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One of a Kind - Lakefront Lodge - Caribbean of the Midwest

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights


Roscommon House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms, 2 full Baths, 2 half baths (Sleeps 12 - including children)

Higgins Lake is the sixth most beautiful lake in the world. This spring-fed lake, with its sandy shores and lake bottom, boasts pristine clear waters, and crystal green depths. Our dock extends 80 feet from the shore. The water is knee deep with white sand bottom for 300 feet, then gradually drops off to deeper water. We have 200 feet of beautiful sandy beach front.

The Big House can sleep up to 12. It has a beautiful knotty pine interior, great room, and 2 glassed in porches. The house was built by a local well known Swedish craftsmen. There are many examples of fine carpentry throughout the house. The lake fills the view through the large picture windows which run the length of the house. The deck offers a spectacular view, especially on clear nights when the water sparkles in the myriad colors of the sunset.

The Shields property is available for week long periods throughout the year. Winter stays are available at reduced rates for a minimum of two nights, a great idea for winter sports enthusiasts.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Susie Mossman
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 28, 2016
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About Susie Mossman

We are the third generation of Shields family, that originally built this gorgeous house on the south shore of Higgins Lake. We grew up spending our summers and Christmas visiting our Nana and Pompom. We now live spread across the U.S. in Washington, California, and New Mexico, but return to visit every summer.

Susie Mossman purchased this house in 1935

Why Susie Mossman chose Michigan

We are the original owners of this house. Our grandfather and grandmother built the house in 1938.

What makes this house unique

This property gives our spread out family the opportunity to get together in a peaceful and beautiful setting, with an uninterrupted view of gorgeous Higgins Lake. (please see photos) Our beachfront is sandy and safe for water play. We enjoy being at the lake in all seasons, as the Big House is also equipped for winter stays.

Guestbook comments from the owner

First of all, we completely enjoyed our stay at your home. It was just right. The warmth and spaciousness --both indoor and out--were so enjoyable for us and for our guests. The lake and weather cooperated nicely, also. The hospitality Kip, John and Michael (and singing Karl) was such a treat. The girls will always remember their initiation by diving off the pontoon. Thanks again for working with us on the price. It was a very special visit for us...we got to visit with friends we hadn't seen since our marriage on Mackinac 17 years ago. Thanks so much. We look forward to booking with you again.
Aug 2011
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One of a Kind - Lakefront Lodge - Caribbean of the Midwest
average rating of 4.0 based on 7 reviews

Great location, excellent hosts

  • 5 of 5

Great location, excellent hosts

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice time!

  • 4 of 5

Charming lakefront home. Beautiful craftsmanship in the house, with a lot of great seating for our large group. No swimmers itch from the 15 people who stayed here for a week. Owners very responsive and helpful!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for your visit - It was a pleasure to have you!
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Standish, Michigan

Family Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Rented the Big House for our summer family vacation. The house is good sized and accommodates our family comfortably. The great room allowed our family to be together watching movies in the evenings. On the glassed in porch we drank our morning coffee while watching the sun rise. It's located on the lake with a nice dock for sunbathing and getting into the water. The water is clear and shallow enough for small children. Also has a large elevated deck to watch lake activities. A boat tie down is provided as is a canoe for personal use. Our grand kids enjoyed the long tree swing and the fire pit was used almost every night. Also the kitchen is well supplied for our cooking needs. Owners are very helpful if anything is needed. We willl be going back next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brought my company here, had a great time

  • 5 of 5

I rented the big house and two houses next door for a corporate retreat. We had a good sized group (~25) and appreciated the great space that was available for our use.

There are a few things that stand out. First, the Big House is in fact quite big. It's a classic, open design (built in the 30s) so it has central great room with a large fireplace and big bay windows out to the lake. There's also a nice, elevated deck in front to watch the sunset - or, if you're ambitious - to watch the sunrise. Overall, it's a great set up for playing cards, hanging out, or impromptu meetings with the family (or, in our case, company).

There's also a nice, and fairly large, forest in the back (probably four acres or more). We had a bridge building contest back there, but I imagine it would be a nice place to let kids run around. We stayed by the open fire pit at night.

We went in June, so the water was cool but nice. We even saw a sea plane land right on the South end of the lake.

We'll be back next year - but thanks for the good times. The employees loved it, and so did I!


  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Blanc, MI

Caribbean of the Midwest is an exaggeration.

  • 2 of 5

The house was definitely a Big House! There was plenty of room for the family to roam. The pictures of the residence are pretty accurate. The stone fireplace was awesome! The rear deck was concrete and a nice place to BBQ and watch the happenings on the lake.

Saying the house was air conditioned was misleading; it really consisted of window units in each of the bedrooms. The other rooms had box fans for air circulation. The 2-1/2 bathrooms were very small and confining, each bath only had a standup shower.

The house smelled musty at the onset. We had to open as many windows as possible to try and clear this up. It was especially strong coming from the kitchen area. The door to the basement from the kitchen had a square opening that allowed this musty smell to come into the house. I would not recommend this house for anyone that has allergies or breathing issues.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: we have been updating the house for many years. Since this review, we have bleached and painted the basement and closed an opening in the door to the basement. We then installed a dehumidifier. We added a new 1/2 bath on the lower level, and put in a larger shower in the downstairs bathroom. The upstairs shower bathroom has been freshened, along with additional electrical circuitry. Most of the old plumbing has been replaced with with pex, which allows hot water almost anywhere in the house in fewer than 10 seconds. We added a new three door refrigerator in the kitchen and a new dishwasher. Additionally, we installed a new furnace and higher capacity water heater. Everyone else has been happy with the bedroom air conditioners.
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Rates & Availability

Roscommon House Rental Rates

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summer rate
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $150 + Tax
linens optional $60 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 6.0%

We do not normally provide linens (bed sheets, pillow cases, towels) because many of our return guests prefer to bring their own. We can order a linen service, however, for 60.00. (Linens for the 9 beds, and towels for 12 people).
We do include children in the total number of guests. There is a surcharge for exceeding 12 guests.

1/2 rental fee as deposit to reserve, and balance with cleaning and Mich. tax by Memorial day in season, or two weeks prior off season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Roscommon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom3 - toilet
    Bathroom4 - toilet
    bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 baths with showers - no tubs 2 half baths
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 4 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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