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Sun, Sand, Snow, Year Round Recreation, with Private Beach,

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

Our vacation home is located on the southeast side of Higgins Lake.

Keywords: Private Drive, Private Road, Great Room, Gas Fireplace,Family Room, TV, Full Kitchen, Dining Room that Faces the Lake, Large deck, patio furniture

55’ of Private Sandy Beach, 70’ Private Dock, Sandy Swimming Area, Deepens Gradually, Permanent Anchorage for your own boat. Paddleboat and Canoe Available (in season), Fire Pit, Gas Grill Available (in season), Quiet Neighbors.

Ten minutes from Roscommon, Thirty minutes from Houghton Lake, West Branch or Grayling. Five minutes from cross country ski trails (by car) and ice fishing (on foot). Snowmobile trails near by.

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Joan Cook
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

About Joan Cook

I am an environmental analyst with the State of Michigan in the Department of Environmental Quality. My Wife is a teacher, mother, homemaker, and my best buddy. We have 4 adult children, 3 who live in Michigan and 1 who lives in Califorina. We all love the lake and spend as much of our time up there as possible.

Joan Cook purchased this house in 1958

Why Joan Cook chose Higgins Lake

Ownership of our lake home was a decision that was made for me. My family purchased our property when I was 18 months old. From that time until I graduated from high school I spent my summers and many spring and fall weekends at Higgins Lake. As soon as school was out mom and I headed north. Dad would join us on the weekends. Over the many years I found joy in picking the wild blueberries that bloomed in front of the cottage, (and in the swampy areas back on the state land behind our property (there is nothing that can beat pancakes made with just picked blueberries. I enjoyed lazy days of swimming, boating, fishing, sunning and exploring on the state owned woods behind our lot. The back roads were available for deer and other fauna watching. We have seen deer in our back yard and wild turkeys on the beach. While ducks and herons swim in the lake and eagle soar air over head. The experience has had a lot to do with my selection of a career in environmental protection. I became the sole owner when my parents passed away. We recently completed many renovations and repairs to make S’Hummer Haven an even more pleasant to visit and relax!

What makes this house unique

One of the main benefits of my home is that the area around it is still fairly undeveloped. Over the 58 years I have been coming north I have seen many of the areas around both Higgins and Houghton Lakes build up and become more “down state”, our area is still pretty much as it was when we first started coming up. Our place is on a private road, on which there has been no new construction in over 30 years. Ownership of the other places on our road has not changed in 20 years. The lot immediately to the south of us is undeveloped. Our sandy beach is clean. Our side of the lake deepens gradually. An adult can walk out 100 yards and still have their head above water. Our lake water is crystal clear, and the lake bottom in front is sand.


Roscommon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Village ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Canoe, Paddle Boat (in season) Two Adult Bikes (his/her)


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

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Sun, Sand, Snow, Year Round Recreation, with Private Beach,
average rating of 4.821429 based on 28 reviews

Amazing week enjoying a beautiful home and lake!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time with the family! Really enjoyed being right on the shore of the most beautiful lake in Michigan! Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location fun! Water beach property!

  • 4 of 5

Outdoors and beach location amazing!!! They had everything you need the washer dryer was awesome!! I feel they can really use new flooring the carpet was very dirty. They are starting construction on a new home next door so make sure you are aware of the noise

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We take great pride in our rental home. It is cleaned thoroughly between each guest visit. Any concerns that arise during a guest visit are addressed and if possible taken care of immediately by our maintenance man. If a problem can't be fixed immediately we resolve it ASAP. The carpeting is cleaned twice a year, once at the beginning of the summer rental season and once at the end of the season. There are several areas that due heavy traffic have spots that don't come out any more. The area in front of the stairs where there has been a lot of foot traffic from our sandy beach and soot from many bonfires is one of them. To characterize the 1600 square feet of carpet as very dirty would be an extreme exaggeration. The property next door has been leveled and vacated for over a year. We have talked to the property owners several times and a start date has not yet been determined. To warn our guest of excess noise is certainly premature. We have always been upfront with our guest of any concerns or issues in advance of their stay. When construction begins we will let our guests know at that time. If the extra noise is a concern to them at that point they can decide how to proceed.
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Larger open areas worked well for us. Plenty of room for all. The beach was great

  • 4 of 5

There was plenty of space for all. The beach was great even tho the weather wasn't always cooperative. Enjoyed fire pit at night. Sleeping space was adequate. Didn't realize we needed to supply our own bath towels. Didn't see that in the discriptors and our previous rentals supplied them. Overall everyone had a wonderful time

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is hard to understand how guest did not know to bring own towels. Bring your own towels is the first item listed on the "to bring list" which is sent to each guest. It is also listed in 2 other documents as reminders; mentioned on 3 different documents. It is not possible for our cleaning crew to clean all the laundry in the 4 hour turn around time between guests if they had to clean linens and towels for all of our guests too. "Adequate space" for everyone was also mentioned in this review. This was a group of 10. Our website accurately describes our home - lodging and sleeping. There are no surprises.
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Beautiful home, awesome dock and beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay, the water is crystal clear and the dock was nice and big. A perfect base for sand-free swimming and sunbathing. Nice sturdy ladder to climb in and out of the water. There is a convenient brick walkway all the way to the dock so you can keep your feet somewhat clean and easier to walk vs thru the sand. The water is really incredible! Unlike any other lake we've visited! We hope to return with more family one day. It was just two of us and our dog but I could see a large family having plenty of room to roam.

Beautiful grill and great deck with comfortable patio furniture. Views from inside and out are stunning. Peaceful and quiet. It's especially nice that there is no direct neighbor to the south which makes it feel very private. Neighbors to the north are quiet and seemed like nice people.

We're from the Detroit area so on a cloudy day we took a trip to see the bridge and UP one afternoon. Only 1.5 hour drive. Stopped in Petoskey. Beautiful drive. This trip made us fall in love with Northern Michigan!

We are regular HomeAway users and I promise that you will not be disappointed in this choice!!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: WE are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will bring your family back!
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Comfortable home, great for socializing, very close to Cross Country Ski Headquarters

  • 4 of 5

Four of us spent a January weekend at the "Sun, Sand, Snow" home, which was a perfect location for visits to the Cross Country Ski HQ - about a mile away (if that far). The beds were comfortable, we enjoyed meals and some euchre at the very cool long, wooden, rustic dining room table, and the Grayling brewpubs are 15 minutes away. Although we were there for the snow, I can see that this place would be great as a summer family getaway, with it's on-the-lake location and great lake view. We would choose this home again.

My only complaint is the requirement to choose between a $3,000 deposit or an $80 insurance policy. This seems extreme; we've never had to pay such a high deposit for an Airbnb, but I suspect the hosts had a bad experience (or two) in the past.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing ice fishing trip

  • 4 of 5

House was great very relaxing ice fishing was a blast had a great weekend away with friends only thing that could be improved is an updated grill we made it work but it was a struggle to get a decent flame other than that had all the amenities and the view from the kitchen and lower living area was amazing already talking about making another ice fishing trip next year

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a relaxing weekend. Hope the fish were also biting. We did look into the grill concerns and decided it was time to retire the old one and replaced it with a new one. Hope to sponsor another fishing weekend soon.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Damage Insurance $59

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.

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