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Opal's Cottage on Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom cottage on bluff overlooking Lake Michigan

Opal’s Cottage offers you a comfortable, quiet, and private retreat space to relax, enjoy family and friends. The cottage is nestled in the pines and located just south of Manistee on a bluff with stunning views of Lake Michigan.

From the moment you turn into the drive and pass under the canopy of trees, you enter a space of tranquility and peace. A large deck on the lakeside of the house, leads to the “Tree House” a raised, screened in porch offers comfortable seating with stunning views and gentle breezes.

Located just 10 minutes from downtown Manistee shopping, golf, park, and the river walk, the cottage is a convenient home base for exploring West Michigan.

Eagles, deer, squirrel, chipmunks, and a great variety of birds are regular visitors to the cottage. Birch, pines, and oak trees adorn the property and offer shady places to sit. Below the bluff, down the stairway, miles of private sandy beach wait to be explored.

Children are always welcome. The cottage is perfect for two families or friends.

The Cottage sleeps up to 10 in three bedrooms (1 queen, 1 full, 4 twins, and a 1 full and 1 queen sofa sleeper) and two baths. A well-appointed kitchen with views of the woods and lake make cooking a joy. Amenities include a microwave, blender, coffee grinder and maker, toaster, slow cooker and full-sized range and refrigerator.

The central area of the house features an open floor plan with comfortable places to sit and a combined kitchen, dining, and living area. Panoramic views of Lake Michigan abound from two of the three bedrooms and the great room opens out onto the wrap around deck to bring in the sunshine and cool breezes off the lake. Just off the deck, you'll find a screened in porch with the same beautiful view of the lake.

Keywords: Quiet lakefront, stunning views, comfortable, family gatherings, friends, retreats, relax, explore West Michigan

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Manistee 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
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (6), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • live theater
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Panoramic Lake Michigan Views, open floor plan with 3 separate bedroom wings. There is access to the beach - step free a short walk down Lenninger Lane past the Lakeland Association club house. Our cottage is best for quiet family gatherings. Please be courteous of our neighbors. Eagles, a variety of birds, deer, turkey, and other wildlife abound. The best thing about our cottage is the amazing Lake Michigan views from nearly every room.


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Opal's Cottage on Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.84 based on 26 reviews

Peaceful and beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful view with all amenities! ! Plenty of room for a family. ..quiet location to get away from the hustle and bustle.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at Opal's. The view is amazing. From the moment you turn into the drive way it does feel like a different world - but still close to Manistee. Glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Absolutely love this place!

  • 5 of 5

Im very thankful that Opal's Cottage exists. It was exactly what we needed to step away from our busy lives, reconnect with nature and rediscover our creative spirit. I highly reccomend this spot to anyone searching for quiet and peace.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased you found the cottage a quiet retreat from the world. We love to support families and friends who need some space to bring out their creativity and healing. We feel it is a special place to gather - close to town but miles away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. I can't wait to hear the music you and your group recorded during your visit.
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Wonderful lake house

  • 5 of 5

Great place, clean with comfortable beds!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal for couples or a family retreat

  • 5 of 5

The view is spectacular and overall experience with this cottage was it offered everything needed to have a relaxing weekend away. Hope to be back sooner then later Thank you Opal. GO STATE

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful, Clean, Views!

  • 4 of 5

The process of renting this property has been the smoothest I've experienced, from payment to questions Marcia was incredibly quick and descriptive. You will be provided with loads of information upon booking. Super helpful!

The house pretty groovy older with retro furnishings, but every room including the bathrooms were super clean. The one thing that did bother me was an odor, perhaps being an older cabin it happens. The views are unreal, with humbling sunsets. Do not expect to launch a kayak/canoe from the yard as it is about a 70ft bluff, you can probably launch over at the Association beach if the Lake is calm enough. Bring your own fire pit, or there is one to use at the Association beach. If you can keep your devices put away long enough to take in nature, you will see many diff birds; humming, woodpecker, bluejay. Awesome!

Beach access from the property will vary by day with weather; rough water no beach, calm water lots of beach. I had a mix of both which I thought was pretty cool. You can access the beach from the Association as well. Prices will vary depending on the season of booking. Overall a peaceful, clean place to stay for a small or large group. You cannot beat the views, Thank you for the stay!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Had my bachelorette party there and it was perfect. I'm not among the young party crowd so it for just for what I needed. Would totally recommend this to anyone looking for time away

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Property Manager

Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 11, 2018

About The Owner

Opal Wong is a retired elementary school teacher from Lansing, MI. She purchased the cottage as a place for retreats, healing, experiencing creativity and to share with friends, family. Education, art, health, and connection with the sacred in everyday life guide bring meaning to Opal’s life.

She generously shares her time and gifts with people of all ages. Opal is pleased to share her beautiful cottage with people of all ages who are seeking a peaceful place for relaxation, wholeness, and the enjoyment of family, friends, and nature.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We visited on a wintery blustery day. The cottage was cozy and warm and provided expansive views of impressive Lake Michigan. We long for a return visit in the summer to enjoy sunset views from the screened in porch.
Mar 2011
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your reservation.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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