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Secluded Guest Cottage on West Arm of Walloon Lake

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage sleeps 10-4 Bedrooms, 2 baths + queen sleeper sofa

Our Guest Cottage is located on the west arm of Walloon Lake situated between Petoskey and Boyne City, approximately 45 miles from the Mackinac Bridge. Nestled at the end of Zenith Heights Road on three acres of land amidst scenic mature forests, our property offers a picturesque, relaxing setting. The Guest Cottage shares the property with the Family Cottage. No roads intersect the area between the cottages and the lakefront.

Walloon Lake is one of Michigan’s most beautiful and clean inland lakes. With its distinctive turquoise color it is over ten miles long and has Brown & Lake Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass, and Perch. The lake bottom is free of weeds and is sandy with a gradual slope from the end of the dock outward.

Our cottages share 200’ of shore front, two swimming rafts and a large, gorgeous dock offering plenty of room for you to enjoy the beautiful sunrises & moor your own boat. At the water’s edge a lounge deck with table and chairs and a small sandy beach area for children awaits you, your family & friends. Each cottage has it's own tandem kayak & camp fire pit to enjoy.

The Guest Cottage is located on a gentle slope approximately 170' from the lake. This 1600 square foot ranch style home has a walk out lower level that can accommodate up to 10 people. A spacious deck complete with table & chairs, along with gas & charcoal grills make for a perfect area to enjoy a dinner on a summer evening! Located next to the cottage is a play area containing a picnic table, swing set, and a Tiny Tikes merry-go-round.

The upper level of the Guest Cottage was renovated in 2015-enlarging the kitchen, living room, bathroom & exposing the original Douglass Fir floors! The upstairs has an open floor plan between the fully-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar, kitchen table with built in benches, and living room with comfortable swivel chairs & leather couch-with wainscoting throughout. The living room also has a TV & DVD. There are three bedrooms; two with queen-sized beds and the third with 2 twin beds-all bedrooms have ceiling fans. The wainscoting continues in the upstairs bathroom & it has a new 4' shower.

The lower level is accessed from the upstairs by a spiral staircase or from the outside. A large, open family room has Cedar wainscoting, ceiling fans, a queen-sized sleeper sofa, and two loveseats, TV & DVD, along with a sitting area to enjoy our many board games. A bedroom is located off of the family room & has a queen bed, ceiling fan and adjoining bathroom with a tub/shower. The laundry room with a full sized washer and dryer & wash tub is also located downstairs.

The cottage is non-smoking & has adjustable electric heat available in every room. Blankets, pillows, linens, and bath towels are furnished–please bring your own beach towels. No smoking, pets, firearms, fireworks, or additional guests living in campers are allowed to ensure a safe, comfortable environment for all. A local caretaker is on call and mid-week cleaning is also available for an additional cost.

If you are interested in booking the cottage, please feel free to contact us at the numbers below. In order to secure your date, a signed lease & deposit is required for rental. We welcome clean and respectful guests and look forward to making your next vacation a Walloon one!

Please email or call with any questions to request more pictures or information.

Need more room? Contact us for details about our Family Cottage (VRBO listing #303449) located on the same property for an additional cost-discount for renting both together!

Keywords: Lake Cottage, Cabin, Lake House, Vacation Cottage, trees, woods, shade, sunrises, campfires

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Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 10, 2018

About Marty

My husband & I live in Colorado & the kids are grown, so we don't get to enjoy the cottage as often as we would like. So, we thought we would share this magical place with others allowing them to make Walloon a tradition & create fond memories that will last a lifetime.

Marty purchased this cottage in 1967

Why Marty chose Boyne City

My family lived in Ann Arbor, but my sister, mom & I would always spend our summers at my grandmother's cottage in Minnesota. My dad decided to buy the property on Walloon Lake so we could spend more time together. After an exhaustive search of other lakes, we found that none could hold a candle to beautiful Walloon. We were all enchanted by the beautiful Caribbean turquoise blue color of the lake and the big, beautiful Hemlocks, Beech, Maple & Birch trees on the property. The 200' of shoreline & 3 acres gave us lots of room to play, explore & relax. The property initially had 2 small Sears & Roebuck cabins on it-that we later joined & modified to create the guest cottage after we finished building the family cottage.

What makes this cottage unique

Some of our favorite things to do at the cottage are: watching the sunrise over the quiet, glassy lake; water skiing; swimming; kayaking; tubing; fishing; sailing; exploring the woods & looking for morels; laying on my back looking up through the tree limbs to the tree tops-marveling at their size; curling up with a good book in front of the fire; picking cherries at a nearby orchard; taking a nap on the porch; grilling an evening meal & enjoying it on the patio overlooking the lake; looking for satellites, falling stars & the northern lights on the dock; and our favorite of course...good conversation & drinks around the campfire with friends & family while enjoying s'mores :)

Guestbook comments from the owner

Review Submitted August 5, 2010 Date of Stay July 5, 2010

We spent the week of July 5 at the Moyers' properties--4 nights in the "Guest Cottage" and 3 nights in the "Family Cottage." Both were extremely clean, roomy and comfortable. (If we had to pick one over the other, it would probably be the "Family Cottage", as it's closer to the lake and a little more "cottagey" feeling. However, only one of the three BRs has a queen bed.) Walloon Lake was unbelievably clear, the water temperature was very comfortable, and the dock and rafts were terrific for swimming and sunning. We had a great time grilling one night, although the other nights we took advantage of the many wonderful restaurants in the area. Petoskey was only about 15 minutes away and Charlevoix about 20 minutes away. One of our favorite destinations was the Bay Harbor resort, about a 10 minute drive away with great views of Lake Michigan and a variety of reasonably-priced restaurants. We also enjoyed the Walloon Lake Inn for dinner one night, and we highly recommend Chandler's in Petoskey for lunch or dinner. We did a very enjoyable day trip to Mackinac Island (the ferry's about an hour's drive), and I golfed at one of the many spectacular courses within a half-hour's drive. (I played Little Traverse Bay, which I highly recommend.) On top of everything else, the Moyers' couldn't be warmer or more accommodating people. In short, we couldn't have been happier with our stay, and we definitely plan to return--hopefully for many years to come!


5 out of 5

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Recommended for: Age 55+ , Adventure Seekers , Girls Getaway , Sightseeing , Families with Teenagers , Families with Young Children , Romantic Getaway

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Boyne City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located off of downstairs bedroom. Hairdryer & nightlight
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , newly renovated with new 4' shower. Hairdryer & nightlight
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen sized sleeper sofa located downstairs in family room
    Northwest Bedroom - 1 queen , Bedroom has 2 windows, one to the north & one to the west.
    East Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Large window looks out towards lake
    Northeast Bedroom - 1 queen , Large window looks out towards lake & other to the north
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , downstairs bedroom has adjoining full bathroom
  • 3-Queen size Beds & 2-Twin Beds in upstairs bedrooms; queen sized Sleeper Sofa in downstairs family room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
200' of shorefront; small sand beach for kids to enjoy; beautiful large dock for sunbathing & mooring your own boat; 2 rafts; 3 buoys for sailboats or jet skiis; Tandem Kayak; Great Camp Fire Pit; 3 arcres of Beautiful Forest to Explore comprised of Huge Old Growth Hemlocks, Beech & Maple Trees; lots of places to relax & enjoy!


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Secluded Guest Cottage on West Arm of Walloon Lake
average rating of 4.923077 based on 15 reviews


  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Midland, MI

Amazing Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was amazing! We rented for 3 nights over Labor Day weekend and had a blast! The cottage itself is very spacious and slept 8 of us very comfortably. The upper floor has 3 bedrooms---1 bedroom had two twin beds and the other 2 bedrooms had full/queen beds which can easily sleep 2. The bottom floor had 1 bedroom with a full/queen bed and ample space for multiple air mattresses if needed. There were 2 full bathrooms--1 upstairs, 1 downstairs. The entire cottage was very, very clean!

This cottage is not handicap accessible which Marty mentioned before we booked and he wasn't lying! The staircase to the downstairs area is very steep but has a gate to prevent young children or animals from going down. Then, there are many steps down to the camp fire/dock area. The steps are well maintained and very easy to manage for able-bodied people.

While we didn't mind, expect to be "disconnected" while enjoying what Northern Michigan has to offer! The cottage does not have Wi-Fi and has limited TV channels. It was a great break from the everyday hustle and bustle!

We rented a pontoon boat and had the ability to dock it right at the cottage but decided to only rent for 1 day. Walloon Lake is beautiful and not busy at all...even on a holiday weekend. None of us had boating experience so it was nice that the lake wasn't crowded. It was a bit chilly so that could have kept people off the lake as well.

Petoskey is a small town right down the road and had great restaurants and a Meijer for grocery shipping! We spent 1 day on Mackinac Island which is a short hour drive (and a ferry ride) from the cottage. You really can't get a better location!

We wish we would have spent a week or more exploring the area and enjoying the cottage! We will definitely return next year but will try to book in July/August as the weather in early September can get chilly.

Marty was extremely easy to work with and was available for questions at any time. I would highly recommend booking this cottage! Enjoy Pure Michigan!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Great family gathering spot

  • 5 of 5

We had a family reunion take place on this property and it couldn't have been better! There were places to gather as a big group and as smaller groups to get caught up with everyone. The cottage had everything we needed and the waterfront was enjoyable for our youngest to splash around and for all to take in the scenic lake views. Would highly recommend this spot and hope to come back ourselves.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect stay at Walloon

  • 5 of 5

The guest cottage is the perfect way to relax at Walloon. The cottage is cozy and has everything needed for a vacation at Walloon. It was clean and well kept. The property is beautiful and Marty was a wonderful host. The dock has amazing views of the lake and plenty of space to hang out near the water.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family vaction!

  • 5 of 5

Marty and Frank,

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful lake cottage. Everyone had so much fun and everything was perfect. We had a great time playing on the water and boating to Barrel Back restaurant for a wonderful dinner. The cottage was so clean and the beds were very comfortable. The cottage was stocked perfectly, utensils and pots and pans, dishes were all in abundance and in perfect condition. Great mooring for our boat and really nice dock and fire pit , with plenty of chairs, Frank even brought down fire wood for us. First time for us on Walloon Lake and it is beautiful, we highly recommend Marty and Franks cottages, felt more like home than a rental.

Thanks Mike, Laurie and family!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cincinnati, OH

Beautiful stay on Walloon Lake

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 10 (2 grandparent, 4 adults, 4 kids) thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Guest cottage. Our kids were constantly on the swim platform, and the dock and access to the kayaks made for many hours of fun right at the cottage. We did everything from chilling at the cottage to visiting Mackinaw Island to canoeing on Jordan River. It was such a relaxing vacation and working with Marty was a breeze - very responsive!

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Pellston Airport
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Boyne City or Petoskey or Charlevoix
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Macinaw Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Bay Harbor Golf Club
Nearest Train
185 Miles
Amtrak in Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
3.7 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Boyne City or Petoskey or Charlevoix
Nearest Ski
16.5 Miles
Boyne Mountain
Car: necessary

Casino; Morel Hunting; Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry Picking; Petoskey Stone Hunting; Art Festivals & Annual Holiday Celebrations


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Damage Insurance $99

Rent May-October
May 7-21 & Sept 24-Oct 29... $2300/week
May 28-June 4 & Sept 10-17...$2600/week
June 11-18 & Aug 20-3 ... $2800/week
June 25-August 13... $3000/week
Cleaning fee & purchase of Property Damage Protection Policy required
Need more room? We have a Family Cottage that sleeps up to 8 see VRBO#303449
Discount for renting both cottages at the same time
Rates are subject to change without notice

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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