Higgins Lakefront cottage in deep woods

From $200 / night

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  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Cottage

Exquisite old cottage, but with a modern fit-up, and 4-BR's, 2.5-Baths, a cathedral-ceiling; a private dock, lido, deck, at the lake front, all with views.

All meals are prepared in season so there is no cooking from June - Aug. - perfect for families.

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 doc...Read more


Higgins Lakefront cottage in deep woods
Higgins Lake, Michigan
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Higgins Lake always has at least three shades of blue and green, and the water is so clear, you can see the sandy bottom at thirty feet depth.
The cottage, sitting on a bluff directly fronting the crystal clear waters ["The 6th most beautiful in world'] is situated and equipped to take advantage of the view: a giant picture window overlooks lake from living room & balcony, a deck projects above lake, steps away from the large front-porch, and a lido and dock are right on the lake, itself. The waterfront, deck, and dock are not shared, allowing private sunbathing, swimming and boating areas.

The lake is clear and, here on the north side of the large bay, shallow with great water for swimming, canoeing, sailing, skiing, tubing and all water sports, esp. for kids. 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. Its 82 feet of lake-frontage includes a private dock and lido on the lake, down from an overlooking deck,

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, especially whoever does the shopping, cooking, and cleanup. [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.] You'll eat with your family at a reserved table, but your kids will doubtless make friends with other families eating nearby and have playmates for the whole week.
A lake-shore path connects the cottages, and the Association also provides shared tennis courts, swim raft, nature trails, and even a baseball game in which you can participate on Sunday mornings.

If you bring a bike, you can ride around the lake one morning, between breakfast and lunch, and if it's a mountain bike, you can ride on private, single-track trails behind the cottages. There's nothing but deep woods and wildlife back there, no other houses impinging on your privacy.

Most guests prefer to grill Weds. dinner on a Weber grill in the yard and eat it on the adjacent deck, over looking the lake, while the kids play on the outdoor ping-pong table and roast marshmallows and make 'smores after dinner. However, you can always find a restaurant in nearby Roscommon or beyond.

Nearby activities off the lake include fishing, canoe and tube trips on the calm and beautiful Au Sable River [Rentals (email: hidden)ries, or bring your own craft.] exceptional bird-watching and nature trails, and spectacular golf at Forest Dunes in Roscommon, Golf Magazine's No. 2 Public-Access Course in Michigan.

You'll need a car to get to the cottage, but have plenty of room behind it to park.

More About This Location

Beach or lakeside relaxation, Lake nearby, Rural retreats, Waterfront

What's Nearby

Water sports nearby, Fishing nearby, Golf course within 30 minute drive, Beachfront property, Tennis courts nearby

Nearest shops, 5 miles
Nearest beach: small, private beach on property, 0.01 miles

Getting There

Nearest airport: Traverse City or Saginaw, 90 miles
Car is essential


Last updated on July 23, 2014
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Rates shown in $ USD

DatesNightlyWeeklyMonthlyMinimum Stay
Jun 20 - Aug 22, 2014
High season, late June-late August
$300$2,1006 Nights
Aug 23 - Aug 28, 2014
shoulder; Dining Hall closed
$2504 Nights
Aug 29 - Sep 1, 2014
Labor Day weekend
$3004 Nights
Sep 21 - Oct 13, 2014
off season
$200$1,3005 Nights
All other dates
Sunday check-in
$300$2,1006 Nights
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Rental fees

  • Cleaning fee | $100 per stay
  • 20 meals/week/person | $32 per day
  • Damage deposit | $500
  • Fees for additional guests may apply.

Additional notes from the owner

The Cottage Association requires that all guests take [or at least pay for] three meals per day [except Weds. dinner] and the Association's Dining Hall when it is open from late June until late August. This rule enables us to hire staff and keep the Dining Hall open, and we are not able to make exceptions.
The cost of meals totals about $32 per day for adults; less for children under 13; and free for kids under 5 years old. It is paid directly to the Dining Hall manager.
Please contact us by email for rate details or with any other questions, if you need more information about the Dining Hall. The food is a buffet service at a table reserved for your family and an excellent value. The Dining Hall makes vacations here really wonderful for families -vacation without shopping, cooking, or clean-up!

We reduce the $100 cleaning fee to $50 reduction for guests who bring their own sheets a towels.


  • Alarm Clock
  • Washing Machine
  • Linens Provided
  • High chair
  • Fireplace
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Central heating
  • Long term rentals allowed (over 1 month)
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels Provided
Phone / Internet
  • Telephone
  • Internet Access
Property Features
  • Secure parking space
  • Tennis court (shared)
  • Parking
  • Private fishing
  • Private Beach
  • Ocean or water views
  • Microwave
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Blender
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Stove or Oven
  • Kettle
  • Books
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Porch
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Patio
  • Deck
  • 10 Dining chairs
  • 12 Lounge chairs
  • Pet friendly - no
  • Smoking allowed - no
  • Suitable for children - yes
  • Suitable for the elderly - yes
  • Wheelchair accessible - no
Living space
  • 1575 square feet

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