunfish and motor boat minutes away, right on the lake. You can canoe, kayak or motor along for hours or days along our 75-mile chain of lakes; you're minutes from Torch Lake, Grand Traverse Bay's sandy beaches, championship golf courses, downhill ski slopes and groomed cross-country trails and a great spa/salon; short drives to the tourist attractions of Petoskey (36 miles); Charlevoix (19 miles); Traverse City (39 miles); and Gaylord (36 miles); downhill and cross-country skiing, zip-lining and mountain biking at nearby Shanty Creek and Boyne Mountain (with Michigan's largest indoor water park). Nearby Bellaire (10 minutes) has a movie theatre, bowling alley, indoor miniature golf, and nice restaurants and pubs. Gourmet restaurants and family diners minutes away.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Your hosts are two self-employed parents and a sweet (yes, still sweet) 17-year-old boy. We live full-time in Ann Arbor and visit up north whenever we can sneak in between guests. One of us adults is originally from Great Britain and the other is originally from New York (and the teenager is a native Ann Arborite who speaks American English with a few Britishisms slipped in.) For many years now we've been permanent Michiganders, enjoying the joys of our glorious retreat on Hanley Lake.
Why the Owner Chose Central Lake, MI, USA:
We love the sweet beauty of this northwestern Michigan chain of lakes nestled among gentle rolling hills. We were ecstatic to find a tranquil lake we can see from almost every room (thanks to our renovation) in the cozy year-round house. (Note from Laurie: my gold standard for vacation heaven was a place where I could take a cup of coffee out onto the deck and see--and be in--the water within seconds.) We can draw or eat breakfast on the dock or in the dining room, play in the sand, take out a canoe or kayak, swim in warmer waters (instead of waiting until the end of August for the chill to subside in the big lakes), and fish. We can sled right out the back doors to the lake and cross-country ski nearby. We wander into a welcoming village to play and eat without being swarmed by overdressed tourists and overpriced food. We were delighted to find this peaceful little retreat, which offers the pleasures of an all-sports lake without the noise and chaos of one. The passing 'traffic' is generally kayaks, pontoons, and people fishing (including ice fishing in the winter).The fresh, clear water in Hanley Lake flows 75 miles thru a chain of 14 lakes. All-sports lake without the usual traffic of one! We were thrilled to discover we're just a few miles from the long sandy beaches and waves of Lake Michigan, which are great fun in every season. We're glad to do day trips to fudgey towns like Alden, Charlevoix and Petoskey, to wander Traverse City or even more nearby Bellaire. But we love coming home, whether it's raining, snowing, or blazing hot: to play outdoors, or hang out inside doing jigsaw puzzles, playing games, making soup or brownies, or drawing the changing colors of water, sky and trees. We love going out on the placid water and paddling past kingfishers and great blue heron, turtles nestling in the tall grasses, and weeping willows along the shore, or watching the water from our comfortable cottage. It always refreshes us to get away here.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Thanks to our 2007 renovation, we relish the fresh, open-plan kitchen with views outside almost everywhere. We went window-crazy, creating four sets of sliding doors in the connected living and dining rooms. Each year we add something (or some things!) new. Recent additions include a new fridge with ice maker and stove (2015), a private deck and sliding doors off the master bedroom; tempered glass deck panels for safety and an unobstructed view of the lake (2014); a fully renovated bathroom (in 2013), a flat-screen TV and DVD player and wood bunk beds (December 2014) in the second bedroom, and two window air conditioners (June 2014). We're constantly adding CDs, DVDs, games, kids' toys and books, and a host of comforts for our guests--and for us! We're in heaven in the summertime, but we also keep discovering new enticing treats during the other three seasons. In winter our son loves sledding down the back lawn onto the frozen lake; I like sketching the winter scenes from a deliciously warm, light-filled living room, we've discovered the wooded hill right across the street is ripe for hiking, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing, and we finally went tubing, downhill and cross-country skiing at nearby Shanty Creek. Springtime brings Morel mushroom hunting, birding, bike rides and walks in a lush landscape; fall leaves are stunning and apple orchards and Color tours beckon.
- Primary: (734) 649-8357 (Michigan, USA)
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Open plan with lake view, 30" TV, fully equipped kitchen, games, DVDs, & books!
Watch the lake from bed or your private deck with a cappuccino or beer
Lay in bed with your coffee and watch the early morning mist burn away
Floor to ceiling windows offer views from most rooms in the cottage
A kitchen stocked for a foodie with a view of the lake as you cook
The newly renovated bathroom gives you another view of the lake
A playground on the lake is a 10-minute walk from home
Ah, the beauty of a quiet fall evening
An early morning kayak ride through the mist...
Fall colors and farms on nearby country roads
Enjoy from the cozy living room or head out & play!
Sled right down from the bedroom deck to the lake
No need to go outside to enjoy the view of a tranquil lake and the woods beyond
Lake Michigan's sandy beaches at Grand Traverse Bay are 10 minutes away
Eat at the glass table, bring out a larger wooden table, or sit at the counter
Enjoy down comforter-covered bunk beds, a new flatscreen TV, books, toys & games
The lake is peaceful morning, noon and night
A foam-topped mattress, flannel sheets, down comforter, a lake view: why get up?
Decks off the master bedroom and living room are private and quiet
This listing was first published here in 2008.
Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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