Fully furnished home about 20 - 30 minutes from Ann Arbor and The Big House. We are on Portage Lake, connected to the Huron River and the Chain of Lakes (8 lakes). Swimming, sandy bottom, 100 feet of docks, includes use of four kayaks, canoe, paddleboat and row boat, paddles, oars and life jackets are included.
The second floor has three bedrooms and one full bathroom. Large master bedroom with queen size bed and large windows facing the lake. Second bedroom has two twin beds. Third bedroom has two twin beds in a trundle (one hides under the other when not in use). All sheets, pillows, pillow cases and many towels are included.
The first floor is open and has a complete kitchen, dining room area, living room area and sitting area. Living room area has two couches, one is a queen bed pull-out. Full bathroom also on first floor. Separate laundry room with washer and dryer and fully stocked with detergents and cleaning products if you need to do laundry.
Our lake is about 90 feet deep and fishing includes bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, northern pike, rock bass, smallmouth bass, sunfish and walleye. We have caught some of these, but have only seen some, like walleye and pike, caught by neighbors. Our lake covers about 644 square acres. There are designated catch and release areas on the Huron River nearby.
We are near great hiking and biking, such as Peach Mountain, Pinckney State Recreation Area, Waterloo State Recreation Area, Lakelands Trail and Hudson Mills Metropark. A good walk or bike around the lake is about eight miles. We will provide our maps of our favorite mountain, road and gravel road rides and hikes. Bicycles can be rented in Dexter. In winter there are plenty of marked and unmarked trails for hiking and cross country skiing.
We are 20 minutes from the Big House and we are good for football weekends. Fall football weekends are not only good for Michigan football, but Fall is a great time to use our four kayaks and canoe. The summer residents are mainly gone and there is very little boat traffic.
We are a ten minute drive to Hell, Michigan (not great restaurants, but plenty of kitch - ask for John Colone - he's the "mayor" of Hell and he'll gladly let you re-new your wedding vows in the Hell Chapel).
Local farmers are nearby with seasonal daily fresh picked corn, vegetables, eggs and fruit. It is a ten minute drive to pick your own blueberries (Dexter Berry Farm) and raspberries (Berry Hill Farms), depending on the season. The excellent and comprehensive Ann Arbor Farmers Market is every Wednesday and Saturday. Other local Farmers Markets include Pinckney (Sat.) and Howell (Sun.).
There are two golf courses within a ten minute drive: Whispering Pines Golf Club and Hudson Mills Metropark and many others within a half hour drive.
There are a lot of antique sellers nearby, including the Ann Arbor Antiques Market at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.
We will supply very detailed lists of local restaurants, farmers markets, recreational stuff to do and a calender of local events like county and town fairs, festivals and museums.
We have several board games: Scrabble, Battleship, Risk, Chinese Checkers, Apples To Apples, Othello, Backgammon, Chess and Yahtzee.
No smoking. No dogs.
Guests have access to our four kayaks and paddles, rowboat and oars, paddleboat, sunfish sailboat, many life jackets in many sizes and 100 feet of dock, as well as BBQ and whole house.
$150.00 Cleaning Fee Required. Release required for use of watercraft.
The owner's daughter and son-in-law greeted us when we arrived at the cottage. They were very thorough with how everything worked. We learned about the history of the cottage, which was very interesting.The cottage was the perfect place for our group..8 women on a mini-retreat. We had everything we needed for preparing all of our meals. Their kitchen was almost better stocked than my kitchen at home! Right down to my favorite balsamic vinegar...Fustini's!! The fireplace and cozy living room (with a fantastic view of the frozen lake), the large dining room table, the spacious kitchen, HUGE master bedroom and the fireworks display across the lake made for a perfect weekend. The owners arrived right before we left to meet us face-to-face. They truly want their guests to have a relaxing time at their home! Thank you, Julie and Mark!
This was a perfect place to stay! 20 minutes to
Ann Arbor but beautiful and peaceful at the house. Lakefront. Fishing off the dock. Kayaking was fabulous, with autumn leaves peaking. Great hikes close by and wonderful running path at a local park. House has everything you could need. We would stay again.
We loved the complete facilities for cooking, comfortable home, access to kayaks, guides to nearby trails, and the personal welcome by our hosts. We want to caution future guests that the house faces the lake but is backed by a very busy road - if you are a light sleeper this might be a problem. The house sleeps a lot of people but pay attention to the layout of the beds: it is a bit difficult for three couples. Finally, the distance to the University of Michigan was greater than we thought it would be: 30 minutes driving.
The Lake House was even better than described. We had an excellent stay. Mark was great to work with and made sure we had everything we needed, including easy instructions on how to get to the house. We will definitely stay at the Lake House again on our next visit.
We had a great stay at the Lake House; it was exactly as advertised. The kayaks + canoe + sunfish (with life jackets, paddles, water shoes, sunscreen..) were really fun; we even got some helpful tech support from the hosts for setting up the sunfish.
We love the lake house. Right out our door we can swim, kayak, canoe, paddle boat (feet only), sail, boat, walk and bike, or just relax and read a book or nap. By boat we can easily get to many other lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. We have nearby farm stands with fresh daily fresh corn, veges and fruit. In a short drive we can hike up natural unpaved or paved Peach Mountain trails, walk or bike our local Metropark (Dexter Mills, paved path), mountain bike, road bike or gravel road or mountain bike, walk or hike in Pinckney State or Waterloo Recreational Areas or the Lakelands Trail (hardpack). Sometimes we take the 20 minute drive to Ann Arbor for its great restaurants and many City and University of Michigan events.