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Luxury on the Water Sleeps 20-22! 2Wks Summer 2018 Left! Book for Summer 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:
July 20, 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: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 18 ...
  • 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 18
  • 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 4.818182 based on 58 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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Evansville, WI

Perfect setting in every way

  • 5 of 5

We had another wonderful weeklong stay at Denise's property in Charlevoix, MI last week. The setting is perfect; it is quiet, clean, and you have the beach to yourself all day long. We had a group of 18 people ranging in ages from 8-78. I think what we love most about our time in this rental is that we don't need to pay for any entertainment or going out for meals. We enjoy all what the property has to offer; the well-stocked kitchen, comfortable bedrooms, plentiful bathrooms, tvs/movies/dvds, a beautiful area for walking along the tree/forest lined roads, and the beach. The water is clear and my kids spent about 10 hours a day at the beach...then in the evenings we enjoyed campfires at the beach. We appreciated all the comforts of home--the property owners have thought of everything needed to provide for renters at this VRBO site. Denise is very responsive and has local contacts to tend to any needs renters might have during their stay. I highly recommend this home for your next vacation--we hope to be back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Suzanne, Thank you for such a thoughtful and great review! I find I also end up staying at the house and not going anywhere else. We enjoy our time on the beach as well! I appreciate your business and hope you will come back again and again! Have a great summer and thank you so much for your continued business! Your family is wonderful and you take excellent care of my home. Thank you! Denise
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First Time with all the grandkids

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable and accommodating for a large group. Beautiful Sandy beach with a lot of room. Great kitchen for our group, though they have had refrigerator problems for a few weeks. Great location in that you are close to great towns. If you like golf, there is a golf course less than 5 miles away. Up to date rooms and excellent large patio. We don't do these reunions every year, but would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you had a great time and would like to come back. Yes the refrigerator was broken but thankfully while awaiting service there were two additional full sized refrigerators in the house for use. Service calls take awhile in the area and we do it best to work around them. That is why we provide two of every major appliance in th house! Thank you so much for your business! I look forward to you coming back again! Denise
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Ann Arbor, MI


  • 5 of 5

Just enjoyed a long weekend at your beautiful home. We have been to many VRBO's across the U.S., and this is in the top two.

House is beautiful. Very, very clean. Really nice beds for sleeping.

There is so much room in the house, even with 16 people. Kitchen is up to date

including two dishwashers (which is nice for a large group.)

The layout allowed for the little ones to sleep downstairs in their own unit.

Outdoors was beautiful with gardens and decking and the beach is a few short feet from the house.

The owner is very easy to work with and responds quickly to questions.

We are very picky renters and there is absolutely nothing negative to say. If I could give a 10 star, I would.

Quiet beach setting with Charlevoix only 20 minutes to downtown. What a perfect mix.

Hope to return soon with family for another visit.

Thanks so much Denise.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen, Thank you so much for your business! I am so happy everything at my house exceeded your expectations! I realize how important family vacations are and work hard to ensure your stay is perfect. Your kind words make it worth it! You were wonderful guests, easy to do business with and are always welcome! Please come again! Denise
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Grand Rapids


  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at the White Pine Dr cottage for our annual Memorial Day family gathering. As always, we had an absolutely wonderful time. The cottage offered plenty of room for all 18 of us, it was well stocked with everything we could need, and the beach provided our entertainment. Super Family Holiday weekend!!! 🌞�

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you again for spending your Memorial Weekend at my cottage. You are wonderful guests and always welcome! Denise
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Los Angeles, CA


  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved our time here! The house was fantastic - lots of room for our many guests, plenty of kitchen & fridge space for cooking & eating together. Lovely view of the water, just steps to the beach with a fire pit and picnic tables. Owner & property manager were both very kind and helpful.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so gad you had a great time! Thank you so much! 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
Nearest Ski
30 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

Ellsworth House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak 2017 Season
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
2018 Peak Season
Jun 23 2018 - Sep 1 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
2019 Peak Season
May 20 2019 - Aug 31 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $450 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Damage Protection $79
Pet Fee $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

The Security deposit, which is to ensure compliance with the terms of this agreement, is not to be construed as liquidated damages. Pet fee is $25 a night. Pet must be approved.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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