Lavish Gaylord House on Private Lake w/Dock & Yard

City: Gaylord, Michigan Property ID: 280422

grand total: From $135 total Per Night

  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
    Let this serene, waterfront,3-bedroom, 2-bathroom vacation rental home serve as your ultimate home-away-from-home on your next lake getaway in Gaylord! Located within a quiet private community with private access to a stunning lake in the backyard, this spectacular home is perfect for your next lakefront retreat. Experience Michigan's magnificence while staying in this lakefront home! You’ll also be within minutes of top-notch community amenities and shopping at this Great Lake State sanctuary.

    *Air conditioning will be installed in April of 2019*

    -- THE PROPERTY --

    Master Bedroom: King-sized Bed | Bedroom 2 (Loft): Queen-sized Bed | Bedroom 3: Queen-sized Bed | Basement: Sleeper Sofa | Additional Sleeping: Twin Rollaway Bed

    Offering 3 comfortable bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 2,337 square feet of lovingly appointed living space, this charming dwelling is an outstanding accommodation choice for families and friends out for a memorable lakeside getaway.

    Look forward to gathering with your companions in the home's majestic front living room, featuring a TV, a comfy couch, 2 cozy recliners, and several large windows that perfectly frame the gorgeous scenery, as well as flood the space with natural light.

    Prepare delicious home-cooked meals in the adjacent fully equipped kitchen, while saving those mouth-watering barbecue cravings for cookouts using the grill on the spacious wraparound deck!

    You'll get a good night's sleep in any of the home's welcoming bedrooms - the first-floor bedroom features a nice king-sized bed and attached full bathroom with large jetted tub, where you can soak your cares away at the end of an eventful day. You'll find the second bedroom and full bath upstairs on the second-floor loft, while the third bedroom is located down in the finished basement, both of which have queen-sized beds.

    The finished basement also offers an additional sitting area with a TV and pullout couch, which can serve as an extra bed if needed. Down the stairs in the basement, you'll be led to a wonderful outdoor walkout, boasting a bricked area with a swing and an inviting fire pit with plenty of seating around it, complete with pleasant views of the lake and a dock on the premises.

    Enjoy the full splendor of nature from the spacious wraparound deck, which has a full view of the dock and lake. Also be sure to utilize the paddle boat and 2 kayaks, provided for your enjoyment on the lake! Waking up to sip a freshly-brewed cup of coffee overlooking the sparkling waters of the lake in the backyard, you'll look forward to every morning at this lakefront home.

    -- THE LOCATION --

    Spend those sunny Michigan days out on the lake, swimming, paddle boating, and kayaking for hours. Even though this private lake does not allow any motorized boats, electric and battery-powered vessels are permitted. Plus, there's a larger lake just 1,000 feet away from the house, where you can use your power boats and toys! Many other lakes are located within a 10-15 mile radius, along with many of Gaylord's exceptional local golf courses, which are considered some of the finest in the state and country!

    You and your guests will also get to enjoy access to a variety of great recreational facilities within the home's private community. The association has a full-sized heated swimming pool located within walking distance of the house, which is free for guest use, in addition to a playground and picnic area.

    Should you need to pick up groceries or other supplies, you'll find full shopping centers including Walmarts, Meijers, and many well-known restaurants not too far away in town. For the adventurous traveler bringing snowmobiles, boats, etc. - you'll find convenient trailer parking for larger trailers (25-30 feet)!

    -- THE EVOLVE DIFFERENCE --

    Evolve Vacation Rental wants your vacation experience to be everything you hoped for and exactly what you needed. To make it easy, we help you find a property you love, offer world-class support seven days a week, and make sure our properties are safe, clean, and ready for your stay. Even better, each home has a Guest Contact available 24/7 for anything that’s on your mind. It’s a fresh new approach to vacation rental. Try Evolve today!

    -- ADDITIONAL DETAILS --

    Key Residence Features:
    - Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, finished basement, 2 fireplaces, pool table, ping pong table, 3 TVs, barbeque grill, wraparound deck, air conditioning (will be installed April 2019), walkout area with swing and fire pit, dock, and complimentary access to the private community's recreational facilities
    - Convenient trailer parking for larger trailers (25-30ft) for travelers bringing snowmobiles, boats, etc
    - Prime lakefront location on a quiet, private lake with 2 kayaks and a paddleboat provided for guest use!
    - Close proximity to many other larger lakes, golf courses, shopping, snowmobiling and local restaurants
    - Closest Commercial Airport - Cherry Capital Airport (~54.5 miles away)

    -- POLICIES --

    Policies:
    - No smoking
    - Failure to leave towels at the property will result in a $25 fine
    - Pet Fee: $50 Per Stay (maximum 1 dog allowed, 2 dogs considered with homeowner approval / NO CATS)
    - Must be at least 25 years old to book
    - No events or large gatherings
    - Please note the property is inspected before and after each reservation. An additional fine will be imposed to the renter if any items are missing from the property
    - Please note that 2 kayaks and 1 paddle boat are available, but guests should use at their own risk
    - Additional fees and taxes may apply

  • Location
  • DETAILS & AMENITIES

    Area Activities

    • Boating
    • Cinema/Movie Theater
    • Cross Country Skiing
    • Cycling
    • Downhill/Alpine Skiing
    • Farmers Market
    • Festivals
    • Fishing
    • Fly Fishing
    • Gambling
    • Golf
    • Health/Beauty Spa
    • Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Horseshoes
    • Hunting
    • Ice Skating
    • Jet Skiing
    • Kayaking
    • Miniature Golf
    • Mountain Biking
    • Playground
    • Rafting
    • Restaurants
    • Shopping
    • Sledding/Tubing
    • Snowboarding
    • Snowmobiling
    • Snowshoeing
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Water Parks
    • Waterskiing
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Winery Tours

    Community Amenities

    • Basketball Court

    Included Services

    • 24 Hour Management
    • On-Call Maintenance

    Inside Amenities

    • Kitchen

    Key Amenities

    • Air-Conditioning
    • Carbon Monoxide Detector
    • Coffeemaker
    • Community Pool
    • Complimentary Toiletries
    • Dedicated Parking Space
    • Fire Extinguisher
    • First Aid Kit
    • Free Parking
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron/Board
    • Smoke Detector
    • Trash Bags/Paper Towels

    Kitchen Equipment

    • Dishware and Flatware
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Refrigerator
    • Stove/Oven
    • Toaster

    Nearby Amenities

    • Beach View
    • Downtown
    • Golf Course
    • Lake View
    • Lakefront
    • Walk to Beaches
    • Water View
    • Waterfront

    Other Amenities

    • Boat Available

    Outdoor Amenities

    • Balcony
    • Beach Chairs
    • Charcoal Grill
    • Deck
    • Dock/Boat Slip
    • Fire Pit
    • Gas Grill
    • Kayaks
    • Outdoor Dining Area
    • Patio
    • Patio Furniture

    Property Amenities

    • Alarm Clock
    • CD Player
    • Cable/Satellite TV
    • Ceiling Fans
    • DVD Player
    • Dryer
    • Fireplace
    • Flat-Screen TV
    • Games
    • Jetted Tub
    • Laundry Detergent
    • Linens Provided
    • Pool Table
    • Safe for Young Children
    • TV
    • Towels Provided
    • VCR
    • Video Library
    • Washer

    Suitability

    • Access Only By Stairs
    • Allow Dogs
    • Bathtub or Shower On First
    • Flexible Max Occupancy
    • Minimum Age Requirement
    • Non Smoking
    • Pets Allowed
    • Suitable for Children
    • Suitable for Elderly
    • Wheelchair Fit through Front Door
  • Guest Reviews (84)
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    Great week

    Reviewed by: DENNIS C on

    Comment:

    4 very active people really enjoyed the laidback life style at Arrowhead Lake Two 70+ year olds even went out in the lake in the kayaks
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in July 2019

    Our return stay at this lovely lake home and experience was above and beyond our expectations! It's definitely our favorite Michigan destination spot!

    Reviewed by: The girls on

    Comment:

    Couldn't ask for a more perfect setting for our sisters' week getaway! Enjoyed early morning kayak trips around the peaceful lake, took time to relax on the pergola swing in the afternoon, and were awed by the many stars and rising moon over the lake at night. Couldn't resist girl talk around the fire pit with refreshing beverages!
    Inside we lacked for nothing. Joy even made sure we had a crockpot upon our inquiry, and of course the chocolate chip cookies were gobbled up in no time.
    We felt like family and the many suggestions Joy provided for day excursions added to our vacation pleasure and memory making.

    Nice stay, no wifi

    Reviewed by: cassey s. on

    Comment:

    Beautiful location, full stocked kitchen, comfy beds. No WiFi - we would rather have WiFi than tv/cable. We weren?t able to use the paddle boat because it was missing the seat backs.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in May 2019

    Reviewed by: Josh on

    Comment:

    We had a great time with friends. The star where beautiful and the accompanying sounds of frogs and other wildness animals made a great night to sit outside and forget about the busy world.
    *This review was originally posted on Airbnb for a stay in May 2019

    Reviewed by: Sami on

    Comment:

    Lovely place for a ladies��_��̫ weekend getaway. Lots of space for everyone to sleep and adventure around. A short drive into town if you forgot anything. Very clean, which we were so thankful for!!
    *This review was originally posted on Airbnb for a stay in May 2019

    Bedroom in the basement smells bad.

    Reviewed by: Vinay T. on

    Comment:

    The bedroom in the basement smells very bad. I think it’s because the bathroom above it. To many rules. Other than that you will enjoy your stay.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in April 2019

    Manager's Response:
    Vinay, we're sorry to hear your stay fell flat of your expectations. The homeowner and cleaning staff have inspected the basement bedroom but haven't detected any odor. The basement bedroom is not located below the upstairs bathroom as it is on the other side of the home. The policies in place for this home are on par with the industry standard for vacation home rentals, but we're sorry if you found them inconvenient. As evidenced by past reviews, we're more than confident this home will continue to host many satisfied guests! Best, the Evolve Team

    Reviewed by: Chris on

    Comment:

    We stayed in the winter and it was quite cosy, a short drive to boyne mountain and a lot of powder when there’s snow. Looking forward to staying again
    *This review was originally posted on Airbnb for a stay in January 2019

    Beautiful and peaceful place!

    Reviewed by: Orsolya on

    Comment:

    This place was beautiful. My family and I spent 2 nights at the house. It is well-equipped, very clean, comfortable, and located in a charming subdivision by Lake Arrowhead. It even has a ping-pong table! Fun!
    Yeah, there's no wi-fi, but it's good to tear yourself away from constant connectedness every once in a while. There is sufficient signal for AT&T customers, though.
    The only thing I would say we were just a little apprehensive about is the detailed cleaning directions despite of a huge extra fee. We always leave rented places neat and clean before we vacate it, so the request was just a bit fastidious. Maybe the owners have had bad experiences before. Anyway, it did not ruin our stay, but I felt I had to say something about it.
    Despite of that, we'd like to return when the weather gets warmer.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in January 2019

    Wonderful vacation

    Reviewed by: Liliya on

    Comment:

    Very cool holiday home with family and friends. A lot of entertainment and activities.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in December 2018

    Reviewed by: Hannah on

    Comment:

    Such a beautiful and cozy cabin! Our family spent thanksgiving here and the kitchen was perfect for preparing our thanksgiving dinner. It was so quiet and beautiful, and the cookies upon check-in were amazing! Quick trip into Gaylord for shopping, 30min to Boyne Mountain, overall awesome location. Thank you - we will be back!
    *This review was originally posted on Airbnb for a stay in November 2018

    Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by: Lynne P. on

    Comment:

    This cottage was extremely clean and we had cookies just waiting for us when we walked in the door. If you really want to recharge yourself this is the stay for you. Any type of device use is close to nonexistent and that was alright with us! The owners are really into making sure your stay is perfect! I don?t know how you couldn?t love the cottage and the lake! Thank you for all of the extras!!!
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in October 2018

    Reviewed by: Amber on

    Comment:

    great view, great movie selection, jacuzzi was a blast, and very spacious!
    *This review was originally posted on Airbnb for a stay in November 2018

    Cozy and clean

    Reviewed by: Megan K. on

    Comment:

    The house was inviting and clean. Beautiful views of the lake. The only downfall was there wasn't any wifi and cell phone service wasn't good. Owners provided good customer service.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in November 2018

    Tranquil Cottage by the Lake

    Reviewed by: Shannon M. on

    Comment:

    My family of five (plus one dog) had a lovely time at this property. The cottage was exceptionally clean when we arrived. It was well stocked with cloth towels, hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, blankets, coffee filters, and napkins. We really appreciated that all these things were available, especially with three children! As mentioned in many reviews, there were cookies left on the counter to welcome us to the cottage. There were also dog treats for our dog! The owners thoughtfully left some lights on for us because they knew we would arrive after dark. They also let us know that they were available to help us if we ever needed it. Over our long weekend we spent a lot of time outside around the fire pit. We were so grateful that there was an abundance of firewood for us to use. We all loved swinging in the outdoor swing and hammock. The area was perfect for enjoying the breath-taking fall colors around the lake, and the fire pit was perfect for making s'mores. We even fished a little from the dock and caught some perch. Inside, the ping pong table and pool table were a big hit with the whole family. My younger children also enjoyed the games and books that are there. This cottage is located in a nice area to take a walk with your family and/or dog. The scenery in the fall is absolutely gorgeous. All in all, this was a fabulous place to unwind, spend some time together as a family, and take in the colors of fall. I would recommend this property in a heartbeat for people who are looking to relax and reconnect with one another!
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in October 2018

    perfect location for places we wanted to see

    Reviewed by: LaVonne K. on

    Comment:

    Nice home, clean, except basement smelled musty which meant no one wanted to sleep down there. No air conditioning was an issue as it was unusually hot the week we were there. However, the owners did say they are installing central air...I would definitely call upon this home if we were to go up there again. The owners are very nice and helpful.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in August 2018

    Manager's Response:
    LaVonne, we're glad you enjoyed this home overall and appreciated the hospitality from the homeowners. Our listings are carefully built to accurately reflect our properties and we do not indicate that this home has air conditioning. In regards to the basement, they have never received this kind of feedback previously. Since your visit, guests who have stayed have not encountered any kind of smell. The homeowners work hard to ensure all guests who come to visit have the optimal stay. We look forward to this home continuing to host satisfied guests! Best, the Evolve Team

    Nice place to get away

    Reviewed by: Eric B. on

    Comment:

    Very nice place. Plenty of room for the whole family. Had a great time kayaking and fishing. Played pong pong and pool at night. The kids loved it.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in July 2018

    Very nice, clean cottage

    Reviewed by: Lori J. on

    Comment:

    We loved our stay in this cottage. It was nice and clean and the owners were very accommodating they really went out of their way to make you feel welcomed and taken care of. They supplied lots of little extras like soap, towels and games for the kids those little extras make it an easy place to stay. The lake was great for kids to swim and fish in. We had so much fun! Overall a very nice quite lake and a great place to stay.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in June 2018

    Private, spacious, relaxing, perfect!!

    Reviewed by: EMily D. on

    Comment:

    Our family of 5 had a wonderful vacation at The Irish Inn. The owners make you feel like family and provide all the comforts family would, including freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!! They have an extensive dvd collection, books, board games, pool and ping pong. A wonderfully large kitchen for families to gather in and a breathtaking view of the lake through double story windows. The deck and fire pit would have been amazing except we got 16 inches of snow almost every day we were there lol!! But even just staying inside with the fireplace going, feeling like you?re in a snow globe, is so relaxing and rejuvenating for the soul. I highly recommend staying here to anyone, the only disappointment you?ll experience is when you realize it?s time to pack up and leave :( We literally added a day on at the last minute because we just didn?t want to go!!
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in March 2018

    This is a great home in a great setting

    Reviewed by: Glenn J. on

    Comment:

    This house is very well appointed with everything you need. The location is beautiful, situated on a small lake with a short walk to an even bigger lake. It is located in an association that has a swimming pool, playground and grilling area which is very lightly used. The couple that owns it are great. They came over and introduced themselves on the first day and they were on-it immediately when we had a small issue. There is great fishing off the dock, two kayaks and a paddle boat. Can't think of anything else you need for a great summer vacation. Will definitely be back many more times in the future.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in June 2018

    Reviewed by: Chevy on

    Comment:

    This is a great rental. We had our family over the Memorial day with our two pups. We had a wonderful stay. Would certainly recommend to anyone looking in the area.
    *This review was originally posted on Airbnb for a stay in May 2018

    The owners made sure everthing was clean and ready for us. They went over and above .

    Reviewed by: Yvonne B. on

    Comment:

    ? They had raked the whole property,baked us cookies and made sure we had plenty of firewood. The cabin was immaculate and cozy.Joy even brought over a Japanese Lantern to float above the lake.We would definatly stay here again!
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in May 2018

    A relaxing getaway with all the comforts of home!

    Reviewed by: EDowd on

    Comment:

    Our family of 5 had a wonderful vacation at The Irish Inn. The owners make you feel like family and provide all the comforts family would, including freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!! They have an extensive dvd collection, books, board games, pool and ping pong. A wonderfully large kitchen for families to gather in and a breathtaking view of the lake through double story windows. The deck and fire pit would have been amazing except we got 16 inches of snow almost every day we were there lol!! But even just staying inside with the fireplace going, feeling like you’re in a snow globe, is so relaxing and rejuvenating for the soul. I highly recommend staying here to anyone, the only disappointment you’ll experience is when you realize it’s time to pack up and leave :( We literally added a day on at the last minute because we just didn’t want to go!!

    Excellent Property.

    Reviewed by: Alan J R. on

    Comment:

    Owner very attentive. Highly recommend!!!!!
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in April 2018

    Reviewed by: Scott on

    Comment:

    Highly recommend. The hosts were quick with responses, a pleasure to speak with and very accommodating! We arrived to fresh cookies on the counter, a clean, wonderful home. The location was fantastic. The only thing I would say is that the showers can be a bit tight for some. Fantastic experience, had a great time skiing, snowmobiling and checking out local eateries!! Try this place, you will love it.
    *This review was originally posted on Airbnb for a stay in February 2018

    Reviewed by: Nitin on

    Comment:

    Great place with great views. Worth it.
    *This review was originally posted on Airbnb for a stay in February 2018

    Functional rental with lots of space

    Reviewed by: Nichole M. on

    Comment:

    This property is functional and is probably very pretty in the summer since it is located on the lake. However, the owners run a contest where the more stars you leave in a review, the more entries you get for a free weekend at the rental which we found to be distasteful. There were also other eccentric things like the hot/cold being switched in the upstairs shower, some of the dishes were dirty, and the decor was odd. But it did have plenty of space for our family ski weekend.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in January 2018

    Manager's Response:
    Nichole, thanks for taking the time to leave this review. We greatly appreciate your feedback, and apologize for the aspects of your stay that did not meet your expectations! We have passed your feedback along to the homeowners who wish they had been made aware of your concerns as they would have made every effort to create an excellent experience. Nevertheless, they take your feedback very seriously and appreciate the opportunity to improve. Thanks again. Best, The Evolve Team

    Family Guritsanu

    Reviewed by: OLEKSANDR G. on

    Comment:

    All super, wonderful house, excellent service ....
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in December 2017

    Perfect lake side place

    Reviewed by: Mario A. on

    Comment:

    The house is very nice and well furnished, right on the edge of a beautiful lake. We rented a snowmobile which we could ride on the wide network of trails in the area. The owners are very friendly and helpful. We'll gladly go back in the future.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in December 2017

    Enjoyed the Irish Inn! It was well stocked and very relaxing.

    Reviewed by: Susan C. on

    Comment:

    The place was perfect and very well stocked. You really needed to bring nothing.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in November 2017

    I loved it

    Reviewed by: Pam W. on

    Comment:

    Beautiful. Nice place
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in October 2017

    Fantastic!

    Reviewed by: Brian N. on

    Comment:

    The Irish Inn couldn't have been more perfect for our stay. The place was I'maculate and the cookies upon entry was a very warming touch. The scenic view of the water with a fresh snowfall was picturesque. We will definitely be booking another stay.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in November 2017

    Beautiful comfy house, great view of the lake

    Reviewed by: Betty B. on

    Comment:

    2 couples were in our party. We had an amazing time. Very clean and cupboards were stocked with all the supplies we needed to cook. We enjoyed the deck and fire pit even thought the weather did not co operate. Joy was very helpful and went above and beyond to have everything prepared. She accommodated every requested. And left us yummy cookies ??? We will return.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in October 2017

    Very homey place stocked with everything you need

    Reviewed by: Jennifer O. on

    Comment:

    This place is just the nice little getaway you need after a long work week. Unfortunately it rained most of our stay but there was plenty to keep us busy. The owners are very nice and take care of anything you need immediately. We would definitely recommend this place to a friend.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay on October 6, 2017

    Very nice, peaceful getaway!

    Reviewed by: Sue W. on

    Comment:

    It was the perfect setting for a quick getaway! Being able to look out onto the small lake in the mornings was a treat, and sitting out by the fire at night was fantastic... truly relaxing. The amenities were nice, with everything we needed and then some. John and Joy are wonderful hosts and were very helpful and accommodating. Would definitely stay here again!
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay on September 24, 2017

    Great vacation rental

    Reviewed by: Cody t on

    Comment:

    There lots to do out there. Like fish,swim,and golf. Great spot for friends and family has a grill to cook out at and a fire pit at night to have some drinks next too. I would defiantly go back for sure.

    *This review was originally posted on TripAdvisor for a stay in September 2017

    Extremely Cheap Homeowner

    Reviewed by: William H. on

    Comment:

    I would prefer to post pictures I had taken during our stay, but this web site doesn't have that option. Beautiful property in pictures, but EVERYTHING in this property is a direct result of an extremely cheap homeowners. Do not purchase food that requires grilling, I have seen better grills on the side of the road. The dock remained under water our entire stay while all other docks on this small lake were above water, regardless of rain fall. The kitchen floors were installed without stapling, result is floors are separating and anyone sleeping in the basement hears a creaking floor constantly. There is a "musky" smell not only in the basement, but in the whole house.( purchase a bottle of frebrese, we did) We traveled 13 hours to arrive to dirty dishes in the cabinets, but fresh cookies. In addition the living room furniture as well as kitchen dishes/ silver wear seamed liked a bunch of stuff purchased at yard sells or from the homeowners left overs from there home. In closing I wish a previous renter had given any of the statements I have made. Maybe we wouldn't have chosen this property, who knows. Maybe my expectations are a bit high but for what were charged for a week, give me at least a grill I can prepare food on to entertain our family, and make up for the home we made a mistake on. Reviewer location -
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay on July 29, 2017

    Manager's Response:
    I’m sorry to hear your stay fell short of expectations, and I wish we had known about the issue when it arose. The homeowner assured us that, had she been made aware of any cleanliness issues, she would have come over addressed them promptly. That being said, it is a core standard that a property is clean and ready to go as soon as travelers arrive and the appropriate training has been passed along to the cleaning staff to ensure this is no longer an issue. We encourage travelers to reach out while in residence so we are able to address it immediately; but of course, we’re not able to resolve issues we’re unaware of. Now that we’re aware of the problem, we’ll make sure it doesn’t recur for future guests. The owner is also aware that the grill needs to be replaced. She is consistently working to keep her property update and that includes upgrading amenities from time to time. We want to make sure travelers have the best vacation rental experience at this home, so we do thank you again for your constructive feedback and we hope to assist you again in booking a vacation rental that will exceed your expectations! Best, The Evolve Team

    Great week stay

    Reviewed by: Donald S. on

    Comment:

    Nice landlord, we forgot our fishing equipment so Judy went home and found 3 fishing rods. We were never on a Kayak and there were 2 on the property. Now the wife wants to buy one for us. We will be renting this house again.


    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay on

    August 5, 2017

    Reviewed by: Rachel on

    Comment:

    This was a fantastic place to stay! You can wake up in the morning to a fantastic view of the lake and enjoy kayaking or paddle boating all day. We enjoyed lots of fires in the fire pits and we loved their movie and book collections! 10/10 would recommend!
    *This review was originally posted on Airbnb for a stay on 07/31/2017

    Excellent

    Reviewed by: Missi on

    Comment:

    We had a wonderful time at the lake. Everything was clean and well kept, no problems at all. Loved the lake. Not the best for swimming but we enjoyed ourselves. Many fishing lakes are mucky In Michigan so no surprise. Only suggestions are that the dock is under water and needs to be raised....it was slippery as it was covered with water. Also Evolve Vacation rentals was unable to answer any of questions. All they could do was read reviews of other guests to us. We asked what the name of the lake was and they had no answer and didn't seem to be able to contact owners for that info. Thank you for a great vacation. Anyone should be happy staying here.

    It was decorated really cute. It was clean and well stocked

    Reviewed by: Nancy P. on

    Comment:

    We enjoyed it. Things were still put away, like the kayaks, and the grill, I got that out anyway, and used it. The cookies were great. The little two year old like all the books and toys. He thought the ping pong game was pretty funny. Had every thing I needed to cook our meals. I was a little nervous with no phone. I guess I should get Verizon. All in all it was great, it reminded me of my mothers house
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay May 7, 2017

    We loved it

    Reviewed by: Karthik K. on

    Comment:

    We really liked that the John and Joy gave us cookies.The house was cozy and well maintained.It was making us feel like we were in a lodge.We were thankful the boats were open to us.The dock was helpful.We are thankful that John and Joy gave us some wood.We were able to make a campfire.It was our first time sleeping in woods.There was barely any motar boats.There were lots of fish.When it was raining we played board games.The gas fireplace kept us warm.The rooms were nice and clean.The guys mostly played pool and table tennis.Half of us were cooking.The rocking chairs were nice to sit in.For some time we played catch.No one felt bored.When someone got hurt there was a band aid to help us.The T.V.'s had lots of channels.There was a lot of privacy.The mosquitoes barely bit us.The outside look made us feel safe.We were sad to leave.We will always have a urge to come back. Thanks RISHI Battula (11 years old)
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay May 27, 2017

    Gotta Love the Irish Inn!

    Reviewed by: Susan Z. on

    Comment:

    Thank you, Joy and John, for another wonderful stay. Couldn't ask for more!S.Z.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay on April 1, 2017

    Great Place!

    Reviewed by: Mary L. on

    Comment:

    We completely enjoyed our weekend. The cottage was well equipped. The beds were very cozy, the view was very peaceful. We loved the fire pit, we sat out there all day. Several very large bass were caught off of the dock. Overall it was a great weekend. I highly recommend this place.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay on April 28, 2017

    Birthday Ski Weekend

    Reviewed by: Whitney L. on

    Comment:

    6 of us traveled 3.5 hours to get to this beautiful property. It was just as nice as the photos online. The Shannons had alot of personal touches to the place. Things that make you smile and know they care about their guests. Like homemade cookies. They literally thought of everything. We went to Boyne mountain on Saturday and Sunday. It was about 20 mins away very easy to get to. They had a collection of dvds, board games and even books available for use:) we didnt get to make use of the lake being that it was winter but it was a beautiful backdrop to our photos on the balcony. Mrs Shannon looked tirelessly for a cell phone that was lost even after the guest ordered a new phone. These people are very kind and do alot to ensure their guests have what they need. My only recommendation would be WiFi as it will help with those who dont have service in that area. Great for any group!
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay on March 17, 2017

    Reviewed by: Pedro Santiago Alvarez on

    Comment:

    Hello Great place, we felt like home. Clean and comfortable. We had an excellent time. Regards Pedro
    *This review was originally posted on Airbnb for a stay in 04/16/17

    Best experience ever. Home away from home.

    Reviewed by: Robert S on

    Comment:

    We just enjoyed our stay immensely. We are already looking at our calendars and planning for our next several visits. When we finally arrived and walked into the chalet, we both felt as if we were home. The warm cookies welcoming us were such a pleasant surprise! Thank you for being so hospitable. BTW, it was also our anniversary weekend! Could not have asked for anything better. Thank You! :-)
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in February-17

    Fabulous

    Reviewed by: Kristin T. on

    Comment:

    We stayed here for a snowmobiling weekend up north and could not have stayed anywhere better! John and joy are amazing hosts, plowed driveway and shovels porches, the house is stocked with ANYTHING you could possibly need, also lots of room for parking with two snowmobile trailers. Very impressed. Nice and cozy location close to the trails!
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in February-17

    Gaylord house on the lake

    Reviewed by: Tonya S. on

    Comment:

    We loved this house! It was spacious, yet cozy. It was very clean & very inviting. There were even homemade cookies waiting for us. We moved right in, & everyone was very comfortable. We loved that the place was loaded with extras like games, & movies. There was even a drawer with pens & paper, & other helpful things you don't usually think about until you need them. The weather was unusually warm during our trip, but we still got to do most of what we had planned. The drive time was pretty reasonable to get into town. Overall, we had a wonderful time on our trip, & a lot of that had to do with how great this house was. There was plenty of room for everybody to relax & enjoy themselves, & that made us very happy. We would definitely consider staying at this lovely house again in the future.
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in February-17

    Very warm and inviting!

    Reviewed by: Robert S on

    Comment:

    Joy and John are the kindest most thoughtful couple ever! We just enjoyed our stay immensely. We are already looking at our calendars and planning for our next several visits. When we finally arrived and walked into their chalet, we both felt as if we were home. The warm cookies welcoming us home were such a pleasant surprise! Thank you both for being so hospitable. BTW, it was also our anniversary weekend! Could not have asked for anything better. Thank You! :-)
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in February-17

    My family and I we had a wonderful Christmas vacation!

    Reviewed by: Ivis H. on

    Comment:

    I hope this may be of help to future visitors to this property and we also like to thank the owners for being very attentive from the first day we arrived at their property, thanks for everything! My family and I rented this property for Christmas getaway and we can't complain about anything, if you are looking for someplace away from the city but with closure and access stores, activities and mostly away from the typical day. We came here to spend the holiday and to take advantage of the skying at Boyne Mountain and I could not complain about anything our stay was wonderful so we wish to come back some other year. Thanks again to the owners for everything! *Originally posted on Homeaway/VRBO for a stay in December 2016

    Perfect getaway! Could have not asked for a better stay!!

    Reviewed by: PrixD on

    Comment:

    The house was perfect. Exactly what we needed. Very specious, super comfortable, completely equipt with everything that was needed and wished we could stay a complete week to be able to use all the facilities the house provided. The only downfall was that there was no wifi for one of the guests that was injured and could not go skiing due to surgery he had a few months ago. he wanted to work from the home to have time later to be with all of us. We has able to find other places near by that had wifi. The other problem was that that the heating system was not on and when the first friends arrive the the house, it took about 8 hours to feel comfortable to sleep without being extremely cold. When it was time to sleep, it was perfect and not problems at all. The owners were sooooo sweet, welcoming, and dedicated to whatever we needed. Very available and even left some cookies as a welcome treat. Again ,the home was more than perfect and could not have asked for more. A perfect place to get away from the city and work. We would love to come in the summer to enjoy the lake and other activities. I would very much recommend this house for a vacation, relaxing time, and enjoying winter and summer times. Wishing to come back again next year!!! We are very thankful to the owners for being so accommodating and helpful. *Originally posted on Homeaway/VRBO for a stay in January 2017

    Reviewed by: PrixD on

    Comment:

    The house was perfect. Exactly what we needed. Very specious, super comfortable, completely equipt with everything that was needed and wished we could stay a complete week to be able to use all the facilities the house provided. The only downfall was that there was no wifi for one of the guests that was injured and could not go skiing due to surgery he had a few months ago. he wanted to work from the home to have time later to be with all of us. We has able to find other places near by that had wifi. The other problem was that that the heating system was not on and when the first friends arrive the the house, it took about 8 hours to feel comfortable to sleep without being extremely cold. When it was time to sleep, it was perfect and not problems at all. The owners were sooooo sweet, welcoming, and dedicated to whatevery we needed. Very available and even left some cookies as a welcome treat. Again ,the home was more than perfect and could not have asked for more. A perfect place to get away from the city and work. We would love to come in the summer to enjoy the lake and other activities. I would very much recommend this house for a vacation, relaxing time, and enjoying winter and summer times. Wishing to come back again next year!!!

    *This review was originally posted on Airbnb for a stay in January 2017

    Manager Response:
    Thank you for the feedback. We are glad that overall you enjoyed your stay, but do apologize that you had issues with the heating system! We have spoken to the homeowner and they informed us they have installed a brand new heating system so issues like this do not occur in the future. We hope to assist you in booking a vacation rental in the future that will exceed your expectations.

    Could not ask for a better place to stay!!!

    Reviewed by: Bobby O. on

    Comment:

    My family of six all stayed here & honestly could not have ask for a better home! Every room in the house is so cozy & relaxing. The home owners were very friendly, helpful & are willing to do whatever it takes to make our stay perfect! They baked us cookies, made sure the driveway was plowed (removed the snow) & gave us their personal number incase we needed anything. My whole family will be back to this rental again for sure, this time we would love to stay here in the summer. We all recommend this home for an amazing get-a-way to enjoy a real up north experience! Thank you Thank you!!

    This review was originally posted on VRBO.com for a stay in December 2016

    The Perfect Getaway

    Reviewed by: Susan Z. on

    Comment:

    My stay at this beautiful place could not have been better. The owners go above and beyond to be welcoming! The pictures do not do this place justice. The cabin is spotless and everything you need is included in the kitchen, bedrooms and baths. It's the perfect place to do as little or as much as you want, and the views are breathtaking when the sun comes up and the mist rolls across the lake. The cabin is wooded on both sides, giving you more quiet and privacy, while the sights and sounds of nature all around you fills you with such peace and tranquility. The fire pit was wonderful to enjoy with plenty of dry firewood provided, and was especially nice in the cool night air. It's a little piece of Heaven, and I will definitely be back!

    This review was originally posted on VRBO.com for a stay in November 2016

    relaaaax...

    Reviewed by: Steve W. on

    Comment:

    What a great place, Joy thought of everything to make our stay a comfortable one, even had fresh baked cookies waiting for us..these owners know how to do this the right way, would not hesitate to recommend this property to my family and friends.
    This review was originally submitted through TripAdvisor in October 2016.

    Wonderful, relaxing getaway

    Reviewed by: Sarah V. on

    Comment:

    This was our second trip to this lovely property. Great bird hunting nearby and a cozy setting for our adults only weekend up north. We found nothing to be lacking at the clean and comfy Irish Inn. Already planning to return next year.

    This was originally posted on VRBO.com on 11/2016.

    Great Fall Weekend!

    Reviewed by: Patricia C. on

    Comment:

    Awesome Cabin! Everything our family wanted and then some!

    This review was originally posted on VRBO for a stay in October 2016

    Beautiful, private home on quiet lake.

    Reviewed by: Sisters4 on

    Comment:

    Had a Great time at this beautiful vacation home – very private, on a quiet lake. Enjoyed paddleboat and kayaks and fire pit at night. Pool table and ping-pong, many games and videos for a rainy day. Comfortable beds and furniture. Lots of big windows to enjoy the lovely view while sitting around the fireplace. Hosts Joy and John were super nice and accommodating. They made us feel very comfortable and welcome.

    This review was originally submitted through VRBO in November 2016.

    Wonderful cabin!

    Reviewed by: Heather S. on

    Comment:

    We stayed at this property for the week of the 4th of July in 2016. The cabin was just what we needed. It was clean and well maintained. The house had everything we needed to be able to relax and just have fun. We took advantage of all of the amenities - we kayaked on the small lake and the big lake, paddle boated, fished, had campfires, played pool, ping pong, foosball, went to the pool, played games, etc, etc. The best was making some coffee, sitting on the beautiful porch and enjoying the view of nature all around us. The beds were comfortable and clean. The kitchen was so well stocked with cooking supplies, we ate most of our meals at the cabin. Our family, including the dog, had a wonderful time at this awesome cabin! Thank you so much!

    This review was originally submitted through VRBO in November 2016.

    Family Mini-Vacation

    Reviewed by: Cheryl B. on

    Comment:

    We had a great time although mother nature didn't cooperate too well. We appreciated the games, board games and dvd library as well as box of children's books for our 2 grandsons. They even had cups & bowls for kids. We loved the big windows to view the lake and it was great to be able to kayak to fully enjoy the beautiful fall colors. We would definately return and recommend this house to friends!

    This review was originally submitted through VRBO in October 2016.

    Beautiful Fall Weekend

    Reviewed by: Patricia C. on

    Comment:

    Perfect fall weekend, room for everyone! Excellent inside and out! Everything we needed for a great family weekend!
    Can't wait to come back!

    relaaaax...

    Reviewed by: Steve W. on

    Comment:

    What a great place, Joy thought of everything to make our stay a comfortable one, even had fresh baked cookies waiting for us..these owners know how to do this the right way, would not hesitate to recommend this property to my family and friends.

    This review was originally posted on TripAdvisor for a stay in October 2016

    Family Mini-Vacation

    Reviewed by: Cheryl B. on

    Comment:

    We had a great time although mother nature didn't cooperate too well. We appreciated the games, board games and dvd library as well as box of children's books for our 2 grandsons. They even had cups & bowls for kids. We loved the big windows to view the lake and it was great to be able to kayak to fully enjoy the beautiful fall colors. We would definately return and recommend this house to friends!

    This review was originally submitted through VRBO in October 2016.

    Family Mini-Vacation

    Reviewed by: Cheryl B. on

    Comment:

    We had a great time although mother nature didn't cooperate too well. We appreciated the games, board games and dvd library as well as box of children's books for our 2 grandsons. They even had cups & bowls for kids. We loved the big windows to view the lake and it was great to be able to kayak to fully enjoy the beautiful fall colors. We would definately return and recommend this house to friends!

    Beautiful Fall Weekend

    Reviewed by: Patricia C. on

    Comment:

    Perfect fall weekend, room for everyone! Excellent inside and out! Everything we needed for a great family weekend!
    Can't wait to come back!

    Clean and well maintained house

    Reviewed by: Sisters 4 on

    Comment:

    Beautiful and peaceful setting and well equipped in every aspect. Owners were an absolute pleasure to meet

    Excellant outdoor setting.

    Reviewed by: Mark S. on

    Comment:

    Ray Charles (our blind dog) got to swim everyday. I kayaked several times ... was nice - no motor boats.

    The accommodations were good and the nearby golf courses were awesome.

    Relaxing on the porch was peaceful - was able to meditate. We met the Blue Heron that seems to visit all cottages and the ducks frequent visits.

    Recommend blinds for the bedroom but loved our stay!

    The Canadians

    Very Nice Lakefront Home filled with Warmth and Charm

    Reviewed by: Gregory R. on

    Comment:

    Nice three bedroom house with two bathrooms was perfect for the six of us (4 Adults and 2 teenagers). The was a good base for our snowmobiling adventures, and when we return in the night the adults enjoyed time in front of the fireplace (gas) having good conversations, while the teenagers spent time playing pool and Ping-Pong in the walkout basement. We will definitely return. *This review was originally posted on VRBO for a stay in Jan-16

    RELAXING

    Reviewed by: Great Vacantion on

    Comment:

    Had a great trip. House was great. Clean and plenty of room for all. Lot to do in the area. Hosts were great and available if needed. Relaxed, played games, swam, fished, ate, and played at the casino. Rented jet ski on Ocego Lake. Campfires every night. Didn't want it to end!

    Perfect get away

    Reviewed by: Tom J. on

    Comment:

    This home is a wonderful place for a very relaxing get away. The owners are super nice folks with only one interest in mind that you have a relaxing time at the irish in. the snowmobiling was great. We will be planing our next trip there. This place has a great view of the lake and is a great place to have a cup coffee on the deck.Thanks again for a great time.
    *This review was originally posted on VRBO for a stay on Mar-16

    Relax, Recharge, Enjoy woods and lake

    Reviewed by: Matthew B on

    Comment:

    What a great vacation. Looking to rest and recharge the battery, this is the place! Peaceful, spacious, true northern Michigan experience! Walks in the woods, fishing on Lake Little Bear. Love the paddle boat and 2 kyacks! Very quite! Met the ducks, geese, black squirrels and more! I didn't want to leave! Our dog Magic gives this place 5 bones! He loved all the windows and the decks!
    *This review was originally posted on VRBO for a stay in Jun-16

    Great stay, Great memories!

    Reviewed by: Waynes World on

    Comment:

    Stayed at the Irish in two weekends in a row. Once with my girlfreinds family and the other with my family plus my girlfriend. It was all we needed and more for the stays. Great view, space, amenities, and with a cabin feel we couldn't go wrong here. I will always hold this place special because I got engaged while staying there the second weekend. We will definitely be up there again for our winter adventures and possibly summer!
    *This review was originally posted on VRBO for a stay on Feb-16

    Perfect getaway!

    Reviewed by: AGRIN on

    Comment:

    This was a perfect vacation for my family!! The cottage is put together perfectly, even with welcome cookies. There is a wide plethora of games for kids along with every cooking utinsel possibly needed!! The lake is great, with easy fishing for kids. The swimming pool is nice, we spent a whole day at it! There are many attractions nearby as well!! I definitely recommend this place!!
    *This review was originally posted on VRBO for a stay in Jun-16

    Awesome home! Great snowmobiling location.

    Reviewed by: Gregg R. on

    Comment:

    We came to snowmobile but only rode twice due to lack of snow. In spite of that we had a great week relaxing. The pool and ping pong tables were used to their fullest as was the fire pit and deck. This beautiful home is easy to find and close to everything. Clean and comfortable with lots of room for the 8 of us. John and Joy aren't far if you need anything. We'll be back but earlier in the winter.
    *This review was originally posted on VRBO for a stay in Mar-16

    You won't be sorry!! Go for it

    Reviewed by: Sue H. on

    Comment:

    My whole family stayed here for Easter weekend. We had the best time. The accommodations were outstanding . The owner baked cookies that were waiting for us when we arrived. 'Delicious' the owner was an amazing host letting us know that if we needed anything ' just let her know'. It was clean. There were tons of things for us to do indoors. Pool ping ping foosball. We barbecued on the wrap around deck. All in all I highly recommend this rental. We will be back!!!!!!!!!!!
    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway for a stay in Mar-16

    Reviewed by: Ricardo Pinoncely on

    Comment:

    It was an amazing weekend the cabin has everything. It is really cozy and the surrounding area is incredible. Thanks a lot for this wonderful experience
    This review was originally posted on Airbnb for a stay in Mar-16

    Awesome Stay!!!

    Reviewed by: LaToya W. on

    Comment:

    I stayed at this property in 2015 (Dec 12th until the 14th). I can't say enough good things about this vacation home. I say "Home" because that is what it felt like as soon as you pulled into the driveway. Beautiful large yard with patio, swing, fire pit and an awesome view of "lake little bear". The inside of the home was very spacious, clean and well decorated. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything you would need to prepare your meals including seasonings and pots & pans. The living room was very cozy and included a gas fireplace, lazy boy (like) chairs, large leather couch and a big screen TV with cable. The view of the lake from the large windows was an added bonus. There are three bedrooms...one in the loft upstairs, one on the main floor and one in the basement. In addition, there is a fold out bed in the basement. All bedrooms were extremely clean and comfortable. There are two bathrooms...one on the main floor with a connection to the bedroom and one in the loft upstairs. Both bathrooms were well stocked with clean towels and toiletries. The basement was very large with an electric fireplace, pool table, microwave, refrigerator, other game tables and there is a walk out leading to the patio. The owners were a pleasure to communicate with and they answered any question or concerns I had. I will be back next year for sure!

    *This review was originally posted on HomeAway.com for a stay in December 2015.

    Perfect!

    Reviewed by: Coach K on

    Comment:

    This property has all the amenities that a family needs. Everything about our stay was perfect! I have rented many properties for a holiday with family and this was by far the best. A home run!

    Perfect fit for our girls weekend!

    Reviewed by: Jessica R. on

    Comment:

    We loved the serene views, the large kitchen, fireplace and comfort of this home. It was perfect for our girls getaway.



    This review was originally posted on HomeAway.com for a stay in October 2015.

    Such a nice arrival and stay!

    Reviewed by: Lisa M. on

    Comment:

    Arriving at the house, there was a plate of fresh baked cookies! We've rented lots of VRBO houses over the years and this is the first time we felt so warmly welcomed. Even in the bathroom the towels were arranged to look like swans- so adorable. The house had all that we needed and is gorgeous. The owners were nice, checking in to make sure that we were comfortable and had what we needed. Definitely recommend this rental!

    This review was originally posted on VRBO.com for a stay in October 2015

    Manager's Response: Thank you for the review! We are glad that you experienced such a nice arrival and stay! We appreciate your recommendation and hope to host you again! -The Evolve Team

    Wonderfully relaxing

    Reviewed by: Glen E. on

    Comment:

    We had a great time relaxing in the sun.











    This review was originally posted on HomeAway.com for a stay in June 2015.

    Amazing engagement weekend

    Reviewed by: Norman and Helga on

    Comment:

    We had an amazing weekend despite the weather. Thank you for being amazing hosts and being so accomadating. last night we got engaged, the beautiful scenery was the perfect setting for an unforgetable life time memory. We will be back and encourage others to come stay in your beautiful, welcoming cottage. Until next time!!!

    This review was submitted as a guest book comment.

    Truly Enjoyed

    Reviewed by: Dajeh on

    Comment:

    We truly enjoyed the stay at your cottage and it went beyond and above the expectation (indoor and outdoor) I would highly recommend the cottage and would spread the experience around.

    This review was shared as a guest book comment.

    Perfection!

    Reviewed by: Abe on

    Comment:

    We stayed at this house for two nights and the stay was amazing! This house feels like home; cozy, very clean, nicely decorated, and every detail was provided for our stay; so we ended up not using many things we brought from home! 2 Kayaks, a paddleboat, life jackets, a Billiard, a brand new grill, a nice hot tub, many movies with a DVD player, many books, a lovely ranch and a balcony both viewing the lake, and many brain games were waiting for us! You can't get bored here! The owner of the house was very helpful and responded to any questions we had quickly. And by the way, the house is worth every cent paid! Thanks for everything.

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