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The Mermaid Cottage
The Mermaid Cottage
8 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
8 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
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This is a beautiful, 1900 square foot vacation home with beds for 6 adults and extra space for the kids. Most people coming to Beaver Island look forward to its abundant nature and solitude.

The space

We love to wake up early, watch the sun rise and listen to the peace and quiet. On a clear day, you can even see the Mackinac Bridge from the cottage. We also love to just sit out at the beach house in the evening to watch the wildlife. It can be a very tranquil and quiet place.

The property sits on 10 grassy and wooded acres on Lake Michigan. We are secluded, you won't see another house from the cottage, but we're located just 5-6 miles from town. Not too close, yet not too far away.

Summers are pretty lazy and carefree. This is a great place for a family (or a few families) to reconnect. Sit around by the water, play games, read a good book (or 2), or enjoy 'smores over an evening campfire.

Most people don't know this but September is a wonderful time to come to Beaver Island. The weather is perfect and the colors are spectacular!

St. James beach is a short trip from the cottage. You can buzz into town for a coffee. ice cream cone or a drink without draining your wallet. You can also go for a swim or spend the afternoon at the beach. There is always something going on. Take a trip to the bottom of the island and set out on a beach hike or just enjoy the beach. If you are looking for relaxation or a little adventure, this Island has it all.

The cottage features 3 bedrooms plus a hide-a-bed. One of the bedrooms is on the first floor. The cottage has 2 full bathrooms, there is a nice family area and kitchen with stainless steel appliances. We have a fire pit and a beach house. There is a nice deck with a picnic table that seats about 10. The cottage comes with plenty of fans if you need them but if you open the windows you will be treated to a very nice breeze that keeps the house very comfortable in the summer.

Beaver Island is the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes, located in Lake Michigan about 30 miles north of Charlevoix.

There are fine museums, gift shops, art galleries, a golf course and tennis courts, Island tours, house parties, classes at CMU, and dances and plays at the Hall. Much of what the island offers is free: beachcombing, bird watching, biking, camping, hunting, fishing, x-c skiing, or exploring the other islands. There are over 100 miles of scenic roads, and too many old trails to count.

Guest access

The entire property.

Interaction with guests

We are not on site but we have a caretaker if needed.

Other things to note

There are plenty of blankets on site but we ask that guests bring their own bedding and towels. A washer/dryer is available for your use.

If you prefer, we can provide linen service for a cost of $75/week for up to 6; $85 for up to 8. Please let me know in advance if you would like us to provide linen service.

Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises
Extra people $20 / night after 6 guests
Cleaning Fee $165
Security Deposit $300
Weekend Price $225 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds
Common spaces
1 sofa bed
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 10AM

Holiday weeks require longer stay - 4th of July week July 2 - 8 (7nights)
Labor Day weekend - 9/1 - 4 (4 nights)

SMOKING AND PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED – Evidence of smoking OR pets will result in the loss of your damage deposit and additional cleaning fees.
LATE CHECK OUT MAY RESULT IN AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE OF UP TO $50/HOUR. Our properties are generally booked solid and we frequently have guests checking in the same day you are checking out. Please be considerate of other guests and our cleaning staff. They need adequate time to clean and prepare the cottage for our next guest.
a. TERMS OF USE. Guest is authorized to use the property for the term set forth below. Guest agrees to use the property solely as a private temporary dwelling for Guest and authorized persons only. Guest agrees to use the property in a careful, safe, and proper manner. Guest agrees not to carry on or conduct any business, trade, or occupation in the property. Guest agrees not to use or occupy the property for any unlawful, immoral, or improper purpose or purpose which may or will be detrimental to the reputation of the property or which causes annoyance to or disturbs the neighbors.
b. DAMAGE DEPOSIT. This agreement is contingent upon receipt of the damage/reservation deposit. If the deposit is not received, this agreement will be null and void and the reservation released with no further liability against the owner of the property or his agents or representatives. The deposit will automatically convert to a security/damage deposit upon arrival. The deposit is NOT applied to the rent; however it is fully refundable within 14 days of departure, providing the following provisions are met:
. No damage is done to the property, its contents or grounds, beyond normal wear and tear
. All debris and rubbish are properly bagged and placed in the trash container provided or per the instructions provided at the property.
. All keys are returned to the original location and the property is locked and secured. (There will be a $25 charge for lost keys).
. All charges incurred during the stay are paid prior to departure
. No linens are lost or damaged
. Dishes, pots, pans, etc. are washed, dried and properly stored and the property and grounds are left in the same condition as you found it. Any issues with the property condition needs to be reported to the manager within 12 hours of check-in.
c. PAYMENT. The balance is due 30 days before your arrival.
d. CANCELLATIONS. A 60-day notice is required for cancellation. Cancellations that are made more than 60 days prior to arrival are subject to a 5% cancellation fee or $50, whichever is greater. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, or that are made within 60 days of the arrival date, forfeit the full advanced payment and damage/reservation deposit. Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent or deposit. MONTHLY RESERVATION CANCELLATIONS. Monthly renters must cancel one hundred twenty days prior to check-in. Monthly renters who make a change that results in a shortened stay must be made at least ninety (90) days prior to check-in.
f. MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY. There is a maximum occupancy for this property. An additional charge of $20 per person per night for guests in addition to that will be assessed.
g. CLEANING FEE. A one-time cleaning fee is charged in addition to rental fees.
h. LINENS. Linens, bedding and bath towels are provided in all properties (except The Mermaid).
i. RATE CHANGES. Rates are subject to change annually.
j. WRITTEN EXCEPTIONS. Any exception to the above policies must be approved in writing.
k. STORM POLICY/ROAD CONDITIONS. No refunds will be given for weather related problems. Roads are generally well maintained and we do not refund due to road conditions.
l. DO NOT FLUSH anything other than toilet paper. Improper disposal of diapers or feminine products may result in forfeiture of your security deposit.
m. LOSS OR DAMAGE. Guest agrees to indemnify the cabin owner and/or his agents and representatives from and against all liabilities, damages, and other expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, which may be imposed upon, incurred by, or asserted against cabin owner and/or his agents and representatives by reason of (a) any failure on the part of Guest to perform or comply with any covenant in this agreement; or (b) any injury to person or loss of or damage to property sustained or occurring on the premises on account of or based upon the act, omission, fault, negligence, or misconduct of any person whomsoever other than owner. Guest shall be liable to owner for any and all damages to buildings, fixtures, and grounds due to misuse and/or neglect or by failure to observe any of the provisions of this agreement.

Mackinaw Getaways, Inc.
2711 Vienna Rd., Erie, MI (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

3 nights minimum stay

6 Reviews

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Carolyn User Profile
July 2017
This was the perfect place for us at this time in our lives. With our 3 20+ kids all needing a rest and break from work, travels and school. Every morning I drank in the amazing picuresque window full of sunrise, and it was magnificient every time! The kitchen was well equipped, and I was glad I brought a lot of food with me from Trader Joes. Our transportation was an issue, and though there were clearly stated suggestions to reserve car transport, we were caught unaware, and most could ride bikes to town the shuttle service was helpful to get us to the grocery store, but all 5 of us with a hastily rented Geo-tracker on the last day. (2 bike trips, 2 people and luggage trips, and my husband still made the 8:30 ferry with 9 mns. to spare!!!) Obviously we would know better what to expect in the future. Thankfully, everyone was pleased to stay put most of the time. Kayaks would have been amazing, and we also would have brought our own had we known. It is a magical place, and one that we would definately return to. We loved this home that helped to give us a vacation to remember!

Mike User Profile
September 2016
The house is lovely. It is much nicer than I expected from the photos. It's right on the water and we were able to wade into the water from the lawn. The bed I slept in was surprisingly supportive and comfortable. Kitchen was decently equipped, and we cooked a number of meals here for our group of seven. I hope to stay here again!

Mitch User Profile
October 2015
The Mermaid Cottage was beautiful, the views were amazing, and the house and property were both quite nice. We saw some wildlife, went swimming in the (extremely cold) lake, and generally just enjoyed our stay. Three things I would mention for other guests: 1) Cell phone service is a no-go for Verizon and AT&T at the cottage. However, a 5-minute drive North will get you a few bars. 2) I wish I would have seen the other reviewer that mentioned that (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN)'s "pin" on their Maps app for the cottage is WRONG. I know this has already been said, but I wanted to reiterate. We spent a really long time trying to find the cabin and had to ask a few locals for help. 3) Take the plane over if you can. The ferry ride is fairly long, and in bad weather, it's no fun. Also, after the beginning of October, there are a very few residents on the island, with many shops and restaurants only open a few hours a day. With that said, I would very much recommend staying here, we certainly enjoyed our stay.

Justin User Profile
September 2014
Our stay at The Mermaid was wonderful. Beaver Island was a great, relaxing place to spend time.

Shannon User Profile
August 2014
Mermaid Cottage was a wonderful place to stay. Diane gave clear directions on how to get there, including who to contact about getting to the island. Over all the house was beautiful, the kitchen was stocked enough for use to make any meal that we wanted, and there was enough space for six adults to stay comfortably. There were beautiful views of the water, we only wished there was a way to access it from the house.

Sara User Profile
July 2014
Going to a Beaver Island was quite the adventure. It was a cute little city with a lot of history. The public beach there was calm and relaxing. The Mermaid Cottage was a bit difficult to find at first because (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) maps locates it at the other end of the island, but luckily residents of the town were able to eventually help us locate it. The house looks better in person and was very accommodating. It is definitely a private area with no surrounding neighbors. I wish their could have been a dock so we could reach the water over the marsh land, but the view from the deck was still stunning.

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Diane User Profile

Chuck and I have been together for 30 years and have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. We enjoy the outdoors, yoga and photography and we LOVE Michigan! When we met, one of the many things we had in common was that we grew up vacationing in Northern Michigan. As a result of those wonderful summers, we came to love the outdoors. It was such a part of us that we knew some day we'd have our own place here. Our son and his wife were married on Mackinac Island a few years ago and that was when we decided to purchase a cabin. We wanted to provide a special place for our children to bring their children in the years to come and we found the perfect spot. We began to rent it out a few years ago and since then, we started our own business (Mackinaw Getaways) and we now help over 20 families rent their own vacation homes. We love the outdoors and the possibilities are endless here. Swim, fish, kayak, canoe, sail, hike, bike, scuba dive, hunt, bird watch - you name it! It's all available there.

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