Feedback
Enter a location, property ID, keywords, and/or descriptive words.

Crystal Lake Waterfront Jun-Oct Frankfort 2014

You sent a message to this owner.

Our sandy beach, shared with two families

Our sandy beach, shared with two families Stairway to south deck and front door to our cottage. The awesome fireplace built with stones we found on the beaches of Lake Michigan Our garden Dining room seats 8, Kitchen is in the background. Doors to patio on left. Our two story living room with door to east deck. Fireplace is on the right Screen porch is filled with sunshine at our cottage My favorite beach on Lake Michigan. In Empire, just north of our cottage. Restaurant at Manistee golf course Best place to eat and have full view of Lake Michigan. Manistee golf course Mom and I are having a fabulous dinner at Manistee golf course Local tavern in Frankfort, Michigan Local restaurant in Frankfort, MI Local B&B in Frankfort, Michigan Glen Lake, on the way to Sleeping Bear Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes

Calendar

Last updated: 04/04/2014
Check availability
23 Available
21 Unavailable
22 Today
23 Selected dates
  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Frankfort cottage description

Living in our cottage gives you that real summer feeling. Lots of space outside to use anytime of the day as deck is on east and south side, patio and screen porch are on the west. There is an easy walk, slightly down hill, to our sandy beach on Crystal Lake. As we have a joint ownership with two of our friends, living in the other two cottages, we share the wonderful sandy beach, where you will love to go barefoot.

The CSA just down the road has children's and adult theater, church choir, slide shows, dinners, and other social events.

The construction of the walls are 1/2 log siding, with the grey curved side on the exterior, and the flat finished wood side on the interior.

Timber frame construction, with lofts on either side of the living room enclose the bedrooms and den and allow for a two story living room and dining room, and huge stone wood burning fireplace. It has a very warm, cosy, cottage feeling inside.

Full large kitchen with access to screen porch. Lots of storage space. Patio is a great space for cocktails.

Twin beds (2) in south bedroom with full bath with shower and tub.  Second bedroom, queen bed, with attached half bath.  The master suite with queen bed and desk, and full bath with shower and tub with grab handles. The second floor has one bedroom with two twin beds. NEW MATTRESSES ON ALL BEDS.

The den, by the front door, has books, games, TV and WIFI, land phone line, desk, and a wonderful couch to curl up in and read for an afternoon.  

There are small heaters, but always bring something warm to curl up in on chilly mornings. Mid morning, with the sun shining, it will warm up quickly.  Because it is partially in the trees, it stays cool on hot days. We have fans to help if it gets too hot, which is seldom.

Bring good walking shoes, umbrella, swim suit, sun tan lotion, hat, warm jacket, light weight casual clothes.

Please feel free to call us or email us with questions and suggestions.

Our favorite attractions:
AW Rootbeer drive up:  Frankfort, 
Beulah: 15 minutes,
Boat rentals: Frankfort, Beulah,
Cherries: August, everywhere,
Cherry pie: Cherry Hut, Beulah, 20 minutes
Cherry Republic: Glen Lake, 30 minutes,
Fishing expeditions: Frankfort,
Frankfort:   10 minutes, (see photos)
Golf: Frankfort, Manistee, Crystal Lake Country Club (see photos)
Lake Michigan beaches: Frankfort, 10 minutes; Empire, 30 minutes (see photos),
Library for wifi and computers: Frankfort,
Museum and historic lighthouse: Point Betsie north on M22, 10 minutes,
Platte River boating trip:  20 minutes north,
Restaurant with view of Lake Michigan and bag piper: Manistee golf course (see photos),
Restaurants: Frankfort (see photos)
Shopping:  Frankfort, Traverse City, ?
Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes: 30-40 min. drive, (see photos)?
Theater, swimming and tennis lessons, church, at CSA: 5 minutes,?Traverse City airport: 45 minutes,?
Video rental: Benzonia, rte 31 south, in mall.  20 minutes, 


Keywords: SLEEPS 8, 4BR, 2.5BR  $1900-$2250, WIFI TV NEW LISTING, Crystal Lake, Frankfort, North East Michigan, private sandy beach, secluded, cottage, summer, beach front, lake front, stone wood burning fireplace, patio, wrap around deck, screen porch, garden, trees, washer, dryer, linens, cleaning, timber frame, two story living room, handicap ramp and all doors, wood walls and floors, real cottage feel, off-street parking, 2 cars, master suite, two floors, electric flat top stove, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, microwave, dishwasher, No dogs, No Smoking, Saturday 11am out, Saturday 5pm in, families, seniors, small reunions, swimming, boating, biking, fishing, walking, shopping, restaurants, Lake Michigan, Beulah, Michigan,

Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Wheelchair Accessible:

                All doors inside of cottage are wide enough for my mom and her walker to fit through easily, except for the one between the middle bedroom and half bath. You will have to roll up the rugs, however....moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                Children will love this cottage. Very safe, as you are far away from the main road, and there is a lot of space to run around the cottage, free of cars. ...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the property or on the beach....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

                with half bath and NEW MATTRESS ...moreless

              • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

                NEW MATTRESSES on second floor...moreless

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

                master suite with private full bath and NEW MATTRESS ...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

                Next to full bath. NEW MATTRESSES...moreless

              • ALL NEW MATTRESSES. QUEEN BEDS or TWIN BEDS

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Stove:

                Please follow instructions on how to clean stove in our manual. It is a glass top electric stove. The special cleaner is in drawer with stove. It also has the broiler in it. NB, being electric, th...moreless

              • Dining:

                Sliding glass doors open onto patio. Timberframe two story. Open high counter into kitchen. Large long table allows for extra seating. ...moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Sunny large kitchen. Sink looks out through window onto patio. Screen porch right next to kitchen ...moreless

              • Dishwasher:

                Please follow instructions on proper soap to use in our manual ...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Pots and pans work with glass top stove. All utensils provided...moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                There is an ice making machine in the freezer. ...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Everything provided...moreless

              • Oven:

                electric...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:

                10...moreless

              • Toaster
              • Ice Maker
              • Microwave
              • Coffee Maker

              Amenities

              • Parking Off Street:

                There is a long driveway with parking for two cars at the very end. There is parking below by the garden for a second car. Please do not block the road to the second cottage....moreless

              • Wood Fireplace:

                Firelog provided. Be sure to use ash bucket. And take it outside by tennis courts, far away from cottage, after using it. ...moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                We will make your beds before you come. All linens provided. Some beach towels. You may want to bring your own, too. ...moreless

              • Heating:

                We have small wall heaters, and portable heaters. It can be cool in the morning. We have lots of warm blankets, too...moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                Front loader. Please be sure to read instructions on proper soaps to use and quantity of soap to put into it....moreless

              • Air Conditioning:

                WE have lots of great fans. Cottage seldom gets hot. ...moreless

              • Living Room:

                two story timberframe with wonderful stone fireplace ...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                Please clean lint filter after each use. ...moreless

              • Fireplace:

                Two story stone fireplace. ...moreless

              • Parking:

                two cars ...moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Towels Provided

              Other Amenities

                  • Screen porch, two story stone fireplace, handicap ramp and doorways, gardens, timber frame two story living room, wood walls for a real cottage feel, den, small library with books to read, trees for shade, deck on east and south side, patio on west side, therefore you can always sit in the sun, parking for 2 cars, short walk to private beach shared with the two other cottages on this driveway. Sandy beach. Great for children Seniors 55+...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Games
                  • Books

                  Communications

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Deck is on the east side the full length of the living room and den. It wraps around to the south side where the front door is. Plenty of room for a round table for 5....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Lawn / Garden

                  Theme

                  • Historic
                  • Family
                  • Away From It All

                  Location & View

                  • Lake View:

                    The cottage is partially in a treed area, so views are minimal. ...moreless

                  • Beachfront:

                    Cottage is just a short walk from the beach. ...moreless

                  • Lakefront:

                    Cottage is just a short walk from the beach. ...moreless

                  Car

                      • Necessary

                      Activities

                      • Cycling
                      • Tennis
                      • Kayaking
                      • Sailing
                      • Golf
                      • Hospital
                      • Groceries
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Fishing
                      • Medical Services
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Fly Fishing
                      • Pier Fishing
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                      • Swimming
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Hiking
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Library
                      • Churches
                      • Marina
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Playground
                      • Cinemas
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Museums
                      • Restaurants
                      • Live Theater
                      • Boating
                      • Shopping
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Antiquing
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking

                      Other Activities

                          • It gets so dark at night that you can watch the stars and see if you can find the big dipper, orion, and caseopia. ...moreless
                           

                          Reviews

                          Write a review
                          • We enjoyed our stay in the Bates Cottage!

                            Guest comment entered by owner

                            We enjoyed our stay in the Bates Cottage!

                            • Guest Susan
                            • Date of stay 08/10/12
                            • Review Submitted 01/07/14
                            Hi Carolyn,   Just wanted to let you know that we enjoyed our stay in the Bates Cottage!   Thank you!  We appreciate the offer for extra time, but we needed to get home at a reasonable time Saturday and get back to reality!   Sincerely, Susan

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                          • The cottage was a perfect home away from home.

                            Guest comment entered by owner

                            The cottage was a perfect home away from home.

                            • Guest m b christie
                            • Date of stay 07/18/13
                            • Review Submitted 01/07/14
                            Hi Carolyn, The thanks should be ours. The cottage was a perfect home away from home. It was very comfortable. We loved the place and definitely would like to rent again next year. I will be in touch when we know our dates.  Thank you again. Take care, MB

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                          • We love the cottage

                            Guest comment entered by owner

                            We love the cottage

                            • Guest Kate
                            • Date of stay 07/16/12
                            • Review Submitted 01/07/14
                            Hi Carolyn.   We love the cottage -- it reminds me of the one we had when I was growing up.  And thank you for the pie and coffee, we have been enjoying both!  The weather here is glorious and we are having a great time.  Thank you! Kate

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                          • Hard to believe our two weeks are almost up.

                            Guest comment entered by owner

                            Hard to believe our two weeks are almost up.

                            • Guest Leslie
                            • Date of stay 07/07/12
                            • Review Submitted 01/07/14
                            Carolyn, I meant to email you when we received our coffee and pie from Tabitha - but I guess we've been a little distracted enjoying our vacation! Thanks for both. Delicious pie and great coffee! Hard to believe our two weeks are almost up. We've been having an amazing time. We enjoyed all the Fourth of July festivities in Frankfort yesterday and we're heading to Glen Arbor to tune the Crystal River today! I'll post some pics to your Facebook page once I get home and get them loaded off our camera. Thanks so much, Leslie

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                          • Great vacation in 2013

                            Great vacation in 2013

                            • Guest ck (San Francisco, CA)
                            • Date of stay 08/04/13
                            • Review Submitted 11/04/13
                            The cottage has been upgraded since our stay in 2012, and is even more comfortable. There are new mattresses, the kitchen is now fully stocked and LR has a comfortable new sofa and chairs. The location is great, you hear birds (and no car noise) in the mornings, there is a deck that has both sun and shade, and there is a wonderful feeling of beauty and solitude. The beach is a only a few minutes down the driveway, easy for kids to go off and play, town is 10 minute trip for groceries, shopping, movies and wonderful restaurants. There are several river trips available in close proximity, along with Sleeping Bear, with steep cliffs, and wandering paths through the dunes.

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                          • A fabulous family getaway -- with oppotunities for lots of short day-trips

                            A fabulous family getaway -- with oppotunities for lots of short day-trips

                            • Guest Catrina (Joplin, MO)
                            • Date of stay 08/04/12
                            • Review Submitted 08/14/12
                            My husband and I, our 2 young sons, and my parents spent a lovely week at the Bates Cottage. The home was very comfortable and it was wonderful to come "home" after a day at the beach or sightseeing and be able to make a home-cooked meal and relax. We loved Point Betsie and the pier/lighthouse in Frankfort. We made it to the Cherry Hut in Beulah--best cherry pie my mother has ever had :) We also really enjoyed the Granary in Beulah -- lots of local foods/wines to purchase as well as a flea market we didn't have nearly enough to time to get through--if you are lucky the shop across the way may even be open and offer you a peek at some vintage Chris Craft boats. We had a fun evening at the Cherry Bowl Drive-In -- they will even announce your presence before the movie starts if you want and the cars will honk in appreciation :) We were directed to a great Rock Shop (closer to Honor, but with a Beulah address) and were able to purchase a lovely Petoskey stone -- the state rock, I believe and very cool. Our boys enjoyed plenty of time at all the nearby beaches -- Crystal Lake, Frankfort, Point Betsie (if you want Lake rocks, bring your bucket -- they are plentiful here),& Glen Haven. Our most fun (and long) daytrip was to Mears - where we were able to go on Mac's Dune Buggy rides of the Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- it was about 2 hours from the cottage, but in our opinion it is NOT to be MISSED !! Beautiful views and such a fun ride (ask for Weasie !!) ! There are plenty of yummy ice cream shops -- Scoops downtown has hand-scooped Moomers ice cream (we recommend the almond delight or Very Cherry), or there is the Cremee stand in front of Glen's supermarket -- lemon custard ! The neighbors were friendly and helpful and Carolyn was extremely easy to work with -- she was very accessible before and during our stay. We hope to visit Bates Cottage again next year. Our boys are already working on their "to-do" lists !!

                            Recommended for: Families with young children, sightseeing, girls getaway, people with disabilities, age 55+.

                            Owner response: Justin and Catrina. Thank you for writing such a wonderful letter about your stay at our cottage. And I am very excited that you will be returning next year! Warmly, Carolyn

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                          • Crystal Lake cottage, Frankfort Michigan

                            Crystal Lake cottage, Frankfort Michigan

                            • Guest Tony (Kalamazoo and Frankfort Michigan)
                            • Date of stay 08/25/11
                            • Review Submitted 05/11/12
                            I have known the owner and family of this property since my teenage years in the 60's. I have never rented the cottage but I have been a frequent guest over the years. I would best describe the place as a classic "up north" lake cottage with modern amenities and beautifully landscaped grounds. The owner accurately describes (and photographs) the property inside and out.

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/3

                          • Crystal Lake Cottage

                            Crystal Lake Cottage

                            • Guest Sandy (Brighton, Michigan)
                            • Date of stay 07/18/11
                            • Review Submitted 04/17/12
                            The listing accurately describes the property on Crystal Lake but until actually staying there, the full beauty and peaceful surroundings can only be imagined! I had the wonderful privilege of spending several days in this cottage and found it to be so clean and comfortable, close to nearby attractions and many places to dine were within a few minutes drive. I was in awe of the beautiful gardens on the property and felt the love and care it had been given over many, many years by the owner. I would definitely recommend this cottage for a summer stay, and would very much like to return again.

                            Recommended for: Pet owners, adventure seekers, sightseeing, people with disabilities, age 55+.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/3

                           
                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          june
                          May 31 - Jun 27, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $1,900
                          July
                          Jun 28 - Aug 2, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $2,250

                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Sept
                          Aug 30 - Sep 27, 2014
                          3 night min stay

                          $1,900
                          oct
                          Sep 28 - Oct 18, 2014
                          3 night min stay

                          $1,500

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees and Rental Conditions:

                          • Property Damage Protection $49
                          • Tax Rate 6%

                          This owner accepts HomeAway payments.
                          Always use this free service to protect your payments up to $10,000 against fraud while keeping your financial information private. With HomeAway Payments, your credit card information is not seen by the owner or manager. NEVER pay by cash or instant money transfer services such as Western Union or MoneyGram. Call the owner to confirm booking request.


                          Don't forget your vacation protection! Get protected now

                          Adding our Vacation Protection services can make sure your getaway goes smoothly, no matter what. We offer Cancellation Protection, Carefree Rental Guarantee, and Damage Protection so you can truly relax.

                          Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
                          Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.
                          Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.
                           

                          Calendar

                          Last updated: 04/04/2014
                          Check availability
                          23 Available
                          21 Unavailable
                          22 Today
                          23 Selected dates
                           

                          Location

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1952

                          About the owner: I have been a professional photographer, specializing in architecture, for almost 40 years. I live and work out of Burlington, Vt. My passion is to keep Lake Champlain and Crystal Lake clean. I love dogs, and I have a wonderful 'woodle' visit almost everyday. She is a cross between a poodle and wheaton terrier. My main sport is swimming. I have been going up to Crystal Lake since I was 8

                          Why the Owner Chose Frankfort:
                          My mother came up to Crystal Lake from St Louis in the early 1920's and we have been coming up here ever since. In 1952 my parents bought some land and built three grey log cottages. The largest, on the hill, is ours. The other two cottages are now part of Grey Logs Assoc. and owned by other people. We all love to swim, and thus visiting Crystal Lake every summer, the ultimate place to swim, was perfect We also loved the camaraderie of belonging to the CSA, for tennis lessons, theater, church choir, dinners.

                          The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                          I have always loved swimming in the late afternoon at Crystal Lake. It is just magnificent. You might want to rent a small boat and row out into the middle and just relax, with a picnic lunch. Sitting on the beach and reading your favorite pulp fiction, while you sip on homemade lemonade is just the very best. Our cottage is just a short drive to Frankfort for all basic supplies, and walking the long sandy beach on Lake Michigan. Within an hour, you can do all of the many adventures I have listed on my map. Please see photos, too.


                          Contact us

                          Speaks: english

                           

                          Photos

                          • Our sandy beach, shared with two families

                            Our sandy beach, shared with two families

                          • The awesome fireplace built with stones we found on the beaches of Lake Michigan

                            The awesome fireplace built with stones we found on the beaches of Lake Michigan

                          • Dining room seats 8, Kitchen is in the background. Doors to patio on left.

                            Dining room seats 8, Kitchen is in the background. Doors to patio on left.

                          • Screen porch is filled with sunshine at our cottage

                            Screen porch is filled with sunshine at our cottage

                          • Restaurant at Manistee golf course

                            Restaurant at Manistee golf course

                          • Mom and I are having a fabulous dinner at Manistee golf course

                            Mom and I are having a fabulous dinner at Manistee golf course

                          • Local restaurant in Frankfort, MI

                            Local restaurant in Frankfort, MI

                          • Glen Lake, on the way to Sleeping Bear

                            Glen Lake, on the way to Sleeping Bear

                          • Stairway to south deck and front door to our cottage.

                            Stairway to south deck and front door to our cottage.

                          • Our garden

                            Our garden

                          • Our two story living room with door to east deck. Fireplace is on the right

                            Our two story living room with door to east deck. Fireplace is on the right

                          • My favorite beach on Lake Michigan. In Empire, just north of our cottage.

                            My favorite beach on Lake Michigan. In Empire, just north of our cottage.

                          • Best place to eat and have full view of Lake Michigan. Manistee golf course

                            Best place to eat and have full view of Lake Michigan. Manistee golf course

                          • Local tavern in Frankfort, Michigan

                            Local tavern in Frankfort, Michigan

                          • Local B&B in Frankfort, Michigan

                            Local B&B in Frankfort, Michigan

                          • Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes

                            Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes

                          VRBO #411834

                          There have been  visitors to this page since the counter was last reset in .

                          This listing was first published here in 2012.

                          Date last modified - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

                          $214 - $321 per night (USD)
                          8

                          4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 8

                          View calendar: Updated 04/04/14
                          Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
                          Dates are unavailable
                          Please stay a bit longer. A stay of nights or more is required for these dates.
                          This listing requires that rentals start on a .
                          Get an instant quote
                          Owner
                          Email owner

                          8022384213

                          Speaks: english
                          This owner accepts HomeAway Payments. Always use this free service to protect your payment up to $10,000 against fraud while keeping your financial information private.
                          Add vacation protection services to your booking

                          Three services to protect your trip:

                          Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.

                          Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.

                          Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


                          Get it now

                          advertisement