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FELKER'S COTTAGE (Vanderbilt, MI) On Huffman Lake: Sleeps 7-10, Private Dock, Swimming

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FELKER'S COTTAGE on Huffman Lake
SLEEPS: 7-10
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.) 

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 (DSL-slower than the normal fiber optic we are used to) 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.

Bedroom Configuration:
        Bedroom #1: 1st floor-Master bedroom with queen size 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- 3 Twin size beds

Boats:  We have a kayak, row boat, and upright paddle boat (seats 2, with a bench on the back). 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. 

Fireplace: Yes, wood burning

Fire-pit: Yes, portable

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

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

Internet: DSL Internet. Since the connection is DSL, it is slower than fiber-optic. 

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 50 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 a great 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.

Privacy/ Neighbors: Neighbor cottages are very close.  Please be respectful of quiet hours between 10 pm - 8 am. 

Restaurant Recommendations:   
*The Barrell Back Restaurant on Walloon Lake (about a 20 minute drive; the owner's favorite!):  https://www.barrel-back.com/
*The Bearded Dogg Lounge in Gaylord, MI. https://www.beardeddogglounge.com/
*Alpine Tavern & Eatery in Gaylord, MI. http://https://www.alpinetavernandeatery.com/
*B.C. Pizza in Gaylord, MI. https://www.bcpizzagaylord.com/
*Diana’s Delights in Gaylord, MI. https://www.dianasdelights.net/
*The Whippy Dip in Vanderbilt, MI. Great ice cream treats!

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.

Washer and dryer:  Yes, detergent provided

Wood: 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
  • Firewood Provided for guests
  • 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 2022 01/01/2022 - 01/01/2023 2 $149.00


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

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