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Crystal Lake Retreat -- sits directly on the lake!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 baths. Situated directly on the water. Approx 1600 sq.ft.

Situated directly on the lake! Beautiful, private view!

3 bedrooms, 2 full baths. Sleeps 7 in beds, but pull-out sofa can accomodate an 8th person. Large, Family Room with gas log fireplace. Quaint but fully equipped kitchen. Separate Dining area. Laundry room. Master Bedroom has wonderful, private view of lake.

Property Manager
Celia Homsher
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2018

About Celia Homsher

I started coming to Crystal Lake with my family when I was 5 years old. My husband has been coming for the past 35 years. It has become a part of our children's lives too...and their grandparents, all their cousins, aunts, and uncles too. So many great qualities of life here (accompanying so many great memories) that we decided it would be a great place to buy a cottage as an investment to share with others!

Celia Homsher purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Celia Homsher chose Frankfort

We could not pass up this unique opportunity of buying this charming cottage, sitting directly on the lake!


Frankfort Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 full bathrooms (shower in one bathroom and tub/shower combination in the other)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Master Bedroom - Queen Bed Bedroom #2 - Bunk Bed with Twin on top & Full on bottom Bedroom #3 - Queen Bed Pull-out sofa (Full size mattress) in living area
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Crystal Lake Retreat -- sits directly on the lake!
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful Cottage and Beachfront

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is clean and well-kept, and all its facilities are in good repair -- things like the bathrooms, kitchen and windows. The beds are very comfortable, and so are the sofas in the large living room. The living room could use more light, though, for reading in the evenings.

What I like best are the yard and beachfront. There's a nice mix of trees and open spaces, so you can always find a place to sit that's either in the sun or the shade. There are lots of comfortable chairs on the deck and around the separate fire pit. And I especially like the swing chair. The view of Crystal Lake is gorgeous, and the yard itself is very pretty.

There isn't a beach, per se. There's kind of a seawall (2-3 feet high) built of rocks, and the lake bottom is rocky for the first 5 or 6 feet. But after that it's all firm sand, and you can use the ladder on the dock to get into the water past the rocks. The water stays shallow (4-5 feet deep) quite a long way out, and is always very clear. The wind is usually off shore, so the yard and the nearby part of the lake are usually sheltered even when the weather elsewhere is a bit rough. The waves don't normally get too high.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Crystal Lake Cottage

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was very nice. Exactly what we expected .

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Las Cruces NM

Crystal Lake Cottage Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time renting this cottage and the first time for staying on this side of the lake. The cottage is spacious. The master and guest bedrooms were well equipped with dressers and large closets. The dining room and living room were very comfortable. The cottage was clean and well stocked with dishes, pots, pans and lots of blankets. We enjoyed all of the games and books available. We spent a great deal of time enjoying outdoor seating on the back deck as well as the fire pit on the water. The weather was fabulous and we were able to entertain our family who visited from downstate as well as friends who were in other cottages and homes in the area. It was a bonus to have the washer and dryer, so convenient. The cottage is close to Frankfort and Beulah and we found the location to be quiet and ideal. Good restaurants, great hiking and biking and the owners were easily accessible and very friendly. We look forward to visiting again.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairfax, CA


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I planned a family get together at Crystal Lake. We had our children and 2 grandchildren with us. The house was everything we expected and needed. We had plenty of space inside with a great backyard right on the water. The beds were all very comfortable which is extremely important to me. There was also plenty of seating for everyone including the outdoors. Every night we enjoyed sitting outside in front of the fire right next to the lake.

The drive to either Beulah or Frankfort is about 5 minutes. So easy to get to either town.

Communication with Celia was excellent. Any question I had was answered promptly which boosted my confidence as we were traveling across country for this vacation. She even helped me locate a place to rent a pontoon. Another great thing was the neighbors. They were all very friendly, but allowed us our privacy.

I would definately recommend this house for anyone wanting to spend time with family inside or out. We certainly enjoyed ourselves and want to come back and stay again. Thank you Celia for letting our group share your home.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Melbourne, FL

Perfect place for a Michigan Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This place truly lives up to it's name, it is a Little Piece of Heaven! We rented the house for 1 week and had 4 adults and 2 children. Upon arrival at the home it was immediately noticed that the house was well taken care of and immaculate. It was the perfect cottage lakehouse feel! The home is very spacious and the bedrooms are very large. Since we had children, we ate almost all meals at the house, and we had everything we needed to cook and serve our meals. The location on Crystal Lake is perfect also. It was very easy and convenient to go into Frankfort, as it was a short drive, and the traffic on that part of South Shore Drive is not heavy so we went out for runs, walks or bike rides and it was completely safe. The best part is that this is one of the few properties that is directly on the lake and not across the street. It feels much more private and cozy. It was a bit too cold for us to go swimming, but you have easy access from the dock to go swimming in beautiful Crystal Lake. The owners were such a pleasure to work with also! They were quick to respond to my questions throughout the booking process and gave us great instructions for our time in their home. We were looking for a family friendly get away, where we could relax and have fun and we got everything we were looking for! I will absolutely be looking at going back and would recommend this rental to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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relaxing and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to Crystal Lake and have always stayed on the north side of the lake. This home is located on the south side and I can tell you, much much LESS traffic. This home is very comfortable and clean, and no road to cross. The mgmt company as well as the owners are much more helpful and accommodating to our needs than the other companies we have dealt with. The beach area is perfect and need for water shoes. Also, the house has several trees surrounding it which makes the home very comfy on hot humid days. The location is VERY accessible to grocery stores, the town of Beulah and Frankfort, and Lake MI. We hated to leave but hoping we can schedule another vacay up north soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Several local courses
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
M115 and M31
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Numerous in downtown Frankfort, Beulah, & Elberta
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Crystal Lake Public Beach
Car: necessary

Crystal Lake Retreat!

One of the few properties situated directly on the lake, on the beautiful South Shore! ... no road to cross! Spectacular, crystal, blue, water views beginning with every sunrise, and ending with beautiful sunsets in the evenings.

Close to the quaint and charming towns of Frankfort, Elberta, and Beaulah with 5-10 miles. Also within 5-10 miles of Lake Michigan with its wonderful sand dunes and harbor.

Many golf courses are close by, including award winning and beautiful Arcadia Bluffs.

Wonderful shops and restaurants are close-by. Antique shops too.

Hiking. Biking. Swimming. Sailing. Water-skiing.

Wine tasting is not too far away, along with Frankfort's new local micro-brewery.

Don't miss the nastolgic Cherry Bowl Drive-in for all!

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes is within a 45 minute drive. Crystal Mountain is also close by for winter skiing or try the Alpine slide and water park in the summer.

So many fun activities to take advantage of....

Or...just get out your favorite book... and relax on the deck, while overlooking the wonderful Crystal view!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

$250 reservation deposit converts to security deposit upon arrival.
Rental payments are made in two installments: 90 days prior and 60 days prior to arrival.
Cleaning fee and taxes will be added to this. VRBO adds their own administrative fee to all their vacation rentals.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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