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Secluded, lakeview home w/lg yard, sleeps 18, close to beach

Onekama, MI, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps18
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

5 Bdrm, 3.5 bath, basement sleeps 8, lakeview, by Lk MI beaches, a/c

Secluded home with large yard surrounded by woods on hill top with a beautiful view looking out over Portage Lake and a sleeping capacity of 18 people. No neighbors in site or hearing range. Home's main floor has 5 bedrooms and 3 baths. Living room has a sectional couch with a sofabed.

Finished walkout basement has 3 sets of bunk beds and 2 futons along with a shower and sink.

Kitchen has dishwasher and 2 refrigerators. Home is air conditioned, heated, and has a washer and dryer. Glassed in porch off living room to large outdoor deck with two patio umbrella tables and a gas fire pit and gas heat lamp. Dining room has a large table capable of seating 10 people and room for 4 more at kitchen table. Home is along a beautiful winding road that is great for walking, jogging, biking, and skating. You can drive, bike, or jog less than 2 miles down Portage Point Road to the Lake Michigan and Portage Lake fine sand beaches. If bringing a boat, you can rent a slip at the Portage Point Inn & Marina, found on Portage Point Road on your way to the beach. They also have bar, sandwich & ice cream shop, kayak and paddleboard rentals, and charter fishing. The Inn offers beach club memberships to allow access to outdoor pool, hot tub, Portage Lake beach, and other resort amenities. If you would like to rent a boat, let me know and I will give you the contact information. Several championship golf courses 6 to 20 miles away, including Arcadia Bluffs, Crystal Mountain, The Heathlands, Bear Lake County Highlands, Manistee National, Manistee Golf & Country Club, and Pinecroft. World class fishing for salmon and trout on Lake Michigan and area rivers. Portage Lake offers great fishing for Bass, Pike, Walleye, and Perch. Ask about guides and charters. Other area activities include wine tours, lighthouses, shopping opportunities in unique, upnorth towns like Frankfort, Glen Arbor, and Manistee, along M22, one the most scenic drives in America. Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City are an hour away. Horseback riding is just 15 minutes away at Rock 'n' R Stables. Winter sports include skiing at Crystal Mountain Resort, snowmobiling with hundreds of miles of trails on the Benzie/Manistee system, and ice fishing on Portage Lake.

From July 1 to August 19 this home requires a weeklong, Sunday to Sunday rotation. Dogs are allowed with pet fee.

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Why Jeff chose Onekama

Location, seclusion, view

What makes this House unique

This home offers a beautiful view, large yard surrounded by woods and NO neighbors within ear shot or eye sight. Nowhere close to the road so great for children and dogs to run around. Only two miles from sand beaches on Lake Michigan and Portage Lake. I can rent a slip for my boat at the Portage Point resort right by the Lake Michigan beach.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double
      • Bedroom 4
        1 double
      • Bedroom 5
        2 twin/ single
      • Finished Basement
        2 sleep sofa /futon, 3 bunk bed, There are 3 sets of bunk beds and 2 futons
      • Living room
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Living room has sofabed and glassed-in porch has a daybed.


        • 3 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, shower
        • Bathroom 3
          toilet, shower
        • Bathroom 5
          outdoor shower, There is an outdoor shower to spray off sand.
        • Basement
          shower, Basement has a shower and a sink
        • There is a starter supply of toilet paper with a full roll in each bathroom in addition to whatever is left on spool. Guest will have to bring or buy additional.

        Location Type

          • Lake View
            Portage Lake


              • Family


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                        AT&T provides the wireless internet service
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        Bed linens are provided. Guest must bring their own bath towels and beach towels.
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                        Plenty of parking space.
                      • Washing Machine
                        Guests supplies their own laundry soap.


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Filters supplied but guests brings the coffee.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                            One box of dishwasher soap supplied.
                          • Kitchen
                            Fully stocked including dish towels and dish rags. We supply one roll of paper towels and guests will have to acquire any additional paper towels if needed.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                            There are two refrigerators in the kitchen, each with a freezer compartment. There is a mini refrigerator in the basement.
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 10 people


                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Game Room
                                    Dart Board
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Satellite television reception is provided by Direct TV.
                                  • Television


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Two patio umbrella tables and chairs. Gas fire pit and gas heat lamp.
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • sledding
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • Babysitter
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • roller blading
                                                          • cross country skiing
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • skiing
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • snowboarding
                                                          • snowmobiling
                                                          • surf fishing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • wind-surfing

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 5:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                            10 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            LOCATION, LOCATION, Price :)

                                                            Jeff was extremely easy to work with and his suggestions for everything we asked his advice on were spot on. From the fishing, to the pontoon boat, to the restaurants, to the pier jumping it was great. The property itself was excellent. Great views, plenty of room, privacy, and close to what we wanted to be close to. If I were to make some suggestions to the owners they would be to relocate all the "stuff" under the upstairs deck. Either you are rental property or you live there....pick one. While the house was clean it needs to be de-cluttered. Knick knacks make it feel homey to a certain point then it's just in the way. We were there to explore the area, fish, swim, tube, ride bikes etc so we didn't care about the TV when we rented it but when the weather turns bad we thought we'd have a movie night but the TV was outdated and cumbersome. We gave it 4 stars because ultimately it was as advertised, the pictures are accurate, Jeff was responsive and informative and we had a great time. Any negatives in this review are merely our suggestions to make a good rental a great rental.

                                                            Beautiful view and enough room to run the dogs

                                                            Ted G.

                                                            Our family stayed at the Armbruster House for our annual get-together. Nine adults, three teenagers, two babies, and three dogs. We had a great time. Jeff was responsive to all of our questions ahead of time, and he stopped in to see us the day we arrived. The town of Onekama is an easy bike ride down the road, and we really enjoyed our time at the Lake Michigan beach.

                                                            Perfect stay!

                                                            Mike R.

                                                            This home/cottage is great. Beautiful lake view, and no neighboring cottages right next to you. We had a reunion with a few families and it worked out just fine. Kitchen has all the tools and utensils so we were able to save and cook meals here. Propane firepit on the deck made the nights ideal. Bedrooms are comfortable and the kids loved the lower level. Jeff did a great job coordinating the rental. Consider renting a boat slip at the Portage Point Inn Marina. We did, and it added value and convenience to our trip.

                                                            Perfect getaway !!

                                                            Jasen A.

                                                            We have been going on our family trip for 15 + years.

                                                            Our group has grown to 15 people.

                                                            Evey year we struggle to find a rental property to accommodate all of our needs.

                                                            I think we have finally found the perfect spot.

                                                            This is located in the perfect spot between all kinds of things to do on the west side of Michigan.

                                                            You can be in a number of different towns and areas within 30 minutes or just stay at the house and enjoy the view.

                                                            FANTASTIC LOCATION!!

                                                            Elvir C.

                                                            The owner of this house was great to work with. The location is phenomenal. We went golfing and ending up chartering a fishing trip. There was a lot to do around there. Would definitely stay there again.

                                                            Great place, extremely private, gorgeous view of portage lake, plenty of space for larger groups.

                                                            Kirk M.

                                                            Tons of things to do in the area, great value at the Ambassador Cottage.


                                                            Onekama, MI, USA

                                                            Home is located just off M22, designated by National Geographic, as one of the most scenic drives in America traversing along Lake Michigan coastline through orchards, wineries, lighthouses, and quaint towns offering unique shopping and eating opportunities. There are six championship golf courses in our county alone. World class fishing on lakes and streams. Guides are available. Within a couple of miles you walk onto one of the best stretches of sandy beaches in the world.

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                                                            Cancellation Policy: Deposit in full is cancelled 90 days or more in advance. Less than 90 days, no refund. from mid June 28th to August 16th the home rotates Sunday to Sunday. 1. Smoking: Smoking is not allowed indoors on the Property. Smoking is allowed outside only. 2. Overnight Stay and Occupants of the Property: People other than those in the Guest party set forth above may not stay overnight in the Property. Guest shall be solely responsible for all persons on the Property during their rental of the Property. 3. Disclaimer and Indemnification: Guest agrees to hold harmless and indemnify Homeowner from any and all: 1) claims; or 2) damages to Guest or to Guest’s invitees arising from any accidents, injuries, illness, or intentional acts by Guest or Guest’s invitees that occur on the Property. Homeowner is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the Guest or any of Guest’s invitees. By accepting this rental reservation, it is agreed that Guest is expressly assuming the risk of any harm or claims arising from Guest’s or Guest’s invitees’ use of the Property. Notwithstanding the above, Homeowner shall not be released from liability associated with Homeowner’s intentional acts. 4. Property Condition and Damage: Guest agrees to keep the Property and all its furnishings in good and clean condition. Guest agrees to be responsible for any damage caused to the Property by Guest’s invitees and further agrees to promptly report to Homeowner or Homeowner’s representative any damage to the Property. Guest agrees to be responsible for and reimburse Homeowner for any such repairs as are necessary to restore the Property to its original condition. 5. Personal Property of Guest and Invitees: Guest shall immediately remove all of Guest’s and their invitees’ personal property from the Property at the end of the rental period. Property not removed by Guest within twenty-four (24) hours after such expiration or termination shall be c

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