"Refined-Lodge" cottage,Pontoon,Kayaks,Sunsets,

Private Dr. Entry way
Private Dr. Entry wayPrivate Dr. Berm, BeautifulFire pit over looking lakeNice large pontoonAnother Great Rm. shotBeach area with some toysKitchen with lake viewsDining Rm. with lake viewsFrench Door to deckEntry wayNice beautiful yard & woodsFriendly guestReed lake to Rainbow lakeReed lake to WestClean lake sandy bottomWe really do have fishNice Gill 10 1/2 in.Another lake shotWild GeeseKids love it both big and smallLarge DeckHall way to 1st bd. rmPartial view  of 1st bd rmDouble bunk and single and double under bunkLarge closet in 1st bd rmRiggs Retreat
“ Excellent ”
9 Reviews
Velt, Baldwin, MI 49304



Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.5
Sleeps 9
Per night $238
Per week $1,075 - $2,150
Type: Cottage
Description of the Baldwin vacation cottage rental
This beautiful year round home has eveything from spices to linens. Built in 2002 on 100 ft. of lake frontage, great swimming, fishing, wooded, private, quiet, no -wake lake located in the chain of lakes and has access to 3 lakes.

Right now check out our snowmobile special. Only $295 for the entire home for with 2, $450 for 4 and the security depisti is only $150 for this time of year.
Snowmobile right from the home. Trail maps are in the homes. We have two new homes there. This includes the fireplace fire wood, Grills, gas, charcoal, firepit, wine and other goodies. linens, spices, washer & dryer and so much more. sleeps 8 and the other home sleeps 10.

Features: 18 ft. pontoon, gas, 4 kayaks, pedal boat, canoe, volleyball, tether ball, horseshoes, boat dock, swim dock, gas grill & gas, Charcoal grill and charcoal, professional fire pitm dried oak wood, bird feeders, woods, sun and shade. Nice large deck over looking the lake. Pontoon is normally out prior to Oct 25th call for more info.

This like new home has 3 bedroom and 1 1/2 baths. On the main floor you have the rear entry way with washer and dryer, full bath, 1 bedroom with a large double bunk with a double on the bottom and a single on the top with a double pull out new mattress under the bunk. Nicely equiped kitchen with granite-top rolling island with wine rack. Kitchen has a disposal, toaster, coffee maker, coffee grinder, food processor,cutting board,dishwasher, refridgerator, microwave, plenty of silverware, plenty of cubboards space dishes and wine glasses. The kitchen is open to the dining room and living room and these all have views of the lake and fireplace. The Great room opens to the large deck with two sets of tables and chairs with unbrellas and will seat ten people.

An open staircase leads to a large loft master bedroom with half bath and a view to the fireplace below and has a large half round window with a great views of the lake and sunsets. The 1/2 bath has a skylight and access to the 3rd private bedroom which has a large window with a view to the lovely planted berm, lawn and wooded area.The upper rooms have catheral ceilings as well.The decor reflects a refined hunters lodge feel. Very warm,charming and well appointed.

The home has a new 32 inch flat screen LG, HD TV with DVD,wireless internet, Video, and stereo. The stone real wood- burning fireplace is a lovely addition during the cold weather.
All bedding, linens, life jackets, and toiletries are provided.We also welcome our guests with a gift basket which includes chocolates,assorted teas,popcorn and a lovely bottle of wine. You just need your first mate your bait and relax, and rejuvinate at Riggs'Retreat.

We also have anothher new (2007) larger home only 9 lots away if you have friends or family who want the same time for a vacation in this area. We are open all year long and have great hunting, fishing, snomobileing, color tours, or if you just want to get away. All private drives, quiet and no cars, noise or interuptions. These are no wake lakes, so we get the eagles, deer, loons and 100's of different birds at our feeders.

I own Weestern Michigan Realty and sell Real Estate in all of Western Michigan if you or any one you know are interested. Right now there are some great buyes on the lakes. Buy as a group or a family. You can also reach me at the Grand Rapids Real Estate Board or by looking me up on line. or call me at the number herein.

Gene Riggs

Area Information
In this heavily wooded area which has 1000's of acres of state and federal land and 156 lakes in the county you will not be bored. We have snowmobile trails,quad trails,and awesome hunting and fishing. The Pere Marquette River is one of the best and perhaps the best fishing for Steelhead and Salmon in the entire state.

We have many restaurants, and the golf course is just 10 minutes away. If you want to water ski or if you have a parasail, Big Star Lake is only 10 min. away. So if you have the need for speed and have a speed boat bring it along.

North of us you have great downhill skiing, at Caberfae, Sugar Loaf and many other ski lodges. In the Grand Traverse area you have the beautiful bay, public beach, and a super outdoor discount mall. There are many more beautiful northern Michigan areas and it's nice to visit some during the day and come back to the lake home for an ice cold beer, martini, or glass of wine or fish or just lay in the hammock and nap and dream of the fish you want to catch.


Property Rates

Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jun 01 2015 Aug 31 2017 - - $2,150 $8,000 1 Week
Sep 01 2016 Oct 15 2016 $238 - $1,750 $5,000 2 Nights
Oct 15 2016 Dec 01 2016 - - $1,075 $2,500 2 Nights
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: none
Deposits: Sat to Sat. during our peak season June thru Aug. check in time in 4PM and check out 11AM. Security deposits start at $150 to $250 and $450 for a week. Weekend rentals in the off season start at $275 for 2 people and go up from there, Check in and out times are more lenient during the off season months. Min. rent is $275 for two nights for 2. Daily rates will vary depending on number of people. Max people per week is 8. We are booking fast right now so reserve your time before it's too late
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Discover, Money Order
Other Fees: Not additional fees. Note: Security deposits are refundable and in addition rents and paid at the time of booking. Note: Pay 1/2 of the rent and dep. today and save $100 or Pay the entire amount and save $200 today. Homes must left and nice, neat and clean as when you came in. We do all of the bedding. Please see our write ups. 35% of our guests are repeat clients. Book your stay now while we still have some summer time left. No Pets, No Smoking, No Pets, No Smoking.


Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Baldwin, Michigan

Gale Kilbourn

Gale Kilbourn

Saginaw, MI USA


August 26, 2014

This is a very peaceful and quiet location. Be aware there are approximately 65 small steps to the beach front and no handicap access.

reynolds jim

reynolds jim

Monticello In 47960

Family relaxation

August 5, 2014

The place was very nice and peaceful. the family had a nice time on the quiet lake with the pontoon and kayaks. also watched eagles and loons the entire week. The lake was very clean and the grandkids enjoyed playing in the water.

Owner's reply:

Every one gives us a 5 star, I feel bad that Jim did not do so since we offer more than any renter I know and we are at least $700 cheaper than we should be with the pontoon and gas, spices and linens. We do a wine basket and supply kayaks, fire wood gas, gas grills. Coffee grinder, food processor, we even supply paper towels napkins and so much more. This 3 bedroom 2002 home is just like new with a master loft suite. Where did we fall short a star Jim? Gee I forgot to mention we greet guest

Sam Michaels

Sam Michaels

Chesterfield, Mi

A Great Cottage Retreat !

September 11, 2013

The cottage is very well appointed with all the comforts of home and then some, having a motorized pontoon boat and 4 kayaks was a plus and just added to the fun for us and the grand kids. The scenery and the lake were beautiful and relaxing . If your looking for comfort and up north scenery and outdoor activities this the place. Sam & Cindy Michaels

Owner's reply:

Thanks so much Sam and Cindy we try hard to keep things like new and we keep adding more things to do and more water toys. I hope you had a chance to catch some nice fish. Martha and I hope to see you again soon. Did you like the wind backet?

Heather Lovejoy Crego

Heather Lovejoy Crego

Charleston, SC

Wonderful vacation

August 4, 2013

Our family had a great trip during our stay a Rigg's Retreat, it was everything Gene described and more. We enjoyed the pontoon, kayaks and canoe. Our boys discovered lake penguins (loons) and we saw the eagle several times. It rained a few days so having the wifi was nice to keep pre teens occupied on their devices. It is a long way to the lake but the steps are sturdy and hand rails helpful. It became a running joke to see who had to make the most return trips from the beach to house for forgotten items :) Rigg's Retreat is so quiet and peaceful, it was tough to return to work and all the noise! Thanks for a great experience, we do plan to return sometime.

Jennifer Weigle

Jennifer Weigle

Wayne MI

Great owners!

March 5, 2013

Due to an everchanging hectic work schedule, I was not able to confirm my reservation. I gave them a 5 star rating based on the experience I had with the property owner. Very kind and accommodating. When I am able to confirm dates, this is the place I want to stay!

Owner's reply:

Thanks for the review Jennifer, we try to be prompt as well as keeping our properties in like new condition. We have a large repete guests list and that makes it all worth while. We love what we do and we have fun doing it.

Thanks and take care

Gene & Martha

Jason Foldenauer

Jason Foldenauer

Howell MI USA

nice and quiet

June 29, 2011

We had a good time the weather was not the best but it was still very relaxing. This cottage has everything you could ever need and a nice quiet lake to have fun. The fishing was not the best but when you grow up on a farm with a 13 acre private lake with the best fishing ever you will spend the rest of your life measuring other lakes that just get fished to much to ever grow a big fish. If you are looking for a clean equipped place to stay this is the place for you. Thanks Gene and Martha you take very good care of your place.

Owner's reply:

Thanks Jason. Fishing can be good one day and bad the next. We have caught 24 inch large mouth bass and 36 in northern pine and 14 inch perch and I belive the state record gill came out of our lake. My wife got one gill that was 10 3/4 and I thought that was huge. Ice fishing is good and hot one day and bad the next.

It's truly a great place to stay and with all the toys and a Pontoon it very hard to beat.
thanks for the nice review and we hope to see you again.

Eric Timberlake

Eric Timberlake

Indianapolis, IN USA

Very nice place

June 27, 2011

The house was very clean, well laid-out and enjoyable. Views of the lake were great and the house had everything we needed.

Owner's reply:

Thannk Eric it's always nice to meet new folks and we love what we do. We are constantley updating and adding new toys for our guests.

I hope you enjoyed the wine basket and the many goodies my wife supplied. See you again soon.

Gene & Martha

Carol DeWeerdc

Carol DeWeerdc

Fremont, MI

A great getaway!

October 27, 2010

We so enjoyed our time in this peaceful area. The house was immaculate and very well appointed. We enjoyed cozy fires inside and out and put in a lot of time on the lake in the kayaks.

David Keller

David Keller

Farmington Hills, Michigan

Great Week and cottage!

August 19, 2010

Accept for the 110 steps to the beach, everything was wonderful. All the boats made my grandchildren happy. The decor and layout of the cottage (or should I say home since it was so much more than the average cottage) was the best we've ever rented.

Owner's reply:

Thanks for the nice comments. The steps are as good as they are a pain. Keeps the kids closuer to you if they are small. Great exercise for most us and according the the US statistics more of us should use them. :-) We can't keep our Gand kids out of the water even if we had twice the steps.
However being nice rail road ties with a hand rail it not an issue. I can see where is would be with someone with bad hips or knees.
Glad you enjoyed you stay. We are constintly updating and adding t

Owner Supplied Testimonials

What makes our two home so special is not just that they are like new, but the Great wine basket we put together and all of the toys we supply. Pontoon, 4 kayaks, pedal boat, canoe, paddle board, horseshoes, volleyball on the beach, tether ball, swim dock, boat dock, gas for the pontoon, gas grill, char coal grill and we supply the gas and charcoal. We also supply the fire wood (oak) and starter. The grounds are wll manacured and the lake is clean, and fishing si good and we have Loons and is wonderful to hear them calling. We have an abundence of wild life and many great trails to walk, or ride. and the sun sets are super.
One thing that helps keep our properties so nice in the rebate on rents. When our guests do a wonderful job on the home and leave it as ncie as when them came in we refund up to $450 of the gross rent. We also do not charge tax as we pay that. out of our gross. thus we are booked solid for the summers and we rent all year long.

We have two guest books for both of our two lake front rentals which are walking distance appart. You can view the comments on another site that we can send to you. We have had many guests that have been back three consecutive years and we have some that come back year after year. We even had one guests that came from the state of California for their 3rd year and may be coming back. We have the same fisherman, snowmobilers, hunters, etc. etc. Many of or guests come to us by word of mouth which is great. We have even had people take both homes as a group or family.

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