Two story cottage with basement apartment overlooking beautiful (269 acre) Big Cedar Lake near Marcellus in southwest MI. Boathouse with large deck is perfect for afternoon or sunset grilling. With a public access for launching most ski and fishing boats, the private dock, boathouse and beach make this getaway cottage perfect for water sport enthusiasts. Big Cedar Lake is popular with fishermen and sportsmen of all ages. You will find yourself with just 5 and 10 minute drives to Marcellus and Lawton MI., which offer a variety of restaurants and pubs. Take quiet walks or bike rides down the rural roads and listen to the bull frogs croak their song under the moonlight.
- Cottage2700 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights
2,850 sq ft, 3/3 with basement apartment; beds sleep 12, 6 more using sofa beds
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within two days
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 15, 2018
About Jane Harvey
My sister and I have spent every summer of our lives on this beautiful Lake. Our mother lived in Chicago and her parents were Vaudeville performers, who didn't work in the summer (no air-conditioning) so they bought the cottage next door to this rental, as a fishing getaway from Chicago. My father's family, who lived in Marcellus, happened to own the cottage next door and as teenagers, my mother and father met. Soon after WWII was over, my parents married and inherited the cottage my mother's parents owned. My sister and I grew up in Lansing IL. and spent weekends and our summer vacations at Cedar Lake. There is no other place in this world that I love more. The people, beautiful Cedar Lake and all the area has to offer, never fails to amaze me. Some of my closest and dearest friends make regular visits back here. We hope you enjoy this area as much as we have, and will also want to return year after year!
Jane Harvey purchased this Cottage in 2013
Why Jane Harvey chose Marcellus
We bought this cottage next door to our own, because for over 60 years the people that have lived there have become family to us. When it came time for my 'Aunt' Dorothy to sell, (she had always wanted to live in downtown Chicago and at age 90, best, not to put it off too much longer) we offered to buy it. Down the road, when our family has expanded, we feel we will need the extra living space for all our extended families to live peacefully. My sister and long time lake resident and family friend, Joe Weist, have done a fabulous job up-grading many appliances and amenities.
What makes this Cottage unique
The beauty of this Lake and area is hard to explain. Sometimes it can be as little as having breakfast on the outside deck while taking in the sights and sounds. My mother and I would sit out there and listen to the birds chirping and squirrels chasing each other up the massive oak trees. Just looking up and seeing the wind blowing the leaves is almost therapeutic. The nights are even more spectacular. Playing games with a cool breeze blowing through the back room while you hear the Bull Frogs croaking is a summer ritual for us. Moonless nights are the best for watching falling stars from the dock or boat, or dog fishing at midnight while just staring at the stars. Skinny dipping is a must on very hot nights! On stormy nights I will lay in bed and listen to the thunder as the wind picks up speed and the flashes of lightning light up the room. The sound of the rain coming through all those trees that surround the house is so wonderful. In resent years, my morning ritual is to ride my bicycle around Gravel Lake about 4 miles away. I have seen deer, turtles, rabbits, snakes and all kinds of butterflies and birds on nearly every ride. Most of the roads are paved, so bikers will enjoy the ease of riding while taking in the rural charms. As kids, my friend and I made many trails in the woods for our minibikes. Sadly nearly all are overgrown now, but you are still able to explore the woods and find all that nature has to offer. All that said, nothing compares to Cedar Lake when the water is warm and the sun is shinning. As a good friend of mine would always say the minute he stepped on the pontoon boat and cracked open a beer...... 'Blood pressure plummeting!' Enjoy!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great short weekend getaway
We stayed at that’s 70s cottage for a short weekend and really enjoyed it. The house literally has everything you willl need and plenty of space. Jane was extremely kind and allowed us to stay passed the checkout time as there was no one renting after us.i would definitely stay again at this home for another vacation next summer so we can enjoy the lake access more.
Accommodations were very nice.
We had a very good time for the second year in a row.
Thank you for the very nice review! We enjoyed having your family again this year and hope to see you in the future. Have a fun winter!
Great weather + Great Place = Great Family Fun
That 70s Cottage was a great place to join together my three kids and seven grand-daughters for a sunny and warm weekend of pure fun, relaxation and excitement. The house and accommodations were fantastic with plenty of room to spread out. We will certainly consider returning to That 70s Cottage in the future.
We had a great the 70's Cottage. There was plenty of room for our large group and the house was stocked with everything we needed. The lake was great and warmer than we thought it would be. We would definitely recommend the house to anyone looking to stay in the area.
Great place right on the lake. Plenty of room for family and extended family get together
Great stay at this well-stocked cottage. The grill was great. It had a large cooking surface and seemed brand new. Beautiful view of the lake. Had fun using the paddle boat. All of the neighbors were very friendly! Really enjoyed creating memories here.
Exactly as described and perfect for our large group
The property is exactly as described on the website, 70's all the way right down to the green shag carpeting. It was perfect for our large party of 14 people, everyone was comfortable and there was more than enough living space on the main level for all of us to come together and play games and enjoy each other's company. The cottage features an updated TV setup which allowed us to sync our devices to it to play videos and games on it which was a bonus. The lake is beautiful and the location was ideal for feeling far away from it all, but close enough to order pizzas and make a trip to downtown Kalamazoo. The owners are great to deal with, super easy going. The kitchens and bathrooms were clean, as well as the linens and towels, but a good deep cleaning to address the cobwebs in the corners and the sauna would have brought the cleanliness up to my high standards. Obviously easy fixes that didn't impact our stay at all though, and we would definitely rent it again and highly recommend the cabin to anyone looking for a lake getaway at a great price!
Kalamazoo, just 25 minutes away, offers the Air Zoo, which is a family favorite of ours on rainy days. Fabulous antique aircraft and modern marvels. Kazoo also offers movies, miniature golf and much more.