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Property Details

Updated: May 16, 2015
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 12 Sleeps

Family friendly, two-story cottage on Lake Huron in village. Priced right for our current economy. No smoking, no pets. Upstairs dorm room sleeps 10 in three full-size and four twin beds. Two twin beds in downstairs bedroom. Family owned and managed locally. Our cottage can be yours for a weekend or weeks. Cottage available year round. Also perfect for local family overflow visitors. See additional photos on Facebook: Chickadee Cottage. Owners glad to give tours when cottage not in use.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Barbecue

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Chickadee Cottage-Right on the Lake
Port Sanilac Eastern Michigan
Lapeer, MI

Perfect get together for family

  • 5 of 5
Great place to get together with the whole family. It was a great setup! The upstairs was so amazing. We kept finding ourselves up there relaxing with our grandsons. A wall of windows that opened with a cool breeze flowing in. Everything was provided. Lots of seating area in the dining and living room. Kids spent the whole day in the water and making sand castles. The water was shallow for quite a ways out, so we weren't as nervous when they were in the water. Beautiful street in front of the cottage which provided me with a great place to run. The adults took turns taking walks together because it was so enjoyable. The damage deposit was returned promptly. Wonderful time was had by all.
  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: This has been a tremendous hot summer and the warm lake and our sandy beach have been a blessing.
Chickadee Cottage-Right on the Lake
Port Sanilac Eastern Michigan
Berkley, mi

Family Reunion 2011 Chickadee Cottage

  • 4 of 5
Beautiful views fom the cottage, I walked in and it took my breath away! Beautiful furnishings,adequate cooking and eating utensils.Plenty of sleeping room.
The beach was as described, we went down to the public beach,it was very nice.
Very nice neighbors! Beautiful and exquisite gardens in the neighborhood, delightful walks. We saw deer and rabbits (grandchild loved this!)
Miss the sound of the waves at night.
We became fascinated with the chickadees at the birdfeeder and learned more about them.
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Chickadee Cottage-Right on the Lake
Port Sanilac Eastern Michigan
Richland, Michigan

Lovely stay on Lake Huron

  • 4 of 5
We rented this cottage for an annual fishing weekend with friends. Port Sanilac does not have many traditional lodging options. There are two motels, both quite dated, and a b&b which is ok but not a great value in our opinion. This cottage, however, suited our needs perfectly.

The cottage sits directly on Lake Huron, mere steps from the water. The beach appears to be quite rocky and likely unsuitable for swimming, but with water temperatures in the mid 40's, that was not an issue. The cottage is approximately a half mile from downtown, the marina, and beach. There is a nice deck overlooking the lake. The grounds and interior are in excellent shape, tastefully decorated (yes, the Chickadee theme abounds), and very clean.

The main sitting room/dining room overlooks the lake and has comfortable seating (I dozed happily in the recliner after a long day on the water). The kitchen is very thoroughly equipped, with every requirement for a housekeeping type stay met. There is also a nice bbq grill.

Sleeping arrangements include a bedroom downstairs with two twin beds and an upstairs with like 7 beds, including one full and the remainder twins. There is one bath up and one bath down. The downstairs bath is off the bedroom, and it might put some people off that anyone using that bath will walk through the bedroom to get there. That didn't bother us. As a couple used to sharing a bed, we would have preferred a queen to the two twins, but again, not a major issue. The beds were comfortable and clean, and there were plenty of good quality towels available.

Booking with the owner was professionally handled and hassle free, with our damage deposit returned in short order following our stay. There was a $50 cleaning fee which is not spelled out on the website but was clearly communicated prior to our booking. I would suggest including that in the fee structure articulated on the web.

For two couples or a family or group, I view the Chickadee Cottage as an excellent value. We certainly plan on staying there next year when we are doing our annual trip.
  • Submitted: May 26, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We really appreciate this kind review, but needed to correct a couple technical errors. The upstairs at the cottage contains three queen size beds and four twins. The cottage beach changes constantly throughout the year-right now it's very sandy. A big storm can change that overnight. The beach tends to be pebbly but is not rocky. Beach/water shoes or old sneakers work well for those with sensitive feet. It is very swimmable and you can just walk right in. Lake Huron is an everchanging glorious presence at the Chickadee Cottage and we are the only reasonably priced cottage on the lake in Port Sanilac that has enough beds for your larger family.


Activity and Interests

Marina and harbor with lighthouse and park. Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum. Village events all over Sanilac County. Sandy swimming beaches nearby. Cottage beach sandy last year, may require lake shoes for comfort; fabulous swimming. Perfect street for rollerblading. Gorgeous gardens all along Lake Street. Owner provides info on local activities. Check Port Sanilac website for events.


Rental rates


  • Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

  • Cottage rental is $150 per night. We have beds for 12 folks.
    $200 refundable damage deposit required. $50 cleaning fee. 6% use tax on total. Payment via personal check, money order, or PayPal with 3% + $.30 transaction fee added in to rental payment.
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Updated: May 16, 2015


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Outdoor Grill


  • Basic cable TV, DVD, and VCR player. Washer/dryer. Microwave. Full galley kitchen with dishes, silverware, pots and pans, and large appliances. Towels and bedding supplied. Walk to anywhere in village; harbor, lighthouse, restaurants, shopping. Unparalleled views of Lake Huron from deck, yard, and jetty. Gas/propane BBQ. Restful streetside screened porch.

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