Sandy Beach Whlchr-Friendly Woodlands Lodge at Stone Lake W/ 50 Wooded Acres!(62 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
House, 7 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 6 Baths, (Sleeps 18-26)
***** To see LOTS of photos see below link that reads 'CLICK HERE - Add'l Photos of Our Vacation Property.' The link is right above 'Map and Owner's Profile.' ******
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:
With its Spring 2013 renovations the Lake House is now wheelchair friendly:
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 Attached Guest Quarters 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 Quarters (AGQ). Please note that these 3 sections are all connected as one large house; none of them are separate structures.
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 QUARTERS (2 BRs / 2 BAs)
Completed in May 2013 and attached to the Main House is the 2-story, 770 sq ft optional Attached Guest Quarters (AGQ) 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 AGQ 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 AGQ 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!
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.
***** PLEASE NOTE: To see lots of photos of our Log Cabin, Pontoon Boat & the Amish-built Playset please see the below link that reads 'CLICK HERE - Add'l Photos of Our Vacation Property.' The link is right above 'Map and Owner's Profile.' ******
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 Lake House are great fun for the kids & grown-ups to explore (and Fido really loves it!).
P.P.S. A note about our Rates. VRBO has changed the format of the Rates section and is forcing homeowners to learn and implement the new system - we have not yet had time to do so. VRBO will no longer allow homeowners to edit the rates in the 'old' format,' so our rates on VRBO are not current. Our apologies - when we respond to inquiries we are able to provide up-to-date rates.
Member since: 2009
- 3900 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
Ideal Setting for Families with Small Children as the Property Sits All by Itself on a Small Rise on Very Quiet Lake Shore Drive Which is a Dead-End Street with Only About 18 Houses -- Half of Which Are Only Used as Vacation / Weekend Residences. the Property's 3 Acres Includes Lots of Open Grassy Space for Playing Catch and All Sorts of Yard Games. Plus There Are Private Woods for Exploring that Has a Nature Trail Over 2 Football Fields Long. New Spring 2010: An Amish-built vinyl covered wood playset with 3 swings, a swinging 2-child horse, a 10-foot slide, and a very cool fully enclosed playhouse and deck that sits 5-feet off the ground accessed by a kid-friendly ladder steps....moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Considered:
Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 26, Beds for 20-26
- Queen size Beds (3) 5 BRs have Queen Beds. All Have Memory Foam Mattress Toppers for extra comfort. The opposite of hotel 'backache-in-the-morning' hard-as-a-rock beds. Plus the Log Cabin has a Queen bed in its Loft., Double Beds (2) Two BRs in the Main House Have Pillow-Top Double Beds., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Two full-size Futons in the Log Cabin's Little Great Room are suitable for children., Bunk Beds (1) The Main House has 1 Twin bunkbed in a BR wth a Queen bed, and the Attached Guest Quarters 2nd floor BR has another Twin bunkbed in a BR with a Queen bed....moreless
Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms
- Home protected with an ADT security system - guests provided with a temporary passcode to disarm / arm the system during their stay. Large vinyl covered (no splinters) Amish-built wooden playset with 3 swings, 10-foot slide, elevated playhouse set among the trees in the shade a few feet from the main house deck....moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Game Room
- Ping Pong Table
- Pool Table
- Satellite / Cable:
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View
The Main Residence is Situated on 3 Heavily Wooded Acres and is the Original House Built on Stone Lake (Circa 1935) and Sits on a Private Hill with a Commanding View of Stone Lake. The house is across the street from the lake; the street is a quiet dead-end road with just 17 homes. The property includes a lakefront lot with sandy beach (with the Log Cabin) which is an easy 150-foot walk from the main house down a path through the trees....moreless
This 3-Acre Retreat Includes a Lakefront Cedar Log Cabin Directly on Stone Lake with a Private 2-Boat Dock for Exclusive Use of Guests of the Main House. From the Main House You Walk Approximately 150 Feet Down on a Path Through the Trees to the Log Cabin and its Private Dock....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Room
- Seating for 16 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer:
- Gas Fireplace:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room
- Parking Off Street:
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
With 3 Acres There is Plenty of Private Parking for Boat trailers -- and the Space to Turn Them Around. Inquire regarding camping trailers / RVs. Advance written permission required please....moreless
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
Not a Fireplace -- But Guests Are Welcome to Build Campfires in the Designated Campfire Area Using the many Dead Branches & Logs from Our Property. Plus there is a metal firepit on the expanded deck....moreless
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Ice Maker
Deck / Patio:
Deck Overlooking Stone Lake Measures 20' X 20' and Includes 6-Foot Glass Table and 6 Very Comfy Chairs, plus a 3-person upholstered wicker lounge sofa with built-in bar with 3 barstools (spring 2010). A Path from the Deck Leads to the Back Woods with its Private Circular Nature Trail Over Two Football Fields Long!...moreless
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 1 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
May 1 - May 31, 2017
3 night min stay
June - August
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $50
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
From November - 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. Thank you, Ted and Brenda
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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Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: 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
Why the Owner Chose Cassopolis, MI, USA:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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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The sprawling Woodlands Lodge retreat has commanding views of Stone Lake.
Main House is nestled among the trees with a commanding view of Stone Lake.
Deck overlooks Stone Lake -- has huge roof, firepit, bbq grill, lots of seating.
Guests enter the 50-acre property thru the circa 1860 stone wall via duct.
DR has great lake views; table expands to seat 14-16 (extra chairs provided).
Kitchen has Jenn-Air stove, microwv, dishwsher, toastr, plethora of pots-pans.
MBR in Main House w/ Queen is bright w/ lots of windows-has direct access to BA.
TV Room has sofa, loveseat, 50-inch Plasma TV - can be extra sleeping space.
Gathering-Game Rm has 55' LCD TV w/JBL audio+Wii+Foosball+2nd full-size Fridge.
AGQ upper BR-BA suite features Queen bed + Twin Bunkbed & vaulted ceiling.
West Wing BR-BA suite has Queen bed + adjoining door to AGQ 2nd Flr BR.
15,000 sq ft private playfield perfect for outdoor fun games- many are provided.
This view captures the seclusion of the Woodlands Lodge and its 50 wooded acres.
Accessible Lake House w/3,900 sq ft has 7BRs +6BAs+450 sq ft Gathering-Game Rm!
Deck overlooking Stone Lake has gas+charcoal grills+2 tables-lots of seating.
Living room features beautiful woodwork and comfy seating-overlooks Stone Lake.
Remodeled kitchen w/ 2 coffee pots is fully equipped to keep the chefs smiling.
Kitchen opens up to rear deck & nature wonderland; w/ 2nd table can seat eight.
MBR in Main House connects to an updated BA; Pack-N-Play in walk-in closet.
Gathering-Game Rm has 4 leather sofas,Bistro tables.PingPong top for Pool Table.
Here's Stone Lake from the side deck. Lakeside Log Cabin is just to the right.
Secluded firepit just 30 steps from house is also vehicle accessible...memories!
Accessible AGQ main floor BR-BA suite is barrier-free w/ roll-in 3x5 shower.
Lakeside Log Cabin beach gently slopes to the water - perfect for little ones!
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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