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Quiet, Spacious, Serene Retreat Located in a Private Wooded Setting

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Chalet, 2 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

A private gated drive leads to The Chalet and its a 160 acres of quiet scenic serenity. This home offers a spacious, open floor plan (approximately 2,000 sq. ft.), and many windows engulfing one in sunshine, calm and nature.

The home rents weekly from Saturday to Saturday in prime summer weeks and can also be rented on a daily basis thereafter.


Interior – The main level features a fully equipped kitchen, queen bedroom and full bathroom (all linens and towels provided). The living space is an open layout with high ceilings and a large fieldstone wood burning fireplace. There is a good sized sunroom equipped with a futon for extra sleeping. The upstairs loft has 2 queen beds and another full size bath.

AC and washer/dryer also provided.

Exterior - The private 160 acres include 2 spring fed lakes, great for swimming, fishing, hiking, etc. The swim raft, fishing boat, kayak and paddle boat are included.

Other exterior features include a fire pit, spacious decking, and gas and charcoal grills.

The Chalet is a perfect winter getaway with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing (on property and near VASA trails) and miles of snowmobile trails right outside the gate!

We also have another property within a mile of The Chalet that could be utilized in combination with the Chalet to accommodate a larger group (VRBO Listing #653026 The Cabin)!

Key words: Private lake and access to miles of snowmobile trails

More Details

Carole Loftis
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About Carole Loftis

I live in Grand Haven in the woods on the beach and have been coming up to the Fife Lake area for the past 20 years. I spend much of my time up north. My neighbors in GH, who come only in the summer, always wonder why I could possibly be going any where else!

Carole Loftis purchased this chalet in 2002

Why Carole Loftis chose Fife Lake

My husbands father built his cabin in Fife Lake in the forties. We loved the woods and beautiful lakes in the area and subsequently found our own place on Downs Lake in 1994. The Chalet, also on Downs lake was purchased in 2002. The original cabin, close by, has been renovated and can be rented along with the Chalet.

What makes this chalet unique

The chalet is a peaceful place in the center of nature. Watch and observe closely, you will not be disappointed.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Fife Lake in Fife Lake Township

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • village ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
You will find hiking and x-country trails on the property, such a great opportunity to experience nature right out your door. Snowmobilers will not be disappointed with the miles of trails just outside our gate. Swimming off the swim platform into the rejuvenating spring fed waters is also a delight.


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Ashaway RI

Beautiful home, serene setting!

  • 4 of 5

Had a wonderful time, kayaking on the pond right in the back yard of property. After a day sight seeing, nice to come home to a wonderful quiet place! Couldn't have been more pleased!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brownstown Twp., MI

Perfect place to just “hit the reset button”

  • 5 of 5

Myself, my fiancé and our 2 water loving labs thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We rode 50+ miles on the trails on our 4 wheeler during our stay. The state trail is the road that the driveway connects from so it’s very convenient. We literally had the Downs Lake to ourselves for our 5 day stay. Our dogs played fetch in the water, we both kayaked, sat on the dock enjoying the sun (and tasty beverages of course!) and serenity of all the nature around us. We needed the time to just reset and come home refreshed which is exactly what we accomplished. We visited Traverse City which was only about a 25 minute ride, which you don’t even mind because the ride to and from is beautiful. The town Fife Lake is 5 minutes away if you need to grab some groceries, gas, or even stop at the ice cream parlor and enjoy the views of the large Fife Lake. The property and chalet itself is just so calming and overall hard to leave! The house is comfortable, clean and spacious. We met the owners who are very friendly and helpful, very easy to communicate with- if we needed anything. There is a bald eagle that frequents the lake, we saw the eagle 3 times during our stay. There is also a trail to another lake that we couldn’t find any access to, but we did get close enough to see beavers swimming, pretty cool! We never have rented a house before for a vacation so we weren’t sure what to expect- however our experience exceeded our expectations and would definitely book time away at this property again.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, Quiet, Secluded Get Away Chalet!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for allowing us to stay in such a beautiful piece for heaven. Off the beaten path we found a lovely property. Secluded on a beautiful lake. Quiet and peaceful with a view that would take your breath away. So nice to enter I to the chalet to see new washer, dryer, dishwasher. All a bonus. Refinished flooring is perfect. Thank you for the free WiFi. Definitely a bonus for us and our w year old. LOTS of room in the chalet. Loved the 2 large bathrooms, available games to play inside, paddle boat outside. We brought our own battery operated motor for the fishing boat. Great for an afternoon cruise. Thanks so much again. Would highly recommend to anyone! Can't wait to be back in October.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My kids actually were not stuck with their smart phones during our stay

  • 5 of 5

OK, they were still on social media, posting their experiences here, like the fish they caught and frogs they saw. It was a great experience staying here for us; we actually felt in the middle of no where because for 98% of time you don't hear any noises, car, airplane, people. Yet, other bigger cities are within reasonable distance if you like to travel there. The house is very nice and clean and it fits us perfectly; Carole is very responsive to our inquiries. We do plan to come back here when we can. Thanks Carole.

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Very private, great location, well kept and maintained, communicative and accommodating owner, 5 stars all around!!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

Excellent stay. All was perfect, except the wether.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Traverse City Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Fife Lake
Nearest Golf
23 Miles
LochenHeath Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Fife Lake Inn
Nearest Ski
18.6 Miles
Mt. Holiday Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Fife Lake

Property is located in a beautiful wooded setting on 2 private lakes providing many of its own activities including swimming, hiking, fishing, attached snowmobile trails and cross-country skiing.

Traverse City is an easy drive if you are looking for a bigger city opportunity, as well as the renowned Sleeping Bear Dunes.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £114.21
Pet Fee £57.11
Refundable Damage Deposit £380.7

Long term rental is available. Contact Owner for further information on rates and availability.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Half of the total amount is required immediately to hold the reservation and the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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