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Hidden Gem, sandy beach, family & pet friendly, great for boating and fishing

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,664 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, wood buring fireplace, wash/dryer, pool table

Authentic 3 bedroom 2 baths cottage known as 'The Barn' due to it's barn like structure. You will experience very warm and comfortable family and dog friendly retreat. Your dogs will enjoy a very large fenced in pen. Other amenities 46 inch LED Smart TV, WiFi, central air and wood burning stove. Fully equipped kitchen with Ice maker/water refrigerator. Game room: 6 ft Valley pool table, dart board and CD player with great selection of music. Yard games and sand toys for the kids. There is even children board games and art supplies. Adult and child life jackets, water skis, and swimming toys.120 feet of lake shore and includes a fire pit, sandy beach and swimming area with gradual drop off, very large decks, two 30 ft. docks. . Also for use is a 12 ft aluminum row boat and two sea kayak's. Lake Lancer is located in Sugar Springs Vacation community just outside of Gladwin. Its a very clean and quiet spring fed lake.Swimming ,boating and fishing are excellent. Faces east for a beautiful sunrise and a shaded deck in the afternoon. Cottage is located on the end of a court so very little traffic. 30 ft. pine trees line the property on both sides for a secluded setting. Spectacular Fall color tour destination. Walking,hiking, mountain biking from the cottage or go to Trout Lake State Forest less than 10 minutes from cottage. Winter recreation includes ice fishing, skating,snow snowmobiling, 4 wheeling on lake or trails, cross country skiing. There is a sledding hill, skating rink and chalet with large fireplace 10 min from the cottage. All you have to do is bring your clothing, food and beverage and have a blast.

Kent Filsinger
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018

About Kent Filsinger

I have been coming up to Sugar Springs since my parents purchased the property in 1976. I road through the lake in a 4 wheel jeep before it was filled with water. I used to own a remodeling business and now my hobby is to continually improve the property for my family and our guests.

Kent Filsinger purchased this cottage in 1976

Why Kent Filsinger chose Gladwin

I have spent 30 years improving the cottage to make your stay relaxing and memorable. Has all the amenities of a house but has the feel of a cottage with lots of natural wood and fishing and boating decor.

What makes this cottage unique

Almost every room has a view of the water. The gardens have been a long term on going love affair. Sitting on the garden swing or hammock totally relaxes me. Seeing the sunrise from the master bedroom always puts me in the right state of mind to start the day.


Gladwin Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1664 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • One full bath on the first floor and half bath on the second floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 4 roll out beds in attic
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , bunk beds
  • All rooms decorated with a fishing theme for a warm up north cottage feel. Extra blankets are available in the first floor chest. Extra sheets located in the closet at the top of the stairs. Second floor master bedroom faces east for a beautiful sunrise. Second floor guest bedroom has a queen size bed and built in bunk beds with option crib in the attic. 1st floor bedroom has a queen size bed. Four roll out beds are located in the 2nd floor closet off the hallway.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Water Skis
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
46 inch smart TV, blue ray and VCR, 42 inch plasma TV in game room, 6' Valley pool table, yard games, beach toys, life jackets, air pump to blow up water toys, water skis and 12' aluminum row boat. Free WiFi Amenities available at the Sugar Springs club house: 18 hole championship golf course with driving range Olympic size indoor swimming pool and exercise facility for $6.00 per person per day tennis courts and basketball court - for more information on amenities


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Hidden Gem, sandy beach, family & pet friendly, great for boating and fishing
average rating of 4.90625 based on 32 reviews

Comfortable winter stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Barn for New Year's Eve. It was warm by the fire, beautiful on the frozen lake and the owner was very welcoming and kind! The area was a bit sleepy in the winter and that worked great for us having a relaxing weekend.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the your response. We try to make the property better for each visit. Kent
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Always Great!

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our time at the Barn! Some nice improvements without a doubt. The pool table and couch should be next on the list.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had one last beautiful week-end in October. The area was very peaceful and the 'Barn' is located on lake lancer perfectly, with 2 nice decks to take it all in...,Bald eagles, a beautiful sunrise and a few card games too! 8 of us were very comfortable with our accommodations.

It was great to not have to pack anything but our food & clothing .

Thanks for everything! We will make it a point to return!

Deb & Family😃�

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. A guest wanting to come back is best complement. Kent
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Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

As always we had a great time at The Barn on Lake Lancer. This a great location as it is only 1:45 from Lansing. We saw lots of wildlife (loons, deer, ducks and on two occasions a bald eagle). We did lots of fishing, kayaking, boating (rented pontoon from Secord Marina) and making s'mores around the campfire. All week we kept hearing from our kids what a great location and how much they enjoy staying here. I couldn't agree more. This was our third time here for our family vacation and we'll be back again in the future. Thanks Kent.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very nice review. The biggest complement I get is when a guest comes back. Thanks Kent
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Great place for a family get together!

  • 5 of 5

The house was nice and roomy with all the extras you could need. The gentle sloping yard to the sandy beach was awesome. The lake area was clean and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for a get away

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time ! The yard is separated from the neighbors by trees so it's quiet and private. The house is clean and roomy enough for us all (8) even though we had 3 extras for a few nights. The game room is roomy enough for 2 blow up beds and it even has a tv so the kids had their own space to hang out in the evenings. The fire pit is well stocked with wood. The deck by the water is great for fishing or just sitting in the sun. Lots of shade there too, to just sit and read a book if that's what you prefer. Would recommend this to you all.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
grass air strip north end of Sugar Springs
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Sugar Springs Clubhouse
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Sugar Springs Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
US 27
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Sugar Springs Club House - The Hearth
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Snow snake
Car: not necessary

25 minutes from Houghton Lake, 20 minutes to West Branch and 15 minutes to Gladwin

Other Activities: hiking trails and groomed cross country ski trails

Golf: Sugar Springs 18 hole course, Snow Snake, and course in Harrison and Houghton Lake.

Ski: 30 minutes to Snow Snake for skiing and tubing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350

price is for 8 people, additional quests at $15.00 per night.
dog fee $25.00 per dog per weekend
dog fee $50.00 per dog per week.

No hidden fees, no cleaning charge and no additional taxed

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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