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Ken Kosal

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english

Knotty Pine Retreat On 200 Acre All Sports Jewell Lake W/ Row Boat & Paddle Boat

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 10 nights

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Lake Front Cottage On Jewell Lake, 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 7

Located in Barton City Mi on tranquil ~200 acre Jewell Lake, (sandy bottom/great play area!) in the heart of the Huron National Forest. +/- 900 ft2 knotty pine cabin on very quite dead end road, sleeps 7, 2 bedrooms with 1 Queen Bed, 1 Full/Bunk, and sleeper sofa, all Linens provided. 1 full bath with towels. Kitchen stocked with staples (coffee, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, spices), new pots/pans, microwave, stove, fridge, dishwasher, coffee pot, toaster, blender. Large knotty pine living room with great view of the lake, Flat Screen TV (ABC/CBS/FOX), Blu-ray, and 2 fire places (1 with gas log for spring/fall use). Large attached Deck with Weber Charcoal grill (charcoal provided), picnic table, Adirondack chairs and great view of the lake (great place to view the 4th of July fireworks) or lakeside benches to enjoy the fire pit (1 night of fire pit wood provided, more available). Dock with 12ft aluminum boat with oars and 4 adult PFD's. Cabin newly added as a rental, all new dishes/pots/lines/towels/beds.

Typical rental week is Saturday to Saturday (check in 4pm, check out 10am)

Daily Pontoon Rental is available from Viking Marina in Hubbard Lake, phone 989-722-2797 to arrange rental


Water sports (skiing, boating, swimming)

Mushroom hunting

Hunting - Partridge, Bear, Deer, Turkey, Duck

Fishing (great pan fish, Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass)

Trout Fishing (Reid Lake 3miles, DNR stocked)

Fantastic Fall Colors

Biggest Little Fourth in the North, within walking distance

4th of July Fireworks over the lake

Harrisville Labor Day Art Fair (15mins)

Harrisville Wine and Food Festival (3rd wk end in July)

Saturday Farmers Market in Lincoln (10mins)

Lincoln Lions Car show (August)

Lake Huron (15mins)

Canoe/Tube/Fly Fish the AuSable River (20mins)

ORV/Snowmobile Trail Head (2miles)

Golfing within 10 - 30 mins (White Pine National, Loggers Trace, Eagle Ridge, Rivers Edge)

Hiking (Reid Lake/Hoist Lake 3miles away)

Massage available at the cabin by local Masseuse

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Ken Kosal (Owner)
Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english

About Ken Kosal

Hi, I am Ken, and with my wife Michelle, we are offering this cabin for rent. We live in South Lyon and are 'up north' most weekends (we have a cabin across the lake from this rental). We have 2 college age boys and 2 English Setters.

Ken Kosal purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Ken Kosal chose Northern Michigan

Michelle and I purchased this cabin in the fall of 2013 to 'keep it in the family'. We built a cabin on the other side of the lake in 2000, however from the time I was a baby I was coming up to this 'side of the lake'. This cabin is next to other family members and was very important to us to keep it in the family. I have 2 boys that will eventually end up with this place. In the interim we have chosen to rent this so others can enjoy the area/cabin/lake as I have for 50yrs.

What makes this cabin unique

This is a very family friendly location. Lots of room to enjoy the outdoors with the large lot, fire pit, deck, lakeside bench. There is a hiking trail around the lake, accessible from the end of the road, as well as Reid Lake nature area 3miles away. The 'ball diamond' is located in the park 1 block away with 'old fashion' playground equipment, a basketball court, horseshoe pits and is the 'center' of the Biggest 4th in the North.


based on 22 traveler reviews

Knotty Pine Retreat On 200 Acre All Sports Jewell Lake W/ Row Boat & Paddle Boat
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

Amazing views and memories!

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful view with an amazing sunset! Cottage was cute as could be. It would be nice if there was a closer fire pit especially when you have snowmagedon in April! I would definitely return. The gift basket was very thoughtful thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Juliann, we are glad you had a great time. You have to love Michigan weather, the 8 plus inches of snow you received was a shocker I am sure. I would agree using the fire pit with snow is not feasible, it's best used by the lake for summer sunsets! We look forward to hosting you again! Enjoy your summer, Ken & Michelle
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john b and the boys

  • 5 of 5

what can I say it was more than expected in every way the place was stuffed with every thing one would need . if I would do one thing is to move the fire ring up. I have guys that like to talk late in to the night . out respect for your dad they did not have their gab time around the camp fire. on the good side I got all the fire wood they came with !

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: John, Glad you guys enjoyed yourself and had opportunity on some deer. You should have had your gab sessions by the fire pit, it happens all summer long! It was a pleasure hosting you guys and we look forward to you coming back next fall for another bow camp. Regards, Ken & Michelle
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as expected

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. everything is as expected. the cabin is nice and clean. we had our privacy. Fishing was slow but really enjoy the lake, its a nice little lake. the welcome care basket was nice and it was a good thought. we felt comfortable staying there. the amenities that they provided were helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Derek, It was nice hosting you at the Knotty Pine Retreat. I am glad you found the "extra" amenities helpful/useful during your stay. As you found, it's very easy to relax and enjoy the quietness of Jewell Lake and the Knotty Pine Retreat. Again, thank you for staying with us and we look forward to hosting you in the future.
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Amazing Again!

  • 5 of 5

This was the second summer my son and I spent our vacation at the Knotty Pine Retreat. We had such a fabulous time last year we had to visit again. We have such a great time swimming, fishing, playing in the large yard and just relaxing. The quiet allows time for me to sit and read a book outside while my son keeps himself occupied playing. Ken and Michelle think of everything and are exceptional hosts. I cannot begin to compliment them on the cleanliness of the cottage or mention everything they provide. We hope to return next year for another fantastic family vacation!

Amanda and Quinn

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amanda, We are glad you and Quinn had another great time while staying at the Knotty Pine Retreat. It was nice to read Quinn's review in the guest book detailing his activities while at the cabin. It's all about making memories! Again, we enjoyed hosting you and Quinn and look forward to future visits. Regards, Ken & Michelle
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Perfect in Many Ways

  • 5 of 5

This rental was perfect for our family's first cottage vacation. The rental was exactly as described. My dog loved swimming. Also Ken and Michelle were very welcoming and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lorraine, I am glad you and your family had a great time. It was a pleasure hosting you and now we can say we have hosted "international" guests at the Knotty Pine Retreat!
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South-Central Michigan

Beautiful Lakeside Retreat for Quiet and Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Knotty Pine Retreat for the week of the 4th of July and had such a wonderful time. Barton City hosts a great small town parade with celebration and BBQ in the park, and a really good fireworks show at dusk over the lake. The lake is beautiful with clean sandy bottom and was great for swimming. We had the most fun in taking the paddle boat for daily trips over to the Huron National Park swimming/beach area, which is only a few hundred yards up the lakeshore. In addition, since most of the lakeshore is undeveloped National Park, it was quiet with very little traffic. There are plenty of good sized pan-fish in the lake and the kids and my husband caught our dinner from the dock one evening which was fun for all. Our three young kids had plenty of outdoor space to run in the grassy back yard, and there was plenty of sand to dig in down by the lake. The general store was two short blocks away and we enjoyed regular walks/bike rides to grab an ice cream cone.

The cottage is very cute and well kept and perfectly met our needs. It was well stocked, from the basics for cooking in kitchen to the extra linens in the bathroom and bedrooms. Ken and Michelle were such welcoming hosts. Thank you so much and we hope to visit again!!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chantel, I am glad to hear you and your family had a great time over the 4th. I agree with you, the parade/park/fireworks are perfect for a small town 4th, in fact it's referred to as the "Biggest Little 4th in the North". I am glad to hear your kids enjoyed playing by the lake and in the front yard. The Knotty Pine Retreat has had it's fair share of siblings & cousins playing over the past 50 years (there were 11 kids every 4th when I was growing up). And the 4th would not be the 4th without trips to the BC General Store for ice cream (you have to try their sticky buns as well). Again, we enjoyed hosting you and your family and look forward to hosting you in the future!. Ken & Michelle
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
BC Bar
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
White Pine National
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Backwoods Bistro
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Barton City Cabin Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016 Spring
Apr 10 2016 - May 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
2016 Summer
May 29 2016 - Aug 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
2016 4th of July
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2016 Labor Day
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 5 2016
10 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2016 Fall
Aug 29 2016 - Dec 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
2016 Deer Season
Nov 12 2016 - Nov 20 2016
9 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas / New Years
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 1 2017
10 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

For 3 nights or less a $25.00 cleaning fee will be added

Weekly rates are from Saturday to Saturday

2016 4th of July pricing will apply to either the week "after" the 4th (Jul 2 - Jul 9), check in on July 2nd @4pm, check out on July 11 @ 10am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Northern Michigan Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , New mattress and linens in 2014
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , Bunk bed sleeps 3 (full/twin), new linens in 2014
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Massage available at the cabin (deck is a great place to have one!) from local masseuse, contact information located in the cabin.

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