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Falconhurst: Rustic Wooded hideway on Hamlin Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom. 1 bath cottage overlooking Hamlin Lake

'Falconhurst' was the name the Swiss Family Robinson gave to their home in the trees . . . an overlook that served as a home base for adventures. Our cottage is high on a bluff amongst the shade on the west shore of Hamlin Lake. Below the bluff is one of the few true beaches on the lake, where the shallow water, unencumbered by a breakwater, gently gets deeper over a long distance at a gradual pace. Behind the cottage is one of the highest sand dunes in the region of the Nordhouse Dunes and Ludington State Park.

Most of the western shore of Hamlin Lake is part of the state park. Indeed, it is across the street and one can hike to the lake's dam in about 30 minutes. . . .it is a quiet area yet remarkably close to Ludington for a rainy-day movie or a sundae at the House of Flavors.

There are three Bedrooms, The front room overlooking the lake has a queen. BR #2 has two singles, and BR #3 has bunks. An extra 'roll-a-way' and a couple of cots are in the closet. We have added a full-sized Aero- bed as well. A large deck on the front provides a shaded/relaxing place to overlook the lake. The screened porch is another place to relax and there is a porch swing where, as kids, we spent many hours.

Amenities include Cable TV, a coffee pot, dishwasher, and microwave . . .as well as a stove and oven of course. The living room area has couches, a fireplace, and table. Still, the major advantage is the relative solitude near the lake and state park.

Falconhurst is a rustic cottage on a hill overlooking the lake. If you have trouble with stairs, Falconhurst, is probably not a good choice. Falconhurst is a terrific choice for families with school age children. It is a cottage on a lake next to the sand dunes with great hikes not far from the door so Ffalconhurst is favored by active outdoorsy families or couples.

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Property Manager
Eric H
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017


Ludington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Renter must insure trash is removed. Optionally, Renters can put the trash can near the road onThursday night and it will be picked up.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower and toilet are in separate rooms that enhances use.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 bunk bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 murphy bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • BR # 1 is in the 'front' toward the lake. BR # 2 & 3 are connected and are on the 'dunes' (west) side.
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shuffleboard
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Falconhurst: Rustic Wooded hideway on Hamlin Lake
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 9 reviews

Perfect for a low-key, tech-free family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five (2 adults, 3 kids, ages 4, 8 and 12) was looking for a place to go where we could just relax, spend time together and forget our schedules and responsibilities. We are big fans of high-planning vacations, like Disney World, so we knew we needed someplace drastically different. In my research, I was looking for a place with water access (this cottage's private beach was a HUGE bonus), close to nature and far from heavy tourist spots (like south in St. Joseph or Grand Haven). When we discovered Hamlin Lake and Ludington State Park, we knew we had a winner.

The cottage itself was perfect, and the owner's description was right on-- it is a rustic cabin in the woods. It had plenty of room for everyone to sleep and gave everyone their own space. We loved the screened-in porch, the chairs on the deck and the beach. The hardest part for our kids was dealing with the well water. We ended up using bottled water for brushing teeth, which helped.

The semi-private beach (which is shared with a couple other homes) was one of the highlights of our trip. It got morning sun, until about 1 or 2 in the afternoon. We spent many days playing the the calm water (which was perfect for our 4 year old), using the kayak or paddle boards (perfect for our 8 and 12 year olds) and building sand castles. At night, we would go down to the beach to use the fire pit to roast hot dogs and s'mores.

We took advantage of the proximity of Ludington State Park to hike the trails and run the dunes. We also drove a few miles down to the public Stearns Park beach to swim in Lake Michigan (which was much colder and rougher than Hamlin Lake)! One day, we rented a pontoon boat and took the kids tubing on Hamlin Lake.

We loved how close everything was, and the list of ideas that the owner sent before our stay was perfect. We very much enjoyed House of Flavors, Chuck Wagon pizza and the food at Jamesport Brewery.

From the first night there, our kids were already talking about coming back next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chelsea, MI

Fantastic location, helpful owners, wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We have a wonderful time on our trip. The cabin fit our two small families well and the owners were so helpful. The lake was beautiful and the beach at the house was perfect for our young kids. The dunes were so fun right across the street along with walking trails in the woods. It was a short drive to town and to Lake Michigan. We will be staying again.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you again! Is so nice to see the young people on that beach again and playing in the shallow watter. . .that is what the place is for . . . .all the best!
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Great summer vacation

  • 4 of 5

My sister and I stayed the week with our families. There was plenty of room for the 8 of us. The cottage was very spacious. It was well stocked with kitchen supplies as well as bedding and towels. It was very clean.

The free firewood was a nice perk. We enjoyed the kayaks and paddle boards. The lake was great for fishing and tubing. It was very close to Lake Michigan and downtown ludington.

We enjoyed are stay so much we have already book a week for next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so very pleased you enjoyed your stay! See you next year!
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Lawrence, KS

Falconhurst Cottage Review

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage! It was very comfortable for our family of five and we loved the beach access and friendly neighbors. The place was clean and charming and had everything we needed for our week in Ludington.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so very pleased you enjoyed your time in our "tree house" on Hamlin Lake! Hope to see you again next year!
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Dewitt, MI

Perfect Vacation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five stayed at the Falconhurst cottage in August 2014. The location of the cottage is perfect - right on Hamlin Lake, very close to Lake Michigan and the State Park, and incredible sand dunes to climb right across the street.

The cottage itself is spacious, with three bedrooms and a very large living/dining room area. We enjoyed the view from the dining room table so much that we often chose to cook dinner and stay at the cottage rather than going into town and eating at a restaurant!

The beach area was our favorite place to spend our time. Unlike most properties on Hamlin Lake, there is no seawall and instead we could walk right into the lake from shore. The kids played frisbee and football in the water while the adults relaxed on the beach. The firepit (and free firewood!) provided great evening entertainment every night.

We enjoyed our stay so much that we rarely went into town, other than the occasion grocery store trip or for ice cream at House of Flavors. This is a beautiful, well cared for cottage with all of the little touches to make it special. We have stayed at many cottages on Hamlin Lake, and this by far has been our favorite!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Caledonia, Michigan

Mixed feelings........

  • 2 of 5

We are torn on the cottage so we will list the good and bad. Lots of room in the cottage with plenty of sleeping, great beach and awesome dunes across the street! Windows facing lake were filthy and don't open so absolutely no breeze which we were told we would get. 2nd night we tried to run the big space heater which tripped breaker every 5 minutes so get it warm we had to be in the dark. Were told told not to flush toilet found out why, human waste was coming out of the ground. The night before we were told to bring our own dish towels and rags. The slip cover for the couch smelled moldy like it hasn't been washed in years. When we went to use the pull out couch there was a lot of sand under the cushions. They say cooking utensils, pots and pans supplied. We couldn't even boil spaghetti because the pot was burned. You are also responsible for your own trash which is fine but at least supply a place to put trash until you leave we learned the hard way cleaning up after the racoons so we had to have the smelly trash inside every night. weren't expecting the taj mahal or a gourmet kitchen but at least have clean windows and wash the slip covers, supply at least 1 decent pot and a sharp knife. On the good there is more than enough to keep you busy with other small towns close buy, kayaking, golfing, swimming, and hiking. In our opinion the cottage was not worth what we paid for a week. This was not a problem for us at all but if you have a hard time with steps look else where cause theres a bunch going up and double going down to the lake.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow. Clearly the other reviewers did not have the same experience so please check them out. We cannot “delete” unfair reviews and this was less than fair. Falconhurst is a “rustic” cottage and has its quirks -for goodness sake, call with questions! Let’s classify the issues into 1) things to change; 2) things that may (or may not) change; and 3) things that were really out of line. 1) as for things to address, improvements have been made. ****New for 2015 are several new sliding glass windows, a new hide-a-bed, a new Fridge and a new dryer. We provided a new set of pots and pans/knives too. We had some electrical work done too. 2) Things that may (or may not) change: Trash removal in the remote area is spotty and not ideal for vacationers. There IS a place to store it safely in the cellar. We hope to have a better process by Memorial Day, 2015 but, for now, customers should expect to remove what they bring in. Stairs: the pictures imply Falconhurst is on a beautifully wooded hill and, indeed it is. It’s gorgeous, remote, and private with the trail to the dunes across the street-there is no elevator. Clean Windows. I am not sure what to do about this other than give customers the option. The good news is that Falconhurst is on a hill in the woods overlooking a beautiful lake. The bad news is that Falconhurst is on a hill in the woods overlooking a beautiful lake. Last, Falconhurst has been in our family since it was built. Our neighbors are family or friends we have known all of our life. It is simply an AMAZING place for an outdoorsy family vacation. It is an oasis in the woods and we are committed to your enjoyment. We simply ask that, if you stay there, communicate your questions or concerns.
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Nearest Airport
102 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Ludington MI. to Mantiwoc WI
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Lincoln Hills
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Holland, MI
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
PM Steamers, Jamesport Brewing etc in Ludington
Nearest Ski
64 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Ludington State Park
Car: necessary

This property is unique because of Hamlin Lake to the east (and a true beach with shallow area) and access to one of the highest points of the Nordhouse Sand Dunes a few hundred yards to the west. This can be a kid's paradise!


Rates & Availability

Ludington House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
4th of July
Jun 25 2017 - Jul 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jul 9 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Labor day
Aug 27 2017 - Sep 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $130

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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