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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-14)


Near Nub's Nob, and Boyne Highlands!

Newer Home! Overlooking Lake Michigan! Gameroom!

For your Fall Color Tour, Cozy Family Thanksgiving, Holiday & Winter Ski Getaways, Spring Break, and Summer Vacations!!

New in 2006, this cottage style home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a total living area 2,400 sq. ft. Plenty of room to spread out. This house is truly designed with the family in mind, with separate spaces for the grown-ups and kids alike.

Vintage Mod, Baby! It's luxurious, with a retro feel - sure to evoke a flashback or two. The shag carpeting, custom ceramic tile, custom woodwork and a mix of retro antiques and custom furniture (not to mention a few surprises), will help make this a vacation to remember.

Located in Harbor Springs opposite Lake Michigan on the famous Tunnel of Trees - a top destination for bicyclists. You're close to such vacation spots as Petoskey, Charlevoix, Cross Village, The Inland Water Way and The Straits of Mackinaw.

Atop this 130' bluff, witness panoramic views that will allow you to see all the way to Charlevoix and on some days even Beaver Island! Enjoy these views from the home as well as from the meandering bluffside staircase with secluded sun deck that leads to the very private frontage on Lake Michigan. Reminiscent of America's Pacific Northwest, there are times you can walk for miles up and down without seeing a single person!

Keywords: Sand Beach, Nubs Nob, Boyne Highlands, Skiing, Winter Getaway, Lake Michigan

More Details

Tammy Jobson
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Tammy Jobson

We are a small family owned business.

Tammy Jobson purchased this house in 2006

Why Tammy Jobson chose Harbor Springs

The Surf Cottage is on 4 acres of private land with 150' sandy Lake Michigan beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful week at The Surf Cottage. The house is perfect for kids & adults. The beach was pure heaven on Earth. The waves were huge. We even saw some surfers. We had such fun swimming, tanning, biking, and of course eating! We had great campfires by the beach. The most fun was the pancake competition. (Mocha, pb & banana, s'more, egg & bacon, apple graham, chocolate pretzel). All good!
Jul 2009
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Harbor Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • We require a driver's license and rental agreement on file in order for a guest to book this home.
  • You must be 25 to rent this home.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Does not have closet, dresser only
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 baby crib , 3 sleep sofa /futon , Also 2 portable cots
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) Cots, Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) Futons, Bunk Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.875 based on 10 reviews
Dearborn, Michigan

Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

Home was very cozy (and clean.) Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Detroit, MI

Beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here twice now. our first time was last June. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to book again in the winter for skiing, which also did not disappoint.

The home is clean, well appointed and laid out in a way that was fun for all of us. The home has kind of a vintage theme with 60s magazines, vintage movie DVDs, and vinyl records with a turntable. Very fun! There were also games for the kids and a pool and ping pong table.

In June the weather was surprisingly warm as was the water (well the water was not warm, just not as cold as we expected;). The home is on a bluff, so there is a very large stairway with an observation deck, down to the beach area. Great sunsets and views from the stairway deck. There were 10 of us and we all had plenty of room. It was a very peaceful family vacation.

For skiing the home was cozy and the drive to the slopes was pretty quick 15-20 depending on conditions. There were only two of us on this trip, I did mention cozy right? ;)

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home, beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding house! Plenty of room for 14 people to spread out and sleep. Kids said the futons were very comfortable The video games and the pool table were a big hit with the kids. We adults love the view of the Lake out the many front windows. Close to ski areas. Pet friendly - my Golden would love to live there! Owners are very easy to work with. Hope to visit again!!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Plymouth, MI

Family Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend in this house. The house was as described, spacious and clean, with 3 levels of living space perfect for three generations. The bedroom on the entry level was perfect for our young adult.

The views of Lake Michigan were beautiful and so was the wildlife around the house.

After two days of skiing and enjoying the family were are now back at work still thinking of the good time that we had there.

We decided on Wednesday to do this and the people in charge made it possible that it worked out at such short notice.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Area

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for two weeks and had a few issues. We contacted the owner and they have fixed all of them. They are great! I took off one star since they had to be fixed after we arrived. They came and moved the rocks we had isssue with in the water. They replaced the shades and put in new curtains in the bedrooms. They also told the cleaning crew to come later on our behalf so we could sleep in. We stayed two weeks so they had to come in the middle. They made sure the lawn guys came later in the day as well. Wow, are they great owners. They even said they might think about putting in a king size bed in the master upstairs, since there is room, and getting new linens and blanklets for the beds. Check the vents in the upstairs, if they are not open it gets toasty. Also, fourth bedroom is an office on first floor, just so you know.

The area is supreme. The house was spotless. The TV is very nice as was reception. Kitchen has lots of room and the house is nice and bright. We had a good time and wish all the owners in the big lake were this good.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad your stay was enjoyable, you are welcome back anytime! Just one comment if I could so there is no confusion to any future renters. The mainfloor bedroom is not an office (There is no office furniture, computer, dusty fax machine, etc..), it is merely a bedroom without a closet. It has a queen bed, two night stands, dresser, and two lamps. Hope this helps!
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Oak Park, Illinois

Peaceful and Scenic

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 stayed one week at the "Surf Cottage" this past summer. We didn't want to leave!! The home is so peaceful it's almost dreamy. We could tell it was going to be a relaxing stay when we first pulled into the home. The house is situated on a road that really seemed like more of a big bike path than road. Very peaceful and the views were spectacular. The inside of the home looks like something from a 60's home decorating magazine. There were videos, magazines and old records for us to enjoy. We spent our evenings listening to the turntable and watching The Avengers (I now have to get that series on DVD!) :) I even once used the 60's cookbook in the kitchen. The home was also very clean and well maintained. It's the kind of clean that makes you want to take your shoes off and feel comfortable doing so. I spoke twice to the manager when booking and once before leaving. She was very helpful. During our short stay, we went to Mackinac Island once and the city twice. We had a two fires on the beach and though the beach is long, we never saw another person on it. We were even lucky enough to catch a thunderstorm. We could hear it rumbling from Wisconsin (I think) and over Lake Michigan. It was majestic and big sounding. There is a book in the home with maps that detail things to do and places to eat. We tried two of the restaurants in Petoskey and they were both REALLY good. One was called Julliene Tomatoes and the other was an Asian restaurant (can't remember the name.) I think our favorite restaurant was Legs Inn in Good Heart. It's a polish restaurant on a large bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. One of the nice surprises about the home is that it has two living rooms. The kids were able to play and watch TV in the one with the pool table and my husband and I could watch The Avengers (I will get that series!) in the other. That wasn't something we thought about when we booked the home, but we now know it's almost a requirement with the age range of our kids. There was also a firepit in the backyard (which we didn't use) and a swingset (which the kids did use). We all had room to spread out, yet enjoy each other. Anyway, we are so happy to have found this home. We are definitely coming back and would recommend it to our friends.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
The Surf Cottage

Near Mackinac Island.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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