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

Canadian Lakes, MI, USA
  • House1800 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

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!

OFF SEASON MULTI NIGHT DISCOUNT AVAILABLE - We currently charge $750/wk or $175 per night (2 night min.) during the off-season. We are happy to discount your 3rd and 4th night by $25 each, but please be sure to ask for it...the VRBO quoting system can't calculate that for you!

OUR CLEANING FEE IS ONLY $100. The new VBRO quoter shows a cleaning fee of $125, because it 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.

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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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.
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Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Master Bath
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Two-room jack-n-jill connects master suite to upstairs hall
      • Downstairs Bathroom
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Lakefront
            60 feet private frontage; private sandy beach area on property; Huge members-only beach 2 minute walk


              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Internet
                        Wireless router provided. Cable provider.
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Central air throughout the house. New unit 2012.
                      • Fireplace
                        The woodburning FP has been converted to gas logs.
                      • Garage
                        Attached. In the summer, it has a boat trailer stored in it.
                      • Gas Fireplace
                        The woodburning FP has been converted to gas logs.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        New Super-Efficiency unit, 2012
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Private, main floor laundry. New 2010, super capacity
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        All bedding provided.
                      • Living Room
                        Open-concept living, great TV!
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Paved driveway.
                      • Telephone
                        Free local. Cable provider.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Bath linens and beach towels are available for a separate $25 fee. Laundry service is NOT available during the week, but between guests only. We do provide a washer and dryer if you need it!
                      • Washing Machine
                        Private, main floor laundry. Super capacity.


                          • Kitchen
                            Walk-in pantry, breakfast bar with stools
                          • Catering Available
                            via golf course
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Super-stocked kitchen
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            See blog for more details!
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Coffee Maker
                            12 cup.
                          • Microwave
                            Above range.
                          • Oven
                            Gas oven is part of the range.
                          • Pantry Items
                            Cleaning supplies stocked here too!
                          • Refrigerator
                            New 2010. Huge side-by-side, ice & water dispensers
                          • Stove
                            Gas cooktop
                          • Toaster
                            4 slicer


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Table seats 6 adults, 4 stools at breakfast bar, highchair & extra chair
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 10 people


                                  • Books
                                    Tons of Readers Digest Condensed
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Both floors
                                  • Games
                                    Board games in recroom, card games upstairs
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Flat screen upstairs with DVD player
                                  • Television
                                    Flat screen downstairs with DVD player


                                      • Balcony
                                        Off dining and living sliders
                                      • Bicycles
                                        We do not offer bikes, but highly recommend you bring yours!
                                      • Boat
                                        Rent our fish-n-ski! Paddle boat comes with cottage
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Off basement sliders
                                      • Golf
                                        Five courses within five minutes
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Empty green space next door, front yard full of beautiful oaks.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Propane, large
                                      • Tennis
                                        Three courts in resort


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                Indoor at the Royal clubhouse, Outdoor at the park by the resort office
                                              • Heated Pool
                                              • Indoor Pool
                                              • Shared Hot Tub
                                                At the Royal clubhouse


                                                  • 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

                                                              • jet skiing
                                                              • basketball court
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • cross country 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.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    32 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews


                                                                    Stephanie C.

                                                                    Really enjoyed our stay!!

                                                                    Lovely cottage, perfect location, beautiful area

                                                                    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.

                                                                    Absolutely Wonderful!

                                                                    Ben C.Marion, IN

                                                                    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!!!

                                                                    Wonderful Week on the Lake

                                                                    Cheryl S.Bay City

                                                                    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.

                                                                    Perfection... Every Year

                                                                    Cortney and JoeLombard, IL

                                                                    This was the fourth year in a row that we rented the cottage, and everything was perfect yet again! The owners have attention to detail that surpasses expectations! We wrote a review a few years back, and other than our kids getting older, most everything is the same. There is a new table on the deck which is very sturdy and an upgrade from the old table. The owners continue to make small improvements which enhance the overall experience. The cottage is in great shape, and is immaculately kept.

                                                                    Again, see our review from a few years back - our kids are 7 and 4 now, and they enjoy catching fish off the dock, playing in the sand, and sleeping in the bunk beds. The cottage simply meets all of our needs and allows my wife and I to shut the rest of the world off for a week. Plus, if you've never seen the sun rise over a lake at 6:30am (in July) this is the place to be!

                                                                    Thanks again to the ownership for a wonderful week... see you next year!

                                                                    Wonderful Vacation!

                                                                    Valerie D.Ohio

                                                                    We stayed at the Blue Cottage with our family of six and had a blast! Our children range in age from 8 down to 1 1/2 and it was enjoyable for all four of them! The owners were wonderful to work with, were always prompt in responses, and had thought of every last detail. The lists of what's already at the cottage and what you need to bring were very helpful. The cottage itself was beautiful and I kept commenting to my husband how bright and airy it seemed. The setup was perfect and we truly enjoyed our week. We loved how the cottage was RIGHT on the lake and that there was a nice sandy beach area for our kids to play in. The lake was clear and clean and we all enjoyed swimming in it. Our only complaint was that the weather was cooler than we would have liked, but the owners have no control over that. :)

                                                                    The boat was spectacular. We had a blast going for rides, tubing and even putting around during the "no wake" times. The area around the lake was beautiful, as well. We enjoyed driving to the castle close by, as well as a few other attractions. We witnessed many breathtaking sunsets, enjoyed campfires, and fished our hearts out. I would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone!


                                                                    Canadian Lakes, MI, USA

                                                                    3 Pickleball courts, Outdoor Ice Skating Rink, Cross Country Skiing on three golf courses (one groomed trail)

                                                                    Rates & Availability

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                                                                    Damage Insurance
                                                                    Tax Rate

                                                                    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.

                                                                    32 Reviews
                                                                    Wonderful 4.9/5
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