Up north retreat in the heart of Indian River! Available all seasons

Indian River, Michigan

This spacious, pet friendly (fee applies, see below), kid friendly 3 bedroom ranch is located in the heart of Indian River. Walking distance to Burt Lake, the Indian River, shops, restaurants, entertainment and bike/snowmobile/ski trails. Convenient public boat launch a few blocks away on the Indian River. Inside the house you will find multiple sleeping areas that include a queen, full, two twin beds, and two sleeper sofas. A family room with plenty of room for entertainment. Lots of games, books and movies in the living room for family fun. Enjoy sitting on the deck in our peaceful backyard that includes a bonfire pit and a natural spring fountain. Welcome, relax, and enjoy what Indian River has to offer!



  • All Towels And Bedding Washed In Hot Water That’s At Least 60ºC/140ºF
  • Cleaned With Disinfectant
  • High-touch Surfaces Cleaned With Disinfectant (like Countertops, Light Switches, Handles, And Faucets)
  • Check In And Check Out With No Person-to-person Contact


  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Cycling
  • Water Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Jet Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Wind-surfing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Hunting
  • Snowboarding


  • Enhanced Cleaning Practices


  • Antiquing
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Bird Watching
  • Paddle Boating
  • Sledding
  • Shopping
  • Boating
  • Water Sports


  • Lake
  • Downtown
  • Beach


  • Not Necessary


  • Not Sure


  • Winery Tours
  • Marina


  • SafeStay (AHLA - USA)


  • Property Has Guest Safety Measures


  • Boat
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Golf
  • Deck/Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Lawn/Garden


  • Historic
  • Family

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Air Conditioning
  • Living Room
  • Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet


  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Deadbolt Lock
  • First Aid Kit


  • Toys
  • Games
  • Books
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player


  • Police Contact


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered


  • Hospital Contact


  • Smoke Detector


  • Emergency Exit Route
  • Fire Station Contact

Dining Checkbox

  • Dining


  • Dining Area

Houses Rules

  • 04:00 PM
  • 11:00 AM
  • No parties/events
  • Smoking allowed
  • Pets allowed
  • Children allowed
  • Max occupancy: 8

You must supply your own firewood for the firepit.

Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

34 Reviews

    Great place for weekend visit

    5/5 Stayed Jun 17, 2021
    Submitted Jun 20, 2021

    We had a great time. This property is very convenient to Burt Lake and Mackinaw Island. It was very relaxing and a well maintained property. The beds were comfy. It was a nice place to have a dog although make sure that you know that the back side of the yard is not fully fenced. They had a great BBQ and we grilled and enjoyed eating outside.

    Larger than it looks!

    5/5 Stayed May 27, 2021
    Submitted Jun 10, 2021

    Had a great stay. Plenty of room for everyone. Our Lab loved the backyard. Hope to be back!

    Winter Adventure in Indian River

    5/5 Stayed Feb 25, 2021
    Submitted Feb 28, 2021

    This house felt like taking a step back in time, it reminded me of the comforts of my grandparents house. It’s cool how they have kept the house the way it is. The house was clean and it is actually much bigger than it appears from the outside and photos. The location is awesome, there are many restaurants and bars within walking distance. Burt Lake is a short 5-10min walk and a cute neighborhood to walk through. It was about a 25 min drive to Nubs and Boyne Highland. The wifi was great and we both had no issues working from the home. The bed was comfortable and we slept great. Also, I’m so glad they allowed our dog to come with us!

    Great house

    5/5 Stayed Feb 19, 2021
    Submitted Feb 24, 2021

    House was very clean and had everything we needed. It is bigger than what pictures show. Very nice large room in back with large dining table. Bedrooms were plenty big

    Character and Space

    5/5 Stayed Feb 12, 2021
    Submitted Feb 15, 2021

    This was a wonderful place to spend a long holiday weekend for snowmobiling. The home had much more space than we expected, plus it was filled with character and history. The trails were just about 2 blocks away, so we could ride from the front door. And there were 2 gas stations where you could fill up just 5 minutes down the trail. We even brought 2 vehicles and a 27-foot enclosed trailer. Parking was a bit tight, but we were able to fit. The house was clean and well stocked with the essentials. WiFi worked great for the grandkids. And it had a fenced back yard for the dog, though some of the fence is a bit short so I wouldn’t rely on just that if you have a big dog or a jumper. We don’t, so it worked great for us. There is a natural spring in the backyard which was shooting out water. Because of the weather, it was forming interesting ice mounds around the basin. All in all, it was a lot more than we expected for the money.

    Great place!

    5/5 Stayed Dec 28, 2020
    Submitted Jan 2, 2021

    Had a great time! Love this cottage. It’s like a time capsule. Will be back!

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    2/5 Stayed Oct 19, 2020
    Submitted Jan 18, 2021

    This is a charming house that has clearly been a family gathering spot for decades. The problem is, there is no attempt to ready the place for GUESTS, rather than just family and friends. My biggest issue is that despite the description- THERE IS NO FIREPLACE! I even told the owner when booking that the fireplace was important, as my finance and I were recreating a special weekend. When I arrived I found a giant PADLOCK on the fireplace gate. I called and texted the host and I was told that they were not allowing guests to use the fireplace because they didn't want to purchase liability insurance. Why wouldn't you tell your guests that when they booked, or when they told they needed one???? Better yet- change your property description online! The place was half-cleaned. This is scary in the time of COVID. So we spent or first minutes would things down with lysol wipes rather than relaxing. There was hair in the bathroom on the counters, toilet, and in the bathtub. There was also hair on various surfaces in the house and the shower curtain had mildew at the bottom. The bathmat was dirty. The bedside table has a glass topper and it was badly shattered, leaving huge, dangerous, sharp shards of glass on the bedside table. I almost sliced my hand open reaching to plug my phone in the wall next to the table. The owners did not tell us that we couldn't use the fireplace, and didn't tell us that we needed to bring our own firewood for the outdoor forgot (despite having close to 1000 lbs of wood stacked outside). We were told that is for family use only. Our weekend away was ruined. We would've chosen a different (and cleaner, newer, better maintained) place if we had known their was no fireplace. The backyard also has the feel of a suburb. When you sit on the porch or at the firepit, your view is of houses on all sides, pretty damn close too (a couple years away). So rather than looking out the window into the woods, you get to watch the neighbor fixing his lawnmower on one side, or working on an old car on the other. The neighbors are so close, you can hear everything they say when they are outside. Not the woodsy cabin we had hoped for. This place is should be kept as a family spot. The owners have no interest in investing the time or money or care required to run a vacation rental. We SEVERELY over paid for what we for. (Grandmas old run down place that she doesn't visit anymore and the rest of the family doesn't really want).

    Hiking in woods

    5/5 Stayed Oct 7, 2020
    Submitted Oct 12, 2020

    Spent a long weekend hiking in the woods around the area. Had beautiful fall color ... timing was perfect. This home was a great spot for access to outdoor activities.


    5/5 Stayed Sep 25, 2020
    Submitted Sep 28, 2020

    Super easy and plenty of space. Brought 3 boats up here to fish and there was plenty of room to park and charge overnight!


    5/5 Stayed Sep 19, 2020
    Submitted Sep 24, 2020

    Very comfortable house to enjoy a great town and area. Thank you.


    5/5 Stayed Sep 10, 2020
    Submitted Mar 19, 2021

    It was perfect 🥰

    Cozy return to yesteryear

    5/5 Stayed Aug 28, 2020
    Submitted Sep 1, 2020

    We really enjoyed our stay at The Rock! The home is much larger than we expected. Great living/dining area. The home and decor were very nostalgic - reminded us of staying with grandparents. There is only one window A/C unit in the back bedroom (no central air), no washer/dryer and could not use the dishwasher. Not a huge deal when we were there but FYI if those amenities are important to you. We really appreciated being able to bring our dog! Thank you Nichelle!

    Had a nice time.

    5/5 Stayed Aug 22, 2020
    Submitted Aug 29, 2020

    Had a nice time. Location is close to the Marina. It is within walking distance to food and drinks.

    Great location and price! Old family house charm.

    5/5 Stayed Aug 13, 2020
    Submitted Aug 17, 2020

    Perfect place to experience Indian River/Burt/Mullet. Fit our group of six perfect with extra room to spare. It's not a new or updated place but that is what gives it, its charm. Feels like your hanging at the family place up north. Only two blocks from public boat launch, shops and restaurants. We will definately be back again!

    Great Location

    4/5 Stayed Jul 23, 2020
    Submitted Jul 27, 2020

    Great location. Easy drive to Petoskey, Mackinaw City, Cheboygan, and close to Burt Lake State Park. House was roomy enough for seven adults. Comfortable decor brought back memories of an earlier time. Owners were responsive and made checking in and out a breeze.

    4th of July 2020

    5/5 Stayed Jul 1, 2020
    Submitted Jul 6, 2020

    We stayed at this residence over long 4th of July weekend. The house is clean and plenty of outdoor amenities for cooking out and sitting on back deck and yard. We did not stay long during the day as everyday by 11am we were meeting family on boats on Indian River and did Kayaking down crooked river. We generally were not back til 8pm to grill out and then headed back to town which is very easy walking to ice cream or local bars. It was a perfect location! It was a very hot weekend and the house was comfortable with the air conditioner, although we used fans to push the air to the other 2 bedrooms. The only other thing that was a little confusing it there was food in the freezer and door of refrigerator, we just did not use it and after we were done disposed of or packed all the food we brought. We had 6 of us and then on one night an extra couple came that brought a blow up bed, So very roomy for all.

    Great value.

    4/5 Stayed Jun 26, 2020
    Submitted Jun 30, 2020

    Great value. Close to everything.

    Quiet get away

    4/5 Stayed Jun 22, 2020
    Submitted Jun 30, 2020

    It was cozy and reminded me of grandparent lake home when I was kid. My family had a great time.

    Indian River getaway

    5/5 Stayed Jun 18, 2020
    Submitted Jun 29, 2020

    Would have been a 5-star rating however the air conditioner was not installed.

    Nice cozy house

    5/5 Stayed May 22, 2020
    Submitted Jun 5, 2020

    Our two families have enjoied our welcome in this great cozy home! We were glad to have had everything we needed, making our stay-a no brainer. The river to kayak in was joyful and the trails were relaxing with scenic views! Thank you! Ivan, Alex, Alex, Irina, Tatyana

    Lots of room to relax in nice neighborhood

    4/5 Stayed Oct 3, 2019
    Submitted Oct 7, 2019

    Close to Burt Lake and walking distance to food and drinks. Beautiful area. Enjoyed a great fire under the northern skies

    Great Family Rental in Downtown Indian River!!

    5/5 Stayed Aug 9, 2019
    Submitted Aug 12, 2019

    Great family home in downtown Indian River! Walking distance to Restaurants, Bars, Public Access Beaches and More. The communication was excellent with the owners. The house was clean and well stocked with all the comforts of home.

    Cozy, clean and great location!

    5/5 Stayed Jul 29, 2019
    Submitted Aug 10, 2019

    Check in was easy, as was check out. We arrived very late and light was on for us. Great backyard with fountain. Would recommend and hope to visit again.

    Perfect Location

    5/5 Stayed Jul 7, 2019
    Submitted Jul 23, 2019

    The house was wonderful. It was in a perfect location, walking distance to restaurants and shopping. The neighborhood was quiet and very peaceful. The house itself was really cool. Between the living room, dinning room and family room, there was so much space. The bedrooms are a little small, but still nicely furnished and comfortable. We will definitely look to rent this house again for future vacations at Indian River.

    Great location

    5/5 Stayed Jul 3, 2019
    Submitted Jul 8, 2019

    This is an older home with plenty of room to spread out. Enjoyed the fire pit out back. Very close to the beach. Awesome firework show and parade. The house has one wall unit air conditioner in the back bedroom—-it does get a little warm in the main part of the home. The home could use a few updates but I understand that it’s a family home being passed down for generations. Overall it’s a great little spot, in a cute little town, close to a great little lake!

    Felt homely

    5/5 Stayed Jun 28, 2019
    Submitted Jul 5, 2019

    Beautiful home in a quiet neighborhood. Felt like a home away form home.

    Great spot needs a few upgrades

    4/5 Stayed May 22, 2019
    Submitted May 29, 2019

    The property was a great size and has enough room for a lot of people but the kitchen could updating along with a few other parts of the house! Great backyard with a fire pit!!

    Great location and living space

    5/5 Stayed Feb 28, 2019
    Submitted Mar 3, 2019

    Easy walking distance to several bars, the river and lake. Inside, several large gathering spots with 2 living rooms and large dining area, and plenty of sleeping quarters. Enough space for a few small families vacationing together, or in my case a group of friends. Indian River is nice “Up North” base, with lots of immediate area things to do and 30 minutes to either Mackinaw City or UP in one direction or Petosky area in another; only 60-90 minutes to things like Soo Locks or Tahquamemon Falls. My group didn’t use kitchen but appeared to have everything you’d possibly need to cook and serve. Communication was good and property was overall in good condition with everything we needed, just bringing personal items and clothes.

    Very well kept clean home with plenty of room for several guests. Kitchen stocked with utensils.

    5/5 Stayed Oct 11, 2018
    Submitted Oct 23, 2018

    Close to town, the beach, boat ramp, and the river. Access to Local TV stations would be helpful for news and weather.

    Wow looks are deceiving.

    4/5 Stayed Aug 23, 2018
    Submitted Sep 3, 2018

    Wonderful house. Enjoyed all the antiques and spaciousness of the house. Hope you didn't mind that we put the sheers on the windows in the green room. We're from the big city and don't like to be seen in the house. One big improvement would be adding central air. There weren't enough windows that could be opened and the fans don't help with humidity. AC would also be good for the antiques. Everything else was great. Would like to come back next year. Also, we found it to be nice and quiet. Thank you.

    Nice place to come “home” to each evening.

    5/5 Stayed Aug 18, 2018
    Submitted Aug 22, 2018

    Well stocked with kitchen supplies and very quiet neighborhood. Thanks so much for sharing your home with us.

    Lots of space and well located!

    4/5 Stayed Jul 30, 2018
    Submitted Aug 9, 2018

    We had a fun time during our stay at The Rock. The home is larger that it looks with plenty of common space to spread out. The dinning area seated our large family easily and the long counter was really helpful for all of the food we brought for the week. Nichelle was easy to communicate with prior to our visit and very responsive regarding the few questions that arose during our stay. The home is very well located, it was easy to walk to town and to the city beach. We very much enjoyed our time in Indian River.

    Clean, lots of living space. It was interesting to read about the families history.

    4/5 Stayed Jul 26, 2018
    Submitted Jul 29, 2018



    5/5 Stayed Jul 4, 2018
    Submitted Jul 10, 2018

    The place was big, cozy and clean! We had a great stay and hopefully will be back next year. Thank you for a fantastic vacation😄


      Indian River, Michigan

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