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Beautiful Leelanau Peninsula Architect-Designed Lake Home

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Lakeside view. Lighted boardwalk leads to waterfront.


Last updated: 03/06/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:14
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)


Our charming lake house sits on an acre of land on Little Traverse Lake in the heart of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, named by Good Morning America in 2011 as the most beautiful place in the U.S. In the summer, the lake, with its private, sandy beach is great for kids, perfect for all water sports or just sunning on the dock. Just across our designated 'Scenic Winding Road' is the national lakeshore with wooded dunes through which hiking and cross-country ski trails take you three-quarters of a mile to the nearly secluded Good Harbor Bay on Lake Michigan. The interior of the Leelanau Peninsula has well-paved roads with little traffic which makes them perfect for road biking. The bike routes are moderately challenging for the novice to very hilly for the experienced road bikers.

You will enter our home through a custom designed round-topped 'Hobbit' white oak door. Our 2002 architect-renovated, art-filled home has two charming bedrooms on the main floor, one with a king size bed and a private patio, the other with twin beds. There is a full bath with tub and shower nearby and a half bath in the tile-floored vestibule near the front door. As you step down from the vestibule, you will enter a large living room with a 1904 'found' antique mantle surrounding a tiled fireplace. The white oak floor covered by an oriental rug in the center continues into the modern kitchen and into the dining room surrounded by windows on three sides with a view of the lake. A large stone terrace with a dining table, chairs and a lounge facing the lake can be reached through French doors from the dining room as well as from the living room. Also on the main floor looking out to the lake is a two-storey library/ music/ TV room with a large, field stone fireplace. French doors next to the fireplace lead out to the terrace as well. There is a second entrance under a breezeway from the mudroom which has sinks and a wine cooler. An outside shower is in the breezeway for washing off sandy feet and bodies.

The second floor can be reached by an open stairway in the vestibule which leads up to a window overlooking the library. To the right is the master suite with a king size bed, built-in bookcase/headboard. And French doors which open to a private balcony looking out to the lake. The suite has a large bathroom with a glass-surrounded shower and three shower heads, a Jacuzzi-style tub with water jets, a bidet and separate sinks for him and her. Across the hall is a small laundry room with washer, drier and ironing board. At the end of the hall is an office with computer and a fax machine/copier. There is a large walk-in closet off of the office.

At the other end of the second floor is an open play area which leads to the 'carriage house' over the two-car garage. The 'carriage house' consists of a small sitting room large enough to hold a crib or a “play and pack.” Next to the sitting room is a bedroom with a king size bed and French doors opening out to a private balcony with a view of the lake. Down the hall is the “bunk room” which can sleep four in two sets of bunk beds. The room is built into a hill and has its own private deck in the woods. At the end of the hall is a full bath with a stand-up shower.

The Amenities of the Area:

The Leelanau Peninsula is made up of rolling hills and valleys with charming towns and inland lakes surrounded by beautiful Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay beaches which are seldom crowded. This rural area is occupied by farmers growing fresh Michigan produce, fishermen who catch whitefish from Lake Michigan every day of the year, cherry farmers who produce cherries for the country, vintners who produce wine that competes with the best in the US, restauranteurs who offer everything from family meals to fine dining, shop owners who sell fine antiques and fine art as well as souvenirs, vacationers who dream of retiring on the peninsula and those retirees whose dream came true. Many artists, writers and musicians have moved to the area because of its natural beauty. The roads and towns display the names of
the early Czech, Bohemian and Polish settlers of the peninsula.

Some of the Special Events:

In the summer, there are the Cherry Festival, the Dune Grass Music Festival, Suttons Bay Art Fair, Food and Wine Festival, Interlochen Music Festival, Michael Moore's Film Festival, fireworks and parades on the Fourth of July and torch lighting ceremonies on Labor Day when cottagers prepare to return home at the end of the summer. In the fall, there are color tours, vineyard tour weekends, a culinary arts weekend, a long-distance road bike race and the Iceman, a thirty mile off-road bike race, in November. The Vasa, a cross-country ski race in the winter is world famous.

Wine tasting is offered by the many wineries on the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas. There are antique shops as well as fine art galleries in most of Leelanau's towns and in Traverse City. Nationally known musicians perform at Interlochen and there are a number of small venues where you can hear fine, local musicians. The area has a number of good bookstores as well as many fine restaurants. There are two excellent public radio stations, WNMC and Interlochen, on which independent music, classical music and live concerts can be heard.

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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 03/06/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 14
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 12-14

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Bedroom 5


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • King size beds (3) There are three king beds, one in the master bedroom, one in the carriage house and one in one of the two main floor bedrooms., Twin or Single Beds (2) There are two twin beds in one of the two main floor bedrooms., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The couch opens up to a double bed in the office just off of the master bedroom., Bunk Beds (2) The bunk room has two bunk beds which sleep four people....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 4 of the 5 bedrooms have walk-outs to balcony or terrace; screen porch facing lake; fireplaces in living room and library (antique and field stone); unique tiles in bathrooms; French doors in the living room, dining room and two-story library leading to a stone terrace; oriental rugs; white oak wood floors; stainless steel kitchen; gas stove; art on walls....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    There is a small TV in the kitchen and a TV in the library....moreless

  • VCR


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    The dining room table has two leafs so it can be expanded to seat 12. There is also a counter with stools which seats four. There is a table on the terrace which we use in the summer which seats 8....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    No air conditioning but there are ceiling fans in all bedrooms and floor fans in most of the rooms....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    There is a large living room with a fireplace and windows and a french door that look out to the lake....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    We have WIFI which does not require a password....moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone:


  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace:

    (2) There are two wood-burning fireplaces, one in the living room and one in the library....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    There is also a coffee grinder....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    The kitchen is fully equipped....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    The kitchen is fully equipped....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is fully equipped. There are two full sets of dishes for over 14 people and serving platters. We leave condiments in the refrigerator and in one cupboard for use by our guests....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    There are two ovens, a regular and a convection oven....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    (2) 1 refrigerator; 1 wine cooler...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    (2) 1 off of master bedroom; 1 off of carriage house bedroom...moreless

  • Boat:

    There is a sunfish available for rental and an aluminum rowboat that is free of charge. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    (3) 1 stone terrace facing lake; 1 small terrace off of a main floor bedroom; 1 wood deck off of bunk room....moreless

  • Golf:

    There are several golf courses nearby, including two across the lake....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We have three kayaks available for rental and lifejackets to use with them....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    There is a screen porch off of the library....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There are annuals planted in window boxes, pots on the porch and terrace and hanging over the terrace....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    There is a jacuzzi in the master bathroom....moreless

  • Jetted Tub


Write a review 4.6
from 18 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer
May 1 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
July and August
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay
Late Summer
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$4,550 $18,200
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $550


Seasonal rates: May through October $750.00 a night. (7 day minimum stay in July and August.) Ski season: $650.00 a night. $600.00 the rest of the time.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 03/06/2017
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cherry Capitol Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
35 Miles
Nearest Ski
Crystal Mountain

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1977

About the owner: In 2002, what was once a small 'cottage' became a completely remodeled home built on the footprint of the original building with the addition of a great room and an attached carriage house. Our lake house is where we have enjoyed family reunions, celebrated weddings, birthdays, dinner parties,weekend get-togethers with friends and the Christmas holidays.

Why the Owner Chose Cedar, MI, USA:
Although we have traveled throughout Europe and the United States, we have discovered that the unspoiled Leelanau Peninsula, with its rolling hills, vinyards and orchards, uncrowded sandy Lake Michigan and inland lake beaches and charming villages, is one of the lovliest spots on earth.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
While at the lake house, we enjoy biking on the nearly traffic-free roads, kayaking on Little Traverse Lake or Victoria Creek, hiking and cross-country skiing the trails across the road in the national seashore and, of course, swimming in Little Traverse Lake and in nearby Lake Michigan.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 03/06/2017

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  • Lakeside view.  Lighted boardwalk leads to waterfront.

    Lakeside view. Lighted boardwalk leads to waterfront.

  • Lakeview from the terrace.

    Lakeview from the terrace.

  • Entrance and main hall

    Entrance and main hall

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Kitchen


  • View of the lake from the library.

    View of the lake from the library.

  • Library fireplace.

    Library fireplace.

  • Screen porch looking sideway to the woods and out to the lake.

    Screen porch looking sideway to the woods and out to the lake.

  • Balcony view from master bedroom.

    Balcony view from master bedroom.

  • Office in master suite

    Office in master suite

  • Trinidad Room: main floor

    Trinidad Room: main floor

  • Carriage house bedroom

    Carriage house bedroom

  • Roadside view: Facing state-designated "scenic winding road."

    Roadside view: Facing state-designated "scenic winding road."

  • Little Traverse Lake and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

    Little Traverse Lake and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Kitchen counter from dining room

    Kitchen counter from dining room

  • Dining room facing Little Traverse Lake.

    Dining room facing Little Traverse Lake.

  • Library fireplace

    Library fireplace

  • Library bookshelves.

    Library bookshelves.

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Master bathroom

    Master bathroom

  • Twin bedroom on main floor with view of wildflower garden.

    Twin bedroom on main floor with view of wildflower garden.

  • Downstairs bathroom.

    Downstairs bathroom.

  • Bunk room in carriage house with door to deck

    Bunk room in carriage house with door to deck

VRBO #134803

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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