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Cozy Lakeside Cottage, North Shore, Upper Hamlin

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Come enjoy our like NEW cottage nestled in the Manistee National Forest on the north shore, sunny side, of upper Hamlin Lake. The cottage was built in the 1940’s and has been totally renovated/updated inside and out. The furnishings, cabinets, appliances, linens, etc. were all new just 7 season's ago and it is still very neat, CLEAN., and well maintained. You will enjoy a panoramic view of the entire upper lake and awesome sunsets over the dunes right from your deck or the shore. Fishing is great right off the dock. Boating, swimming, skiing, hiking, wine tasting, and other fun activities are waiting just for you! There is also a shared lakeside firepit. Lake Michigan is minutes away for an afternoon picnic or swim. Golfing at some of the state's finest courses is close by. Or, for those who like more physical activity, bring your bikes for riding on the miles of trails in the National Forest. Ideal for couples who are looking for peace and quiet, bring a good book to read while sipping on your favorite beverage in a lounge chair by the lake! If you are looking for 2 cottages in close proximity, this cottage sleeps 2 adults and The Shadows on Hamlin Lake #1 sleeps 5 adults! (See VRBO listing #236973.) Great for friends and/or families who like to vacation together but sleep/stay in different quarters. It all awaits you at The Shadows on Hamlin Lake #2. We live on the property, adjacent to this cottage which is approximately 20 feet from the waters edge. Because it is so close to the lake, we provide you with a garden cart to take your belongs to the cottage, as you cannot drive to your back door. You may hear the water lapping on the break wall or on the attached boathouse wall. For some this may be a relaxing, soothing sound. For others……. Children 16 years and older welcome.

Keywords: cottage, lakeshore, lakeside

More Details

Deb Hulst
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Deb Hulst

My family came here for summer vacations from Chicago starting in the 1930's. When I was born, we moved here. We lived here year round until I was 12 years old then we moved to GR, MI. So it went back to being a cottage for weekends and vacations. I moved back with my husband and daughter in 2000. Decided in 2009 that it was time to share this beautiful spot with others.

Deb Hulst purchased this cottage in 1930

Why Deb Hulst chose Michigan

My Grandparents chose this perfect location, out of the winter's cold winds, but basking in the summer breezes, set deep in the Manistee National Forest, very private, quiet and serene. So different from Chicago where they came from!

What makes this cottage unique

Ability to be part of nature, hummingbirds are fed on the property, pileated woodpeckers also dot the forest, the peace and quiet from the city hustle and bustle.


Free Soil Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • All new fixtures. Shower only. No tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1) in bedroom.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Electric fireplace in living room with new 42' flat screen TV. No Children under 16 years of age.


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(34 traveler reviews)

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Cozy Lakeside Cottage, North Shore, Upper Hamlin
average rating of 4.970588 based on 34 reviews

Very clean cottages, friendly and helpful hosts. Quiet and secluded- perfect for us. Thank you!ver

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We take pride in the cleanliness and maintenance of our cottages and property. Thank you for appreciating our efforts. We look forward to your next visit.
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The perfect spot to get away

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here in this very secluded quiet area right on the lake in a beautiful well kept and cozy cottage. Deb and Mark were great hosts and really care about their guests. The fishing was great and the wildlife was amazing, such a beautiful location away from it all. We really enjoyed staying here and are so relaxed now, just what a vacation should be!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always so glad when people enjoy the woods, lake, wild life when they stay at our cottage. That is what the national forest is all about. Of course, when you can catch a few fish, it is even better, and right from shore! Looking forward to your next visit.
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Wonderful getaway! A gem of a place

  • 5 of 5

Perfect little cabin on the perfect lake. Very comfortable, lovely hosts - quiet, private-perfect!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our cottage and the lake. There is so much to see and do in the area, hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, campfires, quiet walks, watching eagles soar, blueberry picking, mushroom hunting, so much more! We hope you will come again to enjoy some of these things.
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Impeccably clean property, gracious hosts, peaceful

  • 5 of 5

I stepped out of the car and promptly said, "I'm never leaving." The property is beautiful and CLEAN, inside and out! We had absolutely everything we needed. Deb and Mark were friendly and gracious. We are already planning a return trip for next year!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You had great weather for your stay here in hamlin lake! Aside from a windy day, sunny and warm! Glad you enjoyed the cottage, lake, woods, and the ludington area. Looking forward to seeing you again.
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Beautiful and Serene

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage right on Hamlin Lake. The cottage felt secluded even though it was so close to Mark and Deb's home. Mark greeted us and gave us the tour of the grounds, but then we didn't see him again after that, allowing us to have plenty of privacy for a romantic anniversary weekend :) We enjoyed using the fire pit and grill, and everything was immaculately kept. The only "quirk" was that the boat house butts right up against the bedroom wall, so if you're a light sleeper, the noise of boats rocking may keep you awake ;) We would definitely recommend and hope we can stay again someday!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to give this review. Even though we disclose the proximity of the cottage relative to the other cottages on the property and also disclose the motion of the water moving the Seagate and that this might be soothing to some but others... it is good for people to hear it from you! The 2 days you were here we had very high winds which impact the lake making more waves which then make more Seagate action. Unfortunately we can't control the weather, but are glad you found out cottage pleasurable, and you did have one fire before the wind took over!
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Wonderful property!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is beautiful and situated right on the lake. Deb is a great host. We highly recommend this home for a wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our cottage and the lake. Weather even cooperated! Hope you can return to enjoy the woods, trails, and boating.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Mason County
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Pirates Pub - by water
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
US 10/31
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Free Soil Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Summer
Jun 16 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
2017 Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2017 Fall
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

Damage deposit required with 1/2 rental amount to reserve cottage. Damage deposit returned upon satisfactory inspection after vacating premises within 2 weeks and covers any damage done to the cottage/grounds as well as excessive cleaning services.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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