4-BR 2.5-Bath, cathedral-ceiling cottage;private dock, lido, deck &shore, sleep8
Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel
- English, French, German
About Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel
My brothers and I grew up in Indiana but return to this cottage almost every summer, and some winters, too. Like my brothers and cousins, I now travel further to come back here every year with my wife and son, from Massachusetts, in our case.
Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel purchased this Cottage in 1949
Why Carl Geupel & Ava Geupel chose Roscommon
My grandmother began visiting cottages at this part of Higgins Lake in the 1930's; my grandfather bought this cottage in the '40's; and I started coming in the 50's. Everyone who comes wants to come back; it's very special, private and yet part of a community. My sister-in-law renovated its interior to a very high level a couple of years ago, but retained its backwoods character. It's nothing like a typical suburban house and has almost no artificial surfaces or materials. Please look at the photos; it's very special --not like home. Also, it's in the right spot. Check out Higgins Lake and other wonderful lakes in Michigan on a tenbest list. You can find aerial photos of all of them, and locals rank them all. https://www.aerialgraphics.com/pages/
What makes this Cottage unique
The Dining Hall, where all meals [except Weds. dinner] are served, makes this spot a great vacation for families: all your time on the beautiful lake; no shopping, cooking or clean up. The private, single-lane, unpaved road with no traffic means kids run free. They'll meet new friends in the Dining Hall.
Family-reunions, w/ kids and grandparents are fine
We are super-cautious about fires in the old woods
Sorry, not even cats. Call about birds, turtles
Encouraged! No traffic;bunks;neighbors
Minimum age of primary renter:30
Max guests:10 (sleeps up to 7 adults)
A Dining Hall serves meals to all guests from late June to late August. ~$33/day/adult, less for kids, but required. Please read full description.
Required Dining Hall buffet is a 5-min. walk away, around a private table, reserved for your family [except for Weds. night]. Accommodates most diets.
Bells announce Dining Hall hours; kids meet friends; you'll meet their parents. It's a rare vacation for whoever shops, cooks, and cleans up meals.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Family friendly paradise on the lake
We had a fantastic family trip to this cottage. What a great location on the lake! Our two families visited at the end of August and truly enjoyed this home. Beautiful spot and wonderful hosts!
Beautiful property and very nice community.
Our party had 5 adults, 4 kids and a toddler. Everyone had a great time! The swimming was great! The water is shallow all around so the kids had a ton of space to play and swim. We brought a boat and everyone caught a fish!!!
The cabin is beautiful and has everything we needed.
We were a little worried about the dining experience, but it was actual very nice. Everyone in the association/community is very nice and excited to meet new families/visitors. They were very helpful getting us settled. Saturday was Prime Rib night and it was GREAT!
We try to check out a new place/lake in Michigan each year, but we will probably be back to this one!!!
We absolutely LOVED this place.
It was 4 adults and 5 kids under 10. Lots of fun stuff for everyone to enjoy including ping pong, walking trails, biking and of course swimming!
We even had great weather for it being the middle of Sept which was awesome.
The cottage is clean and beautiful. Very comfortable beds. Kitchen was stocked with everything we needed.
We will be back!
Stayed at this cottage with friends and family. The building is clean and well maintained. It’s old with lots of improvements. The property is heavy wooded, but not secluded. Everyone there is very nice and helpful. We stayed during the dining hall season. The kids enjoyed all the selections. I liked the convenience, but didn’t quite understand the process. The lake is amazing! Crystal clear water and shallow from the shore to about 300’ out. We rented a boat and tube from B & B Marina for 2 days. They were very accommodating and let us keep it over night. I hope to stay there again soon.
Excellent Cabin for familes
Stayed over Labor Day weekend and had a blast. My young boys loved the "secret upstairs hideaway". Very clean and nicely updated.
We're glad all three generations had a great time, but we were sorry to get our only, four-star review in all these years.
We'll try to make it even better, if you decide to come back next year.
You might also want to consider coming when the Dining Hall is open; you'll meet multiple generations of other families, that way, as well [plus, no shopping, cooking, or washing the dishes.]
Very nice and quiet
Enjoyed our stay and would come back.
We're glad you enjoyed the quiet life on the lake and that the Dining Hall meals and neighbors suited you. We also heard that someone in your group got a chance to go sailing, which is great on Higgins Lake.
We hope you'll be back, next year.
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.
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. It overlooks clear and sandy Higgins Lake, rated 'the Sixth Most Beautiful Lake in the World'. Its 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 $33/day for adults, less for kids under 13 and free under 5.]
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.