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Charming Lakeside Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath wtih laundry room, sleeps 4-6

Adorable private cottage perched on a small hill overlooking an 'all sports' lake in west/central Michigan. Property is heavily wooded and peaceful.

Primary activities on the property for guests are relaxing, boating, sitting around a firepit, barbequeing, games, and visiting local activities. While children are welcome, the cottage is generally more suitable for adults seeking a relaxing place to 'get away from it all'.

Country-style cottage offers large modern kitchen, dining area with 'office nook', and comfortable living room - all with lake views. During the fall of 2012, the living room was enlarged as well as the outdoor patio to allow more space for relaxing.

Cozy bedrooms offer queen-size beds and and living room offers full-size sofa bed. Central air-conditioning, cable TV, WiFi, complete laundry, and soft-water are extra conveniences. Cottage is fully equiped - kitchen has all major tools - linens are also included.

Sunny patio with picnic table and charcoal grill can be found just outside the living room facing the lake. Gradual steps meander from patio area down to lake front, fire-pit, benches, and dock. Paddle boat, canoe, kayak, and rowboat are included for guests with life-vests. If desired, guests may moor their own small power boat at the dock..

The distance from the cottage to the waterfront is about 90 feet. The water front has a wooden sea-wall, dock, and a sand area (about 12 ft wide) to walk into the water. Water is warm in summer and shallow - about 3-4 feet in depth at end of dock. The lake bottom is solid and shallow for about 8-10 ft out and then there will be some weeds in the water. Very safe for paddling around, floating, and small boats. Water color is greenish brown due to tanins from numerous oak trees. Beyond dock is a no-wake zone to enter into larger lake. Lake is categorized as an 'all sports' lake.

Cottage is convenient to village of Newaygo (about 5 miles) and within 60 minutes of larger-city environments and Lake Michigan beach.

Numerous activities within a 45-60 minute drive include:

Shrine in the Pines - furniture museum with all items made from tree roots. Very unusual and high quality.

Manistee State Forest 200+ miles of forestland with a 92 mile nature trail (walking, biking, etc)

Michigan Adventure Amusement Park (with many water slides, roller coasters, petting zoo, etc.)

Scenic drives

Meijer Gardens and statuary exhibits (nationally recognized)

Lake Michigan beaches in Muskegon

Indian casinos with 90 minutes

Day trips from the cottage include many great activities such as:

Grand Haven waterfront and Coast Guard Festival (nationally recognized - starts end of July). One of the most famous waterfronts in Michigan and charming small town. The official Coast Guard City of the United States.

Muskegon waterfront and 'Timberland Museums & Mansions' (highlighting the history of logging in West Michigan. Several interesting historic 'mansion tours'.

Holland - internationally famous for the Tulip Festival (in May). Area has beautiful beaches, restaurants, destination shopping, an authentic Windmill from the Netherlands, and many other attractions. Dutch museum, historical homes, and upscale downtown shopping.

Saugatuck Village and Venetian Festival (July). Historic Saugatuck harbour with riverboat cruises. Film festival (Venetian) celebrates independent cinema. Village has the feel of a historical New England community with fine dining and excellent shopping.

Traverse City -one of the most beautiful cities in Michigan, famous for Grand Traverse Bay, sailing, skiing, restaurants, and its location next to the Lelanau Penninsula and Sleeping Bear Dunes. These areas are well known for the beautiful scenery, beach areas, wine country, and the internationally known Cherry Festival (early July).

Mackinaw Island and the Mackina Bridge. The bridge is the longest in the NA and spans the straights of Machinaw connecting the lower penninsula with the upper. The island is a turn of the century Victorian experience - visitors get they by ferry and no cars are allowed on the island. Horse carriages and bikes are available on the island for rent. A visit to Mackinaw would require about 3-4 hrs (one way) so the day would be long, but very worthwhile.

Local area and support available:: The area is definitely casual . . . local area restaurants offer a country and western feel/music . . . jeans are the most appropriate. Bring comfortable shoes and a sweater/light jacket in summer. Also be prepared for water activities such as fishing, canoeing, and tubing down the Muskegon River (if desired).

Many conveniences within 5 miles including grocery store, pharmacy, and discount stores, and acess to Muskegon River activities. All the basics are available.

There is a hospital within 20 miles.

Importants rules to consider:: This cottage is immaculate. We work very hard to provide a modern, clean, and 'cute' cottage that provides all of the amenities of home, but overlooking a medium/small lake. In order to maintain that level of quality, we must insist on some rules be adherred to. Most of our guests have been outstanding, but occasionally our standards for cleanliness are considerably higher than what some guests are comfortable with. We expect guests to maintain the cottage in excellent condition and be reasonably concerned with cleanliness. We must be honest . . . if maintaining a reasonably clean environment is a burden for you, please find another place to stay. The rules are:

No more than six people may stay overnight.

The cottage must be maintained with light housekeeping. Leaving a messy, dirty cottage behind is not acceptable and result in loss of security deposit. Even 'excessive' cleaning to restore the cottage will result in loss of part or all of the deposit. .

If you use our supplies, replace them. We put them there only to help you get started, not as gifts.

No large parties are permitted. Family gatherings are fine, but please respect the neighbors.

Absolutely no smoking, drug use, or excessive drinking.

Absolutely no damage will be tolerated and will result in loss of security deposit.

More Details

Property Manager
Jerry Komejan
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Jerry Komejan

We are a professional couple that also have had a personal cottage on Brooks Lake for 14 years. In fact, we have been visiting this lake for over 30 years as we have had friends there for a long time.

We currently live in Holland, Michigan and have been lifelong West Michigan residents. Our college degrees are from Hope College which is a private liberal arts college in Holland and then we have been working for large corporations based in West Michigan. People who know us describe us as extremely high integrity, very committed doing everything 'right', and being good people to work with. Of course, we are not perfect, but we try to do the very best that we can - in our own lives and in our work with others. It's just very important to us to set high standards.

In addition to our roots here, we have traveled the world extensively for business and pleasure - we have met so many wonderful people everywhere in our travels and at Lilac Cottage.

Jerry Komejan purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Jerry Komejan chose Newaygo

After visiting this lake for many years, we finally had the opportunity to purchase a home on the lake in 1999. We restored this home over a period of several years. Then, in 2006, when the property next door became available, we decided to purchase it and build Lilac Cottage as a rental.

From the onset, we wanted to provide a unique experience for our guests. We had heard so many 'horror' stories of people renting cottages and being very disappointed when they arrived and actually saw the property. Often, we heard of cottages being so dirty that the first day would be consumed with cleaning it themselves. Also, we heard stories of cottages in poor repair with shoddy furniture, appliances, and not fully equipped.

We decided to provide a very clean cottage with all of the modern amenities . . . a place we would love to stay in ourselves (and we are very picky people). So we built the cottage - well insulated, oak woodwork, cute decor, nice carpet, good furniture, good equipment, extra clean, nice linens, multiple TVs, a small stereo with music, games, etc. There would be no 'roughing it' for our guests. And outside, there would be a nice patio, chairs, a good grill, several small 'fun' boats, etc.

Our efforts paid off. We have repeat guests every year and even our new guests comment on how the cottage is the nicest one they have every rented. We are very proud of that.

So yes, our standards are high. We expect our guests to treat our property kindly - that way, we can continue to provide a very nice experience for our visitors.

What makes this cottage unique

This property has very nice lake views and is a wonderful, relaxing place to just sit on the patio or around a firepit next to the water. This is why we describe the cottage as a 'relaxing get away'. It's a way to be in a casual environment and still have the amenties of a modern and ultra-clean cottage.

For people who want to 'get away from it all', this is a good place to be.

We have tried to provide many amenties that make it possible to just come without hauling a lot of extras along. We provide bikes, small boats, books, music, magazines, towels, etc. etc. The idea is that all you have to bring is yourself and buy your own 'consumables'.

We also take great pride in the initial impression that we always hear from our visitors . . . 'This is so much more than I expected!' That is our goal.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This cottage is phnominal! Everything you need is provided and then more. The condition is immaculate, updated, and much roomier than the pictures show. The owners were very accomodating with a through cottage tour, a lake tour in their pontoon, a welcome meal, and a listing of nearby sites and eateries. We specifically liked the Shrine in the Pines, Croton Dam, and the local resturants. For a quite, peaceful, relaxing get-a-way - this is the place. I would highly recommed it.
Aug 2011
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Newaygo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • River
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , with sink and laundry
  • Half bath includes vanity and full laundry with washer and dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedrooms are 10 x 10 with restful decor and large closets. Sofa sleeper in living room is double bed. All linens included. TV in each bedroom with cable. Mattresses are good.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch Furniture
  • Sand Box
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Property is long and narrow - about 50 wide and 300 feet long. Very quiet because it is set back from the road and cottage is well insulated. Most of the property is shady. We provide enough firewood for guests to use the firepit at least two times. More wood can be purchased very affordably. On weekends, there are people around the lake using fireworks. We ask our guests to refrain from using fireworks for safety reasons.


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Charming Lakeside Cottage
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 35 reviews

Exceeded Expectations

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is beautiful and exactly as the pictures depicted. It is very comfortable and has everything needed to just unpack and enjoy! Fully equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 1 and 1/2 baths, laundry, cable, wi-fi, central air, bikes, paddle boat, kayaks, fire pit, games, movies, music, books, and the list goes on and on. Wonderful views with its own dock and lake access on a quiet inlet of Brooks Lake. Conveniently close to Newaygo to get supplies, go to restaurants and shopping. From the moment we unpacked it felt like home. It really made our vacation enjoyable and we will definitely return next year. Thanks to Jerry for being a great host!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful week at this cottage on Brooks Lake. Idyllic setting with plenty of spots to enjoy the property and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the lake via canoe, paddle boat and 2 person kayak. The home had comfy beds, plenty of room and everything you might need. Spotless and very friendly, responsive and helpful owner!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful week in Newaygo!

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased with our stay at the Lilac cottage. It was so well kept and charming. Jerry and his wife have made this cottage a home away from home. We were so pleased with the attention to detail and all the amenities available. We enjoyed all the boats and fished off the dock every day. My husband caught the biggest bass of his life which we cooked on the grill! The dogs were in heaven playing in the water and having the time of their lives. Jerry gave us a pontoon ride around the lake the day of arrival which was so thoughtful. We will definitely rent this lovely place again next year! Thank you again Jerry for letting us rent this gem! Hope to see you next summer :)

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place to catch your breath

  • 4 of 5

Cannot say enough good things about the owner or his attention to detail. The cottage has everything you need. Great times again. Yep, we stayed last year too.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A simply wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

The Lilac Cottage was the perfect away home for our visit to Western Michigan. Jerry, the host, was wonderful and gave us a pontoon boat trip around this clean and pretty lake. The cottage was fully equipped with everything one would need, just like home. I was the cook in our group and there was every pot, pan and utensil that I could think of. The cottage has every amenity and is sparkling clean and well kept. There was a choice of kayaks, canoes, rowboats and a paddle boat that we took out on the lake. A fire pit down by the lake capped off every evening with a nice fire. The Newaygo area adjacent to the Manistee National forest provided plenty of opportunity for hiking and canoing, kayaking and tube floating down the Muskegon River. Newaygo has some quaint shops and an excellent brew pub. Our week was much to short and we will definitely go to Lilac Cottage again next year. Thank you Jerry for such a well spent week.

Tom , Ann and Jan.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage with a great lake view!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice cottage with a beautiful view! It was peaceful and relaxing. Jerry (the owner) offered to show us around the lake on his pontoon, but instead we took him in our new boat! He was very informative, and a really nice person. We enjoyed staying at the lilac cottage.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Kent International Airport, Grand Rapids, MI
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Pilgrim's Run
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Brooks Lake
Car: necessary

Home is located in Newaygo, Michigan on Brooks Lake. The area is rural and adjacent to the Manistee State Forest. Local activities include river tubing and canoe rentals for the Muskegon River. Fishing in Brooks Lake and the Muskegon River is considered very good.

Boating is a major passtime for the area, not only on Brooks Lake, but in the Muskegon River reservoir area nearby. Included in the rental are several small boats for use on Brooks Lake, including a canoe, kayak, paddle boat, and row boat. The general area and property is wooded with nature trails and hiking opportunities nearby. The immediate area around Brooks Lake and adjacent Hess Lake offers many lakefront seasonal cottages where residents enjoy the relaxing environment..

Within 1-2 hours drive of Lilac Cottage are many major attractions including: access to Lake Michigan beaches, museums, fine dining, museums, zoo, and some of the most beautiful scenery in West Michigan. The Michigan Adventure amusement park and 2 indian casinos are within 1-2 hours drive. Activities such as river tubing, boating, cycling, nature trails are within 10-30 minutes of the cottage.

Golf: Two excellent golf courses (one is nationally renown) are within 30 minutes drive,.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $0

Rental rate is $950.00 per week. Check in time is noon Saturday and check out time is 3:00 pm the following Friday.
Fall rates are reduced from summer to 770 per week (Saturday to Friday afternoon). Rate is based on up to 4 renters, additional charge may be made for either 5 or 6 renters.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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