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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Located in the private community of Benway Landing on the Chain, our lakefront French country cottage was designed by national award winning home designer, Robert Martignoni of Building Science Associates.
Nestled in the woods on a private road, the house is built on a slope and offers views of the lake from the large great room, the master bedroom, the screened porch and the sprawling deck. The floor to ceiling windows in the great room provide plenty of light and add to the spacious feel. The stone (wood burning) fireplace is the focal point in the great room and not only warms the room but provides a romantic ambience on those cold winter nights.
The home features natural pine floors throughout with tile in bathrooms and carpet in upstairs loft. The gourmet kitchen has Jenn-Air appliances, including a gas stove with convection oven and French door style refrigerator with ice maker. The painted custom cabinets contrast the beautiful granite counter tops. There is plenty of storage and all kitchen essentials are provided including a Cuisinart blender, Kitchen Aid mixer, dishes, glasses, serving trays and cookware. The eating area seats six, with an adjoining enclosed screened porch that seats six to eight more guests.
The great room has just been updated with a 50" flat Plasma (HD) TV (DirecTV satellite service), a Blue Ray DVD player and a new stereo receiver with surround sound.
The master bedroom has a queen size iron bed and a closet with drawers and hanging space. The adjoining master bathroom includes a granite vanity, Jacuzzi corner tub, stall shower and linen closet.
The guest bedroom has a full size bed and is right around the corner from the main bathroom which has a granite vanity and stall shower.
The loft upstairs has a sofa bed which pulls out to a queen size bed. We've added a 4" memory foam topper to the mattress for extra comfort. There is a wonderful view of the lake from the loft.
The expansive outdoor deck is approximately 10' x 30'. Enjoy the quiet and serene setting gazing at the lake and surrounding wooded areas. There is a gas grill, Adirondack chairs, and a large table with umbrella which seats six to eight. Guests thoroughly enjoy drinking their morning coffee as the sun comes up on this wonderful deck.
The (unfinished) basement provides additional beds (great for kids) and game area. There are two full size beds, one twin bed and a roll-a-way bed in the basement along with a pool table and foosball table. The new walk out patio provides additional outdoor seating at ground level with easy access to the boardwalk leading to the lake. The fire pit area is conveniently located close to the walk out patio and there is an additional seating area down by the lake.
Attention wildlife enthusiasts! The cottage is located on Benway Lake, which is among the 'Upper Chain of Lakes'. The lakes are perfect for kayaking and canoeing. Paddle through all six lakes on one trip or break this fabulous landscape into day trips. Either way, you are in for a unique kayaking or canoeing experience. We have two one-person kayaks and a canoe for your use, as well as life jackets. Enjoy wildlife such as loons, swans, ducks and turtles. Fish for bass, pike, walleye, and even trout and muskie! We also have a row boat available so if you'd like to bring your own boat motor you can easily attach it.
Please note: There is not a sandy beach at this property, but both Lake Michigan and Torch Lake beaches are just ten minutes away.
The best northern Michigan golf courses are all a short drive away: Bay Harbor, Shanty Creek, The Chief, Hawks Eye, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, A-Ga-Ming, Antrim Dells and Dunmaglas. The cottage is a great base location for golfer's who enjoy playing a different course each day. Excellent local restaurants include The Blue Pelican in Central Lake, Shorts Brewery in Bellaire and The Rowe in Ellsworth. Classic Pizza in downtown Central Lake has pizza and subs. And, believe it or not, the Central Lake BP gas station on M-88 also has great pizza (order fresh!), smoked chicken and smoked ribs! The local grocery store in Central Lake has most everything you will need to cook at home and if not, the large Family Fare market in Bellaire is a short drive away.
Keywords: Cottage, Lake House, Cabin
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Member since: 2010
- 1800 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 6-10
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Master bath with shower and jacuzzi tub. Hall bath with shower.
- Property is on Benway Lake and is located on thirteen acres. Although we do not have a sandy beach, Benway Lake is great for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, tubing and skiing. The public beaches at Lake Michigan and Torch Lake are just a 10 minute drive. If you love to golf, many of the best courses in the region are within a 30 minute drive. Or, take a drive on the country roads through the rolling hills and experience the beautiful scenery and spectacular wildlife! Boat rentals are available by calling Bedell's @ 231-544-8211....moreless
- Music Library:
- Pool Table
- Satellite / Cable:
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Ice Maker
Pool / Spa
- Jetted Tub
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 7 - Apr 1, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: We built our cottage in 2005 as a family retreat and future retirement home. Since our careers moved us out of state, we are unable to visit as often and decided to share it with others. We hope you love it as much as we do!
Why the Owner Chose Central Lake, MI, USA:
After spending many years visiting friends 'up north', we too began to fall in love with the areas natural beauty. We never thought we would find property that was on a lake (my requirement) AND had acreage (Tom's requirement). We purchased ten acres on Benway Lake in 2002 and began to build in 2003. We recently purchased the lot next door adding an additional three acres and lake frontage totaling 220'. We love the location as we feel the west side of Michigan is the most beautiful with its rolling hills, country roads, cherry and apple orchards, wineries and road side markets. We love the location and we love the house! We only wish we lived closer so we could enjoy it more. Our loss is your gain!
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Golf in the summer and ski in the winter! What a great location near the best golf courses and ski slopes. Agaming and Shanty Creek are just 30 minutes away; Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain and Bay Harbor are just 40 minutes away. Stay home and walk the woods and country roads, sit on the deck with morning coffee, cook to your hearts desire in the wonderful kitchen. You may never want to leave the relaxation of the cottage. If you do venture out, don't miss going up to the picturesque town of Charlevoix on beautiful Lake Michigan, a lovely twenty minute drive northwest. Enjoy great shopping and food including American Spoon, fudge (of course), and ice cream! Another twenty minutes from Charlevoix is beautiful Petoskey, with Harbor Springs just a bit further up along Lake Michigan into Little Traverse Bay. Heading south on M-88 from Central Lake, Bellaire is just twenty minutes. You will find the famous Short's Brewery, recently expanded, a nice coffee shop and an ice cream parlor. Back in Central Lake, pick up a great pizza at the BP gas station or enjoy a nice dinner at the Blue Pelican. Want to go to the beach? A short drive due west (ten minutes) takes you to Torch Lake and Grand Traverse Bay beyond (Barnes Park), where you can lay on the public beach for hours (remember, we do not have a sandy beach at our property). Do you have a special occasion in which a fine dining experience is worthy? Drive no further than Ellsworth (ten minutes) to The Rowe Inn and enjoy their unique menu (reservations suggested).There are plenty of places to go and things to do. Don't forget Sleeping Bear Dunes and Mackinac Island are both day trips from our cottage!
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Front view in summer.
Rear view in summer.
Living room with wood burning fireplace.
Eating area with window seat
Master bedroom has large closet and adjacent bathroom.
Guest bedroom has full size bed and large closet.
View from loft
Back deck with nice view of lake.
Fire pit and plenty of chairs conveniently located near the back of house.
Life jackets and paddles are stored inside basement for guest use.
The swans visit our dock regularly while the loons sing in the background!
Sleeping Bear Dunes is less than two hours away!
Front view from road.
Two kayaks, one canoe and an aluminum row boat for guest use.
Large living room with new flat screen TV and huge DVD collection.
Gourmet kitchen with plenty of amenities.
Master bath has shower and Jacuzzi.
Loft with queen size sofa bed with extra deep foam mattress added on top.
The screened porch is a wonderful place for eating breakfast or any meal.
Relax on the lower level.
Catch a nice large mouth bass in Benway Lake like these lucky fella's!
View from top of our hill.
Fishing in a morning mist.
This listing was first published here in 2010.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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