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Vintage 2-Family Cottage, Walk to Lake and Downtown

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

This charming cottage which sleeps 9-10 is situated two blocks off Lake Charlevoix in quaint, downtown Boyne City. This turn of the century home has been lovingly renovated and offers stunning architectural details. Perfect for two families or your extended family, there are two full kitchens and living areas so everyone has plenty of space. Three queen bedrooms plus a lower level bunk room with ping pong. There are two full baths. First floor queen includes twin bunkbeds with trundle. Second floor queen includes a toddler bed. Third floor queen occupies a private loft set off by french doors and overlooking the second floor vaulted living room. Ralph Lauren linens and down comforters throughout. You'll find plenty of quiet spots to read or nap. Four levels make up the house with three porches in all, two upper decks, front and back plus a covered porch off the front. The back deck adjoining the upper kitchen has a grill and outdoor dining. Also includes Internet.

Just two blocks away is Lake Charlevoix. Access to the City Marina is right at the end of our street with a giant play structure, covered picnic area with grills, sailing lessons, ball diamond and lots more.

A wonderful park is just a block away located on the River with a beautiful Gazebo. The Farmers Market resides here each Wednesday and Saturday morning. Concerts and other activities occupy the park throughout the summer. Young State Park is five miles up the road. The Mountain Grand Lodge boasts Avalanche Bay Waterpark, the largest in North America, along with many championship golf courses. The Soltice Spa is gorgeous. Also, great hiking and mountain biking trails.

Keywords: Family Cottage

More Details

marcia doolin
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About marcia doolin

My husband and I and our three daughters have spent many special times at this cottage. We have always been skiers and our girls have developed into serious ski racers. We now spend every weekend here during the ski season and ski at Boyne Mountain when we are not traveling to nearby ski resorts for scheduled races.

marcia doolin purchased this cottage in 1999

Why marcia doolin chose Boyne City

We have always loved the close knit community and laid back character of Boyne City. The people are real and the town takes you back to a simpler time when family spent meals and evenings together enjoying one anothers company. We first owned a smaller cottage directly across the street and purchased this one when our family got too big for the one bathroom and two burner stove. We have loved having the two living spaces for friends and family. Everyone is comfortable because they have their own space and conveniences.

What makes this cottage unique

We have spent nearly every New Year's Eve at this cottage creating memories that will last forever. We live on Lake Erie in Ontario in the summer and are not able to enjoy Boyne City in the summer at it's best. That's why we are happy to share this special home with others who will hopefully fall in love with Boyne City like we have and want to return year after year to continue cherished family ties at a slower pace.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Marcia,

Everyone had a wonderful time and there was plenty of snow for skiing. The teenage boys spent two full days at Avalanche Bay and had a great time. My two year old granddaughter took her first ski lessons and even went up the chair lift. The accommodations were excellent with plenty of parking for all three vehicles. Thanks for everything.

Jan 2016
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Boyne City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large bathroom with laundry
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathrooms have separate hot water heaters
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • First floor family bunk room - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , Great for 5 kids or a couple with 1-3 kids
    Third floor private loft with Queen - 1 queen , This room is spacious and quiet
    Second floor young couple with queen - 1 queen , 1 child bed , Great for a couple with or without a toddler
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (4), Child Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming


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average rating of 4.793103 based on 30 reviews

This house was amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

With two living rooms, two awesome kitchens, tons of sleeping spots, this house was perfect for our winter ski trip. It was immaculate, soooo clean, and we'll stocked with supplies and only 11 min from Boyne mountain. So perfect. We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rose for your concise and extremely helpful review. Many thanks also for taking such good care of the cottage during your stay. Please come back with your friends and family anytime! Marcia and Kurt
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Amazing home, perfect for a ski weekend at Boyne Mountain

  • 5 of 5

This house was amazing in every way!! Soo much room with two kitchens and two living rooms. Perfect for travelling with young adult children that like their own space at times. Everything was immaculate and the decoration is a perfect mix of vintage yet with every modern convenience!! We can't wait to come back in the summer and hang out on one of the many decks!

Boyne city is a charming little lake town and the cottage is situated within walking distance to the lake and restaurants. We went to Cafe Sante and Red Mesa Grill and loved both!!

The cottage is only a 10 minute drive from Boyne mountain and soo much more reasonably priced than staying at the resort!!

Marcia was very easy to communicate with and always responded within hours. She was even willing to let one of the kids, that had gotten sick, stay back at the cottage on check out day while we went skiing.

Overall a perfect stay!!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Henriette, It makes us so happy to hear you loved our ski house as much as we do. Come back soon. Marcia and Kurt
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Excellent family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year doing a “Christmas ski trip”. Last year we stayed in 2 condos. It was fun but missed waking up with all of us together. This family home did just that. We all had our separate space when needed but with the multiple family areas we were able to be in one area while the kids slept and the adults had time to play games and such. The first day we did Avalanche water park which was so fun and relaxing. The second day everyone went skiing at Boyne Mountain. We had such a blast on this trip. This will be our new vacation home tradition every year now. Thanks so much!!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Robin, Thank you so much for sharing your comments. It truly is a great family cottage. We’ll look forward to having you back to make more great family memories! Marcia and Kurt
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Love staying here!

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, owners very helpful- they have lots of board games, menus and restaurant suggestions and fun activities to do while you are there. I plan to stay again in the summer months to enjoy the house and Boyne. :)

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Karen, we'll look forward to having you back in the summer! We whole new list of "favorites" for summer in Boyne City.
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Vintage & Modern, very cool BIG house in excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed in VRBO's from Florida to Maine to Utah and many in between, this rates as the best. As a couple with 3 adult-age working 'kids' 27, 25 & 19, it's a challenge to schedule a vacation, let alone find a rental that pleases everyone. With a winter vacation in mind including snowmobling & skiing at Boyne mountain, this home was perfect for everyone. Big bedrooms & bathrooms stocked with towels, comfortable beds, beautiful woodwork and detailing throughout the house yet loaded with modern conveniences. We braved 0° temps. & took a short walk over to Stigg's Brewery and enjoyed outstanding custom burgers and sandwiches. They offer an amazing variety of craft beers with the option of ordering a flight of six to sample the different selections. Very friendly servers who really know the nuances of their beers. We also walked over to Red Mesa Grill for awesome mexican food, big portions with homemade salsas. Both restaurants were very reasonably priced. With a short 6 mile drive to Boyne mountain and situated in the center of town this house was ideal, no other vrbo could of come close to making our winter vacation so enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your detailed review. Boyne City is a fun little town and it adds to the fun being able to walk to everything winter or summer. All the best to you and your family. Marcia and Kurt Doolin
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Ideal location, near-perfect home.

  • 4 of 5

For an older home in a not-so-modern town, this house was really impressive. Beautiful architecture, big kitchen with everything you could need, nice sized dining room with room enough to see our entire 8-person party for every meal. We were there in the winter so didn't spend much time on the balconies but I was licking my lips for Summer and I think we'll be back in both Summer and Winter.

What we liked most about the house was the upstairs and downstairs living rooms. A few nights during our stay, the kids watched a kids movie in one room and the adults could hang out in the other, make all the noise we wanted, and not have to worry about the kids. Even after kids went to sleep, there were great spaces to hang out for more adult time. Bathrooms were also very nice, especially the upstairs.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Andrew, we would love to have your party back this summer. A whole new agenda of “must sees” and “must dos”; including tons of great biking and golf all around the area!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Ironton Ferry
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Boyne Mountain
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Cafe Santé
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Boyne Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.75 Miles
Penisula Beach
Car: recommended

Six miles from Boyne Mountain Grand Lodge, Avalanche Bay Waterpark, Soltice Spa, fitness and yoga center and many Championship Golf Courses. Young State Park 5 miles. Fly fishing available through Boyne Resorts USA. Mountain biking trails and bike paths for all levels.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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