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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 Sleeping 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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 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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Gaylord Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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 ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • First bathroom is senior friendly - easy entry 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
  • 8 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • 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'.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

All Season Vacation Home on Otsego Lake-All Activities Nearby
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

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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Peck, MI, USA

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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Cottage with Character....

  • 5 of 5

This isn't your typical feels like a home away from home. We had 5 adults on a snowmobile trip and had more than enough room....after a long day of riding this was the PERFECT place to come back, grill out and enjoy a few beers by the fireplace. The front living room is a great place to socialize without having to interrupt those that wanted to retire to bed early.....Great communication in advance and everything played out exactly as Richard said it would. We would definitely rent here again. Thank you!

Chad and Crew

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Chad, Thanks for enjoying our family cottage, and the kind words. Sounds like you found good snow on the trails around Mackinaw, Lewiston, Indian River, and pretty much all around Gaylord. I will have to try the Lewiston Lodge as you recommend. Going north with three buds tomorrow; but gotta rent a motel room, as our cottage is already rented to some ice fishermen this weekend! Think SNOW ... at least until end of March!! Richard
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Harrison Township

Beautiful Home and Property!

  • 5 of 5

I am finally getting around to writing this review, as this cabin deserves 5 stars. It was a beautiful rustic interior home with a lot more room than the pictures show. The pictures definitely don't do this beautiful home justice! I happened to go by myself and met up with some friends who were up north around the same time and it was great! The lake being right in the backyard was awesome for fishing (although I was there before the dock was extended out farther). I enjoyed every minute of my stay and waking up to see two ducks every morning sitting side by side on the end of the dock was awesome. The property isn't far from downtown Gaylord if anything is needed for food or other supplies. Overall it was an awesome stay and the homemade soft chocolate cookies were AWESOME! I'm not sure who made them but that was a great surprise!! Thank you for allowing me to stay in your home for the weekend! I definitely see another rental in the future. :)

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kari, Thanks for your kind words about our family cottage! You missed the fully installed dock by about a week! Sister Nancy is the humble but proud cookie chef ... home made for sure! Hope to see you next season, or perhaps this winter? Richard
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Wonderful Winter getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great "family Christmas weekend" here!! The place was beautiful, accommodated our very large family (including 6 young children), and we even arrived to homemade cookies!!! The kitchen was fully stocked with spices and tons of dishes making 'eating-in' for our large group so much easier!! We also enjoyed the sleeping arrangements, as the kids were all able to sleep near each other and play and watch movies in their own separate area while the adults were able to visit in front of the cozy fireplace!! Perfect weekend getaway! We hope to be back next Christmas!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Julie, We are very pleased that your sizeable party enjoyed the large "separate" bunk room which can handle up to six comfortably. More than a "few" years back, we used to play and read comics with our cousins and friends on rainy days. Today, there are probably 50+ family oriented videos for entertainment. The parents were always happy to tuck us safely in the back bunk room. We ALSO gravitate to the big fireplace in the living room. Some things don't change! Thanks for choosing our family cottage on Otsego Lake, and we appreciate your nice review! Sincerely, Richard
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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 only 20 minutes away.

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


Rates & Availability

Gaylord Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
April, May
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
July, August
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
October, November
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $120

Weekend rates may be available in off season; please inquire!
Dates Available: Year Round

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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