House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-14)
About Valerie Byrnes
We are a small family owned business.
Valerie Byrnes purchased this House in 2006
Why Valerie Byrnes chose Harbor Springs
The Surf Cottage is on 4 acres of private land with 150' sandy Lake Michigan beach.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Pretty cottage & beach
This property was absolutely perfect for our family to get away for a long weekend! The yard was so pretty with the trillium blooming. We used the fire pit area and the kids enjoyed the swing set. The beach was private and enjoyable, we made the trip down to the beach multiple times a day to enjoy it. I would highly recommend staying at the Surf Cottage!
We had a great time! This home met all our needs! There were 14 of us that stayed there and we never felt cramped! The sunset over Lake Michigan was breathtaking.
Nice family ski trip location
We enjoyed the house. It was plenty big for our 4 families to have separate spaces for the evening, but be together for meals, inclusive of 4 kids and 9 adults. The location has beautiful views of the lake, the accommodations and amenities are basic like a rental and we were happy with it for the price. And though the listing says sleeps 14, it was less than ideal for that many adults, but we made it work. Two of the bedrooms have twin bunk beds which are really sized for children. We'd have preferred for the adults to be able to sleep in the rooms with closed doors, while the kids don't mind futon sleeping in the open family rooms. It would have been nice to have a place in the entry just inside the door to hang coats, hats, heavy winter items, etc. There are boot trays, but there is no coat closet nor sufficient wall hooks (besides a dainty mirror) to hang your gear when you enter. Surprising for a place I'd expect to rent during ski season, but perhaps its mainly a warm weather rental. We made great memories. Thanks for making it possible.
Thanks for the review; glad you had a great time!
And to anyone interested in booking our home, we absolutely encourage you to read through our VRBO listing to be sure our accommodations are right for you before booking. Our listing contains info on our beautiful location, amenities, rates, extensive photos of the homes interior, number of bedrooms, types of beds, and much more.
To clarify: the bunkbeds are not specially sized for children. They were purchased at Art Van Furniture in Traverse City Mi. They are standard twin size mattress bunk beds. They are standard weight limit per federal law on bunk bed manufacturers of 200lbs per bunk. We have many guests thru over the years with no reported issues.
Also, yes, the home is overwhelmingly used for warmer weather usage. Surprisingly no one has ever mentioned not having a place to hang coats over the last 12 years. Adding a coat rack would be a good idea. We should have it added by next ski season!
Thanks again and see you next time!
Home was very cozy (and clean.) Thank you!
Beautiful and peaceful
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? ;)
Wonderful home, beautiful setting
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!!
Near Mackinac Island.