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Secluded Guest Cottage on West Arm of Walloon Lake

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage sleeps 10-4 Bedrooms, 2 baths + queen sleeper sofa

Our Guest Cottage is located on the west arm of Walloon Lake situated between Petoskey and Boyne City, approximately 45 miles from the Mackinac Bridge. Nestled at the end of Zenith Heights Road on three acres of land amidst scenic mature forests, our property offers a picturesque, relaxing setting. No roads intersect the area between the cottage and the lakefront.

Walloon Lake, one of Michigan’s most beautiful and clean inland lakes, with its distinctive turquoise color, is over ten miles long and has Brown & Lake Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass, and Perch. The lake bottom is free of weeds and is sandy with a gradual slope from the end of the dock outward. Our cottages share 200’ of shore front; two tandem kayaks, two swimming rafts; and a gorgeous, large dock, offering plenty of room for you to enjoy the beautiful sunrises & moor your own boat. At the water’s edge a lounge deck with table and chairs, two camp fire pits, and a small sandy beach area for children awaits you, your family & friends.

The Guest Cottage is located on a gentle slope overlooking the trees & lake below. This 1600 square foot ranch style home has a walk out lower level that can accommodate up to 10 people. A spacious deck complete with table & chairs, along with gas & charcoal grills make for a perfect area to enjoy a dinner on a summer evening! Located next to the cottage is a play area containing a picnic table, swing set, and a Tiny Tikes merry-go-round.

The upper level of the Guest Cottage was renovated in 2015-enlarging the kitchen, living room, bathroom & exposing the original Douglass Fir floors! The upstairs has an open floor plan between the fully-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar, kitchen table with built in benches, and living room with comfortable swivel chairs & leather couch-with wainscoting throughout. The living room also has a TV & DVD. There are three bedrooms; two with queen-sized beds and the third with 2 twin beds-all bedrooms have ceiling fans. The wainscoting continues in the upstairs bathroom & it has a new 4' shower.

The lower level is accessed from the upstairs by a spiral staircase or from the outside. A large, open family room has Cedar wainscoting, ceiling fans, a queen-sized sleeper sofa, and two loveseats, TV & DVD, along with a sitting area to enjoy our many board games. A bedroom is located off of the family room & has a queen bed, ceiling fan and adjoining bathroom with a tub/shower. The laundry room with a full sized washer and dryer & wash tub is also located downstairs.

The cottage is non-smoking & has adjustable electric heat available in every room. Blankets, pillows, linens, and bath towels are furnished–please bring your own beach towels. No smoking, pets, firearms, fireworks, or additional guests living in campers are allowed to ensure a safe, comfortable environment for all. A local caretaker is on call and mid-week cleaning is also available for an additional cost.

If you are interested in booking the cottage, please feel free to contact us at the numbers below. In order to secure your date, a signed lease & deposit is required for rental. We welcome clean and respectful guests and look forward to making your next vacation a Walloon one!

Please email or call with any questions to request more pictures or information.

Need more room? Contact us for details about our Family Cottage (VRBO listing #303449) located on the same property for an additional cost-discount for renting both together!

Keywords: Lake Cottage, Cabin, Lake House, Vacation Cottage, trees, woods, shade, sunrises, campfires

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2017

About Marty

My husband & I live in Colorado & the kids are grown, so we don't get to enjoy the cottage as often as we would like. So, we thought we would share this magical place with others allowing them to make Walloon a tradition & create fond memories that will last a lifetime.

Marty purchased this cottage in 1967

Why Marty chose Northern Michigan

My family lived in Ann Arbor, but my sister, mom & I would always spend our summers at my grandmother's cottage in Minnesota. My dad decided to buy the property on Walloon Lake so we could spend more time together. After an exhaustive search of other lakes, we found that none could hold a candle to beautiful Walloon. We were all enchanted by the beautiful Caribbean turquoise blue color of the lake and the big, beautiful Hemlocks, Beech, Maple & Birch trees on the property. The 200' of shoreline & 3 acres gave us lots of room to play, explore & relax. The property initially had 2 small Sears & Roebuck cabins on it-that we later joined & modified to create the guest cottage after we finished building the family cottage.

What makes this cottage unique

Some of our favorite things to do at the cottage are: watching the sunrise over the quiet, glassy lake; water skiing; swimming; kayaking; tubing; fishing; sailing; exploring the woods & looking for morels; laying on my back looking up through the tree limbs to the tree tops-marveling at their size; curling up with a good book in front of the fire; picking cherries at a nearby orchard; taking a nap on the porch; grilling an evening meal & enjoying it on the patio overlooking the lake; looking for satellites, falling stars & the northern lights on the dock; and our favorite of course...good conversation & drinks around the campfire with friends & family while enjoying s'mores :)

Guestbook comments from the owner

Review Submitted August 5, 2010 Date of Stay July 5, 2010

We spent the week of July 5 at the Moyers' properties--4 nights in the "Guest Cottage" and 3 nights in the "Family Cottage." Both were extremely clean, roomy and comfortable. (If we had to pick one over the other, it would probably be the "Family Cottage", as it's closer to the lake and a little more "cottagey" feeling. However, only one of the three BRs has a queen bed.) Walloon Lake was unbelievably clear, the water temperature was very comfortable, and the dock and rafts were terrific for swimming and sunning. We had a great time grilling one night, although the other nights we took advantage of the many wonderful restaurants in the area. Petoskey was only about 15 minutes away and Charlevoix about 20 minutes away. One of our favorite destinations was the Bay Harbor resort, about a 10 minute drive away with great views of Lake Michigan and a variety of reasonably-priced restaurants. We also enjoyed the Walloon Lake Inn for dinner one night, and we highly recommend Chandler's in Petoskey for lunch or dinner. We did a very enjoyable day trip to Mackinac Island (the ferry's about an hour's drive), and I golfed at one of the many spectacular courses within a half-hour's drive. (I played Little Traverse Bay, which I highly recommend.) On top of everything else, the Moyers' couldn't be warmer or more accommodating people. In short, we couldn't have been happier with our stay, and we definitely plan to return--hopefully for many years to come!


5 out of 5

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Recommended for: Age 55+ , Adventure Seekers , Girls Getaway , Sightseeing , Families with Teenagers , Families with Young Children , Romantic Getaway

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Boyne City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located off of downstairs bedroom. Hairdryer & nightlight
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , newly renovated with new 4' shower. Hairdryer & nightlight
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen sized sleeper sofa located downstairs in family room
    Northwest Bedroom - 1 queen , Bedroom has 2 windows, one to the north & one to the west.
    East Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Large window looks out towards lake
    Northeast Bedroom - 1 queen , Large window looks out towards lake & other to the north
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , downstairs bedroom has adjoining full bathroom
  • 3-Queen size Beds & 2-Twin Beds in upstairs bedrooms; queen sized Sleeper Sofa in downstairs family room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
200' of shorefront; small sand beach for kids to enjoy; beautiful large dock for sunbathing & mooring your own boat; 2 rafts; 3 buoys for sailboats or jet skiis; Tandem Kayak; Great Camp Fire Pit; 6 arcres of Beautiful Forest to Explore comprised of Huge Old Growth Hemlocks, Beech & Maple Trees; lots of places to relax & enjoy!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Secluded Guest Cottage on West Arm of Walloon Lake
average rating of 4.875 based on 10 reviews
Cincinnati, OH

Beautiful stay on Walloon Lake

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 10 (2 grandparent, 4 adults, 4 kids) thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Guest cottage. Our kids were constantly on the swim platform, and the dock and access to the kayaks made for many hours of fun right at the cottage. We did everything from chilling at the cottage to visiting Mackinaw Island to canoeing on Jordan River. It was such a relaxing vacation and working with Marty was a breeze - very responsive!

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome family lake vacation

  • 5 of 5

We rented both the family and guest cottages for our rather large family for a week. It was fantastic. Everyone loved it and believe me we have some picky people in our group! Perfect lake vacation..we spent most of our time on the dock!! Cottages were very comfy with plenty of bedrooms and a few steps from the lake. Walloon is a beautiful large clear lake...swimming kayaking skiing..we did it all. The owners are great people who are very responsive and friendly. Really, What else could you ask for? We already booked for 2017. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3rd Year in a Row

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd July in a row at the Guest Cottage and the 1st stay after the remodel. We have 5 to 6 teenagers (boys and girls) ranging from 15 to 22 and they all love it. With the clearness of the lake, the sand bottom, and seclusion of the cottage, it feels like a combo vacation - all the privacy of a mountain getaway combined with the fun in the sun of a beach stay. The dock is so relaxing, we get up early to go down and sit with our morning coffee and enjoy the peace and quiet. The setup of the dock and mooring buoys make it perfect for boats and jet skis. The lake is beautiful. Coming from Kentucky where most of the lakes are from flood control, the clearness of Walloon was stunning! The cottage is very comfortable. The kids like to gather in the basement to watch movies. The remodel enlarged the main bathroom, added kitchen counter space, and brightened all the rooms. The owners are fantastic and we actually had the opportunity to meet them in person this year! We all had a fabulous time sharing stories and watching the sunset. For folks who like to get out, there are three towns within 20 minutes - Petoskey, Charlevoix, and Boyne City. If you go make sure to check out Johan's for pasties! They even have one in Walloon Village. I highly recommend either house for a relaxing get away or a base for sightseeing or adventuring.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Hands down, best owner I have ever worked with. Our three families rented both homes for July 4th week. Such an incredible lake and property. The dock system was the perfect system for all of our family's vast collection of water toys. Never have we had such a great way to anchor our boat and jet skis without worry. The landscaping and walkways were perfectly placed to maximize the natural sloping of these properties. The homes were well appointed with modern appliances and plumbing. Wonderful water pressure and comfortable beds. We loved the great touches - Like multiple hooks for towels in bathrooms, places to store water gear. Great fire pit at the shoreline. I just can't say enough wonderful things about this rental and it's owner. She goes above and beyond and she truly loves this property and it shows.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Powell, Ohio

Great trip to Walloon

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for a great week at Walloon. The cottage was a very nice lake cottage and had all the amenities we had hoped for including a great location on the lake. We enjoyed morning coffee and evening camp fires on the shore every day. The cottage certainly had all the supplies we needed for a wonderful visit...Boyne City was a short drive for groceries and other supplies. All in all, we had a great week and would definitely rent this cottage again. My wife is already talking about 2 weeks next year. Thanks for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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More family memories

  • 5 of 5

We had an enjoyable stay at the Guest Cottage, where it feels like you are staying in a tree fort. The cottage is a tight fit but the large deck provided ample space for our family to enjoy the environment. Aside from the cottage, the dock and fire pit areas on the shore were amazing. We spent most of our time on the dock, in the water and on the boats we borrowed from friends. Walloon Lake is incredible and this cottage and its location were fantastic. The cottage was neat and clean and furnished with the essentials. The owners were accommodating and quick to respond with any questions or issues. The property was well cared for and included well maintained wooden steps, seating areas and kayaks for our use. It wasn't a problem sharing the grounds with another family although next year we may rent both cottages since it was such a great experience this year.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Pellston Airport
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Boyne City or Petoskey or Charlevoix
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Macinaw Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Bay Harbor Golf Club
Nearest Train
185 Miles
Amtrak in Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
3.7 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Boyne City or Petoskey or Charlevoix
Nearest Ski
16.5 Miles
Boyne Mountain
Car: necessary

Casino; Morel Hunting; Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry Picking; Petoskey Stone Hunting; Art Festivals & Annual Holiday Celebrations


Rates & Availability

Boyne City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Early Spring
May 6 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Spring
May 27 2017 - Jun 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Late Spring
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Peak Season
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Late Summer
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Early Fall
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Later Fall
Sep 23 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning Fee $250

Rent May-October
May 7-21 & Sept 24-Oct 29... $2300/week
May 28-June 4 & Sept 10-17...$2600/week
June 11-18 & Aug 20-3 ... $2800/week
June 25-August 13... $3000/week
Cleaning fee & purchase of Property Damage Protection Policy required
Need more room? We have a Family Cottage that sleeps up to 8 see VRBO#303449
Discount for renting both cottages at the same time
Rates are subject to change without notice

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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