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Waterfront Chalet Nestled Between Hamlin Lake And The Manistee National Forest

Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Cottage With Lakefront Located On 5 Acres Of Woodland

(Note - Saturday to Saturday check-in(4pm)/check-out(10am)

Bedroom 1 : 1 queen bed

Bedroom 2 - 1 queen bed, 1 bunk bed

Loft bunk room - Sleeps 6

Large living room with fireplace and open air ceiling to loft area

Dining room has large table with seating for 8 - 10

Kitchen area has stove, microwave, fridge/freezer with icemaker and water, and dishwasher.

We have tried to keep our cottage a place for our family to concentrate on the outdoors and each other, not technology... meaning there is no cable, or wifi available. There is a TV in the loft bedroom that has a DVD player and outdoor antenna attached, but there are limited channels.

We have a ton of books and games available in the living room bookshelfs.

For outdoor eating and relaxing there is a large deck with 2 tables, umbrellas, and chairs on the main level, and if you want a little more secluded shady area for sitting or reading etc. you can move down to a beautiful cement patio below.

The basement of the cottage is closed off, and not included in the rental.

A short walk down the hill leads you to the fire pit, tetherball, horse shoes, and waterfront/dock area. If you bring a volleyball/badminton net, there is even a nice area to set that up by the dock area.

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Phil DeVries
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2017

Why Phil DeVries chose Michigan

My wife and I purchased this land in 2006 and built the cottage in 2007. We chose the location and designed the cottage with family in mind. We were looking for something that would combine outdoors and lakefront living in one destination and we knew immediately that this was the place! Fishing, boating, swimming on the beautiful 5000 acre Hamlin Lake right out front, and thousands of acres of the Manistee National Forest right out back...

What makes this chalet unique

Our cottage is a natural setting, no manicured lawns or underground sprinkling. We think the deer, squirrels, pileated woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and chipmunks like it best this way.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet rental in Free Soil

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , Main floor
    Loft Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 2 single bed , Queen with 1 set of bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double bed , 2 single bed , 2 sets of bunk beds with double on bottom and twin on top
  • Master Bedroom is attached to main floor bathroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
There is a boat lift at the end of the dock, it can hold 12' to 14' aluminum fishing boats, or outboards like a bass boat. * - The basement of the cottage (other than the laundry room) is closed off, and not included in the rental.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

Waterfront Chalet Nestled Between Hamlin Lake And The Manistee National Forest
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

We will be back!

  • 5 of 5

Great stay at Phil & Tricia's Property. We had great weather and the location of the property is perfect! cornered on the back side of a channel which gives you great privacy. The lake entertainment was everything we wished for and more. The House was clean and equipped with everything we needed to make our meals. There was more Sleeping space then we initially anticipated. This home could sleep up to 16-20 ppl with the way they have the beds set up! EXCELLENT VACATION HOME and we will definately be back again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the cottage and found it clean, comfortable, and full of entertainment options! Kayaks, row boat, peddle boat, tetherball, horse shoes, fire pit... it's all fun!
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Excellent property, incredibly comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Excellent property, incredibly comfortable

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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FIVE STAR... Thumbs up!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place that is spotless clean. The location is nestled in the forest giving it a remote location. More than enough room for the 11 adults we had stayed on our family Labor Day weekend 2016. Truly a joy. Phil was always quick to responded and very helpful. Total thumbs up here.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful property!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 8 spent the week, and had a great time. Everything you could need is provided for you. We loved kayaking, it's the perfect setting for it. The home's open concept is perfect for time with family, but there were plenty of places to find a quiet spot to yourself, if you should choose to. The property manager is close by to help with any problems. Probably the most relaxing week we've ever spent on Hamlin Lake.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. We love hearing about families building memories on the North side of Upper Hamlin Lake. It truly is a unique experience. Phil & Tricia
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Very happy with house and location!

  • 5 of 5

Clean and updated house with plenty of room and things to do for everyone! We had a great time fishing, hiking to Lake Michigan, grilling, playing horse shoes, kayaking and more. I would definitely recommend this house for any group or family looking to get away and share some memories. Thanks to Phil and property manager Mark for making it happen!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house an an amazing lake

  • 4 of 5

We spent a full week on Hamlin Lake in this fantastic cottage. A representative of the owners met us at the house and did a great job walked us through all the details and amenities. This house itself is great - with a loft room for the kids. We had the five of us there the entire week and our friends joined us (another 5) mid-week - was very comfortable for 10. Hamlin Lake itself if beautiful - especially Lower Hamlin with the amazing sand dunes.

My only complaint is that it is almost impossible to swim directly in front of the house as it is located in an inlet that is full of seaweed and there is really no place to swim off of the shore or dock - you need to kayak or boat to other locations on the lake in order to do so.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Our Cottage is located on 5 acres of woods that boarders Rupert's Bayou on Upper Hamlin Lake to the West, and Manistee National Forest to the North. It has been a wonderful relaxing family get away and reunion spot for us. It can sleep anywhere from 8 to 12 persons. Bedroom 1 (Queen), Bedroom 2 (Queen + 1 bunk bed), Loft bunk room (sleeps 6). The fishing for bass and panfish is spectacular right in the bayou. You can also hike right from the cottage through the Nordhouse Dunes to pristine undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chalet in Free Soil

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add A$10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$200.67
Refundable Damage Deposit A$668.9
Tax Rate 6.0%

Check in is 4pm and Check out is at 10am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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