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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bed / 2 bath with spacious living areas and kitchen.

This beautiful 3-bedroom / 2 bath home on Little Bear Lake offers excellent sandy beaches and spectacular lake views of turquoise water. You'll be amazed at how clean and clear Little Bear Lake actually is. It's definitely a hidden gem 'Up North', and your family will beg to come back each year. Come and stay in this magnificent lake house that was built in 2011. The house is adorned with rustic decor, knotty pine, and log trim. It sleeps 9 comfortably, and at 1,600 sq ft, there is plenty of room for you and your guests to relax and recall the day’s fun. We've got a huge kitchen island for you to play cards and board games on, or just hang out with the friends and family.

You can rest assured that you will enjoy your stay. The owner is only a phone call away, 24x7, and can manage any incident that you may encounter. The owner is happy to take your calls for any questions you may have throughout your stay, as well as the reservation process.

Our rental process is very easy, so give us a call today to reserve your stay in this amazing Gaylord area vacation rental.

More Details

Steven Dove
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

Why Steven Dove chose Johannesburg

This property was purchased in 2009, and rebuilt in 2011. The home is brand new and is located on one of the most amazing lakes in northern Michigan.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a GREAT time at your lovely chalet. It was exactly as pictured, and very cozy and comfortable. We had all rain and cold weather, but we didn't mind a bit. Just snuggled up with books and alternating cups of cocoa and glasses of wine. Lovely!

The nicest surprise was the wonderful dog tie-out. We weren't expecting such convenience! It was so nice just to step outside and hook the pooch up. After one high-energy run down to the end of the line (and subsequent flight), she got the hang of it and enjoyed having some freedom.

We would love to return another time when the weather permits us to wander a bit further.
Oct 2012
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Johannesburg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Attached to master bedroom.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Has private full bath.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • The master bedroom contains a king sized, cedar log bed, with an attached private bathroom. This bedroom has a walk-in closet, alarm clock and night stand. The second bedroom has a queen sized, cedar log bed. It has a closet, armoire, alarm clock and night stand. The third bedroom contains a single twin, cedar log bed, and a set of cedar log bunk beds.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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average rating of 4.693548 based on 64 reviews

Immaculate, quiet, and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd stay at Little Bear Lake House. Everything was perfect. The house was super clean as always, equipped with everything we needed, and the lake as beautiful and as quiet as always. Cannot say enough about the owner Steve and his LBLH!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. We are so glad that you enjoy your stay each and every time.
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  • 4 of 5

Being that we actually live close by and this property was used basically for overflow to sleep and eat breakfast, the tenants were not there very much.

Couple of suggestions - the mattresses need replacing - it was reported that the springs can be felt. Also, there are no "hooks" or bars in which to hang clothing, etc. in the bathroom.

Otherwise, the rental property was very spacious and the directions and communication with owner was wonderful!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean!! Cozy!! Comfortable!!

  • 4 of 5

Everything we needed fo a great snowmobile trip. House had lots of space and the location was a couple of blocks from the snowmobile trail. Steve was very helpful and definitely would recommend the house to anyone. Would like to see it in the summer. The lake was beautiful frozen but i bet it’s better with a boat and fishing pole

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The home was nice and clean with notty pine surrounding you to give you that up north feeling!

  • 3 of 5

When I first contacted Steve about the property I told him that my daughter's family would be joining us and they had three children under 5. I asked about the beach - if it was sandy or weedy. He said the water level was high and there wasn't as much beach as in the pictures. Unfortunately there was NO beach and the 61 steps down to the dock were a concern for the children. The water was up to the seawall. We ended up packing everybody up and going to the public beach in Lewiston on beach days. The picture of the beach is very misleading.

Also as mentioned in other reviews, the King and Queen beds were not comfortable at all. There were a lot of nice amenities like a gas stove, dishwasher, flat screen TV , nice view of the lake from the deck, modern bathrooms, nice decorations. Unfortunately, with the three little children, this cottage was not a good choice.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm truly sorry that the property did not meet your needs. We had no intentions of misleading you. Unfortunately, lake levels are extremely high this year, and we have lost our beach. The water appears to be receding, and we are hopeful that our beach will return next season.
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We enjoyed the house a lot! It is very cozy and vlose to so many cities for you to visit,

  • 4 of 5

It is a very nice place to stay and enjoy the view. the house looks very modern and clean. Everything around the house works perfectly. There are a lot if kitchen utensils to use and everything you might need. The place is pet friendly very spacious.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

Just my husband, me and our dog on this trip. The house is very clean with lots of space. We found the king bed to be comfortable & slept well. The water pressure in the shower was a nice surprise. The lake level is high, so there was only about a 6" beach. We spent most of our time on the small dock, reading and fishing. The lake has a hard bottom & is nice for wading. Since there was not a beach, we used a little stone ring in front of the house to have bonfires on a couple of evenings. Glad we brought our own kayaks since the boats provided were in a difficult place for one man to get into the water & back up again. We didn't have any need to contact the owner. There are a number of things that could be done/provided to make the place more comfortable - most of them inexpensive and some included in previous reviews. Overall, we made the best of it and had a much needed relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This past year, the lake levels have risen to heights that we have not previously experienced, which unfortunately has consumed our beach. This resulted in the need to store the boats on the retaining wall at the beach, so that they could still be accessible without floating away. In addition, we had to move the fire pit. I am glad that you were able to make use of your own kayaks, and were able to make the best of things. This is our first 3-start review across any of the three properties that we own and operate. Ironically, this home is known to be the "favorite", and usually receives a five star review.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Traverse City, Cherry Capital
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Treetops Resort
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $70 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

All rates are subject to change based on availability. Holiday rates also apply. Please inquire for reservations that occur over federally recognized holidays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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