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"We really enjoyed our stay on the edge of Bryan Lake. It is a well-appointed and well-cared-for home in a quiet spot, yet only a short drive to anything in the Traverse City area: Sleeping Bear Dunes, Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission, Interlochen, and much more. We loved being able to enjoy a morning walk in nearby Ransom Lake Natural Area, have lunch at "home", then head out for the afternoon/evening somewhere else, if desired. We made good use of the deck overlooking the lake and its grill to enjoy wonderful meals of local whitefish. The boats were great -- we used them several times to relax on the lake. Thank you for sharing your home and providing a peaceful "base camp" for our vacation!"
Guest: EricDate of Stay: August 2015Review Submitted: August 17, 2015
"I've stayed at the Cottage Garden Guesthouse many times over the years and in every season. This little gem sparkles, whether surrounded by the lush summer gardens designed and tended by the owner (whose design sense and green thumb are amazing!) or covered in autumn leaves or big puffy snowflakes (the better to enjoy the gas Franklin stove).
As another reviewer put it, you open the door and just BREATHE! The kitchen is vintage charm, with everything you need for housekeeping, BBQs, cozy homemade dinners, whatever your mood calls for. The cottage is on a lake bluff surrounded by pines, and the breezes are heaven! You can look across Lakeview Lake from the upstairs living room, or best of all, from the sliding glass doors in the downstairs bedroom. If you're lucky, at sundown on a warm summer night you may be treated to a short bagpipe concert from far across the lake.
The decor is beautifully designed rustic charm, with lots of warm woods, touches of shabby chic, and all-around comfort. There's a nice patio outside the bedroom with cafe table and chairs, and a Weber grill. One of my favorite things to do is to sit on the patio with a good book and just watch the little nuthatches at the feeders, or the chipmunks darting in and out of the gardens.
Pure, blessed peace! There's no other place quite like it."
Guest: CottagePersonDate of Stay: October 2014Review Submitted: June 9, 2015
"Our small family of 3 stayed a full week in this wonderful little cottage. It has a single bedroom, which is fine for parents that cosleep, but a bit small for a packnplay. The bathroom is rather large though and we "created" second bedroom for our 20 month old in there and we were able to stay up late without the toddler turning into a gremlin. It was perfect for us, though some may be uncomfortable with this arrangement.
We loved the screened porch and enjoyed a number of meals listening to the ducks on the lake. The dock, down a staircase from the house, was a great place to visit with the fish and turtles that swim right up to it. We even took the paddle boat out a couple of times.
The place is not really located on a swimming pond, but is located just a few minutes walk from the village of Lake Ann's small town beach. If you are planning on swimming in the lake, be sure to take water shoes as the rocky bottom was a little hard on the feet. Do bring beach towels because you will not be able to launder towels that get messy at the beach.
There is a small general store in town that has most things you may have forgotten but you will pay for convenience. Across from there is a small town park perfect for playing with children. Also don't forget the pancake breakfast I'm town on Sunday.
Lake Ann was a short drive from Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. It would also be a great base to explore the wine trails though we were not able to do that with a toddler in tow.
We would stay here again it was a wonderfully relaxing stay. Overall the property was as described. It was clean and Jeanine and Dan were welcoming and helpful."
Guest: Jennifer M.Date of Stay: August 2015Review Submitted: September 9, 2015