This is the 9th year we have rented our Spacious mid 60’s A-frame cottage. The Cottage is located in Good Hart, Michigan, 18 Miles North of Harbor Springs on one of the most secluded waterfront beaches you will ever find. The house sits at the edge of the forest with a 160 degree view of lake Michigan. From our recently built HUGE 50’X25’ sun filled deck with gas grill, table & chairs you look out across 250’ of beach grass covered sand dunes to our wide sand beach. The wide sandy beach stretches for over a mile to the north and south of us. With only several other houses on the road, quiet and privacy surround you. The wide sandy beach stretches for over a mile to the north and south of us. The main living-dining room with adjacent kitchen are dominated by the same light and view as the front deck. The covered back deck faces into a quiet forest. The master bed/bath room with big closet is also on this main floor next to the kitchen. Overlooking the main room is a high-ceilinged sleeping loft. The lower level has another bedroom, a bathroom, laundry, closet, & a garage for the storage of your outdoor gear. Out front is an outdoor shower & hidden behind the first dune is a fire pit area to enjoy
In the spring 2012 we enlarged the front deck so it now has a main area that is 25' X 30'. New Deck furniture and grill completed this new outdoor living room. We have dining room furniture and seating for 7 inside and out. In the summer of 2011 we purchased other new furniture and bedding. We have installed new phones, cable TV and wireless Internet appliances allowing 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 there out front down the path 250 feet away. The big sand point out front varies year to year and month to month. It can go out 100 feet and be 20 feet wide or, as shown in our 5/26/13 pictures, it can go out 700 feet and be 100 feet wide. If the point is large it's because the lake level is low and Yes you might have to walk a bit further to get into deeper water. We do not have a large rocky beach like you find many places 'Up North' so swimming is always easy here. There will be some smaller stones on the sides of the point exposed by the waves. Usually sand builds up one side or the other of the point so it is easy to walk into the water almost everywhere on the point. You can walk up and down our beaches here, go 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 stay near our area.
You can easily walk your Kayak or hand held gear to the beach. Jet skis can only be put into the water at the Harbor Springs (18 miles south) or Cross Village (6/7 miles north) loading docks. It is very hard to put any kind of a sailboat beside a sun or sail fish size boat in the water here. The reason being the water is shallow and it is hard to pull something up onto the beach. This is also not an area where you can anchor a boat in the water. When there is a storm...
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 you are surrounded by forests filled with the white Trillium flowers. 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 their shopping, restaurants and cultural activities are but 20 to 45 minutes south of the house. Kayak and bicycle rentals are available here thru 'The Outfitters' in Harbor Springs.
Nearby Pond Hill Farm offers a wonderful local organic produce and specialty food items.
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 Legg’s Inn with its Polish food, music and their outrageous bar. Here also is the closest gas station and another larger general store. Highly recommended is the 'Tree Pines Art Center'. This gallery has a large selection of local artists work on display and numerous workshops for classes for children.
Sturgeon Bay, a few miles north of Cross village offers more clear water to swim in, 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.
Further north is famous Mackinac Island only 30 minutes away.
Eating out at the 'Douglas Lake Bar and Grill' near Pellston is worth the 30 minute ride. It is our favorite place for the best local fish. 'The Fish' on State rd is half way to Harbor. ' Moosejaw' has the Pizza and Burgers you need some times. 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.
Our house is able to hold 7 guests at a time. If your party has more then 7 people we are not going to be able to assist you our house is just not big enough.
In 2014 I started to work with a local Real Estate Rental Agent, Carolyn Sutherland. Carolyn has lived and worked for over 40 years in Good Hart. Carolyn knows my house and the area very well. The advantage of our working with Carolyn is she has the ability to assist me with making sure that all the small details that make your vacation rental great go smoothly, as you expect. Initial contact to discus your vacation needs and the house are made with me. I then connect you and Carolyn to finalize the arrangements. you can always reach out to me with any questions or comments.
Renters must supply their own 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.
The A-Frame has wireless Internet, Satellite TV, Radio/Stereo with I-Phone/mp3 Player dock stereo.
NO WINTER RENTALS. Every year I get several requests for staying at the house during the holiday season. This is a three season house not suitable for winter rental. UNLESS!! you want a place to share a unique holiday experience. If you want to pay me to stay in a house right on Lake Michigan with : the wind blowing straight at you, no electricity, no running water, no toilets, no fire wood for the stove and a 1/4 mile walk in thru the snow... well then you should call me at 508 479 5751.
My wife and her family has vacationed, owned property or lived in Good Hart starting more then 100 years ago. I have enjoyed the area for the past 21 years. Currently we live on the east coast but continue to return each summer here in Good Hart. Our daughters even though they are from Massachusetts acknowledge that they are partially Michiganders. 'GO BLUE' says it all I guess.
Eric Russell purchased this cottage in 2003
This cottage is a bright sun lit environment with a open modern feel. 'Cabins' are great but this is an open light filled house in which you can experience the beach, the woods and Lake Michigan at it's fullest. Our Cottage is located on one of the most secluded sandy beaches in the area. Quiet and Privacy are assured here as there are so few neighbors on this stretch of beach.
If you are allergic to MOLD don't stay here! Four of the six of us are allergic to mold and would have never stayed there had we known it had mold! We were miserable!
The communication was terrible from the beginning! In fact they only communicated with me when I reached out to them. We did not get an email with how to get into the house until we were already on our way!
The pictures on this site do not tell the true story of the house. The pics must have been taken by a pro. The house is a lot smaller than pics.
The owner charged us $25.00 extra a day for cleaning which is not mentioned on this site. The house was dirty when we arrived. We had to wipe everything off and the floors all needed swept. The tables on the deck had to be wiped off too. UGH! We made the decision to eat out, not there!
The shower in the basement was terrible! All moldy! We cleaned it the best we could with what was there to clean it. We asked for a clean shower curtain as this one was all moldy. Said they would bring one but we did not get one.
The beach was nice. The deck was nice though it needed swept.
If you or anyone in your party is allergic to mold DON’T RENT THIS PLACE! Four of our party of six adults is allergic to mold and we were miserable! So glad we were only there for a few days!
They must have had a professional photographer to photograph the house because it was nothing like the pictures! Much smaller!
From the beginning the communication was terrible. I heard nothing from the owner or his contact person until I contacted the owner. So frustrating. I did not get an email with instructions on how to get into the house until we were already on our way there!
The owner charged an extra $25.00 a day to clean it yet it had not been cleaned! The floors needed swept. We had to wipe off the table and the counter tops. The downstairs (basement) shower was disgusting and had to be cleaned. The shower curtain was all moldy so we bleached it and asked for another one and was told we would get one the very next day but we did not. A pillow cover had to be removed because it had blood on it.
On the positive the beach was nice and the deck was good although we had to wipe off the outside tables to use them and the deck needed swept.
Worst vacation experience my family has ever had. Besides the mold in the house, and the "beach" being inundated with six foot weeds, the owner ruined our wedding.
The owner refused to let us have a small wedding on the "beach". He verbally threatened us (have this on video, but this site doesn't support uploads), showed up unannounced twice to "check on things", and made the entire experience a vacation from hell.
Do your familly a favor, DO NOT RENT FROM THIS OWNER!
Loved the deck and view, which can't be beat! The waterfront is remarkably shallow, which made for delightfully warm water, so unexpected after our brutal Michigan winter. Great fire pit area which also provided a place to sunbathe on windy days. The cottage is nice, but needed a little 'maintenance' here and there. Also, we were not able to access cell phone service (Verizon).
Our family of four had a fabulous time at this rental. The cottage is simple, but has all that you need for an amazing, relaxing retreat. Our children enjoyed the deck, beach, lake and board games. We enjoyed the beach, meals on the deck, and the quiet. The cottage is comfortable, relaxing, and has the most amazing piece of beach front property.
This is our second visit to the A-frame within as many years. We again had an outstanding (peaceful/energizing/rejuvenating) time. The exterior upgrades to the A-frame are fantastic! The new deck is huge and awesome, affording even more expansive lake views. It doubles the size of the house on non-rainy days and, even from indoors, creates an allusion one is on a boat/ship. The railing is a beautifully designed post and rail support system with horizontal stainless steel safety cables that virtually disappear into the fantastic lake view.The new deck furniture and grill complete this outdoor room. We spent nearly all of our time at the cottage outdoors because of it. Can't wait to return.
Our A-Frame is located 18 miles north of Harbor Springs and 3 miles north of the Good hart Store off of M-119. The long driveway to the house is just south of Island View rd.
1 Week stay in Summer, 3 day minimum Spring & Fall.
Pets considered, call and talk with us to discuss.
Remember you will need to supply your own linens.
No Smoking allowed.
Reservations are made on a first paid, first confirmed basis.
Reservations will only be held after we receive a deposit of 50% of the rental rate.
Remaining balance MUST be paid in full 10 Days prior to check in date.
We accept Personal Checks. NO Credit Cards