Come enjoy our cottage nestled in the Manistee National Forest on the north shore, sunny side, of upper Hamlin Lake. The cottage is only 9 years old with like new furnishings and is very neat and CLEAN. You will enjoy a panoramic view of the entire upper lake and awesome sunsets over the dunes right from shore. Fishing is great right off the docks. Boating, swimming, skiing, hiking, wine tasting, and other fun activities are waiting just for you! There is also a shared lakeside firepit for your use. Lake Michigan is minutes away for an afternoon picnic or swim. Golfing at some of the state's finest courses is close by. Or, for those who like more physical activity, bring your bikes for riding on the miles of trails in the National Forest. If you prefer peace and quiet, bring a good book to read while sipping on your favorite beverage in a lounge chair by the lake! If you are looking for 2 cottages in close proximity, this cottage sleeps 2-5 and The Shadows 2 on Hamlin Lake sleeps 2 comfortably! (See separate VRBO listing #367496) Great for friends and/or families who like to vacation together but sleep/stay in different quarters. It all awaits you at The Shadows on Hamlin Lake. We live on the property, adjacent to this cottage which is approximately 200 feet from the waters edge. Effective 2016, age requirement for staying at our cottages is 16 years and up. We no longer have a boat for your use/rent, however, there are marinas on the lake with pontoon boats for rent.
- Cottage725 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 - 7 nights
Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 15, 2018
About Deb Hulst
I was raised on Hamlin Lake and have always loved it here. Our family came to the cottage for every family vacation, enjoying the wildlife, fishing, swimming, walks in the woods, climbing trees, feeding the swans, enjoying a glass of wine by the fire,and the list goes on and on. Now it is time to share this with others. We moved to the lake in 2000 and now live on the property year round. Your cottage is approximately 200' from the lakeshore.
Deb Hulst purchased this Cottage in 1930
Why Deb Hulst chose Free Soil
Grandma and Grandpa wanted to get out of the City of Chicago in the 1930's. They summered on the North Shore of Upper Hamlin Lake several times and realized that this is where they wanted to live. When this property became available in the 1930's they jumped on it. We added the vacation rental in 2005, only beginning the rental of it in the spring of 2009.
What makes this Cottage unique
We enjoy watching the hummingbirds in the morning, sitting on the front porch with our cup of coffee. The lake always offers beauty and entertainment, whether it be fishing, boating, skiing, tubing, or just riding in the pontoon boat to the dunes. Living on the lake year round is awesome. All seasons are fun and exciting! Snowmobiling right out our backdoor....who could ask for more! We take our winter vacation in places where it is warm, but the sunsets never come close to the beautiful colors right here in Michigan. Icefishing, too, is great on Hamlin Lake!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Peaceful retreat with a beautiful sunset! Very clean and comfortable!
Deb was very accommodating, allowing us to arrive a bit early for the day. We had a really nice stay. All the dishware we needed was provided which was great. The porch on the lakeside was the perfect place for morning coffee or late night drinks. Fire ring by the water looked great, next time we will make time to actually use it! If you like hiking there are nice dune trails down to the beach just a short trip down the road too!
We are happy to accommodate early arrival whenever possible. It was a great day for hiking before the weather changed. Yes, next time hope you can enjoy a fire by the lake. It is so relaxing and beautiful to be by the water, have fire, eat smores, listen to the forest creatures and more. Hope to see you again .
Our week was wonderful! The weather and the lake was beautiful!
We loved the cottage..Deb has very good decorating skills! So warming and wecloming..we had everything we needed for our stay...we couldn't have asked for anything more! We will be back again!
So glad weather cooperated for your stay at our cottage. Most people feel as you did, cottage feels like you are home, nice feeling. We try to keep it stocked with what you may need and now that you know exactly what is here, you can pack less next time! Hope you got to enjoy the trails and many sites in the area. Looking forward to seeing you again.
Wonderful accommodations wonderful people had a wonderful time!
Very clean and owners very accommodating.
We enjoyed our stay. Beautiful view of lake.
So glad you enjoyed your stay. Spring in michigan is never predictable weather wise. Always nice to have a campfire and fish, just can't say fish will bite, but anytime spent by the lake is good time!
The cottage was comfortable and very clean. Deb and Mark were amazing! Highly recommend!!
We enjoyed our spring break with Deb and Mark at the Shadows cottage. We got a little more that we expected weather-wise as we drove into a snow storm. Deb was kind enough to contact us in regards to the weather so we were more prepared. Then, when we got 8 inches of snow on our first night, Deb checked on us to make sure we had everything we needed and Mark plowed the whole driveway so that we were able to get out in our little Honda Civic. The gravel road was a little dicey, but we managed. When I emailed Deb in regards to the road she was so quick to respond. We hope to stay at The Shadows again and would highly recommend it to anyone!!! But, check the weather and with Deb about the gravel road if you don't have a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
So glad you enjoyed your stay at our cottage, even with the famous michigan ever changing, unpredictable weather! And your little car did fine! Must have been the skill of the driver😆 maybe next time will be more cooperative and you can do more hiking and exploring of the forest and lake trails. Of course, you will a little extra person soon to tote along! Hope to see you all again.
A Hidden National Forest Retreat!
The property is situated deep in the National Forest right on the shore of Hamlin Lake; perfect for a weekend fishing getaway. The property was very clean and Deb & Mark were great hosts. It was a great experience!
Glad you enjoyed your time with friends at our cottage. We rake pride in the cleanliness of the property and keep it well maintained. Glad you appreciate that too! Hope too see you again
Morrell Mushroom hunting, Little River Casino, snowshoeing, icefishing, 2 firepits.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Add 6% sales tax.Total damaged deposit due with rent deposit,returned within 2 weeks of vacating premises after satisfactory inspection for damage or excessive cleaning needed.