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Immaculate All-Sports Lakefront -Golfer's Paradise -1 hour N of GR

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8 adults)

Not yet booking for Summer 2019 - rates will be set in the fall! Please email us if you are interested in being placed on our waiting list for 2019. July is tough to break into, but there are always June and August weeks available!

BATH TOWELS OPTIONAL. The new VBRO quoter defaults to include the $25 optional bath and beach towel service. You may certainly opt to bring your own towels, as many Michiganders do! Be sure to clarify your preference when booking, and this charge will be removed.

Rest and play in our spacious 1800 sf lakeside cottage on all-sports Main Canadian Lake in the beautiful resort community of Canadian Lakes. "Dutch clean" and well-maintained, our split-level cottage received new siding, windows and doors in 2010, and a basement and master-suite remodel in 2012. The inside features fresh white paneled walls and ceilings and cottage-chic furniture in shades of blueberry, apple, white and khaki.

UPSTAIRS - The fully equipped kitchen, which features plenty of cheerful white beadboard cabinetry, includes a gas range, microwave, dishwasher, super-size side-by-side fridge, a walk-in pantry and a handy breakfast bar with stools. It is open to the bright dining room, which shares a wall of sliders with the living room. The gas fireplace and stunning lake views can be viewed from all three areas. The upper deck just outside is very large, with a big gas grill, a large rectangular cast iron dining set seating eight, and an identical table for extra guests or food prep. A large main floor laundry leads from the spacious master bedroom (king bed) into the two-room Jack-n-Jill bathroom and back onto the hall. The home was completely redecorated in 2010 with spunky vintage furniture, fresh linens and new mattresses; everything is kept sparkling clean by family caretakers. Basic cable TV and WiFi internet are provided. The white-panelled walls give the entire home a fresh and airy cottage feeling.

DOWNSTAIRS - The cheerful guest bedroom (queen bed) and nautical 'bunkroom' (sleeping 4) share another full bathroom. A huge recreation area (classic This End Up pullout sofas / games / books/ entertainment center) spans the entire basement lakeside, where two sliders open onto a cement patio just steps from the lake. All bedrooms feature large closets and a vintage chest or dresser for storage...A baby crib and highchair are available on the premises also.

OUTSIDE - Large oak trees frame the street-side of the home, dappling the bedrooms with shade. A green lawn slopes gradually around the house to a flat grassy area between the house and lake. There's additional room to play thanks to the community greenspace lot next door. We have 60 ft of private, sandy-bottomed frontage; a dock, fire pit, and pedal boat; and a wonderful sandy mini-beach with no seawall (perfect for little ones!). We enjoy views of both the sunrise and the sunset. You may use the neighborhood fire pit on the greenspace lot next door as well, as long as you clean up the area before bed! An attached garage offers plenty of storage. We have a ski boat up on our boat lift, rentable to experienced boaters!

RESORT AMENITIES - Canadian Lakes is the largest recreation/resort/residential property in Michigan featuring the best in lakeside living and golf. Enjoy over 735 acres of lakes and ponds (340 of which are connected all-sports lakes); 2000 acres of dedicated green space; three members-only (and you, as our guest!) golf courses as well as the world-class Tullymore and St. Ives courses! Members and their guests also enjoy an airstrip, a campground, 3 children's playgrounds, 8 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, 1 baseball diamond, shuffleboard, horseshoes, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, multiple parks and 4 huge sandy beaches...our community even boasts a castle! We are a 2 minute walk from the largest beach (we have a volleyball net), and about 5 from the nearest tennis courts! All 5 golf courses are within minutes! This is a beautiful area for bikes and strollers, so bring yours along! Day passes are available for purchase at the fitness center and pools (just $2-4 for unlimited 1-day access to all three). Guest rates will apply at the CLPOC golf courses. You will be provided with a guest pass and a driving pass to the resort. The CLPOC maintains its own website if you wish to see more about it!

THE LAKES - Our home is on the 240-acre all-sports Main Canadian Lake, which connects to the 100-acre all-sports West Canadian, as well as two other small no-wake lakes which beg exploration - you'll enjoy a good workout in the pedal boat! Hundreds of cottages surround the main lakes, but quiet fishing spots abound. LAKES ARE MEMBERS-ONLY, YOU CANNOT BRING YOUR OWN BOAT. Only boats owned by property owners may be on the lake - you can rent ours if you have qualifying experience! We have a mint condition 2007 18' open-bow Monterey 180FS runabout with a 130hp Mariner Volvo inboard/outboard, perfect for fishing, skiing, and tubing all day. It's also perfect for a slow drive up the channel to get ice cream or groceries, or perhaps enjoy dinner at Antler's, which has its own dock/outside dining. Fishing is a favorite pastime on the lakes - they are well-stocked BUT CATCH & RELEASE ONLY (except for bluegill!). You can catch bass right off the dock and seawall! FISHERMEN HAVE STAYED AT OUR HOME, LAUNCHING THEIR OWN FISHING BOATS IN THE MECOSTA CHAIN OF LAKES; THAT PUBLIC LAUNCH IS ABOUT FIVE MINUTES FROM OUR HOME TO THE NORTH.

NEARBY AMENITIES - You'll lack nothing thanks to the Country Corner five minutes away - there you will find a gas station, a convenience store, a full-size grocery store, a pizza parlor, a family restaurant, a fishing license office, the post office, several banks, two health centers, a beauty parlor, a fudge shop, a flower shop, a video store, and our favorite haunt, ACE HARDWARE(marshmallows, bait...). The Royal, St. Ives and Tullymore golf courses also have their own restaurants, and mini-golf (great ice cream!) and riding lessons are just a few minutes further.

Canadian Lakes is the perfect location to vacation. We love our new lake house and enjoyed turning it into a bright and cheery guest home for all to enjoy. We look forward to cherishing many memories here with our own family and friends, and are thankful for quality renters who make this dream possible for us. We hope that you will enjoy our cottage as much as we already do, and that you will return to it each summer. thebluecottageonmaincanadianlake.blogspot

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More Details

Bethany Den Hartog
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About Bethany Den Hartog

We are a middle-aged (I can't believe I just wrote that!) married couple with young children. Because most of our family and many of our friends live in Michigan, we vacation here every summer. We have finally found the perfect rental cottage to call our own, and hope that your family will enjoy it as much as ours does! Our cottage is lovingly maintained by our family - we remain very active in the cottage on a daily basis, and appreciate your feedback.

Bethany Den Hartog purchased this house in 2010

Why Bethany Den Hartog chose Canadian Lakes

Ever since our realtor brother introduced us to Canadian Lakes, we dreamed of buying a cottage here. The lakes are beautiful, surrounded by quaint smaller cottages and larger newer ones; the area is very well maintained. The combination of all-sports and quiet lakes is fantastic - plenty of room to boat, ski, fish, canoe...whatever you're in the mood for. But what really sold us on the area was the amenities it offers to us as owners and you as our guests - world class golf, tennis, basketball, baseball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, parks with playgrounds, huge sandy beaches, large public green spaces, indoor and outdoor pools, a workout center...there's no end of things to do! That and the fact that gas, groceries, ice cream and mini-golf are less than five minutes away makes Canadian Lakes just about perfect. It's a wonderful, relaxing place for people of all ages!

What makes this house unique

The best feature of the house is its close proximity to the water. The sound of the waves lapping on the seawall is so soothing, and watching the boats and the fish while eating lunch on the deck definitely puts us in vacation mode. We also love the fact that we can see the kids in the water at all times, and that we have our own little beach to build sandcastles in. The large lawn and the open public greenspace next door offer lots of room for kids to run around, and contribute to a feeling of spaciousness - we don't feel cramped by neighbors! We love the all-white panelled walls and the wall to wall sliders upstairs and down - the house is always bright and airy inside, with fantastic water views. We enjoy the fact that the kids can rule the recroom while the adults relax upstairs with the fire or a good book. And as a mom I am so thankful for the main floor laundry and the big garage to stash all the water toys and life jackets.


Canadian Lakes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Two-room jack-n-jill connects master suite to upstairs hall
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Recroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , This End Up Sofas have extra thick mattresses!
    Bunkroom - 2 bunk bed , Two bunkbeds sleep 4 adults (up to 200 lbs. maximum).
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Lovely iron bed in oil-rubbed bronze finish.
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen , Cottage-style white wood panel bed.
  • We also provide a commercial quality white metal baby crib that is about the size of a pack-n-play. It fits easily into the master or guest bedrooms. Mattress cover provided, please bring your own baby bedding.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Bed sheets, pillows and pillowcases are provided, as are kitchen cloths, but bath towels are not; sand toys, paddle boat with life jackets, firepit. Sleeps 8 adults.


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Immaculate All-Sports Lakefront -Golfer's Paradise -1 hour N of GR
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 34 reviews

Great place to vacation as a family.

  • 5 of 5

The Blue Cottage is everything a family needs to enjoy a lake vacation. Spacious and clean rooms together with a beautiful view of the lake from the deck. My family loved the bonfires every night. We would definitely recommend the Blue Cottage to our friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice, me my wife and 3 adult children and their spouses, and two grand kids. We loved it.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice, close to golf. Liked it so much, we bought a home less the a mile away. Right on the water.😎

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh, we are so thrilled for you! What an exciting review to receive! We wish you and your family great happiness in your new home, and can't wait to find out where you are on the lake. That's three families now that have bought on the lake after staying at our house, but you win the record for fastest purchase!! Welcome to Canadian Lakes!
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  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay!!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage, perfect location, beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage and view on the lake. The co††age is everything you see in the pictures, so tastefully decorated and clean and roomy. The area golf courses are amazing and close and the lake is so very nice. We rented the boat and enjoyed it very much. I can whole hear†idly recommend this co††age. The owners are accessible. Every†hing you wan† to do is right there or minutes away. The ki†chen is well stocked. We had perfect weather. We took a chance and we were more than thrilled with our vacation.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marion, IN

Absolutely Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

When I think of the "perfect vacation spot", my mind will always wander to our week at The Blue Cottage! The view and access to the lake was amazing! Everything about the cottage was so accommodating and it had everything we could possibly think of! The owners were kind and helpful, as well as speedy in communication! Our three children (7, 4, and 2), had a marvelous time and are already missing the lake and the wonderful time they had playing in the sand and water each day! We are so grateful for the opportunity we had to stay here during our visit and hope to come back again soon!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bay City

Wonderful Week on the Lake

  • 5 of 5

My family just spent a week at the Blue Cottage and had a great time making memories. Bethany and Dan were very quick to respond when there was an issue with the boat rental, wonderful people to deal with. The home suited all of our needs, very well stocked with kitchen wear, bedding, toys etc. The home was very clean and well maintained. We loved the sandy beach and the guys enjoyed fishing from the dock. Beautiful home with a great location.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3 Pickleball courts, Outdoor Ice Skating Rink, Cross Country Skiing on three golf courses (one groomed trail)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Property Damage Insurance $79

We are required to collect 6% MI sales tax. Summer season Saturday-Saturday rentals only. Off-season has a 2-night minimum, but we discount the 3rd and 4th nights by $25 each. The speed boat requires separate paperwork for qualified boaters only, $750 per week and a $750 refundable security deposit. Speed boat only available to rent by the week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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