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Cozy Knotty Pine Lake Front Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 4

Cottage is perfect for a small family or two couples. Located on the west shore of Houghton Lake, this cottage looks out on the waters of the North Bay. The cottage has the quaint knotty pine look of these early cottages. The association beach has a sandy bottom. Other association amenities include a sandbox, and fire pit (bring your own wood). NO PETS PLEASE.

Not Included: Towels,


Toilet Paper,

Paper Towels,

Water Toys,


Association Rules: Since our cottage is a part of a condominium association, there are rules to which all guests must adhere for all to have a safe and pleasant experience:

1) Quiet hours of 11:00p.m. - 8:00a.m. are to be observed.

2) **Vehicles, other than renters', are discouraged** No more than two vehicles per unit are to be parked near the unit in which you are staying. Additional vehicles, including trailers, are to be parked on the west end of the property, parallel to the drive on the south side of the drive, to prevent rutting.

3) **Pets are not allowed in this rental cottage.** Pets are to be kept on a leash not longer than 10ft. in length; owners are expected to clean up all pet debris as soon as such debris is discovered.

4) No immoral or unlawful conduct, including foul language, is permitted on the property. This is a 'family' resort.

5) All trash is to be placed in the container at the entrance to the property. Please double bag all garbage.

6) Common courtesy is to be extended to all owners and guests at all times

Association Rules Continued: 7) Tents, campers or screen houses are NOT permitted at any time.

8) No vehicles are permitted beyond the drive on the east end of the property (i.e. vehicles are not permitted near the fire pit or waterfront).

9) Do not take firewood from other units. If you wish to have a fire, you must bring your own firewood.

Note: These guidelines represent only highlights from the official documents of the Northwood Bay Condo Association. Owners and guests are expected to adhere to all Association guidelines as indicated in such documents.


More Details

Tom Gunning
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Tom Gunning

My wife and I are now retired from our main work. I continue to work during tax season and have been doing taxes since 2000. I'm a Mechanical Engineer and Businessman and my wife is a Teacher.

Tom Gunning purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Tom Gunning chose Northern Michigan

Property had previously been owned by my wife's cousin. Houghton Lake in this area allows shorter docks, sandy bottom swim area, and reasonable close to most things.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello, I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at your cottage! It is so warm and cozy and we feel like we are home. Two days are not enough, my mom and dad are getting up there in age and they love to go up there because we have been going up there since 1964, that's a long time. We still know people who we met when we vacationed there and we always get to visit with them still. I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful weekend, we will rent your cottage any time, and we love that we don't have to make the beds when we get there. Have a great evening.
Sep 2016
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Houghton Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • One piece plastic shower stall installed in 2000 with grab bar.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Curtain divider
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Curtain divider
  • Bedrooms are small, but comfortable and adequate. Bedrooms do not have doors, but have curtains for privacy. Storage is limited.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Cozy Knotty Pine Lake Front Cottage
average rating of 4.5789475 based on 20 reviews

Very cozy

  • 4 of 5

We were very satisfied with our short stay of 3 days. The cottage was very clean and had all the necessities that we needed. I would recommend staying in this cottage.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're happy you enjoyed your stay. Come back when you can. Tom & Kathy Gunning
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Nice cabin but parking was less then desirable for parking a boat

  • 3 of 5

Nice cabin we enjoyed our stay

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: With 6 cabins on one drive, it can get challenging with vehicles during busy periods. Glad you enjoyed your stay! Tom & Kathy Gunning
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We'll be back!

  • 5 of 5

Very cute and clean. Kids enjoyed the water a bit even though it was cool this week. We had an enjoyable and relaxing stay. We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Can't wait to come back

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at the Cozy Knotty Pine Lake Front Cottage twice now, and cannot wait to go back! The cottage is very clean and "cozy". It is PERFECT for our family of four. We ate every meal on the porch, overlooking the beautiful lake. The dock is right out the front door and perfect for swimming and fishing. Large windows create a nice breeze, but fans are available within the cabin for warmer nights.

Tom and Cathy are wonderful to work with! I would definitely recommend this cottage to family and friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laura, Thank you for the wonderful review! You're welcome to share out cottage when you can. Tom & Kathy Gunning
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It was great!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time, the weather was good most of the week, but you can't control that. We were pleased with the cottage and felt at home. The place was very Clean and well maintained. The beds were very comfortable and it was a plus that we had our beds already made when we arrived. Its a little small for a family but great for 2 or 4 adults. Great place and hope to rent it again. And loved having fans already there we put ours back in the car. The only think we didn't like about the place is we couldn't dock our boat at the dock, had to anchor it in the water.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, It's always nice to hear that people had a good time and enjoyed our cottage. Thank you for your kind thoughts! Because our cottage is a part of an association, we have to abide by the rules of the association. One of those rules is that boats cannot be docked for an extended period unless they are on a lift. With the size and shallowness of the lake, summer storms have a way of coming up and creating waves that can cause dock damage with the boat in the water. Docks are just too expensive! And so are the boats!
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Awesome Vacation Get-a-way

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I needed a vacation and decided to choose this beautiful little 2 bedroom cabin located on West Shore of Houghton Lake. It was the best choice we could have made. The access to the water couldn't have been any easier. My husband and I are both avid fisherman so the water access was perfect. However, if you don't have a boat to go fishing, no fear, you can fish right of the end of the dock located directly in front the cabin. We also met some wonderful people who live year round in cabins behind the cabin we stayed in they were so friendly and helpful with this being our first stay in the Houghton Lake area in over 20 years. We liked it so much we are thinking of buying a cabin close to this one. The cabin was very clean and well laid out. The back screened in porch and deck were so nice to have and a perfect place to enjoy our morning coffee, over-looking the beautiful water. Would recommend this stay to anyone looking for a clean and well equipped place to stay. Only thing we needed to bring was our selfs, some towels and our food, can't get any easier than that! Thanks Tom for allowing my husband and I to enjoy your beautiful cabin and if we do not get our own soon enough, we will be contacting you again,

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Quest
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Houghton Lake Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Season
May 14 2017 - Jun 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Season
Jun 18 2017 - Oct 14 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Late Season
Oct 15 2017 - Nov 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $50

Weeks are Sunday-Sunday
From $450 per week off season, $800 per week in season.
Minimum off season rental $180/ 3 weekdays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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