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Year round Crystal Lake cottage, newly remodelled 4br/1ba, w/semi-private beach

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Spacious 4 Bedroom, 1 Bath with lg. kitchen/dining area plus laundry & fireplace

Located on the South shore of Crystal Lake with 60 feet of semi-private sandy beach this newly remodeled 4 BR/1BA (w/separate room w/double vanity) comes to you with a deck, fireplace, laundry, and wonderful lakefront views from the deck or beach itself. The four bedrooms include 2 x Queen, 1 x Bunk & Twin & 1 x Full are all on the 2nd floor. Plenty of room between the house and beach to relax on the hammock or roast marshmallows in the fire pit (don't have to worry about cars and kids!). Interested in setting up horseshoes or badminton? No worries, plenty of room. A charcoal Weber grill is also available for use. Conveniently located half way between Frankfort & Beulah and minutes from area attractions such as Crystal Mountain, Point Betsie, biking trails and Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.

Smoking is prohibited. Beds have pillows, mattress pads & blankets. Pillow cases, sheets & towels are NOT Provided.

More Details

Jay Kulesza
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About Jay Kulesza

I grew up spending my summers here since 1968 - my first dip in the waters of clear blue Crystal Lake was when I was 2 weeks old! Spending summers here was such a special part of my life growing up as was my mother and grandmother before her. We've been very fortunate to keep the property within the family for 5 generations and counting and one thing I find most rewarding is being able to share this special place with others.

Jay Kulesza purchased this cottage in 1922

Why Jay Kulesza chose Frankfort

Built in 1922 by my great grandparents, only within the past year has it been completely renovated bringing it up to the 21 century modern standards but continues to hold the old world charm of a northern Michigan cottage. Plenty of room to spread out inside and out there is room to explore on land, in the water or climbing trees. The area abounds with adventure and is regularly featured as one of America's finest destinations, also known as "the other West Coast".

Guestbook comments from the owner

Jay, we had a great time at the cottage. We are interested in next year also, thanks!
Jul 2016
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Frankfort, Michigan

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The roomy bathroom contains a 6 foot soaking tub/shower combination with a separate attached room containing a double vanity sink maximizing the usage to multiple persons at the same time.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Renters to provide their own towels, sheets & pillow cases. There is no cable TV however WI-FI and DVD are provided on the HDTV. Netflix / hulu enabled television.


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Year round Crystal Lake cottage, newly remodelled 4br/1ba, w/semi-private beach
average rating of 4.8 based on 16 reviews

Lovely home with beautiful Crystal Lake access

  • 5 of 5

The home worked nicely for our family for a quick weekend up north. Easy access to Frankfort while being nestled in the woods. Clean and family friendly home and property. The zip line was an added bonus. We would recommend to family and friends who wanted to visit any season.

  • Submitted: 5-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely and quaint

  • 4 of 5

It was just what we were expecting. Very spacious and updated.

We were able to enjoy breakfast on the beach in front of a fire

we built down at the beach. This will certainly accommodate a

large group. Downside is that our mom was with us and we

didn't realize all the bedrooms were upstairs with no bathroom.

As a result, she needed to sleep downstairs on the sofa, which

did not pull out. We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: 27-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our 2nd time visiting Crystal Lake

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful weather this year! Perch fishing was good, but tapered off to give us time to ride bike to Beulah and enjoy one last (?) weekend of summer weather. Beautiful sunrises/sunsets and starlit nights. The cottage was as accommodating as we remembered from last year. Thank you!

  • Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in Every Way

  • 5 of 5

My family of five, four adults, and my 17-month-old grandson stayed at Helen's Haven in September. First, we were blessed with great weather, sunny days which highlight the beauty of Crystal Lake and mild, late summer temperatures. The cottage was clean and comfortable. We all felt at home right away. I have stayed in other cottages, and this one was exceptional. The previous positive reviewers all nailed it and I don't think there are any details that I can add. Jay was a pleasure to work with and helpful in every way. We did meet a couple of "old timers" who either live on the lake as permanent residents or stay for the entire summer, and they were two of the most interesting people I have ever met. One knew the Helen of Helen's Haven and gave me a history lesson as did the cottage guest log dating back to 1942. I would not hesitate to return to the cottage should my family and I return to Northwestern Michigan in the future. Thanks so much for sharing your special place, Jay. Paula and Bruce S., Dowagiac, MI and Dustin, Amanda, and Daniel S., Indianapolis, IN

  • Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Modern Meets Rustic

  • 5 of 5

The home was enchanting with a quality in remodeling that married the old with the new, we felt an immediate connection that will cause us to return. The property was a gorgeous...when you're inside you feel surrounded by the forest and steps away from one of the most beautiful inland lakes in Michigan, Crystal Lake! As remote as it feels you're 3.5 miles to Frankfort on Lake Michigan beautiful beach, amazing, not to mention choice in restaurants.

  • Submitted: 4-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Clair Shores

Beautiful Stay.

  • 5 of 5

We were beyond thrilled with our stay and hope to rent again in the future. Home was well equipped with full kitchen, games, DVD's and nature galore. We especially loved the cozy look to the home with all the unique pieces of art and decor. The property was wonderful including the beach and dock. Lots of lawn to walk on too. Modern updates throughout. So happy there wasn't any cable. I did not watch the news for a whole week! WI-FI worked well for our tablets and Netflix on the SmartTV available and we enjoyed several movie/game nights as the weather turned cooler but was still beautiful during our trip. Sun room and deck was perfect for that morning coffee. The water was crystal clear and peaceful. Nice get away home if you are looking to relax listening to the birds and wind chimes (loved). Even on a colder, cloudy day there were places to go as everything seemed to be a short drive to including Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City and Frankfort. I brought my food from my local grocer but there's a supermarket 5 minutes away (Frankfort) which was convenient.We brought our own kayaks/life jackets/inflatables which worked well on the lake. **Point Betsie lighthouse is a must see especially for the view and Lake Michigan shoreline. And finally, Jay the owner was wonderful and available quickly by phone for any questions. I bet this place is spectacular in the fall with all the fall colors too. Something to strive for. Well worth the $.

  • Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Ludington, MI
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Pinecroft G.C.
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Many great resaurants minutes away
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
On property
Car: necessary

Enjoy nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore including canoeing / kayaking on the nearby Betsie or Platte Rivers. Take a leisurely walk along the Frankfort pier or Point Betsie to get an up close view of our area light houses. Come during Autumn to enjoy the splendor of the areas Fall Colors along scenic M-22. During the Winter months Crystal Mountain and its fine downhill and cross-country skiing await you.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Frankfort, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2018 Peak Season
May 25 2018 - Sep 29 2018
4 night minimum stay
Fall Color Tour
Oct 1 2018 - Oct 20 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$191.41
Pet Fee C$127.61
Damage Deposit C$382.83

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed. A reservation is not confirmed until paid in full and a signed rental agreement is returned (you may sign/scan and email me the agreement via VRBO if you'd like). Keys to the cottage will be provided once a reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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