Evolve Vacation Rental
- Englisch, Französisch, Deutsch, Spanisch
Functional, clean house with nice location
House was clean, beds are all new or look new and are comfortable. Everything works as it should. Some recommendations would be to have cable or satellite for the option of watching TV (some DVDs are provided), and do some work on the kitchen cabinets to make them shut and look nicer inside. But overall a good place, lots of parking, quiet.
Broken equipment and low lake level... Disappointed
We booked this place and were very excited, as our research indicated that this was a very nice lake for swimming and that it was an "all sports" lake. Wrong. There was no boat launch (we dragged our boat up with us). Then, there's the issue with the fact that the lake level was extremely low this year (the end of the dock barely touched the water - there is a "floating" line that separates the swimming area from the neighbors and it was laying on dry, weedy dirt (where there should have been water). It would have been a nice courtesy to have warned us about the low water levels. Instead, we heard about it from the resort across the lake when we called them to ask to use their boat launch the night before going up. They advised us that we would have trouble because of the low levels.
-The beds were comfy and linens were nice, BUT
-Gas grill did not work, Lit up but too low to cook anything, like the line was blocked or something
-Leather couches were "sticky" and had to be cleaned
-Coffee maker had mold/mildew in reservoir, so we had to go out and buy a coffee maker (gross)
-We were told on arrival day that the bathroom light fixture was broken by previous renter and that they were trying to get an electrician out that day. My husband does this type of work and graciously offered to fix it. He was told he would be "paid for his services". That was not the motivation for doing the work, but we were never contacted back after we left for even a simple "thank you" for doing the repairs.
-Kitchen drawer was broken and stuck, husband repaired that too. Again, no contact whatsoever after we left. It's been 2 weeks.
-While these issues did exist, we still had fun. We drove out to other nearby lakes to swim and do some tubing. Had someone had the courtesy to contact us back after our initial email to them about these issues, we would have skipped the ugly review. It's the lack of courtesy that is the most upsetting.
-One of the Adirondack chairs broke under my friend, when my husband reached over to try to catch her, his chair cracked under the uneven weight, so we had the decency to go out to the nearby Lowes and purchase two new chairs to replace them (and advised the owner about it in our email).
Hi Nathalie, We are sorry to hear that your stay fell short of expectations, but we appreciate you sharing your feedback and helping us improve. The homeowner has only had the property for a short time, and they are working on how to best monitor the lake's water level and keep their guests informed since they are not local to the area. They do have very high standards for their vacation home, and they have addressed the couches, coffee pot, and the propane tank with their cleaning service so that these issues will not reoccur for their future guests. The owner is also truly grateful for the work your husband did, and they apologize that they did not follow up with you after your stay. They will be reaching out personally to make things right, and we appreciate your patience and thoughtful behavior throughout this process. Both Evolve and the homeowner strive to provide a 5-star stay for all of our guests, and while we missed the mark with your stay, we would love the opportunity to host you again the next time you're in Branch! Best, the Evolve Team
We had a ton of fun on the beach and swimming off the dock. We were only a 25 minute drive from Ludington and right in the woods. Overall it was an amazing time, house was nice and cozy, and would highly recommended!
Enjoyed in winter!
We stayed with 6 inches of snow on the ground, but we enjoyed it! The cottage was clean and filled with everything you would need for a stay any time of the year. We will be planning a stay in the summer.
Spring is coming! Glad you had fun.
The Lakefront Cottage is the perfect Up North getaway! Comfy & clean - right on a beautiful lake!
Our recent stay at the Lakefront Cottage was perfect! We had a girls getaway and the accommodations were great! Everything worked in the kitchen - which is important when you plan to eat a lot. There is a great table for gathering to enjoy meals together and play games! The seating was comfy and the fireplace was an added bonus of extra coziness. Sleeping accommodations were great for our group - everyone having an actual bed. Linens were clean and plentiful. Bathroom was clean we had plenty of hot water. It was a late fall excursion but we still were able to enjoy the beautiful view of the lake and could imagine the fun that could be had in the warm summer months. Overall it was easy to locate, even at 11 PM in the dark. Our host was very gracious and easy to contact with questions. We would definitely stay here again - especially when we can really enjoy the outdoors. However if your looking for a cozy spot in the fall or winter months, this is the perfect place to hunker down and relax.
Loved the property!
Wonderful location! Had absolutely everything we needed to keep 2 families with young children happy and comfortable for the weekend. We will be back!