3 br, 1 ba (sleeps 6)
- english, spanish
About Michael Collins
I love being in the business of hospitality. Although Highland Lakes Cottage is not a true B&B, as you will be renting the entire house, I'll always be a text or phone call away to assist you with anything you need. I've been renting out the cottage since 2011 and over the years I've had the opportunity to chat with a lot of great guests and enjoyed sharing stories and having a laugh or two with them. Most guests don't come to the cottage to hang out inside the cottage - most come to enjoy activities close by such as skiing or going to the water park at Mountain Creek, hiking at the nearby state parks, apple or pumpkin picking, fishing, boating, or swimming at any one of the 5 lakes in town, hunting, to experience the beauty of autumn in a mountain community, mountain biking, wine tasting at a winery, antiquing, to go to the drive in movie theater close by (one of the few left in the country), or even to take a hot air balloon ride! On the other hand, once guests arrive they are pleased to find that the house itself holds a wealth of enjoyment with a big TV in the living room, streaming services such as Netflix / Commercial Free Hulu Plus / Amazon Prime, and with a huge fire pit in the back yard, a gas grill, and a hammock, many guests simply enjoy hanging out in the back yard and enjoying their privacy as it's completely fenced in. Someday, I would love to own and operate a true B&B because not only do I love to cook but I also like taking care of guests and serving people - rather then just hearing about their vacation, I could personally be a part of it. I hope you join us and I'd love to hear from you! Mike
Michael Collins purchased this Cottage in 2002
Why Michael Collins chose Highland Lakes
I chose this property because of its proximity to the lakes and its large / relatively flat back yard. Many properties I looked at either had small back yards or steep slopes or rocks jetting out of the ground. One other feature I really liked was that the home sits between two streets (front and rear) and because of this, you only have 2 instead of 3 neighbors. Over the years I have worked hard improving the cottage and property by fencing in the back yard, getting a massive and beautiful fire pit while also filling it with modern and useful electronics. All of my hard work has paid off as Highland Lakes cottage is now the perfect blend of nature and technology. It has an old school, warm, charming, campy feel. It should be noted that most of the decorations throughout the home are purposely not shown in the photos posted in our ad because I want guests to be surprised when they arrive and explore the cottage. You will feel the full force of nature in our 60 x 65 foot completely fenced in back yard ... grass, huge fire pit, wood, , bird bath, hammock, grill, trees, open space, seating, birds coming and going, stars, and moon light. Inside the home you will get a cozy country feel, but this is no cabin in the woods where you are cut off from humanity ... because subtly sprinkled throughout the home are all the technologies you have become accustomed to ... High Speed Wifi, a Huge TV, USB charging ports, bluetooth AM FM Radio allowing you stream music from your phone or tablet, and 2 Video Game Systems (PS4 & XBOX ONE S) with literally 100s of games pre installed.
What makes this Cottage unique
You could stay at a hotel or condo directly at or next to one of the attractions in the area (ski resort / water park), but if you do, you will missing out on all that Highland Lakes Cottage has to offer ... Privacy ... would you rather walk out into a beautiful back yard or walk out of your hotel room into a hallway filled with strangers? Would you rather enjoy a fire in a huge private fire pit or share a fire pit with hundreds of other guests? Would you rather just grab a log off a firewood rack or have to run out a buy some? Would you rather pay for Wifi as an extra in a hotel room or sit in the back yard and pick up the Free Wifi from the cottage? Would you rather cook a meal in a cramped condo kitchen or enjoy the open space of our kitchen? Would you rather be limited to just basic cable channels in a hotel or enjoy basic cable AND Netflix, Commercial Free Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime Video on a 65 inch TV? If you are a gamer, would you rather leave video gaming behind on your vacation or explore the hundreds of games offered on the XBox One S or PS$ at Highland Lakes Cottage? Would you rather have access to one swimming pool at a condo or enjoy 7 beaches on 5 private lakes? It all depends what you are looking for but if you are looking for privacy, comfort, and convenience, Highland Lakes Cottage is the place for you ... join us and be happy.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Warm, cosy and clean, and great for dogs
We were impressed with the cleanliness and cosiness of the property and the heating, which made it toasty during cold days and nights. Everything we needed for cooking was there. And the fenced backyard was great for our two small dogs. It is a scenic area, and shops and restaurants are reasonably close by. We would stay again.
Thanks a bunch Jaque it was a real pleasure having your group!
Love it ❤️ ! Excellent service and facilities!
Cozy cottage! Have everything you need! The owner was ready to answer at our needs. We enjoy a lot our stayed.
Thanks a bunch, it was wonderful having you !!!
The cottage it’s a very cozy beautiful place to enjoyed the lake!!
Great place with magnificent views!!
Thank you so much, it was great having you !!!
Nice house, very clean. Great beds! Would definitely stay again. Mike was very responsive. Thanks Mike!
Thanks a bunch it was wonderful having your group! Hope you can join us again.
Cozy and very accommodating
Only small criticism :I would rather pay more and not have to have be bothered getting change for a coin washer and dryer
Thanks a bunch... It was a pleasure having your group hope you can join us again.
It was enjoyable,comfortable,and well equipped with everything we needed. It was a true “Home Away”
Fenced in yard was private and safe and it worked out great for our dog. The home is much better than staying in a motel/hotel because you are more relaxed because of the privacy and the convience of just pulling right up to your door. Home was clean and organized. Great place to stay! Convenient to all stores and main routes within 15 minutes or less Friendly owner always available to you. Check it out.
The entire town of Highland Lakes is a private mountain / lake community. It is a 4 season town and each season brings it's own special natural beauty with it. Each season is packed with breath taking scenery .... Freshly fallen snow adorning branches in the winter, beautiful blooming in the spring, 5 pristine lakes to enjoy in the summer, all with beaches, and all stocked with fish, and fabulous foliage with the coming of autumn. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area as well ... Snow Ski Resorts and a Water Park minutes away, Swimming, Fishing, Boating, Hiking, Restaurants, Drive In Movie Theater, Regular Movie Theater, Wineries, Mountain Biking, Mini Golf, Golf, Indoor Ice Skating, Bowling, Laser Tag, Horseback Riding, Museums, Paintball, Skydiving, Zoo, Specialty Shops, Hot Air Balloon Rides, State Parks, Mall Shopping, Farmers Markets, Antique Shops ... oh and did I mention Relaxation ...