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Cottage front, viewed fr. deck w/ screen porch & yard w/ grill & Adirondack chrs

Cottage front, viewed fr. deck w/ screen porch & yard w/ grill & Adirondack chrs Sunset view from the cottage's private dock. Kids and adults in the clear water and on the dock. View back to the private lido,stairs & deck. Cottage is visible in trees @ left. View from the private deck, which overlooks the lake, back to the cottage. Cottage's Screen Porch, with three of its four rocking chairs and lake, beyond. Side-yard from Screen Porch with ping-pong table and Adirondack chairs. Porch & rockers from further back w/ front door into living room, at right. Into Living Room from porch. Big window overlooking lake is out of view, on left The Living Room Balcony over fireplace. Door at top of stairs to Bunk room. 3-D plan:Porch @top, Liv. Room @right, Kitchen @middle, Master suite @bottom View of Living Room fr Balcony, showing  its furniture, incl. another rocker. Kitchen, coffee-grinder/maker, granite counters, dishwasher from Living Room. Wood-paneled Kitchen w/ knife-block, toaster, tea-kettle. Bread-maker is hidden. 1st floor hall towards Living Room. 1 BR on left, Laundry closet on right. Pine Master Suite & private Bathroom w/2 sinks beyond. Shower not visible @right Small 1st-floor Bedroom w/porch-door. No photo of 3d, 2-queen BR w/sink @ 1st-fl Another 1stfloor Bath, claw-foot tub, 2 sinks in granite. Shower is behind door. You take this stairs in the Living Room up to a Balcony and the Bunk Room. Bunk Room from Balcony door. Bath to right; 4th bunk behind glass door on right. Half Bath upstairs, off Bunk Room, w/ ceramic sink in granite counter top. The view to the lake, back from the Balcony, as you exit the Bunk Room, upstairs Dining Hall door. Bell rings 3 times to call families to b-fast lunch & dinner. Path to Dining Hall. Here: 3 buffet meals every day [exc. Wed. dinner] Jun.-Aug.

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  • Minimum stay:4-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Higgins Lake cottage description

Exquisite old cottage, modern fit-up, no cooking, views!

This beautiful, old, renovated, stick-style cottage is at the end of a long, private driveway off a one-lane, private dirt-road winding through old-growth forest with monarch trees. There's nothing but woods and private paths behind it. It overlooks clear and sandy Higgins Lake, rated 'the Sixth Most Beautiful Lake in the World'. It's 82 feet of lake-frontage includes a private dock and lido on the lake, down some stairs from an overlooking private deck, steps away from the large front-porch.

The cottage is part of a private Association of twenty cottages, which provides meals at a table reserved for your family in a common Dining Hall -a five-minute walk through the woods. It's perfect for families, as all cooking and clean-up [except Weds. dinners] is provided from June 20 to Aug. 23, so staying here is a true vacation for EVERYONE in the family. [Note: Association rules require that residents MUST pay for all meals in the buffet-style Dining Hall between June 20 and Aug. 23. Rates are $33/day for adults, less for kids under 13 and free under 5.]

During the high-season there is a 6-night minimum (we encourage Saturday-Sunday!). During the off-season there is only a 4-night minimum.

The lake is clear and, on this side, shallow with great water for swimming, canoeing, sailing and all water sports. Features of Higgins Lake include an island, drop-offs, springs, sunken islands, a swimming raft [owned by the cottage Association], and the mysterious 'square anchor'. Not far around the shore is a marina, where you can rent motorboats, windsurfers, tubes, kayaks, and all sorts of water toys.

With no traffic, kids run free [supervised near the lake, please] and quickly make friends with lake-side neighbors they meet eating in the Dining Hall.

The cottage features a beautiful, two-story Living Room [the heart of the cottage] with a lakestone-lined fireplace and large Screen Porch, both facing the lake. [See photos.]

The view is even better from a large, two-level Private Deck right over the lake on a bluff, a few steps from the Screen Porch. A stairway down from the deck leads to a private sunbathing area [the Lido] and a private dock where you can swim, nap, and attach boats. [Boats should be moored at anchors off the dock, when not in use.]

A yard next to the cottage has a many Adirondack chairs and a pad for the outdoor ping-pong table.

A renovated Kitchen with granite counters and new dishes, coffee-equipment, kitchen-tools, and appliances including a dishwasher is open to one side of the Living Room. However, you won't cook much, as you'll enjoy the great food in the Dining Hall [from June through August].

Three Bedrooms are on the first floor: [1] a Master Suite with king-size bed and a private Bath with shower and two sinks in granite counters; [2] a back Bedroom with two queen beds and a sink [can sleep four adults in a pinch]; and [3] a small Bedroom with a queen bed and a separate entrance to the Porch. A second Bathroom with a claw-foot tub, a shower and two sinks in granite is off the first floor hall, as is a laundry closet with a new washer and dryer.

The second floor is reached from an indoor balcony overlooking the Living Room [and the lake]. Its glass door leads to a knotty-pine Bunk Room with four built-in bunks, which appeal to smaller teenagers and kids [but are short for all but the smallest adults]. The Bunk Room has its own half-bath.

In addition to the buffet meals and a swimming raft, the twenty-cottage Association has a tennis court you can use for free and extensive bird-watching and single-track biking/hiking trails, which you can ride through the endless woods, if you bring or rent bikes.

This cottage does not have a TV or a land-line phone. [Recent guests have used their cell phones.] A cable connection provides free, password-protected WIFI.

Nearby activities off the lake include fishing, canoeing and tubing on the calm and beautiful Au Sable River [Rentals available at liveries, or bring your own craft.] and spectacular golf at Forest Dunes, Golf Magazine's No. 2 Public-Access Course in Michigan. Guided bird-watching tours leave regularly from Grayling and almost always spot North America's most endangered warbler, rarely seen [except by those in the know, in this part of Michigan], the very rare Kirtland's Warbler.

Google an aerial photograph to see Higgins Lake in its splendor. The cottage is on the north shore, the least developed and most secluded part of the lake. See the photos.

Property Type

  • 1575 sq. ft.
  • Cottage
  • 2 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible
      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Booking Possible

      Suitability

      • Children Welcome:

        Perfect for families with children; no traffic; you'll meet the few neighbors. With kids, be careful by the lake, please. The four upstairs bunks are kid-sized, so large groups of adults may not fit, and even eight adults would be crowded. It's really a family place....moreless

      • Pets Not Allowed
      • Long-Term Renters Welcome
      • Non Smoking Only

      Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

      • Bedroom 3 -1st floor: 1 queen

        This bedroom has a 2d door onto the Screen Porch....moreless

      • Master Suite -1st floor: 1 king

        Private, full bath with two sinks and shower....moreless

      • Bedroom 2 - 1st floor: 2 queen

        Convenient sink by closet. (4 adults in 2 queens is close.)...moreless

      • Bedroom 4 -upstairs Bunk Room

        Bunk Room. 4 built-in bunks appeal to kids; short for adults...moreless

      • Master Suite features a king-size bed, a closet, and a private Bath with shower, two sinks in granite counters, and a separate water closet. The upstairs Bunk Room is reached from an indoor balcony overlooking the Living Room [and the lake]. Its glass-paned door leads to a knotty-pine bedroom with built-in bunks in all four corners. They appeal to teenagers and smaller kids [They use 'twin'-size sheets, but have low headroom for all but the smallest adults]. A small, bright half-bath serves this bedroom. All bedrooms are paneled with knotty pine dating from the construction of the cottage. note: full capacity requires four people sharing two queen beds in one bedroom; they need to be family or close friends. That bedroom has it own sink....moreless

      Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

      • Bathroom 2 -1st floor: toilet, tub, shower

        Two ceramic sinks in a granite counter +shower +bath....moreless

      • Bathroom 1 -Master Suite. 1st Floor: toilet, shower

        two ceramic sinks in a granite counter, separate toilet...moreless

      • Bathroom 3 -upstairs: toilet

        Half-bath with ceramic sink in granite counter, two windows....moreless

      • Three renovated bathrooms, all with new fixtures [except for an original claw-foot tub we saved], windows, and mirrors. Both first-floor baths have two enameled cast-iron sinks in granite counters and nice showers. In addition, one first-floor bedroom has its own convenient sink. The half-bath off the upstairs bunk room has a single sink in granite opposite the toilet and two bright windows....moreless

      Kitchen & Dining

      • Dining:

        You'll eat all meals but Weds. dinner at table reserved for your family in the Dining Hall, a 5-min. walk through woods. Tables in Kitch & Liv.Rm seat up to 10, but cook out instead. Request highchair...moreless

      • Toaster:

        -a fancy one, [see photo] + electric can-opener + bread-maker + drawers loaded with most of the other kitchen gadgets you won't use. The cottage's table at the Dining Hall also has its own toaster....moreless

      • Kitchen:

        Newly renovated with new appliances, granite counters, and a cast-iron twin-sink, it opens off one side of the Living Room. But you won't use it much; meals are cooked for you at the Dining Hall....moreless

      • Dishwasher:

        Your dishes are done for you at the Dining Hall, but this new dishwasher will help with washing cocktail and wine glasses and your snack dishes....moreless

      • Coffee Maker:

        A new coffee grinder and a coffee-maker which brews with filter papers. You'll also have all the coffee you can drink at the Dining Hall....moreless

      • Dishes & Utensils:

        New ceramic, steel and glass, not much plastic. Wooden knife block and cutting board -see photos....moreless

      • Pantry Items:

        Well-stocked with paper items and spices and staples. The water is good to drink, here....moreless

      • Refrigerator:

        New, full-size ice box. See photo....moreless

      Amenities

      • Living Room:

        The cottage features a beautiful, two-story Living Room [the heart of the cottage] with a rustic staircase, a balcony and a lakestone-lined fireplace and large Screen Porch, both facing the lake. ...moreless

      • Towels Provided:

        Since most guests seem to drive here, we are offering a $50 reduction in the cleaning fee if you bring your own sheets and towels and wash them at home. [Simplifies the turn-over between guests.]...moreless

      • Linens Provided:

        Since most guests seem to drive here, we are offering a $50 reduction in the cleaning fee if you bring your own sheets and towels and wash them at home. [Simplifies the turn-over between guests.]...moreless

      • Fireplace:

        In the two-story Living Room [the heart of the cottage] is a lakestone-lined fireplace, opposite a tall window facing the lake. Purchase hardwood [only] nearby to use this fireplace....moreless

      • Fitness Room / Equipment:

        Enjoy the outdoor ping-pong table and tennis court, and swim to the Cottage Association's raft, or as far as you dare, [even to the island 1.5 miles away] from the private dock....moreless

      • Parking:

        Private parking is available at the end of the dirt driveway for several cars behind the cottage. Please Park twenty feet back from the house....moreless

      • Washing Machine:

        A new washing machine in a closet off the hall. We'll leave detergent. Please don't use bleach, which is bad for septic systems....moreless

      • Clothes Dryer:

        A new dryer over the washer....moreless

      • Iron & Board
      • Heating
      • Hair Dryer

      Other Amenities

          • Dining-Hall MEALS REQUIRED of all cottage occupants late June through late August. Please understand, we can't make exceptions. The cottage is part of a private Association of 20 cottages, which provides meals at a table reserved for your family in a common Dining Hall -a 5-minute walk through the woods. It's perfect for families, as all cooking and clean-up [except Weds. dinners] is provided from June 20 to Aug. 23, so staying here is a true vacation for EVERYONE in the family. Note: Association rules require that residents MUST pay for all meals in the buffet-style Dining Hall between June 20 and Aug. 23. Rates: about $34/day for adults, less for kids under 13 and free under 5. The cottage has a SIX-NIGHT minimum rental period when the Dining Hall is open:Too much effort to clean and organize the changeovers between guests to make exceptions. Also note: while the cottage has beds for 12, 4 are kid-sized, & 2 queens sleep four in one room. 10 people is about the max....moreless

          Entertainment

          • Television:

            None is provided, but if you want to bring one, we can arrange for cable. No one has brought one, to date. You'd be responsible for additional charges....moreless

          • Satellite / Cable:

            We have cable-internet connection and WIFI. if you want to bring a TV, you can add that to the subscription. You'll be responsible for premium charges....moreless

          • Games:

            An outdoor ping-pong table is in the yard. Tennis is free on two courts in the woods. Board games and playing cards, inside the cottage....moreless

          • Books:

            Curious old ones have accumulated over the years, and the Cottage Association has a small, free library at the Dining Hall....moreless

          • Toys:

            A few old ones are available; if you need them, but please bring some of your kids' favorites....moreless

          • Ping Pong Table

          Communications

          • Telephone:

            We don't have a land-line, now; everyone seems to bring cell phones....moreless

          • Internet:

            We have a WIFI router hooked up to Charter Cable....moreless

          Outdoor Features

          • Bicycles:

            Wonderful wooded single-track trails, also great for bird-watching start right by the driveway. You can ride around the lake between breakfast and lunch on back roads. Consider bringing your bikes....moreless

          • Boat:

            Motor-boats, sailboats and paddled boats can be rented at a near-by marina. We'll give you the number. You need to bring or rent an anchor to moor off the dock overnight. It can get windy....moreless

          • Deck / Patio:

            A large, 2-level, private Deck perched over the lake on a bluff, is steps from the Porch. A stairway from the deck leads down to a private sunbathing area [the Lido] and a private dock....moreless

          • Lawn / Garden:

            A generous lawn [see photos] with lake-views and a fire-pit is perfect for camp-fires and marshmallow roasts and Weds.-night cookouts. Adirondack chairs & a ping-pong table on a pad....moreless

          • Outdoor Grill:

            Weber grill w/ chimney charcoal starter; It's fun to use Weds. evenings for cookouts when the Dining Hall closes for staff break. ...moreless

          • Balcony:

            An interior balcony over looks the Living Room and has views of the lake through a giant, tall window....moreless

          • Lanai / Gazebo:

            The cottage has a large porch, screened on 3 sides, with lake views and bent-wood rockers....moreless

          • Tennis:

            The Cottage Association has two hard courts in the woods which renters may use for free....moreless

          • Water Sports Gear:

            including tubes, water skis, etc. can be rented at a near-by marina, B-and-B, Marina....moreless

          • Kayak / Canoe:

            can be rented at a near-by marina, B-and-B, Marina. ...moreless

          Theme

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

          Location & View

          • Resort:

            Part of a 20-cottage Association of privately owned cottages, with all meals buffet in Dining Hall, shared tennis courts, swim raft, and nature trails. Waterfront, decks, and docks are not shared....moreless

          • Water View:

            Higgins Lake always has at least three shades of blue and green. Water is so clear, you can see the bottom at thirty feet depth....moreless

          • Lakefront:

            On bluff directly fronting crystal clear Higgins Lake ['6th most beautiful in world'] with private deck, dock and Lido...moreless

          • Lake View:

            Giant picture window overlooking lake from Living Room & Balcony, Deck above lake, and Lido and Dock on the lake....moreless

          • Rural:

            Renovated old cottage in deep woods; nothing but old-growth forest behind, lake in front....moreless

          • Waterfront:

            Private sunbathing, swimming and boating areas. Shallow -great for kids....moreless

          Car

              • Necessary

              Activities

              • Mountain Biking
              • Sailing
              • Cycling
              • Water Skiing
              • Skiing
              • Golf
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Fishing
              • Jet Skiing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Snorkeling
              • Pier Fishing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Boating
              • Paddle Boating
              • Bird Watching
              • Walking
              • Library
              • Marina
              • Playground
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Laundromat
              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital

              Other Activities

                  • The lake is clear and, on this side, shallow with great water for swimming, canoeing, sailing and all water sports. Features of Higgins Lake include an island, drop-offs, springs, sunken islands, a swimming raft [owned by the cottage Association], and the mysterious 'square anchor'. Not far around the shore is a marina, where you can rent motorboats, windsurfers, tubes, kayaks, and all sorts of water toys. This beautiful, old, renovated stick-style cottage is at the end of a long, private driveway off a one-lane, private, unpaved road winding through old-growth forest. There's nothing but woods and private trails behind it. It overlooks clear and sandy Higgins Lake, rated 'the Sixth Most Beautiful Lake in the World'. Its 82 feet of lake-frontage includes a private dock and lido on the lake, down from an overlooking deck, steps away from the large front-porch. The cottage is part of a private Association of twenty cottages, which provides meals at a table reserved for your family in a common Dining Hall -a five-minute walk through the woods. It's perfect for families, as all cooking and clean-up [except Weds. dinners] is provided from June 21 to Aug. 25, so staying here is a true vacation for EVERYONE in the family. [Note: Association rules require that residents MUST pay for all meals in the buffet-style Dining Hall between June 21 and Aug. 25. Rates are $33/day for adults, less for kids under 13 and free under 5.] Nearby activities off the lake include fishing, canoe and tube trips on the calm and beautiful Au Sable River [Rentals available at liveries, or bring your own craft.] and spectacular golf at Forest Dunes, Golf Magazine's No. 2 Public-Access Course in Michigan....moreless
                   

                  Reviews

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                  • Great Family Vacation!

                    Great Family Vacation!

                    • Guest Lisa (Dublin, OH)
                    • Date of stay 07/16/13
                    • Review Submitted 01/14/14
                    My family of five has vacationed here for several summers. Each year we are eager to return. This well-equipped lakefront cottage is very comfortable and welcoming. Beautiful view with great access to the dock and lake. There is plenty of outdoor activities to keep my tween-teenage children busy - swimming, kayaking, ping pong, and more. The screened in porch with rocking chairs is a great place to spend the evenings. Great communication and response time with the owners.

                    Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

                    Owner response: We're very pleased to have a good review from our longest-repeating guest. We'd like to find more families who come back every year; it's that kind of community on this part of Higgins Lake. This gives us a record of a five-star review from every guest who's stayed. Thank you.

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                  • Really enjoyed the stay, would go back!

                    Really enjoyed the stay, would go back!

                    • Guest Nathan M. (Bloomfield )
                    • Date of stay 08/15/13
                    • Review Submitted 12/05/13
                    Really enjoyable stay and really great Cabin. We felt very comfortable inside the wood cabin. It was a perfect mix of cabin feel and comfortable accommodations. Good space around the cabin, wonderful access to the lake with a good dock.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                  • Beautiful House and View!

                    Beautiful House and View!

                    • Guest Marianne (Dewitt, Michigan)
                    • Date of stay 08/28/13
                    • Review Submitted 09/24/13
                    A beautiful house with a beautiful view! Kitchen was well stocked, which was needed since we stayed after the dining hall was closed for the season. Bathrooms were very clean and modern and all bedrooms were tastefully decorated. We especially loved the rockers on the screened in porch. Communication with the owner was very good and our needs that came up while we were there were taken care of. Our family enjoyed our vacation at Higgins Lakes and would definitely stay at this property again.

                    Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, age 55+.

                    Owner response: We're very glad the cottage suited your extended family, and we're glad to have guests for the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Nonetheless, I'd encourage you to try staying for a week in season, one summer, between late June and late August. You'd enjoy the buffet food in the Dining Hall and you'd love not shopping and cooking, I'll bet. Thank you for your review.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                  • 68 yr.renter

                    68 yr.renter

                    • Guest joe (Louisville KY)
                    • Date of stay 07/06/13
                    • Review Submitted 07/17/13
                    Hello Eric. We have just concluded our rental period at the Cottage. I will give you the pros and a few cons as helpful suggestions. Cons: 1. The deck above, and sections of the Dock need attention. A chair leg punctured a board as one of our group sat on the deck. Nothing else happened, but that board and one other visibly need replacing. Suggest a close review of all deck surface boards to be sure they are solid. Supports look strong and in good shape. the middle section of the dock where it widens at the end needs some inspection. There was some "give" in that area. The ladder into the lake needs inspection as the rail is loose and it seems to tilt left to right. 2. The password on to the internet needs to be displayed. Usually folks need to get on to check important messages or to write checks or transfer money as in our case. Our problem turned out to be an unplugged modem and a unknown password. These are easy to fix. 3. While I chose not to watch TV on vacation, some in our party would like to do so particularly around evening news time. A small HD capable set would be inexpensive to provide and the service is already there. This deserves consideration. 4. another more" sit-able" sofa in the living room would be nice particularly if a TV was provided. This may sound "picky", but several folks mentioned it. Pros: 1. the House is in beautiful shape- the improvements are wonderful and show a lot of thought and dedication to a first class remodeling job. Congratulations ! 2. Beds were comfortable and furnishings were very nice. The Kitchen was wonderful and very well equipped. The bathrooms were the same- we wanted for nothing. 3.Chairs on the cottage porch are fabulous! A friend here has the same ones on an outdoor patio, and I want some for a screened porch we have on our house. We still had a beach chair shortage and the ones we used midweek left when more family showed up at the big cottage. 4. We were able to use Howie's mooring and beyond that, Jane Hoey's This may be a problem for other renters. An off dock mooring would be nice. I don't trust mooring our boat by anchor -it is not super heavy, but I have no experience in mooring out as it is on a trailer most of the time. 5. In short I know it is easy to spend someone else's money. We were very happy this year and would like to rent again next year. I will be in touch early on. Thanks for playing a great part in a much enjoyed vacation. Sincerely, Joe Speiden

                    Recommended for: People with disabilities, families with teenagers.

                    Owner response: Joe - It's good to have a five-star review from a family who has rented the cottage several summers, and we're glad you appreciate the improvements. We've repaired the deck-board that was punctured and some others that were weak, and made the step more visible. I will make sure all tenants have the WIFI password before they arrive, but sometimes these systems go down and need rebooting, despite careful use. We'll probably go the other way on TV. [Most guests seem to want to get away from such entertainment when they come here.] Last summer, we offered to make cable service available to any guests who wanted it and brought a TV set [Every guest last summer drove, all from Michigan and neighboring states, rather than flew, so bringing a TV would not have been difficult.] Not one took us up on the offer. Some watched important [to them] sports events on their laptops. We've added a large, second sofa to the living room -this one facing the lake through the picture window [but no a TV]. It fits the character of the cottage. You should find enough beach chairs next year; we've bought some more. We've decided to continue to ask guests who bring boats to bring their own moorings -anchors and buoys. We don't know how heavy a boat a guest might bring, and if a big boat broke loose from an undersized mooring on a windy day, there could be damage. We look forward to your return and thank you for the review. p.s. We disagree with this guest that this cottage is well-suited for people with disabilities. Potential guests need to know that there is a fairly long stair down to the lake from the deck [see photos], and a five-minute walk, on a woodlands path, to the Dining Hall between late June and late August.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                  • 68 yr.renter

                    68 yr.renter

                    • Guest joe (Louisville KY)
                    • Date of stay 07/06/13
                    • Review Submitted 07/17/13
                    Hello Eric. We have just concluded our rental period at the Cottage. I will give you the pros and a few cons as helpful suggestions. Cons: 1. The deck above, and sections of the Dock need attention. A chair leg punctured a board as one of our group sat on the deck. Nothing else happened, but that board and one other visibly need replacing. Suggest a close review of all deck surface boards to be sure they are solid. Supports look strong and in good shape. the middle section of the dock where it widens at the end needs some inspection. There was some "give" in that area. The ladder into the lake needs inspection as the rail is loose and it seems to tilt left to right. 2. The password on to the internet needs to be displayed. Usually folks need to get on to check important messages or to write checks or transfer money as in our case. Our problem turned out to be an unplugged modem and a unknown password. These are easy to fix. 3. While I chose not to watch TV on vacation, some in our party would like to do so particularly around evening news time. A small HD capable set would be inexpensive to provide and the service is already there. This deserves consideration. 4. another more" sit-able" sofa in the living room would be nice particularly if a TV was provided. This may sound "picky", but several folks mentioned it. Pros: 1. the House is in beautiful shape- the improvements are wonderful and show a lot of thought and dedication to a first class remodeling job. Congratulations ! 2. Beds were comfortable and furnishings were very nice. The Kitchen was wonderful and very well equipped. The bathrooms were the same- we wanted for nothing. 3.Chairs on the cottage porch are fabulous! A friend here has the same ones on an outdoor patio, and I want some for a screened porch we have on our house. We still had a beach chair shortage and the ones we used midweek left when more family showed up at the big cottage. 4. We were able to use Howie's mooring and beyond that, Jane Hoey's This may be a problem for other renters. An off dock mooring would be nice. I don't trust mooring our boat by anchor -it is not super heavy, but I have no experience in mooring out as it is on a trailer most of the time. 5. In short I know it is easy to spend someone else's money. We were very happy this year and would like to rent again next year. I will be in touch early on. Thanks for playing a great part in a much enjoyed vacation. Sincerely, Joe Speiden

                    Recommended for: People with disabilities, families with teenagers.

                    Owner response: Joe - It's good to have a five-star review from a family who has rented the cottage several summers, and we're glad you appreciate the improvements. We've repaired the deck-board that was punctured and some others that were weak, and made the step more visible. I will make sure all tenants have the WIFI password before they arrive, but sometimes these systems go down and need rebooting, despite careful use. We'll probably go the other way on TV. [Most guests seem to want to get away from such entertainment when they come here.] Last summer, we offered to make cable service available to any guests who wanted it and brought a TV set [Every guest last summer drove, all from Michigan and neighboring states, rather than flew, so bringing a TV would not have been difficult.] Not one took us up on the offer. Some watched important [to them] sports events on their laptops. We've added a large, second sofa to the living room -this one facing the lake through the picture window [but no a TV]. It fits the character of the cottage. You should find enough beach chairs next year; we've bought some more. We've decided to continue to ask guests who bring boats to bring their own moorings -anchors and buoys. We don't know how heavy a boat a guest might bring, and if a big boat broke loose from an undersized mooring on a windy day, there could be damage. We look forward to your return and thank you for the review. p.s. We disagree with this guest that this cottage is well-suited for people with disabilities. Potential guests need to know that there is a fairly long stair down to the lake from the deck [see photos], and a five-minute walk, on a woodlands path, to the Dining Hall between late June and late August.

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                  • Quiet and peaceful place for families to relax

                    Quiet and peaceful place for families to relax

                    • Guest Patrick C.
                    • Date of stay 06/28/13
                    • Review Submitted 07/14/13
                    This cottage is a great getaway cottage. It has everything that one could ask for. Very stocked with everyday necessities as far as pots and pans, coffee maker, microwave, silverware, bowls, etc. Extremely clean, very well decorated and kept up. The views of Higgins lake from the cottage are fantastic and the people that are in the camp are wonderful. Not having to cook meals was nice as well. We will for sure be back to this cottage and the owners were amazing to work with. Overall it was a great experience.

                    Owner response: Our second guest and our second review. Thanks.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 4/4

                  • AMAZING

                    AMAZING

                    • Guest lek (monroe mi)
                    • Date of stay 05/24/13
                    • Review Submitted 07/08/13
                    this was one of the best times we have had up north!!!! beyond our expectaions!!!! from the cabin we stayed in to the un real views!!! hopefully we can make this an anual vacation

                    Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing.

                    Owner response: Our first VRBO guest and our first review. Glad you enjoyed the cottage.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 4/4

                   
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  off-season; Dining Hall closed
                  Apr 28 - May 22
                  5 night min stay
                  $220
                  $1,540
                  memorial day weekend - 4 night
                  May 23 - May 26
                  4 night min stay
                  $300
                  shoulder; Dining Hall closed
                  May 27 - Jun 19
                  4 night min stay
                  $250
                  $1,505
                  High-season; Dining Hall open
                  Jun 20 - Aug 22
                  6 night min stay
                  $300
                  shoulder; Dining Hall closed
                  Aug 23 - Aug 28
                  4 night min stay
                  $250
                  labor-day weekend 4 nights
                  Aug 29 - Sep 1
                  4 night min stay
                  $300
                  shoulder; Dining Hall closed
                  Sep 2 - Sep 20
                  4 night min stay
                  $250
                  off-season; Dining Hall closed
                  Sep 21 - Oct 13
                  5 night min stay
                  $200
                  My Standard Rate
                  6 night min stay
                  $300
                  $1,925

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                  • Taxes Not included

                  Notes:

                  Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed and $500 initial rent / deposit is received. $500, less cleaning fee [of $100 or $50, if you bring your own sheets and towels] is refunded after departure, if there is no damage or bills.

                  Half of total rent is due six weeks before arrival; the other half is due three weeks before arrival, not refundable.


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                  Last updated: 04/24/2014
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                  Location

                  This owner has opted not to share the exact location of their property.

                  • Nearest Airport: Traverse City & Tri-city/Saginaw/Midland/Bay City at 70 Miles
                  • Nearest Ferry: Luddington, MI at 130 Miles
                  • Nearest Train: Detroit? at 200 Miles
                  • Nearest Motorway: I-75 at 4 Miles
                  • Nearest Beach: private, on the property at 75 Metres
                  • Nearest Barpub: Fred's at 5 Miles
                  • Nearest Ski: Skyline at 12 Miles
                  • Nearest Golf: Forrest Dunes (No. 2 in MI) at 15 Miles
                  • Nearest Restaurant: Private dining hall at 0.3 Miles
                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1949

                  About the owner: My brothers and I grew up in Indiana but return to this cottage almost every summer, and some winters, too. Like my brothers and cousins, I now travel further to come back here every year with my wife and son, from Massachusetts, in our case.

                  Why the Owner Chose Higgins Lake:
                  My grandmother began visiting cottages at this part of Higgins Lake in the 1930's; my grandfather bought this cottage in the '40's; and I started coming in the 50's. Everyone who comes wants to come back; it's very special, private and yet part of a community. My sister-in-law renovated its interior to a very high level a couple of years ago, but retained its backwoods character. It's nothing like a typical suburban house and has almost no artificial surfaces. Please look at the photos; it's not like home.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                  The Dining Hall, where all meals [except Weds. dinner] are served, makes this spot a great vacation for families: all your time on the beautiful lake; no shopping, cooking or clean up. The private, single-lane, unpaved road with no traffic means kids run free. They'll meet new friends in the Dining Hall.


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                  Speaks: english

                   

                  Photos

                  • Cottage front, viewed fr. deck w/ screen porch & yard w/ grill & Adirondack chrs

                    Cottage front, viewed fr. deck w/ screen porch & yard w/ grill & Adirondack chrs

                  • Kids and adults in the clear water and on the dock.

                    Kids and adults in the clear water and on the dock.

                  • View from the private deck, which overlooks the lake, back to the cottage.

                    View from the private deck, which overlooks the lake, back to the cottage.

                  • Side-yard from Screen Porch with ping-pong table and Adirondack chairs.

                    Side-yard from Screen Porch with ping-pong table and Adirondack chairs.

                  • Into Living Room from porch. Big window overlooking lake is out of view, on left

                    Into Living Room from porch. Big window overlooking lake is out of view, on left

                  • 3-D plan:Porch @top, Liv. Room @right, Kitchen @middle, Master suite @bottom

                    3-D plan:Porch @top, Liv. Room @right, Kitchen @middle, Master suite @bottom

                  • Kitchen, coffee-grinder/maker, granite counters, dishwasher from Living Room.

                    Kitchen, coffee-grinder/maker, granite counters, dishwasher from Living Room.

                  • 1st floor hall towards Living Room. 1 BR on left, Laundry closet on right.

                    1st floor hall towards Living Room. 1 BR on left, Laundry closet on right.

                  • Small 1st-floor Bedroom w/porch-door. No photo of 3d, 2-queen BR w/sink @ 1st-fl

                    Small 1st-floor Bedroom w/porch-door. No photo of 3d, 2-queen BR w/sink @ 1st-fl

                  • You take this stairs in the Living Room up to a Balcony and the Bunk Room.

                    You take this stairs in the Living Room up to a Balcony and the Bunk Room.

                  • Half Bath upstairs, off Bunk Room, w/ ceramic sink in granite counter top.

                    Half Bath upstairs, off Bunk Room, w/ ceramic sink in granite counter top.

                  • Dining Hall door. Bell rings 3 times to call families to b-fast lunch & dinner.

                    Dining Hall door. Bell rings 3 times to call families to b-fast lunch & dinner.

                  • Sunset view from the cottage's private dock.

                    Sunset view from the cottage's private dock.

                  • View back to the private lido,stairs & deck. Cottage is visible in trees @ left.

                    View back to the private lido,stairs & deck. Cottage is visible in trees @ left.

                  • Cottage's Screen Porch, with three of its four rocking chairs and lake, beyond.

                    Cottage's Screen Porch, with three of its four rocking chairs and lake, beyond.

                  • Porch & rockers from further back w/ front door into living room, at right.

                    Porch & rockers from further back w/ front door into living room, at right.

                  • The Living Room Balcony over fireplace. Door at top of stairs to Bunk room.

                    The Living Room Balcony over fireplace. Door at top of stairs to Bunk room.

                  • View of Living Room fr Balcony, showing  its furniture, incl. another rocker.

                    View of Living Room fr Balcony, showing its furniture, incl. another rocker.

                  • Wood-paneled Kitchen w/ knife-block, toaster, tea-kettle. Bread-maker is hidden.

                    Wood-paneled Kitchen w/ knife-block, toaster, tea-kettle. Bread-maker is hidden.

                  • Pine Master Suite & private Bathroom w/2 sinks beyond. Shower not visible @right

                    Pine Master Suite & private Bathroom w/2 sinks beyond. Shower not visible @right

                  • Another 1stfloor Bath, claw-foot tub, 2 sinks in granite. Shower is behind door.

                    Another 1stfloor Bath, claw-foot tub, 2 sinks in granite. Shower is behind door.

                  • Bunk Room from Balcony door. Bath to right; 4th bunk behind glass door on right.

                    Bunk Room from Balcony door. Bath to right; 4th bunk behind glass door on right.

                  • The view to the lake, back from the Balcony, as you exit the Bunk Room, upstairs

                    The view to the lake, back from the Balcony, as you exit the Bunk Room, upstairs

                  • Path to Dining Hall. Here: 3 buffet meals every day [exc. Wed. dinner] Jun.-Aug.

                    Path to Dining Hall. Here: 3 buffet meals every day [exc. Wed. dinner] Jun.-Aug.

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                  This listing was first published here in 2013.

                  Date last modified - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

                  $200 - $300 per night (USD)
                  7

                  4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 10

                  View calendar: Updated 04/24/14
                  Minimum stay: 4-6 nights
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