About the property
- House3700 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
House, 7 Bedrooms, 7.5 Baths, (Sleeps 20-24)
Welcome to our Knotty Pine Lodge!
PLEASE DO NOT reserve our property without first submitting an inquiry to us, as we require certain information from Guests BEFORE we can accept a reservation. We also need to review the rental fee to ensure accuracy BEFORE we can accept a reservation. Thank you for your understanding!
With construction complete in 2011, the wheelchair-friendly 3,770 sq. ft. Knotty Pine Lodge is nestled among the trees in a serene setting just 25 feet from its sandy, gentle-slope beach on Stone Lake. Situated at the end of a quiet dead-end lane with only 18 homes, it's part of a private 47-acre heavily wooded nature preserve with trails great for exploring wildlife.
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 often not accurate. We provide exact price quotes when responding to inquiries.
The optional Attached Guest Wing (AGW) adds 2 more BRs / 2 more BAs (7 BRs / 7.5 BAs in total), with sleeping for 20 in beds, 24 using sofas. The AGW also adds a private 9 x 24 covered deck overlooking the lake, woods and the 29 x 30 playset. All 7 BRs have Queen beds with very comfy memory foam toppers; 3 of the BRs also have Twin bunkbeds.
Need more BRs? Add one of our other vacation homes on Stone Lake - one is 100 feet away and the other is about 900 feet away on the same quiet dead-end country lane -- go to VRBO dot com and enter property #262334 or #890604.
On the main level is a 550 sq ft level wheelchair accessible Gathering-Game Room with 10-foot ceiling, knotty pine planking, lots of windows, pool table, foosball table, folding ping pong table, 5 leather sofas, 2 Bistro Tables with barstools and a second 25 cu ft stainless steel fridge to keep the beverages cold! This unobstructed open space is also ideal for Yoga Groups, Scrapbookers, Quilters, Business Retreats. Most all of the furniture in the Gathering-Game Room can be moved into the adjacent 9 x 24 Entry Foyer if more open floorspace is desired. A big hit with Guests is the 1080 HD Projection TV with 10-foot power screen, Yamaha home theatre audio system, Blu-Ray player, all connected to an HD satellite box. Perfect for sports, movie night or PowerPoint presentations! ***
With its lakeside wall of windows on all 3 levels the Knotty Pine Lodge has incredible views of the secluded western shoreline of quiet Stone Lake. The 7 BRs each has its own full bathroom – yes! -- and each BR has a Queen Bed. Three of the upper level BRs also have twin bunk beds. Twin 50-gallon hot water tanks means a never-ending supply of hot water.
The entire interior is finished in knotty pine planking - hence its “Knotty Pine Lodge” name.
The Knotty Pine Lodge has a barrier-free entry, two MBR suites with 3 x 5 roll-in showers & private water closets with grab bars (see floorplan). A Power Chairlift connects the Main Level with the Lower Level. Additional accessible features include BA vanities w/ knee room, lower mirrors, the 12-foot x 36-foot lakefront Covered Deck right off the Main Level…and pocket doors galore.
The landscaping includes mostly gently sloped hard surface walkway from the lower level patio to the beach dock and the secluded, sandy gentle-slope beach.
At a shady spot at the treeline near the house is an awesome playset (29' W x 30' L) that features multiple platforms, swings, slides, rock climbing wall...enough to keep the kids entertained for hours.
Included with every reservation: over 15 bicycles (yes 15+) in a mix of child and adult sizes for our Guests to ride on the trails in the 47 wooded acres -- and through the nearby 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 bicycle helmets!
Main Level: The bright & airy kitchen features stainless steel Whirlpool appliances and a 9-foot peninsula breakfast bar. The kitchen is open to the Great Room and its soaring 19-foot high ceiling with huge windows facing Stone Lake. The Great Room features an intimate U-shaped seating arrangement with two sofas, loveseat and ottoman facing the gas fireplace -- and the 50-inch Plasma TV with home theatre system. The Great Room makes for a super indoor gathering place for the adults. The open sun-filled Main Level includes the dining area with a table that expands to seat 14+ (extra chairs provided). The 12' x 36' covered deck is right off the Great Room and has lots of seating and dining furniture – with incredible views of quiet Stone Lake. The deck railing is 'see-thru' stainless steel wire for unobstructed views. The Main Level has one of the two Accessible MBR Suites with a roll-in 3' x 5' shower, her vanity / his sink, and a private accessible water closet. There is also an accessible powder room off the kitchen. And of course the 550 sq ft Gathering-Game Room is on the main level, as is the 9 x 24 entry foyer.
Upper Level: Features 2 cozy BRs each with Queen beds + bunk beds, 2 FBAs with snug shower stalls, a balcony overlooking the Great Room, and access to the Attached Guest Wing with 2 more BRs / 2 more BAs and another private deck.
Lower Level: Completely finished and wheelchair accessible from the Main Level via the Power Chairlift on a wide staircase, this level features a Media Room with 2 sofas, loveseat, ottoman and 50-inch Plasma TV with home theatre system. Also a Wii with free NetFlix downloads via the Wii. With its wet bar and dorm-size fridge, it's a great indoor place for the kids. This level also has a 2nd Accessible MBR Suite with roll-in shower, her vanity / his sink, and private accessible water closet...plus another MBR suite with a FBA including a bathtub shower. Both BRs have lakeside picture windows. Right outside is the 12' x 36' covered patio - all just 25 feet from the edge of Stone Lake.
Many guests enjoy reserving our Pontoon Boating Pkg -- it really opens up a whole new world to be able to get out on the lake – and the little ones just love playing 'captain' steering the boat. The Pontoon Boat also makes for a great mobile swimming platform, and sunsets are glorious as 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 in the rental of the Pontoon Boat a personal orientation session so that the Pontoon can be operated safely and with confidence. Also included is 10 gallons of fuel -- enough for a week.
Included with a Pontoon Boating Pkg are five (5) Sea Eagle soft-side 2-person sit-on-top Kayaks. Also a fishing row boat - all perfect for exploring the quiet undeveloped shoreline of Stone Lake to experience aquatic life up close.
For Guests with mobility issues, and Guests with children who love to vacation with other families, the serene setting of the Knotty Pine Lodge with its own boat dock, gentle-slope sandy beach and 47 wooded acres -- makes for family memories to last a lifetime.
Please DO NOT reserve our property without first submitting an inquiry to us, as we require certain information from Guests BEFORE we can accept a reservation. We also need to review the rental fee to ensure accuracy BEFORE we can accept a reservation. Thank you for your understanding!
We love to talk about Stone Lake -- so please shoot us an email for more info!
Ted & Brenda
Keywords: Lakehouse, Lakefront, Beachfront, Lake View, Multi-Family, Diamond Lake, Handicap Accessible, Accessible, 5 Bedrooms, Wheelchair Friendly
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- May 20, 2018
About Ted Gogol
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 a beautifully restored 1935 craftsman house on 3 acres; it exceeded our expectations in every conceivable way. It's a dream come true for us that in one short year became a mecca for family gatherings. In 2010 a 47-acre wooded parcel became available that surrounds the 3 acres and which included 150 feet of lake frontage...we were able to acquire it and build the Knotty Pine Lodge right on the water. We hope you will consider staying here at Stone Lake to build your own wonderful family memories. -- Ted & Brenda
Ted Gogol purchased this House in 2010
Why Ted Gogol chose LaGrange
Cassopolis, Michigan with its two lakes -- Stone Lake and Diamond Lake -- is halfway between Chicago & Detroit...about 2.5 hours from either. Less drive time = more fun time. Why drive 5-6 hours?
What makes this House unique
Here's what's most unique: The privacy and tranquility of a 47-acre wooded retreat with a private shoreline featuring a secluded, gentle-slope sandy beach upon which sits a 7-BR, 7.5-BA, 3,700 sq. ft. home that easily accommodates multiple families. Throw in a private dock with available Pontoon Boat, Kayaks, Row Boat, 8 Mountain Bikes -- and it's a recipe for a great week at the lake. The icing on the cake? Guests can walk to downtown Cassopolis' restaurants & watering holes...and within 15-20 minutes by car are a plethora of other great restaurants. The Lodge House is 40-minutes from Notre Dame / South Bend and 45 minutes from Four Winds Casino. Numerous Golf Courses are nearby as are many Wineries which offer tours.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
First of all, let me say that Ted and Brenda were very attentive, professional and friendly during communication before our stay. We could tell that the place would be perfect and it was. Everything was so well explained and we had no issues so we did not need to contact the owners during the stay. However, I am certain that Ted and Brenda would have been responsive to whatever our needs may have been.
Our 5 grandchildren loved the play structure. My kids commented, "It's better than most of the ones in parks". The grandkids spent time playing at the lakefront, although, in April, it was well before swim time.
We opted to spend evenings on the huge deck watching the lake and sunsets, rather than having a fire, as the evenings happened to be windy. But on a nicer weather day, the fire area would have been great.
We were able to spread out over the 7 bedrooms with plenty of space for all and with 7.5 bathrooms, nobody ever had to wait! The place has the sweet smell of pine, the knotty pine walls lending a warm, yet bright ambience, which was welcoming on the one cold rainy day we had. And the game room occupied the little ones for hours on that day.
The kitchen has everything including spices and the second fridge in the game room allowed for the microbrews from our 3 states of Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin to remain chilled. The living/dining area was big enough for 6 adults and 5 kids to hang out comfortably, with 10 chairs at the table and 3 comfy couches. There is also a TV room with couches in the lower level.
Being Wisconsin natives, we used the gas grill to cook bratwurst of course!
We are already talking about when to come back. Bottom line...the place feels like home!
Paradise on Stone Lake!
We loved EVERYTHING about this home! The chair-lift-elevator, for our 74-year old mom, made going between floors a breeze! She loved her walk-in shower. Our other mom, 78-years old, this year, LOVED her first floor bedroom, with the walk-in shower! The GAME ROOM kept our four kids, AND US, busy for HOURS! The memories are priceless! The outside play area was fantastic! Can't say enough good things! :)
Wonderful stay, spectacular property!
Our family of four joined two other families (in total, 6 adults, 6 kids, and 1 dog) for a few chilly March days in Cassopolis at the Knotty Pine Lodge. It was fantastic! The photos do not do the property justice -- the home was beautiful, spacious, spotless, and filled with natural light. We could have easily added another family to our party and not felt cramped at all. Given the cold weather, we knew that we wouldn't be going on the lake; instead, we spent our days cooking, cycling (there are bikes included!), jogging through the woods, drinking around the bonfire, watching sports on the big projection screen, and playing ping pong, basketball, pool, foosball, and Wii. You know the trip is a success when none of the kids complain about being bored! By simply walking through the property, you can see how much thought Ted and Brenda put into the design and amenities. Good towels and linens, plenty of blankets, extra ping pong paddles and balls -- even the kitchen was well-stocked with good cookware and cutlery. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and hope to return during warmer weather. Thank you, Ted & Brenda, for a wonderful experience!
A Bathroom for Every Bedroom!
Plus a very large game room with 5 leather sofas and a couple of bistro tables that let everyone hang out - comfortably - in one space. We played lots of pool, ping pong, even foosball. House was very clean and well appointed!
Was a rainy weekend but we still had a great time in the game room and kitchen/family room , playing games, doing lots of cooking and enjoying each other’s company. The place exceeded our expectations and we would love to come back in warmer weather to enjoy more of the property. The only add we’d suggest is a jacuzzi tub. But the place was absolutely beautiful!
We visited the Knotty Pine Lodge for our 2017 couple’s get away. My goal was to accommodate 6 couples comfortably allowing each to have access to private baths. I stumbled upon the Knotty Pine Lodge on VRBO and was very happy that the property would be able to accommodate our party of 12. I begin contacting Ted (the owner) and was very pleased with his responsiveness to our request and questions. When we arrived at the residence we were all quite pleased, it felt as if we were at home. All of the bedrooms had queen beds in each and, some rooms also included bunk beds. The kitchen was a fully functional and supplied with everything that you could think of, all you have to bring is food. The game room was amazing and quickly became our gathering place. We got a chance to make s’mores by the fire pit all while laughing and enjoying our time together. It’s been almost two weeks and we are still talking about the good memories we made at the Knotty Pine Lodge. Ted & Brenda, thanks for allowing us to make memories in your home. We can’t wait to visit again.
With 47 wooded acres with trails PLUS all of the fun of a lakefront home with available Pontoon Boat, 4 2-person Sea Eagle Kayaks, Fishing Row Boat, champion Ping Pong Table, Pool Table, Foosball Table, Wii with 4 controllers and games, lots of indoor Board and outdoor Yard Games..the Lodge House has it all!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
It is not possible to list every rate - we provide exact price quotes when responding to inquiries. Please note that holidays are at a higher rate. From November - April we accept 2-night reservations at a higher daily rate compared to 3 or more nights. From Memorial Day through Labor Day all optional additions (Boat Package and Attached Guest Quarters) are required and already included in the quotes online. For the rest of the year there are additional costs to add the Boat Package and AGQ. CANCELLATIONS – Cancellations that are made sixty (60) or more days prior to the arrival date will incur a $500.00 cancellation penalty. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made within 60-31days of the arrival date, forfeit 50% of total rental amount. Cancellations made within 30 days of the arrival date forfeit 75% of the total rental amount. Cancellation on or after arrival date, or early departure, do not warrant any refund of rent. If a reservation is cancelled and the house was never occupied, the Security Deposit and Cleaning Fee will be refunded.