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Kent Filsinger

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Hidden Gem, sandy beach, family & pet friendly, great for boating and fishing

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Northern Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, wood buring fireplace, wash/dryer, pool table

Authentic 3 bedroom 2 baths cottage known as 'The Barn' due to it's barn like structure. You will experience very warm and comfortable family and dog friendly retreat. Your dogs will enjoy a very large fenced in pen. Other amenities 46 inch LED Smart TV, WiFi (begining peak 2014), central air and wood burning stove. Fully equipped kitchen with Ice maker/water refrigerator. Game room: 6 ft Valley pool table, dart board and CD player with great selection of music. Yard games and sand toys for the kids. There is even children board games and art supplies. Adult and child life jackets, water skis, and swimming toys.120 feet of lake shore and includes a fire pit, sandy beach and swimming area with gradual drop off, very large decks, two 30 ft. docks. . Also for use is a 12 ft aluminum row boat Lake Lancer is located in Sugar Springs Vacation community just outside of Gladwin. Its a very clean and quiet spring fed lake.Swimming ,boating and fishing are excellent. Faces east for a beautiful sunrise and a shaded deck in the afternoon. Cottage is located on the end of a court so very little traffic. 30 ft. pine trees line the property on both sides for a secluded setting. Spectacular Fall color tour destination. Walking,hiking, mountain biking from the cottage or go to Trout Lake State Forest less than 10 minutes from cottage. Winter recreation includes ice fishing, skating,snow snowmobiling, 4 wheeling on lake or trails, cross country skiing. There is a sledding hill, skating rink and chalet with large fireplace 10 min from the cottage. All you have to do is bring your clothing, food and beverage and have a blast. Go to for more information about the area.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Kent Filsinger (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Kent Filsinger

I have been coming up to Sugar Springs since my parents purchased the property in 1976. I road through the lake in a 4 wheel jeep before it was filled with water. I used to own a remodeling business and now my hobby is to continually improve the property for my family and our guests.

Kent Filsinger purchased this cottage in 1976

Why Kent Filsinger chose Northern Michigan

I have spent 30 years improving the cottage to make your stay relaxing and memorable. Has all the amenities of a house but has the feel of a cottage with lots of natural wood and fishing and boating decor.

What makes this cottage unique

Almost every room has a view of the water. The gardens have been a long term on going love affair. Sitting on the garden swing or hammock totally relaxes me. Seeing the sunrise from the master bedroom always puts me in the right state of mind to start the day.


based on 19 traveler reviews

Hidden Gem, sandy beach, family & pet friendly, great for boating and fishing
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Great Fall Weekend

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time I rented "The Barn". It was great. My friends and I really enjoyed the location. The accommodations great great. VERY Clean ! The fall colors were at their peak. Great big screen TV's. We will rent again next year !!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to The Barn. We've gone in spring and fall and loved it and winter was full of different fun and activities. Our sons and grandchildren spent a few days ice fishing and caught many large Pike and Bass. The weather was sunny and nice for our week with a few lovely snow showers. One of the things we enjoy immensely is all the wild life we see there. On this visit we saw foxes crossing the frozen lake a few times a day. And one afternoon while removing a fish from a line two Eagles circled just 15 to 20 feet above our heads hoping to get an easy meal. And one of the funnier moments that occurred...I was watching the lake and drinking coffee when I watched a jeep drive across the lake. About 25 feet behind the jeep trotted a large dog and about 25 feet behind the dog trotted a fat sheep. I'm sure there's a good story here. There are so many indoor and outdoor activities at the house that we never have a bored moment. And the house itself is lovely and comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked with pans, utensils and all kinds of cooking equipment. This has become one of our favorite vacation spots and we already look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very nice review of your stay. I too have seen many different wildlife over the years but I have never seen a eagle that close. I think I would have given him the fish. May you and your family continue to make many great memories at the "Barn".
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Our stay at the barn this summer was fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

The description of the property was accurate....clean and well-maintained. There was plenty of room for our family and the game room was a big hit. We were able to fish off the dock for largemouth at a great course less than a half hour away and relax by the fire pit. We hope to make a return visit next summer and would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. The best review is when a guest wants to return. Kent
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Excellent cottage!! Great for kids of all ages.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent cottage. Had almost everything you needed so you didn't have to pack the entire house. Lake front was perfect for little kids playing in the sand and water. Bonfires were awesome!! We look for places every year and this was by far the best. Upstairs bedrooms were cool and quiet and you heard minimal noise from downstairs. Great location for jogging and biking.

The only downfall.....we wanted to rent a boat for the week and everyone was booked when we called the day we arrived. (Book in advance!!)

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the vey nice review. We try to make your packing as light as possible. This year we purchased a infant high chair and a air pump to blow up water toys. We listen to our guests and we have had many requests for boat rentals so we are planning on having a pontoon boat available for rental starting next year. Kent
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A beautiful location for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and 2 boys (ages 2.5 & 4.5), along with my parents, had an awesome time at the barn! It is located on a quiet lake and has a great amount of privacy. Our boys loved playing in the yard and in the sand everyday...the water was perfect for them (both temperature and depth). They also went fishing right off the dock and could see all the fish in the water. You cannot beat the view of the lake; it is breathtaking!

The house is nice. It has a great master bedroom with an amazing view of the sunrise over the lake. It seemed pretty clean and we'll maintained. Honestly, we spend so much more time outside than inside because of the view and the perfect weather!

Kent was great to talk to and was very knowledgeable of the area. Thank you again for sharing your lake house with us. We made some great family memories and we certainly hope to return again next summer!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Our Ice Fishing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stay at the Barn every year and made it a traditional for years to come. Clean, comfortable .Great Owners and Great times had by all. Chase/Shaffer ice fishing Gang

  • Submitted: May 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
grass air strip north end of Sugar Springs
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Sugar Springs Clubhouse
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Sugar Springs Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
US 27
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Sugar Springs Club House - The Hearth
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Snow snake
Car: not necessary

25 minutes from Houghton Lake, 20 minutes to West Branch and 15 minutes to Gladwin

Other Activities: hiking trails and groomed cross country ski trails

Golf: Sugar Springs 18 hole course, Snow Snake, and course in Harrison and Houghton Lake.

Ski: 30 minutes to Snow Snake for skiing and tubing


Rates & Availability

Gladwin Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
fall and winter
Sep 25 2015 - May 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
pre peak
Jun 1 2016 - Jun 24 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 6 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
fall and winter
Sep 21 2016 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350

price is for 8 people, additional quests at $15.00 per night.
dog fee $25.00 per dog per weekend
dog fee $50.00 per dog per week.

No hidden fees, no cleaning charge and no additional taxed

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1664 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • One full bath on the first floor and half bath on the second floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 4 roll out beds in attic
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , bunk beds
  • All rooms decorated with a fishing theme for a warm up north cottage feel. Extra blankets are available in the first floor chest. Extra sheets located in the closet at the top of the stairs. Second floor master bedroom faces east for a beautiful sunrise. Second floor guest bedroom has a queen size bed and built in bunk beds with option crib in the attic. 1st floor bedroom has a queen size bed. Four roll out beds are located in the 2nd floor closet off the hallway.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Water Skis
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
46 inch smart TV, blue ray and VCR, 42 inch plasma TV in game room, 6' Valley pool table, yard games, beach toys, life jackets, air pump to blow up water toys, water skis and 12' aluminum row boat. Free WiFi Amenities available at the Sugar Springs club house: 18 hole championship golf course with driving range Olympic size indoor swimming pool and exercise facility for $6.00 per person per day tennis courts and basketball court - for more information on amenities

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