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Vintage 2-Family Cottage, Walk to Lake and Downtown

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

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 Lake Charlevoix

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
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Vintage 2-Family Cottage, Walk to Lake and Downtown
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 19 reviews

The house was amazing! It had everything we needed and more!

  • 5 of 5

The house was a perfect location, close to town, the park and the water.

It was a perfect stay and I would highly recommend it!

We hope to return again next year

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Robert, We are so happy to hear how much you loved our cottage and little town. Please come back and stay with us again! Marcia and Kurt
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Chicago Illinois

Great location!

  • 4 of 5

We just returned from our Boyne City vacation -- I think it is an underappreciated community! It is a perfect location to get to other places (Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mackinaw, etc.) and the downtown is extremely friendly & fun! Everything you need right in walking distance from the home. The home was very comfortable/very clean - kitchen well stocked - lovely 2nd level. Perfect for families (except I found the spiral stair case tricky....definitely would be a concern for the young or elderly). The only "con" I can think of is that the exterior /front porch area really needs paint. Many lovely homes in the area - loads of pride of ownership, so would be good to show off this lovely home, too! The front porch rockers are so nice -- a perfect place to hang out. The 2nd level in the back was very nice -- we thoroughly cleaned the grill (which had not been done), but we left it spic and span for the others! The ping pong table in the basement was a big hit!!!!! The 2nd floor kitchen was very handy! An absolutely wonderful vacation!

I would certainly return!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your thorough review Sharon. The covered front porch and upper front deck is our next project and will be a big one. I hope you will come back to enjoy them next summer! Many thanks. Marcia and Kurt
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United States

5 star stay year after year!

  • 5 of 5

We have now been staying in this house for 8 consecutive summers. We love the house and location so much. Walkable to downtown, the lake, the river, multiple parks, community baseball fields, and anything else you could want to get to. The home is consistently updated and extremely well maintained. The owners could not possibly be better to work with. Can't think of a single thing that I don't love about this place!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kasha and Dan. We couldn't be happier than to have you back each 4th of July! You really get the meaning of quality family time. Many thanks, Marcia
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We had wonderful time staying in the house.

  • 4 of 5

Great location, clean, spacious home with more than enough space to sleep, cook and entertain. Definitely would go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington DC

Comfortable, spacious vacation home

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend staying at this property! Location is great and walkable to everything in Boyne City, and for the most part the space accommodated 10 adults nicely. The house was very clean (very important to me) and lovingly cared for, with vintage charm and personality. Owner was great to converse with. Only issue was that we ran out of toilet paper by early Sunday morning, but were leaving in a few hours so it wasn't worth calling the property manager. All around, I would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gobles, Michigan

Fabulous Get Away for Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Our family was looking for a place where we would want to spend Christmas, close to skiing. We were attracted to the size and décor of the house from the pictures, and 2 kitchens were particularly appealing! The actual house was even better than we had anticipated!! And the owner had decorated it for Christmas with a tree and white lights strung along the 3rd floor banister and outside balcony. It was very festive and welcoming! For sleeping, we had 3 couples who were all very comfortable in the 3 bedrooms. Our 7th member chose to sleep on the window seat bed and created her own "space" in the lower living area. Both kitchens were used extensively and were very well equipped (1st floor for meals, 2nd floor for adult beverages!). We enjoyed playing ping pong in the basement and used the 2nd floor living area (where the Christmas tree was set up) for games and opening gifts, in addition to watching football on TV! The 1st floor living area was perfect for people to hang out in, watching TV while meals were being prepared, and for late night movies when others had gone to bed. We had people driving from Michigan, SC and Washington, DC, and found the parking was perfect for 3 cars. We had one issue with a missing garbage can, but the house manager was very accessible and responsive, even though she was away on her own Christmas holiday! In planning our trip, the owner was great - responding quickly, answering questions and providing suggestions for restaurants and things to do. Our only disappointment was the lack of snow, so we did very little skiing, but still managed to get to a couple of the ski areas during our stay. We would definitely recommend this house for winter vacations. It is walking distance to the lake and downtown, so I'm sure it is a wonderful vacation home the rest of the year as well.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy Carol, that you and your family loved the cottage as much as we do. This was the first time in 15 years that our family did not spend the week between Christmas and New Years there so I shed a few sentimental tears when I was putting up the little tree and hanging the lights. It warms my heart that your wonderful family enjoyed them instead. Thank you for your comments and all the best in the New Year!
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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.

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