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Classic Pure Michigan Lakefront Cottage - Pet friendly!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 10, Family Getaways & Quiet Enjoyment

Enjoy everything Pure Michigan at classic lakefront, beautifully updated Little Fish Cottage on all-sports Big Fish Lake. Massive beamed wood ceilings and a wall of glass overlook a stunning terrace and the beautiful blues of Big Fish Lake. Enjoy a separate master. The bunk room boasts two bunk beds and a pull-out sofa, with another pull-out sofa in the living room. Bamboo floors throughout. Empty multi-purpose spare room in back is often used as a third bedroom by guests who bring a blow-up mattress. Steps down to the lake, enjoy a sandy beach, the relaxing shaded two-person cushioned hammock and your own dock for fishing or to tie off your watercraft. With a paved, easy in/out cement boat launch maintained by the state of Michigan just down the shore of Big Fish Lake, bring your watercraft with you to dock or anchor at shore. No-wake hours are in effect before 11 a.m. and after 7:30 p.m. to enjoy peaceful sunrises and sunsets kayaking, paddle boating or enjoying the terrace overlooking the water. Fire rings are situated both on the terrace and at the beach, with a hillside stairway connecting both areas. The cottage also has a small fenced yard, perfect for well-behaved pets. Available for guests' pleasure is a gas grill, paddleboat, beach chairs and various water toys. Ortonville State Recreation Area offers various trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling and hunting. Ortonville is home to an A&W Drive-In and other awesome eateries. Stop at nearby Cook's Farm Dairy, a working dairy that sells homemade ice cream by the scoop. Or enjoy day trips to Detroit for a Tigers baseball game, a visit downtown or a stop at the world-renowned Detroit Institute of Arts; Greenfield Village; the Detroit Zoo; the Christmas village of Frankenmuth; Birch Run Factory Outlets; Great Lakes Crossings Outlet Center, or other fun stops an hour or less away. Rented for quiet enjoyment, family getaways; no large groups.

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

About Tammy

Jim and Tammy have been enjoying the beach life together for more than 20 years, and are now excited to share their refurbished Pure Michigan cottage with others.

Tammy purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Tammy chose Goodrich

Little Fish Cottage is the perfect combination of a Pure Michigan lakefront vacation with big city entertainment nearby. Perfect for commuting to nearby Detroit or metro Detroit suburbs while the rest of the family enjoys the fun of lakefront living. Or just relax at your pseudo-Up North getaway, with all the peace, fun and experiences of a Michigan vacation minus the hours-long drive.

What makes this cottage unique

About two-thirds of Big Fish Lake is surrounded by Ortonville State Recreation area, ensuring this all-natural, spring-fed, all-sports lake remains mostly undeveloped. Enjoy the peace and quite of a lakefront vacation, plus the beautiful amenities available through the state park and big city offerings of metro Detroit.


Goodrich Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Cozy upstairs master with large closets
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Living room sofa folds out into double bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 bunk bed , Large bunk room with two bunk beds and sleeper sofa.
    Bedroom 4 - spare room; guests can bring up to queen air mattress
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Classic Pure Michigan Lakefront Cottage - Pet friendly!
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews

Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

The view is phenomenal we got a little bit of the color change this fall not a whole lot. The house is stocked with everything that you could possibly need Plus more. We have been renting on VRBO for a long time and this property is top on our list. Thanks Tammy and Jim for everything, we highly recommend your property to anyone looking for a nice place to stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful surroundings, comfortable accommodations, beautiful view, and dark, starry sky at night.☺

  • 5 of 5

I rented the cottage to edit a book and got plenty of work done while relaxing at the same time, thanks to the cottage and surroundings.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Newport, KY

Amazing view, wonderful weekend escape!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place my friends! The view is exacted as billed in the photographs and cannot be underestimated. The surroundings were wonderful and my canine enjoyed the lake view as well as the small fenced in yard. Visit the local farmers market in Davison for your cottage food supplies. Your lake home is wonderful and the remodel book is nothing short of amazing! Thank you for your kindness and generosity and communication. This really is Pure Michigan y'all! 😊

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Chicago, IL

Simply beautiful!

  • 4 of 5

Everything was clean and made readily available to us. It's even better when you actually get here than what the pictures show. The neighbors were exceptionally friendly, the one to our right always greeted us with a smile and another down the road loaned us a wagon and a playpen; how sweet is that?!

The only reason why I'm giving 4 stars and not 5 stars is because the house was kid friendly but not necessarily toddler friendly. I had a toddler who I had to constantly watch due to the entertainment center that was glass with sharp corners and the coffee table along with the open banisters on the fence surrounding the front yard. Just keep that in mind if you plan on coming here with toddlers. For children a little older than mine or infants who are not walking, the house is perfect, i'm sure!

Otherwise, we had a fantastic time spending a majority of our time down at the beach relaxing in the hammock and playing with all the extra toys that were made available to us in the shed. Great family vacation in the books! We'd definitely come back once baby gets a little older.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great view to watch the sunrise and relax!

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Friends Food & Fun

  • 5 of 5

We never expected to wake up to such a wonderful view every morning. It was so nice sitting out in the evening around the fire pit laughing, enjoying music and catching up with each other. We also had really good food which we prepared ourselves in the well designed open kitchen. Bring a friend or two who enjoys cooking. We also ate out at a couple of the local restaurants. The ice cream from the local dairy farm was phenomenal. I did decide to have a girlfriends getaway, but it's very kid & pet friendly as well. The sounding neighborhood is quaint, with friendly folks greeting you along the way. Thank you Jim & Tammy.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Bishop International Airport, Flint, MI
Car: recommended

The perfect spot to enjoy a classic Pure Michigan, all-sports lake house vacation, accented with big-city adventures like a Detroit Tigers baseball game, the Detroit Zoo, the Christmas village Frankenmuth, or the Detroit Institute of Arts, all about an hour or less away. Minimum 4-night rental


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning for 4 or 5 nts $75
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $50

Saturday to Saturday rentals during peak season, unless other arrangements are confirmed. Feel free to inquire about availability during other days. $75 Cleaning Fee on rentals of Four or Five Nights. Refund only if cancellation is 90 days prior to scheduled arrival. Signed contract and waiver required for booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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