This Cottage is located on one of the most secluded sandy beaches in Good Hart, Michigan, 18 Miles North of Harbor Springs The house sits at the edge of the forest with a 160-degree view of lake Michigan. From our HUGE 50’ X 25’ sun filled deck with gas grill, table & chairs, you look out across 250’ of beach grass covered sand dunes to our wide sandy beach. With only a few other houses nearby, quiet and privacy surround you.
Like the deck, the main living/dining room and adjacent kitchen are dominated by the big view of sky water and beach.The living/dining areas have seating for 6. The covered back deck faces into a quiet forest. The master bed/bath room with big closet is on this main floor next to the kitchen. Overlooking the main room is a high-ceilinged sleeping loft with one double and one twin bed. The lower level has another bedroom with a queen bed, a bathroom, laundry, 2 closets and a garage for the storage of outdoor gear. Facing the beach next to the front deck is a spacious outdoor shower & hidden behind the first dune is a fire pit area to enjoy.
We have have constantly upgraded the house. Adding the outside deck (2012), outside shower stall (2015), new beds and furniture inside and out (2014-2016), 5 sets of new sliding doors on the main floor, a new big window and replacing all other windows in the lower level of the house which was also repainted (2017). These new windows in the lower level bedroom add both a water view and ventilation to the room.
Wireless phones, cable TV and wireless Internet allow you to connect with the world when and if you have to. But if you choose to disconnect from the world... the light, view and privacy will actually help you be away from it at all.
When you are here the water is right in front of you, down the gently sloped path 250 feet away. We do not have one of those rocky beaches like you find many places 'Up North' so walking around and swimming on our sandy beaches is always easy.The beach varies from year to year and month to month. As the lake level has risen 4 feet in the past 5 years the beach has changed. Out front we used to have a sandy point jutting out 600-700 feet with small trees and shrubs growing up and down the beach. Now we have a straight sandy beach and all the shrubs and trees are gone. The outcrop is hidden under the water but you can still find it and walk out several hundred feet before you get to 5 feet of water. You can walk up and down our beaches for miles if you choose. When you decide to sit and swim, pick a place you like, just respect other neighbors up and down the beach and try to enter the water near our cottage.
You can easily walk a Kayak or Paddle Board down to the beach. It is not possible to get Jet skis or any other kind of watercraft into the water over our property. You could neither drive them or drag them by hand to the waters edge.This is also not an area where you can anchor a boat in the water overnight.
In this Scenic Northern Michigan area you have easy access via M-119 and the famous 'Tunnel of Trees” to Bicycling, Golf, Fishing, Tennis, Kayaking, River Rafting and just about any other outdoor activity. There are several antique stores in the area. In the spring forests filled with the white Trillium flowers surround you. In the fall you are surrounded by the intense fall colors and the sounds of the lake.
The amenities of Harbor Springs and Petoskey with shopping, restaurants and cultural activities are only 20 to 45 minutes south of the house. Kayak and bicycle rentals are available here thru 'The Outfitters' in Harbor Springs.
Pond Hill Farm several miles south on 119 offers a wonderful local organic produce and specialty foods.
Your daily newspapers, coffee and sandwiches etc. can be found at the Good Hart General store 3 miles south along with several other small stores.
Cross Village 6 miles to the north has the famous Leggs Inn with Polish food, music and outrageous bar. Here also is the closest gas station and another larger general store and several other stores. 'Tree Pines Art Center' is the most impressive. This gallery has a large selection of local artists work on display and numerous workshops and classes, some for children.
Sturgeon Bay, a few miles north of Cross village offers more clear water to swim, sandy beaches and giant sand dunes to explore by foot. When the winds are blowing, Sturgeon Bay without a doubt is the best local spot for windsurfing and kite boarding. Just past Sturgeon Bay a nighttime Sky Park has opened.
Further north famous Mackinac Island is only 30 minutes from the house .
Eating out around here is the 'Douglas Lake Bar and Grill' east of Pellston and is worth the 30 minute ride. It is our favorite place for local fish dining. 'The Fish' on State rd. is half way to Harbor. ' Moosejaw' has the Pizza and Burgers. The 'Family Style Fried Chicken Dinner' at 'The Dam Site' allows you to experience an older style of dining and see the only MOD 60's High style Cocktail bar in Northern Michigan. It has to be seen to be believed.
Renters must supply their own towels and bed linens for our 2 Queen, 1 Double and 1 twin beds
Smokers are welcome but outside only please.
Dogs are considered, we just need to talk before we say yes.
Our property is a warm weather rental we do not have WINTER RENTALS.
Our house is able to hold 6 guests at a time. If your group has more then 6 people we are not going to be able to assist you. Our house is just not big enough.
Our property is rented only for small family size group vacations. Our Rental property is not available for any kind of event such as a wedding, or parties. This house and property are not able to accommodate crowds and more than 3 vehicles. An “Event” at the property will be considered a violation of your rental agreement. Your Rental Agreement will be cancelled and you will be required to vacate the property immediately. Your rent and Security Deposit will be forfeited.
WE HAVE A $75.00 CLEANING CHARGE PER RENTAL.