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Beautiful Leelanau Peninsula Architect-Designed Lake Home

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


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.

Keywords: Lake House

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

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.

The Owner purchased this house in 1977

Why The Owner chose Cedar

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Cedar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5+
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • 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.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
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
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.


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(24 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Leelanau Peninsula Architect-Designed Lake Home
average rating of 4.4583335 based on 24 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Perfect weekend. Beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake Orion, MI

Great Home and Location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Late August 2017. Family of 9 was very comfortable. Lake is very quiet and private! I highly recommend this Property.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ireland, Italy, Europe, New England and the Southwest

Little Traverse Lake House

  • 4 of 5

Our family vacation was amazing!! There was plenty of room for 13 & the kitchen was well equipped. We enjoyed cooking and grilling on the patio. The location was perfect allowing us to take advantage of so many activities all along the Leelanau Penninsula. Great wineries too!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time👍

  • 4 of 5

We love this area of Michigan and the property was perfect for our family. The owners were gracious and helpful!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, house needs updates

  • 2 of 5

the house is in a great location. but needs updating for the price wanted to rent. There were some problems with the property but the owner did respond quickly such as a leaky roof. The house was also not very clean for the charge of the cleaning crew upon arrival.

Beach access was nice and well maintained. There was plenty of seating and bedroom space for all that it says it will accommodate.

there is also a lot of odd stairs in the house if you have older parents or family that will be staying just to be aware of.

down stairs bathroom/shower door did not work but there is a sign on it so may be replaced soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review states that our house needs updating but nowhere does she state what needs updating. There were torrential rains during the time that her group was there. The roof did not leak but a gutter backed up and leaked into the bathroom ceiling. As soon as she contacted me about it, we sent out our handyman to clear out the gutter which quickly stopped the leak. The house was designed by a well-known architect and has a few steps up on the main floor, that no one has ever described as "odd." Those steps are very obvious in the pictures posted on the web site so the writer should have known about them. I received frequent emails from the writer while she was at the house with complaints to which I responded immediately. Although the house had been cleaned by a professional crew just before she arrived, she complained that it was not clean enough. Another day, it was ants (I explained that we were in the woods and there would be occasional ants but that we have the house commercially sprayed regularly for insects but sometimes a few get in. I told her where to find Terro, to leave out to get rid of them.) Another complaint was that she had found some dead flies between an outside window and the screen. She complained that the pillows (relatively new) were not fluffy enough. She complained that the shower door did not work. However, it had been recently repaired and we had left a note on it to be gentle while opening and closing it. Because we love our lake house very much, we spend a lot of time there and maintain it to the highest standards. It makes us very sad when guests look hard to find things wrong with it.
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Beautiful property!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time celebrating my sisters 50th birthday. The home accommodated our needs and was beautifully maintained.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $280
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

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

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