Pure Michigan's Finest Waterfront Setting, Beautiful Long Lake

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Last updated: 11/10/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-8 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

'Carroll's Cottage' provides the best of both city and 'Up North' living, creating fond memories for generations of families and friends. Located just 8 miles from Traverse City, you can take advantage of all that Traverse City has to offer: fine or casual dining, an abundance of sporting activities and sightseeing, theater, shopping and events every week of the year. Or, you can stay at the lake, and enjoy the pristine waters of beautiful Long Lake, a large inland lake that warms up for swimming by mid June, and stays warm into the gorgeous fall months, where the leaves offer a kaleidoscope of color. The lake has three large islands for exploring. You can pull your boat onto the shore and bask in the sun or set out on foot to get yet another vista of the spectacular crystal clear waters of Long Lake. Directly across from the cottage, you will find the 'Armour Estate', an historical landmark once owned by the Armour Meat family. Touring the lake, you will see many remnants of the past, including boathouses and beautiful cottages. If you feel adventurous, try your hand at turtle catching...that activity can provide hours of fun and excitement for little ones. Fishing is always a great pastime at the lake. There are bass, walleye, perch and the elusive 50 lb. muskie commonly known as 'Old Scarface' along with many other fish great for fish fries or just catch and release.
When the day winds down, you can sit around the fire pit on the beach, roasting marshmallows, singing camp songs or star gazing. You would be amazed at how clear the night sky is on a soft Northern Michigan night!
Interlochen Center for the Arts is an international music camp located just 5 miles away. They boast a spectacular line up of entertainment most weeks throughout the summer.
The cottage is just 30 miles to the Lakeshore of Lake Michigan where you can enjoy miles and miles of hiking, beaching, boating and swimming. Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes are part of the National Parks System; you can rent canoes and travel down the Platte or Crystal Rivers and end up on Lake Michigan. We are happy to help you plan your vacation as we know the area well!

Keywords: Traditional cottage on the sandy shores of one of the best swimming/ boating/ all sports lakes in Northern Michigan.


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Chauffeur


  • Children Welcome:

    Kids will love this cottage!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is allowed outside only....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs OK, $50 per week ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Vanity, Toilet, Shower Tub, Lots of room

Other Amenities

  • 'Two docks for docking your watercraft', 'fire pit for campfires', 'sandy beach with 100' of frontage', 'easy walkout/play area for children in the water', 'row boat with electric motor, kayaks & paddle boat available', 'secluded/ protected part of the lake in Crescent Shores cove', 'picnic tables and outdoor deck for enjoying the peaceful, serene sunsets and views', One bedroom has a queen sized bed with a crib in the room; one bedroom has a full sized bed; other bedroom has 2 sets of bunk beds with bed linens, comforters and pillows included. Updated in 2007, this cottage has been home to renters and family for over 50 years. The Lake has access to adjoining 'no wake' Mickey Lake where loons can be seen and heard, along with turtle catching and plenty of fishing in both lakes....moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    2 LCD HD TV, 39 & 26 inch...moreless

  • Video Library:

    There is a small DVD collection under the TV....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    Free local and long distance ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Free WiFi...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    With ice maker....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayaks available for rent....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 1 - Apr 30, 2016
2 night min stay
$1,500 $4,000
Dec 19 - Dec 26, 2015
8 night min stay

flat fee
New Years
Dec 27 - Jan 2, 2016
7 night min stay

flat fee
May 21 - Oct 20, 2016
3 night min stay
$2,100 $5,000
Fourth of July Week
Jul 2 - Jul 8, 2016
7 night min stay

flat fee
TVC Film Fest
Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2016
7 night min stay

flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$2,000 $5,000

Changeover Day: Saturday

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $75
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Taxes Not included


Half of the rental rate is due at booking with the balance being paid two weeks before the check in date. Credit cards and checks are accepted.

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Last updated: 11/10/2015
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14.8 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cherry Capital Airport TVC
9 Miles
Nearest Golf
The Crown Golf Club
17 Miles
Nearest Ski

Car: Recommended

'Kayaks are available for rent at an additional cost', Take advantage of all Traverse City has to offer: Cherry Festival (7/7-7/14); Traverse City Film Festival (July 31st-8/4) Interlochen Arts Academy (full schedule of performances available at their website); Cedar Polka Fest,etc.' There are many great restaurants and activities in the area. Northern Michigan is well known for its great natural beauty, pristine lakes and friendly people' , 'Minutes to Sleeping Bear Dunes charter fishing, Leland Fish Town, Glen Arbor and Empire.'


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1948

About the owner: We are a large family who jointly own the cottage. Purchased in 1948 by Rose and Bob Carroll who owned 3 bakeries in Traverse City, they used the cottage to get away from the city. The family moved out to the cottage every summer for the entire summer and moved back to Traverse City when school started. So you see, many generations of Carroll's and friends have enjoyed the cottage and lake over the years and consider it one of the most important gathering spots for the entire family.

Why the Owner Chose Traverse City:
Long Lake offers proximity to Traverse City and the surrounding area while also giving you the experience of a true Northern Michigan summer on the lake. We think it is the best of both worlds!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The cottage allows you to kick back and enjoy all the beauty of nature; a retreat in which you slow down and remember what it feels like to truly relax and enjoy life away from our hectic routines. Friend us on Facebook @ Carroll's Cottage

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Water view of cottage

    Water view of cottage

  • View from front window

    View from front window

  • Sunset


  • Entrance to Mickey Lake

    Entrance to Mickey Lake

  • Toes in the water

    Toes in the water

  • Relax


  • Kayaks on the beach

    Kayaks on the beach

  • Laundry facilities leading to bathroom with plenty of storage and pantry area

    Laundry facilities leading to bathroom with plenty of storage and pantry area

  • Campfire tales

    Campfire tales

  • Mickey Lake smooth as glass

    Mickey Lake smooth as glass

  • Dawn on Long Lake

    Dawn on Long Lake

  • Loon nest on Mickey Lake

    Loon nest on Mickey Lake

  • Firm sandy bottom. Wade out or hang out.

    Firm sandy bottom. Wade out or hang out.

  • Mist on Long Lake

    Mist on Long Lake

  • Dinner with a view

    Dinner with a view

VRBO #351816

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Tuesday, December 01, 2015

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