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The Lion's Share Lake House Summer Rental

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5

Built in 1963 by local craftsmen, The Lion's Share Lake House has been well maintained and remains stylish and comfortable for couples or family use. Located across the road from Lake Michigan and steps from a longstanding and well maintained public access, The Lion's Share Lake house is just down the road from Portage Point's popular Sunset House, and is an easy walk from Portage Lake. Fully furnished three bedroom lake house, including five beds (one double, two twins, and two extra long twins), one full bath and one half bath, a great room, fully equipped kitchen, and a wrap-around porch, including a screened area. Living quarters are on the second story, accessible via stairs. The Lion's Share Lake House is a dog-friendly property. Notable amenities include a new washer and dryer, baseboard heat, a focal point wood burning fireplace, cable television and DVD player, dishwasher and microwave, weekly trash service, wood stove in master bedroom, weekly cleaning, plenty of closet space, parking for two vehicles, and camp and charcoal grills. The Lion's Share Lake House is located close to a variety of golf courses, dunes, and summer recreation of all sorts. Spas, festivals, and shopping venues are nearby and highly regarded. Check out goings on in Manistee, Frankfurt, Interlochen, Traverse City, Sutton's Bay, Leland, and Charlevoix.

Property Manager
Margaret Booker
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Margaret Booker

Like my mother before me, I have spent summers in Onekama, Michigan all of my life. My mother's family has owned summer vacation property in the Onekama area for four generations, starting with a kit home and land purchased by my mother's father's aunts, who taught school in Chicago in the early 1900s.

Margaret Booker purchased this house in 1963

Why Margaret Booker chose Onekama

I manage the summer rental of The Lion's Share Lake House for my mother Deb and her sister Andrea, the home owners, whose parents Richard and Barbara Bolling designed and built the home in 1963.

What makes this house unique

With changes in lifestyles, we are no longer spending all summer in Michigan and we are pleased to open the house for rental to friends, old and new, who know the respite and relaxation of a one week or one month Lake Michigan vacation. We continue to enjoy the Lake House, walks on the beach, and shopping in Traverse City when we open/close the Lake House each year.


Onekama House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lake View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    downstairs bathroom - toilet , shower , for easy cleanup coming in from the beach or long bike ride
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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The Lion's Share Lake House Summer Rental
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

House was a HOME! Well cared for. Nice kitchen.

  • 5 of 5

Only problem forme was difficult access. Stairs and driveway tough.

We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Great house, great location!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the Lion's Share, and it was just as delightful as the first visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Glen Ellyn, Illinois

A very comfortable and well equipped place to bask in the beauty of the area.

  • 5 of 5

We found the Lion's Share house to be clean, well maintained and well equipped with what we needed for a wonderful, relaxing vacation. We appreciated the ample supply of towels and the abundance of towel racks in the bathroom. The large, well shaded deck was a delightful place to linger. The double bed was a bit saggy and although the twin beds were in good condition and very comfortable, for our group of three adult couples (three of whom are over six feet tall) it would have been ideal to have three queen beds. That said we are trying to find a way to come back to The Lion's Share next summer.

A heads-up for prospective renters: the house is listed as sleeping six but the price quoted was for five and we were charged an extra $50/night for the sixth person.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for place on Lake Michigan with easy access to the beach, a quiet place where we could read books by the lake, swim, play games and share meals, stories and laughs. We definitely found it here. Even though the lake was high this year, the beach was fine, the water warm, and we practically had it to ourselves! The cottage isn't right on the beach, but it was three minutes from the door to toes in the sand. The cottage was simple, well equipped, and suited us perfectly. We ate at the Glenwood in Onekama one night -- what a treat! Frankfort and Sleeping Bear Dunes are an easy (and beautiful) drive. But the best part of this place is the owner, Margaret Booker. Trustworthy and wonderful to deal with. One suggestion: we brought up a card table and chairs so that we would have an extra table for games/puzzles. Plenty of room for it. We're definitely considering a return trip!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI

Lions Share

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time. Well equipped cottage. Very eclectic and comfortable. Short walk to the beach and beautiful sunsets!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59
Weekly Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $100

Check in on Saturday any time after 3 pm. Check out on Saturday no later than 10:30 am.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.