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Sandy Beach / Brilliant Sunsets / Perfect for two people

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights


Indian River Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

A safe sandy beach awaits you, along with brilliant sunsets, and stunning views. You will discover that Burt Lake is one of northern Michigan's largest and most pristine warm-water inland lakes. You will stay in our private well-equipped guesthouse and be our personal guests. Since we have only one rental unit on our 100 feet of sandy beach, you will have a quiet, relaxing vacation with complete privacy.

Our Burt Lake Guesthouse is spacious, clean, recently built, air-conditioned, and completely smoke-free. It comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, open-plan dining and living area. There is a large comfortable queen-size bedroom. You will have your own breakfast deck, which overlooks the lake. There is nothing between the guesthouse and the lake, except lawn, trees, and beach.

You have your choice of relaxing in the shady hammock, or sunning yourself directly on the beach. You may bring your own boat and use our dock and mooring.

We have the perfect beach for swimming, kayaking, or sailing. Nearby trails are great for hiking and mountain-biking. Dozens of golf courses are in the area, and the nearest is just two miles away. We are centrally located in northern Michigan, less than thirty minutes from Petoskey, Gaylord, Cheboygan, Harbor Springs, and the Mackinaw Island Ferry.

This property offers excellent value for those seeking a rental for just two people. You get a quality accommodation with a wonderful sandy beach, and all the space you need for two people. You get all the advantages of renting an expensive lake-front home, while only having to pay a fraction of the price for the guesthouse.

We also offer NUTRITIONAL RETREATS for those who are interested in leaving their old eating habits behind and embarking on a fresh start into a healthy lifestyle.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jess and Pam Miller
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 31, 2016
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About Jess and Pam Miller

Your hosts are Jess and Pam Miller. We have been hosting guests on Burt Lake since 1992. We take pride in offering a quality accomodation with a safe sandy beach and a stunning view. We guarantee that what we offer our guests is exactly what we would expect for ourselves.

We have traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. We know how important it is to have friendly, informative hosts, who offer a clean, high quality accomodation. We have also learned that a relaxing vacation is often the result of settling in at one place for a whole week, and exploring all there is to do in that one area.

If you stay with us at our Burt Lake Guesthouse, we will offer you as much personal contact as you are comfortable with. We will be happy to offer suggestions on what to do, where to eat, and how to make the most of your entire vacation.

Our areas of special interest include kayaking, sailing, mountain-biking, bicycle touring, and hiking. We are very familiar with northern Michigan, including many of the 'off the beaten track' places, that might not be mentioned in the tourist brochures.

So if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing vacation in an area that offers stunning natural beauty, then perhaps we can help you. You should realize that over the past 22 years, our Burt Lake guesthouse is usually completely booked for June, July, and August. If you plan to reserve a week with us, we recommend that you do so as early as possible in the Spring. Many of our guests return year after year, and those who have stayed with us before tend to book early.

If you want a really peaceful vacation, try visiting us in September after most of the tourists have gone home. The weather is delightful and the water is still warm. Or perhaps you might be looking for some fall color. If that is the case, try a visit in late September or early October.

What makes this cottage unique

This is the perfect property for just two people. The beach is among the best on Burt Lake. The sunsets are stunning. The accommodation is clean and modern. The price, quality, and location all add up to a great value.


based on 15 traveler reviews

Sandy Beach / Brilliant Sunsets / Perfect for two people
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews
Bloomfield Hills, MI

A great week in a great spot

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this lovely waterfront guesthouse for a week. It is really well designed and furnished, the windows are placed to take full advantage of the breezes off the lake, and the air conditioning unit worked very well on a couple of extremely hot days. The kitchen is well equipped, and the layout of the cottage makes it very comfortable and practical. The hosts, Jess and Pam, were very welcoming and gave us great suggestions for bike trails and restaurants. The description on the website is very accurate, everything was impeccably clean, and we look forward to returning here again.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
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  • 5 of 5

The photographs showing the property does a good job of describing the property. The property was clean and well maintained. The owners of the property were very friendly and hospitable. Burt lake is a very clean lake. The location of the cottage is close to other northern cities. We took trips to Harbor Springs and Mackanau Island. I would definitely recommend this property to my relatives and friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Peaceful Getaway! Beautiful sites!

  • 5 of 5

First off--Pam and Jess were awesome hosts! End of the day watching the sunset from the lake shore--out of the this world. Wish we could have stayed to see a few more of those! We visited Mackinac Island (half hour away), drove the Tunnel of Trees (the Trillium were out in all their glory!) and on a spur of a the moment crazy idea we drove all the way up to see the pictographs in Lake Superior Provincial Park in Canada. It was worth the long drive! We loved our stay and hope we have a chance to return sometime!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Jenison, Michigan

A relaxing, wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

Jess and Pam's guesthouse is clean, comfortable and in a delightful location on the east shore of Burt Lake. There is a very nice sandy beach and lake is shallow for a long distance out. We found many Petosky stone along the shore. This was a fun surprise, since we thought they were only found in Petosky.

We enjoyed sailing our Super Porpoise sailboat. Fishing for walleyes is good along the drop off directly in front of the property. We caught 2 big ones one evening.

The nearby bike trails are excellent. We enjoyed riding along Mullet Lake and visiting the old fish hatchery along the trail in Oden.

Pam and Jess are friendly and interesting hosts, and we enjoyed many conversations with them.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Jess & Pam's guest house. The pictures posted are exactly what we expected...the beach and water were beautiful and the guest house was very clean and cozy. Jess & Pam are so friendly and helpful...we couldn't have asked for a better place to go and relax and get away from it all! Burt Lake is so pretty and the sunsets were awesome! Thanks Jess and Pam!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Great rental

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable space, great location to visit other enjoyable areas, great beach for swimming and sun tanning, and great sun sets.

Great location to go to many different bicycle tail.

Jess and Pam are great host and truly live in a great location.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
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Nearest Golf
3 Miles
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Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I-75 (exit 310) Indian River
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
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Rates & Availability

Indian River Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer Peak Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates


We offer NUTRITIONAL CONSULTS at a two-for-one discount when you book your lodging with us.
The total cost for three hours of nutritional counseling is just $100 for two people.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 660 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is directly accessible from both the bedroom and the living area (with doors on each side).
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    living area - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The spacious bedroom features a queen bed, comfortable gliding chair, large closet space
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Pedal Boat
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
We offer an optional NUTRITIONAL RETREAT for two. For more information go to

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