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Tom Hess

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Lake Mich. view cottage in the Tunnel of Trees

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Northern Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths with upstairs loft with views of Lake Mich

Beautiful family cottage with 2 1/2 baths that sleeps 8 with all new appliances and furnishings in a private association with stunning views of Lake Michigan from the deck. Located off M-119 (Tunnel of Trees) one mile from Good Hart. Easy walking access to an uncrowded beach with a fire pit to enjoy the stars. Easy access to Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Pellston airport, Mackinaw City, and Mackinaw Island.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Tom Hess (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Tom Hess

I grew up in Michigan and went to college at Michigan Technological University. I currently work for a pharmaceutical company in Princeton, New Jersey

Tom Hess purchased this cottage in 1963

Why Tom Hess chose Northern Michigan

My parents built this property in the 60's. I have been coming up to Northern Michigan for over 50 years. Even though I now live in the Philadelphia area, I continue to come back every year to enjoy the wildlife, views and stunning sunsets on Lake Michigan

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is located in a private association just off M=119 (the Tunnel of Trees). This allows a very peaceful and quiet environment. You can walk and enjoy the beach without crowds. The fire pit on the beach allows you to view the unbelievable star display. The cottage has enough bedrooms and bathrooms to sleep multiple families. You are 1 mile away from the quaint store and shops in Good Hart. You are in close proximity to Mackinaw Island, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, and the Star Park in Mackinaw City.


based on 17 traveler reviews

Lake Mich. view cottage in the Tunnel of Trees
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews
Delphos, OH


  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful setting!!! The cottage is in the middle of a woods with Lake Michigan right out your back door. The views are breathtaking! The cottage is fully equipped and has everything you could possibly need. Saw lots of wildlife. If you are looking for a peaceful place to stay with lots of options for shopping & sightseeing, this is the place for you. Really enjoyed Moose Jaw Junction restaurant. Hope to be able to come back again next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clare, MI

Relaxing Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The views of Lake Michigan from this cottage are beautiful but once you wander down to the beach it is breathtaking! Our three college kids enjoyed our nightly fires near the beach. Roasted hot dogs can't be beat! The ping pong table got a workout with some heated games. Short drives took us to Mackinaw City for golf and Petoskey for shopping. The Tuesday night Perch on the Porch at the Crow's Nest is a must for a great meal out. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare our meals. The beds were comfortable and it was peaceful drifting off to sleep with the sound of the waves on the beach.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Granger, Indiana

Great place!

  • 5 of 5

Great location in the middle of "tunnel of trees". Home was clean, beautiful fireplace with plenty of wood to burn. Really enjoyed being able to sit out on the deck and catch the views of the lake. Short walk to beach, would love to come back in the summer months but if you like fall colors...this is the place for you!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oakland Co. Michigan

Wonderful cottage right on Lake MI

  • 5 of 5

We visited with a group of ladies going on the Harbor Springs Cycling classic through the Tunnel of Trees. The location was perfect for us (right on the route) and we loved staying right on lake Michigan. Our favorite part was sitting down by the beach and watching the sun set. The cottage was spacious - all four of us had our own rooms and we enjoyed having wine by the fire and on the deck overlooking the lake. Thank you for a perfect stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

This comfortable house was perfect for our reunion of 8 college friends. All in our 60s, the house and deck were accessible including grab bars in the full baths and ramped for the wheelchair. Big enough for individual quiet time while still being open for group gathering. Loved, loved, loved the deck, the views and the beach. Internet and cell service was intermittent but easily available in Good Hart (1.4 mi south). We would definitely recommend and will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bowling Green, OH

Peaceful and calming location!

  • 5 of 5

First off, the owner was very accommodating and kept in contact with me during the months leading up to our arrival. That being said, this property is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Spacious rooms is an understatement! Very secluded yet not very distant to towns like Indian River, Petosky, Harbor Springs, and Mackinaw City.

Newer appliances in the kitchen, plenty of cookware and dishes.Windows everywhere so no need for a/c as it was always very comfortable...even in the large loft area.

Wonderfully softl beds and comfy quilts throughout. I can say that I have never had soooo many nights of sound sleep in one week like I did here. Maybe it was the soothing sounds of Lake Michigan waves crashing on the beach...which you will hear from the bedrooms.

The back deck off of the living room area provides some incredible views of the lake! From there you are only a short walk down to the beach. I've seen other reviews commenting on the beach. Let me tell you, if you bring some old tennis shoes or can definitely swim from this beach. Water is clean, clear, and shallow enough for quite a distance. My oldest daughter, 11, didn't even wear shoes and managed to navigate out along the larger rocks with no problem and swam in the brisk waters.

Sunset's on this beach are serene! Fire pit and PLENTY of firewood provided by the owner.

Limited cell service but I appreciated this!!! The times I did get signal...just meant I had to respond to work emails. Yuck! The narrow stone pathway in and out of this area really keeps road traffic to an absolute minimum. Nobody is joy riding down to the area.

If quite seclusion and spending quality time with your family with little outside interruption is what you're looking for, then this is the place for you!!!!!

I look forward to staying here again very very soon!!!!!! Lot's of space for our party of 9. Never felt crowded at all!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Crow's Nest
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Boyne Mountain Golf Resort
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Crow's Nest
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Cross Village
Car: necessary

Located in a Private Association just off of M-119 (Tunnel of Trees). 30-45 minutes from Harbor Springs, Petoskey, and Mackinaw Island. Association rules do not allow motorcycles on the property.

1 mile from the Good Hart Store.

No Pets Allowed

No Internet


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2016 - Sep 29 2016
2 night minimum stay
Fall Color Season
Sep 30 2016 - Oct 29 2016
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

Linens and towels provided. Our cleaning service can take care of 4 bags of garbage per week. Any additional bags will incur a cost of $4/bag. A $250 deposit is required to reserve the property. That money will be applied to your rental amount. If you cancel 90 days before your visit date it will be refunded. If less than 90 days I will try to find another renter for your dates. If successful, I will return your deposit. If not, I will not return your deposit. Your rental amount and a $250 refundable damage deposit will be due no later than 30 days prior to your visit date. There will be no refunds within 30 days of your rental dates.

$250 non-refundable deposit is required to hold the property which will be added to the rental amount and also act as your damage deposit. The $250 refundable damage deposit and rental amount are due 30 days prior to your stay. Preferred payment is by checks. However, we can accept credit cards with a surcharge of 2.5% of the total amount.

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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Doors to Master bedroom and Guest bedroom. Jacuzzi Tub
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master Bedroom with door to bathroom
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen , Guest Bedroom with door to bathroom
    Guest Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Guest bedroom with access to bathroom in hallway
    Loft - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , One double and 1 twin with lots of space for sleeping bags
  • One King size bed Master bedroom, One Queen size bed Guest bedroom, Two Twin or Single Beds in guest bedroom, One Double and One Twin beds in loft
  • Books
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Association rules do not allow motorcycles on the property Outside shed for storage of bikes No Internet No pets allowed

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