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View, private lakefront, deck & dock, quiet forest. Beautiful cottage and lake

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 1,575 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

4-BR 2.5-Bath, cathedral-ceiling cottage;private dock, lido, deck &shore, sleep8

Exquisite old cottage, modern fit-up, no cooking, views! Private dock, deck, and waterfront for this cottage. Although very well equipped, its deep-woods character is NOT "just like home".

Buffet service every meal! Please note: participation in the dining plan, not included in rent, is required until the last Sunday in August.

The Cottage:

This beautiful, old, renovated, stick-style cottage is at the end of a long, private driveway off a one-lane, private dirt-road winding through old-growth forest with monarch trees. There's nothing but woods and private paths behind it. It overlooks clear and sandy Higgins Lake, rated 'the Sixth Most Beautiful Lake in the World', and , in 2017, the No. 1 most beautiful lake in Michigan: https://www.aerialgraphics.com/pages/tenbest

The cottage's 82 feet of lake-frontage includes a private dock and lido on the lake, down some stairs from an overlooking private deck, steps away from the large front-porch. The cottage's deck, dock, lido, side-yard, and lakefront are not shared with anyone but you and your guests while you're staying here.

Life on the Lake:

The cottage is part of a private Association of twenty cottages, each with its own dock, so waterfront features are NOT shared. The Association provides meals at a private table, reserved for your family, in a common Dining Hall --a five-minute walk through the woods. It's perfect for families, as all cooking [except Weds. dinners] and clean-up is provided from June 24 to Aug. 28, so staying here is a true vacation for EVERYONE in the family. [Note: Association rules require that cottage-residents MUST pay for all meals in the buffet-style Dining Hall between June 20 and Aug. 28. This is a separate bill, paid directly to the Dining Hall after your stay [and not included in the rent]. Rates are $33/day for adults, less for kids under 13, and free under 5.]

During the high-season, there is a 6-night minimum (we encourage Sunday to Saturday!). During the off-season, there is only a 4-night minimum.

The lake is clear and, on this side, shallow with great water for swimming, canoeing, sailing and all water sports. Features of Higgins Lake include an island, drop-offs, springs, sunken islands, a swimming raft [owned by the cottage Association], and the mysterious 'square anchor'. Not far around the shore is a marina, where you can rent motorboats, windsurfers, tubes, kayaks, and all sorts of water toys.

With no traffic, kids run free [supervised near the lake, please] and quickly make friends with lake-side neighbors they meet eating in the Dining Hall.

Life in the Cottage:

The cottage features a beautiful, two-story Living Room [the heart of the cottage] with a lakestone-lined fireplace and large Screen Porch, both facing the lake. [See photos.]

The view is even better from a large, two-level Private Deck right over the lake on a bluff, a few steps from the Screen Porch. A stairway down from the deck leads to a private sunbathing area [the Lido] and a private dock, exclusive to this cottage, where you can swim, nap, and attach boats. [Boats should be moored at anchors off the dock, when not in use.]

A private yard next to the cottage has a many Adirondack chairs and a pad for the outdoor ping-pong table.

A renovated Kitchen with granite counters and new dishes, coffee-equipment, kitchen-tools, and appliances including a dishwasher is open to one side of the Living Room. However, you won't cook much, as you'll enjoy the great food in the Dining Hall [from June through August].

Three Bedrooms are on the first floor: [1] a Master Suite with king-size bed and a private Bath with shower and two sinks in granite counters; [2] a back Bedroom with two queen beds and a sink [can sleep four in a pinch]; and [3] a small Bedroom with a queen bed and a separate entrance to the Porch. A second Bathroom with a claw-foot tub, a shower and two sinks in granite is off the first floor hall, as is a laundry closet with a new washer and dryer.

The second floor is reached from an indoor balcony overlooking the Living Room [and the lake]. Its glass door leads to a knotty-pine Bunk Room with four built-in bunks, which appeal to smaller teenagers and kids [but are short for all but the smallest adults]. The Bunk Room has its own half-bath.

This cottage does not have a TV or a land-line phone. [Recent guests have used their cell phones.] A cable connection provides free, password-protected WIFI.

More to do Outside:

In addition to the buffet meals and a swimming raft, the twenty-cottage Association has a tennis court you can use for free and extensive bird-watching and single-track biking/hiking trails, which you can ride through the endless woods, if you bring or rent bikes.

Nearby activities off the lake include fishing, canoeing and tubing on the calm and beautiful Au Sable River [Rentals available at liveries, or bring your own craft.] and spectacular golf at Forest Dunes, Golf Magazine's No. 2 Public-Access Course in Michigan. Guided bird-watching tours leave regularly from Grayling and almost always spot North America's most endangered warbler, rarely seen [except by those in the know, in this part of Michigan], the very rare Kirtland's Warbler.

Google an aerial photograph to see Higgins Lake in its splendor. The cottage is on the north shore, the least developed and most secluded part of the lake. See the photos.

More Details

Owner
Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

About Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel

My brothers and I grew up in Indiana but return to this cottage almost every summer, and some winters, too. Like my brothers and cousins, I now travel further to come back here every year with my wife and son, from Massachusetts, in our case.

Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel purchased this cottage in 1949

Why Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel chose Roscommon

My grandmother began visiting cottages at this part of Higgins Lake in the 1930's; my grandfather bought this cottage in the '40's; and I started coming in the 50's. Everyone who comes wants to come back; it's very special, private and yet part of a community.

My sister-in-law renovated its interior to a very high level a couple of years ago, but retained its backwoods character. It's nothing like a typical suburban house and has almost no artificial surfaces or materials. Please look at the photos; it's very special --not like home.

Also, it's in the right spot. Check out Higgins Lake and other wonderful lakes in the are with this link:

https://www.aerialgraphics.com/pages/tenbest

What makes this cottage unique

The Dining Hall, where all meals [except Weds. dinner] are served, makes this spot a great vacation for families: all your time on the beautiful lake; no shopping, cooking or clean up.

The private, single-lane, unpaved road with no traffic means kids run free. They'll meet new friends in the Dining Hall.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The loft was a nice area for the kids to sleep and play. The Wi fi was a big hit with everyone young and old. The front room has a nice lake view and ample sitting area. The porch is very cozy. The children enjoyed playing pingpong. The lake was ideal for young children. The cottage was clean and everyone at the Dining Hall was very friendly.

Traveling group: Extended Family

Would you recommend this vacation to a friend? Yes.
Aug 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Traverse City & Tri-city/Saginaw/Midland/Bay City
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Fred's in Roscommon
Nearest Ferry
130 Miles
Luddington, MI
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Forrest Dunes (No. 2 ranked in MI)
Nearest Train
200 Miles
Detroit?
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I-75
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Private dining hall
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Boyne or XC: @ door / XC center-4 miles
Nearest Beach
65 Metres
private, on the property
Car: necessary

The lake is clear and, on this side, shallow with great water for swimming, canoeing, sailing and all water sports. Features of Higgins Lake include an island, drop-offs, springs, sunken islands, a swimming raft [owned by the cottage Association], and the mysterious 'square anchor'. Not far around the shore is a marina, where you can rent motorboats, windsurfers, tubes, kayaks, and all sorts of water toys.

This beautiful, old, renovated stick-style cottage is at the end of a long, private driveway off a one-lane, private, unpaved road winding through old-growth forest. There's nothing but woods and private trails behind it. It overlooks clear and sandy Higgins Lake, rated 'the Sixth Most Beautiful Lake in the World'. Its 82 feet of lake-frontage includes a private dock and lido on the lake, down from an overlooking deck, steps away from the large front-porch.

The cottage is part of a private Association of twenty cottages, which provides meals at a table reserved for your family in a common Dining Hall -a five-minute walk through the woods. It's perfect for families, as all cooking and clean-up [except Weds. dinners] is provided from June 21 to Aug. 25, so staying here is a true vacation for EVERYONE in the family. [Note: Association rules require that residents MUST pay for all meals in the buffet-style Dining Hall between June 21 and Aug. 25. Rates are $33/day for adults, less for kids under 13 and free under 5.]

Nearby activities off the lake include fishing, canoe and tube trips on the calm and beautiful Au Sable River [Rentals available at liveries, or bring your own craft.] and spectacular golf at Forest Dunes, Golf Magazine's No. 2 Public-Access Course in Michigan.

Amenities

Roscommon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1575 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • A Dining Hall serves meals to all guests from late June to late August. ~$33/day/adult, less for kids, but required. Please read full description.
  • Required Dining Hall buffet is a 5-min. walk away, around a private table, reserved for your family [except for Weds. night]. Accommodates most diets.
  • Bells announce Dining Hall hours; kids meet friends; you'll meet their parents. It's a rare vacation for whoever shops, cooks, and cleans up meals.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -1st floor - toilet , tub , shower , Two ceramic sinks in a granite counter +shower +bath.
    Bathroom 3 -upstairs - toilet , Half-bath with ceramic sink in granite counter, two windows.
    Bathroom 1 -Master Suite. 1st Floor - toilet , shower , two ceramic sinks in a granite counter, separate toilet room
  • Three renovated bathrooms, all with new fixtures [except for an original claw-foot tub we saved], windows, and mirrors. Both first-floor baths have two enameled cast-iron sinks in granite counters and nice showers. In addition to the three bathrooms, one first-floor bedroom has its own convenient sink. The half-bath off the upstairs bunk room has a single sink in granite opposite the toilet and two bright windows.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 -1st floor - 1 queen , This bedroom has a 2d door onto the Screen Porch.
    Bedroom 2 - 1st floor - 2 queen , Convenient sink by closet. (4 adults in 2 queens is tight.)
    Master Suite -1st floor - 1 king , Private, full bath with two sinks in granite and shower.
    Bedroom 4 -upstairs Bunk Room - Bunk Room. Kids love 4 built-in bunks, but tight for adults.
  • The Master Suite features a king-size bed, a closet, and a private Bath with shower, two sinks in granite counters, and a water closet with a separate door. The upstairs Bunk Room is reached from an indoor balcony overlooking the Living Room [and the lake]. Its glass-paned door leads to a knotty-pine bedroom with built-in bunks in all four corners. They appeal to teenagers and smaller kids [They use 'twin'-size sheets, but have low headroom for all but the smallest adults]. A small, bright half-bath serves this bedroom. All bedrooms are paneled with knotty pine dating from the construction of the cottage. note: full capacity requires four people sharing two queen beds in Bedroom2 on 1st floor: they need to be family or very close. A couple with one or two small children is the max., in this bedroom. Conveniently, this bedroom has it own sink, and is next to a bath with two more sinks, a tub, and a shower.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Dining-Hall MEALS REQUIRED of all cottage occupants late June through late August. Please understand, we can't make exceptions. The cottage is part of a private Association of 20 cottages, which provides meals at a table reserved for your family in a common Dining Hall -a 5-minute walk through the woods. It's perfect for families, as all cooking and clean-up [except Weds. dinners] is provided from June 20 to Aug. 23, so staying here is a true vacation for EVERYONE in the family. Note: Association rules require that residents MUST pay for all meals in the buffet-style Dining Hall between June 20 and Aug. 23. Rates: about $33/day for adults, less for kids under 13 and free under 5. The cottage has a SIX-NIGHT minimum rental period when the Dining Hall is open: Too challenging to clean and organize the changeovers between guests to make exceptions. Also note: while the cottage has beds for upto 12, 4 are kid-sized bunks, & 2 queens sleep four in one room. 10 people is about the max

Reviews

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View, private lakefront, deck & dock, quiet forest. Beautiful cottage and lake
average rating of 4.964286 based on 31 reviews
4

Excellent Cabin for familes

  • 4 of 5

Stayed over Labor Day weekend and had a blast. My young boys loved the "secret upstairs hideaway". Very clean and nicely updated.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad all three generations had a great time, but we were sorry to get our only, four-star review in all these years. We'll try to make it even better, if you decide to come back next year. You might also want to consider coming when the Dining Hall is open; you'll meet multiple generations of other families, that way, as well [plus, no shopping, cooking, or washing the dishes.]
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Toledo, OH
5

Very nice and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay and would come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nancy - We're glad you enjoyed the quiet life on the lake and that the Dining Hall meals and neighbors suited you. We also heard that someone in your group got a chance to go sailing, which is great on Higgins Lake. We hope you'll be back, next year.
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5

Perfect for our family

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable and welcoming place to stay. Our family ranges in age from 2 to 70+ and we all enjoyed our stay and found many activities to do at Higgins and the surrounding area. We hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Blanchard, MI
5

Quiet and secluded

  • 5 of 5

Our family absolutely loved this Cabin. It is tucked into the high-banks of the North Shore. The privacy and seclusion is wonderful. The Cabin has plenty of room and all of the amenities you need. Would recommend this place to anyone

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Tranquil and charming!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week here while other family members came and went. Cottage One is how places in northern Michigan should be, with a modern upgrade of knotty pine and pine logs throughout. On a ridge with a beautiful view of Higgins Lake through the large two story window. Clean, quiet, and comfortable in an association of cottages passed down through generations with a rich history, and many hiking paths to explore. The caretaker, Jean, was friendly, knowledgeable and accessible.

There is a deck above the shore with access to the lake and dock . A low traffic private road resulting in nights that were quiet and dark with beautiful views of the sunset, the deer, and the night sky. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to friends and family!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A truly Relaxing getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent the week at Cottage One just before Labor Day with a our friends. The home was nestled beautifully in the woods just steps from the private lido and dock(marina just minutes away). The views were amazing and the lake simply gorgeous. The cottage quickly felt like home and talk of returning was a daily conversation. Although the dining hall was closed we had no trouble creating our daily meals in the kitchen that had everything we needed (grocery store minutes away in town). The upgrades to the kitchen and bath accented the old rustic charm of the comfortable home(the loft for children is simply perfect should the grandkids join us on our next trip to the lake).

Everyday waking up on cool mornings to a hot cup of coffee in the sunny great room was delightful as well as were the sunrises and sunsets enjoyed on the dock while trying to catch a fish or two.

When not out on the lake the four of us enjoyed the surrounding woods, walked the trails or sat by a fire.

The owners and caretaker were very kind, helpful and quickly responded to every inquiry.

Our week at Cottage one was truly a relaxing way to recharge and escape from the hussle of everyday life. We look forward to returning to our new "home away from home" next year. Thank you for a wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Natalie - We're very glad everything was to your liking, and we hope you will be back next year. Thank you, Carl and Ava
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

optional sheets &towels $75
cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $500

DEPOSIT: $500, less cleaning fee [$75] and/or linen fee [$75 for our sheets and towels] is refunded after departure, if no damage or bills.
DINING HALL CHARGES not included & paid separately.
CANCELLATION: Guests will receive their full $500 deposit plus:
a 50% refund of rent if canceled at least 10 weeks before start of their reservation; or
a 25% refund of rent if canceled up to 5 weeks before start of their reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund