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Charming Lake Leelanau Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Enjoy our charming, newly remodeled cottage on the East shore of South Lake Leelanau. With 100 feet of lake frontage and a pure sand bottom, "Sierra Shores" offers beautiful views, two small sandy beach areas and excellent family swimming.

Tastefully decorated this "country cottage" features three bedrooms, two and one half baths, a fully equipped kitchen and an open floor plan that sleeps up to eight. The spacious master suite includes a king bed, trundle bed and private master bath and sitting area. The other bedrooms are equipped with a queen and two twin beds respectively.

Escape, unwind and explore the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula! This country cottage is conveniently located nine miles from Traverse City, twelve miles from Leland and seven miles from Suttons Bay. The Leelanau Peninsula with its rolling hills and numerous cherry orchards is known for its natural beauty.

Hop the ferry to South Manitou Island, taste Leelanau's wine country, visit Sleeping Bear Dunes, kayak the Crystal River, shop Suttons Bay and Traverse City, attend a world class concert at Interlochen, browse the art fairs in Suttons Bay and Leland, and explore the small towns and villages in beautiful Leelanau County.

Linens and towels are provided along with a paddleboat. NO PETS or SMOKING PLEASE.

Keywords: Cottage

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About The Owner

We,ve been traveling "up north" in Michigan for over 30 years during all seasons. We finally purchased our cottage in 1998 and have been enjoying the Leelanau peninsula and other northern locations ever since. We hope you enjoy the area as much as we have.

Tim and Kathy Doyle

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1998

Why The Owner chose Traverse City

The shoreline in this area offers a beautiful sandy beach


Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Picnic table and swing.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

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Charming Lake Leelanau Cottage
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
cuba, ny

Much better than photos

  • 5 of 5

Tim and Kathy,

We had a wonderful week at your cottage. The lake views were beautiful and we enjoyed swimming and boating. The cottage was well stocked with everything we needed to cook and then enjoy meals with the lake view! Day trips to the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City were an easy drive. Thank you for all you did to make our vacation a great and memorable week. We hope to return soon!

Ken and Monika Harris

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Madison, Wisconsin

Comfortable house on Lake Leelanau

  • 4 of 5

Almost everything about our visit was perfect. The house is well designed and comfortable for two families (grandparents, children, and grandchildren). The lake is nearby with two small beaches for the children. The fire pit was the best we have ever seen. The wireless internet was fast. The laundry area off the kitchen was easy to use. The owner is friendly and helpful. Our one concern is that the description listed a rowboat, which was not included (because it had been sold). We came ready to fish and our grandchildren were disappointed when we told them that the boat we had promised them didn't exist. Even a canoe would have been an improvement over the paddleboat that did come with the house.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I've updated the website to reflect the availability of the more child friendly paddle-boat . The rowboat was replaced due to the fact that even on light and moderately windy days the boat could be blown across the lake making it very difficult to row to shore even for experienced boaters. Sorry for any inconvenience it may have caused. Tim Doyle
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London, UK

A perfect N. Michigan experience

  • 5 of 5

We have spent many fantastic summers in N. Michigan exploring different lakes and staying in various accommodations. Having all of those different experiences, we've become pretty attuned to what makes a great cottage - nice lake, quiet location, well equipped cottage, appropriate 'charm', safe swimming area, kid-friendly etc. This cottage checked all the boxes. Vacationing with three children 7, 5, & 1.5 we're always very safety conscious. The lake was perfect as the kids could walk out 100 yards and still only be in 2 1/2' deep water. At this location Lake Leelanau has a nice sandy bottom with gentle sloping beach access. The yard provided a perfect mix of sun and shade depending on what you wanted. The grill and fire pit were perfect for al fresco dining and s'mores.

Sierra Shores is an easy drive into Traverse City should you need to make a run for provisions or rainy day activities. We love the location of Lake Leelanau as it also has great access to Sleeping Bear Dunes and other canoeing and biking activities in the area. The cottage was impeccably clean when we arrived (right down to the raked beach!). It was handy having a high-chair and crib so we didn't need to pack those with us. Tim was super helpful on our arrival and got us acquainted with the property.

To date, we've never rented the same place twice but that changes next year as we've already booked this place to come back to - it really is ideal. We can't wait!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beyond our expectations. We will be back!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful, well furnished, lovely home for your family to enjoy. Upon arrival, the house was very clean and well kept; the kitchen is outfitted with everything you need including plenty of dishes and glassware, pots & pans, utensils, linens, silverware and even tools for the gas grill outside on the side deck. All three bedrooms had plenty of towels and linens. This house is situated on a terrific space with an incredible view of Lake Leelanau. The lake has a sandy bottom and is shallow for about 100 yards, making it a great place for the whole family to enjoy. The backyard is absolutely perfect for those who enjoy the sun AND those who like a little shade. Plenty of outdoor seating for a large group; we had six adults and a baby and never felt crowded inside or outside. Our hosts were extremely accommodating and even provided us with a crib and high chair for our grandchild to use. Traverse City, Suttons Bay, and Leland are just a few of the nearby cities worth visiting. We also enjoyed a day of nearby winery tours, most of which are located within 30 minutes from this property. Highly recommend this property. We look forward to going back!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carbondale, CO

Everything you might need.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely, well furnished, comfortable home away from home. The lake front is perfect for family activities. Roomy deck, shallow water and quiet neighborhood made for a great 3-generation vacation. Well located for exploring the TC and Leelanau Peninsula.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our family

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property, loved the quiet and privacy. The house was very comfortable and we liked having the air conditioning.

The appliances, TVs and the bathrooms all functioned perfectly. We moored our boat because for our ski/wakesurf boat the lift was located in water too shallow for our boat to go on. There were mooring poles in the lake, however, so it was not a problem for us.

We enjoyed the campfire and the fact that firewood was there for us. We loved the sandy bottom of this area of Lake Leelanau.

It was great to meet Tim and we were pleased that he stayed and talked with us on the Saturday that we checked in.

We used the outdoor gas grill......we enjoyed it and it functioned well. Our family had a wonderful week and we hope to go back in 2017.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Traverse City Cherry Festival and Film Festival, Art and Music festivals,Interlochen summer concerts and performances, wineries, professional baseball (Beach Bums) and great beaches




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.