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Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german

Privacy, lakefront, deck & dock, all meals, lovely cottage, perfect for families

20 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights

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Overview

Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

4-BR 2.5-Bath, cathedral-ceiling cottage;private dock, lido, deck &shore, sleep8

Exquisite old cottage, modern fit-up, no cooking, views! Private dock, deck, and waterfront for this cottage.

Buffet service every meal! note-participation in the dining plan, not included in rent, is required until Aug. 23.

The Cottage:

This beautiful, old, renovated, stick-style cottage is at the end of a long, private driveway off a one-lane, private dirt-road winding through old-growth forest with monarch trees. There's nothing but woods and private paths behind it. It overlooks clear and sandy Higgins Lake, rated 'the Sixth Most Beautiful Lake in the World'.

It's 82 feet of lake-frontage includes a private dock and lido on the lake, down some stairs from an overlooking private deck, steps away from the large front-porch. The cottage's deck, dock, lido, side-yard, and lakefront are not shared with anyone but you and your guests while you're staying here.

Life on the Lake:

The cottage is part of a private Association of twenty cottages, each with its own dock, so waterfront features are NOT shared. The Association provides meals at a private table, reserved for your family, in a common Dining Hall --a five-minute walk through the woods. It's perfect for families, as all cooking [except Weds. dinners] and clean-up is provided from June 20 to Aug. 23, so staying here is a true vacation for EVERYONE in the family. [Note: Association rules require that cottage-residents MUST pay for all meals in the buffet-style Dining Hall between June 20 and Aug. 23. This is a separate bill, paid directly to the Dining Hall after your stay [and not included in the rent]. Rates are $33/day for adults, less for kids under 13, and free under 5.]

During the high-season, there is a 6-night minimum (we encourage Saturday to Sunday!). During the off-season there is only a 4-night minimum.

The lake is clear and, on this side, shallow with great water for swimming, canoeing, sailing and all water sports. Features of Higgins Lake include an island, drop-offs, springs, sunken islands, a swimming raft [owned by the cottage Association], and the mysterious 'square anchor'. Not far around the shore is a marina, where you can rent motorboats, windsurfers, tubes, kayaks, and all sorts of water toys.

With no traffic, kids run free [supervised near the lake, please] and quickly make friends with lake-side neighbors they meet eating in the Dining Hall.

Life in the Cottage:

The cottage features a beautiful, two-story Living Room [the heart of the cottage] with a lakestone-lined fireplace and large Screen Porch, both facing the lake. [See photos.]

The view is even better from a large, two-level Private Deck right over the lake on a bluff, a few steps from the Screen Porch. A stairway down from the deck leads to a private sunbathing area [the Lido] and a private dock, exclusive to this cottage, where you can swim, nap, and attach boats. [Boats should be moored at anchors off the dock, when not in use.]

A private yard next to the cottage has a many Adirondack chairs and a pad for the outdoor ping-pong table.

A renovated Kitchen with granite counters and new dishes, coffee-equipment, kitchen-tools, and appliances including a dishwasher is open to one side of the Living Room. However, you won't cook much, as you'll enjoy the great food in the Dining Hall [from June through August].

Three Bedrooms are on the first floor: [1] a Master Suite with king-size bed and a private Bath with shower and two sinks in granite counters; [2] a back Bedroom with two queen beds and a sink [can sleep four in a pinch]; and [3] a small Bedroom with a queen bed and a separate entrance to the Porch. A second Bathroom with a claw-foot tub, a shower and two sinks in granite is off the first floor hall, as is a laundry closet with a new washer and dryer.

The second floor is reached from an indoor balcony overlooking the Living Room [and the lake]. Its glass door leads to a knotty-pine Bunk Room with four built-in bunks, which appeal to smaller teenagers and kids [but are short for all but the smallest adults]. The Bunk Room has its own half-bath.

This cottage does not have a TV or a land-line phone. [Recent guests have used their cell phones.] A cable connection provides free, password-protected WIFI.

More to do Outside:

In addition to the buffet meals and a swimming raft, the twenty-cottage Association has a tennis court you can use for free and extensive bird-watching and single-track biking/hiking trails, which you can ride through the endless woods, if you bring or rent bikes.

Nearby activities off the lake include fishing, canoeing and tubing on the calm and beautiful Au Sable River [Rentals available at liveries, or bring your own craft.] and spectacular golf at Forest Dunes, Golf Magazine's No. 2 Public-Access Course in Michigan. Guided bird-watching tours leave regularly from Grayling and almost always spot North America's most endangered warbler, rarely seen [except by those in the know, in this part of Michigan], the very rare Kirtland's Warbler.

Google an aerial photograph to see Higgins Lake in its splendor. The cottage is on the north shore, the least developed and most secluded part of the lake. See the photos.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german

About Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel

My brothers and I grew up in Indiana but return to this cottage almost every summer, and some winters, too. Like my brothers and cousins, I now travel further to come back here every year with my wife and son, from Massachusetts, in our case.

Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel purchased this cottage in 1949

Why Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel chose Michigan

My grandmother began visiting cottages at this part of Higgins Lake in the 1930's; my grandfather bought this cottage in the '40's; and I started coming in the 50's. Everyone who comes wants to come back; it's very special, private and yet part of a community.

My sister-in-law renovated its interior to a very high level a couple of years ago, but retained its backwoods character. It's nothing like a typical suburban house and has almost no artificial surfaces or materials. Please look at the photos; it's very special --not like home.

What makes this cottage unique

The Dining Hall, where all meals [except Weds. dinner] are served, makes this spot a great vacation for families: all your time on the beautiful lake; no shopping, cooking or clean up.

The private, single-lane, unpaved road with no traffic means kids run free. They'll meet new friends in the Dining Hall.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The loft was a nice area for the kids to sleep and play. The Wi fi was a big hit with everyone young and old. The front room has a nice lake view and ample sitting area. The porch is very cozy. The children enjoyed playing pingpong. The lake was ideal for young children. The cottage was clean and everyone at the Dining Hall was very friendly.

Traveling group: Extended Family

Would you recommend this vacation to a friend? Yes.
Aug 2014
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Reviews

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based on 20 traveler reviews

Privacy, lakefront, deck & dock, all meals, lovely cottage, perfect for families
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
5

Great cabin!!

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderf cabin on lake Higgins! Would definitely recommend and would go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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5

Second Visit...Another Wonderful Time

  • 5 of 5

Cottage is well maintained and nicely updated. Everything needed is supplied. Rustic but comfortable all-around experience. Relaxed vacation for all. Dining Hall meals free up time to enjoy the cottage, lake, and woods.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, Ohio
5

Wooded lakefront cottage in great location

  • 5 of 5

This cottage had a beautiful setting in the woods overlooking the lake. The big picture window made you feel like you were a part of nature. We enjoyed the fire pit and the ping pong table and especially loved the screened in porch with great rocking chairs. Eating in the dining hall was a treat for our family and the food appealed to all ages. We were a little disappointed that there was not a beach for the little ones but the clear water and hard sandy bottom make this a beautiful lake. The cottage was updated and fully equipped with everything you would need and the neighbors in the historic association were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed nature walks through the woods and the tennis courts. Our family felt like we were at summer camp!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful cottage with everything

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous cottage has everything you

need for a fabulous vacation. The beds

were so comfortable and the bathrooms

have been updated nicely. The kitchen

is fully equipped. The location is divine.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you had a good week and enjoyed the Dining Hall, and that the boat rental went well. Hope to see you again, next yearr.
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Birmingham, Michigan
5

Updated Rustic Getaway with lots to do!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent four off-season days here. While the cottage is a throwback to simpler times, we were surprised by modern conveniences--washer and dryer, dishwasher, granite counters, an office niche in the kitchen and great Wi-Fi.

The grounds are wonderful--an old timey family camp with lovely tress and a spectacular view of Higgins Lake. Our morning coffees on the deck overlooking the lake were a treat.

The nature preserve collectively purchased by the residents years ago has beautiful old trees and bush blueberries. It's a large expanse of virgin red pine and pristine forest--perhaps one of the last in downstate Michigan.

My husband and I did 7 mile hikes of both North and South Higgins Lake State Parks, which have great trails and well-marked routes. There are opportunities for canoe rentals and tubing on local rivers and on the lake. When we rent the place again, we'll bring kayaks or. rowboat and use the convenient boat launch a few steps away from the cottage.

Although the dining hall was closed for the season, we had some great meals in Roscommon restaurants. We cooked some meals at the cottage and were happy with the well-equipped kitchen.

We had a great time and will definitely return to this special place!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your description of an early-fall weekend in the old woods on the lake-shore. Some say it's the best time to come, although the Dining Hall is closed. The lake is quieter, then. We're also glad you enjoyed the old-time, family-camp feeling. As you observed, we've updated the kitchen for this out-of-season period [no need to cook, in season], but, so far, have not added a TV -it seems like that might undermine the rustic atmosphere.
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Cedar, MI
5

Week at higgins

  • 5 of 5

What a great week our family had at the cottage on Higgins lake! If you enjoy being on a beautiful lake, surrounded by towering pine trees and not having to worry about preparing meals while renting then this is the place for you. The cottage is well represented from the online listing and the owner was quick to reply. We can't wait to return next summer!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're pleased you enjoyed the cottage and the surroundings, and that you found our description on VRBO's website helpful. It can be hard to explain how the Dining Hall works, but once people understand, they appreciate the free time it gives them on vacation. We're also hoping to update it with better photos [VRBO only allows 24.], so they better show the great view of the lake. We look forward to welcoming you back, next year.
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Traverse City & Tri-city/Saginaw/Midland/Bay City
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Fred's
Nearest Ferry
130 Miles
Luddington, MI
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Forrest Dunes (No. 2 in MI)
Nearest Train
200 Miles
Detroit?
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I-75
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Private dining hall
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Skyline
Nearest Beach
75 Metres
private, on the property
Car: necessary

The lake is clear and, on this side, shallow with great water for swimming, canoeing, sailing and all water sports. Features of Higgins Lake include an island, drop-offs, springs, sunken islands, a swimming raft [owned by the cottage Association], and the mysterious 'square anchor'. Not far around the shore is a marina, where you can rent motorboats, windsurfers, tubes, kayaks, and all sorts of water toys.

This beautiful, old, renovated stick-style cottage is at the end of a long, private driveway off a one-lane, private, unpaved road winding through old-growth forest. There's nothing but woods and private trails behind it. It overlooks clear and sandy Higgins Lake, rated 'the Sixth Most Beautiful Lake in the World'. Its 82 feet of lake-frontage includes a private dock and lido on the lake, down from an overlooking deck, steps away from the large front-porch.

The cottage is part of a private Association of twenty cottages, which provides meals at a table reserved for your family in a common Dining Hall -a five-minute walk through the woods. It's perfect for families, as all cooking and clean-up [except Weds. dinners] is provided from June 21 to Aug. 25, so staying here is a true vacation for EVERYONE in the family. [Note: Association rules require that residents MUST pay for all meals in the buffet-style Dining Hall between June 21 and Aug. 25. Rates are $33/day for adults, less for kids under 13 and free under 5.]

Nearby activities off the lake include fishing, canoe and tube trips on the calm and beautiful Au Sable River [Rentals available at liveries, or bring your own craft.] and spectacular golf at Forest Dunes, Golf Magazine's No. 2 Public-Access Course in Michigan.

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Rates & Availability

Higgins Lake Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
off-season; Dining Hall closed
May 14 2016 - May 26 2016
6 night minimum stay
$210
$1,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
memorial day weekend - 4 night
May 27 2016 - May 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
$325
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
shoulder; Dining Hall closed
Jun 1 2016 - Jun 23 2016
6 night minimum stay
$250
$1,505
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
High-season; Dining Hall open
Jun 24 2016 - Aug 28 2016
6 night minimum stay
$350
$9,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
shoulder; Dining Hall closed
Aug 29 2016 - Sep 2 2016
4 night minimum stay
$240
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
labor-day weekend 4 nights
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 6 2016
4 night minimum stay
$333
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
off-season; Dining Hall closed
Sep 7 2016 - Oct 9 2016
5 night minimum stay
$210
$1,260
$4,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
$350
$2,450
$9,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
optional sheets &towels $75
cleaning $75

DEPOSIT: $500, less cleaning fee [$75] and/or linen fee [$75 for our sheets and towels] is refunded after departure, if no damage or bills.
DINING HALL CHARGES not included & paid separately.
CANCELLATION: Guests will receive their full $500 deposit plus:
a 50% refund of rent if canceled at least 10 weeks before start of their reservation; or
a 25% refund of rent if canceled up to 5 weeks before start of their reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1575 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -1st floor - toilet , tub , shower , Two ceramic sinks in a granite counter +shower +bath.
    Bathroom 3 -upstairs - toilet , Half-bath with ceramic sink in granite counter, two windows.
    Bathroom 1 -Master Suite. 1st Floor - toilet , shower , two ceramic sinks in a granite counter, separate toilet room
  • Three renovated bathrooms, all with new fixtures [except for an original claw-foot tub we saved], windows, and mirrors. Both first-floor baths have two enameled cast-iron sinks in granite counters and nice showers. In addition to the three bathrooms, one first-floor bedroom has its own convenient sink. The half-bath off the upstairs bunk room has a single sink in granite opposite the toilet and two bright windows.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 -1st floor - 1 queen , This bedroom has a 2d door onto the Screen Porch.
    Bedroom 2 - 1st floor - 2 queen , Convenient sink by closet. (4 adults in 2 queens is tight.)
    Master Suite -1st floor - 1 king , Private, full bath with two sinks in granite and shower.
    Bedroom 4 -upstairs Bunk Room - Bunk Room. Kids love 4 built-in bunks, but tight for adults.
  • The Master Suite features a king-size bed, a closet, and a private Bath with shower, two sinks in granite counters, and a water closet with a separate door. The upstairs Bunk Room is reached from an indoor balcony overlooking the Living Room [and the lake]. Its glass-paned door leads to a knotty-pine bedroom with built-in bunks in all four corners. They appeal to teenagers and smaller kids [They use 'twin'-size sheets, but have low headroom for all but the smallest adults]. A small, bright half-bath serves this bedroom. All bedrooms are paneled with knotty pine dating from the construction of the cottage. note: full capacity requires four people sharing two queen beds in Bedroom2 on 1st floor: they need to be family or very close. A couple with one or two small children is the max., in this bedroom. Conveniently, this bedroom has it own sink, and is next to a bath with two more sinks, a tub, and a shower.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Dining-Hall MEALS REQUIRED of all cottage occupants late June through late August. Please understand, we can't make exceptions. The cottage is part of a private Association of 20 cottages, which provides meals at a table reserved for your family in a common Dining Hall -a 5-minute walk through the woods. It's perfect for families, as all cooking and clean-up [except Weds. dinners] is provided from June 20 to Aug. 23, so staying here is a true vacation for EVERYONE in the family. Note: Association rules require that residents MUST pay for all meals in the buffet-style Dining Hall between June 20 and Aug. 23. Rates: about $33/day for adults, less for kids under 13 and free under 5. The cottage has a SIX-NIGHT minimum rental period when the Dining Hall is open: Too challenging to clean and organize the changeovers between guests to make exceptions. Also note: while the cottage has beds for upto 12, 4 are kid-sized bunks, & 2 queens sleep four in one room. 10 people is about the max

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