Classic Upper Hamlin Lake Cottage - Indian Pete's Bayou(15 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 8)
The main floor: Large LR w/ multiple windows and double French doors onto deck. There's a small FP. Wicker sofas and rustic rockers and a foldout futon sofa bed, double 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, big double windows. Two dressers, small closet. Iron bed headboard, Queen bed. The one bathroom is off the master, between master and K. The small K includes full stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher (temperamental). There's a small separate DR, with 1950's pine panel (it was formerly a porch) and round oak table seats 4 easily or can manage 6 with leaf inserted. Long picnic table on deck seats 8 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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Member since: 2009
- 216 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 8
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
Dogs welcome Cats too. If housebroken. Dogs love the woodsy property and swim off the docks. Hiking trails + ' The Dog Beach" (our name for it) are our favorite --at Manistee National Forest Lake MI Recreation area (go on line) 25 min fr/cottage. Here dogs permitted. We ask that you keep dogs off furniture, scoop poop from waterfront lawn, etc. ...moreless
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Queen size Bed in Master in main. Double futon fold out sofa bed in LR on main. Double Bed in upstairs bedroom. One single bed and 1 '3/4' size (almost double wide) iron bed, both beds have been lengthened for tall guys in family. These 2 iron beds are in the loft on 2nd floor - semi private. . Loft and upper floor BR access via attic type fold out ladder-steps., Total sleepers up to 8. Total sleepers in private (non loft non LR. So, house has 2 BRs plus loft plus fold out double in LR. . Sleeps total 8 (9 if 2 kids are in the 3/4 bed in loft). ...moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Tub-shower. Off master BR and K.
- Boat rental liveries nearby for motorboats, pontoons, fishing boats.
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Away From It All
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Our cottage is on a low hill on a wooded acre. We see glimmer of water thru leaves across the whole back of cottage. However, not a wide open lake view from the cottage, though we have such a view from waterfront ,docks, decks, and screened 'boat porch' .Will send pix....moreless
Waterfront w/ 3 docks. Our waterfront is situated a block apart fr/ the acre the cottage is on. Walk to it in 5 min or drive. At waterfront: a large freestanding (detatched) screened structure we call the 'Boat Porch,' in which we have a large picnic table, and also store paddles, floats, some life vests. . This Boat Porch" porch' is airy, but plain -- with a concrete floor, undecorated. It has a nice small deck over looking our lawn & docks and lake, with a round table, a few chairs, and grill. On our lawn is another picnic table, a fire pit, a lawn swing, other seating. Will supply pix....moreless
Yes. At waterfront we have a broad view of Upper Hamlin and Indian Pete's Bayou. From cottage, we see water glimmers between trees and through leaves from back of cottage & deck and swing. ...moreless
Waterfront: Screened picnic ''Boat Porch." 3 cocks. Cottage is a block away, on an acre uphill from water. There are other cottages in between, which are barely visible due to trees. Will send pix. ...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 5 people
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet
- Wood Fireplace:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 1 - May 17, 2017
4 night min stay
May 18 - May 31, 2017
5 night min stay
Jun 1 - Jun 23, 2017
4 night min stay
Jun 24 - Sep 9, 2017
7 night min stay
Sep 10 - Oct 10, 2017
3 night min stay
Oct 11 - Oct 31, 2017
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Property Damage Protection $79
- Pet Fee $50
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.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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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.
Year Purchased: 1995
About the owner: Paul Davidson and Mary Hebblewhite Davidson, of Sandy Springs GA. We're outdoorsy. We love the Southern Appalachians near where we live, and we boat and hike and camp in the mountains. 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 family lake house. We canoe here on the gently slopping scenic rivers. We sail on Why would Georgians make this trip every summer? Love. Mary's Chicago grandparents bought Sunnyslope, in 1915. Mary has come here lifelong. In 1984 the family sold it, because it is far from GA., Mary regretted it and soon bought Beechmount, next door. Beechmount is family lake cottage, old, simple, which is what we love. We are outdoorsy - love the Appalachians, hike, canoe, camp. And the breezy fresh Michigan area of Hamlin Lake, the simple cottage way of being at a lake, woods, and beaches here.
Why the Owner Chose Ludington, MI, USA:
Nostalgic, old, seasonal summer lake cottage. Beechmount was a '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 we left the atmosphere. On iits wooded acre, Beachmont is much more PRIVATE than almost all rental cottages nearby. Seclusion comes at significantly higher rent on the North side of Hamlin, further from Ludington shops. OUTDOOR RECREATION! LUDINGTON NAMED AMONG OUTSIDE MAGAZINE'S TOP 20 OUTDOOR RECREATION TOWNS. GREAT POINT SAUBLE (big sand point) - see satellite map Is uniquely undeveloped-- some 30 miles of ROADLESS Lake MI beaches, often virtually empty, miles of forested trails, windswept dunes. --Ludington State Park, Manistee National Forest Lake MI Rec. Area. Hamlin Lake's NORDHOUSE DUNES: Between Hamlin on the East and Lake MI on the West.Boat to the dunes, climb a tall one , and view Lake MI and the Great Point Sauble Lighthouse. Or walk Lake MI shore to visit the historic isolated, scenic Light, and climb to top. This Great Point Sauble area offers family friendly outdoors beauty and recreation: Forested bluff hiking trails overlooking beautiful undeveloped Lake MI beaches. Gentle woodland trails. Paddling among islands of Hamlin Lake. Kite flying at Lake MI beach or Hamlin side of the Dunes. Ludington has charm and interest: Ludington's HARBOR, car ferry The Badger car ferry, Ludington Lighthouse and harbor pier, fun eateries, children's museum, Marine museum, art. antique, and gift shops, farmers' markets, wineries, and Victorian ambiance, but not overly tourist-y.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
See above. Hamlin Lk's towering sand DUNES, 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 for sale at BORDELLS (google). Berry picking, elk ranches w/ elkburger & steak, local fruit and veg & LOCAL WINE TASTING (Hamlin Grocery). VINYARDS taste and tour (google). Exquisitely restored VICTORIAN PLAYHOUSE, the Ramsdell Theater, in Manistee, for 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.
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Beechmount, secluded woodsy acre + waterfront. Lake gleams thru leaves.
Large LR, view to separate DR seats 4-6 round oak table w/leaf.
Private waterfront, 3 docks, firepit,large screened 'Boat Porch",picnic tables.
'Hamlin canoe/walk trails, State Prk 30 min by boat or car. Our canoe.
Unspoiled Lake M beaches 15 to 30 min fr cottage. Our favorite is above.
Our canoe's better in sunset calm! Rent our sailsfish for breezy Hamlin days.
Spacious LR:w/ fireplace, wicker, futon, French doors to deck.
Lake glimpse thr trees fr/deck,windows. With extra table seats crowd.
Tall scenic Dunes & forest lie betw Hamlin & Lake MI, 15 min boatride fr/dock.
Ludington Light. Climb it! A 20 min drive fr/cottage. Ice cream nearby.
State Park, 20 min drive. Beach walk to Pt. Sauble Light & Nat'l Scenic Shore
This listing was first published here in 2009.
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