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Beautifully Renovated Victorian Cottage in Historic Bay View

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Last updated: 04/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cottage, 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

This spacious cottage, built in 1886, is updated with every amenity while maintaining it's Victorian charm. The gourmet kitchen has vaulted ceilings, skylights, a subzero refrigerator, custom cabinets, a Heartland 6 burner gas stove, and an antique wood table that easily seats 10. The large rooms and generous updated bathrooms make the cottage an easy place for two or three families to share without feeling crowded. The master bedroom has a queen bed, sitting area, flat screen HDTV TV, and full bath (shower stall and original club foot tub). Two additional 2nd floor bedrooms (one queen, one full) share a huge full bath with skylights (shower stall and claw foot tub). A first floor bedroom with a queen bed is next to a full bath (tub with shower). The third floor bunk room - always a favorite space - includes a double bed, a bunk bed, two twin beds, a twin wicker trundle bed, and two port-a-cribs. The third floor also has its own full bath (shower stall). High quality mattresses throughout. The living room area has a flat screen HDTV TV (cable), internet (wired and wireless), DVD and VCR. Bead board, refinished pine floors, lovely antiques, hand painted furniture, and joyful wool rugs grace the cottage. Side porches and sunny, spacious indoor living spaces cheerfully accommodate visitors. Amenities include a full-size washer and dryer, a generous supply of linens and beach towels, and two water heaters so everyone can count on a hot shower. Many lovely places for entertaining.

Stroll through the Victorian gingerbread wonderland that is Bay View, a National Historic Landmark. Bike to nearby shops and restaurants in Petoskey, Harbor Spings, and other close and charming towns, or sit together on Victorian swinging benches and watch the sun set over Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. Walk to one of two Victorian inns in Bay View for an excellent meal or return to enjoy your own gardens and create a feast of local white fish, smoked salmon, cherries and peaches, etc. in your gourmet kitchen and on the gas grill. Whether you come to enjoy the rich fall color or the summer sun, you will be pampered in this lovely 'painted lady.'

Keywords: Charming 1886 summer cottage with gracious top-end renovations, National Historic Landmark, Chautauqua community on Little Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan, Sleeps 12, gourmet kitchen, private gardens, lovely porches, music performances, bike paths, tennis, sailing, beaches, scenic hiking trails, great towns,shopping and restaurants, 30 minutes from Mackinaw and Charlevoix; 10 minutes from Harbor Springs. Cherries, peaches, ice cream, fudge. Incredible fall color, lovely antiques and upgrades, full washer and dryer, two water heaters.
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    no candles or fires of any kind (other than stove and out door propane grill)...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

  • Second floor bedroom #2: 1 queen


  • Second floor bedroom #3: 1 double


  • Second floor bedroom #1 (master): 1 queen

    Includes private bath: original claw tub and separate shower...moreless

  • First floor bedroom: 1 queen

    Full bath adjacent to room...moreless

  • Third floor bunk room- Kid's favorite!: 1 double, 4 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

    Includes third floor bath with shower stall...moreless

  • Each bedroom is charmingly decorated with antique furniture.

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 3 queen beds, 2 double beds, 6 single beds, 2 port-a-cribs, 2 water heaters, gas furnace, gourmet kitchen appliances, and beautiful gardens in a Victorian Chautauqua on the National Historic Register....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Watch movies and TV shows through the cottage's Hulu Plus and Netflix subscriptions; internet accessed through DVD players. ...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    HDTV flat screens in living room and master bedroom...moreless

  • Toys:

    Toy box in bunk room closet...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Antique table in kitchen seats 8 - 10, hand painted round dining area table seats 4...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas furnace...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless and wired option...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Several living areas decorated with cheerful antiques and colorful rugs...moreless

  • Parking:

    Two off street parking spaces provided behind cottage garden, street parking in front of cottage...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    2 spaces...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker:

    Keurig 5.0 and Cuisinart programmable coffee maker...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:


  • Kitchen:

    Large kitchen overlooks gardens, exits to beautiful side-porch. Sub Zero refrigerator, Heartland 6 gas burner stove, microwave, custom cabinets, antique marble top island, antique table seats 8-1...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Sub zero...moreless

  • Stove:

    Heartland 6 gas burner replica wood stove...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Two beautiful porches each surrounded by gardens, each with Victorian wicker furniture and wood floors....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available for rent at the Bay View beach...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    10 Bay View Association courts may be reserved...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Private Bay View association beach and kiddie pool just blocks away on waterfront; Petoskey State Park beach and dunes 5 miles by road or bike path....moreless



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from 12 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 3 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay

$3,750 $14,000
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$3,000 $10,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning fee $150

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/27/2017
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12 Miles
Nearest Airport
Pellston Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Bay View Country Club
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US Highway 31
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Terrace Inn
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Bay View Beach

Car: Recommended

Summer season Bay View Chautauqua programming includes musical performances, opera, musicals, lectures, classes, tennis, sailing, and the Boys and Girls Club; 440 Victorian homes with 30 Victorian campus buildings all on the National Historic Register.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: We searched for the perfect summer home in northern Michigan for over 10 years; Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay are treasures. We discovered Bay View several years ago and each of us fell in love with the community for a wide variety of reasons. The multigenerational, family-friendly community is a step back in time, were children can roam safely on their bikes, and the beautiful music of practicing musicians can be heard throughout the campus. This cottage is a rare find - true Victorian splendor with all the updates and amenities. It is our pleasure to share it with you.

Why the Owner Chose Petoskey, MI, USA:
We love the cool evenings and sunny afternoons in northern Michigan. It has every outdoor sport and beautiful vistas. Within 30 minutes we can be in Macinaw City ready to hop a boat to that beautiful Island, touring Fort Michimilimacinaw or traversing the Macinaw Bridge - the 5-mile suspension bridge connecting the Michigan penninsulas. Or we can head to several other quaint towns by boat, bicycle or on foot. The views in every direction are beautiful, but the sunsets over Lake Michigan sing to us. We've known for decades that this is where we want to retire. But we couldn't wait until retirement to enjoy this beautiful part of the country and its people.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

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  • Our Bay View Cottage

    Our Bay View Cottage

  • Top of the line applicances in Charming Victorian kitchen

    Top of the line applicances in Charming Victorian kitchen

  • Master Bedroom, queen bed

    Master Bedroom, queen bed

  • Master bath with limited Bay View tiles

    Master bath with limited Bay View tiles

  • 2nd bedroom, queen bed

    2nd bedroom, queen bed

  • Third bedroom, queen bed

    Third bedroom, queen bed

  • Third floor bunk room, two doubles, 6 twins

    Third floor bunk room, two doubles, 6 twins

  • Front porch

    Front porch

  • Patio and Gardens

    Patio and Gardens

  • Side Porch

    Side Porch

  • Bay View beach, boat house and Rec. Center from the Bay View dock

    Bay View beach, boat house and Rec. Center from the Bay View dock

  • Sunset over Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan

    Sunset over Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan

  • Gourmet Kitchen, table easily seats 10

    Gourmet Kitchen, table easily seats 10

  • Entrance room

    Entrance room

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • First Floor Bedroom

    First Floor Bedroom

  • 2nd Bedroom

    2nd Bedroom

  • Hall bath, includes walk-in shower

    Hall bath, includes walk-in shower

  • Third floor bunk room, 2 doubles, 6 twin beds

    Third floor bunk room, 2 doubles, 6 twin beds

  • Gardens


  • Side porch

    Side porch

  • Historic Bay View Campus

    Historic Bay View Campus

  • Bay View youth sailing lessons on Little Traverse Bay

    Bay View youth sailing lessons on Little Traverse Bay

  • A place for happy families

    A place for happy families

VRBO #374833

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 29, 2017

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