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Bristol Lake Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,296 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bath with 160' lake frontage (sleeps 2-4)

Bristol Lake is a 166 acre all-sports lake. Enjoy the lake view while sitting outside on a large patio with picnic table and gas grill, with only a few steps down to your own private dock. Inside this recently constructed cottage, stairs lead to an open, loft-style sleeping area that includes one queen bed and two single beds, connected by an open hallway and half bath. Open floor plan downstairs includes living, dining, sitting area, bar and full kitchen and full bath, including tub. The fully furnished kitchen features refrigerator, microwave, stove/oven and dishwasher. Television with DISH TV and DVD player.

Because of the open layout of the loft style sleeping area, the cottage is best suited for a small family or couple. Recommended maximum number of guests is 4.

PLEASE NOTE: We prefer to rent by the week but will consider a MINIMUM 3 night rental, EXCEPT DURING HOLIDAY WEEKS (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day). Holiday weeks are available for 7 night/weekly rental ONLY!

If you rent for less than a week, the daily rate is higher but sheets and towels are provided.

We do not accept credit cards. Please contact us for payment information.

More Details

Dennis Briggs
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2018

About Dennis Briggs

The owner is a long time Bristol Lake resident.

Dennis Briggs purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Dennis Briggs chose Dowling

Secluded, quiet, comfortable cottage on a private, dead-end drive with no thru traffic.

What makes this cottage unique

Quiet, relaxing environment that has the feel of northern Michigan in a southern Michigan location.

Year 'round recreation area.


Dowling Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1296 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs bathroom
  • Upstairs bath has shower, sink and toilet. Downstairs bath has shower-tub combination, sink and toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Loft style open sleeping area separated by open hallway
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Loft style open sleeping area separated by open hallway
  • Loft style bedroom separated by full bath with one queen bed and two single beds. Lake breeze and/or air conditioning keeps bedrooms cool in summer.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Cottage size is best suited for small family, a couple or maximum 4 adults.


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Bristol Lake Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

The PERFECT Spot for a Week or Weekend Away

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about how lovely this cottage is... so, I'll simply tell you that in 3 months, my family and I have stayed there 3 times! It is simply a gorgeous & clean home in a quiet and serene setting. Susan & Dennis are absolutely LOVELY people and they are very accommodating. Fishing off of the pier is one of favorite pass times because it's so easy to catch small fish. Otherwise, relaxing by the lake or the fire pit can't be beat and the lake is small and private. Obviously, we HIGHLY recommend the cottage and willing to bet you won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

My parents and I had such a wonderfully relaxing time. The cottage was located on a nice, quiet, dead end road. The patio and almost all the windows from inside the house had beautiful lake views. Susan & Dennis were very nice and easy to work with as well. We would definitely recommend this cottage!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend here and highly recommend it. The location is incredibly peaceful and provides a very relaxing get away. Though small, the lake was certainly large enough to enjoy. The lake is very nice and seems clean for a lake of its size. There were always a couple boats out fishing, skiing, or tubing, but everyone seemed to have plenty of room and it was by no means crowded. We did a good bit of fishing off the pier - which was quite easy. Though the fish were small there were plenty! The house itself is beautiful and pristine - extremely clean. The owners did a great job when they built it and have been keeping it up very nicely - they were also wonderful to work with.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you as our guests. Hope to see you again!
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Stop Looking...You Have Found The Perfect Place To Stay!

  • 5 of 5

I could write an essay about our fantastic stay at this beautiful cottage. But I will keep it simple and let you know that the cottage will meet and exceed your every expectation. The property is gorgeous and we absolutely loved the quiet surroundings! No matter your reason for staying at the cottage, you will be glad you did. Our only regret was not getting to properly meet the owners. Hopefully next time.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to have your family as our guests at Bristol Lake Cottage. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. The fishing pole you left behind has already been enjoyed by other guests, so thank you for that! Sorry we missed seeing one another--between out-of-town trips and your busy schedule we were like two ships passing in the night! Hope you will consider the cottage again if your travels should bring you to Michigan. Susan & Dennis
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a peaceful spot and all is provided

  • 5 of 5

I chose this location as it was extremely close to some family I have in the area without knowing too much about the lake, the house etc. Wow PEACEFUL ! This lake is so quiet and so nice. Water is clear and refreshing. Dennis and Susan have designed the house inside and out to maximize your stay and relaxation. The outside space is so perfect for grilling, fire pit, docks. fully equipped kitchen ! I never heard a single car pass the house and it was such a refreshing setting. We are already planning on return trips. The Briggs are very easy to work with .

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks David, you were a wonderful guest and we look forward to your return!
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Bristol Lake

  • 5 of 5

We had a truly relaxing mini vacation at Bristol Lake. We were able to invite my parents-in-law to join us for a day. I can not say enough about this rental, the owners were wonderful, very friendly and helpful. The cottage was perfectly planned, had everything you need, and comfortable with a gorgeous view of the Lake. We would recommend this property to anyone. Thank you Susan and Dennis for such a memorable get away. It was sad to leave your beautiful home, but hope to come back next year. :-)

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Horn Creek
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Battle Creek
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Car: necessary

Recently constructed lakeside cottage tucked away in charming Barry County, just 15 minutes from Hastings and Battle Creek. Many year round recreation and leisure activities throughout the county and surrounding area.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept credit cards. We have nothing to do with the service fee charged by the website you have found our listing on. Please contact us directly for payment options.

Cottage is delivered to guests in professionally cleaned condition. Upon termination of occupancy, guests will deliver the cottage in same condition, less ordinary wear and tear. Household cleaning supplies are provided. If guests choose not to clean, a $50 cleaning surcharge will be deducted from the security deposit.

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

PLEASE NOTE: We prefer to rent by the week but will consider a MINIMUM 3 night rental, EXCEPT DURING HOLIDAY WEEKS (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day). Holiday weeks are available for weekly rental ONLY!

Cottage best suited for small family, a couple, or maximum of 4 adults.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.