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Eric Russell

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Harbor Spring/Good Hart waterfront Cottage on Lake Michigan beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Harbor Springs Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom (Q,Q,D & T), Sleeps 7, 2 full Bathrooms, outdoor shower

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.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Eric Russell (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Eric Russell

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

Why Eric Russell chose Northern Michigan

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.


4.4/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)
Harbor Spring/Good Hart waterfront Cottage on Lake Michigan beach
average rating of 4.4 based on 5 reviews
East Lansing, MI

Beautiful View!

  • 4 of 5

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).

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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an amazing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad our clients enjoyed their week at our A-Frame. We have tried to make this an enjoyable location to stay and relax.
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Water, Sky, Land - rejuvenation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the A-frame. The views and scenery were unbeatable. The cottage itself provided well what we like - tons of natural light in the main living space, cross breezes, private. If you enjoy nature, not being interrupted, and quiet, this cottage may be for you. One could enjoy the views from inside the cottage, on the decks, or down by the water. We spent most of our time outdoors. (Next time we'll bring our kayaks.) We returned home refreshed and rejuvenated, with hopes to make this a yearly retreat. While the cottage was a little stuffy upon our arrival, we opened the windows and door walls and were able to air it out within a day.The property owner was responsive and courteous in all interactions; we look forward to working with him again. The property is accurately described on Home Away. In short, this cottage provided us with an ideal respite. (Details: We were a party of 2 able-bodied adults with 2 dogs, stayed for a week, the weather was sunny and in the mid 70s - low 80s each day.)

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

excellent view, solid house

  • 3 of 5

The view and location of the property are excellent. The house is solid, but has been used a lot and the interior is dated. One comment is for anyone allergic to dust and mold: this house may cause allergies to flare up.

Biking and walking in the vicinity of the house are excellent and the Good Hart General Store is charming.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad the P. family enjoyed their mid May stay at our A-Frame. As they say in their comments the view and location are truly wonderful. Our private secluded location looks directly out onto the sandy beaches adjacent to lake Michigan. The surrounding area provided them with lots of the enjoyable outdoor activities that they came to Northern Michigan for. Our large A-Frame has had 2 owners since it was built in the mid sixties. It is a 3 season house that has only ever been used as a 'Summer House". We have updated the house in the past 8 years by painting the interior, replacing most of the Furniture, Bedding and Lighting, and doing extensive exterior work. The kitchen while smaller and simpler then newer kitchens is clean and fully functional. The P. family were our first guests this year and I regret that they might have found that the house not as clean as they would have liked. This is the first complaint of it's kind we have ever received in the past 8 years that we have rented the house ourselves thru Home Away or earlier with a local rental agency. I can attribute the P. family comment about dust and mold to only one thing. This is the first year I personally did not open and clean the house myself. As part of my cleaning I leave the screened doors and windows open for several days to "Air" out the house after it has been closed up for the winter. I have found that along with a good cleaning this is the only way to assure that the house is fresh and clean for the season. Mold has never been an issue in this house. Our house is on the waterfront and so of course it can be humid inside. Humidity has never evolved into a "mold" of any kind in this house. I have spoken with my cleaners and found that they did not, as requested, leave the house open for more then the day they were cleaning this spring. I do not think other guests will find these kind of issues with the house as it is cleaned weekly during the rental season. In the future if I do not personally open and do the first clean of the house in the spring my cleaners will be instructed to do "Air" out the house as I have done in the past. Of course if you do have any questions about these comments please contact me at the phone or e-mail address listed at the top of the form. Thank you, Eric Russell.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Pellston, MI.Fly here only on Delta via Detroit
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
I-75 Pellston exit
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Harbor Springs Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 18 2016 - Sep 4 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2016 - Oct 15 2016
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

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Harbor Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower
    Lower Level - toilet , shower
  • Showers only, No tubs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master - 1 queen
    Loft - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Lower level - 1 queen
  • Renters must supply their own bed linens and towels.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
This property has no central heating. A good wood stove provides the heat you might need on cool spring, summer or fall days. 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

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