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.
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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!).