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Upper Hamlin Lake All Seasons Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 725 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

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.

Deb Hulst
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 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!


Free Soil Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 725 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower only. No tub. Very large bathroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1) in bedroom
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Dock and shared firepit.


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(57 traveler reviews)

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Upper Hamlin Lake All Seasons Cottage
average rating of 4.9649124 based on 57 reviews

Peaceful retreat with a beautiful sunset! Very clean and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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 .
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Ludington, MI

A Hidden National Forest Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Beautiful and Relaxing Location

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was cute and clean. Deb was fantastic! The lake is clear and beautiful, we even caught a few bass and sunfish! We will definitely be back! Don't listen to Google Maps, once you get to Pleasant Hill Rd, take the first drive on the left and look for the 5663 sign on the tree. You will LOVE your stay! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always so happy when people enjoy the woods and lake as much as we do! Catching fish is a bonus. We are aware the gps, google, etc., may misdirects you. This is why we urge people to use the directions we provide and to arrive in daylight hours. But you made it despite google! Next time you will know the way!!
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Quiet, clean and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the shadows. The cottage was very clean and well maintained. The setting was quiet with a nice view of the lake. Thanks Deb for making our stay at the shadows something we will look back at with fond memories.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a quiet few days at our cottage. Even though it was rainy and cool, it was great for reading and watching the lake. Hope next time the weather is more cooperative!
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Hillsboro OH


  • 5 of 5

This was our third year at the Shadows and was a wonderful week. The weather really cooperated this year. No rain for the first five days and the fishing was great. The cabin, like the two years prior, was clean and comfortable and always peaceful surroundings. Deb and Mark are never intrusive but available if you need them. Enjoyed talking to Deb and Mark about fishing and the plants around the cabins. Saw some deer wondering around and I just know they were eyeing Deb's plants for an evening snack. My only suggestion would be to put a small table next to the loveseat to set a phone, book or drink on. We hope to see you again next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to see you again, that weather cooperated, and most importantly, you caught fish! Thanks for the review and the suggestion for a table. I will start looking today so it will be there for you next year!
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Very nice stay at The Shadows on Hamlin Lake

  • 4 of 5

The Shadows was very clean and seemed new. Quiet, peaceful and it was more than what we were expecting. Close to trails and dunes. The only thing we would recommend is to update the directions and also advise people that 4 wheel drive or all wheel drive is recommended to get there in summer as well. We were prepared in this aspect, but someone that doesn't know better about travel in northern Michigan might have some trouble. When it rained, the 5 miles of main road that the cabin is off of became pretty dicey...there were deep tire tracks to navigate in and/or around and the shoulders become even softer as the road is mainly sand with gravel on top.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your revuew. We always recommend that people use the directions that we provide on the site, not depending on GPS or other directions as they most always misdirects people. Yes, the road was terrible! The county road commission has been working on improving it due to the people using the road to access all the trails and lake michigan. If it hadn't rained, it would have been great! Thanks for your recommendations. We hope you still enjoyed your stay in northern michigan woods.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Pirates Pub on the lake
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Manistee National
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Pirates Pub on the lake, great pizza!
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Sand Dunes on Hamlin Lake by water
Car: necessary

Morrell Mushroom hunting, Little River Casino, snowshoeing, icefishing, 2 firepits.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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