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Nature Lovers Paradise - Dogs OK - Booking-LONG TERM Month to Month January-May

40 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights


Photos and Description of this Norton Shores holiday house

4- BR-Great Location Borders Hoffmaster St. Park. on Little Black Lake

If you like the outdoors, you'll love our home! The view of quiet, quaint Little Black Lake is spectacular! This 1 mile long lake is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Little Black Lake is shallow and weedy so it is not good for swimming. We include the free use of our bikes, kayaks, canoe and row boat with our rental rate and have lake access. Hoffmaster State park is in the back yard. The magnificent park is home to huge 200' sand dunes, miles and miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails. At the end of the trail you'll find over 3 miles of sandy Lake Michigan beach. (Lake Michigan is a 30-minute hike from the house)

In the fall the pace slows but the beauty remains. The fall colors are spectacular

In the winter enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or ice skating .

The Lakes Mall, Craig's Cruisers, countless restaurants, golf courses, theaters, pubs etc. are less than five minutes away by car.

We will consider parties of up to 8 people however there is an extra charge for groups of over 6 people.

There is a road between Little Black Lake and the house, it is not a major road however there is a fair amount of traffic, due to subdivisions in the area.

Area Attractions : Michigan's Adventure,

Grand Haven's Musical Fountain,

Miles & Miles of Beautiful Singing Sand beaches

Grand Haven State Park,

Hoffmaster State Park,

Muskegon State Park,

Pere Marquette Park,

Check out the sun sets over Lake Michigan,

U.S. Silversides in Muskegon,

Grand Haven & Muskegon's Farmers Markets,

Charter Fishing Boats,

Picturesque Piers,

Bike paths,

Craig's Cruisers,

We do have another home, listing #322166: Both houses are on Little Black Lake and Hoffmaster State Park and each has High-Speed Wireless Internet and Cable TV. We allow well trained, well-behaved dogs in our homes. We have an ample supply of board games, books, and videos.

Our Unique Area: Little Black Lake is a precious inland lake. Unlike many West Michigan lakes, it is nearly undeveloped. There are only a handful of homes on the entire lake. Therefore, it is an excellent lake for kayaking, canoeing or fishing. It is not unusual to catch 5# Bass, 10 inch Bluegills or large Northern Pike. I should also mention that we do not recommend Little Black Lake for swimming. Although the water quality has been tested and it is one of the cleanest lakes around, it also is a shallow weedy lake and most parts have a muddy bottom. For swimming, we recommend Lake Michigan. You can walk there from our home. It takes about 30 minutes but I assure you if you take the hike, you'll feel like you've found paradise.

More Details
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Doris (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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based on 40 traveller reviews

Nature Lovers Paradise - Dogs OK - Booking-LONG TERM Month to Month January-May
average rating of 4.85 based on 40 reviews
Chicago, Illinios

Little Black Lake Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Owner's provided accurate description of property. Home was clean, well maintained and pet friendly. All amenities were provided and then some including rowboats, kyaks, canoes, fire pit, bicycles, helmets and even a walking stick for trails and binoculars for birdwatching. The house was cozy, bathrooms clean and kitchen was very well equiped. The owners were very informative about the area and readily available for the few questions we had. The location was very private and quiet and the light on Little Black Lake was magical at sunrise and sunset. There were numerous hiking trails and the walk to the beach through Hoffmaster State Park was pretty short. This getaway provides a very good combination of comfort and outdoor activities. There is nice shopping and gelato in Grand Haven just to the south and the farmers market in Muskegon, just to the north is very large. All in all it was very relaxing and fun.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Scootergal for taking the time to review our property. We agree you, there is something magical about the sunrises and sunsets on Little Black Lake. No two are ever the same. We are also very lucky to have Hoffmaster State Park in our back yard and even though we have lived in West Michigan all of our lives we are still in awe of Lake Michigan and the beautiful dunes. All of our guests should plan to spend a day walking on of the singing sand beaches in our area and watching sunset over the Big Lake.
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Very nice accommodations and owners

  • 4 of 5

We had a family weekend at Doris' home. The house was clean and well equipped. They even had Kayaks, canoe and row boat. Our dogs were welcome. Their back yard goes directly to a forest preserve. You can take the trail and walk to Lake Michigan. We all had a great time and any questions you have Doris cheerfully answers.

We would go here again.

Vince & Linda

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great little getaway for family, with hiking, beaches and lakes a walk away!

  • 5 of 5

The owners have thought of almost everything! They tried to make sure everything was covered like having different sized life vests, bikes, to even having dog/baby gates. baby spoons, baby high chair, and all sorts of cleaning supplies.

Do not expect a 5 star hotel, as everything has aged in the house or shown some wear and tear, but this does not take away from the great experience. It actually makes it feel more homely. There is no AC, but the shade from the trees and screen windows provide a nice breeze to keep the house cozy.

Definitely bring bug spray if you are walking around. Even though by the house was free of bugs, once you walk back into the woods the mosquitoes were swarming (but what do you expect being surrounded by water). There are grocery stores near by if you forget anything, but any non food related stuff was pretty much included.

The owners are very responsive to the messaging system, so do not hesitate to reach out to them.

I almost hesitated leaving a great review, only because I am selfish and don't want their calendar to been booked!

We will be staying here in the future I am sure of it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house! Great geography! Great weather!

  • 5 of 5

The Hoffmaster house and property were all we had hoped for and more! There were 4 couples and the 4 bedrooms allowed us all to have our own space. Our favorite part of the property was the fire pit on the lake. We watched the sun rise and the sun set. Amazingly, we were there during a full moon phase. Absolutely breathtaking!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved our vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We have had a very stressful year & this vacation was perfect! It gave my husband & me the chance to unplug & relax with our 2 dogs & our kitty. The house is just as depicted - clean, everything you need for your stay other than food & beverage is provided. The lake in front is gorgeous, very peaceful & we used the kayaks & had fires in the fire pit every night. We hiked with our dogs daily in the state park that is accessible from the back yard. If you want a place to get away, relax, & enjoy nature, this is the place for you. We intend to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Rental Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We loved having lakes on both sides of the property. The walk to Lake Michigan is awesome, viewing turkeys along the way. The amenities in this place are excellent, they have thought of everything.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Lake Express
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Oakridge Country Club
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
U. S. 31 & I -96
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Grand Traverse Pie Company, And many others
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Hoffmaster State Park
Car: necessary

This is a nature-lovers paradise.

In front of our home is enthralling Little Black Lake - 250 acres of serenity. Hop in our kayaks, canoe or row boat- take a paddle and relax. Soak in the the quiet peacefulness and uniqueness of the unadulterated surroundings. It's a treasure trove of wildlife. Bring a camera to capture the spectacular sunrises, sunsets, moon rises and quaintness.

Take a walk out our back door and into Hoffmaster State Park. You'll be greeted by a canopy of hardwood trees, birds singing, squirrels chattering and 1300 acres of hiking trails. A ten minute walk brings you to the Gillette Nature Center. A twenty minute hike brings you to a mammoth dune. Climb the stairs to the top or meander around it and down to 3 miles of singing sand beach on Lake Michigan.

At the end of the day, roast marshmallows around our fire pit and then curl up in one of our four comfy bedrooms. Free linens, bikes, kayaks. canoe and row boat.

Other Activities: Lake Michigan and it's beautiful beaches, sunsets and piers are a must see! You may also want to check out Michigan Adventure & Craig's cruisers, the beautiful boardwalk and The Musical Fountain in Grand Haven, Also, don't forget to visit one of the many farm markets, u-pick farms, Muskegon's Naval & Art museums or just kick back and relax.

Golf: Oakridge golf course is just down the street. It is a great course. Other favorite courses include Stonegate, Muskegon Country Club and Grand Haven Country Club.

Ski: Great cross country skiing right out the back door


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Norton Shores, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016
21 Aug 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2016-17
1 Nov 2016 - 31 May 2017
30 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
19 Jun 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$394
Tax Rate 6.0%

During the off-season, we will consider long term monthly rentals or rate is 1650.00 per month for 2 people the winter. The monthly rate is for a minimum of 2 months and is based on the number of guests.

During the busy summer season, we rent by the week from Sunday to Sunday. Our rates are for groups of 6 or less.

We will consider spring and fall rentals of less than 1 week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Norton Shores, Michigan

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , Upper Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Lower Bath
  • Our home is very clean and well maintained. We supply hand soap, toilet paper and basic cleaning supplies.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 11 x12
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , 9 1/2 x 11
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , 11 x 12
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed , 11 x 11 lower level
  • Little Black Lake can be viewed from all the bedrooms and the living room and dining room. The sunrises are spectacular. Make sure you pack your camera.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • deck chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Our home has hardwood & tile floors throughout. This house is very clean with a beautiful view of Little Black Lake out the front windows . Look out the back windows and into the rolling hills and forests of Hoffmaster State Park. Our home sits on approximately 2 acres of land so, there's plenty of room both inside and outside. If you need something just ask we may have it.