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Lake Michigan Vacation Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,900 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

3-bedroom; 2-bath; sleeps up to 8

This is a beautiful, 1900 square foot vacation home with beds for 6 adults and a pull out queen sofa in the lower level. Most people coming to Beaver Island look forward to its abundant nature and solitude. We love to wake up early, watch the sun rise and listen to the peace and quiet. On a clear day, you can even see the Mackinac Bridge from the cottage. We also love to just sit out at the beach house in the evening to watch the wildlife. It can be a very tranquil and quiet place.

The property sits on 10 grassy and wooded acres on Lake Michigan. We are secluded, you won't see another house from the cottage, but we're located just 5-6 miles from town. Not too close, yet not too far away.

Summers are pretty lazy and carefree. This is a great place for a family (or a few families) to reconnect. Sit around by the water, play games, read a good book (or 2), or enjoy 'smores over an evening campfire. Although located on 10 acres of Lake Michigan waterfront, this is not a great swimming beach. There are some nice sandy beaches on the Island for swimming.

St. James beach is a short trip from the cottage. You can buzz into town for a coffee. ice cream cone or a drink without draining your wallet. You can also go for a swim or spend the afternoon at the beach. There is always something going on. Take a trip to the bottom of the island and set out on a beach hike or just enjoy the beach. If you are looking for relaxation or a little adventure, this Island has it all.

Most people don't know this but September is a wonderful time to come to Beaver Island. The weather is perfect and the colors are spectacular!

The cottage features 3 bedrooms plus a hide-a-bed. One of the bedrooms is on the first floor. The cottage has 2 full bathrooms, there is a nice family area and kitchen with stainless steel appliances. We have a fire pit and a beach house. There is a nice deck with a picnic table that seats about 10. The cottage comes with plenty of fans if you need them but if you open the windows you will be treated to a very nice breeze that keeps the house very comfortable in the summer.

Beaver Island is the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes, located in Lake Michigan about 30 miles north of Charlevoix.

There are fine museums, gift shops, art galleries, a golf course and tennis courts, Island tours, house parties, classes at CMU, and dances and plays at the Hall. Much of what the island offers is free: beachcombing, bird watching, biking, camping, hunting, fishing, x-c skiing, or exploring the other islands. There are over 100 miles of scenic roads, and too many old trails to count.

You may come to the island by ferry service from Charlevoix, charter boat, or airplane.

Getting to the Island:

Two businesses provide regular air transportation between Charlevoix and the island. The trip takes about 15 minutes each way, and both carriers make several trips daily, based on passenger reservations.

Fresh Air Aviation - (231)237-9482 or (888)359-7448. Island Airways (231)547-2141 (Charlevoix).

Beaver Island Boat Company, Charlevoix - (231)547-2311 or (888)446-4095. A 2-hour ferry ride to the island from Charlevoix. Call them for prices. Bicycles cost extra. Ferries run daily from June to Mid-September (usually one crossing per day, but up to four times on peak travel days), with a reduced schedule (at least M/W/F) beginning in April and ending in mid-December. The vessel, Emerald Isle, is used for most journeys and is wheelchair accessible.

Car ferry service from Charlevoix is available from Beaver Island Boat Company (see above). Prices vary. You must make reservations to ensure a spot on the boat for your vehicle. Number to call is (231)547-2311.

You can also rent a car while on the Island:

Beaver Island Car Rentals (231)448-2300

Gordon's Auto Rentals (231)448-2438

More Details

Property Manager
Diane Moreno, Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 30, 2018


Beaver Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located on 2nd floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located on first floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Hide-a-bed located in lower level
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Located on first floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Located on 2nd floor
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Located on 2nd floor
  • Plenty of room for guest-provided air mattresses, cots or sleeping bags!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Lake Michigan Vacation Cottage
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

Great location & setting!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend this house to other vacationers! It is not that far out of town at all, I was expecting it to be further. It is roomy, clean, and has everything you need and more. We would love to stay here again, but they do not allow pets and next year we would like to take our dog along. Everything else about this home was just perfect and we enjoyed our stay! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage. Far enough from town but close enough to get to stores and restaurants. Cottage was perfect.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mermaid House Rental

  • 5 of 5

The Mermaid house has a beautiful serene setting. The set up is ideal for a large family and the beds are comfortable. Depending on the time of the year, insects can be common, so be prepared. We enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous and Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property. Loved the seclusion. Management is fantastic!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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A wonderful get away in a very secluded peaceful setting!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Mermaid on Beaver Island! The kitchen had all the utensils, pots, pans etc. for us to make many enjoyable meals. There were games and puzzles for the rainy days, lots of beautiful wildlife (especially birds and our last day a big buck was in the yard), and the beds were very comfortable. It was close to the airport, and the owner was very easy to work with. The place was very clean with the exception of spider webs everywhere (we tied two brooms together and simply swept the webs out of the big picture windows). There are a lot of stairs so for those that have a hard time doing steps or are wheel chair bound this cabin would not be ideal as the main floor is only available by climbing a flight of stairs. The "beach" was over grown unfortunately and we took two young children who were hoping to have a place to play in the sand, but fortunately there were many beautiful beaches within driving distance. We just didn't feel like driving somewhere all the time so a small sandy beach free of grasses and weeds would be a lovely touch to this home. All in all it was a near perfect getaway. Thank you so much

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful, peaceful

  • 5 of 5

first time to beaver island, went to music festival. Had a great time. House is really nice. Beautiful, peaceful setting. Secluded, yet close to town. Basement did have a damp smell, but we didn't really need/use that space.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Linen Service $75
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $165
Tax Rate 6.0%

Car ferry service to the Island - Make your reservations early!! Max of 8 guests.
Guest to provide their own sheets/towels/linens. Linen service is available for an additional $75/week for 6 guests; $85/week for more than 6.
Minimum stay may be required for peak seasons. Prices for Holiday Weekends may be higher.
Check in is 3pm, Check out is 10am

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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