Kara’s Kottages are designed to be a user friendly and ﬂexible lodging choice for today’s modern
traveler. This means that we will hold a room for our guests from the point of their reservation
until their check-in. In return, we ask that our guests contact us at least 10 days prior to their arrival
date if their travel plans have changed or if they need to cancel a reservation to assure that they will
not be responsible for any costs associated with that reservation.
If a guest cancels or makes alterations to their reservation less than 10 days prior to their arrival
date, we must hold them responsible for the entire reservation. In this case, we will make every
effort to advertise that Kottage and refund any nights that we are able to re-book.
Check-in is anytime after 3pm EST. For guest coming from Illinois or Central Time Zones, please remember that Michigan is Easter Time; one hour later.
Check-out time is anytime prior to 11am.
Both times are flexible with advanced authorization as long as there isn’t another guest checking in that same day.
Smoking is prohibited indoors. If it is determined that smoking has occurred indoors during your stay, a $200 charge will apply to cover damages as a result.
Smoking is allowed outdoors only. We ask that smokers please be courteous of other guests and be sure that smoke isn’t able to pass through open windows, that it is not in a the presence of other guests who may be offended by the smell and is disposed of properly in receptacles (not thrown on the ground).
Only well adjusted, well behaved and demesticated dogs allowed
Only dogs under 50 pounds are allowed
Maximum of 2 pets allowed per kottage
In consideration of other guests, absolutely no barking is prohibited
Pets must be leashed when out of the guest room
Owners should bring their own pet bedding, dishes and food
No pets permitted on the beds or furniture. Protective covers advisable, "just in case." Loaner bowls, beds and towels and/or sheets available upon request.
Extra charges apply; $15/night/pet
Many attempts have been made to make all of Kara’s Kottages child-friendly and safe for all of our guests, both inside and out. However, if we know that a small child will be present, we will happily go the extra mile prior to their arrival to implement additional safety features such as
baby gates and receptacle protection.
We ask that you exercise extreme caution while burning candles
Do not bring your own candles to burn
Candles provided are all soy based and healthy to burn
Do not move provided candles from their original location
Keep wicks trimmed so that the candle burns properly and safely
Do not burn candles that are placed inside of a book shelf
Do not burn candles while asleep
Do not tip over candles while burning when wax is liquified
Guest will be charged for any damages associated with candles; scorching, wax or the like
Out of consideration for other guests, we ask that the use of each kottage is limited to outside guests.
A maximum of 10 people is allowed in the two bedroom kottage at any given time
A maximum of 6 people is allowed in the studio kottage at any given time
Parking lots, front and back entrances, outdoor patio and exterior lawn areas will be considered to be part of a quiet zone determined by Kara’s Kottages. Quiet, mindful and respectful behavior specifically before 8:00am and after 11pm is expected of all guests.
Gatherings shall not take place outside on the porches that could disturb the neighbors after 11:00pm and before 8:00am
Music and audio levels shall be respectful and mindful of other guests and should not be heard outside of any kottage or through open windows.
I would strongly recommend a friendly and neighborly disposition with other guests if you wish to entertain outdoors.
A charming and inviting, fenced in outdoor space is provided for all guest to share. Please be courteous of the shared part and invite other guests to enjoy along with you. The fire pit is just outside of the window of the Birch Bark Kottage. Please be sure to respect other guests by keeping voices low enough so that it isn’t disruptive.
A parking lot along with an open garage is provided for all guests to share. There is no reserved parking, so feel free to park anywhere. Please be sure not to block in other vehicles and do not drive onto landscaped areas.
As diehard stewards of the planet, we take great pride in our efforts to minimize our ecological footprint. This includes such things as biodegradable cleaners, soy candles, compact florescent light bulbs (where we can), high efficiency appliances, aerated faucets, motion activated lighting and recycling everything possible. In turn, we ask that our guest recycle all possible paper, plastic, aluminum and glass in the baskets provided in the kitchens. We’ll make sure that all recyclable trash doesn’t end up in landfills!
We also request that guest be conscious of waste on the part of heating, cooling and electricity.
Please turn down furnace when you’re away for long periods. It heats up very quickly when it is turned back up. Also, please do not be excessive with high temperatures.. It’s just respectful on all levels. Air conditioners have several setting. Please be sure and adjust to a low setting if you’re away for long periods or if it isn’t very hot outdoors. The entire house only has 1 small southern facing window, so it stays quite cool in the summer with the absence of direct sunlight.
Please do not leave lights on when you’re away, during daylight hours (unless needed) or when you’re asleep.
Safety against theft
Due to the fact that there isn’t a 24/7 innkeeper at the house at all times and that it’s located in a historic neighborhood with foot traffic, we ask our guest to be mindful of their possessions. Theft has never been an issue here and we would like to keep it that way. Your efforts should include:
Not leaving valuable items in plain sight inside of your vehicle
Closing doors behind you so that the house is locked at all times
If you’re in a 1st floor suite, be sure that the safety latches are engaged if windows are open and that windows are locked if they are closed.
Not leaving valuable items out on the patio