About the property
- House3900 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
House, 7 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 6 Baths, (Sleeps 18-26)
Welcome to our *** wheelchair-friendly*** Woodlands Lodge family retreat with its sandy gentle-slope-beach - surrounded by our private 50 wooded acres with trails - at 177-acre Stone Lake that is famous for its fishing and quiet solitude. Five minutes away are the Park Shore and Diamond Lake Public Golf Courses - with many more in the area.
A note about rates:
It is not practical for us to list every rate category within VRBO's Rates template - please know that the auto-response rate quotes from VRBO are usually not accurate. We provide exact price quotes when responding to inquiries.
The Woodlands Lodge, with 7 BRs & 6 BAs, is nestled among mature trees and sits upon a small rise with a commanding view of Stone Lake. **The property includes a lakefront lot with a private beach, porch and boat dock reserved for Guests that is just a 150-foot stroll from the main house down a path through the trees (the main house is 75 feet and across a quiet dead-end street from the lake.) ** As such the property offers the best of both worlds: The seclusion and serenity of a quiet wooded retreat combined with the fun and excitement of lakefront property.
The Woodlands Lodge features a completely restored 3,900 sq ft Craftsman-style home with rooms full of charming woodwork and walls of windows. Built circa-1935 as the dream retirement home by the couple who originally farmed all of the land around Stone Lake, the house has central air conditioning and is perfectly arranged for multiple families.
A unique feature to the house is its numerous private spaces that are located throughout - on both levels - that are great for reading, napping, quiet conversation, etc. Yet the house also has large public gathering spaces that can accommodate the whole gang: A 1st floor 450 sq ft Gathering-Game Room, a spacious Dining Room with a table that can seat up to 16 (with table space for 6-8 more a few feet away at the two kitchen tables), and a 600 sq ft deck with a pavilion roof over much of it with lots of seating and a firebox. Another popular outdoor gathering space is the large firepit set in a private area tucked near the trees for seclusion - yet only steps away from the house (and accessible by vehicle for those with mobility challenges).
A NOTE ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY AND THE LAYOUT OF OUR Woodlands Lodge house:
A. The new concrete parking pad gently slopes up to the front door to allow one to exit a vehicle on a hard surface and enter the house with zero steps.
B. The following ground floor rooms are wheelchair accessible: LR, DR, Kitchen, Breakfast Nook, Gathering-Game Room, 1st Floor BR-BA Suite in the Guest Quarters Wing with its ADA-compliant full BA with 3x5 roll-in shower. Also the 600 sq ft deck overlooking Stone Lake is wheelchair accessible.
Below we describe the 3 sections of the Woodlands Lodge: the Main House, the West Wing, and the Attached Guest Wing (AGW). Please note that these 3 sections are all connected as one large house; none of them are separate structures.
A note about rates:
It is not practical for us to list every rate category within VRBO's Rates template - please know that the auto-response rate quotes on our VRBO listing are often not accurate. We provide exact price quotes when responding to inquiries.
THE MAIN HOUSE (3 BRs, 2 BAs)
Has plenty of room for one or two families with a Queen bed master bedroom, 2 guest bedrooms with full-size pillow-top beds, two full bathrooms, and of course the living room, dining room, study, and large eat-in, fully equipped kitchen. The Main House also includes the 450 sq ft Gathering-Game Room with lots of windows, pool table, foosball table, ping pong table, 55-inch flat screen LCD TV w/ JBL audio, 4 leather sofas, 2 Bistro tables with barstools, and a 2nd full-size fridge to keep the beverages cold! This space is also ideal for Yoga Groups, Scrapbookers, Quilters & Business Retreats.
THE WEST WING (2-3 BRs, 2 BA)
Attached to the Main House, the West Wing is perfect for another one or two families with a large 2nd floor MBR-MBA suite (the brand new BA has a spacious 3 x 5 shower), a Queen bed, and its own private outside entrance. On the 1st floor of the West Wing there is another BR with a Queen bed plus a Twin Bunkbed. Just outside this BR is a full BA. The West Wing includes the TV Room with a 50-inch LCD flat screen TV which can also serve as a private bedroom (that makes 8 BRs total). The West Wing is always included in reservations and its cost is included in rates for the Main House.
THE ATTACHED GUEST WING (2 BRs / 2 BAs)
Completed in May 2013 and attached to the Main House is the 2-story, 770 sq ft optional Attached Guest Wing (AGW) that adds 2 more BRs and 2 more BAs - room for another one or two families. This addition includes a 1st floor wheelchair friendly barrier-free BR-BA suite with a Queen bed, a 3 x 5 roll-in shower with grab bars and built-in folding bench, knee-room vanity, fold-down grab bars at the toilet -- and plenty of maneuvering room. The 2nd floor BR in the AGW is generously proportioned with a vaulted ceiling, a Queen bed plus a Twin bunkbed, and its own private BA with a roomy 3 x 5 shower. The AGW gives the Lake House a total of 7-8 BRs and 6 BAs spread over 3,900 sq ft of finished above-grade living space.
A NOTE ABOUT OUR BEDS
All Queen beds have high-quality memory foam toppers that make them exceptionally comfortable. Both Full size beds have pillow-top mattresses that are also very comfortable.
Included with every reservation are over 15 bicycles (yes 15+) in a mix of child and adult sizes for our Guests to ride on the trails in the 50 acres of woods -- and through the residential areas of the Village of Cassopolis for those who like to admire the many grand turn-of-the-century homes that are sprinkled throughout. Bring your bike helmets!
And new for the Woodlands Lodge property: A 15,000 sq ft level, grassy play field (no trees in the way) perfect for throwing a frisbee, tossing a football or baseball around, playing a game of whiffle ball, badmitton, volley ball, etc.
THE LOG CABIN
The lakefront Amish-built western red cedar Log Cabin is part of the property and sits directly on Stone Lake (built April 2009). The 15' x 22' Log Cabin features a cozy Little Great Room with a soaring 18-foot high cathedral ceiling, a wood-burning fireplace, and includes two full-size futons. The 2nd floor Loft overlooks the open great room and has a Queen inflatable Aero bed that sits 18” off the floor and has a 4” thick memory foam topper -- very comfy. The cabin has a TV with DVD and VCR, a huge 60-inch ceiling fan, window AC, and a fridge to keep your beverages cold -- right at the water's edge.
The Log Cabin has a high-tech $1,600 Sun-Mar Excel composting toilet in the bathroom for use by Log Cabin Guests (instructions included - it's easy to use and extremely sanitary!) but there is no running water. However Guests can easily use the main house's 6 full bathrooms for showers and baths.
Whether or not you rent the Log Cabin, its 22-foot covered porch, lakefront dock and sandy gentle-slope beach are for your exclusive enjoyment while staying at the Lake House.
Most all of our warm-weather Guests enjoy reserving our Pontoon Boat Pkg. It really opens up a whole new world to be able to get out on the lake - the little ones just love playing 'captain' steering the boat -- and it makes for a great mobile swimming platform. Sunsets are glorious and it's so peaceful to be out in the middle of Stone Lake and just slowly drift and watch the waterfowl, birds, etc. And if anyone likes to fish - that's what Stone Lake is famous for! We include (actually require) in the rental of the Pontoon Boat a personal orientation session by a qualified boating instructor so that the Pontoon can be operated safely and with confidence; fuel and life jackets are provided.
Included at no add'l cost with the Pontoon Boat Pkg are five (5) easy-to-use Sea Eagle 2-person sit-on-top soft-sided Kayaks, plus an aluminum fishing row boat. These are perfect for Mom and Dad to take the kids out on the water to explore the quiet undeveloped shoreline of Stone Lake to experience aquatic life up close and personal. Or let the teens go out and have a blast on the water with their own private flotilla of watercraft!
For Guests with children who love to vacation with other families, it's truly an ideal destination. And with its accessibility features the Lake House has become a favorite for multi-generational family reunions and 40-, 50- and even 60-year wedding anniversary celebrations.
We're happy to answer any questions you may have so please ask away!
Fondly, Ted & Brenda
P.S. The 50 wooded acres w/ trails surrounding the Woodlands Lodge are great fun for the kids & grown-ups to explore (and Fido really loves it!).
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About Ted Gogol
In the early 1980s we moved away from Michigan for jobs, settling in Maryland near Washington, DC where we raised our two wonderful children. As empty nesters, in the summer of 2008, we started what we thought would be a 5-year search for our dream retirement home back in Michigan, on a lake, halfway between Chicago and Detroit -- where all of Brenda's family have homes. In our very first house-hunting trip in June 2008 we came across this property; it exceeded our expectations in every conceivable way. It's a dream come true for us that in one short year has become a mecca for family gatherings and memories that are simply priceless. We hope you too will consider building your own lifetime memories at Stone Lake. -- Ted & Brenda
Ted Gogol purchased this House in 2008
Why Ted Gogol chose LaGrange
Cassopolis, MI with its two lakes -- Stone Lake and Diamond Lake -- is halfway between Chicago & Detroit. The Chicago suburb of Naperville, IL, and Dearborn, MI, are both just 2 hours 10 minutes away. We know because Brenda has sisters in both of these locales.
What makes this House unique
Here's what's most unique: The privacy and tranquility of a secluded wooded retreat with a 7-BR, 6-BA, 3,900 sq. ft. wheelchair-friendly home with central air conditioning and a floor plan that's ideally arranged to accommodate multiple families. One bedroom is a ground floor barrier-free BR-BA suite that includes a 3 x 5 roll-in shower with maneuvering room). Throw in a private dock attached to the 'guest house' lakeside log cabin and even more folks can join in on the fun -- all with comfortable accommodations. The icing on the cake? The Lake House is surrounded by 47 wooded acres with trails great for exploring nature...and we provide 8 various-size mountain bikes. And there's more! For water fun the available Pontoon Boat Pkg adds a pontoon boat (fuel included), 4 two-person Sea Eagle Kayaks, a fishing row boat, and water toys. At night and for rainy days the 450 sq ft Gathering-Game Room provides lots of entertainment with a pool table, ping pong table, foosball table, 55' LCD flat screen w/ built-in JBL audio system, 4 leather sofas, Bistro tables and bar stools...and a 2nd full-size fridge to keep the beverages cold and convenient!
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Check-in: 3:00 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.
Great place for large groups
A great location and house. Our entire group remarked that they want to come back. The game room is great for cold or rainy nights.
The House is great!!! We loved it!!
The house was great!! The fire pit being totally secluded meant we could enjoy each other’s company with out bothering any neighbors, plenty of parking plus lots o bathrooms makes life great!!
Thanks we had a great time and plan on coming back!!
INCREDIBLE! AMAZING! BEST BIRTHDAY WEEKEND GETAWAY EVER!
WOW! Where to start. You can always tell how an experience is going to be by the way the customers are treated. Ted and Brenda have been nothing but wonderful, kind, personable, and accommodating. I couldn't have asked for a better birthday weekend getaway.
The house was BEAUTIFUL. The pictures didn't do it's justice. Everything was so CLEAN and I definitely am a stickler on that; especially the bathrooms too! The game room was essential to our stay with our friends and family; we had so much fun playing Ping-Pong and pool. I would recommend an updated foosball table only because a couple "men" were missing so it made for unfair challenges. Other than that, OUTSTANDING!
Ted and Brenda were very accommodating in our stay and let us arrive a couple hours early and depart a couple hours later. They were with us ever step of the way with DETAILED instructions, helpful lists of what the house contained/what did not need to be packed, lists of restaurants/stores/gas stations/activities etc. It was all so organized and made for an even more stress-free time. We ventured here during the cold, snowy winter month of January and STILL had the best time ever! From movies to games and enough places to hide for hide-and-go-seek, it was one of the best times imaginable.
I couldn't applaud them more for their kindness, hospitality, and out of this world customer service. We will definitely be back to explore the area more in the Summer time and make use of their bikes and lake activities. OH! and we did receive our FULL DEPOSIT back. WIN-WIN all around.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Look forward to more memories.
One of our very best family vacations!
What a wonderful week my family and I had on this beautiful property on Stone Lake! Thank you, Ted and Brenda, for all you did to make our week so special. The property itself was perfect. We had plenty of rooms for our big family and the log cabin house at the lake gave us an extra space to spread out. We had a big fire every evening in the fire pit, with plenty of wood from the beautiful grounds to keep it roaring. Our little ones loved the swing set and the older guys spent plenty of time on the basketball court. But the icing on the cake was our experience with the pontoon boat. Early in the week, we had some trouble with the boat. Ted responded immediately and after realizing that it might need some major work, he traded it in and presented us with a new boat to use for the rest of our stay. Talk about customer service! We used the boat every day for the rest of the week and loved it! Overall, we had a marvelous week and a satisfying experience with the Gogols. Thanks again, Ted and Brenda!
Great family rental--5 Stars
Rented the Woodlands Lodge for a large family get together. The lodge was perfect. Plenty of space and an abundance of seating for large groups to get together. Everything is well stocked: kitchen, bathrooms, linens, games rooms, etc. The house is clean and well maintained There is plenty of parking. We made use of the grills, hiking in the woods and used the large areas outside for games (lawn darts, bean bag, etc.)
Ted Gogol, owner is super friendly and accommodating (great to work with). I would highly recommend his rentals.
Our family had such a wonderful time at Stone Lake. We had 20 staying in the main house, and everyone had a comfortable bed, a quiet place to read, plenty of hot water for showers, and a seat at the table for breakfast and dinner. We also rented the cabin, which I would recommend if you plan to spend time at the beach. It was nice to have the refrigerator and bathroom close, and we could put little ones down to nap as we sat on the porch swing and watched the others fish off the dock. The highlight of our week was the kayaks. It was a race every night to watch the sunset over the lake...some in the pontoon boat, sipping wine and enjoying appetizers, and others kayaking out to find the best view. Then back to the cabin for s'mores over the bonfire, board games around the dining room table, or pool/ping pong/foosball competition in the game room. Ted was great! So responsive to every question or concern. We took two day trips...one to South Haven and one to St. Joe, which are less than an hour away. (St. Joe was the favorite.) We had four dinners and four breakfasts prepared by Sherrie at Porky's. A five minute drive from the house, always ready when we arrived, reasonable prices and good food. All in all, a very memorable family time for us. But I'm sorry to say there may not be any fireflies left....because I think our little ones may have caught them all! (We also brought our little dog, who tells me she had wonderful time and would gladly recommend the house to other pups.)
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Summer weekly reservations (June - August) made more than 3 months in advance are accepted if they include the Attached Guest Wing, lakeside Log Cabin, Pontoon Boating Pkg. From November thru April, 2-night reservations gladly accepted at a higher per night rate. Personal and business checks gladly accepted. Visa and MasterCard also accepted with a 3% fee. Please know that it is not possible to provide all rates and payment schedules using VRBO's pricing template - we provide exact pricing when responding to inquiries. Holiday rates are higher. CANCELLATIONS – Cancellations that are made sixty (60) or more days prior to the arrival date will incur a $500.00 cancellation penalty. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made within 60-31days of the arrival date, forfeit 50% of total rental amount. Cancellations made within 30 days of the arrival date forfeit 75% of the total rental amount. Cancellation on or after arrival date, or early departure, do not warrant any refund of rent. If a reservation is cancelled and the house was never occupied, the Security Deposit and Cleaning Fee will be refunded. Thank you, Ted and Brenda