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Secluded family-friendly cottage with 2 mini-cabins & hot tub on Lake Sanford

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,280 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 bedroom 2 bath cottage & 2 mini cabins on lake front property

We have updated our listing 02-22-17 in order to better accommodate our guests. We still have some great summer weeks available please check our calendar that we are updating with every confirmed reservation.

***Send us a email that describes your group and your expectations. I will be able to answer a lot of commonly asked questions and send you a quote that is specific to your needs.***

The property features 3 secluded cottages (1 main cottage and 2 mini-cabins) on three-acres of lake front property, with over 700 feet of prime fishing shore line on Sanford Lake. The yard features a fire pit, and most yard sports. Relax on the hammock or take a nature hike down a wooded trail. Our property is surrounded by 40 acres of wooded state land. Those 40 acres are adjacent to thousands of acres of wooded state land with trails throughout. We also have a 4-6 person hot tub available for use at an additional fee. The property also has a dock for a Boat, Pontoon, or a Jet Ski.

The main cottage is 1,800 sf with 3 bedrooms, a bunk bed room and 2 bathrooms. All bedrooms are located in the third level loft, with all three bedrooms featuring 1 king size bed each. The bunk bed room is located on the ground level. The main cottage sleeps a total of 14 people comfortably (22 persons if both Mini Cabins are Added). The second floor of the main cottage includes a full kitchen & dining area, living room with couches, a 60” TV, DVD player & Wii gaming system, full bathroom, and laundry. The second floor also features multiple outdoor decks and stairs connecting to the hot tub area and other various & unique areas. Main cottage bottom floor has been converted into a bunk bed room (so that we can offer sleeping accommodations with bathroom access on the ground floor). There is also circuit gym, elliptical/stair master machine, and 1 full bathroom.

There are 2 “mini cabins” on the property that are available to rent at an additional price for larger groups: Mini Cabin #1 is approximately 20 feet from the main cottage. Mini Cabin #2 is approximately 100 feet from the main cottage and built close to the water. Both Mini Cabins comfortably sleep 3-4 people. Each Mini Cabin is about 240 sf and feature:

• A full-size futon, recliner, and coffee table on the 1st level

• A queen bed in the loft area

Sanford Lake is perfect for Bass, Northern Pike, Muskie, Walleye, Bluegill, and Perch fishing. There is boat launch a short distance from our property, and at the south end of the lake, there is a large public beach with a great spray park for children. Pontoon, kayak, & canoe rentals are all available nearby.

More Details

Jim Wiseman
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Jim Wiseman

I am a business owner and entrepreneur who formerly served in the US Marine Corps. I live full-time within 5 miles from this property. I grew up having a family cottage that was the setting for many cherished memories and weekend getaways. I built this cottage so my family, friends, and others could also enjoy a quality family setting to make their own cherished memories.

Jim Wiseman purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Jim Wiseman chose Sanford

This unique property is centrally located in the state. There are to many family fun adventures to list in this area. I designed and built this retreat for family fun. I am keeping the price point low so that it can be enjoyed by as many family-fun seekers as possible.


Sanford Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2280 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Cabin Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , On Main/second story
    Main Cabin Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In 1st story/walk out basement
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Main Cabin Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Main Cabin Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Main Cabin Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bunk Bed Room - 4 queen , We have built a bunk bed that has 4 queen size mattresses.
    Mini Cabin #1 (Available May-September only) - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen bed in 2nd story loft bedroom. Futon is on 1st floor.
    Mini Cabin #2 (Available May-September only) - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen bed in 2nd story loft bedroom. Futon on 1st floor.
  • 14 people can sleep comfortably in the main cabin at all times. 22 people can sleep comfortably in the main cabin & 2 mini-cabins during May-September... It is too cold to sleep in the mini cabins October-April. During October-April, we are willing open up the mini-cabins for your use for an additional fee.
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Secluded family-friendly cottage with 2 mini-cabins & hot tub on Lake Sanford
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews

Great property.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Responsive owner and clean house, but bedrooms/living area not as advertised

  • 2 of 5

We rented this property in June 2018. We are an extended family of 5 adult siblings, a couple spouses, 3 kids (15, 13, and 9) and a 4 month old baby.

Positives: The AC worked great, the hot tub was super nice and can fit 5-6 adults comfortably. The owner is super responsive, and the firepit area is nice as well.

Negatives: The bedrooms. This house lists that there are 3 king bedrooms upstairs, so we were expecting actual bedrooms with beds and doors. This has 3 A frame cubbies with king mattresses on the floor and thick curtains in lieu of doors. With the A frame you can’t really stand up unless you are standing right in the middle. And with just a mattress on the floor, it was very difficult for anyone over about 4 ft tall up there (especially me since I am currently 7.5 months pregnant). The “bunkhouse” room is a converted garage. There were actual beds in there at least, but it still has a garage feel to it. It also has no separate doors (other than exterior doors). So there was no place for a 4 month old baby (or anyone else for that matter) to peacefully take a nap.

The living room is very small and only has places for 6 people to sit. We moved a couple chairs in there from the kitchen, but there was no room for us all to sit and watch TV or even be in the same room at once. Plus, the cubbies (bedrooms) are open to right above it so any talking/laughing in the living room/kitchen is quite audible up there. I guess if everyone went to bed at the exact same time it would not be a problem, but we had some who were ready for bed and some who wanted to play cards/watch TV/talk etc and we couldn’t without disturbing each other.

If there was another “hangout” area it might not have been too bad. There are a couple picnic tables outside for sitting, but those are not on the same level as the kitchen so even all sitting and eating together was not possible.

There are kayaks and a canoe available to use, but the floating dock that you need to use it was barely tied up and was very wobbly and not easy to use without feeling like you were going to fall in the water (which is at the end of a channel and fairly stagnant).

Like I said, the owner is very responsive, and the house was clean. We just did not feel that the house is accurately described and it did not work well for our family.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect cabin get-away for a large group.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed Jim's kayaks, hot tub, spacious grounds, clean home, and overall hospitality. Thanks for a wonderful get-away.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place to get away

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 10 stay here. Great time, owner is awesome! If you want a nice place to escape reality come stay here you wont regret it!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Couldn't be better

  • 5 of 5

We went down after our wedding with 11 friends. The setting is beautiful, Jim showed us around and everything is great, really well kept.

Plenty of room, comfy beds, the minicabins were great and easily slept four. Jim was always on call and there was no hassle once we left.

Thanks again guys.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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KIDS getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I took 8 of our grandkids for 7 nights it was a great time and a very special property which allowed the kids to enjoy a lot of outdoors.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Sanford Lake Bar And Grill
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
US10 & M-30
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Sanford Beach and Spray Park
Car: recommended

We are only about 15 miles (about 20 minutes) away from Downtown Midland, where there are tons of restaurants, bars, and stores to visit.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Hot Tub Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Winter Mini-Cabin AC/Heat $100 + Tax
Add Mini-Cabin (Cabin#1) $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Add Mini-Cabin (Cabin#2) $100 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $300

- Pet fee is $50 per pet for a 3-7 day rental. Pets are limited to indoor/outdoor kennels & basement only. Pets must be on a leash at all times while outside on the property. Pet owners must properly clean up after pets (bag dog poop and put it in trash).
- Mini- Cabin rental fees are for the (3 Day) use and Linen Cleaning of identified Mini Cabin.
- Mini-Cabin AC/Heat fee and Opening fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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