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Lakeside view of Bear Cottage

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Last updated: 05/12/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Nestled on the shores of Lake Huron, Bear Cottage will rekindle childhood memories of an 'Up North' vacation. Each over-sized room provides an ever changing view of the big lake. Enjoy an early morning walk along the beach as animal friends return to their forest homes. Scrabble away the day with a glass of Chardonnay as birds visit numerous lakeside feeding stations. Conclude the day roasting hot dogs over a beach-side fire.

Open windows and sea breezes will invite restful sleep.

Should a more active day be in store, visit Loggers Trace or White Pine National golf course. Catch a dinner trout from nearby ponds. Bike to nearby locales on a recently repaved and widened US 23. Visit the acclaimed NOAA shipwreck or Besser museum in nearby Alpena. You could even dive these wrecks or kayak to nearby islands. Test your appetite on a 'Mountain Burger' from the nearby Mountain Inn pub.

So......turn the cellphone off. Quiet your mind. Return to your childhood. Fully experience nature. Visit Bear Cottage.

Please note my favorite month at Bear Cottage is September. They days are still very warm but the early chill of approaching Autumn provides for excellent sleeping.

No smoking please.

Checkout Saturday 10AM Check-In Saturday 3PM.

Keywords: cottage, lakeside, up north, secluded, lake shore, serene

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renters must be a minimum of 25....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered:

    Small to medium size dogs only. Renter will sign 'Pet Addendum'...moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Smoking outside only. Renter to forfeit deposit if interior smoke smell is detected....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Other (See Description)

    The rear family room is 15x18 and can be a 3rd bedroom...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) There is a queen sized futon in the both the family room and living room....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Bear cottage has a piano and an extensive library. Only the month of August is suitable for swimming due to the cold Lake Superior water moving through Northern Lake Huron. Our beach is semi-sandy and swimmers may use our nearby neighbors sand bottom for swimming. However those desiring a private August swimming experience should seek out some nearby Sturgeon Point rentals. Note the cost will be considerable higher or the rental smaller so only pay for that which you can use....moreless

Entertainment

  • Games
  • Music Library:

    The is a recently tuned upright piano in the living room....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    Both the family room and living room have a large flat screen tv. Satellite reception is available on the family room tv only. Living room has a DVD player. ...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Museums

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Our sand beach is about 80 x 80. In September 2014 we added 84 yards of sand to our beach. (See pictures on this site.) It is suitable for sunbathing, volleyball and nightly beach fires. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Large windows and a doorwall provide wide lake vistas...moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Soup Kettle, full supply of pots and pans...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Bicycles
  • Boat:

    There is a boat launch suitable for up to 23 foot boats in Black River 3 miles North of the college...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    An easy and tough 9 hole course in Harrisville or travel to beautiful White near the shores of Hubbard Lake. About $45/18 and the length of the course and distance between homes necessitate a cart....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We encourage you to bring a canoe or better yet a Kayak. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Wood is provided for nightly beach side fires. There is a gas grill on the lakeside patio....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Municipal courts a short distance away in Harrisville....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Other than June-Sept
Sep 29 - May 31, 2015
3 night min stay
$135
$700
June
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2015
7 night min stay

$700
July and August
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015
7 night min stay

$1,075
September
Sep 5 - Sep 30, 2015
7 night min stay

$700
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$135

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Damage deposit will be returned upon checkout


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 05/12/2015
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Location

  • Loggers Trace-Springport Hills

  • Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

    "Approximately 7 miles from Bear Cottage"

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  • Ki Cuyler's Sports Bar & Grill

    "Typical sports pub with very reasonable prices"

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  • Connie's Cafe

    "11585 US 23 South 989-471-5415 A great place for breakfast. Try th..."

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  • Besser Museum

    "491 Johnson Street Alpena 989-356-2202 Award winning Best Small Michigan museum. Has a ro..."

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  • JJ's Steak & Pizza House

    "Excellent pizza and salad bar. Inexpensive. 411 N. 2nd Alpena 989-356-1666"

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  • Alpena Civic Theatre

    "401 River Street Alpena 989-354-3624 Locally produced live theater. Across the river from t..."

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  • Old Preque Isle Lighthouse

    "4500 East Grand Lake Road Presque Isle 989-595-5419. Actually there are 2 lighthouse and a..."

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  • Negwegon State Park

    "Longest undeveloped beachfront in the Penninsula. A great place to hike. Follow directions ..."

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  • Lumberman's Monument

    "On the Ausable at the junction of River and Monument Road. A beautiful scenic overlook of t..."

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  • Oscoda Canoe Rental

    "678 River Road Oscoda 989-739-9040 Canoe, Kayak or Tube one of the great rivers of Michigan."

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  • great lakes maritime heritage center

    "500 West Fletcher Avenue Alpena 989-356-8805. Alpena has the largest freshwater marine san..."

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  • Lake Theatre

    "117 E. Dwight Street Oscoda 989-739-2851. An old fashion big screen movie theater that is s..."

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  • White Pine National Golf Resort

    "3450 North Hubbard Lake Road, Hubbard Lake 989-736-3279 Beautiful c..."

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  • Rosa's Lookout Inn

    "12087 US 23 South 989-471-2118 Ossineke Excellent Italian food...."

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  • Perch's IGA Foodstore

    "1025 US 23 North 989-354-4012. Best meat in Northern Michigan. Everything is hand cut and..."

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Car: Necessary

The lakeside location of Bear cottage provides many opportunities for viewing wildlife and birds. The sandy beach is wide and deep and is suitable for sun bathing, volleyball, and nightly fires. For those where swimming is a priority we suggest you either seek an inland lake location or at a minimum seek another nearby August rental. Except for polar bears, expectations of in-water activities in other than August are unrealistic. And expect to pay approximately 50% more for a Lake Huron sand bottom experience. For example please check out this nearby Sturgeon Point listing 454129. It's about 800 square feet and rents for about $1,000 per week. So the sandy bottom comes at a cost, since that rental is about 1/2 the size of my home.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1985

About the owner: Reared in Motown, I left some 30 years ago, returning to an area I had vacationed at as a child. I am now retired splitting my time between Bear Cottage and Sarasota Florida. I hope you can create many fond memories of this place. I have.

Why the Owner Chose Harrisville:
This area of the Lower Peninsula is most unique. Many islands dot the big lake. The variety of wildlife is extensive. Eagles frequent the point on which Bear cottage is located. Please be aware that only the month of August is suitable for swimming. Although we have a beautiful sandy beach suitable for sunbathing, volleyball and animal viewing our Lakepoint is very rocky in the water. Either side of us you will find sand beach and sand bottom and our neighbors are most amenable to use of the beach. However if you must have a more private beach and you are anticipating an August vacation I would encourage you to look at some nearby Sturgeon Point listings. Be aware the cost will be significantly higher or the unit significantly smaller than my home. See listings 3020500 or 454129. And never pay for a sandy bottom in the months of June and July.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The house is 1600 square feet. All rooms are over-sized with separate sitting areas in each bedroom. The house has been updated while retaining its knotty pine charm. Enjoy my library of books accumulated over a lifetime. The lakeside living room is separate from the roadside family room. Television viewing in the family room will not disturb living room tranquility. The 16 x 18 family room may also be used as a third bedroom as it has a queen-sized futon.


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Photos

  • Lakeside view of Bear Cottage

    Lakeside view of Bear Cottage

  • Papa Bear at the piano found in the living room

    Papa Bear at the piano found in the living room

  • Piano side of the lakeside living room.  Enjoy your morning coffee.

    Piano side of the lakeside living room. Enjoy your morning coffee.

  • Roadside entrance and sitting area adjacent to the family room

    Roadside entrance and sitting area adjacent to the family room

  • Fire pit and beach in front of Bear Cottage.

    Fire pit and beach in front of Bear Cottage.

  • Looking way to the North

    Looking way to the North

  • Our point where Eagles sometimes fish or just rest.  Our fire-pit wood provided

    Our point where Eagles sometimes fish or just rest. Our fire-pit wood provided

  • Lakeside South

    Lakeside South

  • Lakeside 20x16 living room  with a view from every window

    Lakeside 20x16 living room with a view from every window

  • Papa Bear relaxes on the  king sized bed in 22x14 master bedroom

    Papa Bear relaxes on the king sized bed in 22x14 master bedroom

  • Entrance from the roadside garden area.  Papa bear standing guard

    Entrance from the roadside garden area. Papa bear standing guard

  • Hot-tub unavailable due to excessive ins. cost/risk...so sorry.  Enjoy our patio

    Hot-tub unavailable due to excessive ins. cost/risk...so sorry. Enjoy our patio

  • View of beach from the water looking back at Bear Cottage.

    View of beach from the water looking back at Bear Cottage.

  • Due to insurance regs hot tub unavaliable to renters but it makes a fine table

    Due to insurance regs hot tub unavaliable to renters but it makes a fine table

  • Lakeside looking way South to the next point

    Lakeside looking way South to the next point

  • Burrr.....a November snowfall in Fairyland

    Burrr.....a November snowfall in Fairyland

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  • Bathrooms
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Speaks: english
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  • Calendar last updated 05/12/2015
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