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Cottage on Manistee Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 8)

Enjoy your stay at our cozy cottage on Manistee Lake. Decorated in cottage style. Clean, cozy, and really cute. A place where wonderful memories can be made!

Manistee Lake is especially popular for families with younger children as the sandy bottom extends out and is shallow and safe for play. Fish, waterski, swim, the lake is perfect for all. You can use our row boat and cruise the lake.

Grayling is really big on Canoeing. There are a lot of places to go. Shell Haven is the closest on Manistee river.

Manistee Lake is nestled in the vacation heartland of the lower peninsula of Michigan. Many vacationers visit this area because of its perfect location: Between Grayling and Traverse City: About a hours drive to all major destinations in northern MI (Ex. Mackinaw Island, Big Mac Bridge, and Sleeping bear sand dunes) . Don't forget the Traverse City Cherry Festival!

Looking for night life and entertainment? It is just a short 25 minute drive to the newly expanded Turtle Creek Casino! Look for antiques in nearby towns. The cottage is also just a few miles from 1 truly beautiful golf course with an incredible view.

The surrounding woods are wonderful for hiking, biking and off roading on the Snowmobile and ORV Trail system with thousands of acres of State land! . The trail is just minutes away from the cottage. We have parking for ORV's too. Manistee Lake itself has good fishing for Walleye, Small and Largemouth Bass and various panfish. The Manistee River is only 15 minutes away and offer some of the areas best canoeing and fly fishing.

We rent year round and are within manageable driving distance to Northern Michigans best ski resorts including Shanty Creek, Nubs Nob and The Boynes.

We are nestled in a snow belt with thousands of miles of snowmobile trails. Trail heads is just minutes away, so you can ride from the cottage.

Flat screen TV with DVR and VHS. The kitchen comes complete with appliances, fullly stocked with slowcooker, blender, mixer, toaster, sm food processor, coffeemaker, coffee grinder, tea maker, cookware and utensils. #1 bedroom has a Queen size bed,#2 bedroom has bunk beds, and #3 bedroom (up stairs) has 4 twin beds. Bed linen is provided, please bring your own towels, washcloths, etc.

Two Patios: Front has a chiminea, hammock, and patio set with lake views, and Back has gas grill, fire pit and patio set.

* Please note: Rentals are from Sunday to Sunday

Keywords: cottage, house, home,

More Details

Colleen Iafrate
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2018


Kalkaska Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Row boat, hammock, Games, puzzles, books


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(19 traveler reviews)

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Cottage on Manistee Lake
average rating of 4.0 based on 19 reviews

Met all of our needs for family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Just what we needed as a family of 5 to hit the slopes nearby. Brought our own cage for our dog. No wifi allowed for family time board games & DVD/VHS movies! Bring towels & food. Very nice, quiet area. Very clean.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very good beds. Good one night stay on our way farther north.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful area!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cottage, but no clean bedding.

  • 3 of 5

The cottage was quaint and cozy. We had 8 adults stay and we weren't too cramped. We were only there for one night so it fit our needs. The beds were a little uncomfortable but that's pretty normal for rental houses. My only real complaint was that was almost no clean bedding. The house instructions are to strip your bed and throw the sheets on the floor before you leave. There were piles of dirty sheets in each room with no replacement sheets to be found. Only 3 out of the 7 beds had sheets on them but nobody slept under their comforters because we were unsure if the bedding was clean. The queen bed, the bottom bunk and two of the twin beds upstairs all were without sheets. If they had clean sheets folded on the bed, or told you to bring your own bedding, I wouldn't have minded making my own bed but I was a little disappointed having to sleep on top of the blankets. Overall the house is nice but I just recommend bringing all of your own bedding so you don't have to play the guessing game. The rest of the house was clean. Decent cooking space with a microwave, coffee pot, gas range and a decent sized fridge.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location! Some Minor Maint/Cleaning Issues

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time using the boat on the lake and swimming at the park. Cottage was well appointed with kitchen utensils and equipment; books, movies, games, extra folding chairs, plenty of firewood - everything we could want!

Although the cottage is advertised as sleeping up to 8, the water heater is only big enough to provide hot water for one shower. Floors (both kitchen laminate and all carpets and rugs were filthy! Front fence is rotted and falling down. Exterior of building covered with dirt and spider webs. Well water - strong rust/sulfur oder and taste.

All-in-all, a fun, cozy place to stay in a great location. Just needs a deep cleaning and bigger water heater!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not Quite What We Expected

  • 2 of 5

We were looking for a secluded cabin in Northern Michigan to spend with our dog who doesn't get much of a chance to run in our apartment complex. She loves the beach so this rental seemed perfect.

Unfortunately, this is packed in to houses on all sides (the pictures don't show this well). The beach is TINY and was packed with locals. The photo of the beach is the entire beach. Also, dogs aren't allowed on the beach. The cottage isn't on the lake, so views aren't great either (there is another row of houses between the lake and this cottage).

The yard is mostly dirt and there was dog waste around from what I assume to be a previous renter. Most of the beds were unmade with all of the bedding on the floor, so we weren't sure if they had been cleaned or not. We also used the grill, but it had tons of bugs in it. It took some work to clean them out and get it ready to use (igniter doesn't work, must use lighter or match).

There is no AC (or if there is, it wasn't working) and we had serious trouble trying to cool the place down. Even with doors open and fans blowing out we couldn't get the temp to drop under the high 70s even when it was in the 60s at night. Luckily, there are plenty of fans to keep you cool.

Colleen was very friendly and accommodating before the trip, and we were only there for a single night so we didn't bring up any issues during the stay.

This would be a decent place to stay if you wanted to use it as a "home base" to visit the surrounding areas... we often stay on Torch Lake and in Traverse City and there are a ton of beautiful areas to visit within an hour or so. However, you'd probably be better off staying closer to those areas. Kalkaska (the city about 5 miles away) provides a good place to grocery shop if needed, but that's about it. I would not recommend coming here as a "destination." There simply isn't much to do.

The home itself is not bad. Technically you could sleep 8 people here, but it would be very crowded. The kitchen was very clean and for the most part so was the rest of the house. The DVDs were a nice thing to be able to do a at night (there was absolutely zero cell service and no wi-fi... which is fine for a vacation house, but it's been so long since I've been to a house without it!).

Unfortunately, this home wasn't for us... but I appreciate the owner's flexibility and helpfulness when we were planning our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cute and very clean

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful visit. Colleen was very accommodating and very responsive. I would stay again if I needed. No cable but lots of movies. Who goes up north to watch tv anyway?

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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fire pit in back yard, chiminea in front yard, hammock, row boat.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60
Pet Fee $70
Damage Deposit $250

I rent weekly Sunday to Sunday.

Pet fee $10.00 per night per pet.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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