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IRISH HILLS LAKE HOUSE: 2 miles from Michigan International Speedway! 3 bedrooms-Cable & WIFI

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Open year-round! Beautiful Lakefront home only 40 min from Ann Arbor




BATHROOMS: 1 (small full bath)







Located directly on Mercury Lake, Irish Hills Lake House is a great lakefront property to enjoy with the family. With tire-swing, fishing boat, paddle boat and fire pit, your family is sure to enjoy this relaxing and peaceful cottage.

The home consists of 3 bedrooms (1 king, 1 queen, and full + bunk beds) and one bathroom. The home is cozy and has a homey feel with its old- school doilies, silk flowers and dolls decorating the living and family rooms. The updated kitchen and back addition provide ample space for family. With an easy layout, this home is great for on-looking parents to relax and kids to play around.

Irish Hills Lake House is only 2 miles from the Michigan International Speedway, making it convenient to enjoy a concert nearby. While there is not air-conditioning at this cottage, there is a nice cross breeze that comes across when you open the upstairs windows.


Beds/Bedrooms/ Sleeping Arrangements:

Bedroom 1: main floor-- 1 King

Bedroom 2: upstairs--1 Full + 2 Twins (bunks)

Bedroom 3: upstairs-- 1 Queen

Bathroom 1: main floor

Air Conditioning: There is no air-conditioning at the Lake House, however, there are many standing fans, ceiling fan and a great cross-breeze

Cell phone service: Generally, cell phone service works well in Irish Hills.

Cable/Satellite: There is Dish Network at Irish Hills Lake House!

Grocery Stores: The closest convenience store is just 6 miles away.

Life jackets: There are 4 life jackets that you may use during your stay.


Michigan International Speedway: is 2 miles away

The BIG HOUSE: Ann Arbor is 40 minutes from Irish Hills.

Sandhill Crane Winery: is 20 minutes from the Lake House.

Wamplers Lake: is 10 mins from the property


Artesian Wells Sports Tavern, Cement City, MI --Great burgers

More Details

Property Manager
Freshwater Vacation Rentals
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

• Established in 2005

If you are looking for a vacation rental, you have come to the right spot! We specialize in vacation rentals throughout Michigan. From your own private island to a lodge big enough to host your family reunion or a relaxing getaway on one of the Great Lakes. If you feel like a social vacation where you have neighbors to enjoy the evening fires together, to remote places where you won't see another soul, give us a call and we'll find the right place for you.

Our philosophy

We work hard so you don't have to. Our goal is for guests have a wonderful vacation experience and assist our owners in maximizing their investment. We started this business 13 years ago, with the purchase of Republic Island, and added the Rapid River Lodge. We have a unique perspective, as we are both owners and property managers. We love the business and are enjoying it as it grows.

Why Freshwater Vacation Rentals chose Addison

On Mercury Lake, which opens up to South Lake, an all sports lake where you can go tubing, water skiing or just for a boat ride is a fun feature.

The location of this cottage is close to MIS (Michigan International Speedway) which hosts many events all year long.

What makes this cottage unique

The screened in Amish gazebo with a table and chairs is beautifully designed. Also, the we have a HUGE fire pit with lots of chairs to enjoy a bonfire.


Addison Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Twin size bunk beds and 1 double bed.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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IRISH HILLS LAKE HOUSE: 2 miles from Michigan International Speedway! 3 bedrooms-Cable & WIFI
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews

Nice self-contained lake house. Very peaceful and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the comfort and convenience of the lake house. I brought my boyfriend's little girl on a "girl's outing".

The lake behind us was more of a nature lake so we didn't swim too far in it, but the paddle boat rides in the morning and evenings were nice.

We went to Sandy Beach about 40 minutes away and it was a great place for kids to spend several hours.

Thank you for opening this house up for relaxation and bonding time!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Diana, we love that you did a "girls vacation" - what fun! We're really happy that Irish Hills worked out so well for you and hope that you come back again.
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Fostoria, MI

Cute little cottage

  • 4 of 5

The description of this sweet little house is accurate. We stayed for 3 nights and my kids loved it. There were special extras throughout the house like toys for the kids, shovels and buckets out side for the little beach, and enough supplies of linen and detergent and toilet paper for our whole stay. I really appreciated that.

Also, bring your fishing poles. It was a great spot to fish.

The water was a little too full of seaweed to really swim and some of the outdoor features are a bit run down. And to be perfectly honest AC is kinda needed. When a day hits 80 degrees it gets very warm in the house.

Overall we had a very good stay and we appreciate all the extras and the thoughtfulness of including fun toys inside and out 😊?

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tina we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. This summer's heat has been tough, we know. Usually the cottage is comfortable even without AC. We hope to see you again!
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Very nice and clean . Overall well kept . Well supplied and family enjoyed time there and would

  • 5 of 5

Great place very clean and well equipped and spacious . Would come back again

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Irish Hills Lake House is a fabulous property: with tire-swing, fishing boat, paddle boat and fire pit, your family is sure to enjoy this relaxing and peaceful cottage. The screened in gazebo is an extra bonus!
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We loved our time at the cottage.

  • 5 of 5

The proprty was very clean and well maintained. We felt comfortable staying there. The only problem we had was when the dog across the street came after ours. We keep ours leashed any time he was outside. We just pulled in from sightseeing. The dog across the street came running over as soon as we pulled in and jumped my dog when i opened the door to get out. I couldn't even get out of the car to get ahold of mine who was leashed. Luckily the neighbors with the big dogs were out working on a vehicle and got the local dog and was able to send it home. The dog owner did come check on ours to make sure he was ok and he was but I was a little shaken. The next day we never saw their dog outside. We did love seeing the swans out on the water. They were beautiful. We enjoyed our stay overall. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We apologize for the dog inconvenience. The neighbors are usually really really good at harboring their friendly dogs. Although I know it can be a bit scary as soon as you get out of the car! The swans are gorgeous at Irish Hills. Next time you are planning your Michigan vacation, we hope you take a look at our 54 other properties (majority dog friendly!). Thank you for booking with Freshwater Vacation Rentals.  
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Relaxing Stay (with Suggestions)

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time staying at this property. For the price you are getting a good bargain. The TV room is cozy with enough sittings room for at least 7 adults and 3 small chairs for children. The TV room has cable and a DVD player (several DVD's to watch). The kitchen is stocked with pots & pans, dishes and a couple of seasonings (salt & pepper, etc.) for meals. The living room / dinning room is roomy and overlooks the lake. The bathroom while it's small has everything you need and maybe even a few extras. The 3 bedrooms (1 downstairs and 2 upstairs) are comfortable with comfy bed sheets and comforters. The yard is roomy with a relaxing view of the lake. The checkin and checkout procedures are easy and the Fresh Water customer service representatives (who handle the booking) are very professional, helpful and a breeze to communicate with. I do recommend this rental and will be back again. There are several things I do want to mention as suggestions. 1)There is a neighbor across the street who allows his dog to roam everyones yard in the immediate area. I'm sure the permanent neighbors don't have an issues with it because if they did, it wouldn't be happening. However I found it a little disrespectful and rude being that there are renters who may not be comfortable with this or may be scared of dogs. The neighbor has a very large yard so there is no reason why the dog should be roaming across the street on the rental property throughout the day. My dog (small yorkie) came along with me and he had a few barking matches with this dog who was on the rental property barking at my dog through the TV room window. I was afraid to allow my dog outside for fear of the two dogs getting into some kind of fight. The neighbor should at least be respectful when he can clearly see that the house is being rented out. 2) On both occasions that I have rented this house the guy who maintains the property arrives early and walks around the propery appearing to be fixing things in the yard on the departure question is, why can't he wait until after the renters are gone? I'm wondering if this is done intentionally to make you feel rushed to get out the house. My rental time was extended to 3pm and he was there at 12:30...with his car backed all the way up by the side door (in the way). We ended up departing at 2pm because it was uncomfortable with him being there. Both times I've rented, I had to ask him to move his car out the way to load our car.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you liked the Irish Hills Cottage so much that you have become wonderful, returning guests. I sincerely appreciate your honest feedback. I agree, it is a very comfortable, cozy cottage for a small family. We sincerely appreciate your positive feedback regarding our Freshwater Vacation Rentals office. We love the vacation rental business and are glad we have had the opportunity to help find a great place for your family to relax and spend time together. Please call our office directly for the best price (734) 284-5677. We'd love to offer you a returning guest discount. 1. You are right. I'm so sorry for the inconvenience of the neighborhood dogs. I believe it is not desirable in any way to have neighborhood dogs roaming through yards. I've talked with the owner about his neighbor's dogs. He is going to talk with his neighbors. You are always welcome to call office with any concerns during your stay and we will address them immediately. 2. You are again correct about the impact of the outside maintenance being done on your departure day. We will make sure that doesn't happen again. I spoke with the gentleman in charge of maintenance. He is a man of consistency. He follows the standard arrival/departure time in a prompt manner. We should have communicated the extended departure time more clearly, with reminders. It was not his intention to make you or your family feel rushed. He feels bad that his behavior was perceived in a negative light. Both our maintenance man and I, send you and your family, our most sincere apologies. The last thing I'd want would be for you to depart on an uncomfortable note, especially after a relaxing stay. We look forward to having you back again in the near future. Sincerely, Cara
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Perfect family lake house

  • 5 of 5

If you have kids, this lake house is perfect! Immediately upon opening the door our 4 and 8 year old daughters saw the toy/play area and were completely entertained as we unloaded our belongings into the home. From the outside it looks small, but inside it accommodated my family of 6 comfortably and can fit more. The lay out was great, kitchen had everything you could ever need, bedrooms were roomy. The kids had a great time in the paddle boat ( seats 4) , fishing in the row boat, jumping off the dock and swimming. We had a bonfire every night, roasted marshmallows, and chased fireflies. The whole experience was fantastic! Lots of fish, wildlife, butterflies, toads, frogs, turtles, bats, and birds. Downtown Brooklyn is only 8 minutes away, dining/grocery/and shopping was easy. You are far enough away to feel remote, but close enough to conveniences to not panic if you forgot something at the store. This was a great experience, family getaway, and my whole family enjoyed it. We will be staying here again.

Thanks again, freshwater vr.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you had a wonderful time at the cottage, and we would love to have you back next year. Thank you for sharing how fantastic your experience was, and we will definitely let the owner know how the toy/play area is a bonus for families with little ones. Thank you again! Sincerely Freshwater Vacation Rentals.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Detroit Metro Airport
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Sandhill Crane Winery
Nearest Ferry
166 Miles
Lake Express from Muskegon to Milwaukee
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Clark Lake Golf Course & many more
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Jackson Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Jerry's Pub
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Wampler's Lake located in Hayes Park
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional