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Beautiful Crystal Lake at Our Casa De Lago

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 8)

Our property is located on crystal-clear Crystal Lake, known as one of the ten most beautiful inland lakes in the world. Our home is quaint and inspiring. Outside the door, and just across a lightly used one lane road, is 60 feet of frontage on the lake.

In regard to the one lane road: It is a public street, but is used primarily by the owners and renters on the south side of Crystal Lake. Most of the traffic you will experience will be bikers, joggers, and walkers. Yes, for the safety of all staying at the cottage, you do have to be aware of the occasional cars that slowly drive by, but for the most part the car traffic is limited to the people living in the cottages over the summer.

We have sand for the kids to play in, and a nice dock to swim, lounge, or watch the sunsets from each night. The lake is nine miles in length and up to two miles in width. It is great for fishing and all water sports. We even have a mooring for your boat. There is a nice fire pit for making s'mores or to sit around in the evening. A 'rail-to-trail' is available just outside the front door that gives the outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to walk, jog, or bike upon. The full length of the trail is about 24 miles.

We are only one mile from the small town of Beulah, Michigan. It has nice shops for the shoppers. It is a small town that takes you back to living in the late 50's and 60's, minus all the typical franchises that often decorate most other cities. There is even a neat drive-in theater (Cherry Bowl) just down M-31 about three miles from Beulah. It has double features each evening. Everybody just loves it. It was built in 1953 and still has that 50's environment (Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean etc.).

The beautiful city of Frankfort, Michigan is only five miles West of our cottage. It is a quaint picturesque port city with great dining, shopping, ICE CREAM, and Lake Michigan Beaches.

The famous Sleeping Bear Dunes are less than an hour north of us. In fact, you will be with an hour's reach of many Northern Michigan tourist sights and other activities for small day trips if that interests you.

I know that pets are important to the family. If you are interested in bringing the family pet along, please call us to discuss that possibility.

We are very proud of our cottage. It is nestled in an area that we like to think of as our 'Little Paradise' or 'Heaven on Earth'. Whatever the case, we invite you to enjoy the beauty of Northern Michigan and enjoy the breath-taking views of one of the most beautiful lakes in the world!!!

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Jack Manciu
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Jack Manciu

My wife, Susan, just retired from a 38 year teaching career. I also retired after a 39 year career in education as well. She is an avid Tigers fan. I am a Chicago Bears fan.

We have two children. Ali is a teacher in the Denver, Colorado, area, and a 2013 graduate of MSU. Steve is a 2015 graduate of Aquinas College. Ali is an Art major and Steve graduated with a Communication degree.

Jack Manciu purchased this house in 2004

Why Jack Manciu chose Beulah

Our cottage is just far enough away from Beulah that it avoids the noise of the small town associated with the traffic that it experiences.

Most people spend most of their time outside, and we have a great deck at the end of our dock (see picture) that sets over the water. Great for sunsets and reading as well as swimming.

What makes this house unique

Beautiful sunsets, nice bike rides, and great camp fires in the evening. Boating and swimming are great. We also have a great dock that T's at the end and gives you a deck right over the water.


Beulah House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Heating ...
  • Parking ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • One queen bed and one double bed, Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(5 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Crystal Lake at Our Casa De Lago
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Especially fabulous if you have a boat or love the water!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was perfect for our early fall sailing trip. Every morning I sat in the front room, watching the sun come up. The cabin is very cosy with plenty of comfortable sitting. We fully utilized the pier for our sailboat and enjoying the sun. The mooring was perfectly situated. The beds were very comfortable and the cabin is a short walk to town for a small town shopping experience.

We plan to come back in the summer!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the nice review. It makes us happy to know that you love the cottage and what it offers to us and our guests!! We look forward to your return😃�😃�!
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Beautiful cottage with everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

It was great we had everything we needed for our yearly fishing trip, definitely we will come back again.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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great vacation place

  • 4 of 5

our stay was great

nice cottage with so much room and amenities.

the lake and surrounding area was beautiful.

we spent some time fishing, swimming, walking and took a half day trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes.

we only stayed three days, we would like to stay longer next time.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words about your stay. We are happy you enjoyed our cottage😃�😃�!!
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Beautiful place on a beautiful lake

  • 5 of 5

Was a very great place to get away.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vacation w/ Something for Everyone!!

  • 5 of 5

Casa de Lago has been my family's vacation destination for several years. Crystal Lake is a notably clean and clear lake which makes it delightful for swimmers. The large T-shaped deck makes a great place to chill and view the panoramic green hills surrounding the lake. The non-smoking home has all the comforts of civilization with a well equipped kitchen for having meals at home. The Betsie River Trail bike path is right out the front door and a short bike ride or drive to Beulah, a sweet little vacation town with a number of nice shops, an organic grocery store and Crystal Lake Adventures where you can rent a bike, kayak, or SUP. Make sure to have breakfast/lunch at L'Chaim Delicatessen which has made-daily bagels and delicious sandwhiches and baked goods. Nearby Frankfort you'll find more shopping and casual or fine dining as well as a wonderful fresh fish market. For site seeing: Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes; Betsie River, Platte River for kayaks, paddling/tubing, Winery Tours and several Farmers Markets. The area is family oriented and quiet! We have fond memories of our vacations at Casa and look forward to our next stay~

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Catherine, Thanks so much for the very nice review. We are very happy that you have enjoyed your stay each year you have rented from us. Jack and Sue
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
7 Miles

There is a Drive In Theater located south of Beulah called the Cherry Bowl. It is only on of a few left in Michigan.

M 22 offers a variety of day hikes out to Lake Michigan from a variety of trailheads located all along the highway.

and it is considered one of the most scenic drives in the country featuring great views of Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Frankfort is just a few miles west of our cottage and is a beautiful port city with many restaurants and unique shopping stores. Empire and Glen Arbor are two quaint cities located just north of Frankfort off of M 22. Traverse City located just 35 miles north of Beulah is well know for it's many wine tasting locations, restaurants (Apache Trout and Jolly Pumpkin) and great view of the bays.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $200

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.