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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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

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 Lake Charlevoix

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 4.909091 based on 13 reviews
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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: Jul 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: Jun 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: Jun 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: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome family lake vacation

  • 5 of 5

We rented both the family and guest cottages for our rather large family for a week. It was fantastic. Everyone loved it and believe me we have some picky people in our group! Perfect lake vacation..we spent most of our time on the dock!! Cottages were very comfy with plenty of bedrooms and a few steps from the lake. Walloon is a beautiful large clear lake...swimming kayaking skiing..we did it all. The owners are great people who are very responsive and friendly. Really, What else could you ask for? We already booked for 2017. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3rd Year in a Row

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd July in a row at the Guest Cottage and the 1st stay after the remodel. We have 5 to 6 teenagers (boys and girls) ranging from 15 to 22 and they all love it. With the clearness of the lake, the sand bottom, and seclusion of the cottage, it feels like a combo vacation - all the privacy of a mountain getaway combined with the fun in the sun of a beach stay. The dock is so relaxing, we get up early to go down and sit with our morning coffee and enjoy the peace and quiet. The setup of the dock and mooring buoys make it perfect for boats and jet skis. The lake is beautiful. Coming from Kentucky where most of the lakes are from flood control, the clearness of Walloon was stunning! The cottage is very comfortable. The kids like to gather in the basement to watch movies. The remodel enlarged the main bathroom, added kitchen counter space, and brightened all the rooms. The owners are fantastic and we actually had the opportunity to meet them in person this year! We all had a fabulous time sharing stories and watching the sunset. For folks who like to get out, there are three towns within 20 minutes - Petoskey, Charlevoix, and Boyne City. If you go make sure to check out Johan's for pasties! They even have one in Walloon Village. I highly recommend either house for a relaxing get away or a base for sightseeing or adventuring.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • 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

Boyne City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Late Summer
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Early Fall
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Later Fall
Sep 23 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
2018 Early Spring
May 5 2018 - May 25 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Spring
May 26 2018 - Jun 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Late Spring
Jun 9 2018 - Jun 22 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Peak Season
Jun 23 2018 - Aug 24 2018
7 night minimum stay
2018 Late summer
Aug 25 2018 - Sep 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Early fall
Sep 8 2018 - Sep 21 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Late Fall
Sep 22 2018 - Oct 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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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