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Sandy Beach Accessible Knotty Pine Lodge w/ 47 Wooded Acres!

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 3,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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 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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Ted Gogol
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 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 Cassopolis

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.


Cassopolis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 24 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
  • 7.5
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Queen size Beds (7) All 7 BRs have comfy Queen beds, each topped with a Costco-sourced quality memory foam topper, plus comfortable BR chairs for some quiet alone time with a good book while looking out a window at nature's finest., Bunk Beds (3) Three of the upper level BRs have twin bunk beds in addition to their Queen beds - great place for the kids. The 3rd twin bunkbed is in the optional Attached Guest Quarters.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Attention individuals with mobility issues: The Lodge House is extremely wheelchair friendly with 2 MBRs that feature bathrooms with 3 x 5 roll-in showers. A Stannah Model 420 Power Chair Lift connects the Main Level with the Lower Level. Covered Deck is 12-feet x 36-feet, Covered Patio is 12-feet x 36-feet, Huge Wooden Playset measures 29-feet x 30-feet. 8 Mountain bikes (mix of adult and child sizes). Pontoon Boat, numerous 2-person sit-on-top easy to use Kayaks, fishing row boat, outdoor yard games and beach toys all make for a great 'Escape to Stone Lake' experience.


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Sandy Beach Accessible Knotty Pine Lodge w/ 47 Wooded Acres!
average rating of 4.972603 based on 73 reviews

A Bathroom for Every Bedroom!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Property

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lansing, Illinois


  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So many things to occupy your time at this house! 5 STARS!!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 14 (10 adults, 4 children) had a wonderful time! First the house itself: Plenty of space so you are not stepping on each other! If someone in your party needs handicap accessible, Ted has it covered.

Ramps, roll-in showers, etc. The beds/pillows are my #1 concern when renting, and they were all very comfortable. 7 Bdrms and 7-1/2 Baths were perfect for us! The game room is amazing. Ted and Brenda have pretty much everything covered in there. I think we used it every single day! The kitchen is large enough for a couple of cooks without getting into each other's way. Nice size refrigerator/freezer and an extra one in the game room (we kept all the beverages in that one). Plenty of cooking pans/utensils; however, some of the pans are getting a little too used and could be replaced. Living room furniture is very comfortable and when you want a nice breeze, enjoy 3 decks/patios to relax in. We ate outside on the main deck many nights. We used the fire pit twice and had some great bonfire singing and s'mores times!! The pontoon boats were quite worth the time we spent on them and the lake was a good size to enjoy the sunset cruises! The lake has maybe 20 houses or so on it so it's pretty private without a lot of noise. There is a very small beach down the pathway to the dock/boats that was frequented by my grandchildren daily. They loved it!! Many sand toys and water guns to play with. We even left extra sand toys for the next family! The Cass area is small and when dining out we went to Dowagiac (10-15 minutes away) which has some fine family restaurants. There is a nice park nearby (T.K. Lawless) which we enjoyed for an afternoon. Grills, playground, volleyball, bike trails and the most difficult Disc Golf ever encountered! Lake Michigan is about a 30-40 minute drive into St. Joseph. The SW Michigan area is full of things to do! There are winery's and breweries galore to explore if you so desire. And if it rains, Ted and Brenda have things covered in the house to entertain you. They even have a large 100+ screen to watch movies on in the game room! This was a great home to vacation in. Comfortable, clean and in a fantastic location in Michigan. Thanks Ted and Brenda for helping make some great memories for my family. I know we will return with more friends and family!!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great family vacation home

  • 4 of 5

We rented the Knotty Pine Lodge for a family WE get away

with 8 adults and 7 children

it worked out great for our family

the many bathrooms were awesome felt like you had your own never had to wait for anything

the little ones especially loved the beach and play are

we would certainly entertain the idea of renting this again

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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White Lake, Mi


  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at the knotty pine lodge for a long weekend. There were a group of friends (14) and we really enjoyed our stay. The house was big enough to occomodate all of us comfortably. The kitchen was well equipped, dining table was large enough to ocommodate all 14 for our Sat. night dinner, House was clean. The guys especially likes the large screen TV in the game room. The Pool Table was a great addition to our fun filled weekend. And the house, although somewhat secluded, was close enough to out side entertainment, as well. We will definitely return. Loved the house....

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
South Bend, Indiana (SBN)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Harley's Ale House in downtown Cassopolis
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Diamond Lake
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Amtrak station in Dowagiac
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
M-60 and M-62
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Broadway Cafe
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area
Nearest Point of Interest
POI #1 - Diamond Lake
Nearest Point of Interest
POI #2 - downtown Cassopolis
Nearest Point of Interest
POI #3 - Vlasicaks' Meat Market & Smokehouse
Nearest Point of Interest
POI #4 - Zekes Lindy's
Nearest Point of Interest
POI #5 - Golfing
Nearest Point of Interest
POI #6 - Shopping, Antiquing!
Car: recommended

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!




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $280 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $600
Tax Rate 6.0%

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.

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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