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Charming Island Lakeside Cottage

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Last updated: 05/12/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

140 ft. lake frontage with gradual sloping sandy beach ideal for small children! Roomy 2000 sq ft 3BR/2BA. Artisan fieldstone fireplace, open floor plan and bonus room with fold out bed to sleep extra 2. 1 king, 2 queen beds in bedrooms.
Large patio overlooking lake Genesrath where you can sit all day and watch the reflection of the woods across the shore and the wildlife escapades. Maxwell the muskrat, Peter the great blue heron, loons, beavers, geese, ducks, deer,squirrels, chipmunks and fish jumping in the lake entertain us. Short walking distance to Lake Michigan where you can stroll the sandy beaches and watch the swans and distant large boats/carriers making their way across Lake Michigan.
Norman Rockwell environment in nearby St James. Take ferry to St. James or 15 minute flight from scenic harbor town of Charlevoix on mainland. Reserve early to put your car on the ferry or rent one on the island.
Numerous lakes on island with fishing opportunities, abundant scenic drives and walking trails. Biking trails, canoeing and kayaking opportunities available. Two kayaks available at cottage for use or stretch out in the hammock. Golf, tennis, restaurants and Irish pubs nearby. Cottage in small friendly community of cottages. Shared dock use and nearby boat launch on Lake Genesrath.

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Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 05/12/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    double sinks...moreless

  • One with 2 sinks and shower and other with tub/shower combination


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Large patio with room for all to sit and watch the lake and dedicated undeveloped lake frontage across the lake with the mirror of trees reflected in the water. Watch the loons, muskrat, deer, beaver...moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Great gradual sloping 140 feet beach. Shared dock...moreless

  • Village:

    St James is the only town on the island and is charming with many available activites, shop's (toy store is a must!) restaurants, grocery, hardware store and museums...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    One table for six in kitchen, one table for 4 in bonus room and large picnic table with benches outside...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 16 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    hand built native stone fireplace with salvaged timber from nearby sunken ship in Lake Michigan creates the fireplace mantle and lighted etched stones of wildlife and the sunken ship on either side. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    full sets and blankets...moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    bath and beach...moreless

  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Full equipped kitchen with towels and everything needed for meal preparation and service....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    app. 8 miles from cottage...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    two available for use with cabin and canoes available to rent nearby....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.9
from 10 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • cleaning $115
  • Tax Rate 6%


car and passenger ferry to island. Make reservation early for cars!

2 commuter 15 minute plane services fly multiple times daily Owners use Fresh Air Aviation 1

Prices for Holiday weekends may be higher

check in is 3 pm and check out is 10am without special arrangements

Go back in time to Norman Rockwell settings and the 1950's when solitude was more plentiful and beaches weren't crowded. Great Irish Pubs and other restaurant options, full grocery and hardware stores. Hunting, fishing and all water activities available

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/12/2017
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8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Donegal Danny's
10 Miles
Nearest Ferry
St James from Charlevoix
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Beaver Island
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Donegal Danny's

Car: Necessary

Historic Island inhabited by Indians, then Irish, then Mormon's who kicked off the Irish and finally by the Irish who kicked off the Mormon's. Many historical sites and Museums. Enjoy small community and beach on Lake Genesrath where cottage sits and walk 1/2 mile to Lake Michigan and stroll along the beaches there. Many hiking and nature trails in area, boat launch nearby. Air commuter and ferry from the scenic harbor village of Charlevoix on mainland. Island close to all of scenic north Michigan.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: Dennis McAllister 'Mac' grew up on MIchigan and graduated from University of Michigan Dental school. He has retired from his Kansas Dental practice and spends summers with his wife, Sheila, at their home in Traverse City or at the Beaver Island Cottage.

Why the Owner Chose Beaver Island, MI, USA:
We searched for the perfect lakeside cottage for many years and this quaint, charming home and beach had it all! Secluded location with friendly neighbors where you will want to sit on the large patio and look at the lake all day long observing wildlife and the reflection of undeveloped lakeside wilderness across the lake. True North Country experience with many opportunities for activities, restaurants, pubs, museums, shops etc.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 05/12/2017

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  • Cottage entrance

    Cottage entrance

  • great room and kitchen

    great room and kitchen

  • view to patio

    view to patio

  • master bedroom with king size bed

    master bedroom with king size bed

  • 2nd queen size bedroom

    2nd queen size bedroom

  • kitchen and living area

    kitchen and living area

  • artist etching on recessed stone in fireplace

    artist etching on recessed stone in fireplace

  • Lakeside of cottage with large patio

    Lakeside of cottage with large patio

  • local craftsman fireplace

    local craftsman fireplace

  • Bonus room with fold out bed

    Bonus room with fold out bed

  • queen size bedroom

    queen size bedroom

  • artist etching on recessed stone in fireplace

    artist etching on recessed stone in fireplace

VRBO #683763

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Monday, May 22, 2017

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