About the property
- Cottage1575 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 6 nights
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. Please understand that we can't waive the required Dining Hall fees in season, so don't please don't try to book a stay and then request an exception. Instead, book in early June or late August.
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, voted the No. 1 most beautiful lake in Michigan by those who know lakes. Search for this tenbest list with its aerial graphics of each lake; it's illuminating.
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 21 and Aug. 25. 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.] We can't waive these rules, so, instead of booking and then asking us to make an exception, please book out of season if you don't want to pay for the Dining Hall meals.
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. Due to the effort involved in cleaning between guests, we are firm about the minimum stays, so please don't book and then ask for an exception.
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:  a Master Suite with king-size bed and a private Bath with shower and two sinks in granite counters;  a back Bedroom with two queen beds and a sink [can sleep four in a pinch]; and  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. Many guests bring laptops, and some use them to stream their favorite shows and teams.
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.
We have dogs and cats in our families, including small, well-behaved, clean ones] and we would love to bring them to stay at the cottage. However, other family members are allergic to them, so we board them in kennels or with friends, and we require our guests to do the same. Please don't make a reservation and then ask us to make an exception for your pets.
Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel
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- English, French, German
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
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 Michigan on a tenbest list. You can find aerial photos of all of them, and locals rank them all. https://www.aerialgraphics.com/pages/
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.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Excellent Cabin for familes
Stayed over Labor Day weekend and had a blast. My young boys loved the "secret upstairs hideaway". Very clean and nicely updated.
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.]
Very nice and quiet
Enjoyed our stay and would come back.
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.
Perfect for our family
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.
Quiet and secluded
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
Tranquil and charming!
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!
A truly Relaxing getaway!
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!
We're very glad everything was to your liking, and we hope you will be back next year.
Carl and Ava
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
DEPOSIT: $500 refunded after departure, if no damage or bills. CLEANING FEE: $150 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. We can't waive the required Dining Hall fees in season, and we don't make exceptions on pets, so please don't try to book, if these are not acceptable to you.