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All Season Vacation Home on Otsego Lake-All Activities Nearby

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms + 3 season Porch, 2 Baths (Sleeps 12)

Our family cottage is a single level ranch style layout with (4) bedrooms (three with queen beds and the forth has two twins, a double and a bunk bed; this ''bunk room'' is great for kids). Four couches offer extra sleeping space for kids in the living room and porch if needed. Two full baths (both with showers). The large living room has a cathedral ceiling and knotty pine walls, very popular and still plentiful in northern Michigan. A large stone fireplace (gas). A 42' plasma TV with cable is in the living room, and each bedroom has a smaller TV. Wireless high speed internet service is furnished. The dining room table seats eight easily with extra tables in the living room and the glassed-in porch. A modern well equipped kitchen (spices included) helps make meals and entertaining a breeze. Laundry room offers a washer and dryer on site. A second refrigerator offers extra convenience.

Our Property and THE LAKE!: Outside towards the lake you will find a relaxing 3 person swing, a 25' x 25' brick paved patio area, two BBQ grills, picnic table, portable fire pit and comfortable wrought-iron patio furniture, including 10 chairs and two additional round tables. An American flag flying high overlooks an awesome beach and swimming area. The beach is furnished with additional chairs for sunning. The sandy, rock-free swim area tapers gently from shore to the deeper water. Our private dock runs full length from the patio, across the sand, to the lake, with 80' extending out on the water. Room for docking a boat (up to ~24') or other water toys. This side of the lake usually receives a breeze, so few bugs are ever present. The wind coming through the trees can truly be glorious, and the sunsets are often breathtaking, just like in the movies!

More Details

Richard Peters
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2017

About Richard Peters

Our grandparents built the original cottage on Otsego Lake in 1940. They enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming and picking blueberries, and introduced vacation lakefront living to our parents and our family as the generations passed. The cottage expanded, adding beds and creature comforts. We retained the great old stone fireplace (now gas) and knotty pine beams throughout the main living areas. Our family now enjoys terrific boating, excellent snowmobiling, great golf and awesome skiing whenever we visit. Gaylord grew up too, and now offers all types of restaurants, shopping, kid’s attractions and a new movie theater, all five miles away or less. Our cottage is in the middle of Gaylord's 'Golf Mecca' for summer fans of the game, and for the winter enthusiasts, we typically receive over 180 inches of snow annually due to our location in the Gaylord 'Snow Belt'.

Richard Peters purchased this cottage in 1980

Guestbook comments from the owner

Owners posting note from Renter:

Thanks Richard/Nancy. We enjoyed ourselves. We have been traveling together for many years. Yours is the kind of facility/atmosphere we look forward to. We enjoyed the guided pontoon ride around your lovely lake and the opportunity to meet part of your family.

Again, many thanks!
Aug 2014
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Just 5 Miles South of Gaylord on the E Side of Otsego Lake.

Blueberry picking and LIVE elk park nearby. The Ausable River offers great canoeing and tubing only 20 minutes away.

Other Activities: Shopping, Boating, Snowboarding, Wildlife Viewing, Miniature Golf, Kayaking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobiling


Gaylord Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Non smoking only
  • Any early arrival or late departure must be agreed upon in writing TWO WEEKS prior to arrival.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 2 - toilet , shower
    Full 1 - toilet , shower
  • First bathroom is senior friendly - easy entry, low threshhold shower with sliding doors, and assist handles.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , With dresser & TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , With dresser & TV
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , With dresser & TV
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 4 twin/ single , With dresser & TV
  • * Queen Bed (3) : Each queen bed is in separate BR with separate closet and chest of drawers * Double Bed: Located in forth (bunk) room with separate closet and chest of drawers * Twin/Single Bed (3) : Located in forth (bunk) room with separate closet and chest of drawers * Bunk Bed: Located in forth (bunk) room with separate closet and chest of drawers
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
* Linens Provided: Bed sheets, pillows and pillow cases, bath and kitchen towels are provided. * Off Street Parking: Additional parking on private lot across street * Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer * Gas Fireplace: With remote control. * Nice selection of family, children and action videos. * Full Kitchen: All basic cooking utensils and nice selection of spices provided. Basic cleaning supplies provided. Basic cleaning supplies provided. Starter supply of coffee, paper towels and TP furnished. * Plenty of dishes, silverware and glasses, pots, pans and cutlery for 12 guests. * Refrigerator: Large side by side in kitchen; secon refrigerator in laundry room. * Catering Available: There are several restaurants and businesses in nearby Gaylord available for catering * Deck/Patio: Includes 10 piece outdoor wrought iron chairs and table, picnic table, portable fire pit, and 3 person wooden swing on a large brick paver patio, approx 25' x 25'.


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All Season Vacation Home on Otsego Lake-All Activities Nearby
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Great place for little ones!

  • 5 of 5

We just got home from our stay here and loved it! We stayed with some family and had children ranging in ages from 4-12. This place was perfect for them. My 8 year old was actually in tears when we finally had to leave. They LOVED being all together in the kids room and I loved that there was a bedroom connected to that room so that I could be close by if my littlest ones needed anything. The property is well maintained and the home clean and well stocked. The family room is large, but what's really neat is there's an all season porch connected to it. So when it rained, the adults could sit and talk on the porch while the kids were watching movies in the family room. The dining room table is big. I'd say 8-10 for seating. Plenty of room for Euchre tournaments and Spoons/other card games for the kids! Our favorite thing about this property though, hands down, had to be the beach. There's a nice big sandy area for the kids to play and build sandcastles and the water is shallow enough for the even a very young child to sit and play. It's shallow a pretty long way out too. At the very end of the dock, which is long, is where the water was finally over my older children's heads. Richard and Nancy are great to work with! They communicate promptly and thoroughly and are there if needed during your stay, but really leave you to enjoy your vacation with your family without being intrusive. Any runners out there, take the outside circle and then run down and back past the party store and you'll have a 1 mile loop! It's such a nice peaceful run. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kelly, We appreciate the kind comments! You touched on many of our favorite reasons that make our cottage special for our family. The large "Bunk Room" with separate bath room. The large windowed porch that really lets you "Hear" the rain (and See it coming across Otsego Lake). And the great beach. Nice sand that slowly tapers in the water - great for all ages. Rock and stone free. You are also a great communicator. Base on your email the day you departed, we investigated our roof and found a small seam area that had failed. It will be repaired this week, as our family will arrive tomorrow. Finally, sister Nancy always likes to see the cookie shout out! Hope you consider becoming another repeat customer! Thank, Richard
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We had the greatest time!

  • 5 of 5

We had the greatest time! Working with the Peter's family was a pleasure. I strongly recommend staying at the Peters' Cottage. As Arnold Schwarzenegger once said. "I'll be back"

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Tom! Communication is key! No extra charge for Arnold next time!
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Wonderfully relaxing stay on Lake Otsego

  • 5 of 5

This is really more of a lake house than a cottage. Very comfortable accommodations, sandy beach, amazing sunsets. Close enough to Gaylord if you need anything but far enough for a quiet relaxing stay. Rustic furnishing with all the modern conveniences of home. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Michael, Glad your family vacation was successful! Our parents actually retired and lived on Otsego Lake for over 15 years, so the basic comforts were upgraded, while trying to retain the rustic cottage feel. Besides great golf and water sports, it's a fabulous spot for the winter, with snowmobiling and skiing at your fingertips, thanks to the Gaylord snowbelt! Thanks for your kind review! Richard
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Great summer getaway

  • 5 of 5

I rented the cottage for a 16-man golf getaway and it was wonderful (a few air mattresses needed :)) The accommodations are great, kitchen has everything you need, and the lakefront is beautiful. Richard was great to deal with - would absolutely recommend this place to anybody.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Craig, June is a great time for golf around Gaylord! Thanks for your review. We can take 12 in beds, then it's either couches, or air mattresses, as you noted. The latter is usually reserved for our little caddies. Perhaps you will return to the area in the Fall, with the terrific color display, and play a few more rounds. We are also snowmobile friendly ... Glad your stay was enjoyable! Richard
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Great place to stay and discuss our golfing adventures.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is your home away from home. It has everything you need to make your vacation just what it should be, a vacation. We had 8 adults for a golf getaway and this rental was the best place after a long day playing 36 holes to come back to and relax. Plenty of room to gather and discuss our long drives, missed putts and pay off those closet to the pin bets. We enjoyed the great view of the lake and watched the ducks while enjoying our morning coffee. We look forward to coming back again next spring and hopefully make this our lodging for our annual golf trip. Many thanks to Richard for the ease of communication and the cookies upon arrival are fantastic. Thanks again. Mike and the rest of the duffers.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Mike, Many thanks for your kind review. Glad to know you felt the accommodations were more like a home vs. a simple cottage. We often fill the beds up with several families for snow skiing and boat trips, and most of the major holidays. And (hint) FALL golf is quite spectacular around Gaylord, too. Glad you enjoyed your stay! Richard
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Fantastic weekend get away!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from a great family guys ice fishing weekend. Didn't do so great fishing, but we blame that on odd weather not the anglers. The cottage was perfect. Cozy as can be with plenty of beds. We definitely enjoyed. Richard was very professional to work with. Could not have asked for more. Thank you for sharing your cottage with us.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Chad, It was nice to meet you last weekend as we snowmobiled by our family cottage. I missed using the fireplace at our cottage, but "guests first" in this situation! Thanks for the nice comments, and hope you consider us for another season down the road! Sincerely, Richard
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120
Refundable damage deposit $200

Weekend rates may be available in off season; please inquire!
Dates Available: Year Round
Inquire about small dog fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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