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Birchwood Cottage on Big Bear Lake

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

Updated 4 BR, 2 bath cottage on Big Bear Lake with pool table

"Birchwood Cottage" is located on 5 wooded acres with 115 feet of lake frontage on beautiful Big Bear Lake, Johannesburg, Michigan. Within minutes of state land and recreational trails. Close to several premier golf courses including Garland and Treetops Resort. The cottage has four bedrooms and two full bathrooms with excellent views of the lake. Lots of space to park recreational vehicles and trailers. Newly renovated in 2016 including kitchen (new refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, cabinets, granite countertops), both bathrooms, and main floor bedroom. Main floor contains one bedroom (queen bed), one bath, great room with flat screen TV and blu-ray player and kitchen. Upstairs has two more bedrooms (one with a full bed, one with a queen and one single bed) and a full bath. Walk-out basement has one bedroom (with a full bed and set of bunks) and additional recreation room with pool table and flat screen TV. Both TVs have satellite access.

Stairs down to private dock. Paddle boat and rowboat included.

Optional 16' pontoon boat with new 25hp four-stroke engine for rent.

Pets are generally welcome for $25/day.

More Details

Chris & Julie Jones
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2018

About Chris & Julie Jones

Our family has owned a cottage on Big Bear Lake since 1970.

Chris & Julie Jones purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Chris & Julie Jones chose Johannesburg

Big Bear is a special lake and the Johannesburg area is very appealing to us. We enjoy being away from it all and still have access to so many activities throughout the year as well as great places to eat.

What makes this cottage unique

Big Bear Lake is a 350 acre all sports lake containing a variety of fish (Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish, Walleye and Yellow Perch) and home to interesting wildlife (Loons, Ducks, Turtles, etc). Perfect size lake for all boating activities. The Birchwood property is located on a 5 acre wooded lot with extra space for trailer parking.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Johannesburg in Charlton

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , main floor
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , upstairs
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , upstairs
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , main floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Bunk Bed , downstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , upstairs
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

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Birchwood Cottage on Big Bear Lake
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews

Great spot on the lake!

  • 4 of 5

Really great place. The updated kitchen and bathrooms make it feel fresh and welcoming.

Would have given 5 stars if the house had wifi.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place!!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed this home and location. The accommodations were clean and well cared for. Enjoyed the games, pool table and fireplace, everything we needed for a relaxing vacation. Chris and Julie were great to work with, accommodating and quick to reply. Will definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pure Michigan!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Breathtaking views. The cottage had everything you needed for a getaway in the great north. It’s just perfect tucked back in the woods. Highly recommend and we will be planning a future visit to the cottage on Big Bear Lake...

  • Review Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet, comfortable and very clean!

  • 5 of 5

Chris and Julie’s cottage was perfect for our four day trip to Johannesburg, MI. Everything was exactly as advertised and discussed. Our entire group was very happy that we were welcomed to stay at their cottage, and we hope to do it again next year!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great roomy stocked home

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the week at this beautiful lake front home. Lots to do in the area, if it wasn't for the rain we would have been on the lake more.

The home was roomy and well equiped. Everything you need for our family vacation. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Location, Great Ownership

  • 5 of 5

Our group of eight met up at Birchwood for an annual college reunion and long guys weekend. The condition of the lodge was excellent when we arrived and everything appeared to be exactly as described on the website. Each of us had a nice place to sleep and the cabin was large enough to accommodate all of us comfortably. The large deck offered a great view of the lake and the fire pit in the yard was a nice place to gather in the evenings and catch up. We didn't use it much, but the pool table in the basement was a nice touch.

We rented the pontoon boat for our stay, which was older and a bit on the small side, but the owner informed me of that up front so it wasn’t a surprise. It worked fine for our group, and while we didn't catch a lot of fish, being able to spend time out on the lake really added to the experience. The location of the cabin is pretty secluded, but it was fairly easy to get to and once you arrived it really did feel like you were deep in the woods of northern Michigan.

The owners were great to work with throughout the entire process. They were very responsive to emails when we were scouting locations, and very accommodating leading up to, and during our stay. They even let us buy the Mayweather vs. McGregor pay-per-view event. After our stay, the security deposit was returned within just a couple days.

Overall, a great experience. I would definitely recommend Birchwood to my friends, and would be willing to come back again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Treetops Resort


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Johannesburg, Michigan

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Dec 2017 - 10 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
11 May 2018 - 17 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £89.71
Refundable Damage Deposit £179.42
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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