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Skull Island, Blackbeard's Hideaway!

Bedrooms 3
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Private Island House next to a State Park

Ahoy, matey! Welcome to Skull Island where your adventures begin and your memories are treasured.

Your adventure begins right after you park your car in the gated parking area. You'll bring your belongings to the dock where you can load it into your boat or use ours. From the dock, the house will be in your view on the island just to the right. THERE IS NO WAY TO DRIVE TO THE ISLAND, IT CAN ONLY BE ACCESSED BY BOAT.

The home is unmistakable with pirate flags all around, painted black with cannons mounted to the side. You are about 100 yards or about a five minute row boat ride from your destination.

The property is on a point of the island. This gives you 270 degree views, main view of Pontiac Lake, the beach and Gale Bay. It's great to have the sun on the front of the house and when to the rear of the house, you'll find shade under the large maple tree. In the evening you'll enjoy breathtaking sunsets.

You'll have access to everything you need. On the Lake there is a Chinese Restaurant and a couple boat liveries. Pontiac Lake State Park has a host of things to do

Skull Island kid's camp is just on the other side of the island. Check them out on their web site or on Facebook.

Water is the way of the pirate so let's address that. There is a row boat and paddle boat included with the house at no charge. We rent a 12 person pontoon for $175 per night or a larger pontoon can be rented from the local boat liveries for about $225 (some ask it be returned by 5:00 PM). Lounge around the lake or on the dock or deck all day and spend your evenings in Pontiac, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Clarkston, Detroit, Windsor (Canada) or other local hot spot of your choosing. Bring your fishing pole and catch Bass, Bluegill, Pike, Walleye and other game fish when in season. Barbecue outside or cook inside. Vacation in beautiful Oakland County while enjoying the cozy, yet upscale, Northern Michigan atmosphere of this home. Abundant wildlife in nature sanctuary type setting all around the property. The cottage has additional dock space for your own boat as well.

On weekends you'll see the locals playing volleyball in the water.


Can we drive our car to the house?

No, you must park and take the row boat provided or your own (or rented) boat.

Is there a water taxi?


How long does it take to row to the Island?

About 5 minutes.

Where do we park?

The secure parking area has 2 reserved spots for guests. There may be more depending on traffic. There is also additional parking at the State park down the road. There are only 3 houses using the parking area so there is normally not a parking problem.

Is there dock space available at the parking area?

There is a 32 foot double sided dock for the parking area.

Where do we store our boat trailer?

Boat trailers can be parked at the owner's home on the other side of the lake if there is no room in the lot.

Is there dock space at the house?

There is a 24 foot double sided dock at the house. I normally tie my pontoon right up to the sea wall.

Is the calendar availability updated?


Is there internet?

There is no internet provided. T-Mobile 4G in the area. I normally turn my phone into a Hot-Spot and run it on that. It runs just as fast as my Comcast connection at home.

Can you swim at the house?

Yes, it's shallow right off the seawall. You can also row right to the beach at the state park. The house faces it.

Can we get the cleaning fee waived?

To ensure a the high level of cleanliness that we require. The cleaning will always be done by our staff. All linens are done off site so it is not possible for the renter to clean the cabin on their own. Besides, your on vacation, relax and enjoy yourself!

Please feel free to contact the owners with any other questions.

Also, check out the reviews to see what other people have to say about it. I get a lot of comments about the responses...... Matey!!!! ;-)

More Details

Donard Maniaci
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2018

About Donard Maniaci

Donard is an Electrical Controls Engineer/Project Manager. Nan is a Property Manager and cake maker. We love to ride Motorcycles and spend time on the water.

We restored this cabin in 2013 and think it's great vacation spot.

We've been living on Pontiac Lake since 1990 and can answer most of your questions.

Donard Maniaci purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Donard Maniaci chose White Lake

It's on an island and your view is the beach. Pontiac Lake is a well known hotspot in the area.

Quake on the Lake, Power Boat Races in July, is one of the largest events in the county and it happens right outside your door.

What makes this cabin unique

Island privacy, views, waterfront and wild life is right at your door.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Donard,

We filled out the survey. I didn't get a confirmation though.. So I submitted it about 3 times. I can't be sure if it actually went through. This is what I wrote:

"We, the Chicago Engineering Design Team, were competing in an annual robotics competition when we rented this amazing place!! In the end, we were heartbroken because we spent so little time at this beautiful place since we were so busy during competition!! When we arrived at the allotted parking space, we found ourselves stund by the breathtaking view of the cabin across the water. (So refreshing from the city life we are so used to in Chicago!) we could hear the birds singing, the cooling winds blowing, and the water... Oh the water. Then, we were warmly greeted by Donard and he and his sweet grand daughter gave us a tour of the beautiful island (the place to play volleyball, sulk in the sun on beautiful sand, etc) before kindly dropping us off at the cabin. The cabin is beautifully designed with the fun pirate-theme! And it was sooo clean!! We excitingly walks around to find a bonfire, a nice outdoor picnic style eating spot, a paddle and row boat! We thought to ourselves, we don't we just forget the competition and just stay here all 4 days and relax, sleep, eat, play, swim!!!! Of course, that didn't happen.. We were there for a competition. BUT, in the end, we won third place in design, beating 45 international/national teams ( including Yale Univ. and Japan's Hosei Univ)!!! No doubt the inspiration we got from this wonderful small paradise of a cabin on an island had a major effect on our performance! The Chicago EDT is so thankful for the awesome and super nice owner, Donard for letting us stay in this paradise! BEST decision we made as a team ( we saved lots of money staying in this paradise too!) I, personally plan to come back, with friends and family so we can properly utilize and ENJOY this beautiful place!"

Let me know if that didn't work and I'll gladly do it again! Thanks again so much!!

Sent from my iPhone
Jun 2014
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in White Lake, Michigan

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Everything is new. The bathroom or head, has great view of Gale Bay.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Bunkbeds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Bunkbeds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Upstairs bedroom with walk-out balcony.
  • Lower bedrooms have bunkbeds. Twin and Full mattresses. Upper loft has a Queen and a walk-out balcony with amazing views. Living room has a sofa bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Pontiac Lake is one of the best lakes around. It's a shallow lake. This makes it one of the first lakes to get warm and stay warm. You can swim right off the sea wall or go to the state beach. If you like water and having plenty to do, you'll love this place.


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Skull Island, Blackbeard's Hideaway!
average rating of 4.893617 based on 48 reviews

Definitely a must stay!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every aspect of the cabin and the atmosphere. We will be staying again as we had such a great time. Rowing the boat was even a great addition to our adventure having our dogs with us. Lol. We paddle around the island and had a fire every night. Thanks so much for allowing us to stay! We look forward to it every year!

  • Submitted: 3-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well Blow me down! We're so glad you've discovered our treasure on Skull Island and look forward to your return. May your jib sail always be full and your flags never be at half mast! Donard and Nan
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Temperance, Michigan

Very clean, well stocked cabin

  • 5 of 5

We had a blast on this vacation! Easy drive to safe/locked parking area. Nice pontoon with rental for a quick trip to a very clean/well stocked cabin. Pirate theme throughout. All you need to take is clothes and food, everything else is already there and waiting for you! Nice movie library for a rainy day. Games available for indoors and out. All of the neighbors/lake residents super friendly and always willing to help. Owners available 24/7 for anything! Awesome people who have thought of everything to make this an easy trip! We will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: 12-Jul-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Had eight guys here for a weekend of relaxing, barbecuing, floating around on the pontoon boat. The cabin was very well supplied, clean, and comfortable for all of us even on a day of rain. Wonderful place, very secluded location for being in Waterford. Felt like we had the whole island to ourselves! The pirate theme and interior furnishings are very well done and will definitely make it a special place for families with kids to stay.

  • Submitted: 11-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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the best place period.

  • 5 of 5

Donard is the best host I have come across in my 20 year vacationing...

  • Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Great time they had absolutely everything we had 10 people and very roomy. Defiantly going back.

  • Submitted: 9-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. We tried very hard to accommodate most needs so people are not running out to the store all the time. We're glad you could spend your Canadian Thanksgiving with us and we're looking forward to your return. Thank you Donard and Nan
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Memorable and great fun!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our time at Blackbeard's Hideaway! Everything we needed was available and the owners were so very helpful in making the stay a pleasant one! We would strongly recommend the fun of this secluded getaway!

  • Submitted: 1-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38.7 Miles
Detroit Metro Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.1 Miles
Pontiac Lake Inn (Great Burgers at dive bar)
Nearest Golf
2.1 Miles
White Lake Oaks
Nearest Motorway
1.7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Miles
Carrie Lee's
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Pontiac Lake Beach, You'll be looking at it
Car: necessary

Greenfield Village / Henry Ford Museum is within an hour drive. Contact the owner if looking for something else.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in White Lake, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2018 Late Summer
Jul 6 2018 - Aug 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Labor Day Week end
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Fall Pricing
Sep 5 2018 - Nov 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$131.45

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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