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Cozy Year Round Cottage in the Pinckney Recreation Area

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


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1 Master Suite, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4. Perfect Couples Getaway or Small Group

Perched high on the East shore of Halfmoon Lake in the heart of the Pickney recreation area, Harper's Guest House is the perfect getaway for those looking to explore the many lakes, woods, trails and nature this area has to offer. The cottage sits within 1/8 mile of Halfmoon State Park, offering a beautiful swimming beach and boat launch.

Halfmoon Lake is an all sports lake connected to six other lakes by navigable channels. Connected lakes include Bruin Lake which hosts a state park camp ground, Patterson Lake and Highland Lake located in Hell, MI. The deep lakes offer wonderful swimming, boating and fishing opportunities.

The Waterloo/Pinckney recreation areas encompasses thousands of acres of pristine forest land and many trails open to the public including the Potawatomi Trail and the Waterloo–Pinckney Trail. Trails pass through oak and pine forests and glacial features such as eskers and kettle lakes and through swamps and open meadows remaining from fallow farms. The trails offer some of the best hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking and hunting in the State of Michigan.

Enjoy the beautiful lake sunsets as you relax on the patio or enjoy a warm campfire as you gaze at the stars. Visit a local pub or explore the City of Ann Arbor just 25 miles to the Southeast. The towns of Chelsea, Dexter and Pinckney are all within 15 minutes.

This property is the perfect couples get-a-way. Cottage includes free Wi-Fi, flat screen satellite TV, full size kitchen with dishwasher and ice maker. Master suite has a quality Queen size bed and a private bath entrance. Additional sleeping space provided by pull out bed in couch.

Access to the lake is through the State Park, overnight docking of your personal boat is not available. The cottage has plenty of parking to accommodate your boat/trailer and the State boat launch is in sight of the property. For a lakefront cottage with a private dock and boat parking, check out our sister property on this same chain of lakes (Homeaway #3929327)

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Bill Harper
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About Bill Harper

My wife were both raised in Farmington, Mi. We moved to the Pickney Recreation Area about 27 years ago.

Bill Harper purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Bill Harper chose Southeast Michigan

The cottage property borders the property of our fulltime home. We purchased this cottage to gain access to the lake and to keep a boat in the water.

What makes this cottage unique

Some of the best sunsets anywhere. Lots of room around cottage, easy access to main roads in the area.


based on 31 traveler reviews

Cozy Year Round Cottage in the Pinckney Recreation Area
average rating of 4.903226 based on 31 reviews

lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

Quiet and very clean. Great rental for couple. Great hiking & swiming at nearby Pickeral Lake. Friendly owners too! What's not to love!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Very nice cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

This is a very nice little cottage. The bed was comfortable, nice open floor plan in the living room/dining,kitchen area. Washer and dryer for clothes. Nice little patio to sit while enjoying the view of the lake.

Easy drive distance to Pickney and Hell, Michigan.

The only thing I would have preferred is some curtains or blinds on Windows in the main areas. The openness and views was very nice, but at night with lights on, it would be nice to feel like there was more privacy.

We met the owner on the last day, as we were packing up. Very nice guy. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect! Though small, it was updated with everything you could need, including washer/dryer and a gas stove/oven that is nicer than the one I have at home. Bill and Daleen went out of their way to make sure we were happy. I took a tour of another place they rent to vacationers. It was larger and very nice.

Our experience was wonderful; I highly recommend renting any cottage they offer!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Spring Lake, MI

Quick, Cozy Reunion

  • 5 of 5

The perfect spot to meet with Denver daughter & her fiance' who were in Ann Arbor for a wedding. Enjoyed campfires, grilled shish kabobs, walked down to dock and saw swans and sandhill cranes. We kayaked the chain of lakes and went hiking in Pinckney Recreation Area.

Visited Waterloo R.A. and the Discovery Center.

The cottage itself is quite cozy and beautifully remodeled, a one-bedroom. It has a great hilltop view of Halfmoon Lake but you must travel just a few miles for water access, which is easy. The only minor complaints: my wife found the kitchen cabinets to be mounted rather high and she couldn't reach things, and there was just one sharp knife in the kitchen, a big one. There are 4 of everything else. We were grateful to be able to rent for just the time we had, two nights. Bill Harper, owner, stopped by for a pleasant chat, and was quite helpful. He lives behind the cottage if anything is needed. Easy to rent and stay in. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Morris, IL

Delightful Property

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this property. I was initially put off by the small square footage, but it was perfect for the two of us and seemed very spacious because of the open floor plan and many windows and high ceilings. Bill and Darlene have decorated beautifully and everything we could have wanted was provided. We enjoy cooking in and all we needed was available. The queen bed was very comfortable and the sleeper sofa in the living room was of good quality and surprisingly comfortable. The area is very peaceful and we saw a lovely sunset and a thunderstorm moving across the lake. There are several very inviting beaches on the inland lakes at Pinckney Recreation Area and we spent a day at one on Silver Lake where we rented kayaks, picniced, and swam in the clean, clear water. The swimming area was well defined and quite large. It was a Wednesday and the beach was well-attended but the area so large we felt it was uncrowded. Many of the homes on the lake had boats docked, but that day, only fishing was happening on the lake.

This place is a gem! We would rent it again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great hosts

  • 5 of 5

Great hosts

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Detroit Metro (DTW)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Inverness Inn
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
US23 & I-94
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Inverness Inn
Nearest Ski
0.01 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Halfmoon State Park Beach
Car: necessary

Thousands of acres of State land surrounding a chain of 7 lakes. Because so much of the land around the lakes is owned by the State, the lakes are much less developed than most other lakes in southern Michigan. Wildlife abounds and some of the natural scenery rivals the beautiful lakes of northern Michigan. Come see for yourself, you'll be glad you did.


Rates & Availability

Gregory Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day 2017
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Sorry, pets are not allowed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Gregory Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 540 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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