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Quaint (pet friendly) Lakefront Cottage

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Large Family Cottage, 3 BR, 2 BA, Sleeps 6

This quaint and spacious 2-story cottage is ideally situated on Lake Michigan overlooking the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. Owned for 5 generations by the same family, it has been lovingly maintained and reflects the history of the Mackinac area. This 19th century lakeside cottage still offers the quiet and peaceful cottage living of another era but is fully updated to meet the needs of today's traveler. The cottage is located on the water in a peaceful Northern Michigan lakeside neighborhood, just outside of the quaint Village of Mackinaw City. You can walk to town for your evening ice cream cone; walk to Shepler's Ferry to catch a ride to the beautiful Mackinac Island or just sit waterside with a good book. This vintage cottage will take you and your family back to a simpler time with your days spent at the beach and your evenings around a campfire. Mackinaw City is a perfect location to serve as a base camp for all Northern Michigan has to offer. Swim, bike, hike, golf, parasail, hunt or fish - all within minutes. If you like to shop, there's plenty of that. There are lots of specialty shops in Mackinaw City and a day trip from Mackinaw City to Petoskey on US 31 will offer abundant opportunities for antiquing.

The cottage is clean, comfortable and very charming. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a front and back porch. The kitchen is open to the dining room and has a full size refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and microwave. All dishes, pots & pans are included. The dining room comfortably seats 6 people. There is also a laundry room with a washer/dryer. The Living Room opens to the back deck and features a grand stone fireplace, rocking chairs and a comfy sofa for relaxing. This is a place you will want to come back to year after year. This is a historic cottage containing some antiques which may not be suitable for small children.

More Details

Property Manager
Diane Moreno, Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2017

What makes this cottage unique

Our cottage was originally built in 1896 and was the first structure on this beach. The original owner/builder was a larger than life character who is reputed to have made some money in the Alaska Gold Rush and inherited the beach from his father. He settled on this small point of land (Harding Point) to build what was essentially a one-room shack (what is now the kitchen). It was added on to over the years numerous times to become the 2-story structure that it is today.

He then built the cottage next door and began to parcel off the land and build cottages for the new owners according to their desires. Many of the cottages along the beach that he built can still be seen today.

My daughter is the fifth generation to own the cottage and he was her Great, Great, Great Uncle! Both she and I have been going to the cottage since we were babies. We are very attached to it, to say the least.

The cottage is two stories and has 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom has spectacular views of the straits and the bridge. We have 2 porches, front and back. The porch on the lake side is being restored to look like the original porch, but is currently a deck.

Our beachfront is large, but is not sandy or particularly good for swimming. It is a nice place to sit, however, and enjoy the views and watch the passing boats and freighters. You can also build a fire in the pit and toast marshmallows - one of our favorite activities. Nearby Trails Bed Beach is a nice sandy beach for swimming and playing in the water as is Wilderness State Park.

The cottage itself is full of family memorabilia and antiques from the time that my grandmother lived there. It definitely has that old 'cottage' feel to it.

Over the fire place is the remains of the sign from the old Wawatum Inn that burned down. It used to be behind where the Catholic Church now sits.

Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Pellston Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Keyhole Bar
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Sheplers Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mackinaw Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
I-75
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Multiple to choose from
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Boyne Mountain, Nubs Knob
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Trails End (for great sandy beach)

Mackinaw City is a great base camp for all of your 'Up North' adventures. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, graced by the Mighty Mackinac Bridge, everything is so accessible. You can shop, visit the historic Fort Michilimackinac or the McGulpin Point Lighthouse or the Old Mackinaw Point Light House. Take Sheplers Ferry to the beautiful Mackinac Island for a step back in time. Horse-drawn buggies and bikes are the only forms of transportation there! Lots of great shopping and fine resturants. Access the many bike and snowmobile trails in the area. Visit Taquamenon Falls, Oswald Bear Ranch, Whitefish Point, Saulte Ste Marie, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Indian River - all within an hour. Some of Michigans finest sandy beaches are within minutes. If you enjoy casinos, there are 3 within 45 minutes! This is a great, year 'round destination. Fishing, birdwatching, kayaking, hunting, snowmobiling, Eco-tours, boating, biking...the possibilities are endless!

Amenities

Mackinaw City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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Quaint (pet friendly) Lakefront Cottage
average rating of 4.181818 based on 11 reviews
5

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

The view is amazing...definately had everything we needed...love the cottage feel...very close to town

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Cozy and inviting

  • 4 of 5

Our second visit and won't be our last! The view, the water, the bridge, the sunsets are the icing on the cake!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Overall, good

  • 3 of 5

The cottage, while nice, could have been a lot cleaner. I found hundreds of dead ants in an upstairs closet, evidence of mice in the kitchen, and animal hair all over the rug in the living room (I do not have a pet). Also, the braided rug in the double bed bedroom is falling apart and I tripped on it whenever I was in the bedroom. I called the Rental Manager to report the leaking dishwasher (repair person didn't show up) and informed her of the ants & mice. She did clean the ants & mouse droppings while I was out for the day, which I appreciated. For future renters perhaps the cleaning crew should do a more thorough job.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate your feedback but would like to note that while unfortunate, your issues were dealt with immediately. The mice issue was a new one at the cottage so I personally spent 5 hours re-cleaning the cottage and setting traps. We had recently treated for ants. Apparently the treatment worked but did leave dead ants which were also cleaned immediately. We did, in fact, send a plumber out to repair the dishwasher - he checked it thoroughly and found nothing wrong - someone may have opened the door mid-cycle which caused the water on the floor. We work very hard to make our guests stay enjoyable but there are issues inherent to being on the lake and in the woods..
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Place was ok, location was great.

  • 3 of 5

Upon arrival there was literally hundreds of dead ants, there was not a vacuum available so we went through out the cabin trying to broom all the ants up, coffee pot was so bad we had to go buy vinegar and clean the pot. I don't think the area rugs are ever picked up and shook out let alone vacuumed. We picked up the rugs that we could and shook them out.

We did like the place and location but it could be a tad cleaner.

We did leave the place cleaner than we found it though.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Relaxing, quiet, great views!

  • 4 of 5

Great views, loved the privacy from neighbors. Great base to visit the area!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Really Nice

  • 4 of 5

Like going back in time with new amenities. The view was the absolute best and the peaceful location was great. The only thing we missed was absolutely no TV connection, not even local news, we don't require a lot of TV but just bit would have been nice. Would definitely return...

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $165 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

Maximum of 6 guests. Pet fee is $20/pet per night. Additional security deposit of $100 will be applied for pets.
Check in is 3pm; check out is 10am; minimum of 5 night rentals

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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