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Sun, Sand, Snow, Year Round Recreation, with Private Beach,

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

Our vacation home is located on the southeast side of Higgins Lake.

Keywords: Private Drive, Private Road, Great Room, Gas Fireplace,Family Room, TV, Full Kitchen, Dining Room that Faces the Lake, Large deck, patio furniture

55’ of Private Sandy Beach, 70’ Private Dock, Sandy Swimming Area, Deepens Gradually, Permanent Anchorage for your own boat. Paddleboat and Canoe Available (in season), Fire Pit, Gas Grill Available (in season), Quiet Neighbors.

Ten minutes from Roscommon, Thirty minutes from Houghton Lake, West Branch or Grayling. Five minutes from cross country ski trails (by car) and ice fishing (on foot). Snowmobile trails near by.

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Joan Cook
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 27, 2017

About Joan Cook

I am an environmental analyst with the State of Michigan in the Department of Environmental Quality. My Wife is a teacher, mother, homemaker, and my best buddy. We have 4 adult children, 3 who live in Michigan and 1 who lives in Califorina. We all love the lake and spend as much of our time up there as possible.

Joan Cook purchased this house in 1958

Why Joan Cook chose Michigan

Ownership of our lake home was a decision that was made for me. My family purchased our property when I was 18 months old. From that time until I graduated from high school I spent my summers and many spring and fall weekends at Higgins Lake. As soon as school was out mom and I headed north. Dad would join us on the weekends. Over the many years I found joy in picking the wild blueberries that bloomed in front of the cottage, (and in the swampy areas back on the state land behind our property (there is nothing that can beat pancakes made with just picked blueberries. I enjoyed lazy days of swimming, boating, fishing, sunning and exploring on the state owned woods behind our lot. The back roads were available for deer and other fauna watching. We have seen deer in our back yard and wild turkeys on the beach. While ducks and herons swim in the lake and eagle soar air over head. The experience has had a lot to do with my selection of a career in environmental protection. I became the sole owner when my parents passed away. We recently completed many renovations and repairs to make S’Hummer Haven an even more pleasant to visit and relax!

What makes this house unique

One of the main benefits of my home is that the area around it is still fairly undeveloped. Over the 58 years I have been coming north I have seen many of the areas around both Higgins and Houghton Lakes build up and become more “down state”, our area is still pretty much as it was when we first started coming up. Our place is on a private road, on which there has been no new construction in over 30 years. Ownership of the other places on our road has not changed in 20 years. The lot immediately to the south of us is undeveloped. Our sandy beach is clean. Our side of the lake deepens gradually. An adult can walk out 100 yards and still have their head above water. Our lake water is crystal clear, and the lake bottom in front is sand.


Roscommon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Village ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Canoe, Paddle Boat (in season) Two Adult Bikes (his/her)


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

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Sun, Sand, Snow, Year Round Recreation, with Private Beach,
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews

Beautiful home, awesome dock and beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay, the water is crystal clear and the dock was nice and big. A perfect base for sand-free swimming and sunbathing. Nice sturdy ladder to climb in and out of the water. There is a convenient brick walkway all the way to the dock so you can keep your feet somewhat clean and easier to walk vs thru the sand. The water is really incredible! Unlike any other lake we've visited! We hope to return with more family one day. It was just two of us and our dog but I could see a large family having plenty of room to roam.

Beautiful grill and great deck with comfortable patio furniture. Views from inside and out are stunning. Peaceful and quiet. It's especially nice that there is no direct neighbor to the south which makes it feel very private. Neighbors to the north are quiet and seemed like nice people.

We're from the Detroit area so on a cloudy day we took a trip to see the bridge and UP one afternoon. Only 1.5 hour drive. Stopped in Petoskey. Beautiful drive. This trip made us fall in love with Northern Michigan!

We are regular HomeAway users and I promise that you will not be disappointed in this choice!!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable home, great for socializing, very close to Cross Country Ski Headquarters

  • 4 of 5

Four of us spent a January weekend at the "Sun, Sand, Snow" home, which was a perfect location for visits to the Cross Country Ski HQ - about a mile away (if that far). The beds were comfortable, we enjoyed meals and some euchre at the very cool long, wooden, rustic dining room table, and the Grayling brewpubs are 15 minutes away. Although we were there for the snow, I can see that this place would be great as a summer family getaway, with it's on-the-lake location and great lake view. We would choose this home again.

My only complaint is the requirement to choose between a $3,000 deposit or an $80 insurance policy. This seems extreme; we've never had to pay such a high deposit for an Airbnb, but I suspect the hosts had a bad experience (or two) in the past.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing ice fishing trip

  • 4 of 5

House was great very relaxing ice fishing was a blast had a great weekend away with friends only thing that could be improved is an updated grill we made it work but it was a struggle to get a decent flame other than that had all the amenities and the view from the kitchen and lower living area was amazing already talking about making another ice fishing trip next year

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cross-country ski week with family & friends

  • 4 of 5

The house was wonderfully equipped for our group of 3 couples and 2 adult children. We missed the first day of skiing due to a problem with the keyless entry. And the view of the lake was gorgeous. Had fun playing cards at the long table at night after a day of skiing. Had a little problem with the mildew smell in one of the lower bedrooms and had to clean off the mildew on the shower curtain. The beds were very comfortable. And there was plenty of dishes and silverware for eating all our meals at the house. We'd stay there again next year if we go cross country skiing, but the couple who doesn't have sensitive noses would stay in that one lower bedroom.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry to see the response about the mildew on the bathroom liner. It certainly will be addressed to our cleaning crew. This certainly is not acceptable to us. There are specific directions to report anything out of order to us when you get there. We don't want our guest to have to clean or take care of anything out of order. A member from the cleaning crew would have been sent over to clean the bathroom again. The mildew odor in the bedroom would also fall under the category. With the house being built on a slab we do our best to keep it fresh with constant dry air absorbing units. They need to be replaced often, especially in the winter when the cottage is closed. New air dry units would have helped that. We were in constant contact over the keyless entry issue. I had told you a way to leave the house without losing a day of activity. You said you were going to stay in anyway? I do hope you will consider a nother ski trip with us.
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Awesome views of Higgins Lake

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time, house is big enough and very comfortable. Being able to look out the wall of windows onto the lake was amazing. We got there after a small amount of snow had fallen and the lake was part frozen. It was so pretty. The only downfall was the water pressure was low, but manageable. We will be trying to come back in the summer. Will be posting video to YouTube shortly.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good house in a fabulous location!

  • 5 of 5

We had two adults and two teenagers that stayed in this house in mid August. The location was absolutely incredible with a very nice, sandy beach and a perfect view of the sunsets! We had plenty of room inside and outside the house. The canoe and paddle boat were nice additions to have. The owners were very responsive and easy to deal with. The house was very clean. No air conditioning but lots of fans. We rented a pontoon boat for a day from B&B marina. They were also great to deal with. We switched our reservation from one day to another, due to the weather, and they were very nice and flexible. It was great to have a place to tie off the boat by the house so we could go in for lunch and a bathroom break! My only suggestions for improvement would be some of the cookware and the barbecue, and the Internet and cable reception were sometimes spotty. While there were plenty of cooking supplies, some of the pans were worn out with the coating very worn and scratched. Also the barbecue was sketchy and would not light. We did not contact the owners about the above since we considered them minor issues. Overall, a great property to stay at! Loved being so close to Mackinac and Traverse City. We would absolutely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Public boat launch
"South Higgins Lake State Park "
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Rates & Availability

Roscommon House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Prime Season 2017
Jun 19 2017 - Sep 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
Color Tour Season
Sep 11 2017 - Nov 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Prime Season 2018
Jun 17 2018 - Sep 9 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50

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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