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Convenient Lakefront Get Away Cottage - Perfect for Fall Colors

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2-4 comfortably; (6 max)

On the Bluff - Best Views of Diamond Lake

Perfect spot for a romantic getaway, small family or two couples to spend some time relaxing. This lakefront cottage offers beautiful panoramic bluff line views from the upper deck or you can enjoy spending time right on the lake. Enjoy a lake view from every room in the Cottage! Diamond Lake is a 200 acre, all sport lake with good fishing opportunities. This is an easy drive for a relaxing time. Located 3 miles north of White Cloud. Only 45 minutes from Grand Rapids, Mt Pleasant or Muskegon, 20 minutes from Big Rapids or Fremont, home of Gerber baby food, 30 minutes from Michigan's Adventure Amusement and Water Park.

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Gordon & Tamela Gallagher
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017

About Gordon & Tamela Gallagher

Your hosts, Gordon and Tamela Gallagher

Gordon & Tamela Gallagher purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Gordon & Tamela Gallagher chose Western Michigan

On a fall weekend getaway in October 2013, we found Diamond Lake by chance when we rented a vacation property there. During our lovey stay, we pontooned around the lake admiring the peace and beauty. We happened upon several homes for sale, and on Sunday of that weekend, we met with a realtor and looked at this home. We loved the cute cottage charm of the exterior, the extensive decking overlooking the lake, The walkout design allowed for more lake view from the interior. We loved the spot--on the spot. After going home and thinking about how we could make this work, we decided to make an offer.

My husband calls this my 20th wedding anniversary present (Christmas and Birthday too, LOL). Closing was on Valentine's Day! How apropos.

When trying to decide what to name our new nest, we discovered that the Emerald is the gemstone token for the 20th anniversary. Thus the Emerald Cottage.(on Diamond Lake)

We would like to create an atmosphere that is comfortable, clean and fun. We would like to be a retreat for couples that would like to getaway for a romantic weekend, or for families that would like to take a summer vacation on the lake.

What makes this cottage unique

Newly renovated and updated! Best views on the lake because the house sits up off the lake on a small bluff. Also the way the cottage is geographically aligned and our wrap around decks, you can enjoy the sunrise and the sunset!


White Cloud Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Newly updated, with marble shower surround.
  • Bathroom has wall mounted blow dryer
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Amethyst (sunrise) Bedroom - 1 double , Wake up to the sunrise over the lake, from your cozy bed!
    Peridot (twin trundle beds) Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , very cozy trundle beds, view of lake out west window.
    Ruby (sunset) Bedroom - 1 queen , Walk out lvl, western lake views, low ceiling clearance 6'5
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
Full disclosure: There are stairs going down to the water, because the cottage is up on a small bluff on the lake. If you have small children or elderly in your party, it may hamper your enjoyment.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Convenient Lakefront Get Away Cottage - Perfect for Fall Colors
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

The property was amazing. The view was fabulous and the house was beautifully decorated.

  • 5 of 5

The overall experience of renting Emerald Cottage was 100 percent perfect. My friends and I will be talking about this vacation for the rest of our lives. From the breath taking views, to the fully stocked kitchen, Emerald Cottage did not disappoint. The outdoor space was equally as impressive as the inside. We struggled to decided where we wanted to spend more time.... the outdoors usually won. We had more dance parties and laughter than I've had in a long time. The only thing that I would suggest is having a fan or two available for guests to use at night. The last night that we were there it was SO hot and next to impossible to get any sleep. The property was very clean. Meeting Gordon and Tamela there the first night, they were SO very welcoming and showed us where everything was, and all the little tidbits that we would need to know to have a great vacation. They provided all the right information that we needed and seemed very enthusiastic for us to be enjoying their cottage. I would definitely considering renting this cottage again and will make sure to tell anyone I can about how awesome this experience was.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely property, very peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We would definitely rent it again

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home and location

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our stay at Emerald Cottage. The cottage was comfortable for our family of 5 and the lake is beautiful. We enjoyed fantastic sunsets from the balcony and even got to see a pair of loons feeding their baby right off the dock. Gordon and Tamela were fantastic hosts and made sure we were well taken care of.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage had everything needed for a comfortable stay. This was important for an out of state vacation. The cottage was located near many area attractions with many more within an hour drive. The bedrooms were clean with adequate bedding. The hosts were easily accessible for any questions or concerns. The only area of concern was the stairs to the water. We managed but they are in need of repair. Our family was very happy with the accomadations overall.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a great hideaway on a very nice lake. We had a very relaxing quiet getaway which we've never done before. Our hosts were extremely accommodating and thoughtful. Definitely could recommend. It was a little too chilly for outdoors however we still grilled out some hotdogs and enjoyed in the cozy cottage atmosphere.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

mooi, fantastisch gelegen, wel zeer gevoelig aan weersomstandigheden, ook niet te ver van allerlei activiteiten of grootwarenhuizen, maar in vergelijking met reeds gehuurde woningen zoals in Las Vegas en Phoenix mogen we niet meer geven dan 7-8/10

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Emerald Cottage is 40 miles from Michigan's Adventure Theme and Water-park. (Owned by Cedar Point, Ohio) It is a very convenient and scenic drive, perfect for a day trip to the park. We have information on site for your convenience.

The Emerald Cottage is also located 50 miles from Grand Rapids with lots of cultural acitivities , museums, a zoo, microbreweries and many fine eateries.


Rates & Availability

White Cloud Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2017
Apr 15 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 3 2019 - Oct 31 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Full disclosure: There are stairs going down to the water, because the Cottage is up on a small bluff on the lake. If you have small children or elderly in your party, it may hamper your enjoyment.


House Rules:
1. No more than 6 people MAXIMUM sleeping in the Cottage.
2. Your rental fee includes up to 4 people, each additional person up to 6 is an additional fee of $20 PER night PER person. If you bring more people that the reservation was made for, the additional people will be charged for.
3. No more tha 10 people MAXIMUM on the property at any one time.
4. No Pets are allowed unless thay have been pre-authorized before arrival. Pet fee is additional $25. per night (only for pre-approved and UNDER 10 pound dogs).
5. Any infraction of these rules can mean loss of security deposit, or immediate termination of rental or both.

Note: Minimum age of renting guest is 25. Please be prepared to show valid driver's licence or state issued ID.

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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