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Craftsman Cottage On Hamlin Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

1900 Sq Ft Cottage With 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom With Walkout Lakefront Access

Come and enjoy this rare combination of vintage charm and modern amenities with 200 ft. of expansive walkout water frontage. Located on a quiet narrow paved lane that curves along the lake and makes for lovely morning or evening strolls, the cottage's quaint front porch welcomes you into a main floor that opens out to high ceilings, hardwood floors, and gorgeous views of the lake. The spacious, fully-stocked country kitchen with modern appliances flows into the living room with granite and stone fireplace and comfortable oversized leather furniture. You'll have exclusive use of the lakeside yard, dock, and boat slip, and an easy-access boat launch is adjacent to property. Enjoy striking sunrise, sunset and night sky views as you grill out on the lakeside patio with fire pit and beautifully tiled picnic table. Play horseshoes, badminton, or croquet in the huge yard that's fenced in to keep your kids and/or pets safe (as long and they don't swim away!). If you need anything, your hosts are right next door in the caretaker's cabin, otherwise your privacy will be respectfully maintained.

That's just the house! Then there's the lake itself and all the water activities you can enjoy on it, the Ludington State Park that just a short boat- or car-ride away, and it's just a quick 15-minute drive into downtown Ludington for excellent shopping, dining, and other tourist attractions.

More Details

Laura Lyons & Will Rappman
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 6, 2018

About Laura Lyons & Will Rappman

Your hosts Will & Laurie (and their dogs Bruno & Mona) welcome you!

Laura Lyons & Will Rappman purchased this cottage in 1976

Why Laura Lyons & Will Rappman chose Ludington

Laurie and her parents moved from the Chicago area into this lovely home in 1976 when Laurie 12 years old, and she lived here until she graduated high school. In the 90s Laurie moved back to the area with her fiance Will, they got married in the yard by the water, and eventually inherited the home. With a growing family they added on the upstairs level, but once it was just the two of them again, they realized they could share their love of their home with others by renting it out weekly and staying in what used to be called the 'guest cottage' next door (now renamed it the 'caretaker's cabin'). Will and Laurie hope to see you soon!


Ludington Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Returning vacationers have until Labor Day to reserve for the following summer season, and their first down payment is due Jan 1.
  • New prospective vacationers can begin inquiring after Labor Day about availability for the following summer season.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    First Floor Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master - 1 queen
    First Floor Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bunkroom - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Craftsman Cottage On Hamlin Lake
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 18 reviews

We had a wonderful time, relaxed and fun!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Laura and Will's house. They are so nice and helpful. We have a one year old and were so surprised to find that they even have playpen and high chair ready. The backyard of this house is so calm and beautiful. Hamlin lake is much larger than we have thought. Will provide both canoe and motor boat for his guests. It is a lot of fun to take the boat out and enjoy the lake. There are lot of fish in the Hamlin lake. It is quite easy to fish here and even people like us who had never done any fishing before and easily catch a few. It is super easy to go to the state park, which provides a lot of nice hiking trails on Lake Michigan shore, next to Hamlin Lake, or in the woods. You will not regret at all if you have the chance to rent this house for vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious and well maintained

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week at Craftsman cottage. Both the cottage and yard provided lots of space and were in very nice condition. We had plenty of space for seven people and two dogs. The kitchen is well equipped with many appliances and kitchen tools which allowed us to make all meals there, or outside on the grill which offered the option of either gas or charcoal.

There was plenty of seating inside and outside for meals, a large dock to relax on, and an outdoor fire pit for roasting marshmallows at night.

If you have active dogs, then this is the place for you. Our labs absolutely loved this place and the fenced in yard and water access made this vacation the best week of their lives!

We enjoyed some time on the water and made use of the fishing boat at the cottage and also rented a pontoon boat from a nearby marina.

Overall, this was a great vacation spot to relax and enjoy time with family!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The cottage is beautiful and a wonderful location. The owner Will?

  • 3 of 5

I will make this an objective truthful review. First of all the cottage is very nice, one of the best we've rented. The location is top shelf and all the extra entertainment items are very cool (horse shoes, Bacce ball, grille deck and bar, etc.).

The owners do live 15ft. away which initially I thought would be really nice, after day 1 not so cool. You are renting their home so you will be very closely monitored how you use it, hopefully it is within their standards. We rented a "house" to be able to use it as I would use my "house" otherwise I would rent a smaller cottage, that being said we invited our family for a Sunday picnic, (the only weekend day available). We had 17 adults and children for a couple of hours during the day and all had a great time, only 7 of us stayed the night. Monday morning I approached Will letting him know we used 3 more pieces of wood than the allotted purchasable bundles he had available-------He began with 20 minutes of an out of body rant accusing me lying to his wife about how many people we would have on the property (we rented it a year ago so have an accurate itinerary of your projected use and guests), abusing the septic system by flushing too much (he was counting the refreshments we were consuming), running the air conditioners when he thought we shouldn't (they were running when we showed up), leaving lights on he felt were not needed (switches in the house turn on lights at opposite ends even outside) etc. etc. Most of his requests were valid just presented like a 12 year old and could have started with a tiny bit of professionalism, six of the evenings we had 5 occupants so abuse was not our intent and we made as many corrections as we could.

With all the odd beginnings we did have a grand week and I hope this review is helpful to others. Mr. Will should reconsider renting his home, there are better ways to just make money.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage

  • 4 of 5

The Craftsman Cottage met all of our expectations and more. It was clean and well maintained, and the owner was prompt in providing assistance when needed. We were comfortable with the furnishings, and all fixtures and appliances are up to date. It is a great location to enjoy the state park and surrounding area!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Week on Beautiful Hamlin Lake

  • 5 of 5

An outstanding place to spend a quiet week on Hamlin Lake. The cottage (really a large home) was everything we had hoped for and then some. Both Will and Laura were terrific. Will even got in the water to help launch our boat and dragged it around to the dock. That is service!

We live in Iowa but our family is from the Ludington area and we have been there many times over the years. While the numerous things to do in the area were familiar it is always a treat to experience them again and again. We did spend quite a bit of time just relaxing by the water at the cottage and enjoying lakefront living at its very best. Our daughter and grand children from Arizona were unable to join us this time. We did make our reservation for the same week for next year. Cannot wait. Once again, thank you Will and Laura for a great time.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best week of the summer!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our week at the Craftsman cottage on Hamlin Lake. This year we had 7 adults a newborn and two dogs. The cottage was accommodating for everyone.When we arrived the cottage was very clean and showed no sign at all that pets were allowed. It is so hard to leave our pets at home so we very much appreciate that we can bring them along. We had lots of fires, grilling, boating and playing cards at night. We love taking the boat over to the sand dunes across the lake. We all highly recommend this cottage and have already booked for next year!~

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Manistee Blacker Airport
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Lincoln Hills
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
US 31
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Ludington State Park
Car: necessary

Arts & Crafts Fairs

4th of July Festivities

State & Federal Parks

Fishing Tournaments


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning/Maintenance Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rental weeks run from Saturday to Saturday.
Returning vacationers have until Labor Day to reserve for the following summer season, and their first down payment is due Jan 1.
New prospective vacationers can begin inquiring after Labor Day about availability for the following summer season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.