About the property
- House1800 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
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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- Apr 17, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Relaxing week on lake in roomy cabin
Falconhurst is a roomy, well-equipped home with a sandy beach, close to downtown Ludington and the state park. Trails in the state park are right across the street from the cabin. Paddleboards, kayaks, fire pit, shallow sandy beach are all there. Great for kids of all ages. If you're in your 60's like we are, take along some younger family members to haul your stuff up the numerous steps to the cabin-it's up a hill from both the parking and the beach. Full kitchen with all dishes and pans, etc., that you need. Large family room with lots of seating and dining table with chairs for 8. Board games, books, beach toys all there.
Closed in porch for more inside room when needed. Nice propane grill. Great town nearby-restaurants and shops along with the beach on Lake Michigan. Street party on Friday nights. We had a great week!
Perfect for a low-key, tech-free family vacation
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!
Great summer vacation
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!
We are so very pleased you enjoyed your stay! See you next year!
Fantastic location, helpful owners, wonderful stay!
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.
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!
Falconhurst Cottage Review
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.
We are so very pleased you enjoyed your time in our "tree house" on Hamlin Lake! Hope to see you again next year!
Perfect Vacation Spot!
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!
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!