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John Barden

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish

Unique Gate House Cottage on Historical Water Front Estate.

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Western Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms - 1 queen downstairs plus 3 twins upstairs (ideal for children)

Welcome to Serenity ! Cottage rental on historic waterfront estate.

A unique opportunity to stay at a privately owned historical country estate on Burns Lake.

This lovely two level gate house cottage at the entrance to the old Majors Estate is set back from its own 280 ft. of lake frontage. Built in 7 acres of private landscaped grounds great views from the gardens and house. Why not try the hot tub in the lakefront screen house. Use of our own tennis court & basketball net. Separate games room with pool table, table tennis & other games.

This is an ideal luxury retreat offering peace and quiet yet within easy reach of some of West Michigan's finest attractions.

The main house is also in our ownership so you are free to explore all that this great estate has to offer.

Canoe and paddle boats provided to get close to nature both on the lake or at the edge of the adjacent Manistee National Forest.

  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
John Barden (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish


based on 11 traveler reviews

Unique Gate House Cottage on Historical Water Front Estate.
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews
Indianapolis, IN

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Visit: July 29 - August 5, 2006

We give the cottage on Burns Lake our highest rating! Everything was delightful--the cottage itself, the grounds, the game room, the lake, and of course, our gracious hosts!

No motors are allowed on the lake, and it is just the right size for taking out the (provided) canoe and paddleboat. It is also quiet, with about half the shoreline bordered by the National Forest. Our 5 year old daughter caught scads of panfish and small bass, much to her delight!

The kids also couldn't get enough of the game room; we often had to pull them away from pool and air hockey to enjoy the "real" world.

And enjoy it we did! From pristine Pere Marquette Beach, to the giant dunes of Silver Lake, to the Coast Guard festival in Grand Haven, to the tranquility of Burns Lake itself, we were never at a loss for something keep us entertained.

Our sincere thanks to John and Jan for making our stay a wonderful experience.

M, K, A, and M Brown

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2006
  • Stayed: Jul 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful place to reconnect and enjoy nature!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was everything we hoped it would be and lacked for nothing in the way of accommodations. The surroundings were peaceful and very relaxing. We enjoyed fishing from the paddle boat, tennis, and even tried our hand at table tennis and billiards in the game room. The first night we arrived coincided with the Perseid Meteor shower so one of our favorite memories will be the giant meteor streaking across the sky while we enjoyed a lovely campfire. Thank you John and Janet for providing such a terrific vacation treasure! We highly recommend the cottage to others and plan to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

A relaxing but busy weekend stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a terrific time at the cottage! The owners were both very helpful, present if we needed anything but absolutely never obtrusive. The cottage is small, but we had plenty of room for our family of four. We took advantage of every amenity: we went fishing on the lake (I caught my first bass), jumped on the trampoline, played in the game room, played tennis on the court, and cooked out on the grill. There was a ton to do and see nearby. We especially loved Pere Marquette beach and the amazing ice cream choices at Hometown Creamery. We would recommend this property to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. We would like to say to all family, friends & renters that have stayed with us this summer. THANK YOU all for being awesome guests the cottage has looked great each & every time it was time for us to prepare for the next guests. Each year we meet new people make new friends & welcome back return guests each year for the past 4 summers we just get busier & busier !!! A BIG THANK YOU. John & Jan
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Just What We Wanted

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our two children loved the cottage! It was exceptionally clean and there were no unexpected surprises. My only misinterpretation was that I thought the cottage was right on the lake, but it isn't. It is at the front of the property near the street. It was still wonderful and secluded and is at the end of the dirt road, so it is very quiet and secluded. John and Janet welcomed us our 1st day and respected our privacy for the duration of our stay. They stressed that their property was ours to enjoy. The lake is beautiful and the hot tub at night is awesome! Having two children we enjoyed: the game room and trampoline, go-karts, putt-putt, Michigan Adventures, Coast Guard Festival at Grand Haven, the city of Grand Rapids, and Mac Wood's dune buggy rides through the Silver Lake sand dunes-WOW what a great time! It was a fun-filled and relaxing vacation. Good restaurants are the Lake House and Hobo's Tavern. Bad restaurant is The Boar's and service was bad. We would definitely stay again and recommend to our friends & families.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much we are glad you had such a great vacation. I thought our ad made it clear that the estate was waterfront but that the gate house cottage was set back from the lake. Next season we will add "no lake view from Cottage" Hope to see you again.
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Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

My new hubby and I were looking for a place to get away and decompress. If you are looking for a place to hit "reset" and to eliminate the stresses of city life - this is it! Even though internet/tv/cell phone use is available - I recommend just turning them off! The peaceful and natural environment at this cottage are incredibly therapeutic. This place is a Gem!

The cottage is cute, clean, cozy and comfortable. The grounds are well kept and open - lots of space to play lawn games or just take a nice stroll. We were too lazy to take advantage of the game room but it could entertain kids and adults for hours. We did enjoy getting out on the lake in the paddle boat and dinner outdoors in the screened in gazebo. The hot tub overlooking the lake as the sun set was heaven!

Thank you Jan and John for opening up the cottage to us!

Hospitality 5/5

Cleanliness 5/5

Comfort 5/5

Value 5/5

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. Glad you had a great time. Hope to see you again. John & Jan
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A wonderful getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

This is the fourth time we have stayed at the cottage and were pleased as always with our two-week stay. John and Jan are such a nice couple and made an extra effort to ensure that we were happy and well taken care of. The cottage has air conditioning, cable and Internet access as well as a washer and dryer. This is indeed a peaceful place to stay. My wife and I canoed nearly every day on the calm lake and took advantage of the game room and tennis court. The cottage is in easy driving distance of places such as Muskegon State Park, Grand Haven (good shopping) and Meijer (groceries) as well as various restaurants (make sure and stop at the Hometown Creamery for ice cream on M-120/Holton Road!!!). Do yourself a favor and try it definitely won't be disappointed!! : )

Chris Quarto

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Car: recommended

Fishing, wildlife and bird watching, boating and lake swimming from the property.

Burns Lake prohibits motors but access is available to the adjacent lake which allows the use of both motor boats and jet skis.

A short drive to Michigan's Adventure Amusement and Water Park. Beautiful Lake Michigan beaches 20 minutes away. Several outstanding public golf courses. Horse riding and thoroughbred racing close by. Silverside WWII Submarine Tours, Muskegon and White Lake Summer Festivals including excellent theater and concerts. Dune Buggy Rides and Trails.

Fall season offers local color tours with winter season skiing, tubing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling, snowfests all within easy reach.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 2 2016 - Sep 2 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40

Cottage Rental $1200 per week June through August.
$ 950 per week Winter Spring & Fall.

Saturday to Saturday preferred. 3 Day minimum rental. 5% discount for bookings over 7 nights.
Nightly price of $175 is based on 3 night stay. At certain times 2 nights maybe available at the rate of $200 per night.
Prices are for max of 5 guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Western Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 3 twin/ single
  • Upstairs bedroom approached by a narrow staircase. Ideally suits children or young adults.
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
1 queen bed downstairs & 3 twins beds upstairs. Twin beds ideal for children or young adults, approached by narrow staircase. Canoe, paddle boat and all furniture, linen, crockery included, just bring yourselves and beach towels. Cottage re roofed summer 2012 & new kitchen fitted.

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