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KALKASKA LAKEFRONT RETREAT (Kalkaska, MI): Sleeps 8, Near Ski Hills, Snowmobile Trails, on Manistee Lake






BEDROOMS:  3 + Bunkhouse
*LAKEFRONT (Manistee Lake)


Ideal for a large family who likes their space yet can also be respectful of their noise levels in this quiet cottage atmosphere!  When you pull through the quiet neighborhood to the Manistee Lake, you will feel as though you have plenty of room, plenty of shoreline.   Enjoy the main house and the bunkhouse, which are rented together.

Great for a family vacation where everyone has their space. The 2 spaces are rented as one and connected by an open breezeway. Bring another small family you enjoy traveling with, allow your young adults to have their own space, or create a multi-generational travel experience by bringing the grandparents and/or favorite aunts and uncles.

A complete remodel and update of this lake house was finished in early 2022.  The contemporary design feels both cozy and clean.  Enjoy the ambiance of the field stone gas fireplace. The main house kitchen is ample to prepare food for 8 guests with its 5-burner stovetop, large refrigerator with French doors, plus a deep, field house sink.

The bunkhouse is hardly your typical bunk house, as it has a full kitchen and separate bathroom.  Therefore, you can be as close or private alongside with whom you are traveling.

Enjoy Manistee Lake with it's ideal kayaking and plenty of fishing opportunities.  Pike, lots of panfish, small bass and walleye are found in this 860 Manistee Lake. 

Or just sit back, gaze at all the beauty Manistee Lake has to offer and relax!  Let the memories with your family and friends etch in your heart throughout your stay.



Air Conditioning: Yes, this lake house has central air.

ATV/Snowmobiles: Yes. You can drive from the front door to nearby trails. Leetsville Trail is the closest. Here is a map of ORV trails nearby. Snowmobile trail permit information click here: Trail permit information

Animals: Variety of birds, squirrels, turkey, coyotes, fox, deer and bear.

Bathroom:  Main house - 2 bathrooms, bunkhouse - 1 bathroom
Main house: 1 full bathroom with a tub and shower
                     1 full bathroom with a tiled stand up shower
Bunkhouse: 1 full bathroom with tub and shower

Beach/Swimming: There is a beach area with sand above rocky shoreline

Bedroom Configuration: 3 bedrooms in main house, 2 in bunkhouse
Main house:   Bedroom 1: Queen bed
                       Bedroom 2:  Queen bed
                       Bedroom 3:  2 Twin beds (one tucked away under stairs)
Bunkhouse:  1 Queen bed, and 1 set of bunk beds-double on the bottom, twin on top

Boats: 1 Kayak, standard size life jackets provided (Seasonal) 

Boat Launch:  Public launch, Manistee Lake Sands Park, southwest end of lake. You can then park your truck/trailer combo on the South (left) side of the house. 


Bugs:  Typical Michigan bugs

Cell phone service: Verizon/AT&T - Good!

Distances (approximate):
* Boyne Mountain Resort: 44 minutes
* Crystal Mountain: 1 hour 18 minutes
* Schuss Mountain: 27 minutes

*  Higgins Lake: 45 minutes
* Torch Lake: 55 minutes
* Traverse City: 40 minutes

* Mackinac Bridge: 1 hours and 37 minutes away

Dock: This lake is an All Sports Lake so bring your boat or jet skis. Dock is installed approximately the week before Memorial Day and removed the last week of October. 

Fireplace: Main house - 1 gas fireplace
                  Bunk house - 1 gas fireplace


Fire-pit: Yes! Please keep fires manageable and extinguish completely

Fishing: Bring your poles. Jumbo Bluegill, Jumbo Perch, Crappie, Pike and Walleye!  The best fishing is from a boat.

Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online at http://www.mdnr-elicense.com/Welcome/Default.aspx

GOLF COURSES:     Timber Wolf Golf Club - 8 miles (13 minutes)
                                   Grandview Golf Club -  5.6 miles (11 minutes)

                                           Twin Birch Golf Club - 10.5 miles (15 minutes)
                                   The Chief Golf Course - 22 miles (32 minutes)
                                   LochenHeath Golf Club - 31 miles (40 minutes)

                                           Elmbrook Golf Course - 36 miles (47 minutes)

Grill: 1 Charcoal Smoker and a propane grill 

Grocery Store: Convenience store & Gas Station (with recreational fuel!) is a mile and half away on the south end of Manistee Lake - The Cove.  Main grocery is in Kalkaska which is 12 miles away: 
Family Fare Supermarket - 784 S Cedar St, Kalkaska, MI 49646  (231) 258-2101
Northland Food & Family Center - 2101 U.S. 131, Kalkaska, MI  49646  (231) 258-911

Internet: Yes there is WiFi for guests use

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, pillow cases and bath towels.

Neighbors: 11 PM QUIET TIME--Please be conscientious of the nearby neighbors, you are within a quaint cottage community.  Please, no loud music, booming fireworks, or outside smoking of substances, other than cigarettes. We have other places for you if you would like to blast your favorites while on vacation. Per our contract, guests who can't adhere to the quiet time restrictions will asked to leave, without a refund. 

Parking: 4 cars, also extra area for trailers

Pets: Not Allowed

Privacy:  Association beach area on the left, and cottage on the right of lake house


Televisions:  3 in main house, 3 in bunk house

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

Washer and dryer: Yes, Laundry soap is provided

Please plan bring your own or have your own delivered. You may be lucky enough to find some scattered around. You can purchase wood at the convenience store a mile and half away on the south end of Manistee Lake


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blankets
  • Board Games
  • Box Fans
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Ceiling fans
  • Central air conditioning
  • Fireplace- Gas
  • Heat: Furnace
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Smart TV
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Vacuum
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Blender
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee Makers: Drip and Keurig (some K-cups provided)
  • Cooking and Baking Pans
  • Crockpot
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishwasher (plus Detergent)
  • Electric Skillet
  • Ice maker
  • Keurig---bring your own K-cups
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Propane
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs
  • Picnic Table
  • Sandy Beach
  • Snowmobile from Property
  • Swimming on Property

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January 2022 - December 2023 01/01/2022 - 12/31/2023 2 $189.00


1st class operation
1st class operation. Provided us with everything you can need and was above and beyond with how pretty it was. We will be back and try the other properties this group manages.
FVR RESPONSE: Jon, thank you for your kind words. We're glad that the cottage fit your needs, and we look forward to working with you again at any of our properties!
Nov 2022
Everything was perfect!
Everything was perfect! We were extremely satisfied with this beautiful home. We hope to return again during the summer months!

FVR RESPONSE: Trena, we love that you found everything to be perfect! That makes our day. Thank you for your very kind feedback, and we'll look for you in summer 2023!
Nov 2022
Lovely Place!
Such a lovely place perfect for a friends getaway!

FVR RESPONSE: Misty, we're glad that you had a perfect friends getaway! We hope that you come back again.
Sep 2022
Place was immaculate!
Literally has everything you could everything you could ever need up to and including marshmallow sticks. Communication was fantastic when we had an issue. My husband and I can’t wait to come back. Best Airbnb we have ever stayed at!

FVR RESPONSE: Johnna, we're glad that you had such a great stay, and that it was the best ABNB you have ever stayed at. We hope to work with you again.
Sep 2022
A must stay! We will be back :)
Be ready to be wowed the second you turn the corner and see this stay in view. The property is perfectly set on a beautiful lake. The house is stunningly designed with plenty of room and attention to details. Checkin/out was easy and communication prompt, helpful and friendly. You’ll love making memories here!

FVR RESPONSE: Amanda, we appreciate your kind words. We couldn't agree more-the owners have done a beautiful job renovating this cottage. We hope to see you again in the future making more memories! 
Aug 2022
Do not think twice about booking this property!
It is tough to say whether we enjoyed being inside or outside more. The inside was beautifully updated and felt like a luxury retreat. Outside was just as beautiful as the inside and made us feel like we were at an adult summer camp. I cannot speak highly enough of this property and am looking forward to return visits.

FVR RESPONSE: Rachel, what a great review! Thank you for it, and we're glad that you plan on returning.
Aug 2022
Perfect place to stay!
So beautiful inside this updated house as well as outside. Perfect for a large family or multiple families. We loved our stay and will be coming back.

FVR RESPONSE: Jessica, we're so glad that the cottage was perfect for your family and that you had a good stay. We look forward to your return!
Aug 2022
This place is amazing and better than described in the listing!
The house and bunk house are both beautiful. My entire family spent the weekend there and there was plenty of space for us all to feel comfortable. The outdoor space is equally amazing, there are several seating locations. We loved sitting by the fire and watching sunsets from the dock. There is a huge sandy beach that my son played in all day! I could not recommend this place enough, we hope to plan another trip here soon!

FVR RESPONSE: Erica, we're so pleased that you and your family found the cottage to be amazing and that the space worked out well for you. We appreciate your recommendation and your feedback. We look forward to your return!
Aug 2022
This place gets an A+!!!
Beautiful interior, exceptionally clean, tons of amenities. The kitchen was very well stocked. The fire pit and Adirondack chairs adds such a cozy feel. Any questions we had were answered in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend this place ❤️

FVR RESPONSE: Mirra, thank you for you recommendation! We're glad that you had a great time - we love the A+. We hope to work with you again.
Jul 2022
Kalkaska lakefront house
Beautiful home and property! We had an amazing time. The large beach area was a great surprise and the multiple lakefront seating options were great! The house was clean and well stocked. Service thru freshwater vacation rentals was very convenient. We will be back!

John, we're so glad that you had an amazing time!  Thank you for your kind words for the staff at FVR.  That means a lot to us.  We look forward to your return.
Jun 2022
The house is better than the pictures.
The level of craftsmanship and finishing touches that went into this home make it the perfect lakeside getaway.

FVR RESPONSE:  Matt, thank you for this review and feedback. It was a pleasure having you as our guest and we hope to work with you again. 
Apr 2022
Amazing cottage and property to say the least! Such a fantastic location for a family vacation with it being on a beautiful lake and not to mention, plenty to do in the near by cities! We will absolutely be coming back in the near future to make more unforgettable family memories!
Andre Parker
Feb 2022

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