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Vacation at the Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,224 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


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

Shane Gadbaw
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

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 Howell

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.


Howell House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • 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 ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , private terrace overlooking lake
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 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


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

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Vacation at the Lake
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews

Great Home!

  • 4 of 5

We had a very enjoyable time at this home! The house is very spacious and the layout on the first floor is really neat. A few updates could be made but it's not a make or break deal. I'm not sure it can really comfortably sleep 10, I'd say 8 to be on the safe side. The pullout bed on the main floor is a futon so I'd say 2 young kids could get away with sleeping there to make it 10 but not 2 adults. The owner is right next door, which makes things very convenient if you need something. I did also encourage the owner to be sure to have a first aid kit easily accessible. Oddly enough we really needed one during our stay due to an accident but we made it work, just a too be safe suggestion. I wish we could have taken advantage of the lake however our stay was during the winter season. It would be so great to stay in the summer to enjoy the lake. Oh and I was able to bring my fur baby, I'm really thankful for that option! We would book here again for sure!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Ignace, MI

Family Thanksgiving

  • 5 of 5

This property was everything we were looking for, a comfortable, roomy, clean home where our family could get together to spend the holiday. Shane was very helpful in answering my questions about the property and the area and prompt at getting back to me. The home is clean and well stocked with everything we needed, even enough to pull off Thanksgiving dinner. It is convenient to the airport, shopping and an easy trip to Ann Arbor for a football game. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would like to come back when we can enjoy the lake too.

Go Blue!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Louisville, Kentucky


  • 5 of 5

Very clean house. Lots of space. Beautiful view of the lake. Would definitely rent again!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our ohana (family)!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We traveled from Hawaii to attend our son's wedding and this was the absolute perfect location for our ohana to gather! We came from all parts of the country. This home had all that we needed and it was in a location to my son's home and extended new family. There's lots of room and comforts for all ages...playground, pedal boat, free wifi, spacious house and Yard on the lake!! Couldn't ask for more!!! This was a memorable trip! Thank you So much!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nashville, Tn

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: July 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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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Detroit Metro Airport
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles


Rates & Availability

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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