Classic Upper Hamlin Lake Cottage - Indian Pete's Bayou

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Beechmount, secluded woodsy acre + waterfront. Lake gleams thru leaves.


Last updated: 07/30/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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 and expanded 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. 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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Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 07/30/2016

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 216 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    Great kid swimming at Hamlin Lake Sand Dunes...sandy gradual, shallow. Trampoline. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    If you smoke at all, smoke outside only and toss butts in garbage. NO smoking in old cottage!!...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs welcome Cats too. If housebroken. $200 deposit would cover pet damage. Dogs love the woodsy property and swim off the docks. Hiking trails and beach where dogs permitted. We ask that you keep dogs off furniture, scoop poop on waterfront lawn, etc. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Loft


  • 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

  • Bathroom 1


  • Tub-shower. Off master BR and K.

Other Amenities

  • Some lifevests. Small sailfish type sailboat available for rent. Boat rental liveries nearby for motorboats, pontoons, fishing boats....moreless


  • Books:

    classics, paper backs, books on wildflowers, fish , and trees of area, history of area. ...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    old timey board games - CLUE, checkers etc and cards. ...moreless

  • Music Library:

    About 15- CDs mostly classical...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable TV, though screen is small old one....moreless


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Ludington is a Victorian harbor town, small, not over touristy, charm, some art, books, fun eateries, and antiquing. Harbor is scenic & interesting, w/ lighthouse, tours available. ...moreless

  • Lake View:

    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' at our waterfront down below. There are other cottages near. Will send pix....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Waterfront with deck areas, both screened and unscreened. We have 3 docks. Note: The waterfront is situated a block apart from the acre the house is on. Walk to it in 5 min or drive. At waterfront, there is a large freestanding (detatched) screened structure we call the 'boat porch,' in which we store paddles, floats for swimiming, some fishing rods, AND in which there is ample room for a long picnic table. This 'boat porch' is airy, but plain -- with a concrete floor, not a decorated sitting porch. It has a nice small deck off its front, overlooking our lawn & docks and water, with a round table and grill. On lawn and dock decks below are another picnic tble, a fire pit, a lawn swing, other seating. Call for description of this arrangement, and I can send pix....moreless

  • Rural:

    Yes. Orchards, lake, lots and lots of national forest. Roadless beaches at Lake Michigan nearby. Wild and scenic rivers. Farm markets for local produce. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    Yes. At waterfront broad view of Upper Hamlin and Indian Pete's Bayou. From cottage, we see lake downhill, in between trees. See above and will send pictures. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Waterfront: Screened picnic 'porch." there. 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
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Small separate DR. Round oak pedestal table seats 4 easily, 5 OK, 6 crowdedly, and up to 8 tightly with leaf inserted. Deck has long picnic table which easily seats 8. ...moreless

  • Dining Room


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Small plug in dryer in basement. Not finished laundry room but there's a table for folding. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bedlinens and bath towels provided. Bring own beach towels. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Quite large lots of windows. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:


  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    OK, but there are docks for boats. Boat launch at Wilson Hill Park (google) ...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels provided and laundered. Bring own beach towels. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Large new washer and small old dryer in basement. Not a finished laundry room, just rough concrete floored walk in basement. Detergent provided. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Small wood burning FP. Wood available at nearby shops and also there is always down wood for kindling on the property (which is woodsy)...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plenty of basic plates, cups, bowls, wine glasses other glasses, flatwear, serving bowls, various carving knives....moreless


  • Kayak / Canoe:

    a couple of kayaks and an old heavy duty canoe are made available at the docks for guests use. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Rugged old canoe and 2 kayaks available at docks. Other boats available at marinas nearby. ...moreless



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7 night min stay


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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Pet Fee $50
  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Tax Rate 6%


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.

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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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Last updated: 07/30/2016
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8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Barnhart's Pirate's Pub - 5 min. Ludington many

Car: Necessary

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, 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 scenic Lake MI beaches. Sate 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 Lighthouse and nearly empty beach there. 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 tasting very nearby at Hamlin Gro. For side trips Visit Manistee or Pentwater for upscale art and gift-y shops and a few gourmet restaurants. Take in summer theater (classic musicals usually) 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. However, this is a genuine old time 1915 lake cottage. It is not polished up. It's woodsy, and you cannot be totally mosquito/gnat free in MI woods. However, we do our darndest.


Owner info

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:
Old timey: Sunnyslope, and Beechmount, were among the hillside 'woodland cottages" of a 1910's resort which also had Inns on the water. Until remodelled in the 50's, Beechmount had a pump for well water, outhouse, chamber pots, woodstove, ice box, kerosene lamp lighting, no phone. You'd have chopped wood, pumped & heated your water on the wood stove for your bath in a tin wash tub. We have the conveniences now! But we left the atmosphere alone. Why this cottage? Beechmount more than almost all rental cottages nearby is unusually private, being on a woodsy acre. Others with seclusion are at higher rent. Why here? This area is UNIQUELY NATURAL: Western MI is dotted with charming harbor towns. They have scenic lakeshore drives. Not so much in the GREAT POINT SAUBLE : Google it. Go to our map (scroll down) . Zoom out. Switch to satellite. See Hamlin and Lake MI forested & sandy zones. No road along Lake M? Hamlin Dunes? Too much sand. Great Pointe Sauble = French explorers' name for it: Big Sand Point. Sand dunes, forested or sometimes windswept bare, run for miles in between Hamlin on the East and Lake MI on the West. Bypassed by the first round of resort development in NW MI, this Point Sauble area acquired preserved natural designations. There are 4 contiguous outdoor recreation areas you can google: Ludington State Park, Manistee National Forest, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, & Manistee National Forest Lake Michigan Recreation Area. Here, the attractions are forested bluff shoreline, gentle woodland trails, an lonely on the point itself, the Great Point Sauble Lighthouse, dating from the Civil War, out on the point of the Great Sand Point. It dates from Civil War times,. Roadless, uncrowded (some are empty) beaches. If you enjoy roaming both outdoors AND in quaint harbor towns, you'll enjoy this unusual area.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
See above. Hamlin Lk's towering sand DUNES: From high scenic dunes see a mile to Lake MI. Boat to Dunes for SUNSET walk or glass of wine. Take the KIDS to DUNES for kite flying & a great SANDY & SHALLOW swim area of Hamlin. Hamlin is a FISHERMAN's LAKE : Fish Maps available. MI License. And there's 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 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) 5 min by boat or car. Ice cream at House of Flavors in town or in State Park Bath House.

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  • Beechmount, secluded woodsy acre + waterfront. Lake gleams thru leaves.

    Beechmount, secluded woodsy acre + waterfront. Lake gleams thru leaves.

  • Large LR, view to separate DR seats 4-6 round oak table w/leaf.

    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.

    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.

    '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.

    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.

    Our canoe's better in sunset calm! Rent our sailsfish for breezy Hamlin days.

  • Spacious LR:w/ fireplace, wicker, futon, French doors to deck.

    Spacious LR:w/ fireplace, wicker, futon, French doors to deck.

  • Lake glimpse thr trees fr/deck,windows. With extra table seats crowd.

    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.

    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.

    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

    State Park, 20 min drive. Beach walk to Pt. Sauble Light & Nat'l Scenic Shore

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Classic Upper Hamlin Lake Cottage - Indian Pete's Bayou

Ludington, MI, USA #244830

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