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Pure Michigan's Finest Waterfront Setting, Beautiful Long Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 10)

'Carroll's Cottage' provides the best of both city and 'Up North' living, creating fond memories for generations of families and friends. Located just 8 miles from Traverse City, you can take advantage of all that Traverse City has to offer: fine or casual dining, an abundance of sporting activities and sightseeing, theater, shopping and events every week of the year. Or, you can stay at the lake, and enjoy the pristine waters of beautiful Long Lake, a large inland lake that warms up for swimming by mid June, and stays warm into the gorgeous fall months, where the leaves offer a kaleidoscope of color. The lake has three large islands for exploring. You can pull your boat onto the shore and bask in the sun or set out on foot to get yet another vista of the spectacular crystal clear waters of Long Lake. Directly across from the cottage, you will find the 'Armour Estate', an historical landmark once owned by the Armour Meat family. Touring the lake, you will see many remnants of the past, including boathouses and beautiful cottages. If you feel adventurous, try your hand at turtle catching...that activity can provide hours of fun and excitement for little ones. Fishing is always a great pastime at the lake. There are bass, walleye, perch and the elusive 50 lb. muskie commonly known as 'Old Scarface' along with many other fish great for fish fries or just catch and release.

When the day winds down, you can sit around the fire pit on the beach, roasting marshmallows, singing camp songs or star gazing. You would be amazed at how clear the night sky is on a soft Northern Michigan night!

Interlochen Center for the Arts is an international music camp located just 5 miles away. They boast a spectacular line up of entertainment most weeks throughout the summer.

The cottage is just 30 miles to the Lakeshore of Lake Michigan where you can enjoy miles and miles of hiking, beaching, boating and swimming. Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes are part of the National Parks System; you can rent canoes and travel down the Platte or Crystal Rivers and end up on Lake Michigan. We are happy to help you plan your vacation as we know the area well!

Keywords: Traditional cottage on the sandy shores of Long Lake. One of the best swimming/ boating/ lakes in Northern Michigan.

More Details

Janet Jannoun
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 5, 2018

About Janet Jannoun

We are a large family who jointly own the cottage. Purchased in 1948 by Rose and Bob Carroll who owned 3 bakeries in Traverse City, they used the cottage to get away from the city. The family moved out to the cottage every summer for the entire summer and moved back to Traverse City when school started. So you see, many generations of Carroll's and friends have enjoyed the cottage and lake over the years and consider it one of the most important gathering spots for the entire family.

Janet Jannoun purchased this cottage in 1948

Why Janet Jannoun chose Traverse City

Long Lake offers proximity to Traverse City and the surrounding area while also giving you the experience of a true Northern Michigan summer on the lake. We think it is the best of both worlds!

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage allows you to kick back and enjoy all the beauty of nature; a retreat in which you slow down and remember what it feels like to truly relax and enjoy life away from our hectic routines. Friend us on Facebook @ Carroll's Cottage

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have been coming to the cottage for 35 years and staying for two weeks each time. There isn't a better, more relaxing place to be in Northern Michigan. We enjoy the cottage and area no matter what the weather is....sunny days are spent at the beach and in the water; rainy or cloudy days, we enjoy the surrounding area...we are never at a loss for something to do. Our children and now our granchildren can't wait for their two weeks at Carroll's Cottage!
Jun 2010
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Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • All bookings require a Booking Confirmation from the owner prior to reservation.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Vanity, Toilet, Shower Tub, Lots of room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1), Full Bed (1), Sleep Sofa (1), Full Bunk Beds (1), Play Pen (1), Port a Crib (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
'Two docks for docking your watercraft', 'fire pit for campfires', 'sandy beach with 100' of frontage', 'easy walkout/play area for children in the water', 'row boat with electric motor, kayaks & paddle boat available', 'secluded/ protected part of the lake in Crescent Shores cove', 'picnic tables and outdoor deck for enjoying the peaceful, serene sunsets and views', One bedroom has a queen sized bed with a crib in the room; one bedroom has a full sized bed; other bedroom has 1 sets of full bunk beds with bed linens, comforters and pillows included. Updated every year, this cottage has been home to renters and family for over 50 years. The Lake has access to adjoining 'no wake' Mickey Lake where loons can be seen and heard, along with turtle catching and plenty of fishing in both lakes.


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Pure Michigan's Finest Waterfront Setting, Beautiful Long Lake
average rating of 4.888889 based on 19 reviews

Hidden gem in the cove

  • 5 of 5

Talk about serene, the cottage is nestled in the quiet cove on Long Lake with water like glass. Every amenity is available, fully equipped kitchen, fresh linens, heat and A/C. Just a few minutes from down town, close enough to be convenient but far enough to be away from it all. Have fun, play or relax it is all there. Don't forget to look up at night and take in the stars!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Picture Perfect!

  • 4 of 5

Attention to detail made Carroll's Cottage one of our best VRBO experiences ever! A welcome phone call on arrival, immediate response to any questions and a lovely greeting gift were so thoughtful.

The accomodations were a perfect blend of creature comforts and rustic charm.

Swimming, boating, fishing and kayaking all day...relaxing by the firepit, fireplace or hot tub by night. Add in a private beach and spectacular water views and it was the recipe for a perfect family vacation!!

Thanks for sharing this heavenly slice of Pure Michigan!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you at the cottage again soon.
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Abingdon, VA

I beautiful property you won't regret!

  • 5 of 5

Carroll's Cottage is a beautiful and quiet getaway with everything we needed for an enjoyable and peaceful vacation. Upon arrival everything was super clean. It had a well stocked kitchen and bathroom. We made good use of the beach that was stocked with kayaks and a paddleboat. The fire pit was so relaxing as our family sat around it through the evening with all the firewood provided. Our kids loved the hot tub and the gas grill was so nice to have. The cottage is far enough away from Traverse City to be secluded but close enough to grab supplies or shop the downtown without feeling far away. Janet was a joy to work with covering everything needed for us to have a pain-free vacation. Don't miss out on this place!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you at the cottage again soon.
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Great experience

  • 4 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful stay at Carol's Cottage. The place was very clean and having a sandy beach in the backyard was awesome! The location was also great. They only 2 gripes that I would have is no a/c, but we knew that, and the kitchen table was a bit small. These things are very minor and really didn't detract from the overall experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mike, Thank you for the review, we appreciate it. Unfortunately we had the A/C installed later in July, it will be there ready for you next time. Glad you guys enjoyed your visit. Best, Janet
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Woodbridge VA

Wonderful Long Lake Relaxation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Another delightful week at Carroll's Cottage. Janet's meticulous attention to detail and loving care of the property makes this the ideal vacation spot. We've enjoyed her hospitality several years. Our family loves it, including our poodle. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carroll's Cottage Pure Michigan!

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful cottage. We enjoyed every bit of it, the lake was gorgeous and waking up to the view was breath taking. We enjoyed having fires every night with the kids and our dog, boating and fishing. The owners were so nice and very accommodating.Can not wait to come back and enjoy some more.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14.8 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport TVC
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
The Crown Golf Club
Nearest Beach
Front door
Car: recommended

'Kayaks are available for rent at an additional cost', Take advantage of all Traverse City has to offer: Cherry Festival (7/1-7/9); Traverse City Film Festival (July 31st-8/4) Interlochen Arts Academy (full schedule of performances available at their website); Cedar Polka Fest,etc.' There are many great restaurants and activities in the area. Northern Michigan is well known for its great natural beauty, pristine lakes and friendly people' , 'Minutes to Sleeping Bear Dunes charter fishing, Leland Fish Town, Glen Arbor and Empire.'


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning $100

Half of the rental rate is due at booking with the balance being paid two weeks before the check in date. Credit cards and checks are accepted. Please contact us to make your reservation, we have fees and discounts that cannot be completed online.

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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