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HOUGHTON LAKE HIDEAWAY: 3 bedroom, Private boat dock, Pets welcomed

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Lakefront with a sandy beach-- 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom-sleeps 8 comfortably


SLEEPS: 11 comfortably



*LAKEFRONT (Houghton Lake)




Houghton Lake Hideaway is a great place to soak in the fun of Northern Michigan. Enjoy this classic cottage along a quiet street, with neighbors a comfortable distance apart on both sides.

Houghton Lake is a popular destination to enjoy summer fun with your family. The lake is shallow, so kids and adults alike enjoy wading and exploring the water, sometimes up to 100 feet from from shore. The sandy beach is a joy! You are welcome to bring your own boat and use our tie-off poles as you use our dock. Make sure you bring plenty of rope! Although water levels do fluctuate, the level around the dock tends to be 2- 2/12 feet. There is a sandy bottom around the dock. We always try to get the dock in around the 1st of May each year, weather permitting. Also, there are boat hoists available adjacent to the dock for a speed boat and a pontoon boat.

Entering the cottage, you have the choice of turning to the kitchen area, heading directly upstairs to the main sleeping area and convenient 1/2 bath or to the comfy living room with windows and a door wall overlooking the gorgeous Houghton Lake.

In the kitchen you you will find an ideal wooden dining room table with bench seating to have your meals, or play your favorite board game with your family. A great place for an evening puzzle, or to just sit around and talk about the day.We now have (new in 2016) cable TV & Wi-Fi!

Continuing past the comfortable, simple kitchen, you can head into the downstairs master bedroom which hosts a queen bed. It is adjacent to the sole full bathroom-- ideal for a the older relative in your group, or the couple who just wants a little more privacy from the rest of the group.

Remaining on the main floor, you can escape the activities in the kitchen area by relaxing in the living room. There is a couch and 5 rocking chairs. The carpeted floors make the chilly evenings feel cozy on your feet as you enjoy looking out onto Houghton Lake with an ideal view.

Better than watching the view from behind the door-wall, open the door-wall and step onto the deck. There you can gather the outdoor chairs and sit with you family and friends and soak in the fresh air.

There is nothing better in the summer than sitting around the fire, roasting your marshmallows and telling great stories while you feel the gentle breeze off of Houghton Lake.

3 Bedrooms:

Main Floor-

1. There is one bedroom on the main floor that has one sleep number queen bed.

Upstairs - (All beds, except one full bed, have been upgraded to sleep number beds!!)

2. The first bedroom upstairs has two queen sized beds, and one full sized bed.

3. The second bedroom upstairs has one queen sized bed and two full sized beds.

* Each bedroom has a ceiling fan*

Parking: There is plenty of parking for two vehicles and trailers. You can park anywhere on the grass between the road and the cottage.

2 Bathrooms:

Main Floor- full bathroom.

Upstairs-a half bathroom.

Houghton Lake is just a short drive away...

Detroit- 190 miles

Grand Rapids-130 miles

Lansing-125 miles

Saginaw-105 miles

Traverse City-60 miles

Mackinac Bridge-100 miles

Toledo-230 miles

Fort Wayne-250 miles

Chicago-310 miles

More Details

Property Manager
Freshwater Vacation Rentals
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This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

If you are looking for a vacation rental, you have come to the right spot! We specialize in vacation rentals throughout Michigan. From your own private island to a lodge big enough to host your family reunion or a relaxing getaway on one of the Great Lakes.

Our philosophy

We work hard so you don't have to. Our goal is for guests have a wonderful vacation experience and assist our owners in maximizing their investment. We started this business 10 years ago, with the purchase of Republic Island, and added the Rapid River Lodge. We have a unique perspective, as we are both owners and property managers. We love the business and are enjoying it as it grows.

Why Freshwater Vacation Rentals chose Houghton Lake

A perfect cottage for a large family who would love to create lifetime memories on the water! From taking the paddle boat during the day to a nighttime bonfire, such a wonderful place to escape to.

What makes this cottage unique

This wonderful cottage is ideal for a larger family who love to sleep under one roof. Enjoy the Up North traditions of the evening campfire together, looking out at the water. Tradition, memories, time together.

Guestbook comments from the manager

My husband, son and I recently stayed for the weekend at the Houghton Lake cottage. We had an absolutely wonderful time, the only problem was that we couldn't stay longer! The house was very comfortable and spacious, it could easily fit 10+ people. The lake- which not only provides a beautiful view from the wraparound deck- also provides hours of family fun! The water is waist deep for at least 100 ft and the sandy bottom is always a plus! My 7 year old LOVED taking the paddle boat out for an adventure! All in all a very relaxing spot- nothing beats bonfires next to the water! This cottage definitely has it all and we can't wait to go back next year for a longer stay!
Sep 2015
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Houghton Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs - toilet
  • A full bathroom downstairs, right next to the Queen bedroom, off of the kitchen. We have a 1/2 bath at the top of the stairs, between the bedrooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double , 2-queen size beds and 1 full bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1-queen size beds and 2 full bed.
  • Enjoy the 2 bedrooms upstairs and the 1 bedroom on the main floor, next to the kitchen and dining areas.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing ...
  • freshwater fishing ...
  • jet skiing
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Classic waterfront cottage, with a slight slope leading to the sandy beach, just about 20 feet from the cottage deck.


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HOUGHTON LAKE HIDEAWAY: 3 bedroom, Private boat dock, Pets welcomed
average rating of 4.75 based on 5 reviews

Absolutely wonderful place. Clean, very well stocked kitchen, good beds, perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the nicest rentals we have stayed at. Nice updates. It's was the best stocked kitchen we've ever had in a rental. Nice beds, and a big kitchen table that was perfect for family game night. Excellent location right on the water with a fire pit and lots of chairs. Loved the swing. Pictures don't do it justice.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy you enjoyed your stay! We try to keep the cabins stocked; we are glad to hear you appreciated that! We love the kitchen table as well! We hope to host you in the future. Remember, we have 60 other properties to choose from and always adding on. Please visit our site to see the specials and new homes.
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Great cottage, comfy and cozy, awesome spot on the lake!

  • 5 of 5

My wife myself and our 1month old son spent 4 nights and had a fantastic time! Home is well appointed with everything you'll need. Everything is in good working order and gives you that comfy cozy family cottage feel. Hoping we can come back again next summer!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would love to host you next summer! We are thrilled your enjoyed your vacation with your family! Keep us in mind for your next Michigan adventure!
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Great venue for family get together!

  • 4 of 5

Nothing disappointing about this cottage! Very clean and well maintained property with lots of amenities. Great location and plenty of room on the property for adults and kids to have fun. Water was great with a clean sandy bottom. Wish list items are central air and washer/dryer.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Houghton Lake Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Houghton Lake Cottage, it was very relaxing. The sandy lake is perfect for swimming and kayaking! We also enjoyed playing frisbee and ladder golf on the lawn. The campfire was nice for having hot dogs and s'mores at night. The cottage is very clean and well maintained. We would highly recommend to others and stay again!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Midland/Saginaw/Bay City-MBS
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
90 Miles
Shepler's, Arnold Lines to Mackinac Island
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
White Deer / Pineview / Quest
Nearest Train
180 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Buccillis Pizza
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Hanson Hills
Nearest Beach
right out your front door
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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