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Your Own Private Island Get-Away And You Have The Only House On The Island!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Gingerbread 3 Bedroom,1 Bath House On Its Own Private Island With Walking Bridge

This quaint cottage sits on a wooded island on one of West Michigan's largest and most prestigious lakes-Gull Lake. The lake is approximately 35 miles around and twenty acres; dotted with multimillion dollar homes. It is a deep lake and one of the cleanest with great fishing of all types of fish. All water sports are allowed on the lake. There are boat and water sport rentals on the lake at the marina. A sturdy walk bridge strung with rope lighting takes you from the mainland where you can park, to this private piece of paradise.You enter through one of two porches and are greeted by the feel of a cabin in the mountains with a stone fireplace(for decor only),knotty pine and cathedral ceilings. A master bedroom with a king bed is on the first floor and a spiral staircase takes you to the second floor where there are two brightly decorated bedrooms-one with a queen bed and the other with two twin beds. you have your own private dock with a lounging platform at the end. The house is fully equipped with all cooking needs,, grill, firepit(for evening get together and s'mores). The cottage was remodeled in 2015 with Italian terrazzo tile throughout and remodeled bathroom.You walk and swim in the lakes warm water and solid sandy beach. If you bring your boat, the local boat hangout at the 'sandbar' is not far from the island. If you want to sightseeing, there is always the Kellogg Bird sanctuary, Gilmore car museum, Battle Creek air balloon festival, Kalamazoo's air museum, Kalamazoo's ongoing summer festivals, art on the mall, music festivals and many other local activities; but you probably won't want to leave your own little private piece of paradise. There are two golf courses at Gull Lake including the prestigious Gull Lake Country

Club The cottage can also be rented for newlyweds. We decorate in a special way for a special time for a special couple.

More Details

Sandra VanErkel
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 1, 2017

About Sandra VanErkel

I was born and raised on Lake Michigan in the vacation town of South Haven. Many of my childhood days were spent with my buddies on the beach from sun up to sun down. I think I learned to swim before I learned to walk. Water and the beach have always been an extemely important part of my life; so much that my husband and I have purchased over the years vacation properties at several unique and desirable locations. I would like others to feel the love of the season and the wonderful lakes Michigan has. I've retired from education and make decorating and renting my fulltime job.

Sandra VanErkel purchased this cottage in 1970

Why Sandra VanErkel chose Michigan

The uniqueness of Gull Lake drew us to it as we looked for a year-a-round home but when we saw the island house, we couldn't resist buying it. It is so unique.For the last thirty plus years this property has been rented by two different families for the entire season. We have just recently advertised it for either weekly or full season rental. The full season consists of the time period from June to October.

What makes this cottage unique

There is something magical about being on this island; the quaintness of the house, the land, the beautiful clear water, the great beach-just everything!


South Gull Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main Floor Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main Floor Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Upstairs Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Upstairs Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
starter sets of consumables(toilet tissue, soap, paper towel, etc)


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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Kalamazoo/Battle Creek
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
on the lake around the corner
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
2 courses within driving distance
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
on the lake or in town
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Front yard or Lake Michigan in South Haven


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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