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Summer 2018 almost booked up. Northern MI Lake House Retreat.

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleep up to 15 comfortably, 5 bed 2 bath. Kid friendly, water only steps away

You will feel right at home at this cozy northern Michigan cabin, nestled in a quiet, double lot, forested setting at the edge of Little Bear Lake just east of Gaylord. If you are looking for your next retreat, look no further than this 5 bedroom 2 bath home that sleeps 13+. You will experience all that Northern Michigan has to offer in this Otsego County cabin.

The serene surroundings of Little Bear Lake will welcome you as you arrive and immediately put your mind to ease as you begin your week or weekend escape. The front of the cabin boasts truly picturesque views of the turquoise waters of the 135 acre all sports lake used for fishing, boating and kayaking. The tiered landscape offers a sandy beach and fire pit right at the waters edge with deck that stretches the length of the house over looking it all. The cabin comfortably sleeps 13 people, making it the perfect accommodation large groups and multiple families traveling together or cozy enough for that couple that wants to get away.

Upon entering the cabin you will find 3 large bedrooms and an oversized bathroom. As you walk down to the main level you will be greeted by the natural wood burning fireplace with the large wood beam mantel. The open floor plan allows for the whole family to gather in the living room, dining area and the fully stocked kitchen. You will find plenty of options to keep the family and especially the kids entertained during those down times, thanks to the large game room area with the air hockey table, Foosball table and Nintendo Wii U gaming system. The flat screen TV in the living area comes with a DVD/Blue-ray player and Dish Network. You will find hundreds of books, games, puzzles and movies in the closet located just off the laundry room-equipped with a washer and dryer for your laundry needs. Two more bedrooms and a bathroom round out the sleeping accommodations and a futon bed in the game room offers an additional option.

There is no secret that this area is THE destination for outdoor enthusiasts and this cabin offers easy access to four season recreation. There is something here for every interest and taste; from fishing, boating, trying out local restaurants, and mushroom hunting to bike rides, water and snow skiing, deer hunting, snow shoeing, and simply taking long walks through the forests. Golfers will be pleased to know there are over 14 pristine golf courses in the immediate area, including Treetops Resort and Garland Golf Course plus many more courses accessible within a half hour. Gaylord and Lewiston offer great shopping opportunities, as well!

This region is also a snowmobiler's dream, due to the convenient and often-groomed trails situated within less than 1 mile of the cabin. If you're in the mood for a fun day trip, venture over to the Mackinac Bridge, or Traverse City just an hour and a half away. Whether you're planning a business retreat, sports team getaway, church group retreat, or a special event with your family, you can't go wrong when you stay at this outstanding Northern Michigan vacation rental cabin - you may never want to leave!

Features include:

Central Air Conditioning

100 feet of private sandy lake frontage

Linens and bath towels are supplied. *beach towels not provided

Phone: free local calls

Fully equipped kitchen

Modern appliances: Washer & Dryer, Stove/Oven, Refrigerator, Dishwasher Microwave, Toaster, Coffee Maker, Crock Pot, Electric Skillet Propane Barbeque Grill, tankless water heater

High chair

42' Satellite TV /w DVD and VCR, and Blueray Player

Board games and videos


Paddle Boat and four Kayaks

Bed setup: One king, Three queen, one double, one single and one bunk bed

Large game room with Air Hockey, foosball and card table, Nintendo Wii U console

Large floating swimming platform

Additional items may be available for rent:

-14 foot aluminum fishing boat with outboard and trolling motor


More Details

Jamie Beach
Member since: 2017
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2018

About Jamie Beach

Ever since we married in 2009, my wife and I have had a dream of owning an 'up north' lake house. We made that dream a reality in 2017. We love vacationing up north and this house is perfect for our large extended families. With young kids we look forward to years of memories on Little Bear Lake. We are happy to continue the tradition of this home by opening our doors to other families to enjoy as well. We are confident you will love this home as much as we do. You will find the home well appointed with all the comforts you would expect from a resort. The kitchen comes fully equipped with everything you will need to cook for the whole family. The 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms will allow the family to have their own space. The water is only steps from the house so you can watch the little ones from the full length deck or next level down as you sit in the sand around the fire pit or play a game of horse shoes. The kids will love the sandy bottom of the lake and the 100 feet of lake front. Hours will be spent jumping off the private dock and playing on the swimming platform. Adults and kids alike will enjoy the paddle boat and 4 kayaks. You wont get views like this anywhere else, but Little Bear Lake. One of the cleanest lakes in Michigan with crystal clear water with water colors from deep blue to turquoise. If you love nature you will love spending hours sitting on the deck watching the Baltimore Orioles and Grosbeak birds coming to eat out of the feeders. You can watch the squirrels and chipmunks running around or the ducks and geese on the lake. On occasion you will see the bald eagle circling from above. For those rainy days the kids can escape to the game room for air hockey, foosball and a Nintendo Wii game console. Help yourself to all the board games and DVDs at the house. If you are looking for adventures there are tons of opportunities in the area for day trips. You can hike, bike, kayak, shop, fish, ride ATV or snowmobiles and much more.

Jamie Beach purchased this house in 2017

Why Jamie Beach chose Johannesburg

We chose to purchase this property because we rented it for a week 3 years ago and fell in love with the house, the water and the area. It's close to Gaylord and Lewiston and only a day trip from the big waters of the Great Lakes, Petoskey, or Mackinaw City. We hope you love the house as much as we do

What makes this house unique

The views from the house are truly unique. There is no other lake that gives you the color tones that Little Bear Lake does. Make sure to take the photo op with our own 'Little Bear' and share pictures with us.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Johannesburg in Charlton

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Lots of room in the 2nd floor, main bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bathroom for the main level
  • One bathroom for each level is convenient. Both bathrooms come equipped with towels, toilet paper and kleenex.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Amazing view from the private balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Lots of room, great natural light
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , Great room for a bigger family, sleep 2 per bed for 4 people
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , Located on the main floor, memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , Bunk beds- great room for the kids on the main floor
    Game room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Futon bed in the game room for the kids
  • 3 bedrooms 'up stairs' will sleep 9 very comfortably. 2 bedrooms on the main floor can sleep 4 comfortably. Counting the futon bed in the game room you can sleep up to 15 people. The house comes with a crib available as well. All bedrooms will come with sheets and blankets provided.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Summer 2018 almost booked up. Northern MI Lake House Retreat.
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Great Place!

  • 4 of 5

Owners were very helpful. Beautiful cabin. We enjoyed the game room very much (so did our kids)! Would recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Flint, MI

Great Winter Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Worked great for us to have an extended family getaway between Christmas and New Years. We loved the warmth of the fireplace, and the games and amenities that were provided. We were fortunate to have the cold and snow for snowmobiling. We had plenty of parking for our trailers and vehicles. And we had plenty of room indoors for meals, and just hanging out.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great family getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife's famity and ours made this our home for five nights and loved it. It was quiet, peaceful, and exactly what we needed. We enjoyed playing and fishing in clear water and playing games after our campfire died out at night. We loved to relax on the very large deck and playing in the sand. Our year-old twins loved the place. It's not far from a lot of activities. We even took a day and went to Mackinac Island. We highly recommend this home!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Zach Thank you for choosing the Little Bear Lake Hideaway for your vacation. The expansive deck and close proximity to the water are some of my favorite features as well. I am happy the house offered you everything you were looking for in a vacation. We hope to see you again. Jamie
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Wonderful place to relax.

  • 5 of 5

The property is located on the narrow side of the lake, so there is limited traffic on the water, leaving a wonderful view and a relaxing environment. The lakeside deck, filled with lounging chairs is a perfect place to just sit back and enjoy the view. In the evening, sitting around the fire pit with a calm lake view is enjoyable as well. Please note that there are many stairs on the surrounding decks, so elderly people might struggle a bit (good exercise though). Inside, the house is on a dated side, yet well maintained and with a functional layout [watch your head coming down the stairs :) ]. Bedrooms are well sized for the number of beds. Dining table sits only 6, yet there are additional bar stools available in the kitchen. Kids loved the game room as well as the play sand on the lower patio area.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Larry Thank you for taking the time to write a review based on your recent experience at Little Bear Lake Hideaway. I appreciate all the kind words about the house. The separate game room for the kids is one of my favorite added benefits the home offers as well. It is great at the end of the day to have a separate space for the kids to play and allow parents some quiet adult time. We hope you will choose to come back again. Jamie
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Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Treetops Resort
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Treetops Resort


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £107.29
Damage Deposit £178.82

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.