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Delightful Long Lake - Wonderful Frontage - 4 Kayaks, Dock, Fire-pit & Grill

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Long Lake, 9 minutes from Downtown Traverse City, 25 minutes to National Park

Lakestone Cottage boasts a private dock on crystal blue Long Lake, with a sandy bottom at the shallow shoreline leading out to the pristine deep blue water. Perfect for adults, children and dogs. The spectacular sunset views, directly across the lake, and the calling of the loons create a seldom experienced serenity. The cottage, built in 1936, is one of the few original homes in the area, and the property was choice for all the right reasons! The well maintained, picturesque, modernized stone cottage, features a wood burning fireplace, wrap around picture windows to enjoy the water and sunset views, and a true retro kitchen to help recall the mid-century simpler, relaxed lifestyle. A completely remodeled bathroom, cable with DVD player, along with wireless broadband access and central air conditioning provides the expected current necessities. The kitchen is also outfitted with a microwave, dishwasher, coffee pot, washer and dryer.

2,900 acre Long Lake, just a 9 minute drive from downtown Traverse City, is known for it's walleye and perch fishing and one of the larger lakes in NW Michigan. 4 single seating kayaks and life-jackets are stored on site and ready for your use! Power boats, SUPs and pontoon boats are available locally, (with the best pricing), at Long Lake Boat Rental 231-590-1747 enabling you to enjoy all the amenities this beautiful lake has to offer. Not in the least of which are the 4 islands with sandy beaches and hiking trails waiting to be explored. Two marked moorings are provided at the end of the dock to moor a boat overnight and extra parking is adjacent to the garage for boat trailer parking. The Long Lake boat launch is just minutes away as shown on the map.

The natural stone fire ring near the shore beckons to be used for an enjoyable evening of roasting smores while watching the sunsets. There is also a hammock and extra seating throughout the lush lawn, as well as the patio chairs and tables. A gas grill and utensils also are on site to help provide quiet relaxation from a day of sight seeing, touring wineries/breweries, biking the trails, fishing, touring the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park, etc. No wonder National Geographic Magazine just voted the Grand Traverse area one of the top 10 family vacation spots in the world. Lakestone Cottage is the perfect home base for a week of exploring and playing hard with all that the area has to offer. (Or a sweet little hide-a-way for some quiet time.) Upon booking I can provide information on what will be happening throughout the area, as something is always going on!

All linens, full cooking and dining ware, dishwasher and laundry detergent, paper towels, tissues and TP are included to enhance your stay. Two full size grocery stores and a gas station is just 5 miles away. The 2 queen size beds which provide sleeping for 4 boast nice bedding and the bathroom towels are all of better quality.

One half down payment at time of reservation, balance due 30 days prior to stay.

June, July and August full week rentals only.

3 night minimum rest of the year. Note off-season special rates.

More Details

Cathy Martin
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Cathy Martin

Having married my Pontiac Central High School sweet heart in 1973 we both had the same goal to escape the rat race and move "Up North" which we accomplished in 1978. With both of us being licensed builders there was plenty of opportunity to provide a good living and life style for our 3 Empire, Michigan born children. Living in rural Leelanau County, the "little finger" of Michigan, required and instilled a good work ethic. Now in my 60's and widowed I maintain both the cottage and my residence in Glen Arbor and feel grateful to be able to do so which allows me to share Lakestone Cottage with visitors and family.

Cathy Martin purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Cathy Martin chose Traverse City

I would find myself "in town" grocery shopping in Traverse City weekly and always admired the little stone cottage on Long Lake. In observing throughout the decades the quaint neighboring residences being torn down to build larger lakefront homes, there still remained the wonderful stone cottage! When the last of the cottage's original family moved out of the area and the house was put on the market, my husband and I purchased it the following day. Little did we know he would pass away a few years later, leaving me a sweet little rental place to supplement my income. Lakestone Cottage is run and operated in a professional manner. I am available 24/7 and reside 20 miles away. My goal is to assure visitors an enjoyable, stress-less stay. I have enjoyed doing all the communications, book keeping, cleaning and maintenance and have been blessed to have such wonderful guests.

What makes this cottage unique

Lakestone is on the "quiet" end of Long Lake. Pontoon and ski boats are used in this southern end but not many jet skis and loud race boats. 4 of the islands are for public use with some providing docking and trails throughout. The lake bottom is pure sand and very clean. Many of the newer houses being built are located closer to the lake but provide little, if any, yard for use. It is so nice to sit around the fire pit, under the oaks, while enjoying the sunsets with plenty of yard space for children and/or dogs.


Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Delightful Long Lake - Wonderful Frontage - 4 Kayaks, Dock, Fire-pit & Grill
average rating of 4.736842 based on 19 reviews

Cozy retreat.

  • 4 of 5

What a lovely cottage. View is fabulous, furniture and beds are very comfortable and the owner is great to work with. Located in the country yet close to downtown, shopping & the best ice cream in Michigan (Moomers).

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular View

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was all we could hope for. The views were spectacular especially the sunsets. The owner was very responsive to answer any questions or posts and the area has so many things to do in such a short period that you can't take them all in. Definitely worth the stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Danvers, Il

Charming, comfortable and homey little cottage with great view of the lake.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here several times and it always feels like coming home. Centrally located for the entire area. Grocery store with a great deli very close. Huge picture windows in front to enjoy the yard and lake. Wonderful sandy bottom lake for wading or swimming. This time we brought our canoe and explored the lake some. We always come in the fall so when the leaves change colors it is a gorgeous place to be. The owner is conscientious and caring and we enjoyed spending an afternoon and evening with her as she gave us great tips for places to see and hike. We will always stay here when we come to this area.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such an amazing time during our first trip to Long Lake!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, children and I take a summer trip each year to get away from our daily grind. This year we chose to stay at the Long Lake Cottage - and it was amazing. Gorgeous sunset views, sandy bottomed lake access, and an extremely quick drive to downtown Traverse City - we will definitely be back! The cottage was well appointed with everything needed, very clean, and Cathy the owner was so helpful with suggestions and check ins. A huge bonus were the kayaks available to use - Long Lake is calm, clear, and warm making it a perfect lake to explore by kayak. Already Looking forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lakestone Cottage vacation

  • 5 of 5

My wife, 2 girls, and our Jack Russell had a wonderful week at the cottage. The sunsets were beautiful, as well as the peace and quiet. We loved Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Glen Arbor the most. Wonderful food and craft breweries also added to the beauty.

We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Detroit, MI

Adorable cottage and great location!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very clean and was a perfect getaway for my wife and me. Perfectly located between TC and Leelanau. And the lake setting and nice dock are an added bonus.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100

No extra fees are added by owner. VRBO charges 6% booking fee/guarantees which owner can not eliminate sad to say. As for the past 5 years I and guests have not experienced any problems. I practice the Golden Rule and past visitors have too, so I no longer require a security deposit. Any cancellations are handled individually.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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