Stone House Mc Millan

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STONE HOUSE (outside of Newberry, MI): 4 bedrooms- Private dock with kayaks (June-Sept ONLY), swimming on site, & dog friendly

Pets Welcome







*LAKEFRONT (East Lake)

*PRIVATE DOCK (June - September only)
*2 KAYAKS  (June-September only)

Stone House is a pleasant, ranch-style home in McMillan, Michigan, just off MI-28.  Hosting 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms; this home has new furniture and new flooring in living room and bedrooms. Stone House sits on a large plot of land with a fire pit for guests to enjoy (however, in the winter the fire pit might be covered in snow). You will appreciate a fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher and a master bedroom with a California King bed with a wide view of the water. The dining room area seats 8 people around the table and come with 2 breakfast bar stools as well to accommodate guests.

What is nice about Stone House is that the bedrooms are split by the kitchen, making privacy a bit more achievable. Perhaps sharing with another family of 4 is an option. Both bedrooms with twin beds can be converted to kings for your convenience. Just let the office know when you book, so we can have the beds converted upon your arrival. For the winter warriors, the 2 car garage has accessibility for guests to one garage bay (garage is NOT heated).

So, grab the dog, and come and enjoy East Lake! With gorgeous sunsets resting on the pleasant all-sports lake, you will create memories to cherish!


AC: There is no air conditioning.  However, there is a nice breeze that comes off the lake and fans are provided for your comfort. 

ATV's: Allowed on property. Trails are nearby. Check out the Newberry trails here!



          Bathroom #1 (East side of kitchen) Bathroom with luxury                          shower,tub, sink, large counter and toilet.  (Newly renovation in               June 2018)

          Bathroom #2 (West side of kitchen) Shower & toilet behind a small            saloon door.  New sink and mirror  is across from the washer/dryer.

Beach/Swimming: You are able to swim off the dock or along the rocky shoreline. Water shoes might be a good idea for some. Lake is a murky bottom as of right now.  The closest beach is 4.7 miles away:  Beulah Public Beach  139 Lake St, Beulah, MI 49617

Bedroom Configuration:
          Master Bedroom (far East side of kitchen): California King bed

          Bedroom #2 (East of kitchen): Queen bed

          Bedroom #3 (West side of kitchen): 2 Twin beds (can convert to a                                King-- call the office (734) 284-5677

          Bedroom #4 (West side of kitchen): 2 Twin beds (can convert to a                                 King- call the office (734) 284-5677
****We also have 2 single roll-away beds you may use****

Boats (May-September only):  2 Kayaks. Also, often (no guarantee) you'll be able to use the basic pontoon boat we have on site.  If you would like to rent a different type of boat during your stay, a great place to consider is Watson's Marina (906) 586-9731, W17225 Main St. Curtis, MI 49820. 6 adult life jackets available. Please bring your children's life jackets from home (as those are not one size fits all).

Cable/Satellite TVs: YES! Satellite- We have DirectTv!

Cell phone service: You MUST use wi-fi calling. Most phones have no service here. There is a land-line at the home.

Dining Table: Yes! BRAND NEW in 2021! We have a counter top dining table (with 2 foot stools for those of us who don't like to dangle our legs) which seats 8 people comfortably. (The leaf can be removed to make the table smaller.)


              * Pictured Rocks: 55 minutes (51 miles)
              * Marquette: 1 hour 45 minutes ( 94 miles)
              * Oswald’s Bear Ranch: 25 minutes ( 19 miles)
              * Soo Locks: 1 hour and 21 minutes (71 miles)               
              * Tahquamenon Falls State Park: 47 minutes ( 38 miles) 
              * Mackinac Bridge: 1 hour and 23 minutes away ( 75 miles)
*Newberry: 7 miles (movie theater, grocery stores, ice cream,  
              *Toonerville Trolley (Tahquamenon Falls Excursion): 24 min (22 miles)

Dock: 30ft. private dock for your use. So, feel free to bring your own water vessel and park it at the dock. There is a
primitive boat ramp approximately 100 yards from the property for you to launch your boat.


Fishing: Yes, generally East Lake has good fishing. Guests have had a good experience with perch and various pan fish. Good size Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass have been caught right off of the dock.Since trout tend to like fast-moving deep, cold water, there are not trout found on East Lake. Fishing poles are not provided.  You can fish off the dock or the rowboat. Feel free to bring your own boat. The State DNR boat launch is about 1/2 mile down the road.

Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online here! 

Fishing poles: Please bring your own poles!

Grill: Propane grill. Propane will be provided for guests.

Grocery Store: 500 ft. to a convenience store:  Bear Den -  20906 M-28, McMillan, MI 49853  (906) 293-8023.  Also, Rahilly's IGA - 101 W Helen St, Newberry, MI 49868  (906) 293-5141

Internet:  YES! We have ViaSat Satellite Internet service

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.

Parking: Plenty of parking on the property for cars, trucks and even a trailer

Pets: Dogs are welcome! 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: There are other waterfront homes through the trees, yet you can't easily see them.  

Security camera: There is one security camera to monitor the snow removal. It is on the outside eves along the roof, pointed toward the garage. No audio capabilities.

Space:  1-level, ranch style home

Sporting Goods Shop: Duke's Sport Shop in Newberry, MI (11 mi away on M-123)

Snowmobiles:   YES! You can ride directly from the house to the nearby trails, about 1-2 miles away (UP457 & UP9). Plenty of parking-we even have a space in the garage you can use to park your snowmobiles.  Upon request we do have a clear detailed map of the nearby trails. 

Towels: Yes, we provide towels.  It's always good to bring extra  beach towels

Washer and dryer:  YES! An older washer-dryer is located in the 2nd bathroom, off the kitchen.  Laundry detergent is provided.

Wood:  Please bring/stop for firewood on your way for fire pit.  Check out 500 ft. to a convenience store:  Bear Den -  
20906 M-28, McMillan, MI 49853  (906) 293-8023.


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Acreage
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Box Fans
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Heat: Furnace
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed.
  • Telephone/Landline
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Coffee Makers: Drip and Keurig (some K-cups provided)
  • Dishwasher (plus Detergent)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Good Fishing
  • Grill-Propane
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs
  • Pontoon boat-not guaranteed, please ask
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Swimming on Property
Special Features
  • ATV allowed

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2022 01/02/2022 - 01/01/2023 2 $150.00


Our annual UP vacation
This was our fourth year staying at the Stone Cottage. We love the location and being on East Lake. The pontoon and use of the garage are also pluses. We bring our small dog and there is plenty of room outside for her to roam. The owner has made some improvements since our first trip; however, there are more things that could be improved upon, including the kitchen countertop and some painting of walls. Overall, it was a great trip and a great place to stay!

Chris, we love our returning guests!  Thanks for this great review.  It's
 fun to vacation with our pups, so we're glad that Stone House works out so well for you.  We appreciate your feedback and will pass them on to the owners.  We hope that you make it a 5th stay in 2022.
Sep 2021
5 stars
The vacation stay went well. I added on an extra night before leaving for the stay. Had a little mix up with the check out day bc I added the extra day but we got it straightened out right away and they were very receptive. Thank you!



Adam, we're glad that we could get everything straightened out so that you could stay an extra day, ad that you enjoyed staying at Stone House.  We would love to have you come back again
Aug 2021
I really enjoyed my stay at this Airbnb not only was it close to all of the cool attractions (Tahquamenon falls, pictured rocks, Etc) but it was also very comfortable stay. They bed and the pillows were great. The overall environment of the Airbnb was very calm and peaceful. The canoes and kayaks that were included were awesome and fishing on the lake in the backyard was amazing; plenty of fish to be caught. Overall, this was one of my favorite vacations and my first time ever going to the U.P and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay. 10/10 definitely recommend, and would even stay again. Thank you so much freshwater and Airbnb!



Kellum, what a great review!  Thank you for sharing your thoughts.  We love the 10/10 and would be happy to have you back again.
Jun 2021
5 stars
It was very peaceful and comfortable we enjoyed every minute of it and definitely plan on renting again. I do wish the pontoon was available. Outside of that everything was wonderful

Cathy, we're glad that you had a good stay.  The pontoon is only available during summer season, for the safety of our guests.  We'd love to have you back again.
Apr 2021
The Perfect Spot in the Perfect Location
Selfishly- I don't want to have this place super visabale....because we want to rent it every year :-) This is our second year in a row for snowmobiling season. My wife, and our doggies LOVE this house. Wayyyy more room for us than necessary- but we love the house, and our space. We literally move in for the week. We have only done this house in the winter- but I would imagine it being just as awesome, and beautiful in the summer as well. Until next year!


David, your review made me laugh out loud!  I love that you want to be selfish with knowledge of Stone House.  That's perfect and says everything one needs to know when reading reviews.  So thank you for that.  It is great hosting you, and, yes, you should come back both summer and winter?
Mar 2021
5 stars
The Stone House was comfortable and charming. We had a beautiful view of the lake, and the surrounding area was very quiet. Freshwater Rentals staff were very helpful!

Leanne, isn't it great to be in a beautiful, quiet place right now?  We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay, and we'd love to host you again.

Oct 2020
Very Nice Home
Great location on lake. House has tons of extra touches like plenty of cookware, basic cleaning supplies, pillows, bedding, paper towel, toilet paper etc.... I have stayed in many weekly rentals and never has one been so well stocked that we did not need to do a panic shop day one. Only negatives is the Wi-Fi is pretty slow (but works) and no ESPN to watch Monday Night Football. Highly recommended and will stay at this house again.

John, thank you for this great review and recommendation.  We love that you did not have to do a panic shop day!  We look forward to working with you again.
Oct 2020
Another great adventure!
This was our third year at the Stone House and we had another wonderful stay. Weather was a little chilly, but sure felt good to throw on the jeans and sweatshirt! Had a couple bonfires and a few rides on the pontoon. Always enjoy our stay at the Stone House. Plenty of room, great accommodations and a great location in the UP for sight-seeing! See you next year!

Chris, we love that you return each year!  It sounds like you do fun activities while there.  It's our pleasure to have you as our guests, and we'll look for you again next year.
Sep 2020
Beautiful lake setting
Great location. We had side by sides and were close to many trail systems. We were able to fit both SxS in the garage so they were dry when we started out in the mornings. Having the bedrooms split by the kitchen provides privacy for 2 couples. The lake was beautiful and the night sky is great for star viewing. We will definitely keep the stone house in mind for future vacations.

Kimberly,  thank you for this lovely review.  We are so glad that you had a great stay. We agree, the night sky is great for star gazing.  It was our pleasure hosting you, and we hope to do so again.
Sep 2020
5 stars
we had an amazing time! Could not have asked for a better setting and all the Comfort of home! Would give it ten stars but only let me go to 5!

Brent, we would love to have 10 stars!  Thank for for that.  We loved working with you and hope to do so again soon.
Jul 2020
Northwood get-a-way
absolutely beautiful. Loved everything about this place. Will definitely be renting again.

Michelle, we would love for you to come back again!  Stone House is a great property on East Lake.  It does have gorgeous sunsets, and the private dock is great for relaxing.
Jun 2020
Amazing snowmobile stay!
The Stone House was amazing for our snowmobile trip. The house is large, clean and updated. Check in was a breeze. The house is on a beautiful section of the lake and have amazing views each day. The house is super close to main 28 and a convenience store, and about 1/2 mile from the trails. The house was comfortable and warm, and the garage and laundry are great amenities! The California King bed is a huge plus too! All of this in a house that is a pet-lovers paradise. We loved our time and will definitely be back.

Kelleigh, thank you for this great review!  You have pretty much said it all.  Stone House sleeps 8 and is located on East Lake.  We'll look forward to your return.  
Jan 2020
This place was perfect for snowmobiling. Really nice house and plenty of room for our group. Great trails near by, we will definitely be back again!!

Julie, we are so happy that you enjoyed staying at Stone House, and that you want to return. That is the best recommendation possible!  It sleeps 8, pets are welcome and it is very close to snowmobile trails.  We look forward to your return.
Jan 2020
Beautiful and well stocked
We had a great time at this lovely house.

Amy, we are thrilled that you had a great time staying at Stone House.  It has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8, plus pets are welcome.  Located on East Lake, snowmobile trails are nearby for winter excursions.  We hope to work with you again.
Jan 2020
We had a good time.

Emilee, we are happy to know that you had a good time at Stone House.  With 4 bedrooms, it sleep 8 comfortably.  It's close to the snowmobile trails for winter adventures, plus your dog can join you on your getaway.  We look forward to working with you again.
Jan 2020
Close to the bar and gas station. Great spot for snowmobiling

FVR response: 
Adam it's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Stone House.  Hopefully you had great snow for snowmobiling.  Stone House sleeps 6 and is dog friendly.  For snowmobiling, guests can ride directly from the house to the nearby trails.  We hope to work with you again.
Dec 2019
Roomy and clean

FVR response: 
Justin, we are so happy that you enjoyed staying at Stone House.  It's the perfect place to go in winter if snowmobiling is your thing.  Stone House sits on a large plot of land, and guests can ride their snowmobiles right from the house to the nearby trails.  We hope that you come back again.
Dec 2019
Snowmobilers welcome! Tahquamenon Falls State Park nearby!
Great place to stay!

FVR response: 
Ryan, we love hearing that you enjoyed staying at Stone House.  It has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths and pets are welcome.  Guests can ride their snowmobiles directly from the house to the nearby trails, and there is plenty of parking.  There is even a space in the garage where guests can use to park their snowmobiles.  We hope to see you again!
Dec 2019
Great cottage, a really enjoyable stay!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Mary, we are so glad that you enjoyed staying at Stone House.  Pet friendly and sleeping 8, Stone House sits on a large plot of land with a fire pit for guests to enjoy.  Snowmobilers can ride directly from the house to the nearby trails. We hope to see you again.
Nov 2019
Clean and comfortable space

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Justin, we are happy to hear that you found the Stone House comfortable.  It has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and sleeps 8, plus it is dog friendly.  There are trails nearby for hiking and snowmobiling.  We look forward to your return!
Nov 2019
Great Weekend!
We enjoyed staying at the Stone Cottage for our fishing weekend. We greatly appreciated all the little amenities that were provided making it a very convenient stay. Extra trash bags, paper towel and keurig cups made vacation easy as we forgot to bring those items! Thanks for your hospitality. Can’t wait to come back!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Lee, we hope that you caught some fish!  Sleeping 8, Stone House is pet friendly and great for fishing, snowmobiling and ATVs.  It has a row boat for guests to use to explore East Lake.  We hope to see you back again.
Oct 2019
Roomy house on a peaceful lake. Plenty of room for kids and adults. Good location to access my attractions in the UP. We loved the big shower in the main bathroom.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Julie, thanks for taking the time to write this review.  The Stone House is pet friendly and has 4 bedrooms that sleep 8.  It is on lovely East Lake.  What is nice about Stone House is that the bedrooms are split by the kitchen, making privacy a bit more achievable.  We hope to see you again.
Oct 2019
“Very happy, I wish to come back soon.”

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Sonia, we hope that you do come back to Stone House!  We are glad that you are happy with your stay.  See you soon!
Oct 2019
Stone cottage
Property conveniently located to upper peninsula attractions. House has plenty of space, nicer amenities. Pontoon boat was a nice bonus to take out on lake. Overall, we enjoyed our stay here.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Amy, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Stone House.  It is located on East Lake and sleeps 8, plus it's pet friendly!  We hope you come back again.
Sep 2019
Stone Cottage Vacation
This was our second year at the Stone Cottage. We were very impressed with the many improvements that were made since our visit last year. New windows and appliances were very nice! We really enjoyed the use of the pontoon boat as well. Made a few trips around the lake - so peaceful. Did lots of day adventures, but was nice coming back to the cottage for a nice bonfire. We certainly hope to be back next year!!!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Chris, returning guests are our best review!  We're glad that the upgrades were appreciated.  Pontoon boats are so relaxing and a great way to explore the lake.  We'll look for you again next year!
Sep 2019
Great location
We wanted a place central to many UP attractions and this was perfect. Gorgeous little lake to look at. Master bedroom is outstanding. Nice grill and fire pit. Owners let us use the to pontoon. It was perfect!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Chris and Andrea, we love hearing that Stone House was perfect for you! There is always a rowboat for guests to use and sometimes a pontoon also. It's pet friendly, and simply a lovely property. We hope to see you again.
Sep 2019
Lovely lake house
The house was lovely and comfortable. We only had one issue and it was resolved immediately. Communication was excellent. Would stay here again if I was in the area.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Jane, we are happy that you found Stone House to be comfortable. It is pet friendly, has a private dock and a row boat for guests to use.  It's a great location for making day trips to the UP sites.  We'd love to work with you again at any of our properties.
Aug 2019
Very good rental experience
The Stone Cottage rental was a great fit for our family. It is set up perfectly for a group, and even though it has a few rough edgesI was pleased with the quality of the amenities provided. This is definitely not your basic, outfitted by Walmart rental. We did have an issue with the heat coming on repeatedly that was handled by the rental company immediately. My only real complaint would be sweeping up the kitchen after dinner our first night there was an large amount of dog hair. Floors should have been checked, especially after a pet was allowed. We would rent this again though as it definitely was a great experience.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Jill, we are glad that Stone House was a great fit for your family.  A private dock, swimming on property and a rowboat help to make this a great vacation spot.  Stone House sits on a large plot of land with a fire pit for guests to enjoy.  We are sorry to hear about the dog hair.  A super clean property is always our goal, but obviously this time our cleaner missed out.  When you work with us again, if ever there is something you find that is wrong or a problem, please call us immediately and we will get someone out to correct the issue.
Aug 2019
5 stars
My family loved Stone House!!! My sister said see you next year. I'm saying they will be wanting to stay there again.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Marian, yes!!!  We also want to see you again next year!  Stone House sits on a large plot of land with a fire pit for guests to enjoy.  Hopefully you got out in the rowboat to explore East Lake a bit.  See you next year! 
Aug 2019
Wonderful Upper Peninsula Lake House!
We had a wonderful stay! Perfect location for day trips around the upper peninsula. We enjoyed fishing off the pontoon boat and caught a good amount of various fish! The house living space was large and accommodated our family nicely (5 adults, 3 toddlers). The second bathroom shower was small, so we all ended up using the newly renovated hall bathroom. Everyone enjoyed the comfortable beds and the breeze from the lake was wonderful in the evening. We enjoyed nightly campfires and the kids loved all the marshmallows and s’mores! This house is truly a gem and we hope to return for years to come!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Megan, it sound like you had a fabulous vacation.  Love that you caught fish!  This cottage comes with a rowboat, a private dock and pets are invited to stay as well as humans!  We'd love to have you come back often.
Aug 2019
Great Family Getaway
Clean, Spacious and comfortable... great amenities including the pontoon boat ... Second bathroom off the utility room could do with some upgrades with a door Great spot to unwind no matter what the weather ..

Steven, Stone House is a great property, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed it as much as we do.  Fishing from the 30' private dock or from the row boat makes for good fun!  Its proximity to Pictured Rocks, Soo Locks, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and Mackinac Bridge makes for great day trips.  We'd love to work with you again.
Jun 2019
Great peaceful cottage
Stone Cottage was a peaceful getaway for my family. It has every amenity and odd/end we needed (or forgot to bring), and it began to feel like a home away from home. Beautiful view, nice area for walking, and peaceful waters on the lake. It was a little too cold for full lake use, but still a lovely little cottage.

When your vacation spot starts feeling like home, you can be certain that you've found a winner.  we are thrilled that this was true for you at the Stone House.  With a private dock and a rowboat, swimming on site, and being pet friendly, the Stone House is pretty much perfect.  We hope to see you again!
Jun 2019
snowmobile stay!
We enjoyed the house very much. A couple odd quirks with the electric, a lamp that constantly went off & on and a light in the kitchen that did the same. We told them so they could have it looked in to. Great having the use of the washer and dryer too! So much space here and we enjoyed that, plus the use of the garage for the snowmobiles was awesome! We got about 5-6 inches of snow one night ant they were right there that day to plow the driveway! The trails were a bit more difficult to get to then we thought they would be, and we had to go on the roads quite a bit, but luckily there was plenty of snow to do so! Bonus - a gas station just across the street! Overall, we had a great week at the Stone Cottage! Thank You!

Richard, you are most welcome!  We love when our guests appreciate our properties as much as we do, and you certainly had good snowmobiling conditions.  We hope to see you back again soon.
Mar 2019
Wonderful large home. Accommodated our large group very well!
We had a great time snowmobiling.

Bonnie and Bruce, we are so happy that you enjoyed staying at Stone House.  The U.P. is extraordinary in winter, and the Stone House is a lovely and comfortable property.  See hope to see you again!
Bruce & Bonnie
Feb 2019
We enjoyed our stay! It was so nice that the house was furnished with paper goods, laundry detergent and hand soaps at all the sinks! It was nice to have the garage use for our snowmobiles also! One thing we noticed was the flickering of a few of the lights. We had one go off and on at random in the living room. Thank you!

Richard, thanks for the compliments on Stone House.  We make every attempt to be sure that our guests are as comfortable as possible.  We'll be certain to check on the flickering lights.  Thanks for letting us know about it, adn we hope to work with you again soon.
Feb 2019
Great location for what we looking for.
Nice and cozy but large enough to accommodate a large group.

Paula, the Stone House is a great location, and we are so happy that you enjoyed staying there.  The U.P. is so spectacular in winter, and having a cozy place to stay makes it all the better.  We hope to see you again.
Jan 2019
Great place. Right on east lake. We were snowmobiling with 5 guys. Penalty of room with 4 bedrooms. Also lots of room to park your trailers

Richard, we are so happy that you enjoyed Stone House and got some good snowmobiling in!  It is such a great property for winter vacations.  We hope to see you back again.
Jan 2019
A Perfect Sanctuary
Excellent for Day Trips to All the Best Sites the UP has to Offer

Doug and Sarah, we are so happy that the Stone House was a sanctuary for you.  That's what we like to hear!  It is a great location for sightseeing in the UP.  We hope to work with you again.
Doug & Sarah
Sep 2018
Amazing location
The house is in an amazing location. Perfect for enjoying the outdoors and some privacy to have a fire by the lake. The pontoon boat was really enjoyable we watched otters swimming at night from the boat. There is a back deck to enjoy your morning coffee. One morning while sitting out there we spotted bald eagles flying right above our dock! The house fit all 7 of us comfortably and the beds were very comfy. Everything was clean and arranged. It is a little rough in a few spots but just.looked like a work in progress. We all enjoyed being there thoroughly and look forward to returning.

Misty, we are so happy that the Stone House fits your needs so well.  It is a great location, and seeing the bald eagles and the otters must have simply been joyful!  We look forward to having you as our guests again in the near future.

Sep 2018
Great location in the UP!
Stone cottage was a great place to stay and the location was beautiful. Plenty of room in the house for a big group. Did a lot of sightseeing and also enjoyed some fishing and cruising on the lake. A few improvements could be made, but overall, we enjoyed our time and were happy that we could bring our doggie with us!

Chris, we're so happy that you and your pup enjoyed the Stone House.  It's location is perfect for sightseeing, and there is so much to see!  We look forward to working with you again soon.
Sep 2018
Comfortable accommodations in a beautiful setting
Our family of four plus our dog had an enjoyable stay at Stone House! It’s a great central location for sight seeing. We enjoyed the lake view and spacious yard. We arrived to a clean house that had everything we could possibly need for a relaxing Upper Peninsula vacation!

Kristin, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Stone House.  It is the perfect location for seeing the fabulous sites in the UP.  Traveling with pups makes the adventure even better!  We hope to see you again.
Sep 2018
Great location in the UP
Stone cottage was a great place to stay and the location was beautiful. Plenty of room in the house for a big group. Did a lot of sightseeing and also enjoyed some fishing and cruising on the lake. A few improvements could be made, but overall, we enjoyed our time and were happy that we could bring our doggie with us!


Chris, the Stone House is the perfect location for sightseeing in the U.P.  and East Lake is good for fishing.  Add to that the ability to have your pup with you, and you have the perfect vacation spot!  We hope to see you again.
Sep 2018
A Serene Sanctuary Ideal for Day Trips to All the Upper Penninsula Has to Offer!
From the moment we crossed the threshold of this beautiful cottage, a sense of serenity flooded over me. We’d been captivated and sidetracked by exploring along our way to the cottage, and so although our arrival happened late into the night, the caretaker had seen to it that there were lights on and gentle breezes coming through the open windows to greet us. The present owners have filled the home with decor that is a mixture of affirmations and homage to "The Mitten", and I hope they will continue to develop these themes as they endeavor to add their own thoughtful touches to this home. Everything from the sign boards to the bath mats is intentional and well placed - classic Mitten signage reminded of just how close we were to all the best that the Upper Penninsula has to offer, and I was eager to take it all in. However, I could almost feel the owners encouraging us to replenish, re-center, and enjoy - all at a slow and luxurious pace. All the subtle touches were like an invitation to entertain a sense of adventure, but all sentiments were tinged with the permission to indulge. Don't let the name "cottage" fool you into thinking this space is the cramped, rustic structure of yester-year! Even our large family had plenty of room to spread out, with enough charmingly decorated bedrooms for adults, teens, and small children to have privacy - we even wished we'd invited a few friends along to take advantage of all the space! The closet off the master bedroom was the same size as a bedroom two of my children share at home, and they immediately began bartering to see who could claim the space until my husband and I ushered them to their own rooms where they squealed with delight. Our king-sized bed did prove a great space for the entire family to enjoy a lazy, weeknight movie with minimal elbow jabs, but the cottage gave us the flexibility to spend lots of knit-together family time when we needed it while also affording us the space to enjoy some solitude in some of our favorite pursuits. While each room came equipped with a large fan as well as ceiling fans to add comfort, we preferred the tranquil breezes from the lake – what a break from the stifling humidity we’d experienced in our Southeast Michigan home!! We felt like we pleasantly fluctuated between the best of two worlds – on one hand, we embraced all the outdoors had to offer – exploring in the rowboat, attempting to identify birds, wading, staring up at the vastness of a sky heavy with starlight while we cooked smores, and allowing our children to play with abandon. On the other hand, we relished the luxury of escaping into comfort and convenience of what one of our children called “the fancy cottage”. We were impressed by the new wood flooring, and all the modern amenities – consistent wi-fi service meant we could catch up on work while gazing out at the lake and then unplug in time to go fishing. We loved returning from playing in the waterfalls and having the option to sink into classic leather furniture, close the drapes and put our feet up to catch up on an on-demand movie, or to draw the curtains and breathe in a glimpse of the sunlight filtering through the trees that separate the property from the road. Two of my own small kitchen would fit into this one spacious one, with ample supplies and counter space for creating a full meal or merely reheating leftovers in the microwave. I found myself handwashing the dishes instead of using the dishwasher because I wanted to linger over the view from a window that looked out over the uptopia of a yard encircled by trees and the peaceful lake. The dining room had an abundance of natural light, and it was a treat to pause and eat around a table versus rushing out the door. I was pleased that in this home, we had plenty of dining space and could have even spread out to stools at the kitchen counters had we entertained guests – we have often stayed at vacation homes that have sleeping accommodations for many, but table space for only a few. The grill, the camp chairs, the yard furniture – all of it lent itself to entertaining or just stretching out a simple meal. Having the convenience of two bathrooms was definitely a plus – one boasts laundry facilities so that when our children splashed, knee-deep chasing frogs, collecting shells, or attempting to scoop minnows with their nets, we were able to grant them permission without apprehension. Two showers and a large tub also meant we could accommodate our crew of bathers of all ages, and there were no long lines or fussy children! As much as we relished shutting ourselves away from the rest of the world, we rested in knowing that we were just moments from quaint Newberry where we could stock up on supplies or fit in some window shopping. When we were in a real pinch for gas, firewood, or another quick necessity, a quick walk to the Bear Den would prove fruitful – this camp store disguised as a convenience store/gas station boasts a full ice cream counter, homemade doughnuts in a warmer, and old fashioned, friendly service. I also feel that it bears mentioning that the caretaker endeared us even more deeply to the cottage. She checked in on us briefly when we were reading by the water’s edge, and it was clear that not only did she wish for our stay to be enjoyable, she was representing the wishes of her employers as well. As an ambassador of Freshwater Vacation Rentals, it was clear that she aimed to be as unobtrusive as possible, but that she hoped to serve as a resource should we need any assistance. Our experience with Freshwater Vacation Rentals as a whole exemplified superior service from the moment we considered booking until the moment we packed our car and hesitated along the driveway, saddened to have to leave this delightful property. In the past before getting to know this company, we have used other vacation rental services, and have encountered instructions for use that were confusing and contradictory, and have spent valuable vacation time muddling over entryway corkboards with notes scribbled about garbage pick up, cleaning instructions, and other procedures that were somewhat unclear. With Freshwater, the experience was warm and streamlined, with email reminders in the time leading up to the trip, and very clear information about everything from our arrival to how we might want to spend our time during our visit. All of our booking happened so seamlessly that we didn’t require any face to face or phone assistance, but when I did speak with staff about a question regarding a local attraction, they were informative and kind. We were confident that, had we had any concerns that needed to be addressed via phone during our visit, we would have received the same thoughtful and warm service that we’ve become accustomed to with this company. Although we could have never strayed from the property and would have still felt it was a vacation well spent, the location of Stone Cottage truly made it a convenient home base for the Upper Penninsula’s most popular attractions. We found a healthy rhythm of quick excursions like Castle Rock and Oswald’s Bear Ranch and balanced them with the majesty of Tahquemenon Falls and Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. The more we explored, the more we learned about other places we hoped to someday visit in the Upper Penninsula, so we are eager to return and continue sampling the splendor of the UP, perhaps in time to enjoy that brisk and colorful season of autumn. No matter when we next have the opportunity to breathe in some of that invigorating, fresh air and tranquility that seems to exist in abundance beyond the “Mighty Mac,” we are certain that our travels will take us if not to the Stone Cottage, at least to another endearing refuge we will discover through Freshwater Vacation Rentals! Thank you for allowing us an amazing place to rest our heads and satiate our spirits on this amazing leg of the journey!
Doug & Sarah
Sep 2018
We had a great time at Stone House. It was clean and had all of the necessary items that made it feel like a home-away-from-home. The fishing was great and the location made it easy to head to local attractions such as Tahquamenon Falls, Oswald's Bear Ranch, and Crisp Point Lighthouse. I would highly recommend this spot and will likely be back on our next trip up North!


Mary, we are so happy that the Stone House fit your needs so well.  That is what we hope for all of our guests.  The UP has some amazing sites to see.  We look forward to your return!
Aug 2018

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