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The Card's Nest Rental Cabin on Lake in Wooded Area

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

The Card's Nest rental cabin is nestled in the woods located on Gorrel lake. Gorrel lake provides a very nice, private setting. There are only 3 dwellings located on the entire lake. The property is adjacent to Merrill Lake County Park, which provides a place for the children to play, including a playground and swimming beaches on two lakes within walking distance. Located near the Pier Marquette snowmobile trail, The Card's Nest offers something for every season. Nature abounds in the surrounding woods, and is great for spotting birds, animals, and just enjoying nature.

We provide a fully furnished cabin, you need only bring your personal items and towels. A rowboat, two kayaks, and a paddle boat are provided. These can be launched from our small private sandy area, or tied to the dock during your stay.

The kitchen area has recently been upgraded with all new cabinets, counter tops, cast iron sink, range, and refrigerator. We also provide a 'beer and bait' refrigerator in the downstairs entranceway. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, pots, pans, utensils, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and more.

Bedroom 1 downstairs in newly renovated, and has a double bed, rustic pine furniture (locally crafted) and a beatiful view of the lake. Bedroom 2 has a double bed. Bedroom 3 provides a double bed and twin bunk beds. There are two double sized futons in family room.

Outdoor area provides a large deck overlooking the lake. There is a charcoal grill, as well as a fire pit with cooking grates. Build in benches and a picnic table provide seating around the deck and firepit area. There is a balcony off the upper floor that offers beautiful views of the lake and woods.

While this is a remote setting, basic needs can be met in Barryton, less than 10 minutes away, and a larger town is only 15 minutes away.

Our weekly rentals run from Sunday to Sunday.

Keywords: private, fishing, furnished, snowmobile, fireplace, boat, lodge, family, dock, pier, firepit, rustic, remote

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

Why Jay chose Barryton

We had been renting this cabin from the previous owners for 8 years, and jumped and the chance to buy this property. We are happy to be able to share our cabin with you. Every time we get to visit, we leave feeling relaxed and renewed.

What makes this cabin unique

Gorrel lake, being only a few feet from the cabin and deck, provides great views, a nice breeze, boating, and fishing. The adjacent county park offers sandy beaches on two lakes, horseshoes, a playground, and a fish cleaning station.


Barryton Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Double Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Row boat, paddle boat, canoe, 2 kayaks, private dock, small beach area, outdoor firepit with cooking grates (wood provided)


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The Card's Nest Rental Cabin on Lake in Wooded Area
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Bachelor Party/Guys Weekend

  • 5 of 5

The Card's Nest made for a great spot for a relaxing yet entertaining weekend away to celebrate one of my buddies getting married soon. The cabin itself is a very comfortable place to stay, and it has everything you need to enjoy your time there. Taking the kayaks and the canoe out on the perpetually peaceful lake to do some paddling and fishing was an absolute highlight! The fire pit area makes a great spot to toss back a few cold ones and enjoy the scenery and time away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. This was my second time staying at The Card's Nest and it certainly won't be my last!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Big rapids

Siblings Weekend

  • 5 of 5

The Cards Nest will forever be a memorable place. All you need to bring are your clothes and food. My family just got back from the best vacation ever!!! We enjoyed the fishing and boats (supplied by the cards nest). It's so pieceful there that you forget your next to a campground. I've never been so relaxed as I was in the hammock! If your looking for a place that has beautiful scenery, is quiet, relaxing, fully equipped, and ready to make amazing memories then I recommend you stay here. This cabin easily accomidated the 10 of us. They were very nice at answering my questions, and easy to check in and out with. We can't wait to plan our next stay here!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenwood, IN

True relaxation at the Cards Nest

  • 5 of 5

This was a different vacation then we've ever taken. We weren't sure what we were going to find once we arrived or what we would think about it, given the location (in a campground). However, I can honestly say that it was the most relaxing vacation we've ever had. The only time we left was to go into Big Rapids to get groceries. We spend the rest of the time fishing, relaxing on the beach, going out on the boats, sitting in the hammock, and then spent every evening by the fire pit. We had many questions before arriving and the owner was very responsive, helpful, and friendly. Thanks for sharing your cabin with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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summer enchantment

  • 5 of 5

Probably best outfitted cabin we've ever stayed in over 24 years.

A lot of care went into the planning of this cabin, both inside and out. If U sit outside with your coffee, tea or whatever, you can feel your cares melting away as you watch the sun rise or set on the lake.

Saw our first loon, which I had thought was some sort of exotic bird but is actually in the duck family.

Loved the town of Big Rapids, don't miss the River Walk.

Chip and Dale were very entertaining but declined to come home with us. Probably heard about the cat.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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grand rapids, mi

Excellent choice

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from several days at the Cards Nest with a group of friends. This place was absolutely perfect - beautiful scenery and quiet. Lots of seating around the great fire pit. Being able to use the kayaks/boats/fishing poles was ideal for this group of Yooper girls! We cannot wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Albion, MI

Fourth of July Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 along with my sister's family of 4 enjoyed a week long stay at the Card's Nest! We thoroughly enjoyed boating, fishing, swimming, and sun bathing. A bigger beach/swimming area would have made it absolutely perfect! With the weather in the mid to upper 90's we did a lot outside! All the ammenities you will ever need right at ur fingertips. Good groceries stores were a bit of a drive, but that was no big deal. Very quiet, peaceful lake. Over all we all had a great time. Lots of wildlife and inside a really friendly campground! They keep a log book for guests to fill out, which was really neat to read about how people have enjoyed it over the years. The owner is very communicative and friendly! Would definitely return! Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Located Adjacent to Merill Lake County Park


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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