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FELKER'S COTTAGE (Vanderbilt, MI) On Huffman Lake: Sleeps 8, Private Dock, Book now to enjoy the Tunnel of Trees! 

Pets Welcome







FELKER'S COTTAGE on Huffman Lake
BEDROOMS: 4 + additional loft area 
*LAKEFRONT: On Huffman Lake (all-sports lake) 
*PRIVATE DOCK, ROW BOAT, PADDLE BOAT & KAYAK (available approximately Memorial Day through mid-Sept.) 
*NEIGHBOR HOMES ARE CLOSE- outdoor privacy limited. Adherence to the quiet time (10p-8am) is a must.

This charming cottage on the inland Huffman Lake is perfect for a family looking for the classic cottage experience in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  Located halfway between Gaylord and Boyne Mountain, Felker's Cottage is sure to bring fun & relaxation to all those who visit. 

Recent renovations include new mud room & laundry, bunk room and lake-side deck with fire pit. Dock, row boat, paddle boat, kayak, life jackets, and bicycles available for guests (dock and boats available Memorial Day – end of Sept). Huffman Lake is a 120 acre all-sports spring-fed lake, great for swimming, fishing, and boating (public boat ramp access). Wi-fi Internet (Fiber optic high speed) and phone included, flat-screen TV with DVD player. Hundreds of public and logging forested 2-track roads and trails in the area great for biking and hiking.


Air Conditioning:
 There are ceiling fans in every bedroom, the living room, and kitchen. The house does not have air conditioning but it is rarely needed. The house is shaded by mature maple trees and there's almost always an afternoon breeze off the lake. The ceiling fans will put you to sleep when there is a rare muggy night. 

Main Floor:
       Bathroom #1: Attached to Master bedroom- Full bath with shower, Jacuzzi tub, sink, toilet 
       Bathroom #2: Attached to second bedroom, toilet and sink
2nd Floor:
       Bathroom #3: Full bath, shower, toilet, and sink

Beach/Swimming: Yes! Private dock right across road in front of property where you can swim from.  Public beach 1/4 mile down the road as well. Water depth at the bank ranges from 8-12'' at the bank and gradually gets deeper to about 3-4 ft at the end of the dock. 

Bedroom Configuration:
        Bedroom #1: 1st floor-Master bedroom with queen size bed and one twin bed

       Bedroom #2: 1st  floor- Twin size bed
       Bedroom #3: 2nd floor- 2 Twin size beds
        Bedroom #4: 2nd floor- Queen size bed
   *Additional Sleeping Area (Bedroom #5) : 3rd floor- Loft room- 2 Twin size beds and one queen bed

Boats:  We have a kayak, row boat, and upright paddle boat (seats 2, with a bench on the back) available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. If you need additional equipment, here are some nearby rental places: 
Walloon Lake: https://www.tommyswalloon.com/we-offer-boat-kayak-SUP--rentals
Boyne City: http://boynewatersports.com/
Gaylord: http://www.actionoutdoorrentals.com/
For fishing, camping, boating, outdoor supplies: Jay’s Sporting Goods in Gaylord. 

Boat Launch: Public boat launch 1/4 mile from cottage

Cable/Satellite TVs: No there is not traditional cable or satellite available

Cell phone service:  Most cell providers don’t work well at the lake house due to hills around the lake. AT&T has the best coverage at the house. Cell phones work great if you get away from the hill, about ½ mile from the house, or in the middle of the lake (keep the phone dry)! Verizon gets limited service, AT&T gets 3 bars.

Distances:  * Boyne Mountain: 20 min. 
                    * Gaylord: 15 min.  
                    * Petoskey: 25 min.
                    * Charlevoix: 40 min.
                    * Mackinac Bridge: 1 hour 

Dock:  Yes, available from approximately Memorial Day through mid-September only.  

Drugs/Smoking/Fireworks: Freshwater does not permit illegal drugs of any kind on the property. Due to the location of the properties nearby, smoking is strongly discouraged around the home and strictly prohibited in the home. Fireworks are prohibited at Freshwater property locations for the safety of all persons in and around the property, even if they are legal in that city. If you do not follow these rules you will be asked to leave immediately. Fireworks are also not permitted to be used on the dock.

Fireplace: Yes, wood burning

Fire-pit: Yes, portable. Please bring firewood.

Fishing: Yes, from the dock or from the row boat!

Grocery Store: Meijer & Walmart in Gaylord, 15 min. away.

Internet: Property has fiber optic high-speed internet! 

Linens:Yes, we provide you with basic sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are particular about the thread count of your sheets, let us know, and we will make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets.

Parking: The driveway is relatively short and on a slope. No more than 4 vehicles on property. No large RVs or trailers to be parked on the property. Please do not park on neighbors property. 

Pets: Up to 2 dogs (less than 25 lbs. each) are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/PER PET for your entire stay. Please note while we do accept pets, this is not an ideal place for pets, as there is no fenced yard and a moderately traveled road (unpaved) is in front of the property, between the house and the lake. Dogs must be on a leash at ALL times.

Privacy/ Neighbors: Outdoor privacy is limited.  Neighbor cottages are very close.  Neighbors are sensitive to noise. Please be respectful of quiet hours between 10 pm - 8 am. No more than 2 dogs at any time.

Restaurant Recommendations:   
*The Barrell Back Restaurant on Walloon Lake (about a 20 minute drive; the owner's favorite!):  https://www.barrel-back.com/
*Alpine Tavern & Eatery in Gaylord, MI. http://https://www.alpinetavernandeatery.com/
*B.C. Pizza in Gaylord, MI. https://www.bcpizzagaylord.com/
*The Whippy Dip in Vanderbilt, MI. Great ice cream treats!
*Mary's Stein House in Gaylord, MI. (German themed restaurant)
*Abi's Bistro in Gaylord, MI (American food, great for breakfast!)
*City Park Grill in Petosky, MI 
*Bridge Street Tap Room in Charlevoix 

Smoking: No smoking allowed of any kind, on the property. 

Space: Multi level cottage

Towels: Yes, we provide bath towels, hand towels and washcloths. It's always good to bring extra though.

Tunnel of Trees: Michigan's Tunnel of Trees is a 20-mile stretch of State Highway M-119 along the coast of Lake Michigan. It begins in Cross Village and goes south to Harbor Springs. It is around a 20-minute drive without stopping and will take around 40 minutes. Please plan for 4-5 hours to get out of your vehicle to explore and get the full experience of Michigan's beautiful fall colors!

Washer and dryer:  Yes, detergent provided

Wood: Not provided 



Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Balcony
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blankets
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Ceiling fans
  • DVD player
  • DVD's
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Firewood is Provided.
  • Hand Vacuum
  • Heat: Boiler System
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed
  • Radio
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Telephone/Landline
  • VHS player
  • Vacuum
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Antibacterial Hand-Sanitizer
  • Blender
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Coffee maker
  • Cooking and Baking Pans
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Soaps (Hand & Dish Soap)
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Canoe or Kayak included
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Good Fishing
  • Grill-Propane
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs
  • Paddle Boat Included
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Rowboat Included
  • Swimming on Property

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $149.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


My grandchildren had the time of their lives catching fish swimming and the adults enjoyed the fall colors. couldnt of asked for anything better house is beautiful


Thank you for sharing your review of Felker's, Kathleen! We are so happy to know the cabin worked well for your family- kids and adults! We are so happy to know you all enjoyed catching fish, swimming, and taking in the changing fall colors! Hopefully we will get a chance to host you again in the future! 

Oct 2023
5 stars
Excellent, great place to stay. Plenty of room and great amenities.


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, Donna! We're delighted to know you enjoyed the home and provided amenities! Hopefully we can host a future stay with you! 
Sep 2023
Felkners cottage
Had a great time. Cottage was very comfortable and the paddleboat was great. The only thing I would change is the lockbox, as the numbers were hard to read


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, Kathryn, and thank you for your feedback regarding the lockbox. I've updated our maintenance team, so we can work on improving that inconvenience. As a whole, we are very happy to know you found the cottage to be comfortable, and able to provide you with an enjoyable stay! Hopefully we will have a chance to host you again in the future! 
Kathryn J
Aug 2023
Fun Family Weekend
Traveled to the Petoskey area for a soccer tournament and decided to bring the whole family, including our dog. Cottage had a wonderful view and everything we needed to enjoy our stay. Kids really had fun playing on the lake in the paddle boat and kayak. Would definitely recommend to others.


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, Matt! I'm glad the house was able to work well for your needs while in the area for the soccer tournament, and that you were able to enjoy the views and provided amenities! We look forward to having you back in the future!
Jun 2023
Beautiful hidden gem
We relaxed, the out of towners went to the Island with cousin Jesse. Had friends from Mio visit. While at the cabin, Jacob (11yo) spent every waking minute at the lake trying to catch a fish. The neighbors were very friendly and we are from the same area. Great place, love the decor- fish pic in upstairs bath is my fav. Already planning another visit, this visit is a beautiful hidden gem. Our favorite moments were just visiting with family, bonfire time is always a great time to talk, and getting to know my neighbors better


Thank you Pamela for taking the time share your review of our Felker's Cottage! The fact that everyone from all over got to meet up and enjoy the time in the area is so wonderful, especially getting to bond a bit with the neighbors! We hope we get a chance to host you again!
Aug 2022
Northern Michigan Lakefront Cottage
Enjoyed our time on the lake, nature and the beauty God has provided.

Jaime, we are so happy to know you enjoyed your time at Felker's and were able to take in the natural beauty the area provides! We hope to host another stay with you in the future!
Jul 2022
Northern Michigan Lakefront Cottage
Property is as advertised ... very clean and well supplied with everything we needed for a week together. Quiet area for relaxation and easy access to other venues ....eg Charlevoix. We had a great time ... property management was prompt and courteous ... we plan to visit again in 2023. 


Thank you for sharing your review TR, and thank you for the kudos to our team! We are so happy to know you found the cottage clean and well equip with everything you needed for your week's stay, and truly hope we can have you back again! 
Jul 2022
Great fishing that was exciting for kids and adults!
We fished lots! Kept 91 fish! We hiked some trails at The Hills Nature Preserve (great option for short loops for kids or you can do longer), did some paddle boating and kayaking, swimming here and at the boat launch, went to Fisherman's Island, and enjoyed a bonfire! The fishing was really fun! We always caught something which makes it especially exciting for the kids (and really us too)! We fried up our fish, made lots of rainbow loom creations and did some coloring! Saw a mama bird and three baby birds in the tree by the water. The place is really well stocked for cooking and baking, and really anything else! The owner was super responsive, helpful and a great guy! He was on top of everything- even down to the light bulbs -- he was ready to fix right away! Thank you for the great memories that your home provided us! The kids don't want to leave! Thank you so much!!


We are delighted to know everyone enjoyed their stay, and had great success with fishing in the area! The owner has truly made it a point to make the home a good experience for guests staying, so we are happy to know your interactions only added to the stay! We hope to have you back! 
Lucy, TR, Doug, Kristin, Kevin, Landon and Holly
Jul 2022
Peaceful and quiet
Weather was mostly cool with lots of wind! We saw lots of deer and mixed work and play over the past few weeks. The stay was peaceful and quiet; we enjoyed the cottage and the time we had! Many thanks!


We are so happy that the whole family was able to enjoy your stay at Felker's! It's good to know that even though you had to work, there was still enough time to make the best of your time at the cottage, and taking in the beautiful nature of the area! We hope to host you again!
Jim, Pam, Brian, Alyssa, and Chloe
Jun 2022
Wonderful Trip!
We had a wonderful time at the cottage. We really appreciated you getting the dock and boats out early for us. We spent many house on the paddle boat, kayak and row boat. Also enjoyed the beautiful trails out back. Hope to be back again.
May 2022
Great up north getaway!!!
Wonderful lake house with a beautiful view! It was everything we were looking for! The house had everything we could have possibly needed....very warm and inviting! So enjoyed the fall colors and we will definitely be returning! Thank you for sharing your home!!
Apr 2022
This home had everything you need for your stay. We cooked every day and didn't miss anything. Beds were comfy and had plenty of blankets and towels. Hope to come back soon!!!
Apr 2022
Cozy and comfortable
We loved our stay on Huffman Lake! The house was super cozy and comfortable. We cooked a lot and were super impressed by how well stocked the kitchen was. We had everything we needed and more! The area is gorgeous- we enjoyed walking out to the lake to enjoy the sunrise and sunset, and exploring the forest and searching for elk herds. Hope we can return some day!

Kate, thank you for the kind words! We hope to see you again in the future! 
Apr 2022
Such a cozy, awesome place
Thanks for such a cozy and awesome place to stay. We loved it here and appreciate you letting us enjoy it. Some special highlights include Tunnel of trees and exploring nature. Also the pink rainbow across the lake this morning. From Joanie "I love this house, and I love my bed"

You can't beat a rainbow-how awesome! And The Tunnel of Trees-what a beautiful place especially in the fall with all the changing colors! So glad to hear you had a great stay with us! We'll be here when you're ready to come back! 
Joanie, Mark and Kate
Oct 2021
The feel of a traditional lake cottage
Favorite moments included: Sitting on the porch in the morning gazing at the lake and scenery while having coffee. The same ritual took place most evenings in anticipation of a spectacular sunset, also crossing the bridge during a thunderstorm. Thank you for sharing your cottage. We enjoyed the modern touches including the new stove and the easy to open windows. We also appreciated the traditional feel of a lake cottage furnished with a few heirlooms. This is certainly a unique haven "up north." Again, thank you for sharing it with us Hoosiers. PS, The place was so clean.

We are thrilled you enjoyed your time "up north" We are so happy to be able to share our space with great people like you! We hope to see you again in the future! 
Tom & Marilynn
Oct 2021

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