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Luxury on the Water Sleep 20-22! 1Wk Summer 2018 Left! Book for Fall & 2019!

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 4,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 8 Bedrooms! 5.5 Baths! (Sleeps 20-22)

Beautiful, Luxurious, West Facing, 4600 sq ft, Lake House. Directly on Lake Michigan. Incredible sunsets. Perfect for Family Reunions or Large Groups. 8 Bedrooms! 5.5 baths.

Main level features three queen beds, two king beds and one trundle (2 singles). Two of these bedrooms have walk out decks with incredible views. On the lower level there is a King bed with a walkout deck with a great view and the second lower level bedroom has two sets of bunk beds. The sleeping configuration is as follows:

Main level:

King Master with deck ( private bath)

Queen Master with deck (private bath)

Queen bedroom (private bath)

Queen bedroom (shared bath)

King Bedroom (shared bath)

Bedroom with twin/pull out trundle bed (shared bath)

Additional half bathroom on main level

Lower level (walk out):

King master (walk out deck)

Bedroom with 2 sets of bunk beds

Jack and Jill bath room

2 additional sleeping cots

Heated floors on the lower level.

160 ft of private beach front property. Unbelievable sunsets. Elevated outdoor decking ensuring spectacular lake views.

No expense has been spared remodeling this extraordinary lakefront cottage:

8 bedrooms

5.5 bathrooms

Romantic stone fireplace

Flat screen TV's with DVD players throughout the house

Gourmet kitchen with new appliances

Magnificent lake views throughout the house

Expansive outdoor decks

You can swim right outside your door, and golf is only five minutes away. Walk the beach, shop in town, cook on one of the outdoor decks or in your newly remodeled, fully equipped gourmet kitchen.

Located in a quiet area away from the hustle of traffic; safe for children, romantic for adults. Watch the stars from your deck or make a fire on the beach while sipping a glass of wine.

When you’re ready to retire for the evening, you can watch one of the hundred movies on your flat screen TV, or snuggle up in your 1000 count sheets to the sound of the waves.

There are 160 feet of private sandy beach, beautiful treed lot, plenty of parking, boat launch and grocery store 5 minutes away.

It just doesn't get any better than this.

Keywords: Family Reunions, Large Groups, Sandy Beach, Immaculate, Luxurious, Lake Front Beach house.

More Details

Property Manager
Denise Donaldson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2017

About Denise Donaldson

My favorite thing to do is to relax with family and friends. This place lets me invite all of my friends and family members, that I love most, to come and get together once again. It's a great place to connect to my family, after having so much time apart. I work hard and when I am off from work, I want to have the option of playing hard or relaxing. With so many different activities here, I am finding new things to do every day. I am able to play games or go out in the towns during the day, and relax on the beautiful beach at night. This place is my heaven.

Denise Donaldson purchased this house in 2004

Why Denise Donaldson chose Northwest

My cousin has a house on this beach and I have visited with his family for years. After coming there time and time again, a house down the beach from him became available. I grabbed it immediately as these homes do not become available often. It is a lovely place, miles of beach to walk on, quiet, secluded yet close to everything. When I want to get away, there is where I come.

What makes this house unique

My property is just down the road from a natural preserve. There are wonderful places to bike and hike. I love to wake up and see deer, wild turkey, eagles, swans and owls right outside my door. The beach is right at my door. I can easily go into Charlevoix to shop, go see a movie or eat a great meal. In the other direction I love going into Elk Rapids and having some ice cream or shop for antiques.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We did feel that the home is very lovely. The setting is spectacular, the beach was so isolated and pleasant, and the home is very comfortable and well-appointed. We used the water equipment supplier you suggested, and all of us enjoyed paddle boards and kayaks they supplied. The many bedrooms and bathrooms also met our family’s needs very well. I would recommend it to others!
Jun 2015
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Ellsworth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No beach fires if windy and keep noise down after dark on beach.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private Master bath
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private master bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private master bath
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared bath on main level
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Jack & Jill Bath on lower level
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Main floor half bath, located off kitchen area.
  • 5.5
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Private bath and deck
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Private bath and deck
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Private bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Shared bath
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Shared bath
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king , Located on lower level. Private deck to beach.
    Bedroom 8 - 2 bunk bed , 2 Sets of bunk beds; on lower level
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Shared bath, single bed with trundle underneath.
  • 3 bedrooms have king beds, private baths and outside deck. 4 bedrooms have queen beds. 1 of the queen bedrooms has outside deck and private bath. There are also two folding cots for extra quests. The lower level is a walkout with living room and deck outside slider doors. There is a flat screen TV in the living room and DVD player. Most bedrooms have flat screen TVs as well.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 9 beach chairs
  • limited accessibility
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Tons of beach chairs and an outdoor fire pit. There are beach chairs, tables and chairs on the beach and on the outside decks.


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average rating of 4.836735 based on 63 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Our family gathered ... my 4 married children and families ... to celebrate my 80th birthday. When we arrived, we thought this place was really remote, but soon discovered there were neighbors well hidden through the trees. The house was immaculately clean and well furnished.Our group , ages 10-88 years, had a fabulous time being together for a whole week ... and not like the 3-4 hours at Holiday time. A day trip was taken to Mackinac Island ... and several short excursions by some into Traverse City and Charlevoix. The nearby grocery store has everything you'll need. The beach and sun were enjoyed by all ... and the sunsets gorgeous. The house is also well furnished with books, DVDs and games. We were also impressed that there was an Ohio State picture puzzle! Plenty of parking ... we had 8 cars there. AND ... there were 2 dishwashers and 2 washing machines and dryers. ... and the roses outside were blooming. The kids even found a few Petosky stones. A great place!!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you had a great time! Thanks for staying at my summer home! Please come again when you can! Sincerely, Denise
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Very nice location and accommodations.

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed here with 5 couples. The location directly on grand traverse bay is spectacular!

Nice fire pit by the lake is great for evening conversation. The home is spacious with a large well equipped kitchen and room to spread out on both the main level and lower level. Large deck on the lake side with several tables and many chairs. A long walkable beach is really nice. Great place for a group gathering. The location and place really lack nothing-we were impressed.

Ken J.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you were impressed with the house, beach and location. Thank you so much for choosing my home for your vacation. You are welcome back anytime! Sincerely, Denise
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Great get away

  • 5 of 5

I have a family of 4 brothers and 3 sisters plus myself and all our husbands and wife's. We fit very comfortably in this home. What was real great we all could fit around the kitchen table, just like when we were kids. The decor is done as a beach home, and everything matches. We would recommend it to anyone that has a large doings. It was clean and neat, which is very important to the people who keep it that way. I congratulate them on there hard work to keep it looking like new. We will have no seconds thoughts about renting it again.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for leaving a review and for staying at my place. We work really hard to make sure the house is immaculate and it felt great to have the work noticed. I will pass your comments on to the cleaning staff! I am excited you and your family will be coming again next summer! Thank you so much for your business! Sincerely, Denise
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Awesome place for family

  • 5 of 5

Awesome place for family gathering

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you had a great time!
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We love it!!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd year staying at this property and we love it. There are plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms for the whole family so you have privacy if you need it. But besides the beach, which is great, the kitchen and dining space is where we spend the most time and there is plenty of room for everyone to congregate to have a cocktail and appetizers while the cooks for the evening do their thing. It is a great space and well kept up.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for coming back year after year! I am glad you have a great time every time you come! Love having you and excited you are coming back again next summer! Sincerely, Denise
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Family Reunion was a great success

  • 5 of 5

Our large family enjoyed the home on Grand Traverse bay immensely!

The best part was the beautiful beaches and sunsets. This is definitely a trip we will have to repeat.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy the week was a success! Vacations are so important and I hope you come again! Have a great rest of the summer! Thank you for your business! Denise
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Several courses about 5 minutes from house
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Rt 31
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Car: necessary

Charlevoix Venetian week in July. Mackinac Island only 1.5 hours away. Vineyard tours in Old Mission Pennisula about 50 minute drive. Golf courses are beautiful. About 5 -30 minute drive depending on what course you want to play. Casino about 40 minutes away. Boyne Mountain ski area 30 minute drive. The town of Elk Rapid and Charlevoix are 20 minutes from house. You can rent jet skis and kayaks to be delivered to house.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $450
Pet Fee $200
Damage Insurance $79
Damage Deposit $500

The Security deposit, which is to ensure compliance with the terms of this agreement, is not to be construed as liquidated damages.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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