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Lakefront Cottage, family friendly, close to everything but away from it all

Bedrooms 3
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 bath with gorgeous views of Houghton Lake

Remodeled cottage with two bedrooms, each with full size beds. Two full size futons are also available. Kitchen and bath newly remodeled. New carpet, linoleum and hardwood floors. Indoor dining area seats 6 people comfortably although you could fit up to 8. Outdoor patio set can seat up to 8 - 10 with more accommodated on deck bench seat. Bathroom has shower only, no tub. Boat dock is 70' and will accommodate two boats. Optionally, there is one screw tie down for jet ski.

During July and August there is a minimum rental of 7 days, Sunday to Sunday.

More Details

Jennifer Marquette
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Jennifer Marquette

We have owned this home since 1994 and have created many family memories in this home. We have been visiting Houghton Lake for years prior to our home purchase.

Jennifer Marquette purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Jennifer Marquette chose Northern Michigan

We purchased this property as a vacation home as well as an investment. Eventually, we may look to retire in the area (if the winter doesn't get to us). The cottage was built somewhere around 1920 - 1930. While remodeling we found signatures on the exterior walls dated 1931 but are unclear whether they were visitors or were christening the house.

What makes this cottage unique

I love the cottage feel, especially since we remodeled. It is a mix of knotty pine and modern elements. The views from the deck and just the lakefront itself was the main selling point, not to mention the amount of room in the cottage. It is small but handles a fair amount of guests without being overcrowded.


Houghton Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Shower only, no tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Bedroom 3 is a common area, and is not a secluded bedroom.
  • Bedroom 1 - full size bed Bedroom 2 - full size bed Beds 3 & 4 - common area - both full size futons
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • marina
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Lakefront Cottage, family friendly, close to everything but away from it all
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews

Clean and Cozy!

  • 4 of 5

Nice cottage. Had all the amenities and was clean and well prepared and maintained by owner. Road noise is only issue, but if at the water is ok. We enjoyed the experience overall. Thank You!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fishing, Boating, Kayaking, Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay. House was very well appointed with fine amenities, like pillows and towels that I like. Comfortable and roomy with a great location. Quick and easy to get to Bait Store, Golf, Breakfast and DNR lake access. Can walk to True Value Hardware, Party Store and some fine establishments for dinners and drinks.

Outstanding waterfront and views. Nicer slope to lake than most on south lake. Important.

Catching fish off the dock as well as boat. Hottest place on lake to fish was 50 yards in front of house! Boats would drift by all day. You cannot go wrong here. I highly recommend and will look to go back. First time on Houghton lake and it will not be my last.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind comments. We really appreciate the feedback and are really glad you had a great time. Jennifer Marquette
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Great vacation spot. Was just what we were looking for.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time enjoying the lake and spending time with family and friends. Nice place would love to go back next year. One comment though, there was no broom or dust pan or vacuum left out for us to use had to go buy one.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable House on the Lake

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our weekend golf getaway. The place was exactly as described and was big enough for the four of us. I wouldn't hesitate to rent this place again!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice lakefront cottage.

  • 3 of 5

Cottage is cute but there was a lot of road noise and the beds are too soft. Owner is very nice and apologized for the bad weather which she had no control over. We will try something a little farther from the main road next time. The owner should have mentioned that the groundskeeper would show up at the door. We were a little leery to open the door to a stranger and would have been OK if we had known to expect him.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyed our stay.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. We had a family of 6 plus our pooch. You are right on 55 but other than blocking traffic to back our boat trailer in it wasn't bad. Location on the lake is good. Fishing was excellent. Yard and neighbors were nice. Please fix the leak in the front room along the sill plate. We had a good rain one day and there was a stream flowing down the floor. Upgraded kitchen and bath was nice. Plenty of pots and pans to cook. Gas grill was exceptional. Drawbacks would be no closets or anywhere to hang up some clothes. The dressers were old and the soap inside the drawers was not what I'd like our clothes to smell like. Also seeing dead bugs in the drawers....anyway didn't care to live out of our suitcases for the week. Enjoyed our stay thank you for letting us make some memories with our kids!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. The water drainage problem just happened this year. We put a new roof on last year and didn't replace the gutters. Obviously not replacing the gutters was a bad decision. We have already scheduled new gutter installation and will be working on the drainage around the foundation this September. We never use the dressers but have taken your suggestions to heart and will be replacing the antique dressers with new chest of drawers for each of the rooms. Again we appreciate your feedback as it helps us improve our cottage and provide better service for our future guests.
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Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Back Door Saloon
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Car: recommended

Welcome to beautiful Houghton Lake. Houghton Lake is Michigan's largest inland all sports lake. The lake is great for fishing, swimming, water skiing, tubing or just relaxing on the water. Local attractions include cinema, bowling, family fun center, ATV/Snowmobile trails, golf, and mini-golf. There is a large craft store (Arnie's), and there are numerous craft shows and other events like Budfest, and Tip-Up-Town. Other drivable attractions for day trips include, Snow Snake ziplines are located one half hour away, Mackinaw is approximately 2-1/2 hours. Traverse City 1-1/2 hours and Gaylord 1 hour.

There are numerous local dining establishments located nearby, one of which is within walking distance (1/4 mile) and several other within 2 miles (Limberlost & Long Branch Saloon). Boat rentals are available nearby at Heights Marina, Brian's Marina or K&B Marina, all within two miles.

ATV trails are numerous and just a short drive away, approximately 4 miles.

Area shopping includes Walmart, as well as popular grocery chains Family Fare and Save-A-Lot.


Rates & Availability

Houghton Lake Cottage Rental Rates

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Jun 18 2017 - Jul 30 2017
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Sep 4 2017 - Sep 7 2017
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Sep 8 2017 - Sep 10 2017
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Sep 11 2017 - Sep 14 2017
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Sep 26 2017 - Oct 2 2017
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May 28 2018 - Jun 17 2018
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until confirmed. Reservations are subject to cancellation if payment terms and conditions are not met.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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