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Heaven on Lake! Game Room, Sandy Beach! 2017 Fall Dates Still Available!

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The view looking down the beach from in front of cottage!


Last updated: 03/14/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

* 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. Waterfront, 100 feet from the water. Easily accommodates large families. Spectacular sunsets and views of Grand Traverse Bay. This place is heaven. Owner always making updates and keeps the place spectacular!

* Gameroom with foosball, ping pong, Yamaha digital piano, basketball game, karaoke.

* This is the place to make memories. As one guest said, 'This has been one of the best times of my life. It just doesn't get any better than this!'

*100 feet of private beach. Kayak, sail, swim, fly a kite or walk on miles of beach right outside your door.

*Shallow, sandy waters perfect for young children.

*Tankless hot water heater provides an endless supply of hot water.

*No less than 300 count sheets and fluffy towels available.

*New furnishings, sleep 10-12 in comfort. Plenty of room to spread out.

*Grocery store 5 minutes away.

*Fine dining at nearby Rowe Inn one of Michigan's most acclaimed restaurants.

*Plenty of parking as cottage is located on 1.5 wooded acres.

*Four season location spot. Ski, snowboard, or snowmobiling, close by in the winter season.

*Boat launch 5 minutes away. Room for boat and trailer on property.

*See link under price for additional photos.


Comments From Previous Rentals:
Hi Denise. We are home now, and enjoyed our stay up north sooo much! Everyone who visited us loved it as well. My great niece who is 8 said that she's coming back next year! So over the course of 5 weeks, we had my sister-in-law and family, my twin sister and family, our daughter and family, our son and family, 3 couples. Plus Terry and I had time to ourselves which was nice, too.
We rented a pontoon boat, and docked it at a friend's home over on Torch Lake for a week. We all double-dogged off the back, even the 3 and 4 year olds. Our kayak got a lot of use by everyone, including those 3 and 4 year olds again. The paddle boat was great. It was great having adults and children having fun together. We found lots of Petoskey stones, and all the children really had fun with that. Of course, we had our paella night, plus this year we had campfire nights. Roasted hotdogs, made individual pans of nachos, beach beans and s'mores all over the fire. I took my autoharp, and the children and I sang campfire songs for the adults. We also ordered a Blue Lagoon Floating Island which we anchored out in the water. The kids loved swimming off of it. Our challenge was deflating it and trying to get it dry during the rain on Friday, plus fitting it in our car. But we did!
We took one family into Charlevoix for kids day at the park during Venitian. And if you like Cajun food, we would recommend Pearls in Elk Rapids. Nice kids menu, too.
We did drive through Bellaire on Saturday on our way to play golf and stay at Shanty Creek before heading home. I found some neat shops which I will definitely have to visit next year.
Oh, the kids and adults loved the game room especially on those few rainy days.
Anyway, it was a wonderful time there. As usual, everything we needed was right there at our fingertips. And everyone was very careful about being neat and keeping things clean. We wanted to leave the house in excellent condition again. So excited to come back for our 3 weeks again next summer!
Dear Denise; The house is special, there is no denying that. But what makes it even more special is your attention to detail, responsiveness to my calls, and most importantly top notch customer service. This is our third year back and each year the house get nicer; like installing the new game room. You take notice of the little things other property owners miss; and that makes all the difference.

Sonya & her family.
Oh my goodness, if we had had more fun it would have been a sin!! I got 'Travel Agent Of the Year' awards from my friends. We were blown away by your cottage. It was beautiful and just fit us to a T. Everyone said that this trip was the best of all 5 years prior to this one and we've gone to the Dells, Mackinac Island, etc. But what it also was was that we didn't run all over the place, going, going all the time. With all the beautiful hiking and walks on the beach, etc, we just stayed put and it was wonderful. We're all very busy women and for all nine of us to just 'be' was fantastic. I think we have decided that we want to come back again next year, but it's a little too far out to try and plan the 'when'. Several of us have grandbabies on the way and things like that, so we're not sure about when it will work for next year. We usually try for September sometime so I'll let you know!

Again, thank you so much! It was a fantastic vacation...the weather wasn't the best, but it didn't matter!! Oh, by the way, your beach might be minus a few Petoskey stones:)

Hi Denise--We're back in Ohio and we wish we were back on White Pines Drive. We loved every minute of our two weeks there. You have created a warm, comfortable, cozy yet spacious home that we thoroughly enjoyed. We loved all the special decorating touches, especially some of the mirrors! Everything that we could possibly want was there--from the up to date kitchen to the great beds and linens to the clean, sandy beach. We played volleyball, went out on the paddle boat, and played corn toss by the hour. We ate lunch at the beach table, read books under the umbrellas and built sandcastles. The grandkids, ages 12 and 9, loved the diner/porch!

When our son and his fiance were with us the first few days, one of our favorite evenings was when we all made paella. Your kitchen provided ample room for everyone to work, and we put our paella pan right on the grill. What a great evening on the deck! We had bonfires almost every evening with s'mores. The sunsets were awesome!

The table in the family room is perfect for working puzzles. Have you tried the puzzles made by Ravensburg where the puzzle is not the picture on the box? They are very challenging, but certainly fun!

We made every effort to leave your home in the wonderful, clean, tidy condition it was when we arrived.

Thank you for creating a perfect vacation spot for our family. We want to return for the same 2 weeks next year, unless the last 2 weeks of July are available. Our son's wedding is Aug. 20, and we want to be available to them during the weeks prior to the wedding.


Denise-- I just want to tell you how much I loved your home. It was so nice to walk into such a respectable rental. I can tell you really put your heart and soul into it. It was so delightful there- I did not want to leave. Also my husband and I are discussing next summer already and we are interested in renting it in August.. What weeks are available?
Thanks again
Denise, we had a wonderful time and your home was even better than we hoped for. Our weather was warm and sunny the earlier part of the week so we were able to enjoy the beach and lake. It got cooler and windy on Thursday and Friday but it didn’t stop us from doing things. Sitting on the gliders on the deck and watching the sunset was truly a high point. Renting your home gave us a chance to be with our kids. As they get older and busier it’s hard to find the time. Especially since our younger son moved to Nashville.

I know you put a lot into the house since you bought it so we treated it as we would our own. Our “no shoes in the house policy” extended to yours as well!!

Thank you for sharing your home with us.


Keywords: Water front cottage, immaculate, cozy, beautiful, family, sunset, fun, beach.
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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/14/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Family rentals or couples only. Not a party house....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Shallow water, sandy beach....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking outdoors only....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Located on main level...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 bunk bed

    twin on top and full on bottom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    King bed with private bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    2 twin beds with trundle underneath one. Twin sleep sofa....moreless

  • Porch: 1 king

    King sized sleeper sofa. Located on main floor in porch....moreless

  • King size beds (1) Second floor Master bedroom with private bath. Overlooking lake. Flat screen TV with satellite and DVD player. Walk in closet., Queen size Beds (1) First floor with adajacent bathroom. Large closet., Twin or Single Beds (1) Second floor bedroom has 2 twin beds and one trundle bed. Hallway bath., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) King Size 'Comfort Sleeper' sofabed in first floor enclosed all weather porch., Bunk Beds (1) Double bed on bottom; with a twin bed on the top bunk. Hallway bath....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Main level...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Master bath...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Located in the hallway upstairs. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Paddle boat, volleyball, beach toys. There is a hammock, swing, lounge chairs, beach umbrellas, huge deck with glider, teak dining table with umbrella, outdoor shower to wash feet off, outdoor grill. ...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    Ping pong, basketball, karaoke, foosball and digital piano....moreless

  • Games:

    Board games, puzzles...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    DVD player in family room, living room and game room....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen in Master bedroom, living room and game room....moreless

  • Toys:

    Beach toys, paddle boat, volleyball net in grass, games on beach....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    There is an extensive movie selection....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Can see the lake from the house and deck....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    The beach is 100 ft from the house. No steps, just a sandy path to the beach....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    100' of private lakefront. House faces West; spectacular sunsets. Fire pit on the beach with seating; lounge and beach chairs....moreless

  • Water View:

    House has lake views...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:

    We have Geothermal AC & Heat. Quiet heat and AC. No noisy ac units. We have gone GREEN!...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Large Capacity new in 2014...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    Free calls to anywhere in US....moreless

  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    wood burning stove and central heat....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets and fluffy bath towels provided....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Large 1.5 acre lot with lots of parking...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    Cordless phones throughout the house....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels provided. Please bring beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    High Capacity front load new in 2014...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless Internet - just bring your laptop....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Wood provided....moreless


  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Hickory cabinets, microwave, electric stove, and oven. Theatre style popcorn maker....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Microwave new in 2014...moreless

  • Oven:

    2 ovens under the stove ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Seasonings, oils, sugar, spices, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    LG French Door, with in the door icemaker and water dispenser....moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric stove with ovens...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    Paddle boat...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Seating for 8 at beautiful Jared wood table. Additional seating as well as around the enormous lakefront deck. Incredible views of the lake which is about 100 ft from the deck....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Can rent kayak, jet skis and other water toys. They will deliver to house or close by....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber gas grill installed 2014...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Bring life jackets or rent them in town....moreless



Write a review 5
from 35 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Peak Season
Jun 24 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

2018 Peak Season
Jun 23 - Sep 1, 2018
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning $250 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 6%


During the fall early check in of 2pm and late check out of 12pm is allowed if not one is checking in or out before or after your arrival. The Security deposit, which is to ensure compliance with the terms of this agreement, is not to be construed as liquidated damages.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/14/2017
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Traverse City
80 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1.5 hours to Mackinac Island Ferries
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Several courses about 5 minutes from house
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Rt 31
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
Boyne City

Car: Necessary

We installed a game room over the two car garage. Ping pong, basketball game, foosball, karaoke machine, board games, punching bag, and Yamaha Digital Piano. Great for those occasional rainy days.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: Todd and I have five children; ranging from 17 to 24 years of age. We have vacationed in Michigan for over 20 years, visiting friends and family. We enjoy sailing, skiing, tubing, snorkeling, water skiing, biking and walking on the beach. Michigan has provided us with a multitude of fun filled summers, year after year.

Why the Owner Chose Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City, MI, USA:
After the twins were born we grew to a family of seven, no longer fitting in our family's home at vacation time. That prompted us to we start renting lake front homes. The last few years we have been disappointed in the quality of the homes we were renting. Some were directly on the road, dangerous for young children and quite noisy. Others were dirty and had uncomfortable beds and out of date furnishings. We decided that maybe we could find a place of our own to buy and perhaps rent out to others. After looking for over a year, we found the perfect place!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We found this beautiful property, away from the road, surrounded by beautiful forests, and directly on Grand Traverse Bay! Many houses were ruled out due to the poor state they were in or due to the rocky beaches they were on. But this house had a beautiful sandy beach and no steps down to the water. We are close to Charlevoix and Elk Rapids, golf courses are right down the road, and there are no main roads near the house. We have plenty of parking for our family and friends and a barn with a loft that will eventually be perfect for a game room. The beach is private and one can walk for miles in either direction. It is easy to go mushroom hunting, bike riding, skiiing outside our cottage in the winter, and hunting right down the road at Antrim Natural Preserve. The huge deck has beautiful views of the water where we can watch the kids while relaxing or barbecuing. This place is heaven!

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Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/14/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The view looking down the beach from in front of cottage!

    The view looking down the beach from in front of cottage!

  • Back View of Cottage

    Back View of Cottage

  • Kitchen with popcorn machine!

    Kitchen with popcorn machine!

  • Master bedroom with king bed and private bath with shower!

    Master bedroom with king bed and private bath with shower!

  • Main floor Queen bedroom. Perfect if you want to be on the main floor!

    Main floor Queen bedroom. Perfect if you want to be on the main floor!

  • Enclosed porch overlooking the Lake!

    Enclosed porch overlooking the Lake!

  • Family room with wood burning stove!

    Family room with wood burning stove!

  • Game Room. Piano, Foosball, ping pong, basketball, karaoke.

    Game Room. Piano, Foosball, ping pong, basketball, karaoke.

  • Swimming in lake outside cottage.

    Swimming in lake outside cottage.

  • Playing in the sand right outside the cottage.

    Playing in the sand right outside the cottage.

  • Enjoy some smores and look at the stars by the fie!

    Enjoy some smores and look at the stars by the fie!

  • Family room goes out to beach!

    Family room goes out to beach!

  • Great sandy beach with lots of space to play!

    Great sandy beach with lots of space to play!

  • Back view of the cottage!

    Back view of the cottage!

  • Kitchen with expandable table. Can comfortably seat up to 12 people.

    Kitchen with expandable table. Can comfortably seat up to 12 people.

  • Twin bedroom with trundle bed!

    Twin bedroom with trundle bed!

  • Bunk bedroom; full on bottom and twin on top!

    Bunk bedroom; full on bottom and twin on top!

  • Family room overlooking lake and back deck.

    Family room overlooking lake and back deck.

  • Cozy wood burning stove!

    Cozy wood burning stove!

  • View from deck!  Lots of sandy beach to relax, play games and enjoy the beach!

    View from deck! Lots of sandy beach to relax, play games and enjoy the beach!

  • Lakeside view of cottage

    Lakeside view of cottage

  • Sailing from the beach in front of the cottage.

    Sailing from the beach in front of the cottage.

  • Sunset over Lake Michigan right on the beach outside the cottage.

    Sunset over Lake Michigan right on the beach outside the cottage.

  • Dinner time outside on the deck!

    Dinner time outside on the deck!

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Monday, March 20, 2017

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