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Welcome to the Beach Bucket, and Little Red Cabin- Douglas Lake-Sandy-kid friend

Bedrooms 2
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Beachy, Family Friendly Classic Cabin; stones throw to the pristine water

Sale/ all Open full weeks in 2017 are 100- off NOW! Inquire!


Cheery yellow cabin

We have fall openings.

Taking 2017 summer rental weeks now.

See attached calendar which applies to this cabin.

Saturday to Saturday visits.

Welcome to 'the beach bucket', a family friendly cabin for a great holiday up north! WEEKLY.

SANDY SHORE, SANDY BOTTOM, GENTLE SLOPE-NO DROP OFF! pristine Douglas Lake, just east of Pellston, close to attractions, dining

GOT FISH? Yes, fish are here!

Got A VIEW? Yes, panoramic view of lake is awesome!

Got A BEACH? visit here to make a castle:) kid friendly

GOT TIME? we do---Come for a week!

THIS IS THE PLACE for happy getaways!

This classic cabin has a wonderful shore and beautiful views; very comfortable inside with 2 bedrooms in a great location!

Get away to nature, relaxation and family memories.

Douglas lake is scenic, quiet, great for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, hiking, biking, napping. (we offer a free canoe and paddleboat for your usage)

Full sports lake, very large but undeveloped! Lovely!

Loons and eagles live on this large, scenic lake.

Come enjoy the cedar dock. (bring your boat or rent a pontoon nearby)

read a book

Take out the paddleboat or 2 canoes!

grill dinner overlooking the lake

make smores over our campfire area, wood provided

This is a kid friendly cottage:

From the yard, take two steps down to the dock....

From the dock, take two steps down to the sand....

--children love to play in the sand here:)


The fully equipped cabin offers 2 bedrooms plus large sunny porch, and spacious full bath with shower, fireplace, deck, scenic panoramic view of lake, gorgeous view of nearby Pells Island.

Close to walking trails, steps to the boat launch, a top restaurant is only 4 cabins away, quick drive to all conveniences.

**need more space? add a LITTLE RED CABIN: available for families wishing for additional accommodations, we offer this charmer directly across the gravel drive, within view of the beach bucket!

Details--The little red cabin is set up nicely with a kitchen, small dining table and living area. It has a separate bedroom with queen (12" high density foam comfort) bed, and small bath with shower. It is charming and comfortable !

We have an additional twin bed off the living area too, so children can sleep separately.

*the Little Red Cabin is priced at half the rate of the beach bucket. This cabin is intended an add-on for the main cabin. First priority is for renters at main cabin. Weeks open to others thereafter.

OUTDOOR FUN: Watch (& hear) the Loons from your deck overlooking the lake; go fishing off a new dock, launch the 2 person paddle boat; canoe too.....or just lounge on the front deck!

Beach Bucket--INTERIOR COMFORT: The cottage has an open floor plan for socializing and features 2 bedrooms and generous size bath with shower. The entire cabin is lined with traditional knotty pine walls, comfortable seating. Full stone fireplace has an insert for coziness! Large windows frame a wonderful view of the serene lake and sandy shore.

EASY CENTRAL LOCATION: Only 5 miles west of I-75 assures access to all of northern Michigan!... Lunch in Petoskey, shop in Harbor Springs, dinner in Cross Village... or catch a ferry to Mackinac Island! We are close to Mackinaw City, Cheboygan, Indian River, Petoskey, or Cross village for day trips or any meals.

Nearby are video rentals, many restaurants, convenience stores, & gas stops---just a few minutes away!

Classic fun in a classic cabin, close to everything.

Michigan sales tax is 6%, cleaning fee

Weekly rates all summer

*** We fill up preferred weeks quickly, so please check VRBO 175269 for more availability!(another cute cottage)

We make vacations easy, and welcome our repeat guests!

Book a reservation soon.

More Details

Matt Becker
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About Matt Becker

We are a family of five whom love northern Michigan!

Matt Becker purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Matt Becker chose Pellston

Family hotspot, quiet and serene lake, undeveloped.

What makes this cabin unique

family oriented lakeside cabin area, best shoreline, sandy bottom, close to boat launch, walk a few doors to DLB restaurant, easy access to Pells Island, hiking, walking, biking, near freeway or ATV trails, skiing, fun!


Pellston Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • This bathroom is spacious, offering built in cabinets along a full wall, a shower, stool, and sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Sleeping Porch - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Plus additional couch on porch
  • Queen bed (1)& Double Beds (1) Plus sleeper sofa
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Classic cabin for great family experience. great lake for kids, fishing, nice sand bottom.. this is 'upnorth' like you remember it! easy access to cabin from 75 and 31. minutes from necessities and entertainment, dining options closeby


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Welcome to the Beach Bucket, and Little Red Cabin- Douglas Lake-Sandy-kid friend
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 18 reviews
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Loved the Bucket!😊

  • 5 of 5

Great location! Cozy cottage! Beautiful Douglas Lake! And the Douglas Lake Steakhouse being a few doors down is a Bonus!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not what we had hoped. Have stayed in far better.

  • 1 of 5

The lake was very nice and the part of the house that was remodeled was nice. The kitchen was not nice. It has a musty smell to it, there were moldy coffee grounds in the coffee maker, there was something gross in the refrigerator drawer. The timer on the stove kept going off for no reason. The floors in the two bedrooms slope towards the center of the house causing your feet to be higher than your head when you are trying to sleep. The mattresses are terrible, I know there was another review a couple of years suggesting new mattresses. The suggestion was not taken. My husband (this is the wife writing this) has some neck issues and could not sleep on either bed. He tried the sofa bed and that was even worse, the mattress has a huge crater in the middle so you are literally stuck in a hole. We had to buy an air mattress for him to sleep on. The bathroom was adequate except that I had to clean the shower. The doors were covered in scum. Easy fix is to actually spray the shower with some of the cleaner from under the sink, let it sit for a few minutes and rinse. We had the place until Saturday but we left on Thursday because neither of our backs could take another uncomfortable nights sleep. It WAS NOT because of the weather. I wrote an email to Leslie explaining to her why we left. A bit of don't blame your "guests" or try to make excuses for the things that caused their stay to be uncomfortable. There was no way for us to know there were mattress toppers in the closet. You said that the previous guests didn't want them on so you took them off. You should have put them back on, although I doubt that would have helped. You obviously know the mattresses are terrible, hence the mattress toppers. Don't make excuses for the mustiness, you can't! Its musty no matter how much you deny it. Don't say the floor isn't sloped, it clearly is, Matt even admitted it in a conversation. Maybe try rearranging the bedrooms.

Also, saying that sleeper sofas are never the best, that may be true but this one is just worn out and old. The canoe was broken so we couldn't use it. We do appreciate the other paddle boat that was brought over for us to use. Unfortunately that was not enough to warrant a better review. I was told we were the first to have these problems, I doubt it. I have stayed at other rentals and never had an experience like this. This was our experience. Make you own judgement. Back problems? Beware.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Week with the Grand Kids

  • 4 of 5

Great LAKE!!!!!!

Middle of August and think I saw a total of 5 jet skiers all week and maybe the same number of tubers or skiers - wonderful, almost to peaceful if that can happen.

Great Location on the lake, being tucked into the southwest corner of the bay with the sandbar and island keeping the waters out front calmer then the rest of the lake.

Beautiful sand beach - note there are zebra mussels on the few rocks as it gets deeper.

Wonderful dock, best fishing we had all week was right at the end of it casting for bass.

Grand kids loved the canoe and peddle pontoon.

Cabin was very clean and more than comfortable, kitchen area is a small galley style, but with cooking outdoors either on the grill or open fire it was more than workable.

The bathroom is very large.

We just really had a very enjoyable relaxing week with our family.

Thanks Matt and Leslie!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 was very comfortable here and enjoyed a very relaxing time on the lake. The cabin has lots of cute retro touches and the owners were very nice. There's a terrific restaurant like 4 cabins away (that serves dinner only).

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cottage at Douglas Lake

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage at Douglas Lake about a half hour drive to Mackinaw City and Bridge. This was a good location for us to do some day trips to Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Good Hart, etc. Also very close to the beautiful Pellston Regional Airport if you are flying into the area. Plenty of room for two of us. The back bedrooms of the house are the old cottage which were still roomy enough and have a small step up to front portion. Kitchen had everything you needed. Bathroom was roomy with small step in shower. Front of the house has been remodeled but still had the cottage feel with a stone fireplace, wood flooring and wood walls and ceiling. Gorgeous view of the lake through the tall windows. Everything you needed outside too - grill, firepit, canoe, kayak and small paddleboat. Water was clear with sandy bottom. We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation in the little yellow cottage. It was quiet, clean, and peaceful. From the photos on the web-site it looked small, but we were pleasantly surprised to see how spacious and open it was. I loved the tall windows on the porch and the lovely wood floors. The cabin has "artistic" touches that most rentals don't have. We really enjoyed our stay and we are looking forward to vacationing here again. Thanks for the flowers on the dining room table. We felt "at home" in your Beach Bucket cottage.

Sue E

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County
Nearest Barpub
DLB, log cabin restaurant and bar(4 cabins away)
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Mackinac Island Ferries
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Mackinaw Club of Mackinaw City
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
31 north
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
DLB,Village Inn,Hoppies,Pellston Market-all nearby
Nearest Beach
10 steps out the front door of the Beach Bucket!
Car: necessary

the Beach Bucket is located just east of Pellston, & north of Indian River off Riggsville Road(20 Min to Indian River, Cheboygan, Mackinaw City, 10 Min to I-75!) close to Burt Lake, Pellston Airport, Golf, Mackinac Island ferries

we recommend a day trip to Mackinac Island:6-8 hours....Mackinac Island is a one-of-a-kind community where motor vehicles are not allowed. For visitors, we suggest a chauffeured carriage tour, to rent a bicycle or a horse and explore Mackinac Island’s breathtaking beauty. (circle the island on a tandem bike!)

Highlights of Mackinac Island include Arch Rock, the Grand Hotel, Fort Mackinac and the historical downtown and shopping area.; fudge!

History is nearby: visit Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City & Coast Guard Ice Breaker Mackinac Museum Ship,McGulpin Point Lighthouse, Jack Pine Lumberjack Show located in Mackinaw City, MI. Where you can experience skills of the lumberjack like ax throwing, pole climbing, chainsaw carving.

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park is located in Mackinaw City, MI just 1/4 mile south of Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping on US23....INFO: Adventure Tour and children's discovery stations. Climb the Nature Trail Climbing Wall. Soar like an eagle down the Eagle’s Flight Zip Line. Walk through the treetops on the Forest Canopy Bridge. Adventure to the top of the five-story Treetop Discovery Tower. The youngest adventurers can explore the Water Power Station & Forest Friends Children’s Play Area.(We suggest a visit time of two hours)

In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan: Tahquamenon Falls; the 2nd largest waterfall this side of the Mississippi River.

Whitefish Point Shipwreck Museum, Garlyn Zoo of Naubinway, Soo Locks located in Sault Ste Marie, MI and learn how the 1000 foot ocean freighters are lowered and raised in the locks to navigate between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Linens, cleaning $136 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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