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Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore; Perfect for Children and Adults

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Lakefront House with over 100 feet of private frontage

South Shore House is a charming (2600 sq ft) farm house situated in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. With over 100 feet of private frontage on Little Traverse Lake, our house is perfect for both children and adults. The lake stays shallow for awhile, and deepens for swimming, fishing, and kayaking further out. The beach area has a fire pit, outdoor chaise lounge chairs, dock, and hammock under the fragrant pines. There is a large grassy area, ideal for volleyball, croquet, and other activities. The quiet lake has different aspects with much to discover including beautiful sunset views and shooting stars.

Our home is well-appointed and very family-friendly - room enough for several couples, or two families, or an extended family. There is plenty of room for everyone to cook and eat together, find spaces to nap, read a book, play games, listen to music, or just take in the beautiful surroundings. There are five bedrooms, three full baths, a laundry room, open floor plan, cable TV, high speed broadband wireless, fully equipped kitchen, large deck, and a gas grill.


The Master Suite on the main floor is spacious, with a queen-sized four poster bed, private bath with Jacuzzi tub, walk-in closet, and sitting area. [sleeps 2]

The Mission Room has mission-style furniture, including a queen-sized bed, rocker, dresser, with beautiful views of the lake. [sleeps 2]

The Library has built in shelves loaded with books and games, closet, dresser, and a queen-size bed. [sleeps 2]

The Bunk Room has a single bed, and a bunk bed with a single mattress on top and double on the bottom. The bottom bunk can be used as a sofa or bed. [sleeps 2-4]

The Lookout Room is the perfect place for one. Equipped with a single bed, wardrobe and dressing table…and a lovely view of the lake. [sleeps 1]

The upstairs rooms share a hallway bathroom. There is a third full bathroom downstairs off the lake entryway, laundry room, kitchen area.

South Shore House is a stone's throw (50 yards) from Market 22 (deli, cafe, convenience store, market) and The Ugly Tomato (luscious heirloom tomatoes and local produce from a fifth-generation Leelanau farmer). We are surrounded by over 70,000 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offering some of the most pristine views in the world.

More Details

Michael Lachance
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 8, 2017

About Michael Lachance

Michael and Laurie both work for the University of Michigan, live in Ann Arbor, and have been coming 'up north' for years. They and their two sons have rented cottages over the decades on many of the inland lakes in the the Sleeping Bear dunes area, and have fallen in love with Little Traverse Lake.

Michael Lachance purchased this house in 2012

Why Michael Lachance chose Northwest

This place has it all! Perched on a beautiful inland lake, with easy access--by foot, bike, or car--to Good Harbor and the Lake Michigan shoreline.

What makes this house unique

We have found in all of our travels that the rolling hills, boundless lake shore, uncrowded sandy beaches, vineyards, orchards, fresh local food and charming villages of the Leelanau Peninsula are unparalleled.


Maple City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Adjoins master suite
    Upstairs bath - toilet , shower
    Downstairs bath - toilet , shower , Easily accessed from deck and lake
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master suite - 1 queen , adjoining master bath, with Jacuzzi tub
    Mission room - 1 queen , Mission furnishings, with lake view
    Lookout room - 1 twin/ single , Private single room, with lake view
    Bunk room - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Sleeps up to four, with double futon on bottom bunk
    Library - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon sofa folds out into double
  • Seven distinct beds/futons throughout; can accommodate up to four couples with privacy.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
100' shoreline on Little Traverse Lake with private beach; 100' long dock, with 10'x12' seating area at end; hammock, picnic table and fire pit


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore; Perfect for Children and Adults
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
Toledo, Ohio

Pure Michigan, pure joy

  • 5 of 5

Driving home after spending a week here and already talking about a return visit. We've rented many properties and this one ranks at the top. They've thought of everything and it was nice to have lots of extras.....paper towels, laundry and dish detergent, linens, etc. We took full advantage of the kayaks, canoe and row boat, played games in the yard all week and had fires every evening by the lake. The lake is beautiful and the evening sky and the view is gorgeous. Put down your laptop, IPhone and iPad and take advantage of lake life.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indianapolis, IN

South Shore House

  • 5 of 5

My family of 10 - ages 13 to 83 really enjoyed our week in this lovely farm house. Everything advertised was even better than it said. Over the years we have stayed at 10 different houses in Michigan and Wisconsin and this kitchen was by far the best. Plenty of dishes, silverware, glasses, etc. and all types of pans and cookware. Even an espresso coffee machine which my 22 and 20 year-old granddaughters LOVED.

My son and son-in-law loved the kayaks and all the kids played basketball, badmitton, croquet, etc. in the large yard. The lake was so clean and the water-skiing, jet-skiing, and swimming were super.

The house itself was very clean and well-appointed with all you could possibly need. I loved my little dressing table (perfect for my lap-top) in the single bed room.

Of course the location is one of the best in Michigan. The kids loved running down the nearby dunes and then swimming in Lake Michigan. Also spent time in Leland, Fishtown, and Traverse City.

All in all a wonderful home to spend a week in with such an accommodating host. I highly recommend South Shore House.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Shore House

  • 5 of 5

We could not have found a better place to stay for a mini family reunion - and the addition of all the little things made the trip so much easier. I've rented many places through VRBO but few have looked after the additional amenities as well. The extra linens, laundry soap, hand soap, full kitchen compliments and lake/yard accessories were perfect. The lake and beach is shallow well past the dock so it was great for young children to safely explore and for those just learning to swim. The lawn furniture, games and kayaks kept the whole crew ages 4 - 70 busy for the week, in fact we didn't turn the TV on until the last night and smartphones and tablets were more dormant than I've ever seen. That was quite an accomplishment. We'll be in contact to rent this property for our next trip to MI.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maple City MI

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for my family (which includes 4 young boys) and I. The house was clean with plenty of room for all. We took advantage of the rowboat for a nice cruise on Little Traverse Lake with access right in the back yard. Plenty of wood was available for the fireplace in the living room. The house has a large kitchen area with everything we needed to prepare our Thanksgiving dinner. The large jetted hot tub in the master bathroom was great to get all the boys cleaned up at night. For us, the location is ideal nestled next to Sleeping Bear Dunes national shoreline for lots of outdoor activities and close to Traverse City fine dining options and more. We were most impressed with the service and frequent communication that Michael gave. Looking forward to a return trip in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pure Enjoyment

  • 5 of 5

First, I can't say enough about Michael's attentiveness and kindness. My family and I were supposed to visit the prior year but had to postpone. Michael was immediately understanding and caring about the situation and worked with us to make sure we would have a week held for the following summer. We were thrilled when we finally arrived at South Shore House, and we already plan to return. We love the way the house has been updated without losing the rustic farmhouse feel. When I was "warned" all we'd need to take was some clothes and maybe a 1st day's worth of food, he wasn't kidding! The owners truly thought of everything someone might need for a pleasant, easy stay; right down to providing allergy-free laundy detergent for someone in our party who has sensitivities. The location is convenient to the many little towns (or larger Traverse City) and things to do in the area, as well as to Lake Michigan itself. Little Traverse Lake is perfect. You really can touch and see the bottom for quite a ways out. We enjoyed the kayaks and playing badminton in particular. All in all a wonderful experience and a very pleasant place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicagoland Area

Excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home which accommodated our family nicely. Perfectly situated close to Glen Arbor and Leland. The large yard and sandy beach front was well used. The lake is very shallow and crystal clear just perfect for my grandchildren. We made good use of the kayaks, firepit and badmitton equipment. The kitchen was well equipped and dishwasher is always a bonus. Very comfortable furnishings - we felt right at home. There are many great attractions very close by. We all especially enjoyed the night sky. There was an endless number of stars in the sky which beautifully reflected off the placid lake. We made an excellent choice for our first family vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport (Traverse City)
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Miles
Little Traverse Inn (B&B)
Nearest Golf
0.7 Miles
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Little Traverse Inn (B&B)
Nearest Ski
8.5 Miles
The Homestead
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Back yard, also Good Harbor Beach (Lake Michigan)
Car: necessary

Enjoy kayaking on Little Traverse Lake or paddling through the quiet waters of Victoria Creek, hiking and cross-country skiing the surrounding trails, swimming (both Little Traverse and Lake Michigan), biking the miles of paved, low-traffic roads, stopping for fresh produce at a roadside farm stand, taking a trip by ferry to the Manitou Islands, tasting wine at the numerous vineyards, playing golf at the Manitou Passage Golf Club (Arnold Palmer signature course) or one of the many beautiful courses Leelanau has to offer.

Leland and Glen Arbor are ten minutes in either direction on scenic M-22 highway. Suttons Bay, Northport, and Traverse City are all nearby. Enjoy the many summer festivals, music concerts, restaurants, shops and galleries these charming villages have to offer. Take day trips to the famous Dune Climb north of Empire, or to the Interlochen Academy of the Arts for a world-class music or theater performance. Downhill skiing is available at the Homestead Resort and Crystal Mountain.


Rates & Availability

Maple City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Standard Rate
May 25 2017 - Jun 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Prime Season
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall Season
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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