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On the Beach, Family "Go-To" For Relaxation, Open, Spacious, Water Paradise

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Lake House, 1 mile to Resort Town, Family-Relax, Recharge

Located in lower Michigan, "the Mitt", it is near many lakes, rivers, and streams. A 50 minute drive to Traverse City - the home of the Cherry Festival/Film Festival as well as 15 minutes to Cadillac, 20 minutes to Houghton Lake, and 2-3 hour drive to Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint and Detroit areas. Temperatures range from high 60's to low 90's throughout our summer from June - September. The family cottage since the early 1950's is now a Lake House restored as a home sitting on the east side beach of Lake Missaukee. The lake, a water sports mecca, provides opportunities for fishing, boating, and swimming. In front of the Lake House is a sandy beach that is very shallow on the water edge and 200' is what is called the "deep end" - about 20'. The whole lake is not deeper than 35'. A great place to enjoy. The family name is Roe, thus, the home is called Roe-manse, or "house of Roe". As it sits on the east side of Lake Missaukee, the lake house provides a panoramic view of the whole lake from sunrise to sunset....and they are breathtaking! The Lake House has been remodeled several times over and is now a year-round home. 25 steps from the door of the Lake House puts you on the beach. There are two private-area patios. The front patio overlooks the lake and beach. Tables and chairs provide seating for 12. The back patio has the grill, table for 6 with an umbrella, and space for relaxing in the shade. The view is the best -look to the right and you see the resort town of Lake City; to the left, you see cottages and homes lining the beachfronts. From the large open living area there is a constantly changing scene and view of the lake. Additional living areas include an open concept living area with kitchen, dining and a place to relax, two adorable double bunk bedrooms and two large/master bedrooms with two baths. The "flow" and traffic pattern with bedrooms on each side and the living/activity areas in the center of the home provides privacy and a sense of unity. A great place to relax, enjoy family activities, and find a quiet spot for yourself. Towels and linens available. Washer and dryer. Full service and open kitchen with full amenities. Very comfortable for eight people to move around. Fenced in back yard. Wifi. Dingy boat with oars to get out to the boat buoy, to attach a boat or pontoon, if needed. Firepit. Shade. Open and sandy beach. All the amenities and outdoor features for a fantastic vacation.

This is a family rental and children are welcome. There is a Pack and Play, highchair, and booster seat available for smaller children. In the queen room closet, there are toys for children to play with. In the sunroom, under the counter/bookcase, there are games, cards, coloring books, etc for both children and adults to use. Maximum occupants are 8 guests on the property. This lake house is not set up for nor can it handle large parties, gatherings or reunions.

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Property Manager
Nancy R Ingram
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2018

About Nancy R Ingram

Meet Nancy and Bill 'Renny'. We are a retired sister and brother team. We have vacationed in the Lake City area since 1950 and still do. With our parents, our 99 year old father still living, we travelled all around the United States of America when we were young, however, our family always had time to spend at the cottage, now Lake House, in Lake City, Michigan whenever we could. As we grew, married, had children and now grandchildren of our own- we still gravitate back to our favorite little resort town - Lake City, Michigan located on the edge of beautiful Lake Missaukee. We look forward to the Greatest Fourth in the North every year, with four generations of our family gathering to take part in the festivities, including the July 4th parade. We, Nancy and Renny, left to get our degrees, work our careers, and finally retire - it is in Lake City area that we still currently live for six months out of the year. This Lake House represents our family's passionate history, love, fun, relaxation, and pride. Sharing with families as a rental, is a tribute to our Lake House memories. Welcome to our Lake House - we will make sure you have a great experience and we know you will develop positive memories of your own.

Nancy R Ingram purchased this cottage in 1950

Why Nancy R Ingram chose Lake City

Visualize a Lake House on the east-side beach of beautiful Lake Missaukee - walking distance to downtown. The property was passed down to us from our parents and all four of us enjoyed this location for vacations from the time we were young. In the 1950's, being able to walk across the street to Dog and Suds, the laundromat, and meat market were places in our little world that were special. These places are gone now and replaced by other meaningful and memorable shops, eateries and mom and pop stores. Showcasing our lake house is done with pride and honor as it represents years of fun, relaxation, and slower living off the clock with our parents. Now, being able to offer our Lake House as a rental to families during key vacation times, helps us share the love of a beautiful place and location that will help others develop fond memories. Your family will enjoy this Lake House as much as we do. A special place, with a prime location, being able to walk out the door to relax and play on the beach and in the lake. A great place to relax, refresh, and recharge as a family.

What makes this cottage unique

Lots and lots of windows. Great ventilation. Super view of the beach and lake. Newly renovated. Walk out the door and just steps to the beach. Best location on the lake - east side. Shallow lake bottom at the beach front with the finest swimming for adults and kids. Clear water, gently rolling waves on a breezy day, smooth as glass on a calm day. All sport lake with boating, skiing, fishing with a fantastic view. Patios in front and back for relaxation. Dingy boat to row to boat buoy. Beach toys. Fire pit. Shaded areas to get out of the sun. Need to experience!


Lake City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Relax. Refresh. Enjoy. Wash feet before entry from beach/no wet suits on furniture Take out garbage bins to road late Monday night
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Connected to queen bedroom
  • The lake house has two full bathrooms - one on each end of the home. Bath 1 has a sink, toilet, and shower which is off the larger queen bedroom. Bath 2, located near the other three bedrooms, has a sink, toilet with a small tub/shower. Towels are provided. Washer and dryer is available as needed.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Large master bedroom with queen connected bath/shower.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Large bedroom with king with nearby full bath/tub.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Small upper double loft bedroom with some lake view.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Smaller bedroom overlooking lake with double lower bunk.
  • The lake house has sleeping for 8 people with 4 bedrooms. Bedroom 1 is roomy with a queen bed, bureaus for clothing storage, an attached full bath with shower, several windows with good ventilation and a view of the lake. Bedroom 2 is roomy with a king bed, has entry to the back patio through sliding doors, with many windows for ventilation. The sliding door large closet houses a Pack and Play, highchair, and booster seat for smaller children, if needed. Bedroom 3 and 4 are smaller rooms each with a double bed, chests to store clothing, smaller closets - both with views of the lake. All bed linens and towels are provided with extra sets as needed. Beach towels are provided. Washer and dryer is available as needed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We welcome up to 8 guests. Our lake house is a family rental in a resort town, located in an area with family-owned summer homes. We do not accept having big parties, large family gatherings or more than 8 guests on the property unless pre- approved by the owners. For larger gatherings, the Missaukee County Park is available with an outdoor pavilion, playground, beach and swimming area. To reserve the pavilion, call 231-839-4200. Full enjoyment and relaxation will happen in and around this lake house - it is a promise! To reserve your dates - Saturday to Saturday - any week or two week period - sign up online with, property #958042


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On the Beach, Family "Go-To" For Relaxation, Open, Spacious, Water Paradise
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

A Fun Vacation Destination

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved the time we spent at Lake Missaukee. The lake house/cottage was even more than what we hoped for. Full amenities - it is truly a home. Very accommodating to guests. Highly recommend to others if you want to relax, enjoy the beach and lake, and experience adventures nearby.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so enthused that you enjoyed the Lake House - it is a precious gem on Lake Missaukee. Come again next year if you have the time! Enjoy the rest of the year and thank you! Warm regards, Nancy
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Comfortable, great owners!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Roemanse! The sandy beach and wonderfully stocked cottage. Very clean. Nancy is so great to work with and always quickly responds to questions. Beautiful sunsets and a clean sandy beach. We have already booked for next summer!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just as described! A family delight!

  • 5 of 5

What a great place in a great location! Spacious and open. Cool 70's decor with modern amenities and just enough nostalgic pieces to make it feel quite comfortable! Excellent cross-breeze through the house from the lake. The thermometer read over 90 degrees but we weren't feeling it, very nice nice design!

Very comfortable and roomy. Gas and charcoal barbecue grills to suit your choice. Excellent selection of LPs (albums for you youngsters) and stereo phono to provide a wonderful blast into music popular music history. We enjoyed the games in the sunroom/family room as well as some of the books in the bookcases (I found the hidden treasure of the 5-year diary). The beach was fantastic and the kids loved the Roeboat! I'd recommend this place to any of my friends or family. Thanks again for sharing this wonderful getaway!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
TCV- 50 mi, GRR- 110 mi, Home Acres - 2 mi
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Lake City
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Ludington, MI; Muskegon, MI- Lake Michigan
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Missaukee Golf , Treetops, Shanty Creek, Cry
Nearest Train
90 Miles
Amtrak-Holland, MI (HOM)
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Lake City
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Lake City, Cadillac, Falmouth, Traverse City
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Missaukee Mt., Caberfae Peaks, Crystal Mt, Boyne
Nearest Beach
Walk out beach door - you are there!
Car: recommended

Our Lake House is located on beautiful Lake Missaukee, an all- sports lake. It is best known for its beaches (there are none better than ours on the east side), swimming areas (ours is sandy with a gental slope), fishing from shore or boat, water skiing, scuba diving, boating, walking the beach, relaxing on the beach, sand castle building, kayaking, and of course you can view the lake from most of our rooms or sit on the lakeside patio to watch the water activities or enjoy the best sunset views on the lake. Lake City just a mile walk away and other area cities, offer many activities, shopping, food and entertainment. You must try the Tasty Treat, (Lake City) they have the biggest ice cream cones in the north. Need a cold beer just stroll to the Town Pump (lake City), Food Factory, or the Hollywood for a home town crowd and brew. Cadillac is 15 miles away, Houghton Lake 20 miles away, and Traverse City just 50 miles away. Great central location to many activities, events, and up-north venues.




Additional information about rental rates

No pets.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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