Old, wooden cottage with a 2-storey picture-window overlooking a beautiful lake and its private deck & dock in a remote woodsy setting on a dirt road. June-Aug: all meals prepared in family-oriented Dining Hall w/ private, reserved table. Kid-heaven
4-Bedroom, 2.5-Bath, full-Kitchen, cathedral-ceiling cottage.
IMPORTANT: Price: $370 / DAY,
during high-season [late Jun. - late Aug.]
The cottage has a SIX-night minimum rental period. All guests must pay separately for meals in the nearby Dining Hall [about $33/day-adults; less for kids] while staying in cottage. Meal charges are usually paid by check directly to the Dining Hall at the end of your stay. Please inquire for more information.
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. 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". It's 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 $31/day for adults, less for kids under 13 and free under 5.]
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.
The cottage features a beautiful, two-story Living Room [the heart of the cottage] with a rustic staircase, a balcony, and a lakestone-lined fireplace and large Screen Porch, both facing the lake.
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 long stairway down from the deck leads to a private sunbathing area [the Lido] and a private dock where you can swim, nap, and attach boats. [Boats should be moored at anchors off the dock when not in use.]
A yard next to the cottage has a fire-pit, 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, although 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:  a Master Suite with king-size bed and a private Bath with shower and two sinks in granite counters;  a Bedroom with two queen beds and a sink; and  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 teenagers and smaller kids [but are short for all but the smallest adults].
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 mountain-biking trails, which you can ride through the endless woods, if you bring or rent bikes.
This cottage does not have a land-line phone [Recent guests have used their cell phones.] TV or wifi yet, but cable access is available if you bring a TV or router.
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.
Shrink the location map on this Airbnb page, and switch to an aerial photograph to see Higgins Lake in its splendor. The cottage is on the north shore [not So. Main St.], the least developed and most secluded part of the lake. See the photos.
Private dock, waterfront, deck overlooking the lake, yard with fire-pit and ping-pong table, and cottage [see photos].
Common Dining Hall with buffet-service meals three times/day and private table, reserved for your cottage.
We have a local greeter, who will show guests around and provide a key. She will be reachable by phone. Owners are available by ph(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), and email, (EMAIL HIDDEN) to discuss any issues.
There is a very nice firepit for campfires [no bonfires] and smores and a beautiful fireplace inside if it's chilly in the evenings.
If you want to use these, you'll need firewood, hardwood only indoors.
We are very paranoid about fires [A nearby cottage burned down a few years ago.] and require complete and thorough extinguishment, by hose and stirring, of all campfires and their embers before leaving the yard or going to bed.
From June 20 through Aug. 22, 2015, all residents must pay for meals in the cottage Association's Dining Hall, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, except dinner on Wednesday, the staff's day off [no charge].
There are late fees and no reimbursements for missed meals. If some guests arrive later in the week [or leave earlier] they aren't billed for meals until they arrive at the lake.
Dining Hall board rates are about: Adults: $33/day; Ages 9 - 12: $23/day; Ages 5 - 8: $15/day; under 5: free.
The Dining Hall is a five-minute walk on a woods-path form the cottage.
Good food and drink [no alcohol in the Dining Hall] are presented on a buffet, menus are posted in advance, and vegetarian offerings are available.
A caretaker will meet you at the cottage to let you in and show you around and the way to the Dining Hall. We'll give you the caretaker's cell number and arrange for the meeting.
The cottage will be cleaned before your arrival, and you are expected to leave the house broom-clean, return all items to their original places, and report any that have broken. The cost of a thorough cleaning and completing the laundry and making the beds for the next guests is included in the $150 cleaning fee, but if you prefer to bring your own sheets and towels, we will refund $75 along with your deposit. Many of our guests drive from only a few hours away and find they can save money by laundering their linens at home, which helps us with turnovers between guests.
After you leave, the caretaker will inspect the house for the security deposit.
WATER- AND FIRE-SAFETY are important and your responsibility. The lake is shallow on our side, but children should be supervised.
Smoking is not permitted inside or outside of the cottage. We are VERY cautious about fire-danger in and around these old wooden cottages in the forest.
Place the screen in front of the fire place before going to bed or leaving the Living Room, if you have made an indoor fire. Small campfires are permitted, but bonfires are forbidden. Use water from a hose to extinguish all embers in the fire-pit thoroughly before leaving the yard.
No boats are included with the rental, but they may be rented at a small marina near by. If you use a boat, you will need to bring or rent a mooring, which you may install at appropriate depth in front of the private dock, if your boat is too large to lift onto the beach deck or the dock.
Pets are discouraged and dogs are not allowed by the Association as they tend to disturb other cottages while the guests are eating in the Dining Hall, three times per day.