Michigan Vacation Rental - Northern Michigan - Large House - Lakefront Beach


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Located on the shores of Secord Lake ( near Gladwin and West Branch, Michigan), DeerHaven was most definitely built with family and friends in mind. It is a fantastic place to gather and make lifetime memories.  The photos do not do it justice. Once you've had an opportunity to enjoy your first vacation at DeerHaven, we are confident that you will want to come back year after year.

From the moment you arrive, you will find that this home was designed as a "gathering place" - a place to disconnect from the hustle and stress of everyday life - where your biggest decision for the day is whether you want to spend the day relaxing on the sundeck - or is boating, tubing, skiing more what you feel like doing? Are you going to relax around the campfire this evening with a glass of wine, or are you going to pull out the S'mores supplies and tell ghost stories and sing campfire songs with the kids (and kids at heart ?)

The main level has an open layout, with fantastic views - wait until you see the huge Sunroom (which even on a cloudy or rainy day looks "sunny") !  This main level includes an open area kitchen, 2 kitchen seating areas (with additional seating in Sunroom), Living Room, Sun Room with adjoining half bath, Queen-sized Master Bedroom with attached bath - (including Garden Tub), 2nd Queen-sized Bedroom, Separate Bathroom (Tub & Shower Combo) and Laundry Room.

Feedback from our guests have made us aware that some of them are happy to throw burgers on the grill, and some guests are looking to make gourmet meals while on vacation. If your passion is cooking, and you have hopes of combining your love of cooking with your up North, lakeside vacation, then you will love the kitchen at DeerHaven. Not only is it spacious and well laid out, it also has a cook top grill.

The upper level was designed with large families and / or groups in mind. There is a Queen-sized bedroom located off of the right of the front stairs, with a bathroom and attached sitting room. Children especially will love the two very large bedrooms on the opposite side of the stairs. There is a "girls" room (decorated in a garden theme) that sleeps 8 - with plenty of extra floor space to put down air mattresses and sleeping bags. The very large shared walk-in closet leads into the "boys" bedroom (decorated in a ship's theme). This room sleeps 6 in built-in bunk beds made to look like ship's berths. There is an attached bath with shower, and a spiral staircase that leads down to the main level.

Whether you are the type of person who likes to live out of your suitcase while on vacation, or the type who likes to move in and unpack for your stay, there is plenty of storage - the choice is yours.

The exterior of this home has everything you could want in a lake side "Up North" vacation rental- and then some ! A covered veranda runs across the entire length of the lake side of the house, with 6 rocking chairs that invite you to sit in the shade and enjoy the gorgeous view. The veranda can be accessed from both the kitchen and sunroom. A gas grill is conveniently located just off the veranda for easy access, whether dining indoors or out.

Additional exterior seating consists of a patio table and chairs (with umbrella). a picnic table with umbrella, and a café table with umbrella and 2 chairs (located directly outside of the Master Bedroom). Additionally, there are 10 patio chairs that can be moved to wherever you like. So, whether you are a sun worshiper or a shade lover, you have plenty of options. And, no matter where you choose to sit, the views of the lake are spectacular.

Enjoy the waterfall and river bed that begins just outside the Master Bedroom patio and runs all the way down to the lake shore, where you can grab a cup of coffee / tea and greet the day (imagine the relaxing sound of the bird song and cascading water) What a great way to start (or end) your vacation day.

There is a gradually sloped, paved walkway that leads down to the private, sandy beach, sun deck and dock right on the water. The beach area is sandy both on shore and into the water, providing a great place for young children to play. There is also a firepit located at the shoreline. Additionally, a horseshoe pit is located in the side yard.  A paddle boat and kayaks are also available for your use.

Imagine waking up every morning during your vacation, grabbing your beverage of choice and heading out to sit by the waterfall and river bed, or the many locations available to you - whether indoors or out. No matter which location you choose, the views are fantastic. THIS is the way to start your vacation and begin to unwind and relax.

If you are looking to get away, unplug and gather friends and family together to create lasting memories, you just can't get much better than this Up North, lake side vacation rental, which is just a couple short hours from the Metro Detroit area.


3800 Square Feet
Sleeps 20

Bedrooms -5
    3 Queen Bedrooms 
        (2 located on Main Level and 1 on 2nd Floor which includes bath w/ attached sitting room)
    1 Very Large Upper Level Room with 6 built-in bunk beds (Sleeps 6)
    1 Very Large Upper Level Room with several built-ins and trundle beds (Sleep 8)

Bathrooms - 4 1/2
    One attached to Master Bedroom (Main Floor) - with Garden Tub & Separate Shower
    Front Hall (Main Floor) - Tub / Shower Combo 
    1/2 Bath - Located off of Sunroom
    2nd Floor - Located off of Sitting Room (Shower only)
    2nd Floor - Located off of "Ship" Room (Shower only)

Interior Dining Seating (for 15) - Additional folding table and chairs will seat another 4-6
    (Note ~ there is additional seating on outside patio table (6), Picnic Table (6), and Cafe Table
     (2) - all of which have umbrella's for shadeAll Kitchen, Bed and Bath Linens provided

Garden Tub in Master Bath
Air Conditioning
Washer & Dryer
Coffee Maker
Crock Pot
Hand Mixer
Stand Mixer
Cook top Grill
Garbage disposal
Multiple TVs - including 50" TV in Sunroom w/ sound bar
Direct TV
DVD Player
DVD Library
Iron & Ironing Board
Franklin Style Gas Stove - located in Sunroom
Exterior grill on grill pad
2 Docks - One for lounging and one for boats
Horseshoe Pit
Swing set
Paddle Boat


2018 Peak Season (May 26, 2018 - September 3, 2018)
Please Note - Weekly Rentals Only (Friday - Friday) Memorial Day - Labor Day
Up to 10 guests = $2350/per week (7 nights)
Each additional adult = $25 per night /per adult
Children ages 13 - 18 = $15 per night / per child

2018 - 2019 Off-Peak Season (September 4, 2018 - May 24, 2019)
Please Note - 3 Night Minimum
Up to 10 guests = $1925/per week (7 nights) - $1050 (3 nights)
Each additional adult = $25 per night /per adult
Children ages 13 - 18 = $15 per night / per child

2019 Peak Season (May 24, 2019 - September 3, 2019)
Please Note - Weekly Rentals Only (Friday - Friday) Memorial Day - Labor Day
Up to 10 guests = $2350/per week (7 nights)
Each additional adult = $25 per night /per adult
Children ages 13 - 18 = $15 per night / per child

Security/Damage Deposit$300
Cleaning Fee:  $100

State of Michigan Usage Tax:  6 %
Pet Fee(Sorry, only non-shedding / Hypo-Allergenic dogs - 2 Maximum): $25.00 per Well Trained Dog

PAYMENT: An advance payment (reservation deposit) equal to 50% of the rental rate is required at time of scheduling. The advance payment will be applied toward the total rental fee. 
Preferred method of payment is by check. Credit card payments are accepted for last minute rentals and when needed

Cancellation Policy: 100% refund if cancelled at least (30) thirty days prior to scheduled arrival 

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