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Boardman River cottage, w/fireplace, jacuzzi, air, WiFi, kayaks, min to town.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

CHECK OUT OUR APRIL SPECIAL! This unique cottage is off the beaten path yet minutes away from the beautiful, historic Traverse City. There is an elevated deck to view the 1200 feet of River frontage, with a large gas grill to cook your meals on and enjoy the view and nature! A large open floor plan, 3 bedrooms and two full baths await you inside! There is a fully stocked kitchen with all your culinary needs, linens and towels are also provided! Wireless internet and cable tv are included! There is plenty to do during your stay with kayaks and tubes provided to float down the river! A drop off or pick up service can be provided! You can see many types of wildlife such as deer, river otter, beaver, bald eagles,hawks, owls, osprey and more! Minuets away is the Brown Bridge Quiet area with many hiking trails and beautiful views, also, Ranch Rudolph has horse back riding, dining, and snowmobile rentals! There are trails right out the cottage door to explore the many square miles of state/public land! This is a BLUE RIBBON Trout stream offering an abundant amount of Brown trout, and Brook trout with some of the best fishing right in front of the cottage! The water is crystal clear! The cottage sits on top of a small bluff overlooking the river with the best views night and day of the river! Check out the video of where you will be staying!

Thank You, Richard

Cottage Details:

*3 Bedrooms and sofa

*Open floor plan

*Natural wood fireplace with all the wood you need

*Full Kitchen

*Large deck overlooking the Boardman River and your own personal creek

*Private balcony off the main bedroom over looking the river

*Laundry room-washing machine/Dryer



*Central Air

*Wireless Internet


*Complete Kitchen

*Bonfire Pit, Open Pit BBQ*

*Picnic Table/ Reclining Chairs on Deck

*Outdoor Hot Tub Overlooking River

*Cable TV

*Enclosed Screened Sitting Area






*Guide Services Available (for above if wanted)


*Bird Watching



Come and enjoy this unique and beautiful place up North! A true taste of Pure Michigan!

Keywords:Water front, beach front,Pure Michigan, Cherry Festival, Wineries, Beaches, Traverse City, Kayaking, Fishing (German Browns, Brooktrout, Salmon), Golfing, Swimming, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Restaurants, Shopping, Rafting, Tubing, Camping, Shopping, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Color Tours, Water Frontage, Recreational, Photography/Painting/Viewing, Skiing, Snowmobiling, Snowboarding, Ice Fishing. Guide Service Available.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Richard

My family absolutely loves the outdoors and we also live on the Boardman River down stream. We enjoy kayaking, gardening, hiking, and bird watching. We take our two dogs for long hikes on the state land while looking for new exciting finds that the woods have to offer. We are also excited to share this with others who share our passion for the outdoors. This cottage is a unique place!

Richard purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Richard chose Traverse City

I purchased this property quite honestly because I have been here most of my life and I have found it to be in one of the best locations in the area. I love the outdoors but like the fact that I can be in Traverse City quickly with a beautiful drive to get there. The wildlife, fresh air, and of course the Boardman river being steps away, well you just can't beat it. I see all types of birds , deer, fox, partridge, well it goes on and on. Truly it has all the flavor of the now well known 'Pure Michigan.' And how about the Fall Colors

What makes this cottage unique

Wildlife including: deer, turkeys, partridge, rabbits, bobcats, and ducks. Birdwatching: Piliated woodpeckers, eagles, hawks, owls, hummingbirds, and orioles. Hiking, fourwheeling, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing. Beautiful view of river. Kayaking, tubing, fishing, and swimming. And lets not forget the fall colors! Also we have the Chery festival in July, the Horse show in July, and the Film festival after that!


Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • 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 ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom with private bacony facing River
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Downstairs bedroom with full bath across the hallway
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Guest bedroom with views of the forest
  • Queen size Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1) , lots of room
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Fire pit, Picnic Table, Hammocks, Kayaks, grill (natural gas/charcoal, guide services available.


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Boardman River cottage, w/fireplace, jacuzzi, air, WiFi, kayaks, min to town.
average rating of 4.977528 based on 89 reviews

Peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful private area to relax and enjoy nature Richard is very accommodating to his renters . Very pristine area Relax and enjoy ! Nice family getaway Very comfortable beds

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome & Relaxing get away

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic place to say. It was exactly as described and how the pictures showed. Was a very relaxing and peacefull get away. Richard supplied everything you need and is a great source of knowledge for things to do locally. We took our 1 year old and loved it because during the day we could take her to the beach & Traverse city (very close drive) then at night once she was in bed we could relax by a fire or sit in the hot tub. Great place & great vacation, we will definitely be going back!!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

I'm really torn about giving this property the excellent review it deserves, and it becoming so popular that we won't be able to reserve the weeks we want, because we can't wait to come back! What a lovely, tranquil, spot, but we had a family event in the area and this place became headquarters. That meant we were way to busy to take full advantage of everything and did not have enough time to take full advantage of the river, the hot tub, and especially, the hammocks and lounge chairs on the decks.

Richard was very attentive to our particular needs and gave us total family

time, but we knew he was always available should we need him.

The cottage itself was comfortable and very well equipped with lots of towels, soap, paper towels, toilet paper, and even laundry detergent for the much appreciated washer and dryer.

Maybe next time, we'll come to TC unannounced so that we can enjoy this lovely spot all by ourselves.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The pictures on this site do not come close to capturing the charm of this wonderful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had such a terrific experience staying at this charming cottage in the woods. We can't say enough wonderful things about the owner, Richard. He was very responsive and really went out of his way to ensure we were having a great time. The cottage has everything you need and more! It is tucked away enough to really enjoy the quiet and beauty of nature in Michigan, yet close to the city and beaches to have some action packed fun. It was just what our busy family needed to reconnect and spend some relaxing time together. The river is crystal clear and the sounds of the river and streams were so entrancing while lying in the hammock just off of the patio. The cottage was very clean and comfortable. The hot tub was also a plus after a long afternoon of kayaking to relax th muscles and unwind. I almost didn't want to give this rave review so we can keep this location all to ourselves, but it would be a shame not to share! We can't wait to return and maybe bring a friend or two. Thank you Richard again for your hospitality and great conversation. Until next time!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful, relaxing, amazing location private oasis

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed numerous times in Traverse City but never rented a cabin. We came with our younger kids (11, 9 & 5). The drive in was a lush two track leading to the river with a bridge to cross over the river to get to the cabin sitting on the hill. We wished we could've rented longer. Just not enough time to do it all in 2 days. Unfortunately the weather was raining the whole time so we couldn't enjoy all of the amenities that were provided outside (firepit right on the river with numerous chairs, 7 kayaks & 2 large outdoor hammocks) & large deck overlooking the river. However we did enjoy all off the amenities inside. The cabin was very clean, spacious & homey however the decor was very dated. The air conditioning was on but we turned off and used the wood burning stove instead which was all set up to use. Kitchen had all the necessities you would need including oil, coffee filters, coffee maker, dishwasher. Washer/dryer were exceptionally helpful including the soap and dryer sheets to dry our wet cloths from the pontoon boat we rented on Spider Lake. We did use the hot tub located under the umbrella of trees. Beds were Richard met us at arrival and offered to ferry the kayaks for a 4 hour or a 2 hour trip down the river. We were entertained by the TV which offered a dvd player for movies.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was more than expected. Very clean and had plenty of room for our family of 6. Well all enjoyed it fully , the hot tub was a treat. The location was perfect close to all the local sights and yet secluded,perfect. The fire pit on the river was a nightly ritual s'mores and family time awesome. Highly recommend had an awesome time😊

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport is only 8 milews away.
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Many nite spots located in Traverse City
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Many of the best courses in the state
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
M-37 and 31 N. and S. just 7 miles away
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Traverse City has many wonderful restaurants
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Mt. Holiday and others just a few miles away
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Many beaches located with-in a short drive
Car: recommended

Cottage is located on 20 acres, boardering many miles of state/federal land with access to Hiking Trails, Snowmobile/four wheeling Trails, Horse Riding, mushroom hunting. Also enjoy a shouyyrt ride to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Many fine wineries, the Boardman River, the great Town of Traverse City, and much, much more. Come and enjoy what the Real 'Pure Michigan' has to offer. Cherry festival is in July, along with the horse show, and the film festival after that! Enjoy a bonfire by the river and take in all the beauty the night sky has to offer! There are sand Hill cranes, blue herons, river otter, and much more!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

Saturday to Saturday checking during July and August.
Rates subject to change without notice
Cancellation policy, 30 days prior to check in, full refund, after that, refund if cottage is re-rented.
Forth of July/cherry festival 2500.00 min. Plus fees

Owner'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.