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Lake Michigan Beach House with Private Hot Tub

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Family Room, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Why settle for cold and impersonal when you can stay here in this warm, inviting beach house where you have the beauties of Lake Michigan to admire? The home is directly on the beach. Enjoy the stunning views of the water from nearly every window. The deck overlooks a gorgeous sweep of beach that is perfect for sunning, walking, swimming or whatever your heart desires. There is no bluff. Only 15 steps down to the beach! Year round home offers summer sun and sand, winter's quiet beauty.

The home has a cozy and wonderful appeal. The kitchen has been renovated with slate, custom tile, stainless appliances and dramatic lighting and breakfast bar. The upstairs bath has been remodeled as a full bath with a large tiled shower overlooking the beach.

The main floor full bath has also been fully renovated with custom tile. The sunroom off the kitchen is now a spacious family room with two twin beds set up as a sectional sofa ideal for lounging, dining table and cable TV, pictured in our personal website.

The beach is gorgeous! Not a stone or pebble to hurt your feet, just swaying beach grass and the shhhhh... shhhhh.... shhhhh.... of the waves as the constant counterpoint to your relaxed conversations.

Enjoy the view of the water while you soak in the hot tub and watch little ones play in the sandbox. Have an outdoor fire on the deck at night or down on the beach: there are outdoor fire places in each location. Deck lounge chairs from Ikea, resin adirondack chairs on the beach.

When you want to walk on the beach just step down from the deck. No dangerous bluff to worry about.The water is a very gradual slope that's great for kids: no drop off, lots of sand bars. You can wade out a very long way before you're in deep water. We provide life jackets in many sizes.

The deck is enclosed to provide a secure area for children so you don't have to worry about a small person going to the beach alone. Combination locks on each gate are easy for grown ups, difficult for children.

There is a canoe and lots of beach chairs to make yourself comfortable by the water. We have all the beach towels you'll ever need: just launder them in the washer and dryer before you leave.

You'll love the master bedroom with a view that quite simply takes your breath away and a wonderful Beautyrest King size bed.

The guest room upstairs has two double beds. The guest room downstairs has a new kingsize bed. All linens and towels are provided; simply launder them before you leave.

We want you to enjoy what our family has enjoyed and we invite you to come to stay at this wonderful slice of paradise. You'll love your time here and leave refreshed and happy.

No Smoking, No Pets.

Keywords: Lake Michigan Beach House

More Details

Mary Browning
Member since: 2005
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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Mary Browning

Please note that this VRBO map function does not accurately reflect the location of our beach house. Our house is directly on the beach with no house or street in front of it. Please see our listing photos for an accurate view of the lake and the beach from our deck. Please contact us for the home's address so you can look up the house on Google Earth, which is more accurate.

And now, little bit about us:

When we moved back to Michigan from Atlanta in 1998, we got the 'cottage bug' and we couldn't shake it. We looked around at various cottages on various bodies of water and realized we were addicted to big waves, big sunsets, big sandy beaches and big skies. Nothing else gave us the feeling that Lake Michigan did! When we found our cottage, we jumped at it. It needed lots of work and we ended up building on to give us more space, but it was a fabulous cottage on a fabulous beach and we've never looked back. The only thing we regret is how far away we are now (we live in Seattle) - and that we can't use our place ourselves except for the rare exception. But we know it continues to welcome beach goers in our absence and that makes us feel better, somehow.

Mary Browning purchased this house in 2000

Why Mary Browning chose Shelby

We bought this cottage as an oasis for our family and it's never failed to live up to that aspiration. It's quiet, peaceful and 'other' where. When we're there, we seem to let go of the 'stuff' that's on our minds at home, and I suppose that's the best thing about the place. Getting away from everything usual, going somewhere apart from the ordinary.

What makes this house unique

This house is comfortable and done up. It's not rustic, not dusty, not basic. It's a real house with real furniture, and that makes it so nice to stay at - even us! We know that you'll agree that it's nicer to stay at a house that's not rickety and spider-webby!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beach House!

We love your place. It's beautiful and you can't beat the view!

Hope to visit again!
Oct 2008
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Shelby House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • All the bathrooms have nicely tiled showers with newer fixtures. All have been renovated since 2005.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Family Room - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double
  • King size beds (2); Master bedroom and main floor guest room each have a king size bed; Double Beds (2) in the upstairs guest room, similar to a hotel room. Great for a couple with young children. Also works well for kids to share., Twin or Single Beds (2) Family Room has two twin beds set up as a sectional 'sofa'. It's ideal for lounging, reading, or just watching TV. These are perfect beds for kids. Family Room has a door that can be closed., Baby Cribs (1) Graco pack n play in main floor closet.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outdoor fireplace, Hammock, Ceiling fans in all bedrooms, as well as in the kitchen, the livingroom, the upstairs bath and the sunroom. Baby 'clip-on' high chair.


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Lake Michigan Beach House with Private Hot Tub
average rating of 4.625 based on 72 reviews

Well appointed, comfortable , with beautiful views and perfect beach access.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home for a Thanksgiving break

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An excellent rental on the shores of Lake Michigan with beautiful sunset views.

  • 5 of 5

The beach house at Lake Michigan is wonderful. It is just as advertised. The views are breath taking. There are many seating areas outside for enjoying the lake. The interior of the house has many large windows and is spacious. We enjoyed our stay .

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Very quiet and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Very quiet and relaxing stay! We had such a great week having the beach just a few steps away. The sunsets from The hot tub over the lake were amazing! The owner leaves a very detailed letter explaining everything about your stay even leaves recommendations on places to visit which was very helpful with the lack of phone connection at the beach house. Only complaint would be the overwhelming amount of fruit flies inside and out. We tried everything to control them and it didnt help. Everything else about our stay was fantastic! Highly recommend and would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely quiet homr for relaxation.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed the quietness and relaxation.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous View!

  • 4 of 5

Our 3 night stay at this beach house was a great family get away! I only give this 4 stars because when we arrived, there were some cobwebs in the kitchen on the toaster and counter, and there was an awful gnat problem. The gnats unfortunately never left the kitchen during our stay, despite our keeping food and trash covered and sealed. Also, we had 3 kids ages 3, 2, and 1 and I would not consider this kid-friendly for their age. The deck is enclosed, but there is a large open space all across the bottom of one large side through which small kids could easily climb out of and fall. Several deck floor boards had been replaced, but it may just be time for a deck makeover in the very near future. The hot tub was immaculate and very relaxing. From the deck and all throughout the house, all you hear are relaxing waves crashing and it almost feels like you're ocean front, rather than a lake. Bathrooms and bedrooms were clean and roomy. Overall, it was a fun and relaxing experience!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect spot

  • 5 of 5

My family so enjoyed our stay at this beach house. The location was perfect as we were right on the beach and could enjoy sunsets every night. The hot tub and fire pit were enjoyed in the evenings while relaxing over smores. The outdoor gas grill was perfect for preparing our dinners. Three bathrooms and ample sleeping areas made for privacy and comfort. It was all that we had hoped for. Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Stony Lake Yacht Club

Waterpark, Horseback riding, Golf, Concerts at nearby Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Paraflight, Jet Skiing (from the Stony Lake public launch), Downhill Skiing (see, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort for fabulous skiing), Sledding, snowmobiling (Association rules prohibit jet skis and snowmobiles inside association, but plenty of areas close by for these activities)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

$90 day cancelation policy: If traveler cancels prior to 90 days of check in the full amount of rental fees received will be reimbursed. If traveler cancels within 90 days of check in the amount will be repaid if owner can re-rent those days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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