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NEW! Lakefront Branch Cottage w/ Dock & Gas Grill!

Bedrooms 3
Space 880 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Leave your worries at home when you pack your bags for a stay at this 3-bed, 1-bath vacation rental cottage! Comfortably sleeping up to 10 guests, this is the perfect temporary home for a family or group of friends seeking a lakefront getaway. Dive off of the swim platform, fish from the dock, and afterward, fire up the gas grill for an at-home barbecue. The home not only features a prime location on Emerson Lake, but is also close to Pere Marquette River, Ludington State Park, golf courses, and hiking!


Bedroom 1: Full Bed | Bedroom 2 (Loft): Full Bed | Bedroom 3 (Loft): 2 Twin-over-Twin Bunk Beds w/Twin Trundle Beds

When coming for a stay at this cottage, all you need is a change of clothes and your bathing suit - everything else, you'll find is already at the home! Upon arrival, drop off your bag, lather on sunscreen, and head out the back door to your private oasis on Emerson Lake.

Swim, fish, sunbathe, and boat with the provided kayaks and paddle boat just feet away from the property! The swim platform offers the perfect place for dive practice while the dock is great for casting your line or tieing off a boat. There's even a beach outfitted with Adirondack chairs and a fire pit where you can end your day on a sweet note with s'mores and stargazing.

Retreat to the well-appointed interior for a reprieve! Inside, you'll find all of the comforts of home, plus the amenities you desire. Slip into a catnap in the cozy living room complete with flat-screen TV with DVD player and wood-burning fireplace. Wake up to the smell of barbecue wafting in from the porch, where the chef of the group is cooking up dinner's entree on the gas grill.

Easily prepare complementing dishes in the well-equipped kitchen, boasting essential appliances and cookware. Savor the meal inside around the 4-person dining table or feast alfresco on the furnished patio. After the meal, enjoy a cleansing shower in the en-suite bathroom before crawling into bed. Sleep soundly in the full bed, while additional guests and children find comfortable accommodations upstairs in the loft.


Nestled in the Huron-Manistee National Forest, this quaint cottage provides a true northern Michigan getaway where adventure and attractions are never far away!

When you're not taking advantage of the home's location on Emerson Lake, take to the west, by 35 minutes, to discover the beauty of Ludington State Park Beach located on Lake Michigan. In addition to beach activities, you'll find hiking, fishing, and free performances at the park's Amphitheater. The fun doesn't stop when winter creeps in. Enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing once the landscape is covered in a pristine white blanket of snow!

Much closer, you'll find the Pere Marquette River also great for swimming, boating, and fishing. But if you grow tired of the water, take a hiatus with a long hike through the national forest that surrounds the property. Within an hour's drive, discover several scenic trails including Birch Grove Trailhead, Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary, and many more. Additionally, there are several golf courses in the area, like Marquette Trails Golf Course and Lakeside Links, that offer challenging games within the serene setting of the forest.

Come dinnertime, refuel with a hearty meal at restaurants found in Ludington, or travel east bites at one of Baldwin's establishments. You can even kayak or paddleboat across the lake to the new Emerson Lake Inn for a comforting meal close to home. Pentwater also offers numerous dining options and is only 35 minutes from the cottage!


Evolve Vacation Rental Network is on a mission to make vacation rental easy for guests. Every property in our network has been vetted and verified so you can book with confidence. If you have questions prior to your trip, we are happy to assist you 7 days a week. During your stay, your designated Guest Contact will be available 24/7 to help with any issues that may arise.


Key Residence Features:

- Amenities include a well-equipped kitchen, 2 TVs, DVD players, free WiFi, a wood-burning fireplace (wood provided), private dock, private swim platform, kayaks, a paddle boat, children's life jackets, a gas grill (propane provided), furnished patio, furnished beach area, outdoor fire pit, fresh linens and towels, driveway parking, and so much more

- Incredible Lakefront Branch Location - Nestled on Emerson Lake, minutes from Ludington State Park, Pere Marquette River, golf courses, hiking within the Huron-Manistee National Forest, and so much more!

- Nearest Commercial Airport: Bishop International Airport - 3425 W Bristol Rd, Flint, MI 48507, (~ 169 miles away)


- No smoking

- No pets allowed

- No events, parties or large gatherings

- Must be at least 25 years old to book

- Additional fees and taxes may apply

- Photo ID may be required upon check-in

More Details

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Calendar last updated:
25 September, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Branch around the Mason County

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 880 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 (Loft) - 6 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 (Loft) - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • sledding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water skiing


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

Broken equipment and low lake level... Disappointed

  • 3 of 5

We booked this place and were very excited, as our research indicated that this was a very nice lake for swimming and that it was an "all sports" lake. Wrong. There was no boat launch (we dragged our boat up with us). Then, there's the issue with the fact that the lake level was extremely low this year (the end of the dock barely touched the water - there is a "floating" line that separates the swimming area from the neighbors and it was laying on dry, weedy dirt (where there should have been water). It would have been a nice courtesy to have warned us about the low water levels. Instead, we heard about it from the resort across the lake when we called them to ask to use their boat launch the night before going up. They advised us that we would have trouble because of the low levels.

The cabin:

-The beds were comfy and linens were nice, BUT

-Gas grill did not work, Lit up but too low to cook anything, like the line was blocked or something

-Leather couches were "sticky" and had to be cleaned

-Coffee maker had mold/mildew in reservoir, so we had to go out and buy a coffee maker (gross)

-We were told on arrival day that the bathroom light fixture was broken by previous renter and that they were trying to get an electrician out that day. My husband does this type of work and graciously offered to fix it. He was told he would be "paid for his services". That was not the motivation for doing the work, but we were never contacted back after we left for even a simple "thank you" for doing the repairs.

-Kitchen drawer was broken and stuck, husband repaired that too. Again, no contact whatsoever after we left. It's been 2 weeks.

-While these issues did exist, we still had fun. We drove out to other nearby lakes to swim and do some tubing. Had someone had the courtesy to contact us back after our initial email to them about these issues, we would have skipped the ugly review. It's the lack of courtesy that is the most upsetting.

-One of the Adirondack chairs broke under my friend, when my husband reached over to try to catch her, his chair cracked under the uneven weight, so we had the decency to go out to the nearby Lowes and purchase two new chairs to replace them (and advised the owner about it in our email).

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a ton of fun on the beach and swimming off the dock. We were only a 25 minute drive from Ludington and right in the woods. Overall it was an amazing time, house was nice and cozy, and would highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enjoyed in winter!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with 6 inches of snow on the ground, but we enjoyed it! The cottage was clean and filled with everything you would need for a stay any time of the year. We will be planning a stay in the summer.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Spring is coming! Glad you had fun.
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The Lakefront Cottage is the perfect Up North getaway! Comfy & clean - right on a beautiful lake!

  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay at the Lakefront Cottage was perfect! We had a girls getaway and the accommodations were great! Everything worked in the kitchen - which is important when you plan to eat a lot. There is a great table for gathering to enjoy meals together and play games! The seating was comfy and the fireplace was an added bonus of extra coziness. Sleeping accommodations were great for our group - everyone having an actual bed. Linens were clean and plentiful. Bathroom was clean we had plenty of hot water. It was a late fall excursion but we still were able to enjoy the beautiful view of the lake and could imagine the fun that could be had in the warm summer months. Overall it was easy to locate, even at 11 PM in the dark. Our host was very gracious and easy to contact with questions. We would definitely stay here again - especially when we can really enjoy the outdoors. However if your looking for a cozy spot in the fall or winter months, this is the perfect place to hunker down and relax.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the property!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location! Had absolutely everything we needed to keep 2 families with young children happy and comfortable for the weekend. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. The house is right on the lake and the children had so much fun building sand castles, paddle boating and kayaking. The area is somewhat secluded so it was very peaceful. The lake is calm and clean. The house is about 10 minutes from WalMart and a couple of grocery stores and 20 minutes from Ludington and Lake Michigan. With 5 children and 5 adults only having 1 bathroom was not a problem. The owners have provided everything, you only need to bring food and personal items. The house is clean and well kept. We will keep this as a vacation spot to come back to.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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