|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Beautiful 4800 sq ft, 7 bedroom, 3.5 bath family vacation cottage on Lake Michigan near Harbor Springs in Cross Village. Built in 2001. Swim and ski. Great room, family room, wood and gas fireplaces, leather sofas, oak trim, well-equipped stainless kitchen, Italian tile, Karastan carpet, cathedral ceilings and windows. Three levels for separation. Huge cedar deck with 10 step stairway to sandy Lake Michigan beach and stream nearby. The General Store has groceries, liquor and gas. 20 minutes from Pelston airport with Northwest Air service and car rentals. Near Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Machinack Island, Nubs Nob and Boyne Highland's ski resorts. 70' LED flatscreen TV with surround sound downstairs, 50' plasma upstairs.
Greg was very prompt and courteous with replying via HomeAway and my friends and I had a fantastic time at their home for our annual weekend of skiing over President's Day. Approx 25 min from Boyne Highlands/Nubs Knob. Greg sent checklists for check in/out and made it easy to get situated. The house is HUGE and could easily accommodate a group of 17 people as advertised. The house is very clean and comfortable with plenty of deck space. 2 living areas and a large kitchen.... The house is situated right on Lake Michigan with a private beach and we are tempted to come back to rent in the summer months. Be sure to bring your own TP and some basic soap/paper products!
I love family reunions. Every year I try to find the perfect spot, and this year, yes I found it! We had the best week in the house, it is absolutely an amazing property. I will list some pros and cons.
Size, it is huge.
Location - Beautiful place with lots of interesting places to visit in any direction. House is quite secluded so you feel peaceful and rested but still close to stores, restaurants and attractions. It is right on the Lake and the views are spectacular. Best sunsets ever.
Equipment - it is well equipped with sand toys, kayaks, ice hockey, nice play area in basement... you almost do not need to bring anything, but bikes is a good idea.
Kitchen has lots of everything.
Deck - Very large with lots of sitting and tables. Great, great, great.
Owner - very nice and always available for questions.
Internet is slow because of location. This however could be a pro since it was great to disconnect from work.
Sand - It is hard work to keep the carpet and floors without sand!
I recommend visiting Harbor Springs, and Mackinaw Island. Restaurants, Legs In (Polish) just around the corner is fabulous. Crow's nest is a family restaurant 2 miles from the house but you can also order pizza to go for those easy nights. Go down tunnel of trees until you reach Pond Hill Farm, the restaurant there is super nice and the farm great to visit for both kids and adults.
For grocery shopping I recommend IGA in Harbor Springs, easy drive on 77 south, right straight from the house. 20 minutes. It really has everything.
This was the perfect lake house for our family of 14 (8adults & 6 teens)
Plenty of room inside, large screened-in porch & huge deck. The 1st
night were were treated to a spectacular sunset and were lulled a sleep
to the sounds of the waves lapping on the shore....AAaaaa.
We are a family of great cooks, so we made good use of the well equipped kitchen and the gas grill. We brought most of our food as
the IGA is 25 mins. away. (You can get bread, milk and eggs in the
village.) Our favorite hangout was the sandy beach
and fire pit for S'mores. (So glad we brought our kayaks and we used them every day. We had bikes too, but did not use them much)
The Tunnel of Trees, pot pies from Good Hart General store, Zip line
at Boyne Highland, shopping in Petoskey, Mackinac Is., Leggs Inn, we
did it all and still had plenty of time on the lake.
Early a.m. strolls along the shoreline looking for Petoskey stones and
watching the bald eagles were my special "me" time.
The owners are easy to work with and respond promptly to any questions or concerns.
We left relaxed and refreshed and wanting to return.
Pros - Very roomy house. Kitchen well equipped. Screened porch off of the master bedroom is a great place to read, catch a nap or visit with friends/family. Easy to get to with a couple of good restaurants nearby. Nice fire pit and sandy area near the water. Fun creek nearby and a short drive to "tunnel of trees" area by Harbor Springs. Family friendly setting with accommodating owner.
Cons - Shallow water area full of rocks. Must go some distance offshore to swim. Only one TV for everyone to share. Needs dedicated cabinet space for renters. House starting to need some TLC/amenities to match the rental price.
My family had a great time at the cottage. We have been renting in the area for many years and with this house we finally found a comfortable fit for our extended family of 13 people (8 adults, 5 kids). We liked staying in the same house rather than staying in multiple cabins which we have done in past years. There was plenty of room to spread out and have privacy when desired, yet it was also easy to share meals and to have family time all together. We hope to return next year!
I want to tell you how much I liked your cottage!
I was too grumpy, to be honest, to want to go anywhere. But the view of the Lake from the huge windows over the deck and my family all laughing made it surprisingly wonderful! I felt refreshed!
I especially liked the smell of the trees. My 22 + year old nieces made Smores in the fireplace. We talked. We all swam together.
It is times like your cottage that makes working worthwhile! Thanks!
I highly recommend! Sincerely, Vince
Ps, Next time we may go to Mackinaw Island for the day. We were too busy this time. Thanks Again, Vince
The cottage is on Lake Michigan near Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Mackinac Island. Wilderness State Park and its sand dunes are two miles away. Skiing at Boyne Highlands and Nubs Nob are 20 minutes away. The area is unspoiled Up North Wilderness with pristine beaches.
Other Activities: Motor Boating, Snowmobiling, Dining, Up Northing
Ski: Nubs Nob and Boyne Highlands for downhill skiing. Our front door for cross country.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.