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Lake Michigan Beachfront Efficiency Guest House

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

Richard and Stephanie Guyor
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

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.


Harbor Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Weekly rental only in July and August.
  • $7.50 per night for animal with pre approval.
  • Smoking on property, but not in beach house.
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
  • 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)


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Lake Michigan Beachfront Efficiency Guest House
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews
Tecumseh, Michigan

Breathtaking and Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

I had been waiting to get the opportunity to visit this guest house for about five years + and finally we did. We totally enjoyed the location as we had our own private beach area right on my favorite Great Lake--Michigan! On a scale of 1 to 5, I'd rate it a 10. So romantic, cozy and beautifully created! We've rented many places and this is probably my favorite. My husband and I plan to return next year. Stunning view out the front door and ditto while taking outdoor shower. You can easily cook with two burners and plenty of kitchen supplies and also supplied outdoor grill. We didn't go out to eat the day we were there as we wanted to rush back to enjoy the house, have a campfire and watch the sunset. Doesn't get any better than this!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Perfect Anniversary Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending our 2nd Anniversary at this amazing lake cottage! From the moment we arrived with our 2 pugs, we knew it was going to be hard to leave. The location couldn't be more perfect, tucked under some trees, with a perfectly manicured lawn and a direct view/access out to the lake. The pictures really don't capture the beauty of the location and the craftsmanship of the cottage. The description and photos of the interior are extremely accurate and you can tell how small (and perfectly cozy) the cottage is. It worked great for us, even with the 2 small dogs. And once you arrive, you will want to spend every waking moment out on the porch, or down at the beach. We made a beach fire every evening and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows and played guitar while the sun was setting. And it was so lovely to sleep with the door open and hear the waves crashing into the rocks at night. It was by far the most peaceful and relaxing vacation, just what we needed to escape the big city hustle!

The owners are fantastic and we had such nice conversations with Richard while there, who provided us with lots of details and made sure we were well taken care of. Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality!

We cannot wait to come back next year to this magical cottage!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beyond perfect

  • 5 of 5

My best friend and I stayed here for the weekend plus one day. We LOVED it. It was tiny but we loved it so much!! It had everything we needed and more. It was cozy and beautiful. Plenty of privacy. The shower was AMAZING. The views at the location were to die for. We spent lots of time on the deck or the campfire/beach area. We will return!!!

This place was smaller than expected but no complaints here. We wanted to stay longer!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Way too small for us (

  • 1 of 5

The Beach House is in a beautiful location, but the structure itself is a real problem. We left after just 1 night. The description says it’s an efficiency but it’s actually about ½ that size at most. It can’t be more than 100 sq. feet (about 10 paces in each direction--maybe ½ the size of a small motel room), and that’s just the floor space: It’s an A-frame, so the walls are pitched at a steep angle, making the head space more limited the closer you get to the sides, like an A-shaped tent. The materials and craftsmanship are high quality but the layout did little to make the space more usable. The owner was very clear that we were not to wear our shoes inside because of the marble floor, so we had to leave them out in the rain because there was literally nowhere to put them where they weren’t in the way—nowhere to put anything, for that matter. When you fold out the futon bed, it comes right to the front door so you don’t have any privacy if you keep the screen door open (someone standing at the door is literally right at the foot of your bed, looking down on you!). The bed was also very uncomfortable, with a pronounced dip in the middle. The kitchen is well equipped, but so small it’s not really usable. We spent a good 3 hrs. while we were there trying to make it work because the location is so beautiful, but this place is too tiny even for 2 people who live in a small condo where we’re used to being somewhat cramped. Bottom line, in our view the description doesn't make clear just how tiny this place really is. If you're OK with super-tiny, plan to spend almost no time inside there, have very little stuff with you, and essentially eat out the whole time, it could be fine for you. For us, all these drawbacks were too much.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Obviously, the beach house is not for everyone. As our pictures illustrate and our rental letter states, it is small; however, larger than 10 by 10. We regret that even one guest was dissatisfied as our goal is to provide a quality place for couples to enjoy each other and the beauty of the area.
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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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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

Harbor Springs Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 19 2017 - Oct 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $7.5

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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