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Cozy Lakeside Cottage, North Shore, Upper Hamlin

Bedrooms 1
Space 625 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. We no longer have a boat for your use/rent. However, there are marinas on the lake with pontoon boats to rent.

Keywords: cottage, lakeshore, lakeside

More Details

Deb Hulst
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

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 Free Soil

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:
  • 625 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Cozy Lakeside Cottage, North Shore, Upper Hamlin
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 38 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: June 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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Very nice and clean

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay it was very relaxing. It’s a great place to stay if u want relaxation, and that is exactly what we did. Thank you

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you hot the relaxation you were looking for. It is usually very peaceful and quiet here, especially this time of year. Colors are finally starting! Hope to see you soon for your next get away.
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Very nice and clean veey enjoyable

  • 4 of 5

Very nice and clean

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks
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Fishing pole - Boat - Beer -

  • 4 of 5

Very nice, clean and a great view of the lake. A great place to just sit back and enjoy.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The property offers a great view of the entire upper lake and awesome sunsets over the dunes. So glad you were able to get a pontoon boat so you could tour the lower lake as well. Happy you found relaxation and could destress from city life!!
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Very nice.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is clean and well kept, right on the water front. The location is remote and quiet. The State Parks nearby offer a lot of outdoor activities. We had a very nice week.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay. The national forest offers many opportunities to explore nature and spend quality family time hiking, swimming, boating, mushrooming, and just enjoying the animal, tree and plant life. The lake is a great destresser too! Just the sound of the waves lapping on the breakwater calms ones nerves. Great getaway from life's cares and worries. We look forward to seeing you again!
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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: July 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $300

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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