"My husband and I, our sons and their friends just spent the best week ever at this amazing vacation rental! The home is hand build and absolutely lovely, with beautiful hardwood floors and so many unique touches that I noticed something new every day. The living/dining area is spacious and comfortable for 8 adults to gather, but with three floors of living space it was easy to break away for some quiet time also.
And the grounds!! The owner describes it in the listing as "a state park without all the people" and that's a perfect description. There are so many groomed trails for hiking--my dog was in heaven. The beach is just a short walk down a beautiful wooded trail. There is a long dock, comfortable chairs for viewing the sunset over the lake, and a campfire/ picnic table area by the lake. There are also 2 small "camping cabins" with cots if you choose to sleep down by the lake. I brought lots of bug spray but we never needed it. We brought our own kayaks but there is also a rowboat and canoe at the water's edge ready to launch.
If you love the outdoors you will love this spot. We usually gathered together for a big breakfast, split up to explore during the day, then met at dinnertime to grill out and watch the sunset. The beautiful Leelanau Trail is less than a mile away and is a shady, level trail for walking, running and biking. It leads to breweries and wineries in either direction (7 miles to Traverse City, 11 miles to Suttons Bay). We golfed, went to the Sand Dunes, kayaked. biked, hiked, and definitely slept well each night! There are so many things to do it was really hard to choose how to spend the day--outdoor activities won out for us on this trip but maybe next time we will explore another side of the area.
There is one review of this property that was pretty negative, especially concerning the kitchen supplies and appliances. Not sure she stayed at the same place we did! Since our family likes to cook and we had a large group, I brought some kitchen items from home that I thought we would need. Never opened the box! There are many great restaurants in the area but we found it more relaxing to eat dinner at home in this beautiful setting, and we had everything we needed to enjoy some delicious meals.
The owner stopped by briefly during our stay to supervise a minor repair and we enjoyed chatting with her and learning the history of this amazing property. Thank you , Kate. We would love to return next year."
Guest: Marge R.
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: July 24, 2015