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That 70's Cottage on Beautiful Spring Fed Big Cedar Lake

(14 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/29/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:18
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

2,850 sq ft, 3/3 with basement apartment; beds sleep 12, 6 more using sofa beds

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.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/29/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2700 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 18
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be 21 or older to rent....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    The part of Cedar Lake you will be staying has a very gradual decent, there is no 'drop off' and the beach is mostly sand and gravel, perfect for kids to play in. Constant supervision must be payed however, as there is no barrier leading to the lake or lifeguards. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    There is no smoking allowed in the cottage of any kind. Any guest of the renter or the renter smoking cigars or cigarettes on the property or on the lake, MUST dispose of said butts in the trash. Anyone seen tossing a butt on the ground or in the lake will be warned. If done again, the renter will forfeit their security deposit. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    There are other well behaved and friendly dogs in neighboring yards, if you have an aggressive dog, this may be an issue. Please pick up after your pet. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The downstairs apartment is the easiest to enter. There are no stairs going down to the lake, instead, there is a steep ramp and hand rails. Access to the boathouse deck is by the ramp and then stairs. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 12-18

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 queen

    Lake view with balcony. Large walk in cedar closet....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 1 queen

    Woods view with balcony...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Sofa is a queen with thick memory foam topper. Very comfy...moreless

  • 900 sq ft basement apartment with a king Murphy bed and queen sofa bed with memory foam topper and queen futon....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Cedar Lake in the summer will usually have a water temperature in the mid to high 80's. The crystal clear warm waters are the reason good people come back time and time again for fun in the sun and the unmentionable under the moonlight! ...moreless


  • Books:

    There is a nice selection of paper back and hard cover books....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Many board games....moreless

  • Music Library:

    That 70's cottage has a library of many hits from the 70's on CD and vinyl! ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Cassette tape, turn table, CD player and radio are offered. ...moreless

  • Television:

    One T.V. in the living area of the cottage and one downstairs in the apartment. There is no cable or antenna. If you have some DVD's, you can play them on the DVD player. ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Wonderful sand bottom lake with pier and raft. ...moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Overlooks Beautiful Cedar Lake. Complete boat house with Lifejackets and row boat, set on your own private beach and pier. ...moreless

  • Lake View:

    A wonderful mix of lake views and sounds through the many shade giving trees. ...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    You are located on the east side of beautiful Cedar Lake. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Off the beaten path, the sounds of nature are all around as Bull Frogs croak and cricket sounds fill the night. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    The cottage is set high over the lake, tucked under majestic Oak trees. It faces the west which gives the occupants spectacular sunset views. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Graded ramp winds down the hill to the beach and pier. A spacious deck on top of the boat house is ideal for serving drinks or dinner while enjoying fiery sunsets. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Kitchen table upstairs can seat 4. Monopoly table in living room seats 4. Downstairs apt. has breakfast bar for 3 and small table with padded bench seat seating 2 or 3...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 16 people


  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Spacious, with fabulous view of Cedar Lake....moreless

  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:



  • Coffee Maker:

    1 in each kitchen...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    dish service for 18 upstairs, for 12 in basement apt....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Two dishwashers....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Three, two overlooking Lake the other looking at the woods and turtle pond. ...moreless

  • Boat:

    A row boat is at the beach. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Awesome deck on top of the boathouse overlooking Cedar Lake. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    There are an array of golf courses all within a thirty minute drive. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    There is a gas grill. There is also a very nice fire pit for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. ...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    We offer a sailboat and Paddle boat....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna:

    Located in the boat house at the lake is a walk in 3 person Sauna. ...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 14 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 21 - Jun 26, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,900 $6,000
Jun 27 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$2,100 $7,200
Oct 1 - Oct 15, 2017
2 night min stay
$1,550 $5,000
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$2,500 $5,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/29/2017
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28 Miles
Nearest Airport
Kalamazoo / Battle Creek Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Drop Anchor, Marcellus
9 Miles
Nearest Golf
Ole Mill Golf Course
25 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Rock
13 Miles
Nearest Ski
Swiss Valley
11 Metres
Nearest Beach
Your very own

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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: 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!

Why the Owner Chose Marcellus, MI, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/29/2017

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  • Kitchen and nook.

    Kitchen and nook.

  • Bedroom


  • Den/bedroom


  • Front of cottage.

    Front of cottage.

  • Kitchen in basement apartment.

    Kitchen in basement apartment.

  • Basement bathroom.

    Basement bathroom.

  • View of the fire pit and Lake.

    View of the fire pit and Lake.

  • Dining area.

    Dining area.

  • Bedroom


  • Basement apartment living and sleeping area.

    Basement apartment living and sleeping area.

  • More basement apartment views.

    More basement apartment views.

  • View of lake in early spring, burrrrr!

    View of lake in early spring, burrrrr!

  • View looking down to the water and people on the dock.

    View looking down to the water and people on the dock.

VRBO #588554

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 29, 2017

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