Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

'Wickwood' Family Cottage On Beautiful Big Twin Lake!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bath Cottage, Sleeps 10

If you are looking for someplace to get away with your family for a summer week - this is the place. This cottage has recently been renovated by the owners and 'Wickwood' is now ready to be shared with families looking to make some wonderful memories!. Affordable, comfortable, cute, clean and with everything you are looking for in a lakefront cottage. With its 2 main floor bedrooms and open loft sleeping area you have 6 beds and can sleep up to 10. There are 1.5 baths, a full kitchen, all new furniture, linens, cable, internet, sandy beach, fire pit, lots of trees and a great view! Imagine getting up and taking your cup of coffee onto the deck and enjoying the beautiful view and quiet start to a day of fun. Spend the day playing in the water and in the evening playing games at the table or roasting marshmallows over the fire pit. Bring your kayaks and water toys or use the row boat at the cottage. The owners have recently updated the home and it has almost all new furnishings and carpet, with a few family treasures mixed in to keep the cottage charm. The house is only 30 minutes from Grayling, 15 minutes from Kalkaska or Mancelona where you will find grocery stores and restaurants. Kalkaska also has a fantastic indoor/outdoor market.

PLEASE NOTE - dock will accommodate up to a 20' boat.

More Details

Property Manager
Tressia Mooney
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018


Mancelona Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • guests must be 25 and older unless a family with children
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , open loft bedroom
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Would you like to have your condo stocked with food items –breakfast for your first morning, flowers or a full menu? Contact your host at or by 231-676-0867


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

75% Complete
12% Complete
12% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
'Wickwood' Family Cottage On Beautiful Big Twin Lake!
average rating of 4.625 based on 8 reviews
Shelby Township, Michigan

A Pleasant But Not Perfect Fall Vacation

  • 3 of 5

Our week at "Wickwood" (during the first week of October), in expectation of "leaf-peeping" to our hearts' content, proved to be less than spectacular. Part of the problem was Mother Nature's fault--she just did not bless us this year with a vista of trees in full color around the lake. Nor did she provide any hungry fish that were reachable from either the dock on the property or from the dock at the public access site around the corner. The fact that I never saw one fishing boat on the lake during the whole week suggests that this body of water does not provide fish for humans, just some loons who take up residence there. (Some locals I spoke to confirmed that they had never heard of anyone's catching fish on the lake! No wonder that I never had even one nibble in two days of fishing!) Oh, there was a rowboat available for use, but not for an 81-year-old who is no longer fleet of foot anymore to be able to access the boat situated overturned on a very steep bank, several feet out of reach above the water. Prior to taking occupancy of the cottage, I had inquired about the boat and was told it was there for use. The owner did know of my age, yet made no provision for making the craft more accessible to an old codger such as I. (I guess I could have called for help with it, but there did not seem to be any point, considering the fishability of the water.)

The cottage itself was very clean, the furniture was comfortable--even the beds--and the kitchen was well stocked with good utensils and pans. The flat-screen TV, cable, and internet were very good. The cabin itself makes good use of its small area, even though the dark '60's, '70's paneling in the kitchen/great room, hall, and master bedroom simply accentuated the gloom of a cloudy or rainy day. The dark bamboo shades didn't help either.

The owners may want to consider adding a couple of safety features to their cabin--smoke detectors, bathmat or safety appliques for the bathtub, and even perhaps a couple of grab bars on the interior walls of the tub area.

(Incidentally, two very good restaurants in the area were The Iron Skillet in Mancelona and Trout's in Kalkaska, each over 10 miles away.)

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Cozy Fall Get Away

  • 5 of 5

Wickwood was perfect for our fall retreat. Cozy cottage perfect for the two of us. Recently decorated it was tasteful and comfortable. Immaculate. Kitchen is small but equipped for basic cooking, we stayed in most nights to enjoy the lake and fire pit. The lake is the star attraction, sand bottom with crystal clear water. Very quiet. We arrived to the sound of loons calling and had a daily visit from a heron who used the dock at sunset to hunt dinner.

Wickwood has two nice bedrooms and a sleeping loft with four additional beds but the living area is quite small. Ideal for small families or 1-2 couples.

Would I come back,? Absolutely. Would I recommend this to others? Yes, but I would like to keep it a secret so it is available when I want to return next summer.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

The cabin was very comfortable with five brothers we used the beds and bathroom s and dining area w

  • 5 of 5

We were hoping to catch fish they were not biting we sat in the yard and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and saw a pileated woodpecker very peaceful

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Super clean cabin with great view and perfect swimming!

  • 4 of 5

The cabin is very clean, cute, and comfortable and stocked with everything you need for your stay. Really, really loved the fire pit with the view overlooking the lake! Very beautiful and relaxing to watch the wildlife in the morning/evening. This location is perfect for swimming....shallow, warm water that gradually gets deeper with no weeds! My husband used the row boat for fishing and even caught a rock bass just fishing off the dock. It is a 15-20 minute drive to the nearest store, etc, which some people may not like, but being away from the busyness of town is considered a plus for us when on vacation. Many houses nearby sell fire wood, which was all we needed after we got groceries the first day.

I really would like to rate this 4.5 but that's not an option. The only thing that prevented me from giving it a 5 is that there is not a table outside to eat (or play cards or whatever), which we really missed. Next time we would bring our fold-up picnic table along.

Overall this is a fantastic place for a fun, quiet, and relaxing vacation! Highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

What a weekend!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a great time at this house. The house was great and the lake was beautiful. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a wonderful time in this great little place.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great vacation getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Wickwood. The cottage is nicely decorated. Everything was clean, the mattresses and pillows were comfortable. beautiful setting, we swam in the lake every day.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport (TVC)
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Shanty Creek Resort
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Schuss and Summit at Shanty Creek
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $200

Summer weeks are Friday to Friday rentals.
All renters must be a minimum of 25 years old unless they are part of a family group.
Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to arrival date will incur a $45 fee, the remainder of your rent/tax/cleaning paid will be returned. Cancellations made between 14 and 30 days will incur a $45 fee and if paid in full, 50% rent/tax and 100% of the security deposit and cleaning fee will be returned. If you cancel with less than 14 days remaining, there is no refund of rent/tax, the security and cleaning fee will be refunded

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar properties