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Little Red Boat House (Cottage)

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Last updated: 09/06/2016

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Also know as the 'Little Red Cottage' it was originally built as a boathouse and features a deck across the front that overhangs the water's edge. Step off the deck onto the dock, and jump into the beautiful turquoise Little Traverse Lake.

You can enjoy an unusual amount of privacy due to the property being bordered by vacant wooded lots on both sides.

A sandy, gradual sloping lake bottom makes for great wading and swimming. Little Traverse Lake fishing includes bass, perch and pike. Boat traffic is relatively low, even on holiday weekends.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park borders the north side of Little Traverse Lake (LRBH, is on the south side) To access hiking trails through the park to Good Harbor Bay on Lake Michigan, drive around the northwest end of the lake to Little Traverse Lake boat launch where there is parking. The trails begin on the north side of the road.

Bring your own bedding/linens and towels. One queen and a full size futon. We also encourage recycling and offer recycle bins.

The Boathouse is just a block from M22, (convenience store/eatery) and Little Traverse Inn (restaurant/pub). Wineries, golf courses, art galleries, etc. are minutes away by car. It's approximately 9 miles south to Glen Arbor and about the same, North to Leland.

Sleeping Bear Dunes was voted 'Most Beautiful Place in America', on Good Morning America in 2011. The famous dune climb is about 15 minutes away, just passed Glen Arbor.

This Boathouse is conveniently located in Leelanau County:
5 minutes to Maple City
10 minutes to Leland
10 minutes to Glen Arbor
20 minutes to Sleeping Bear Dune Climb
35 minutes to Traverse City

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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 09/06/2016

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 700 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    must be 21 or older...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    boathouse is located on a busy road and very close to waters edge....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Queen size Bed in bedroom 1, Full size futon in bedroom 2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • small shower stall, no tub

Other Amenities

  • *** House is privately owned. Owner is not responsible for any accidents, injuries, or illnesses that occur while on premises. Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guests....moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    located in the back of the tv monitor...moreless

  • Games:

    Board games, cards, children games, coloring books and crayons...moreless

  • Television:

    TV for DVD's. TV not hooked up to cable....moreless


  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    sandy bottom, shallow about 200 feet out before getting deep...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    approximately 6 foot off the deck is the water. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided:

    upon request.... otherwise bring your personal linens, queen/full sheets, favorite pillows and bath/beach towels...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    only kitchen and bath hand towel available, unless linens are requested...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    well stocked kitchen with utensils...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Well stock kitchen with dishes and pots, pans and small appliances (coffee maker, tea pot, toaster, toaster oven etc)...moreless

  • Oven:

    1950's GE Liberator small toaster oven available...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    10 speed small men's frame bike ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Bench seating on deck with small table. Also 8 foot picnic table and umbrella with add'l lawn chairs...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 23 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning fee $100
  • Security dep-refundable $200
  • Taxes Not included


Bring your own bed linens, towels, pillows for your personal comfort.

Cleaning fee is $100.00, minimum stay is two nights.

A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required for reservation. Reservations are confirmed via email, after deposit is received.

A $200.00 refundable security deposit (separate check) refunded upon final inspection.

Accept checks or money orders only, no credit cards excepted.

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26 Miles
Nearest Airport
Fly Don't Drive Cherry Capital Airport
0.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Traverse Inn
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Manitou Golf
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Traverse Inn
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Good Habor Bay

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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Randy and Cheri have owned property in Leelanau County for 23 years. We have enjoyed the landscape, community and social aspects of this area. Randy is an artist and Cheri's passion is culinary, so this area has a lot to offer in that regard. The wineries are very unique with great choices of wines. This area reminds us of a mini California. We are very active people so Leelanau Peninsula suits us very well. From bicycling the large hills to downhill and cross country skiing. Hiking is beautiful in the National parks that surrounds the pristine Lake Michigan. And of course playing in Little Traverse Lake, so refreshing and is one of the cleanest inland lakes in Michigan. So come and explore and experience something special, we are sure you will not be disappointed.

Why the Owner Chose Maple City, MI, USA:
Every time we go to the Little Red Boathouse it's such a retreat. We never tire of sitting on the deck of the Boathouse for a meal or gazing. And at night the stars are unbelievable. Download the app 'Starlight' to your phone, it will outline and describe all the stars and planets in the sky. Satellites are easy to spot as they pass by due to no light pollution. Whether we stay put at the Boathouse or head out to explore, it's so easy to relax when you are here. After a decade and a half, we are still discovering this paradise. The boathouse is perfect for adult getaways, however, it's not suitable for children. The uniqueness of the boathouse is filled with antiques and the vicinity of the property is close to M22 and very close to the waters edge.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Leelanau peninsula, the pinky of the 'mitten' state, is truly like no other place in the midwest. The reasons are many: vast beaches, dunes, panoramic views, wineries, breweries, quaint towns, art galleries, farm markets, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, Manitou Islands, turquoise lakes, etc., etc.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 09/06/2016

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • M22 view

    M22 view

  • view from deck looking north

    view from deck looking north

  • deck


  • west side of cottage

    west side of cottage

  • east side, fire pit with picnic table

    east side, fire pit with picnic table

  • kitchen


  • master bedroom

    master bedroom

  • view from kitchen table to lakeside

    view from kitchen table to lakeside

  • Lakeside view

    Lakeside view

  • sunset from the deck

    sunset from the deck

  • entrance


  • Lakeside, door with open side lights

    Lakeside, door with open side lights

  • bathroom with small shower stall

    bathroom with small shower stall

VRBO #135241

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Saturday, March 25, 2017

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