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Policies and Information
Please know that these rules are here to insure a safe and uninterrupted vacation for you.
There is no office to check into..go directly to your cottage or home if you have your rental agreement on you and signed, if not call me before entering our property so we have the liability waivers signed off.  
Checking in: Just have your rental agreement initialed and signed and call us you once you arrive, you can take occupancy. In the event you do not have your rental agreement with you you must wait for us prior to entering our property. this is due to liability issues...sorry. and call Allison; 231-301-9639
We rent 2 night stay's up to the last week of June, then by the week only, until August 25 then 4 night stays thru Labor Day.

We rent 2 night stays for any other period of time.

Weekly Summer Rentals start June 27  through  August 15, most are  Saturday to Saturday rentals, Fox Trot, and Sahara Sands are Friday to Friday.
RATES: Rates range from $750 to $3,750.00 per week per vacation home or cottage, they sleep 4 to 14 people per home or cottage. We cater to larger groups, & we can accommodate larger groups in several abutting cottages.
Max. occupancies; We do not allow more than the allotted or approved amount of people in our properties at any time. In the event there are more than the alloted amount in any of our properties during the week, there will be a $200 a night per, for every unregisterd guest.

OFF-SEASON: The off season is April, May, and then Again September, October And November.
There are awesome off-season packages starting at just $195.00 available and rentals for a 2-night minimum stay.
OTHER RENTAL OPTIONS: We offer Kid's Camps and Corporate and Family Retreats.
FEATURES: The cottages all have gas grills, TVs, VCR or DVD players or combos, full kitchens, books and games and lake frontage, there are seawalls and docks on the property, the lake is knee deep, sandy bottom right off the dock or little ladders, We have  boat mooring {liability waivers are required prior tying up to these please.} oh! and fire pits.

Pontoon boats rental and other watercraft rentals are offered by a separate company. Boats are fist come first serve only. CLICK HERE FOR THE WATERCRAFT RENTALS PAGE. We require certain rule's and conditions, and a waiver of liability..signed prior to boarding any boat.
CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT: Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check out time is 10:00 a.m.

RESERVATIONS, PAYMENT & DEPOSIT: Payment is by personal check, money order or Visa/MC. One half is required in advance to book/reserve and the remaining half is due 30 days prior to arrival. Contact Robert for the address to send the checks to (616-550-3131 or email:
We can also accept
Visa & Master Card
REFUND POLICY: Upon making the reservation, you are responsible for the entire rental amount. In the event you need to cancel, we will refund your monies, PROVIDED we can re-rent you reservation, minus $200, for each reservation being canceled.
CLEANING DEPOSIT: Your credit card acts as our deposit, and any additional cleaning deposit, in the event you leave dirty dishes, garbage, or junk laying on the floors, and out side the unit we will charge your card up to an additional $300 for cleaning. 
 Robert for your questions.
SHEETS, TOWELS, LINENS: You should plan on bringing your own sheets and towels. Pillows and comforters are provided for your convenience. However, linen service is provided at , Playa del Plata & Parasail, Sheets and Giggles, Fox Trot, Sahara Sands, Beauty on the Beach, only .
PHONES: There is Nextel cell service and century cell, Alltel, AT&T. Verizon does not have a very good signal in the Silver Lake basin.

PETS/SMOKING: We can not allow for pets, however we have made exceptions for some toy dogs , but you must get permission first! There is no smoking permitted in any of the cottages. There is a $500 charge if you smoke in the cottages or bring a pet, without approvol.  Smoking is ok out side the unit but we will not want to pick up your butts, please dispose of properly.

VISITORS/UNREGISTERED GUESTS: We do not allow any unregistered guests on our property at any time, those who you arrive with only, {we do not allow changing of guest during the week,} and only the approved cars trucks and trilers of our guests, all other will be towed. No camping on the property, tents or RV's. We do not allow the mooring of any boats of friends from the campground's or hotels only those of our registered guests.

  You may bring your own personal watercraft and boats and leave them moored, we have mooring buoys for your convenience. There will be a waiver of liability to sign for any boat rentals, and for our moorings, {signed prior to use}  we are not liable for your safety or your boats safety.
We ask that you load and offload only on the two-track dirt road that bisects the lots that the cabins sit on and our waterfront parks and docks and that you park behind cabins 3 on the busier road so the lake views can be enjoyed by everyone without having to look at cars and trailers.
There is a sandy or grassy play area along each waterfront site.

Brochures on several area attractions are available in the cottages once you get there. There is snowmobiling trails, the Hart-Montague Bicycle Trail (parking is just to the west of the Hansen's Grocery Store in Hart), many golf courses, and Pentwater is about 10 minutes to the north with cute shops and restaurants, The Wave Club has all types of boat and watercraft rentals about a block away, the Silver Lake State Park and Lighthouse are about 2-3 miles north of the cottages on Silver Lake. There is sandy bottomed great swimming area in front of each cottage.
Print, sign the following contract and bring it with you to check in; 



Red Cottages, LLC




Vacation Home Management System, LLC (VHMS) is an agency working for the homeowner by assisting families (renters) in securing a cottage/home best suited to their vacation needs.  This rental contract is between you and the owner.  It is not meant to be restrictive but informative to ensure a wonderful vacation memory for you and a positive experience for you, the owner, our neighbors, as well as ourselves (VHMS).

We encourage you to call if you have any questions.


Name of Cottage/Home________________________________________________


Date: _______________________________


Name of Guest booking the cottage____________________________________

{credit card holder, only can sign this agreement as they are solely responsible.  Any other person signing this is subject to fraud.}


Cell phone number __________________________________


***Intl; __________Number of guests, please do not exceed, we will charge your credit card $200 per person for every person over our agreed upon amount.

Number of cars, -_____- trucks -________-, & ______ boat trailer,  -________- ATV /jeep truck trailer.

No more than the agreed upon number of people are allowed per rented cottage.  This is private property, do not invite friends or family to visit.
We do not allow unregistered guests from the hotels, campgrounds, or from home without prior approval.


Payment: This is to confirm that we have processed your credit card in the amount of $_______.00    (50% of total fee plus 6% state sales tax) for the week of; _______________________________prior to 11:00AM.   We will debit your card for $0.00 (final 50%) 30 days prior to your arrival.  We will keep your credit card on file in the case of damages or negligence to property.


Cancelation policy:  We will refund your rent (minus a $200 processing fee) only if we are successful in renting your home at the full rental price.  If you must cancel we will do our best to rebook. If you have to cancel, the sooner we know the better chance we have to rebook the home. In the event owner breaches contract, VHMS will immediately refer already booked clients to owner for further communication and resolution of future vacation arrangements.  VHMS will return client deposit save commission.


Check-in is 3:00pm / Check-out is 10:00am - door is unlocked…come in and make yourself at home. We will be by shortly to greet you, go over policy and area happenings and to pick up a signed copy of this agreement. We need a signed copy of this agreement immediately upon entering our properties.


We are a party free family oriented organization. You will be required to leave should you opt to party and make excessive noise after 10:00pm. No underage drinking permitted.  It is the intent of the owners to see to it that we run a clean and party free environment for families. We will do all we can to assure that each of our guests have an enjoyable experience. Please keep our other guests and our neighbors in mind.
Stay off neighbors property. No smoking, no pets allowed. 


Parking/Property restrictions: There is a small strip of land between our properties that is not owned by us… to the right of the driveway as you enter the property at 8540 West Silver lake Road (Wuzgonna, Bug A Boo, and Persnickety) or to the left as you drive into the parking area at 8532 West Silver lake (Putzen, Lolleygaggen and Diddlysquat) Please do not park there.   The cottages on Silver Lake are adjacent to each other except one other cottage which is between 8540 and 8558 W. Silver Lake Cottages… a light tan cottage called
Our Cottage”…it  is not our property, please stay off our
neighbors property  

We ask that you load and unload only on the two-track dirt road that bisects the lots to the cottages.  We allow only about 10 minutes on Saturdays for this activity.  We have three large parking areas behind the cottages where you can park cars/trucks.  Cars and trucks left longer than 10 minutes will be asked to move. Only those vehicles that have been approved and have appropriate parking passes in prime season, are allowed on the premises.  WE tow vechicals that are not owned by our renters.

                Boats: You may bring your own personal watercraft and boats and leave them moored at one of our mooring buoys. By signing this document you agree to hold us harmless. We provide these buoys only as a convenience.  We do not guarantee the security of your boat, Jet Ski etc while tied to these buoys.  Do not tie up to the docks (in this shallow sandy bottom lake, boats can tear and twist the docks out of the water, especially during inclement weather).
Boat rentals   are a separately owned entity and is not operated by VHMS, nor

 Do not unload your ATV’S, motorcycles, or other dune toys from trailers. Do not rev engines, change tires or otherwise work on these vehicles while on our property. This is strictly enforced.  

 Provided: The ‘cottages’  { all have blankets, pillows, comforters, gas grills, TV's, VCR or DVD players or combos, full kitchens stocked with pots, pans, dishes, silverware, books, games, beach frontage, boat mooring and fire pits.  We will start you out with TP, paper towels and garbage bags, but we expect you to get your own for the week. We recommend a fake fire log to start your fires.
Linens:  For the cottages,  please bring your own linens, sheets, top sheets, pillow cases.

 For our vacation homes we supply all the linens.

 A Few Do's:

Do enjoy your stay with us and create wonderful vacation memories!

Do find time to say something nice to every family member and practice patience

Do swim in Lake Michigan… at least once!

Do walk to get ice cream every night across the street! 

Do walk & climb in the dunes.

Do race the go-carts & take a dune buggy ride

Do take a child fishing (if your child has not been fishing before, we will give you a free row boat and gear, you buy the worms, under age of 12.)

Do check out the sunsets every night on the beach!

Do go golfing at one of the 4 great area golf courses

Do check out the Pirate Cove Excursion for kids (12 and under)Robert will take your kids across the lake to the horribly scary Pirates Cove to look for treasure.  You provide the loot, money, or jewelry.  Great fun, especially for parents and Grandparents! (This is a pro-bono trip contingent on Robert’s availability)

 By signing below: we do hereby understand and agree to all the above mentioned policy and agree that


 **VHMS reserve the right to enter any of our properties in the event of emergency and/or to do a head count to be sure that occupancies are not exceeded and that there are no pets in the premises. Exceeding max head counts will result in us charging your card $200 for each extra person per night. An pet found on/in the premise with our conset of VHMS and or Red Cottages, LLC, will result in eviction from the premise & a fine of $500 or more if there is additional damage (other than dog/cat hair etc...)   


** Initial Waiver of Liability: The below mentioned tenants do here by agree to hold the owners of subject property harmless for any injuries or death that happens while staying with us. Further, we are not responsible for lost or stolen property that belongs to our tenants.


 **By signing below you are authorizing us the right to charge your credit card for any negligent use or destruction of our property due to carelessness, abuse and or negligence.




Credit card Holder


Second Credit Card holder


Thank You,


Robert Ortman



Directions to Vacation homes can be secured by calling Robert, 616-550-3131, or check the address’s on the web site.


Directions to the cottages: exit at the Hart Exit - at ramp turn left or west to stop sign then turn left again at 4 way into downtown Mears  - turn right, then go about 3 1/2 miles to stop sign and turn left. Stay right at curve, then you will be coming into ‘downtown  Silver Lake’ - at the Round A bout”  (gas station) take the third exit out of the round a bout, go about 1/4 mile and you will see the cottages on your right -  bright red with signs by the street which say “cottages on silver lake”  - the first set is 8532 (Putzen, Lolleygaggen, and Diddleys) then 8540 (Wuzgonna, Bug a Boo, and persnickety) then 8558 (Andy's Hide Way, Slacker Inn, Smooth Sailing, & Rigmarole)


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