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NorthShore - on Guthrie Lake

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Frederic House Rental Photos and Description

3-2 home on the lake, gorgeous views from nearly every room.

On nearly 3 acres, sharing an 18 acre tract with only one other (family member). Wonderful privacy, really wonderful lake for swimming or fishing; beach along the shore for swimming; 50-foot dock for boating (public boat ramp on the south end of the lake, a mile down the trail). Hiker-friendly woods. Cute squirrels and chipmunks; deer in the yard are not unusual. House has a great kitchen, open floor plan, central heat and air conditioning; high speed wifi internet, basic satellite TV, or watch DVDs (provided, some), or bring your own game console. Two full baths, 3 bedrooms, big screened porch for additional space, barbecue grill. Handicap accessible.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Bob Gilbert
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 8, 2016

About Bob Gilbert

Bob Gilbert grew up on this property, in the adjacent family home. In the summer of 2012 Bob and his wife Cindy put NorthShore, their vacation home, in its place down by the lake shore. Building the 12 x 40 foot deck (33' screened) took a lot of Bob's time that summer, getting it ready for the next year, when others might enjoy it, too. Bob winters in Florida (he is Registrar at Florida Bible College of Tampa), but enjoys the gorgeous summers in northern lower Michigan. His wife Cindy retired from a career of 30+ years teaching, and they together enjoy their children and their children' families.

Bob Gilbert purchased this house in 2012

Why Bob Gilbert chose Michigan

NorthShore is accessible (in the summer) - just 5 miles off I-75 (at exit 270), yet wonderfully private. The lake is pristine, with a sandy bottom, perfect for wading and swimming, even with young children (a lovely big sand-bar goes out from the swimming beach), and also for fishing for large- and small- mouth bass, perch, bluegills, northern pike . . . other water sports are also permitted. There is a public boat landing at the southeast end of the lake, if you desire to bring your own boat, or rent one locally. Bob has available a 14' canoe and/or a 14' rowboat for a small additional charge, by the day or by the week.

What makes this house unique

The views from the living room, the dining room, the master bedroom (with places to stretch out and read or nap, when you can take your eyes away from the view!) The quiet; the animals; hiking in the woods or on the trails. Sitting on the dock; by the lake in the glider . . . Cooking out on the grill; the great porch-deck. Sleeping outside in the cool, if you want to.


based on 10 traveler reviews

NorthShore - on Guthrie Lake
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Great time with the family!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time with the family and friends that gathered. Thanks for letting us come and use your nice little place. It was just perfect for us. We used the boat and the canoe, and it was a great time. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad you had a good stay.
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Great Weeky

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in August with our son and grandsons. We really had a nice time. There were a couple of issues we had but the owner made it right, that is so refreshing in this day and age, he really cared. The home was decorated with "faithful" quotes which were nice to see at the start of each day. We did share the dock with other another home but it worked out ok. We would go again, it was restful and very nice to be away from phones and to look at God's handiwork!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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War zone !!!

  • 3 of 5

The property was secluded and the house was comfortable. Bob was very concerned and cooperative and pleasant to work with. We enjoyed the screened in porch and ate most meals there. Lake is pretty and clear. The problem was the National Guard training. Our hearts are behind them and we truely appreciate their efforts to defend our great nation. However, to say this was a quiet week would be far from the truth. Of the days we were there the sounds of military training were long lasting and frequent, jet fly overs, helicopter gun ships firing many practice hours along with rocket launchings were from day into the night as late as 11pm. Not my idea of a quiet relaxing week on a north woods lake.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There is no denying nor hiding the man-made thunder of modern jet aircraft, and the rattle and roar as they delivery their ordinance on the "range" a mile or so east of the rental property. My spouse (daughter of a WWII veteran who carried shrapnel in his body from Germany), and bride of a USMC veteran) called it "the sound of freedom". We hope everyone who enjoys the blessings of peace here at home will understand the cost of maintaining that peace. We are grateful for the National Guard, and will not be among those who say, "Not in my backyard!" Enjoy the airshow - budget constraints caused them to be cancelled all over the country. Lets be thankful that because of servicemen and women like those who serve in our sight and hearing here, the battle is being fought "over there" - not in our own homeland.
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Perfect Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

This place far exceeded my expectations. The pictures posted did not do it justice. We had 11 people in our party and there was plenty of room. very spacious. The screened in porch was beautiful. The breeze coming off the lake was fabulous. Air conditioning was not even needed and it was in the high 80s. The lake was so beautiful (surrounded by tall trees everywhere ) and at times we were the only people on it. The water is so clear and so clean. I swear ii didn't even see seaweed. This place is a must if you are looking for a quiet secluded get away to free your mind.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always glad when people enjoy and appreciate what we have at NorthShore on Guthrie Lake. I have to note that, while A/C is not often necessary, it is available, with the simple adjustment of the thermostat.
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Fond Memories of a Week that Exceeded every expectation

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Northshore just ended one week ago but our memories will last much longer than that. If you are looking for an away from it all destination, this is the place for you. Bob was very helpful and provided a lot of extras on our stay in terms of area information and some tips on what to look for while hiking. Our son, who is only 16 months old, found plenty to entertain him in the water, which, with its sandy bottom and slow grade was perfect for letting him splash around without spending a lot of time worrying about what could happen.

While the lake and the house are both great, the best part of this place is the sheer quiet of it all. Aside from the occasional sound of a boat on the lake, whether you are in the house or relaxing on the screened porch or walking across the property, the sound of silence is accompanying you every step of the way.

We were looking for a place that was away from it all, with nice enough amenities to not feel like we were roughing it. What we found at Northshore exceeded all of our expectations.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay - thanks so much for your kind words.
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Great Location

  • 5 of 5

My family loved staying at this location. The house had enough room to sleep 8 adults and two pets comfortably with an amazing sun room and spacious kitchen. The ORV / ATV trails were just down the road. The lake was great for Canoeing.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you enjoyed your time here with your family and friends!
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"Take an amazing walk in a stand of virgin pines; also enjoy an old-time lumber camp."
Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Otsego Lake
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 75
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Gaylord is a golf mecca, with many attractions and amenities. Grayling is a center of canoeing and fly-fishing on the Au Sable River and its branches. Guthrie Lake (on site) is a mile long, sand-bottom, clean, clear water, excellent for swimming, wading, bass fishing, other water sports . . . Nearby is Hartwick Pines State Park, a stand of virgin pine forest, preserved from the lumbering days, as well as a lumbering museum. Also nearby is Otsego Lake State Park, on the 5-mile long Otsego Lake. Gaylord has the 'Call of the Wild' museum, a zoo of preserved Michigan animals; adjoining that is a mini-golf course and go-karting. Grayling has an interesting state fish hatchery.


Rates & Availability

Frederic House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $100
Cleaning Fee (NOT Refundable) $150 + Tax
Boat/Canoe/motor Rental (option) $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Pet Deposit is $100 per dog (refundable).
Optional: Canoe $25/day; $100 for 5 or more days; 12' or 14' boat, $35/day; $125 for 5 or more days; 3 hp motor for boat, $25/day; $100 for 5 or more days(fuel included). Life jackets, oars, paddles included. ASK about sailboat ride, Jeep ride . . .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Frederic House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Nice natural light from transom window.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Double lavatories, dressing table, big mirrors. Lake view!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Doubles as study.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Large room, great closet and bathroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Wading along the lake shore, walking on the trails, hiking through the woods...visit a nearby state park (Hartwick Pines; Otsego Lake). Take your off-road vehicle for a ride on the nearby perimeter roads of the Camp Grayling range, or ask Bob about a ride on the 22' sailboat, or a Jeep ride on the fireline, over the seven hills!

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