William Rutter

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Birch Lodge and Motel LLC

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We are a 20-acre resort with a 1/4-mile of frontage on Trout Lake in Trout Lake, Michigan. We purchased national register-listed Birch Lodge six years ago to save it from ruin and have brought it back to life. The upgraded motel has repeat bookings and after renovations the old lodge is just now available for guests. We will sell below market value to a preservation-minded buyer who may wish to take it to the next level. The improvements we have made have been discussed over the years on the Birch Lodge Blog, lined to our website, The old lodge has a new commercial-size septic system as well as a full commercial kitchen and that would need to be brought up to code to fill the old dining room like the old days, all the original hotel china and oak dining room tables and chairs. The lake dwellers still talk about cruising across the lake to our dock for relaxing times at the Birch Bar, which no longer has a liquor license. Michigan B&B allows for three meals for guests should a chef entrepreneur wish to set up shop, perhaps get a resort license for wine to serve guests. Currently the lodge has five completed suites (three others built but with bathrooms in progress), each with newly installed full bathroom and individual A/C and heat, refinished hardwood floors and beds with new Queen-size mattresses and box springs, complemented by antique furniture. The sale includes the website and related business components. The adjacent mid-century modern motel with 6 lakefront rooms retains its original furnishings, but has received new carpeting, mattresses and in-wall air conditioners. The lodge has a new 200-foot well, and the motel has a separate 200-foot well. The 1940s log cabin has a shallow well and new septic. All work had been done in consultation with the county building inspector and state and county codes. We fell we've brought the lodge to a place where someone can see the full potential of this unique property. One guest summed it up well: "This place is AUTHENTIC!" It's not a re-creation, it's a continuation. We hope the journey has a happy ending.

4483 Meridian Rd.
Williamston, Michigan 48895

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