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Vacation at the Lake

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,224 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom on the lake- 45 min from Detroit/10 min downtown Brighton

You don't need to go up north for an amazing lakefront vacation experience. This 2,200 sft guest house has three bedrooms: king in master, queen in room 2, a twin and full in room 3 and a queen size futon in the living room. Make memories with your family or friends with 80 feet of lakefront, a sanded beach and swimming area, fishing dock, free use of two kayaks, a bonfire pit and horseshoe pit. Downtown Brighton restaurants 10 min away


Owner
Shane Gadbaw
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About Shane Gadbaw

My name is Shane and I live on the lake with my wife and 3 kids. The rental is our guest house that we rent by the night, weekend, week or month. We live in the house next door year round.

Shane Gadbaw purchased this house in 2008

Why Shane Gadbaw chose Southeast

You will fall in love with Crooked Lake which has the right balance of a natural setting and lake fun for the family. Your kids will spend most of the vacation on the beach, swimming, fishing, catching frogs or watching blue herons and hawks. Golfers will find several great courses nearby. Downtown Brighton with over 30 restaurants and great shopping is less than 10 minutes away.

What makes this house unique

The sunsets and sunrises will make your day and night.

Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Detroit Metro Airport
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
I96

Amenities

Howell House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2224 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
Theme:
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , private terrace overlooking lake
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

Reviews

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average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews
5

Relaxing Lake Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Great weekend at the lake. The house was nice and well appointed. Close to town and restaurants. Use of kayaks was nice! Great hosts!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Expectations fell short for the expensive price paid, updating needed

  • 3 of 5

Pro's, Great location, beautiful lake, neighborhood is tucked away, plenty of room, able to check in an hour earlier than normal, Kayaks a nice touch, use of the garage was excellent, kitchen well equipped, communication prior to arrival very good, very spacious with plenty of closets etc

Con's, No welcome packet to explain the TV, local places, restaurants etc. Arrived on Friday to find the kitchen faucet barely connected, and the handle of one of the door walls extremely loose. Alerted Shane immediately. He came over to get the balance of the rent on Friday around 6pm and said he would fix both items the next day. We thought he would do it right then since he lives next door. It was not fixed until Sunday while we were away after I texted him about it in the morning. So for 2 days we had to be extremely careful trying to use this faucet without breaking it, and avoid using that door wall.

From Friday through Monday, between the owner's dog, kids and friends our privacy was not to be. Privacy was something that was mentioned in other reviews and that was a big draw for us. They came over to use the beach area, the swing set and launch paddle boards from that area. No one ever said excuse us, or is this okay. Shane's wife apologized for the dog (a large standard poodle) numerous times who was jumping in and around our grand kids as they were in the water. While we had guests over a young girl and an older teenager walked into the yard and started playing on the swing set while we were on the patio. Never said a word, just came over. Our grand daughter and one of our guests had to wait to go on until they left. We chose to not say anything with our guests there. Once Shane and family left on their vacation Wednesday, a totally different atmosphere.

The master bedroom is extremely hot. The AC works great downstairs not so much upstairs. The bathroom shower surround is in dire need of replacement. Because the water goes through a softener, the floor of the shower is extremely slippery and the drain is badly repaired with white caulk. We never used the downstairs bathroom for bathing. The front of the white refrigerator was covered with brown spots that Shane said was rust. It was really quite unsightly. I used some cleanser and a scrub pad and got quite a bit of it to come clean. Really where is the cleaning crew?

For the hefty price, many of these things are fixable and should be addressed for future guests

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Karen, I'm sorry that your stay did not meet your expectations. I thought my repair response time was appropriate especially since the issues were so minor including a loose handle on the sliding door which was the only fix required. The flex in the kitchen faucet is a functional reality that feels fine to me and has never been mentioned by any other guest in ten years, yet you acted as if you were afraid it would break in your hands. I waited until you were gone so I didn't have to bother you inside the house. The few small spots of rust on the exterior of the fridge are rust. They cannot be cleaned off and the fridge was certainly not dirty as you implied. Yes, I have a dog - a super friendly one - and once in a while he gets outside of the invisible fence to swim in the guest house beach area. When he does, we immediately retrieve him and certainly don't let him hang out with the guests. I'm sorry that he got out temporarily while you were there. I'll talk to my seven year old daughter about not using the swing set when guests are around. I hope you enjoyed your stay. Over the years, the reviews on our property have been excellent because my family and I sincerely try to provide a great experience for our guests. I guess we let you down. I am not surprised though in this case. I did expect a negative review from you based on the extraordinary level of detail associated with your requests. For example, after checking out, I think you texted me 4-5 times requesting that I take a picture of the destroyed deposit check to prove to you that I destroyed it despite my assurances that I would destroy it. Thank you for your review. Best regards, Shane
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4

Lake Effect

  • 4 of 5

Brought family in from across the US to attend a larger family reunion and spend quality time with the more immediate family. This property was an ideal location with outside seating for all and views of the lake. The kayaks and paddle boat were welcome "accessories" for those who did not wander off to one of the many golf courses in the area. We mentioned a couple minor maintenance issues that did not interfere with the week's enjoyment. Shane was very accommodating during the week.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Sweet vacation home!!

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous house on the lake with the best view of the lake. Loved every minute of it!!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Felt like home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Best vacation I've always had

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The property is presented accurately on the website!

  • 5 of 5

The lake is beautiful and location perfect! Close to stores and etc yet quiet lakefront area! Great memorial weekend at the house! Shane was helpful and always available. We would go back again...

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

50% deposit required at the time of reservation; remainder due upon arrival. Full deposit forfeited for any cancellation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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