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Richard and Stephanie Guyor

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english

Lake Michigan Beachfront Efficiency Guest House

8 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Harbor Springs Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

A perfect 'honeymoon getaway' for any stage in your relationship, our cozy and romantic A-frame is situated one hundred feet from our large Tudor A-frame with a stand of cedar in between for privacy. It is old-world styled to match, furnished in antiques, with a separate drive and beach area.

Inside, it is an efficiency-type with tumbled marble floor, electric heat, a Queen Anne futon that makes into a very comfortable double bed, a combination sink-stove-refrigerator/freezer unit, and kitchen area. There is a half-bath with built in vanity and granite counter top and an attached classy stone and timber private hot outdoor two-person shower.

There is a large stone and cedar deck overlooking Lake Michigan, complete with deck chairs and an elaborate corner bench and table for outside dining. The view from there is spectacular; and from the beach a few steps away, you can see Charlevoix, Beaver Island, and the entrance to the Straits of Mackinaw.

M119, at the top of our bluff, is extremely popular with bicyclists and car buffs who never tire of the 'green tunnel of trees' with magnificent views of the lake between Harbor Springs and the sand dunes of Sturgeon Bay north of Cross Village. Evenings will provide some of the most beautiful sunsets you have ever seen and occasional northern-light spectacles best viewed near the warmth of a beach fire.

Keywords: Beach House

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Richard and Stephanie Guyor (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english

Why Richard and Stephanie Guyor chose Northern Michigan

Located on Lamkin Rd., a designated Natural Beauty Road fronting Lake Michigan below the M-119 Tunnel of Trees, halfway between Harbor Springs and Cross Village, on a natural point of beachfront property, it provides privacy in a popular resort area.

What makes this cottage unique

Gated entrance, secluded privacy, view four stone waterfalls on property, one with arched bridge approach and deck overlook . . subtle night lighting. Brilliant starlit nights enjoyed by the beach fire.


based on 8 traveler reviews

Lake Michigan Beachfront Efficiency Guest House
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Perfect Honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

We honeymooned here for a week starting the day after our wedding and it was the PERFECT place for the two of us. If you are looking to recharge and disconnect, this is the spot. Walking the beach is so relaxing and very private. Richard & Stephanie Guyor are excellent hosts with recommendations for awesome places to eat and visit in the area. Their love for the property and the area is abundant and evident in every inch. My husband and I both agree that staying in their little A-frame was our favorite vacation to date! During our stay we dined and shopped in Harbor Springs, spent a night on Mackinac Island, and were engrossed driving along the tunnel of trees. It’s hard to believe just how beautiful this area is. This was our first experience using a website like homeaway, and we could not have been more pleased. We would recommend this space for anyone looking to relax in solitude while still being a short drive away from adorable towns for meals out and casual shopping. Be sure to walk up the beach to the public lookout for a memorable sunset stroll. Also stop into the Good Hart general store for some treats and to indulge in made to order crepes. Harbor Springs is very picturesque and a short drive away. This was also our first time visiting Mackinac Island, which was only about a 40 minute drive to the ferry. We will certainly be back and cannot wait to catch up with Rick and Stephanie when we do.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Stay at Awesome A-Frame Beach House

  • 5 of 5

A retirement celebration trip to see beautiful autumn colors in northern Michigan with my husband Larry (married 41 years) included a very special and delightful two night stay at Richard & Stephanie Guyor's darling A-Frame beach home in Harbor Springs. I was looking for a charming place near Lake Michigan, nestled in the woods and this darling little place was just the ticket! Talk about clever and efficient construction... this wonderful economy size hide-a-way had everything we needed and was designed with comfort & convenience in mind and eye appeal. We were so pleased with the features of this mini beauty... such as the gorgeous interior wood and marble tile floor, nice built-in places for things, a great TV with lots and lots of stations, a multi-purpose space saving kitchen unit that contained a frig, a good size sink and burners for stove-top cooking and all the necessary dishes & kitchen utensils, There was a very nice inside half bath with toilet & sink and cabinet underneath and a fabulous outdoor shower (which felt terrific!). For sleeping, we pulled out a lovely futon that turned into a comfortable bed. Larry is 6'1" and he didn't have any problem with bumping his head. We loved the big desk with an unobstructed view of Lake Michigan and we made a point of star gazing on the deck at night. One of our favorite thing was sitting on the beach at night with a campfire and watching/listening to the waves coming into shore. We wished we had been able to stay a whole week, as it would have been fun to explore the beach & woods more. The ride to get to this A-Frame was gorgeous in fall and parts of it took us through the M-119 "Tunnel of Trees" which was just fantastic to do... amazing colors & views of Lake Michigan! Our host, Richard, was such an attentive host and made sure we knew all the features of his beach home and gave us tips about where to eat in the area. We enjoyed Legs Inn (authentic Polish food yum yum) and New York (classy restaurant, delicious food and two for one pricing before 5:30 pm!) Richard was very interesting and quite talented and showed us the stone waterfalls he had created throughout his property, including a real moat and drawbridge at his adjacent home. All in all... we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at this special A-frame beach home and would definitely go there again... maybe next summer, so we could enjoy playing in Lake Michigan too - with some kayaks that are made available for guests. Excellent stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Farmington, MI

Weekend Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our first VRBO! My husband and I booked a peaceful weekend at this house and it was absolutely peaceful. The location has everything... rolling dunes with grass and moss, a beach with a point out into the lake, fire pit with firewood nearby, a sandy beach area with an umbrella if needed, a deck set back by the A frame with seating, seating on the grass facing the water, seating on the beach. A river with a walkover bridge being built while we were there. The owner has put a lot of thought and hard work in over the years. The one room A frame was just what we needed, but more than what we expected (marble floor, refinished wood walls, dimmers, direct TV, amazing shower with long lasting hot water).

We rode our bikes to the nearby historical church (which the owner had a hand in renovating) and around the bend to the Good Hart general store, had dinner at Leggs Inn, read books on the beach. The weather didn't cooperate while we were there but we enjoyed our time none the less.

The hosts were wonderful. We were intrigued by the history of the location and the homes on site as we took our tour of the property. We asked many questions that the host was so gracious to explain. Knowing the handmade history made us appreciate the smooth wood on the ceiling and boulder in the mortar foundation.

For our first VRBO, we had a great experience and we will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Relaxing Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous vacation staying at the Guest House. The setting is so peaceful, relaxing, and full of beauty. Each day we walked the Lake Michigan coastline and at night enjoyed a campfire on the beach. The location is so conveniently located in the tunnel of trees, close to Leggs Inn, and many quaint small towns. The owners were so very welcoming and helpful. We truly enjoyed our stay and will make plans to be back. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Delightful week break with our new baby

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful stay! My wife, baby and I were attending a wedding in Traverse City in June so we decided to extend our stay in Michigan and travel up to Harbor Springs for the 4th of July week. I highly recommended this guest house to anyone who is looking to get away from it all for a while. The view of the lake is stunning, we made a beach fire every night and ate our weight in smores. The house is of course small - but extremely cosy - every nook and cranny has its purpose and the space is well designed. Our baby co-sleeps with us and all three of us fit snugly in to the pull-out sofa bed. It's a lot like very upscale camping with your own little kitchen, washroom and incredible outdoor shower.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This spot is beyond amazing! The cabin itself is small but has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing getaway. The outdoor shower was delightful (even when a bit chilly in the morning!) The property is beautiful and incredibly well maintained (hummingbirds and butterflies were frequent visitors while out on the spacious deck!) and the owners obviously take great pride in providing such a beautiful locale. The location of the cabin is somewhat remote but close to many different points of interest (Good Hart General Store has amazing pies and cookies!) and with a little bit of a drive you can be in Harbor Springs, Petoskey, etc. I would recommend this spot to anyone who is looking for an Up North getaway for two and I think we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Harbor Springs
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Legs Inn
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Boyne Highlands
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Legs Inn
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Nubs Nob
Nearest Beach
Right out front
Car: necessary

Canoe and row boat included, Beach walking, Beach fires with star gazing. Bring any beach toys that you enjoy and water shoes Beachfront is suitable for launching windsurfers, kayaks, canoes, water toys.Nearby is Mackinac Island, water park and other activities in Mackinaw City, cruising Little Traverse Bay in Harbor Springs, ,Nine miles from historic Legs Inn Restaurant and one-half mile from St. Ignatius Church, national and Michigan historic mission church.,


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

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Pet Fee $8

Weekly rental only during July and August.

A deposit of $220 check or money order is required to reserve the property. Remaining balance is due on arrival.

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Harbor Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
DirectTV with all premium movie channels, Toaster, Coffee pot, Ceiling fan, Wood for beach fires, Pillows & Blankets are provided, Bring your own personal linens (sheets, towels, and pillow cases)

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