Bayside Bungalow Hessel

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BAYSIDE BUNGALOW: (Hessel, MI) Sleeps 8, Waterfront (Lake Huron), Dog- friendly

Pets Welcome







*LAKEFRONT (Lake Huron)

* SLOW DRIVING (25 MPH) IS ESSENTIAL on the side street. Neighbors are vigilant at having the speed limit enforced. Police will be notified.

Aaahhh.... the view! Day or night, yet especially when the sun is setting, the view makes Bayside Bungalow feel magical.  What an incredible place to soak in Lake Huron, not too far once you pass the Mackinac Bridge. The renovations are modern & crisp. The 4 bedroom/ 2 bathroom Bayside Bungalow is a all-around sharp place.  Sitting with your friends and family in the comfortable porch setting overlooking Lake Huron brings out the best in both relaxation and conversation.  The stroll to the water's edge is simple. Comfort surrounds you both inside and out as it is obvious care was taken to ensure vacationing guests found space to relax.  The convenience of the large refrigerator, ample indoor and outdoor seating, plus the laundry room on the main floor, add ease to your trip.   

The favorite spot for the bibliophile in your group will be the reading nook. This space was designed as the ideal space to relax. Plus, for those who need to do a little work or study at the desk, while the rest of the family vacations, there is an ideal space to squeeze in those few moments. This unique bungalow simply brings out that warm & cozy feeling of being together.  The purpose of carving out this time to be together.

As you watch the sun descend onto the Lake Huron horizon, listening to the crackle of the camp fire as you reflect on the day, you'll find yourself wondering, just when you will be back to Lake Huron, and a visit to Bayside Bungalow again...


Air Conditioning: Yes there is central air throughout the entire house.

ATV's:  Yes, trails nearby(not directly accessible from property)

Main Floor
         Bathroom #1: Full bath with shower, sink, toilet
Upper Level
         Bathroom #2: Full bath with shower/ tub, sink, toilet

Beach/Swimming: Yes on property, beach is rocky

Bedroom Configuration:
Bedroom #1: 2nd floor-Master Bedroom- King size bed
Bedroom #2: 2nd floor- Full size bed
Bedroom #3: Main level- Full size bed
Bedroom #4: Main level- Queen size bed

Boats: Yes, there are 2 public launches nearby(no dock or launch from property) There will also be 2 kayaks and life jackets available for your use. Boats are available to use from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Cable:  No-there is NOT traditional cable.  There are 2 Samsung Smart TV's 

Cell phone service:  Sprint, AT&T and Verizon all work well 

             * Pictured Rocks: 2 hours and 18 minutes ( 134 miles)
              * Marquette: 3 hours and 5 minutes ( 177 miles)
              * Falls State Park: 1 hour and 32 minutes ( 86 miles) 
              * Mackinac Bridge: 35 minutes (31 miles)            
              * Les Cheneaux Distillers (5 Miles)
Dock: No

Drinking Water: Well Water

Drugs/Smoking/Fireworks: Freshwater does not permit illegal drugs of any kind on the property. Due to the location of the properties, smoking is strongly discouraged around the home and strictly prohibited in the home. Fireworks are prohibited at a Freshwater location for the safety of all persons in and around the property, even if it is legal in that city.

Fireplace: No. The wood stove in the dining area is for decoration only. It is not functional. 

Fire-pit: There is a fire-pit in the backyard

Fishing: Some common fish you will see in the nearby lake are Pike, Walleye, Small Mouth, and Trout.  Please be sure to bring your own poles as there are none at this property. Also, in order to fish in Michigan lakes, one is required to hold a fishing license. 
Best nearby fishing options are at:
Nearby Hessel Marina you can go fishing off the pier (Lake Huron). 
Salmon fishing can be done in the Carp River (20 minutes away).
Les Cheneaux Islands is about 20 minutes away which are boater and fishing friendly.

Grill: Yes. Blackstone/propane. 

Grocery Store: Cedarville Foods in Cedarville: 30 M-129, Cedarville, MI 49719   Also, Family Fare - 699 US-2, St Ignace, MI 49781  (906) 643-9636

Handicap Friendly: No. There are 4 steps to front door and 4 steps off of deck

Home Automation: Our property contains a YourWelcome Guest Tablet which is a complimentary smart home device for use during your stay. The tablet can be used for checking in on arrival as well as accessing property specific guides, local area information and many other useful features to improve your stay. The tablet includes a camera on the front and rear however no features used on the tablet utilize or activate the camera or mic. The option to turn off the device is always possible should you feel it necessary, and the large power button is found along the top side of the tablet.

Ice Maker- The ice maker in the freezer is just a small one. It will not produce enough ice for coolers. If you need ice for coolers, please bring ice with you on your way in.

Internet: Yes. Property has Starlink internet and has great connection.

Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are fussy about the thread count of your sheets, just let me know, and I’ll make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets. We have just the basic sheets, pillows, pillowcases, and bath towels.

Parking: There is room for 6 cars or 4 cars with 2 trailers.

Pets: Dogs are welcome! (3 MAX) Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/per pet for your entire stay. Yes, we do accept dogs, yet we do ask that you please clean up after them both inside and outside the cabin. Plus, if you allow them on the furniture, we do ask that you please bring your own linens/blankets for them to sleep on.  Just let us know which bed you will be using with them, and we’ll make sure it is ready for your sheets when you arrive. Plus, if the pet hair starts to build, we do ask that you please run the vacuum. Generally, dogs love the water and places to explore. Pet food does tend to attract mice, so vigilance is needed.

Privacy: Wooded lot to the right, pretty private from neighbors

Space:  Main Floor, Upstairs, roughly 1600 sq ft of living space; The Lake Huron waterfront in front of the home is generally very quiet, yet is NOT private. It is adjacent to other waterfront homes within walking distance.

Televisions: 2 Samsung Smart TV's with streaming capability

Towels: Yes, we provide towels.  Please bring your own beach towels to take to the water.

Washer and dryer: Yes, laundry soap and dryer sheets supplied

Winter Amenities- There are heated mattress pads to all beds, flannel sheets, and two space heaters are upstairs in the closet

Wood: Wood pile on site


Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Beach Towels
  • Blankets
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Box Fans
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Ceiling fans
  • Central air conditioning
  • Firewood is Provided.
  • Generator-live off the grid
  • Heat - Propane Forced Air
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed
  • Smart TV w/ streaming
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Vacuum
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Antibacterial Hand-Sanitizer
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Coffee maker
  • Cooking and Baking Pans
  • Crockpot
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric Skillet
  • Hand Mixer
  • Ice maker
  • Keurig--some K-cups provided
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Soaps (Hand & Dish Soap)
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Blackstone Grill
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Firewood Provided for guests
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn Games
  • Patio Chairs
  • Swimming on Property
  • Walkway to Lake-Private Beach

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $399.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $399.00


All the Comforts of Home
Great property with all the amenities & comforts of home. Very comfortable and spacious for our family of 4 & pup. We appreciated each having our own space after a busy day of exploring. We also appreciated all the kitchen supplies available for use as we cooked the majority of our meals. Great set up and very convenient. Our favorite day was spent exploring on Mackinaw island- we could go back as there was so much to do and see. The ferry ride was great as we took the longer ride that allowed us to go beneath the spectacular bridge too. The only drawback I would say would be the location as far as the neighborhood being a bit sketchy and not as welcoming as we would have hoped. The games that were provided were enjoyed and fun to use at night. Thank you for an enjoyable and fun family vacation.


Hi Jessica! We are so delighted to know you enjoyed your stay, and found the home to be well sized, and well supplied for meeting your family's needs after exploring the area! It is unfortunate to know you didn't find the neighborhood to have more of a welcoming feel, but we are glad that you enjoyed the different amenities of the home itself, and hope the surrounding area wasn't a deterrent towards a future stay, as we would be more than happy to host you again!  
Oct 2023
Another visit to this magical bungelow
This was our second visit to this beautiful bayside bungalow and it was as wonderful as we remembered. Our hosts think of every convenience to make sure guests have a relaxing vacation. It’s a gem and perfect for my two little granddaughters. It’s a great location for exploring other areas or just sitting waterfront, kayaking, making S’Mores - and the sunsets are magical. There’s no doubt we will be back a third time!
Sep 2023
Bayside Bungalow is a charming retreat
The Bayside Bungalow was perfect! It was such a special house for us to spend a girls weekend. The location on the lake was spectacular with beautiful sunsets where we were able to start a campfire as the foreground to those beautiful sunsets. The house is so gorgeously decorated with luxury amenities and the four bedrooms gave us our own space. I usually don’t sleep well but the bed was extremely comfortable and I slept surprisingly sound. On our second day in Hessel, we took a short drive to Mackinac Island for the day but I would have preferred to spend all my time in the Upper UP at the Bayside Bungalow. I would love to come back to make more memories.

Ellen, thank you for this lovely review.  We're glad that you and your friends spent your time with us, and we're glad that the property worked out so well for you.  We would love to have you come back.
Jun 2023
Amazing rental for our yearly snowmobile family trip with all the comforts of home!
This rental was only a 30 min drive north of the bridge. The bungalow is beautiful and they did an amazing job decorating it and making it feel like home. There were a lot of little touches that really made the rental stand out (heated blankets, reading nooks, throw blankets, space heaters, fans, bedside phone chargers, coffee stand (with Stevia!), fully stocked kitchen, automatic lights outside). The driveway was long enough to accommodate both of our trailers. There was a large tiled entryway with hooks for all our gear. Even in winter, the view overlooking Lake Huron is so beautiful. We'd go back to this place in a heartbeat! 


Thank you for sharing such a fantastic review, Stacy! It's so great to know that you enjoyed your stay, but also especially the fact that not only was the home able to work well for your needs, but also that you were able to appreciate all of the little touches the home owner has put into the house! Hopefully we will get a chance to host another stay with you in the future! 
Feb 2023
We love this place! It is welcoming and the view was stunning. Just wish we had more time to spend

Danielle, we're glad that you loved staying at Bayside Bungalow!  You'll have to come back again and stay longer.
Jul 2022
5 stars
We stayed at the Bayside Bungalow. It could not of been more perfect. We enjoyed the beautiful lake, sunsets and kayaks. The house and rooms were so lovely and charming. We did not want to leave. Our family created beautiful memories for years to come and will definitely be going back.


Thank you Julie for such a wonderful review! The home truly is such a gem, not only with the views and amenities, but the fact that the owners put so much care into the design truly makes it a great place to stay. We look forward to getting to host you again in the future, and more memories can continue to be created!
Jul 2022
Spectacular views and lots of laughs
The place was absolutely amazing so homey and beautiful! The view of the lake and the islands and everything was just beautiful! The only complaints in the house were form the ones using the Wi-Fi for phones or games other then that I cannot wait to return next year for another fun time because they’re was just not enough time spent there!

Kayla, a vacation with spectacular views and lots of laughs is a successful vacation!  We love your enthusiasm for Bayside Bungalow, and we're so glad that you plan on returning.
May 2022

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