About the property
- Cottage216 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 8) if fold out futon is included.
Beechmount was built in 1915 as part of a resort with inns and 'Maine Camp' style (primitive) woodland cottages. At the time it had a wood stove, outhouse, pump, and kerosene lamps. It has been remodeled over the years, but retains history and rustic character, with such features as beadboard, original maple floors, old window glass, double French doors to deck, fireplace.
The main floor: Large LR w/ multiple windows and double French doors onto deck. There's a small FP in which we have inserted an old timey looking pellet heater stove. In the LR are wicker sofas and rustic rockers and a foldout futon sofa bed, 3/4 sized. We may get a cushier sofa, but might not, as the wicker and futon are fine for stretching out. The master BR is large, and has big double windows. Two dressers, small closet. Iron bed headboard on Queen bed. The one bathroom is between MBR and K. The small K has full stove/oven, microwave, and disposal (finicky!). There's a small separate DR, with 1950's pine panel. It was formerly a porch). The old round oak table seats 4 easily and can manage 6- or crowded 7 with leaf inserted. Long picnic table on deck seats 8 very easily.
There is another finished BR on 2nd floor. We lofted the roof of the attic and built out this room, which is nicely finished with pine floors and beadboard walls, 4 windows, lake view, old walnut double bed, a wrought iron baker's rack for shelf, and one practical Wallmart type dresser, an old K table and a couple of wicker chairs. This room is private. There's also an open, not private, loft area with 2 old iron beds, one single and one the old 3/4 size - not quite double. Both these have been lengthened for the tall young men in our family. Thus the upstairs would sleep 4 adults. The 3/4 bed could accommodate 2 little kids. NOTE! This floor is accessed via the original pull down attic step-ladder. Kids love climbing up. However, it is wise to leave a light on and a child gate in front of the steps. We had one child sleepwalk upstairs, and he might have fallen down the open trap door or stepped upon it, had we not had a gate up. We can talk about this for a fuller description, if need be.
Cottage furnishings include early attic family pieces including some that are antique (modest, not shiny antiques) --- wicker, braided and sisal rugs, iron beds. Pix on VRBO. We have not turned our cottage into a cushy or polished place. It will appeal to people who like the outdoors, woods, and an 'old time' simple lake place.
Our wooded acre, with 100' Beech trees, is secluded on a hill overlooking Hamlin. Our deck view is into woods, with lake glimmers through leaves or in between hemlocks. Other cottages are obscured from view.
Our waterfront is on a separate piece of property - a 'block' downhill from the cottage. A walk by takes 5 min, or one can drive. This takes some explaining, please phone us if you wish. At our waterfront we have 3 docks, with decking between them, a large screened -in room which was the garage to an old inn which burned years ago. It is like a porch, only freestanding. We call this the 'Boat Porch', because it houses boat paddles and gear. It's plain cement floor, it's spacious and contains a long picnic table. The 'boat porch' has a nice small deck with grill and glass topped table overlooking our lawn and water. On lawn is another picnic table, a swing, and fire pit. No electricity. Lanterns supplied. The 3 docks are connected by decking, where we have chairs. Will send you pix. You should bring or rent a boat. There are liveries nearby. You will want to take trips to the Dunes. If you like, you may use our canoe or one of our kayaks. Good fishing hole 75' off our docks. Bring your poles.
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About Mary Hebblewhite
Paul Davidson and Mary Hebblewhite Davidson, of Sandy Springs GA. We love the Southern Appalachians near where we live. We are longtime boaters, hikers, and campers. Yet we drive to MI each summer. This is a great kid and family place - if the family loves nature and the outdoors. There's plenty of water, sand, and woods, lighthouses, big and little boats, interesting history, a charming town. And a simple old time family lake cottage. We canoe here on the gently slopping scenic rivers. We sail on Hamlinn Lake. Why would Georgians make this trip every summer? Love. In 1915 Mary's Chicago grandparents bought Sunnyslope, a turn of the century tiny farm cottage for summer vacationing. Mary has come here lifelong. In 1984 the family sold Sunnyslope because of the long distance from GA., Mary regretted it and soon bought Beechmount, next door. Beechmount is a classic little family lake cottage, built iin 1915, old, quirky, very unfancy -- which is what we love.
Mary Hebblewhite purchased this Cottage in 1995
Why Mary Hebblewhite chose Ludington
Nostalgic summer lake cottage. Beechmount was among the 'Woodland Cottages" in 1910's Briggs' Resort, which also had Inns on the water. Until remodelled in the 50's, Beechmount had a pump, outhouse, chamber pots, woodstove, ice box, kerosene lamps, no phone. You'd have chopped wood, pumped & heated your water on the wood stove for your bath in a tin wash tub. Conveniences now, but not fancy ones! We the style of the place as it was. On iits wooded acre, Beachmont is much more PRIVATE than any cottage we know of in the area that is available for rental. We love the privacy, and so we settle for more trees and limited lake view from the cottage, though lake is visible from every room on the lake side. The Great Point Sauble (Big Sand Point) boasts great OUTDOOR RECREATION! In 2017 Ludington was in OUTSIDE MAGAZINE'S TOP 20 OUTDOOR RECREATION TOWNS. From the satellite map you can see that area's forests, lakeshore, and windswept dunes, which are protected in Ludington State Park, Manistee National Forest Lake MI Rec. Area and Hamlin Lake's NORDHOUSE DUNES , which stretch out between Hamlin Lake and Lake M. Boat to the dunes, climb a tall one , and view Lake MI and the Great Point Sauble Lighthouse. Or walk the Lake MI beach to the historic, isolated, scenic Light, and climb to top. In the Manistee Nat. Forest, forested bluff trails overlook uncrowded, roadless Lake MI beaches. There's a canoe livery at State Park, for gentle paddling among the islands of Hamlin Lake. Fly a kite from the tall Dunes. Hamlin is your lake for fishing!. For river boaters (or fishermen) there are scenic floats and canoe trips. Ludington has Victorian charm, but is not yet touristy. Of interest are: Ludington's Harbor and the car ferry The Badger, the Ludington Lighthouse and harbor pier, The Sandpiper Children's Museum, the great Maritime Museum, White Pine (historical) Village. There are fun eateries, shopping for antiques, art, local produce, wine and beer.
What makes this Cottage unique
See above. The towering sand DUNES are so high and extensive that roadbuilding through them never happened...hence 30 miles of scenic undeveloped roadless Lake MI beaches. Hamlin is a FISHERMAN's LAKE. LAKE MI SALMON FISHING charters (google ) . SALMON RIVER RUNS begin by Labor Day. (google). BOATING: Great SAILING on Hamlin. Kayak or canoe the Bayou, the open lake, or to the Hamlin side of State Park by boat or car and canoe the lovely inlets & islands. KAYAK or RAFT the gentle WILD & SCENIC RIVERS (Google the Pine, Manistee, & Pere Marquette rivers & outfitters). Our old canoe & kayaks = yours to use. VICTORIAN Ludington: LIGHTHOUSE to climb, the SS BADGER (google) coming daily into harbor Overnight Badger cruise to Manitowoc Wisc - where there's a WWII submarine to tour. BADGER SUNSET CRUISES along shoreline past 2 lighthouses on July 4th & Labor Day. Ludington & Hamlin fireworks. ANTIQUES & ARTS gifts: The RED DOOR modern, creative art. The TODD REED STUDIO stunning photographs of the area. High end art and antiques - Manistee & Pentwater. EATERIES: family/traditional (Old Hamlin). Casual trendy, craft beer. Fresh fish fry or fresh fish for sale at BORDELLS (google). Berry picking, elk ranches w/ elkburger & steak, local fruit, a little north are VINYARDS taste and tour (google). Exquisitely restored VICTORIAN PLAYHOUSE, the Ramsdell Theater, in Manistee, for shows including classic musicals (James Earl Jones got start there). BEST? the ROADLESS BEACHES & WOODLANDS: (see above). Take 2 mi or so State Pk beach walk to photogenic historic BIG SAUBLE LIGHTHOUSE (climb up! & tour by Lighthouse Keeper Volunteers. Fun tasty Hamlin Lk DOCKSIDE EATING at Barnhart's Marina's Pirate's Pub (google it), laid back and tasty eating - kid friendly.
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Charming, rustic, private, spiritual.
Enjoyed the time to relax, to fish, to sit back and enjoy nature.
Thank you. Couldn't have said better myself why we love our old timey cottage. And the Great Point Sauble is a lovely area - we love the roadless beaches and forested dune shorelines. Again, thanks.
Great rustic getaway!
We had a blast but make sure you read all of the owners information before you book. The cottage is IN THE TREES❤️ 3 of the beds are accessed by a pull down ladder. It is the perfect place to slow down, reconnect with your family (and still have wifi). Kayaked (life jackets and paddles were not at the shore but easily accessible in the basement). Rainy day games were not really available, so plan accordingly. Check trampoline before using (we didn't use). Didn't get to grill or bonfire due to weather.
Thank you for your hearty appreciation of our cottage. It was built in 1915 as one of about 7 'Woodland Cottages" on a low rise over looking Hamnlin, which you can see from the cottage, but it is definitely not a vista.,, the cottage is in trees...that is why it is named 'Beechmount" . I am taking good note of several things -- that kayak gear and the canoe and kayak were not down at waterfront. They ARE supposed to be. Will correct that. Also will see to the trampoline.....we are going to be there mid Aug - mid Sept. The ladder new and very sturdy. The old wooden one had to be replaced. The ladder is a fold down attic step ladder, has rails, and holds up to 300 lb. We plan to put in either a circular stair or reconfigure the stair well and install old time wooden stairs. That is discussed in the INFO..
Thank you again...We are delighted that you had a blast. It is a lovely area.
Nice lake cottage, beautiful lake
Really liked the freshly mowed lawn at the boat dock area, wish there were 3 docks as advertised-tying up my boat would have been much easier-but I guess we hit the week they were working on the docks-aside from that, had a great time and liked everything about it. We will probably return some time in the future...
Yes, very sorry that our seawall repair happened, and it is still unfinished. I am notifying renters about that. We WILL have three docks again, but it may be in August, the way the work is going. Thank you for the stars! Generous of you, under the circumstances of the seawall work under way. Glad to hear you'd vacation at our cottage again.
Pure Michigan up north vacation
We just returned from our week at Beechmount. We loved it! It was very private and quiet. The deck was huge and a great place to read at the end of the day after going to the beach. There was plenty of room for the 4 of us to move around. The master bedroom was a good size and the bed was decent. Lots of dresser space. The upstairs is spacious and smells like cedar!
The antiques were similar to some that I have and I felt that added to the ambiance. It felt like I was staying at a relative's place. The kitchen was adequate, not huge but had everything we needed to cook some meals. There was a Weber grill on the deck. The fire pit area was a few steps away from the house and was a large area which would fit a decent amount of people. It was nice to have a dog-friendly cottage, our dogs loved being able to walk around and sniff everything. Good area for walks and mountain biking.
We had friends staying on Hamlin lake with boats, so they picked us up at the boat porch. We definitely drove to the boat porch, especially since we were carrying coolers, towels, etc... it was a 1-2 min drive from the house. Since the house was on a hill, it wasn't really convenient to walk there. But the porch was a good place to store floats, etc...
Just FYI, most people don't swim at their waterfront locations because Hamlin lake is very sea weedy, especially at the edges/breakwalls.
It is a great idea to have a boat or rent one (can be pricey), because you can get to a lot of locations on the lake and to the State Park. We spent a lot of time at the informal beach on the north side of the dunes. It was sandy-bottomed, so you could walk around. Lots of boats pulled up there or anchored and partied/tubed/walked dogs/walked on the dunes. Take in a few sunsets at Lake Michigan - so worth the view!
The State Park was awesome! I wish we would have tubed down the river to Lake Michigan, it looked like fun! The town is really cool to walk around in, lots of great restaurants, cute shops. Our girls (22 and 15) definitely want to come back! By the way, they liked House of Flavors for ice cream vs. Kilwins... :-)
Wonderful family vacation
Everything was just as shown on the pictures. If you are looking for a vacation at the Hilton...this is not for you. However, if you are looking for a house with character, quiet space in a wooded surrounding and plenty of room for the kids to roam and explore...I highly recommend.
2 MUST eats that were recommend by the owner...Old Hampton Restaurant and House of Flavors...both in downtown Ludington, just a short drive from the house. The beach there on Lake Michigan was outstanding as well!! Will definitely return.
Cute secluded cottage but needs some TLC
We were very excited when we got to the property, it is very quaint and nice surroundings. However the second bedroom was hard to access due to the ladder stairs. I mistakenly thought only the loft had ladder stairs. Not ideal for the elderly or heavier people. We rented Friday through Tuesday. On Saturday, we lost hot water, the homeowners did not return our call until Monday and someone came out Monday night to repair the hot water. Not pleased that the whole time was spent without hot water, especially with a baby and 4 year old. The adults wanted showers too! We were excited about the lake, but is was full of green algae, so we could not swim in it. The State Park was lovely though. This could be a fabulous retreat, but it is bordering on disrepair. Do not sit in the chairs outside, you could break a bone. The owner stated that she would reimburse us for some of the cost due to lack of hot water, but that has not happened yet, and it has been a few weeks. The internet was supposed to be functional too, but they didn't get us the code until Monday as well. I think they need to spend a few weeks there maintaining their property and doing some upkeep if they want to continue to rent this. Unfortunate.
Hamlin Lake's lovely for fishing, water skiing, sailing, canoing, tubing etc. The "must do" is a trip to the towering Nordhouse Dunes, for miles of wild scenery. Views from the top are to Lake MI. At the Dunes kids can safely swim in shallow sandy bottom Hamlin Lk. Take a boat ride to the dunes at sunset. Other highlights of this area: A half hour from the cottage is beautiful roadless beach at Manistee National Forest Lake MI Recreation Area. Ludington State Park, on Lake MI, is within 20 min. drive and is also reachable by boat on Hamlin. The Rec Area and the Park both have pretty forest trails and very scenic Lake MI beaches. State Park has a Visitor's Center and gift shop, ranger tours, and playgrounds, plus an historic, rustic CCC build Bath House, where ice cream and pizza are available. Walk a couple miles along the State Park Lake MI beach to Big Point Sauble Lighthouse, dating from Civil War era. Climb to the top, take a guide tours, enjoy photogenic isolated Lighthouse and nearly empty beach. July 4th and Labor Day there are sunset shoreline cruises on Ludington's historic Lake MI ferry, the Badger, wine and other refreshments on board. Or enjoy great fireworks from out dock on Hamlin or at Ludington Lake MI beach. Charter fish for Lake MI salmon! Or there's excellent fishing in Hamlin. Visit historic White Pine Village, For kids', visit the Sand Castle Museum. Or an Elk ranch. Taste tour Michigan wineries. MI wine sold nearby at Hamlin Gro. For side trips Visit Manistee or Pentwater for upscale art and gift-y shops, a few gourmet restaurants, and summer theater at Manistee's small, gorgeously refurbished Victorian playhouse, the Ramsdell Theater (where James Earl Jones got his start!) Hamlin Lk is a lovely place to sail. If you have that skill we have a small sailboat that can be rented. Sailfish are rentable elsewhere. Or canoe, kayak (in cottage boats) on Hamlin or nearby shallow pretty rivers (the Pine, the Manistee, or the Pere Marquette). Eat fresh fish fried to order at Bordell's, fishmonger, or bring em home to cook. Cook out at the waterfront or cottage deck. There is a trampoline at the cottage, horseshoes and most of a badminton set, some board games (CLUE, checkers) and cards. Enjoy the long summer twilights eating on the deck, roasting marshmallows. There is TV (not big screen) with cable and VCR, and CD player /radio. NOTE! However, this is a genuine old time 1915 SEASONAL SUMMER lake cottage. It is not polished, nor winterized. No central heat or AC. Fans. space heaters, FP. It's woodsy, and you cannot be totally mosquito/gnat free in MI woods. However, we do our darndest.
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We rent by the Saturday to Saturday week during peak summer season. Exceptions spring and fall. Rates after Labor Day and during May are discounted somewhat, and during these months we do rent for long weekends/part weeks. Or longer stays. Note: Our cottage is a summer cottage, not winterized so far, and is closed to rental Nov - April, as it has no central heat.