The SpaceIt's warm and bright in your private up-north retreat with walls of windows--whatever the weather outside.
Happy inside? Put your feet up in your cozy year-round vacation home. Start with a complimentary bottle of up-north wine or a homemade cappuccino as you gaze out floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a tranquil lake and the woods beyond. Build a fire by the beach, or sip your drink on one of two private decks steps from your own private 110-foot beachfront.
Get a quality and affordable massage or facial five minutes away, or a great beer and sandwich a few minutes more at the renowned Short's Brewery or visit Michigan's largest indoor water park. Drive 10 minutes to Grand Traverse Bay, where you can wander the beach or walk or cross-country ski the trails. Visit wineries, or head to one of a handful of delightful nearby up north "cities" for fun eating, shopping, and exploring. Enjoy browsing antique shops, galleries and other charming haunts along the way. Weather permitting, swim, fish, take out a kayak or canoe, nap in one of two lakeside hammocks, or make s'mores at the fire pit.
New fridge, range & beach updates on top of a recent bathroom renovation are in just in time for your stay. Enjoy the WIFI, 50" flat screen TV, choose from many dozens of DVDs, CDs, books, games and toys. Get cozy in freshly laundered robes and lounging-around socks (for kids AND adults) in our comfortable year-round cottage. Or just nap on comfy beds with flannel sheets and down comforters. Nothing to do but relax.
Tucked into a glacial valley and nestled in the hills of northwest Michigan, the village is located on a 75-mile chain of beautiful lakes. We're halfway between the Equator and the North Pole on the 45th Parallel. Minutes away, visit Bellaire's restaurants, cafes, or Schuss Mountain's championship golf courses and ski slopes. Dine at a gourmet restaurant a few miles north of us or at dozens of lovely small-town cafes.
It's an easy 15-minute walk to Central Lake, a sleepy, peaceful village (with a few charming shops, a pub and several restaurants), and an easy drive to a handful of quintessential up-north 'cities' like Charlevoix, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Gaylord, and the sweet towns of Elk Rapids and Alden. Or play at Michigan’s largest indoor water park at nearby Boyne.
Outside your door (depending on the weather), skate, fish, swim, take our kayaks or canoe, or your own boat, on the placid water and paddle past kingfishers and great blue heron, turtles nestling in the tall grasses, and weeping willows along the shore.
In the master bedroom, enjoy a queen bed with an antique headboard and a luxurious mattress topper while looking out at the lake through sliding glass doors. New as of December 2014 in the second bedroom: two solid wood twin over full bunk beds. Enjoy our completed updated bathroom.
Eat out or cook in with our fully outfitted kitchen-- with gadgets ranging from an espresso machine, Kitchen Aid mixer and electric pancake griddle to fresh herbs and tomatoes growing outside the front door summer through fall.
About that massage or facial...We've teamed up with a spa less than five minutes down the road to offer an assortment of options for men, women and children: luxurious massages (choose hot-stone; deep tissue; Swedish and more); facials; pedicures; manicures, reflexology and more. Enjoy one treat, or spend the day there! Spa packages (to name a few) include: Queen for a Day (massage, facial, manicure); King for a Day (deep tissue massage; gentleman's facial and manicure; and hair cut); Prince or Princess for a Day (chocolate cream facial mask, mini-manicure and mini-pedicure and relaxation massage); Ladies' or Men's Day or Night Out with any of the above...or add to your package reflexology, a rejuvenator special with essential oils and hot stone and paraffin for your hands or feet, Reiki and more.
Here's a quick tour. Fully remodeled in 2007 with yearly updates since, the light-filled single-level open-plan design includes a:
•Master Bedroom: Queen bed with a luxurious mattress topper, where you can look out sliding glass doors leading to a private deck and the lake beyond; ceiling fan and window a.c. unit; TV and DVD player, and a comfy chair. Linens included.
•Second Bedroom: Two sets of bunk beds each with a double and single bed; window a.c. unit (when needed); DVD player, flat screen TV and cable, toys and children's books.
•Living Room: Three sets of sliding glass doors stretching across the lakefront wall. They lead to a deck w/a gas grill, picnic table, and a glorious view of the lake a few dozen steps away; two full couch/sofabeds and an overstuffed chair; ceiling fan and air conditioning unit (for summer, of course); 50' flat screen, high-def TV, DVD player, stereo, a large collection of movies, music, books, toys and games.
•Dining Room: Sliding glass doors; queen couch/futon; dining table(s); ceiling fan and a library.
•Kitchen: Open to the living and dining rooms with a lake view and a breakfast bar with seating. Fully equipped and well stocked
•One and a half bathrooms: ceramic tile floor; shower/tub & double sinks in primary bath, completely remodeled in December 2013, and a second small bathroom. We supply towels.
•Garage: for storing bikes, fishing rods, snowmobiles (plus a few adult and child-sized bikes you can use at your own risk).
You're less than a mile from the village of Central Lake. Neighbors are a mixture of vacationers and year-round residents and have been rarely heard or seen. You're down a curving driveway from the village road so the "traffic" you notice will be less the occasional passing cars than the occasional passing fishing boats (ice fishing in winter!) or, weather permitting, passing pontoons.
Come on up to what our son lovingly named 'Our Hanley Lake Hideaway' and a repeat guest calls 'Our Little Slice of Heaven!' Guest AccessThe full house, decks, 110 feet of beach, a dock, fire pit, and 75 miles on the chain of lakes. It's all yours. Interaction with GuestsWe provide a 40-plus-page welcome letter about the home, the area, and anything else you can (or can't!) think of. Our local caretaker lives a mile up the road and we're available by phone as needed. The NeighborhoodYou'll be less than a mile from the village of Central Lake. Neighbors are a mixture of vacationers and year-round residents and rarely heard or seen. You're down a curving driveway from the village road so the "traffic" you notice will be occasional passing cars on the road and passing fishing boats (winter included) or, weather permitting, pontoons and kayaks.
Wander out the back of the house about 100 feet down the lawn to the dock. You're in the middle of a tranquil 75-mile chain of lakes (hence the village's name of Central Lake!). Take our kayaks or canoe, or your own boat, on the placid water and paddle past kingfishers and great blue heron, turtles nestling in the tall grasses, and weeping willows along the shore. Enjoy browsing antique shops, galleries, and other charming haunts.
An easy few-minute walk to a peaceful village (with a few charming shops, a pub and a couple of restaurants), and an easy drive to a handful of quintessential up-north 'cities' like Charlevoix, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Gaylord, and the sweet towns of Elk Rapids and Alden. Or play at Michigan’s largest indoor water park at nearby Boyne. Getting AroundCar needed.