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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 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.

More Details

Joan Cook
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

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 Roscommon

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)


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Sun, Sand, Snow, Year Round Recreation, with Private Beach,
average rating of 4.6875 based on 32 reviews
Rockford, Michigan

Great family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great family vacation - Lots of space for all ages, well supplied kitchen and beautiful views!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We spent most of our time on the deck. It was wonderful. The paddle boat was fun too. The time was to short.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterford, MI

Nice Location

  • 1 of 5

Home has nice location with sandy beach area out front and nice dock. Beyond that, lots of disappointment. Microwave and stove oven needed to be cleaned before we could use them. Refrigerator is very old and not very clean either. Dishwasher, however, is new. Lower part of home, where my mother slept for two nights, is very damp and musty. I would not recommend for persons with allergies to mold, asthma or other respiratory issues. Unfortunately, the lower level is where all the extra bedding is stored. We absolutely could not stand the smell and a lot of it appeared dirty. Furniture and beds are very worn out and beyond uncomfortable. Owners have several rules concerning shut down of the property. We followed them all. NONE of them were done when we arrived. I even picked up extra trash on the grounds left by previous tenants. We accidently left approximately $30.00 worth of groceries in the kitchen cupboard and were unable to retrieve them. Owners were contacted immediately and were absolutely no help at all. To top it off, my husband and I ended up with swimmers itch. I have since learned, Higgins Lake is notorious for swimmers itch. Overall, disappointed. We would not rent this property again.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing time

  • 5 of 5

Even though the weather was rainy and cold we enjoyed our stay! We are already booked for next year. Sure hope the weather is better next year.

Judy, John and Journey

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: August 2017
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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: July 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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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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.