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Beautiful Northern Michigan Lake Cottage

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Indian River Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Enjoy dazzling sunsets from your deck overlooking scenic Burt Lake!

Home Features:

Our cottage is a newer construction completed in spring 2008. It features a bright, open floor plan with loft. You can relax inside with stunning lake views through the two story “wall of windows” overlooking the water, or feel the cool lake breezes on the screened in porch with attached deck. There are pine ceilings throughout and a stone fireplace for an authentic 'rustic' feel, as well as a large, modern kitchen, full sized laundry room, and flat yard with picnic table on the lake side (see the link below for additional pictures)! The cottage is very well maintained, as it really is our familiy's 'home away from home'. We only rent it out a few weeks a year.

Property Features:

The secluded, wooded lot includes 90 feet of private beach front. Enjoy listening to the waves wash up against the beautiful smooth rock beach, or take a relaxing swim off the end of the dock, where the lake depth is 3-4 feet, with sandy bottom, for approximately 100 yards beyond the end of the dock. Burt lake is crystal clear - PERFECT FOR SWIMMING!! A twelve acre nature preserve immediately behind the property and the 'Seven Springs' nature preserve about a mile away offer great hiking. The property also includes a buoy for mooring small (less than 20ft) boats and use of a canoe. Two of the bedrooms feature queen sized beds, one of the bedrooms includes a standard double bed and a crib, and the forth bedroom includes bunk beds (perfect for the kids).

Be sure to see additional pictures by clicking on the 'CLICK HERE - More Photos of the Property' link below!

Area Features:

Burt lake is on northern Michigan’s “inland waterway” that includes a chain of four lakes and four fully navigable rivers. Nearby attractions include Mackinac Island, the Mackinac Bridge, and the charming resort towns of Harbor Springs and Petoskey. Sport and pontoon boat rentals are available at several local marinas. Other nearby activities include hiking, golf, horseback riding, and canoe and rafting trips.

Keywords: Lake Cottage

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Joe

Our family has been spending our summers on Burt Lake since 1952, when my grandparents bought the property. The original cottage in which I spent my childhood summers was built in 1907. Unfortunately, time took its toll, and we had to replace the old cottage with a new one in 2007. Today, our family spends several weeks a summer at Burt Lake, and we rent out the cottage to help with the financial costs of rebuilding. The new place is beautiful. We custom designed the floor plan to take best advantage of the location. It is bright and open. You can see the lake from almost every room (except the bathrooms and one bedroom) in the 'cottage' - even the laundry room has a lake view!

Joe purchased this cottage in 1952

What makes this cottage unique

We love our time on Burt Lake. It helps us connect with nature and with each other as a family. We always return refreshed, recharged, and ready to face the 'real world' again. Everyone in our family (including our two pre-school aged daughters) agree that their very favorite memories are those 'at the lake'. The environment is so relaxing - the lake air, the sound of the waves during the occasionally breezy night, and the quiet setting on a gravel road with a large woods (with hiking trails) directly behind the property makes for the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of our normal lives. Plus, there is always something to do - swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking, sight seeing, or shopping in one of the nearby resort towns - when simply relaxing on the deck is not enough!


based on 7 traveler reviews

Beautiful Northern Michigan Lake Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Quiet, peaceful, retreat

  • 5 of 5

We spent our 40th anniversary along with another couple at this lovely lake house. The Decour was homey and friendly with many antiques. Lots of Lodge Decour which we love made us feel right at home. you never felt like you were in someone else's home but your own. Very kid friendly with lots of ample supplies available for kids and adults to entertain theirselves. We enjoyed putting the puzzle together that was there at the house and sitting in the living room enjoying the fireplace and the amazing view of the lake. I actually read a book. We were there when it was a little bit cold but we still were able to Wade in the water and collect stones to bring home. The owners have thought of every possible thing to make your stay more pleasant Even water shoes of all sizes for the beach are available in the screen room. The price for this home and what you get was the BEST we found in the area. The large spacious bedrooms are far from each other which make this a great retreat for couples. Tons of privacy if you want it and together space, if you don't. For some people a con may be that there is not Wi-Fi or a large screen television but for us it was wonderful to revert back to actually communicating with each other and not using handheld devices to entertain ourselves. The guys golfed at the Indian Lake course twice and loved it. We loved the house so much we only did site seeing one day during our 5-day stay. We hope to be able to come again and enjoy this beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Lake House

  • 5 of 5

My extended family and I had the pleasure of staying in this comfortable lake front house in June of 2015. It was everything we hoped. Cool mornings, warm days and beautiful evenings, combined with the view of the lake and the deck over looking it, made for a great week. The house had more than enough room for our group of five adults and four teenagers. The dock into the lake was a big hit. There are so many things to do and see within a short drive, we had plenty of choices. We would definitely return to Burt Lake and to this house.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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relaxing and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed the location of this Burt lake Cottage very much. It was a comfortable house with plenty of room for the adults and kids to have a great vacation.

The views are spectacular. There are things to do in town, or just sit at the lake and enjoy the calm. We would go back to Burt Lake and this cottage.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oswego, Illinois

Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of eight stayed at this beautiful location. It was more than comfortable for that size group with a great floor plan. We loved the big and well-stocked kitchen, comfy great room, big deck, the dock for swimming, the canoeing and the amazing sunsets! Great location as it is close to Petoskey and Mackinac Island. Even the little town of Indian River offers some fun shopping and eateries, we enjoyed our waitress and the laid back atmosphere of "The Inn Between" as well as the food.

An overall great family vacation!!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beauiful property

  • 5 of 5

My family had the opportunity of renting this property the 1st week of June. The property is beautiful and the cottage is very well maintained. It's a perfect place for a family vacation. The bedrooms were big and accommodating for all 6 adults and 3 small children. The 3 bathrooms were extremely helpful at bath time!

The kitchen is completely stocked with all pots/pans, dishes, etc that we needed and was large enough to fit our entire family. The cottage is centrally located to all the places we visited (Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix) and the lake is great for fishing (or swimming when it warms up.)

We will definitely be taking more family vacations to this property in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Frankenmuth Michigan

Family Outing

  • 5 of 5

The rental was perfect. Exactly as advertised with no surprises. The facility was clean with a nice floorplan layout and well stocked with kitchen supplies. The lake was beatiful. This is a great location in Michigan within 45 min is many different options for Dining, Shopping, etc.

A definite place to revisit

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Rates & Availability

Indian River Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 6 2017 - Jun 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early summer
Jun 24 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late summer
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $125

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Indian River Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - Attached to master bedroom on first floor
    Bathroom 2 - Upstairs in the loft area between bedrooms 3 and 4
    Bathroom 3 - On first floor
  • 2.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , First floor with attached full bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Second floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , First floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Second floor - has bunk beds plus an additional twin bed
  • All bedrooms except bedroom 2 have lake views.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Small canoe, 60 ft dock, mooring buoy

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