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View through the screend front door onto the deck and lake.

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Last updated: 05/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Great sandy beach, 10 min to Traverse City. Email: tbrady294atcharter.net

Willow Cottage is one of 2 cottages, in our small family owned resort with the best 100 ft of private lake frontage on Silver Lake. The cottages are updated with all amenities (Wi-Fi, central air conditioning, cable, flat screen TVs in living room and both bedrooms, fireplace, central heat, fully equipped kitchen) We are located equally between Traverse City and Interlochen – 10 minutes in either direction. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore is 25 minutes away.
Silver Lake is a 600 acre spring-fed lake with clear sparkling water, surrounded by pine and hardwood tress with islands and peninsulas, great for boating, fishing and swimming. The resort has been in existence since the 1930's when Silver Lake just had a few resorts and family cottages dotting the landscape. Our resort is on prime flat lake front property with mature trees, set 600 ft. from the road. The 100 ft of sandy beach has a firm sandy bottom, with no stairs or steps. There is a large backyard for yard games. We have owned and managed the cottages since 1989 and take great pride in keeping them in tip-top condition. We strive to provide a peaceful and enjoyable experience for our guests.
There are 2 docks, and a swimming raft. The row boat, 2 paddle boards and 2 kayaks are shared by our guests at no extra charge. Picnic tables, charcoal grills, hammocks and individual campfire pits with wood provided.
PLEASE NOTE: Click the "Send a Message" icon found on the right side of screen in order to book/ask questions directly with me. You can also email me directly: tbrady294atcharter.net - use the “at” symbol vs. the word “at”. I answer all inquiries sent during 6 AM-10PM (EST) within the hour. If sent during the night, I will respond first thing in the morning.
Our own home is located on the property so we are available for sight-seeing advice, restaurant recommendations. We have maps of nearby bike, walking trails, winery/brewery brochures and places only the locals know where to go and see.
The other cottage located in our little resort, is property ID # 361471.


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Member since: 2005

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/19/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome:

    A great place for children as the beach and child-friendly* lake is just 10 feet away. * meaning- firm sandy lake bottom with a gradual slope (no drop off). The sandy beach is flat with no stairs or breakwall. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking in the cottage or in any common area (beach, dock) ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We make a commitment to you that the Willow is a pet free home. The reason is based on past experience and the desire of many vacationers to stay in a home that has been free of pets. Please know that we do not make any exception based on the size, age or the temperament of your pet. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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  • Both bedrooms have a queen size bed and flat screen cable TV. All bed linens are provided: note, we DO NOT provide towels-bath or beach towels) Maximum occupancy: 4 adults. We do allow up to 2 extra children, under the age of 5 but it would be a sleeping bag situation as not extra beds are provided. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • The bathroom is a full, ceramic tiled bathroom with a tub/shower combination....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Please note: We are recognized by Traverse City's township to legally operate as a short term vacation rental. The Willow is part of a 2 cottage, family run resort. It is located on 1.2 acres with 100 ft of private, sandy beach. The Willow is 10 ft from the beach. There are 2 docks (1 for boats, 1 for people), a swimming raft, the row boat, 2 paddle boards and 2 kayaks are shared by our guests. Picnic tables, charcoal grills and campfire pits with wood provided. The other cottage located in our little resort, is property ID # 361471....moreless

Entertainment

  • Radio
  • Television:

    Flat screen cable TVs in living room and both bedrooms. No DVD players. Being that the TVs are wall-mounted they cannot accommodate a plugged in a DVD player. ...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach:

    Silver Lake is located a few minutes south of Traverse City in north west Michigan. Our frontage is one of the best on the lake. The cottage is just 10 feet from the edge of the beach. ...moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining room table accommodates 4. chairs, just outside on the deck there is table that seats 4. the deck overlooks the beach and lake. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    central air conditioning...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    gas fireplace...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Heating:

    natural gas forced air furnace...moreless

  • Internet:

    WiFi...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Bed linens are provided. We DO NOT provide towels. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Seating for 8, natural gas fireplace, flat screen TV....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking:

    We have off street parking for 2 cars. We limit the number of vehicles to 2, no RVs....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    pots, pans, cookie sheets, casserole dishies ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    service for 6...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen with refrigerator, gas stove/oven, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, pots/pans, dinnerware, flatware, glasses. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Gas oven...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    full size...moreless

Outside

  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat:

    We do have a row boat, but you can bring your own fishing, ski boat or rent a boat from area marinas. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    covered, open-sided porch 10 ft from the beach with great views of the lake....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two kayaks, ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Nice open, dedicated area for yard games behind the cottages....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    charcoal grill and picnic table...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    2 paddle boards ...moreless

 

Reviews

4.9
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring
May 12 - Jun 2, 2017
2 night min stay
$110 $125
Fri, Sat
$700

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Early Summer
Jun 17 - Jun 23, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,500

Changeover Day: Saturday

Early Summer II
Jun 24 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,700

Changeover Day: Saturday

summer
Jul 1 - Aug 11, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,300

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Late Summer
Aug 12 - Aug 25, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,800

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Late Summer II
Aug 26 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,400

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 - Sep 3, 2017
3 night min stay

$625
flat fee
Fall
Sep 2 - Oct 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$120 $200
Fri, Sat
$900

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$800

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Fee $60
  • Tax Rate 6%

Notes:

This cottage is one of only 3 cottages that the township has approved for legally operating as short term rental.

To make a reservation we need a 50% installment within 7 days of the taken reservation. The second installment is the remaining 50% plus a 6% MI Use tax which is due 45 days prior to arrival. Also due at that time is the cleaning fee of $60 as well as a refundable Damage and Excessive Cleaning Deposit in the amount of $500.00. Proper


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

  • Trattoria Stella

    "This is a great place for a romantic dinner. Lunch is great as well if you will be discoveri..."

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  • Amical

    "Great place to eat lunch while downtown Traverse City. "

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  • Apache Trout Grill

    "Great food and great views of the bay. Just outside of Traverse City proper."

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  • Red Ginger

    "My young adult children LOVE Red Ginger!!"

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  • Sleder's Family Tavern

    "Where the locals go. Love it here."

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  • Georgina's

    "Another GREAT place to eat while downtown."

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  • The Little Fleet

    "Fun and great food."

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  • J & S Hamburg Downtown

    "Where the locals go."

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  • Bay Bread Co

    "Great food and a secret with the locals. Eat upstairs in their cozy eating area with free W..."

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  • Mary's

    "Great place for picnic food. This is where locals get their lunch food to bring back to the ..."

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  • Brady's Bar

    "The local bar that is visited by young adults as well as their parents. Good food and pool t..."

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  • The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

    "A must go to! Walking paths, Botanical Garden, shops, great places to eat. This is the histo..."

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  • Moomers Homemade Ice Cream

    "Voted the number one ice cream in America. A great place to go for ice cream. You can even s..."

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  • Boone's Long Lake Inn

    "A must do dining experience. Casual, and wont leave hungry."

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  • Francisco's Market & Deli

    "Great place to grab coffee, sandwiches etc. If you want to stay and eat, very comfortable an..."

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  • Grand Traverse Pie Co.

    "The BEST pie ever!Their breakfast and lunches are good as well. Nice relaxing environment. "

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7 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cherry Capitol Airport is 15 minutes away
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
The Crown
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Boone's Long Lake Inn

The Willow Cottage is located 10 minutes from Traverse City on Silver Lake. The cottage is a few minutes from golf courses, wineries,shopping, live theater (world renown Interlochen Arts Academy) restaurants, hiking, biking and fishing. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Park is 25 minutes away. Historic Mackinac Island is a day trip adventure away.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1989

About the owner: My husband, Tom and I were married in 1979. We moved to Traverse City in 1980 from the city of Detroit. My mother was raised on an local farm. My maternal great grandparents were pioneers to the area. My mother moved away when she was a young adult. I developed my love for the area as a young child as we vacationed every year in Traverse City. Tom and I honeymooned in Traverse City. We moved here 9 months later.

Why the Owner Chose Traverse City, MI, USA:
We discovered and purchased our small resort in 1989. It was a diamond in the rough, but it had a great private sandy beach and was in close to Traverse City. We remodeled the cottages as we raised our 5 children. We worked on the cottages as a family. Over the years, our children have learned many skills and developed a great work ethic as everyone helped over the years.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
We take great pride in providing clean/comfortable/updated homes that our guests will call home during their stay. You will be able to relax and enjoy your vacation as we are very available for assistance as we live on site.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/19/2017

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Photos

  • View through the screend front door onto the deck and lake.

    View through the screend front door onto the deck and lake.

  • Living room with lake views, 
gas fireplace and flat screen cable TV.

    Living room with lake views, gas fireplace and flat screen cable TV.

  • Newly remodeled tiled full bath.

    Newly remodeled tiled full bath.

  • Sandy beach frontage with firm sandy lake bottom. 2 docks and swimming raft.

    Sandy beach frontage with firm sandy lake bottom. 2 docks and swimming raft.

  • This bedroom has a queen size bed and flat screen cable TV with lake views.

    This bedroom has a queen size bed and flat screen cable TV with lake views.

  • View of Silver Lake from one of the two bedrooms. Deck steps are in background.

    View of Silver Lake from one of the two bedrooms. Deck steps are in background.

  • lilacs in full bloom. Lake is in background.

    lilacs in full bloom. Lake is in background.

  • One of the walking trails at the 84 acre Silver Lake Recreation Area.

    One of the walking trails at the 84 acre Silver Lake Recreation Area.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes with Lake Michigan and one of the Manitou islands.

    Sleeping Bear Dunes with Lake Michigan and one of the Manitou islands.

  • Boating on Silver Lake

    Boating on Silver Lake

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes is only 20 minutes away.

    Sleeping Bear Dunes is only 20 minutes away.

  • Enjoy one of our kayaks.

    Enjoy one of our kayaks.

  • 100 ft private beach, sandy lake bottom and dock

    100 ft private beach, sandy lake bottom and dock

  • Kitchen with all kitchen appliances, dinnerware and cookware.

    Kitchen with all kitchen appliances, dinnerware and cookware.

  • The Willow Cottage

    The Willow Cottage

  • Our beach has a firm sandy lake bottom and has a gentle slope.

    Our beach has a firm sandy lake bottom and has a gentle slope.

  • One of the bedrooms with queen size bed and flat screen cable TV.

    One of the bedrooms with queen size bed and flat screen cable TV.

  • View of Silver Lake from the living room. Front deck is in the background.

    View of Silver Lake from the living room. Front deck is in the background.

  • The Black Willow tree is a great place for fun and photos.

    The Black Willow tree is a great place for fun and photos.

  • Silver Lake Recreation Area with many amenities is less than 5 min. away

    Silver Lake Recreation Area with many amenities is less than 5 min. away

  • Grand Traverse Bay in downtown Traverse City- 10 minutes away.

    Grand Traverse Bay in downtown Traverse City- 10 minutes away.

  • Fishing on Silver Lake.

    Fishing on Silver Lake.

  • Our beach during sunset. Great views of the moon will soon appear.

    Our beach during sunset. Great views of the moon will soon appear.

  • Silver Lake is an all sports lake.

    Silver Lake is an all sports lake.

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