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Guthrie Pines Semi Rustic Summer Cottage, Lakefront Acreage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1.75+ Baths, (Sleeps 6-12)

Picture yourself…relaxing on a glider bench, or on your own private nature trail, at our secluded family estate. Nestled on 8 ½ acres on the North end of Guthrie Lake, enjoy a time away with great fishing, swimming, and other activities. Or choose to just get away from it all at our sheltered retreat with plenty of relaxation.

The sighing of the breeze through the pine and hardwood forest speaks peace to my soul.

Guthrie Pines, Semi-Rustic 3 bedroom, 1 3/4 bath, 1600 sq. ft.+ lakefront ranch home, wooded lake frontage on 8 ½ acres. It's a beautiful spot on the North end of Guthrie Lake. This home has been in our family since it was built in the early 1970's. Located at the original site of "the old cabin", hunting lodge for hunters in the old days, Guthrie Pines is within the Guthrie Lakes Enchanted Forests subdivision. We are NOT a part of this subdivision, and as such, we are NOT allowed to have our renters use the subdivision amenities, other than the roads. Please respect the subdivision owners and do not use the parks, boat ramps, clubhouse or other amenitis of the Guthrie Plakes Enchanted Forests subdivision.

Guthrie Pines comfortably sleeps 6-12 (or more). The home features an open floor plan with two queen beds and one double bed in the three bedrooms, a queen hide-a-bed in the family room and a double sofa-bed on the screened in porch (as well as a couple of other couches, air beds, and foam pads for floor sleepers if you want). Natural Pine paneled living room (Paneled with lumber from logs milled from the original Lake Guthrie Forest Reserve!), with fireplace has a spectacular view of the lake. Living area also has a Flat Screen HD TV w/10 local channels, PlayStation 2, with games, a Blu-Ray player, and a DVD collection. Family room area has a game/eating table and pull-out queen sofa sleeper for extra sleeping. (Just slide the table aside-it is on wheels for this purpose). Lakeside bedroom has TV/VCR with a wide collection of VHS tapes for the entire family. Fully equipped kitchen is ready for easy entertainment. Inside Dining areas can seat up to 24. Lakefront screened porch, provides gaming/eating space at a round oak table for 8 or more, as well as providing a wonderful location to relax and enjoy the lake (even build a puzzle there if you'd like). Puzzles and games are available for quiet relaxation. We also have a beautiful antique piano available for the music lovers in your group. (Please use with care-no pounding please!).

The sandy beach front is ideal for swimming in the crystal clear water. A sand bar extends out for over 100 feet for shallow water swimming, perfect for small children. Fishing, (for small and large mouth bass, bluegill, perch, and others. We have a live box in the lake so you can keep your catch fresh until you are ready to clean it and cook it.), boating, and other water sports are waiting for you at Guthrie Pines. You can launch your boat at the Guthrie Lake Public Fishing Site. (Located about a mile from the house at the Southeast end of the lake). A nature trail winds through the forest on the 8 ½ acre site. Foot trails are marked for easy walking. Relax on the glider bench that sits overlooking the water's edge with a drink, or enjoy a campfire in the lakeside fire-pit. Play croquet in our challenging lakeside yard course. The set is provided. New in 2017 is a nice 40' dock out intot he lake for ease in boating and canoeing. NO DIVING PLEASE, it is just too shallow for that!

Just minutes off I-75 at the Waters exit. The property is in close proximity to a Golfer's paradise in Gaylord. Guthrie Pines is located in the golf Mecca of the Midwest. Golf Digest rated it as one of the top 5 golf destinations in America. Near to Treetops (Masterpiece, Premier, Signature & Tradition), Otsego Club (Classic & Tribute), The Natural, Marsh Ridge, The Loon, The Lakes and many more. It is only 16 miles from the world famous Tree Tops golf resort and 1 hour from Garland resort. Boyne Mountain is 75 minutes away, it boasts of indoor water park and also has a world class spa. For more family fun, Mackinac Island is only 1 ½ hour away. You can pick from 3 casinos as close as 40 miles away. Traverse City (Cherry Festival in the summer, Zoo) and Petoskey are also within a couple of hours drive. Gaylord boasts of the Alpenfest in Mid-July, an Elk viewing area, a micro-brewry, and the Call of the Wild Museum. Some of Grayling’s area attractions feature canoe races on the AuSable River, Hartwick Pines State Park, The Fred Bear Museum, and local fish hatcheries. Grayling also boasts of Camp Grayling National Guard training facility. You may hear planes and/or choppers flying training missions near the lake, as the 'Range' is about a mile away. Sometimes artillery practice is heard, and sometimes we are treated to night sky flares. We are thankful for the training our National Guard receives here to defend our country. There may be noise from some of the activity, but this training center offers no threat of danger to the lake properites residents.

North Central State Trail - Bike from Gaylord to Mackinaw City. See the North Central State Trail website for for information.

There is a notebook available at the rental with plenty of information of area attractions and things to do. We also have many brochures from the Michigan welcome center to give you lots of ideas for places to go and things to do. These are in the drawer of the table stand under the TV.

Keywords: waterfront, reunion, acreage, wooded, house, secluded, peaceful, private, comfortable, forest, swimming

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Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Linda

Sisters- Friends-HOME! We grew up in this home, and it holds wonderful memories for both of us. We'd love to share it with you as well. Since we both live in the southeast part of the US now, we can't just let this vacation home sit without anyone enjoying it! Allow us to share some of our family heritage with you. The home we grew up in, on the lake we love, in the peaceful woods that give us the roots in our lives.

Linda purchased this house in 1972

Why Linda chose Michigan

This is our family estate home. Built by our parents in the early 1970's without borrowing, selling, or leaving a debt. A memorial rock is at the side of the yard area commemorating their respect for the beautiful woods and lake area we still call 'Home'.

What makes this house unique

We love the beautiful walks along the lakeshore, swims in the crystal clear waters of the sand bottom lake, and fishing in a rowboat or right from the shore. There is always time for a hike through the woods, watching for deer and other wildlife at the stump with the salt block in it, or enjoying the squirrels and chpmunks frolicking through the tree branches.

As a family we love game time, and movie time, a walk through the woods, row boat and canoe rides, and meals together. Whether you want to read, and be quiet, go fishing, or play in the lake, there is something for you to do at Guthrie Pines. Bonfires in the evening are so relaxing, and it is always fun to make s'mores! Or just relaxing in front of the fireplace inside in the rocking chair, if that fits your style more.

We have added a fire pit by the lake with log stools or outdoor chairs around it for bon-fires and making s'mores, or even roasting your hot dogs! It's a beautiful view at night, and a great place for making memories with family and friends.

Nearby state parks offer other interesting things to do, and the local festivities in the summer add great fun to the time, 'Up North' at Guthrie Pines. Nearby rivers (AuSable and Manistee) are famous for canoeing, and there are golf courses in abundance in the area.

This a beautiful seasonal place to go. The summer fun on the lake and relaxing is so pleasant. The hardwood and evergreen forests surrounding the house, make the Fall a beautiful time of year to visit. Springtime bursts with new life in the woods as the leaves bud and turn green. Sorry-winter is unique, but the house is not able to be open during the winter months.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had such a nice time with our family and we saw the awesome protection of God as a huge storm blew over many trees. We were thankful to be together and had a great time making memories even when the power was out!

This is such a great place to stay. So homey, and nice. We highly recommend it!
Aug 2014
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Frederic House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , includes changing room for swimming
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • One full bath, one 3/4 bath, and one outhouse available for use :)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Other (See Description) - 3 sleep sofa /futon , Hide-a-bed in Liv rm, comfy couch & double pull out -porch
  • Queen size Beds (3), Port-a crib (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Queen Hide-a-bed in Family room, and a Double pull out davenport on the porch-great for summer nights sleeping almost outside! A single cot is also available. A queen air bed is also available for rental use. (Just move a couple articles of furniture closer to the wall, and inflate it.) We also have foam pads that make the floor a comfy place for extra kids to bed down if needed! Choose inside or on the porch.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There is a pack-and-play, and booster seat available , Fold up cot also available, Queen air bed, 3 other couches (1 on porch) can be used for sleeping if needed, (total accommodated for sleeping could be 14+.) Blu Ray Player, Playstation 2 and games, lawn chairs, glider bench, Croquet set, Firewood, outdoor lakeside fire pit-rebuilt for 2014, screened in porch, on porch eating or game area, antique piano (no pounding please!). There is no air conditioner, but we have fans in almost every room to create a breeze if there isn't one blowing in from the lake. NO SMOKING - NO USE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS. LATE CHECK OUT (1 hour later) may be available, by request, 24 hours prior to regular check out. If you have a late check out with NO advance request, there will be a $50 fee taken from your security deposit. (Our cleaning personnel need time to ready the house for the next guests. Thank you.) USE of Guthrie Lakes Enchanted Forest subdivision parks, clubhouse, or amenities is NOT an option


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Guthrie Pines Semi Rustic Summer Cottage, Lakefront Acreage
average rating of 4.5625 based on 22 reviews
Saint Charles , Mi

House was great , fishing was great , swimming was fun , artillary range was a big negative!

  • 4 of 5

Overall vacation was fine except for the booming and the windows shacking!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location!

  • 4 of 5

This is was a beautiful location. We enjoyed the woods, the water and the surrounding community. The bombing was a bit loud at times, but we were warned. The house was spacious and was well stocked. We were able to share our time with my mother and she said she had never been to a lovelier spot in the area. The fishing was good. Overall a nice experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review.
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Love this Private Cottage on the Lakefront!

  • 5 of 5

My three favorite things about this summer cottage are the privacy in the beautiful pines, the waterfront location where you can launch your kayaks and personal boats or just swim, and how many things are in the cabin that you can use! This cottage is nestled in the woods and it is so private! There is only one cottage in the area and it is not close to it. Our family loves the woods and just being alone in nature, so this is perfect. You are able to take a walk through the woods. The bonfire pit is right by the water, so it is so peaceful to sit there and look at the moon shine on the water while burning a fire. My 12 year old daughter's favorite thing to do is go with her dad to the lilypad area and fish and hunt for turtles in their kayaks. She was so sad to leave. There is a dock at the other cottage in the area, so that is where they have allowed us to leave our 17 foot boat, which is just a walk down the trail. Finally, my kids love all of the puzzles and games are in the cottage! I enjoyed the books. I love how the kitchen is stocked with everything you would need! It was pretty funny to go back to the cottage and find my favorite kitchen knife I had left last year! lol There are lots of towels! There are 8 of us and we learned from last time we did not need to bring any.The kids Love the playstation and dvd for rainy times. Life jackets available and outdoor sand toys. We have a large family so the seating area is very large and comfortable. Only an hour and 15 minutes from Mackinaw City. Linda, the manager is wonderful and have loved working with her. :) Thank you for the wonderful family times!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so thankful you love our home away from home too! We just stayed a week with our whole family plus a few. What a time of blessings! Hope you can continue to come and visit!
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summer fun

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the cottage for a week in July of 2016, we had a great time! We are big fisherman, and water was pretty rough except for 2 of the days, but the breeze was heavenly! The only thing that was a bit annoying (for us) was the fact that we had 2 kayaks & rented the row boat, however the beach space is very narrow so if u wanted to swim or go out on lake it was pretty crowded to do so. We were able to use the neighboring dock, but was a bit aways for watching kids. A dock on site would have been a huge difference for us! The inside was very nice and well equipped with everything you could think of! Loved the knotty pine! The porch is GREAT! Awesome trees & Nature!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a good time! We are working on a dock idea to get the boats and canoe situated to be amenable with the beach area. Thanks for your good input.
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Another good time at Guthrie Pines

  • 4 of 5

This was a return visit which should tell you something--it was worth coming back to! The cottage is a real home with all the kitchen supplies you can imagine, not to mention books, games, DVDs, and other home amenities. Last time a large group of us came, this year only 4 quiet adults. It was lovely to sit on the porch or in the yard. One of our group loved to make fires in the beach fire pit. The military noise was interesting and not disturbing to the 4 who were here this year. (Last time some didn't like it.) I recommend Guthrie Pines if you like a homey, comfortable place to hang out with privacy from neighbors yet with a great view of the lake activity. This year a lot of pontoons were out pulling people on tubes or skis.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the time at Guthrie Pines this year. Thanks for coming back.
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Lapeer County, Michigan

Much needed peace and quiet!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Guthrie Pines. It was incredibly peaceful during our stay. One day was rainy and we spent it watching movies

from the large selection they have on hand. We brought our canoe and had some wonderful rides in it on the lake. It's a lovely home

built with love. The kitchen is furnished with all the equipment one needs to prepare a meal and there is plenty of seating for a large group.

We also enjoyed campfires near the lake and warmth from the fireplace at night. It was very nice to be so close to the lake and to be able

to look outdoors at the beautiful view. Thank you again for sharing your home we enjoyed it very much!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our home away from home! Thanks for coming to Guthrie Pines, hope you can come and visit again!
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Gaylord Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Waters, Michigan
Nearest Ferry
150 Miles
Ludington, MI crosses to Manitowoc, WI
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Gaylord Michigan
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I - 75
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Waters Michigan
Nearest Beach
In front of the house!
Car: necessary

Huckleberry picking, mushroom picking (In season),canoeing, State Parks, Canoe Races, Casinos within 40 miles, indoor water park and spa within 75 miles, Mackinac Island and Straights of Makinaw 75 miles away. Sault Saint Marie and Canadian border within 2 hours.

National Guard Artillery range a mile to the East. You may experience the noise of artillery practice, jet or helicopter fly-bys, or flares in the night which light the lake. There is not a danger to the inhabitants of the lake area. The range firing is NOT a continual racket but an occasional noise which may be bothersome to a few. Remember they are the sounds of Freedom! This activity does not bother the fish-they have lived with it for years and there is great fishing still.


Rates & Availability

Frederic House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Labor Day
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Post Peak Season
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 8 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning fee/stay $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

NO SMOKING is allowed anywhere on the property.

GUTHRIE LAKES ENCHANTED FORESTS SUBDIVISION parks, boat ramps, amenities, and clubhouse are for property owners ONLY. These are NOT AVAILABLE for our renters at Guthrie Pines. WE are NOT a part of this subdivision. Please be considerate of the subdivision owners.

Rowboat available for rent $35/day or $125/week. Life jackets provided.
Canoe available for rent $25/day or $100/week. Life jackets included.
If you are interested in renting a pontoon boat, please contact me.
Please let me know at time of booking if you would like to include a rowboat or canoe.

Approved pets are allowed outside, and in the MUDROOM ONLY. The Mudroom is a spacious area inside with a rug and a nice place dogs can be out of the weather and away fromthe wildlife at Guthrie Pines. Please do not allow your pet INSIDE the house proper. Please be considerate of other guests (and owners) who have pet allergies. Thank you.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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