One of a Kind - Lakefront Lodge - Caribbean of the Midwest
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Higgins Lake house description
Higgins Lake is the sixth most beautiful lake in the world. This spring-fed lake, with its sandy shores and lake bottom, boasts pristine clear waters, and crystal green depths. Our dock extends 80 feet from the shore. The water is knee deep with white sand bottom for 300 feet, then gradually drops off to deeper water. We have 200 feet of beautiful sandy beach front.
The Big House can sleep up to 12. It has a beautiful knotty pine interior, great room, and 2 glassed in porches. The house was built by a local well known Swedish craftsmen. There are many examples of fine carpentry throughout the house. The lake fills the view through the large picture windows which run the length of the house. The deck offers a spectacular view, especially on clear nights when the water sparkles in the myriad colors of the sunset.
The Shields property is available for week long periods throughout the year. Winter stays are available at reduced rates for a minimum of two nights, a great idea for winter sports enthusiasts.
- 3400 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12
- Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (4)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 2 Half Bathrooms
- both full baths have showers - no tubs
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Parking Off Street
- Iron & Board
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Wood Fireplace
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Video Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Wireless Internet
- Broadband Access
Location & View
- Jet Skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Miniature Golf
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Enjoyed our stayGuest comment entered by owner
Enjoyed our stay
First of all, we completely enjoyed our stay at your home. It was just right. The warmth and spaciousness --both indoor and out--were so enjoyable for us and for our guests. The lake and weather cooperated nicely, also. The hospitality Kip, John and Michael (and singing Karl) was such a treat. The girls will always remember their initiation by diving off the pontoon. Thanks again for working with us on the price. It was a very special visit for us...we got to visit with friends we hadn't seen since our marriage on Mackinac 17 years ago. Thanks so much. We look forward to booking with you again.
- Guest Dorothy
- Date of stay 08/10/11
- Review Submitted 08/23/11
Guest comment entered by owner
Many of our guests enjoy and appreciate their stay at our house. The majority of guests are repeat tenants and comment regularly about how much their families enjoy their stay. We commonly are told how important our house has been in developing their family traditions and memories. One family has returned each year for over a decade.
- Guest Many Guests
- Date of stay 07/16/11
- Review Submitted 07/16/11
Caribbean of the Midwest is an exaggeration.
Caribbean of the Midwest is an exaggeration.
The house was definitely a Big House! There was plenty of room for the family to roam. The pictures of the residence are pretty accurate. The stone fireplace was awesome! The rear deck was concrete and a nice place to BBQ and watch the happenings on the lake. Saying the house was air conditioned was misleading; it really consisted of window units in each of the bedrooms. The other rooms had box fans for air circulation. The 2-1/2 bathrooms were very small and confining, each bath only had a standup shower. The house smelled musty at the onset. We had to open as many windows as possible to try and clear this up. It was especially strong coming from the kitchen area. The door to the basement from the kitchen had a square opening that allowed this musty smell to come into the house. I would not recommend this house for anyone that has allergies or breathing issues.
- Guest GrandmaH (Grand Blanc, MI)
- Date of stay 08/21/10
- Review Submitted 11/30/10
Owner response: We have had no other similar comments for the past 10 years, however we have thanked the tenant for her observations, and are addressing her concerns.
Summer rates: June 1-14 2700.00/wk.;Jun 14-21 3000.00 wk., June 21-28 $3475/wk. July rates: June 28 - August 30 2675.00 week. Summer rentals are taken on a weekly basis only Sat-Sat. Saturdays that appear rented are still open for guests arriving on that day. During the rest of the year, rentals are only subject to a 2-night minimum. Additional nights are available at a discount. Annual Ski-Season Special starts January 15: 1400.00 per week All rental periods incur a 125.00 cleaning fee, 6% Mich. tax. Linens are extra
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Year Purchased: 1935
About the owner: We are the third generation of Shields family, that originally built this gorgeous house on the south shore of Higgins Lake. We grew up spending our summers and Christmas visiting our Nana and Pompom. We now live spread across the U.S. in Washington, California, and New Mexico, but return to visit every summer.
Why the Owner Chose Higgins Lake:
We are the original owners of this house. Our grandfather and grandmother built the house in 1938.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
This property gives our spread out family the opportunity to get together in a peaceful and beautiful setting, with an uninterrupted view of gorgeous Higgins Lake. (please see photos) Our beachfront is sandy and safe for water play. We enjoy being at the lake in all seasons, as the Big House is also equipped for winter stays.
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Lakeside view of the Big House
The beach at the Big House
Great Room and Dining Room
Sunset from the porch
Great Room and stairs to large dorm room
Full Kitchen includes microwave, 2 ovens, 2 refrigerators, and all the hardware
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Date last modified - Friday, November 22, 2013