3 br, 1 ba (sleeps 6)
- english, spanish
About Michael Collins
I love being in the business of hospitality. Although Highland Lakes Cottage is not a true B&B, as you will be renting the entire house, I'll always be a text or phone call away to assist you with anything you need. I've been renting out the cottage since 2011 and over the years I've had the opportunity to chat with a lot of great guests and enjoyed sharing stories and having a laugh or two with them. Most guests don't come to the cottage to hang out inside the cottage - most come to enjoy activities close by such as skiing or going to the water park at Mountain Creek, hiking at the nearby state parks, apple or pumpkin picking, fishing, boating, or swimming at any one of the 5 lakes in town, hunting, to experience the beauty of autumn in a mountain community, mountain biking, wine tasting at a winery, antiquing, to go to the drive in movie theater close by (one of the few left in the country), or even to take a hot air balloon ride! On the other hand, once guests arrive they are pleased to find that the house itself holds a wealth of enjoyment with a big TV in the living room, streaming services such as Netflix / Commercial Free Hulu Plus / Amazon Prime, and with a huge fire pit in the back yard, a gas grill, and a hammock, many guests simply enjoy hanging out in the back yard and enjoying their privacy as it's completely fenced in. Someday, I would love to own and operate a true B&B because not only do I love to cook but I also like taking care of guests and serving people - rather then just hearing about their vacation, I could personally be a part of it. I hope you join us and I'd love to hear from you! Mike
Michael Collins purchased this Cottage in 2002
Why Michael Collins chose Highland Lakes
I chose this property because of its proximity to the lakes and its large / relatively flat back yard. Many properties I looked at either had small back yards or steep slopes or rocks jetting out of the ground. One other feature I really liked was that the home sits between two streets (front and rear) and because of this, you only have 2 instead of 3 neighbors. Over the years I have worked hard improving the cottage and property by fencing in the back yard, getting a massive and beautiful fire pit, while also providing modern and useful electronics. All of my hard work has paid off as Highland Lakes cottage is now the perfect blend of nature and technology. It has an old school, warm, charming, campy feel. You will feel the full force of nature in our 60 x 65 foot completely fenced in back yard ... grass, huge fire pit, wood, bird bath, window bird feeder, a bunch of wind chimes, hammock, grill, trees, open space, seating, birds coming and going, stars, and moon light. Inside the home you will get a cozy country feel, but this is no cabin in the woods where you are cut off from humanity ... because subtly sprinkled throughout the home are all the technologies you have become accustomed to ... High Speed Wifi, a Huge TV, USB charging ports, blue tooth AM FM Radio allowing you stream music from your phone or tablet, and 2 Video Game Systems (PS4 & XBOX ONE S) with literally 100s of games pre installed.
What makes this Cottage unique
You could stay at a hotel or condo directly at or next to one of the attractions in the area (ski resort / water park), but if you do, you will missing out on all that Highland Lakes Cottage has to offer ... Privacy ... would you rather walk out into a beautiful back yard or walk out of your hotel room into a hallway filled with strangers? Would you rather enjoy a fire in a huge private fire pit or share a fire pit with hundreds of other guests? Would you rather just grab a log off a firewood rack or have to run out a buy some? Would you rather pay for Wifi as an extra in a hotel room or sit in the back yard and pick up the Free Wifi from the cottage? Would you rather cook a meal in a cramped condo kitchen or enjoy the open space of our kitchen? Would you rather be limited to just basic cable channels in a hotel or enjoy basic cable AND Netflix, Commercial Free Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime Video on a 65 inch TV? If you are a gamer, would you rather leave video gaming behind on your vacation or explore the hundreds of games offered on the XBox One S or PS4 at Highland Lakes Cottage? Would you rather have access to one swimming pool at a condo or enjoy 7 beaches on 5 private lakes? It all depends what you are looking for but if you are looking for privacy, comfort, and convenience, Highland Lakes Cottage is the place for you ... join us and be happy.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Smoking is only permitted in the Sun Room
$75.00 Pet Fee Applies.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The cottage was wonderful, like staying at home! Entertainment was the best, with a huge TV loaded with all the games and movie and television links (Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video). Kitchen has great coffee and water in the fridge for guests, which was much appreciated. Fun area, good restaurants, nice hiking in Waywayonda State Park. A great overall experience!!
Thanks for the awesome review Mark. It was such a pleasure having you !!!
very easy to navigate and to follow directions
the house had everything necessary. The rooms were comfortable and the area very pleasant
Thanks so much for the great review Ellen, it was real pleasure having you and hope you can join us again.
Very nice place
Was a very nice place, felt like home when we got there. Has plenty of things to do in the area, as well as at the house. Nice and quiet with some good scenery, our dog loved the fenced in yard. Mike was very attentive and helpful. I would highly recommend staying here.
Thanks a bunch Jason , it was such a pleasure having your group ... Hope you can join us again!
Super Cute Cabin
Great Location. Super Cute Cabin. Very Clean. Everything you need and labels created by owner make it easy to find what you need and put it back it in the right location.
Thanks a bundle Chris, it was a pleasure having your group and hope you join us again!
Nice, quiet area
A cozy home near a beautiful lake. Perfect for the outdoorsy people as there are many activities in the area for recreation. The owner was responsive to our questions.
Thanks a bunch Susan ... it was wonderful having your group and hope you can join us again!
Veteran VRBO Client
Unfortunately I was not able to come and stay the weekend but my sister in law sent me this email..Thank You Dennis. This is one of the cleanest best appointed house you've rented. The owner has everything in place for the convenience of his guests. There is also an air purifier running that kills bacteria mold and viruses.
I have rented 10 homes via VRBO
Thanks so much for the wonderful review .... Sorry you couldn't make this time Dennis ... hopefully you will make it next trip!
The entire town of Highland Lakes is a private mountain / lake community. It is a 4 season town and each season brings it's own special natural beauty with it. Each season is packed with breath taking scenery .... Freshly fallen snow adorning branches in the winter, beautiful blooming in the spring, 5 pristine lakes to enjoy in the summer, all with beaches, and all stocked with fish, and fabulous foliage with the coming of autumn. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area as well ... Snow Ski Resorts and a Water Park minutes away, Swimming, Fishing, Boating, Hiking, Restaurants, Drive In Movie Theater, Regular Movie Theater, Wineries, Mountain Biking, Mini Golf, Golf, Indoor Ice Skating, Bowling, Laser Tag, Horseback Riding, Museums, Paintball, Skydiving, Zoo, Specialty Shops, Hot Air Balloon Rides, State Parks, Mall Shopping, Farmers Markets, Antique Shops ... oh and did I mention Relaxation ...