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Unique Gate House Cottage on Historical Water Front Estate.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

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.

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John Barden
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 31, 2016


Twin Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
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.
  • limited accessibility
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Unique Gate House Cottage on Historical Water Front Estate.
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 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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Rochester Hills, MI

Way more than we expected

  • 5 of 5

You never know what you're going to get when booking on Homeaway. You can't tell how soft the bed is, how good the drinking water is, and what the environment of the area is like. We were blown away with this rental.

Let's start with the house. Did I mention it's located on an estate on a dead end road? SUPER QUIET in this area. All I could hear were crickets at night. No traffic, no neighbor noise, awesome. The property is about 350' x 500'. Our two dogs loved playing ball in the yard. Working from the road to the lake, there's a nice tennis court in the corner, a game room is an out building with table tennis, pool, bowling pins, air hockey, tennis and badminton rackets (there's a net in the yard as well). Beyond the game room is the main house, a fountain, the hot tub, and finally the beach area. They have a paddle boat and canoe (we took the paddle boat out for a bit), and the water is clean and warm. The dogs loved fetching sticks we threw into the lake.

The house is 3 levels, with steep stairs leading up and down. Probably not conducive if you're old or aren't mobile, but I had no problem with them. The bed is a queen which is very comfortable, and there are a couple of portable AC units in the house. The drinking water quality is awesome. I don't know if there's "city water" in this area, but if this is well water, you can't tell. No sulfur smell or strange taste. Little things like this make this more "home" than "away".

The house has xFinity Wifi as well as a router and I had no problem getting cell reception (verizon) at the house.

If you haven't been to this area, there is plenty to do if you hike or play golf. Stonegate golf club is a very nice track within 10 minutes of the house, and Muskegon State Park, and Silver Lake Park are within 25 and 40 min respectively. We definitely need to come back to explore more of the trails at Muskegon State Park, and the dunes at Silver Lake are super cool.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from 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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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

Twin Lake Cottage Rental Rates

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.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

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