We made many upgrades for the 2017 season including new flooring, walls, and furniture. This lovely three-bedroom, two-bath home is situated on the shore of Spider Lake, which is excellent for fishing, water skiing, swimming, and other water sports. This large home sleeps six or more and has lake views from the living room, dining room, family room and two of the bedrooms. The home has a king bed, a queen bed, and a full bed, and is furnished with many conveniences including laundry, microwave, coffee maker, ice maker, gas fireplace, three TVs, DVD player, and clean linens. Outside you will find extensive decking, your own dock, rowboat, oars, life preservers, gas grill, outdoor furniture, and a firepit.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay3 - 7 nights
Generously Sized And Comfortable 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home
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- Response time:
- within two days
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 21, 2018
About Susan VanKersen
We didn't know each other then, but we (George and Susan) both came to up north to Spider Lake as kids during the summer, and we both moved permanently to Traverse City as young adults the first chance we got (a long time ago). We love this lake and are happy to call it home. We own and operate a restaurant/bar just down the road called Peegeo's which is in its 34th year.
Why Susan VanKersen chose Traverse City
We take pride in our property. It is well maintained, sparkling clean, and very comfortable. Whether you want to fish, ski, golf, hike, swim, gamble, ride a horse, shop, or just kick back on the deck with a glass of local wine and a good book, this property is situated in the right place. The property has over 100' of private frontage on Spider Lake and its own dock, along with a deck right at the water's edge.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Nice property and location but a few problems
Overall the house , property and location were great. I hesitated between 3 and four stars but the beds pushed me to a 3-star rating. All the beds in the house were terrible - VERY old and either very soft (practically a V shape for one) or very hard. The new floors and paint are great but would have preferred comfortable beds. The bathrooms are very outdated, toilets are old and very rust filled, the bathroom fans don't work and the water pressure is very low (don't fill the coffee pot while someone is showering!). Also, it would be nice to have the big TV in the big family room. That great space and view was somewhat wasted because the TV in that room is very small and very old. The positives were many - the layout of the house is great. The lake, the view and the setting are perfect. I would definitely recommend this house but want people to be aware of the beds and bathrooms so they aren't surprised or disappointed.
Just a note for future guests - we weren't aware there was a problem with the beds, and two of the three were replaced within a week of this review. The other (the king) is very nice and we have gotten a lot of compliments on it. Bathrooms are completely functional and they are on the list for updating. We strive to make improvements every year!
Excellant location on Spider Lake - 15 min to Traverse. Very nice with lots of space for families.
We absolutely loved our stay. We had a family of 3 couples and 2 dogs; there was plenty of space so that people weren't cramped. The kitchen had everything that you could need including 2 refrigerators for extra food/beverages. There was seating for 6 at the high top table in the kitchen and also in the dining room and on the deck. The 2 common rooms had plenty of furniture and a tv in each and were very attractive with great views of the lake. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths (which were a little dated - however clean and functional). We loved being on the cove and used our kayaks to explore. There is a dock from which we were able to fish, and a fire pit that was stocked with wood. We loved the house and look forward to coming back!
Birch Cove on Spider Lake - Very Nice Property Close to the Lake!
We rented Birch Cove for only 2 nights (July 3rd and July 4th, 2014) and enjoyed our stay here on Spider Lake. We fished from the row boat and caught over a dozen Blue Gill and a few Bass in about 1.5 hours. This lake is real nice for canoe or boating.
We spent time in Traverse City to see the Fireworks on Fridday the 4th of July and the Air Show on Saturday.
We had a nice beach bonfire, and purchased wood just up the entry road within walking distance for the bonfire.
The house was very clean and the property was very neat. We really enjoyed the proximity of the house to Spider lake and the great view of the lake from the Master Bedroom.
Susan was very accommodating in that she agreed to let us stays for only 2 nights when the property was actually available for 3 nights. This was on a very busy 4th of July week and she had rented the property for the 1st half of the week and let us stay for 2 of the remaining 3 nights. Thank you Susan!
We plan to stay here again.
First time back to Spider Lake in over 12 years, previously stayed at a couple of resorts on the lake but decided this year to try a private rental. Could not have picked a better one, clean and spacious. The room setup is nice with the 2 smaller bedrooms sharing a bathroom with the main bedroom having a bathroom across the hall on the opposite side of the cottage. The cove it is located on is small enough the it is a no wake cove and therefore very quiet but located right next to the exit to the main part of the lake.
There are 2 awesome decks, one located up by the cottage the other down closer to the water. We did a lot of fishing and the deck down by the water was nice for keeping gear and tackle close to the boat.
The owners also allowed us to rent their pontoon boat for just 2 days since we did not want it for the whole week.
Can't wait to go back...wish we could have stayed longer!!
Great summer getaway
My husband and I have rented this cottage for the last three summers. We can't wait to do it again next summer! It is a very relaxing setting with a comfortable home away from home feel to it. The cottage is spacious and clean with the owners right next door to answer any questions or help in any way. We have had family and friends stay with us during our rental weeks and they all have enjoyed the comfort of the cottage, the pontoon rides, and sitting around the fire pit at night. We highly recommend this rental to anyone looking for a great place to retreat to in the summer.
Fabulous rental on Spider Lake!
We absolutely loved everything about our stay at Birch Cove. The house was spotless when we arrived. It had all the comforts of home, fully equipped kitchen, plenty of clean linens & towels...even spices in the kitchen! The view is fabulous, peaceful surroundings, everything we wanted in a summer rental. Please try Peegios, the local restaurant. Once we discovered how fantastic the food was, there was no real need to go into town! Hoping to make Birch cove our regular rental for years to come.
The property is on Spider Lake, 10 miles southeast of Traverse City in the beautiful forest lakes area. Day trips may include the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in Empire, Michigan; Old Mission peninsula and lighthouse; downtown Traverse City including the Clinch Park Marina and many parks; or one of our local orchards or wineries. Surrounding Traverse City are many quaint towns for shopping or sightseeing, including Leland, Suttons Bay, Elk Rapids, and Northport. If you enjoy gambling, Leelanau Sands Casino is a 45 minute drive, and Turtle Creek Casino is a 25 minute drive. There are numerous excellent golf courses in the area. Local maps and tourism information will be available upon your arrival.
The rental rate is for 6 persons or less. Additional persons may be accepted at an additional cost of $150 per week per person. Dogs are allowed with advance approval at an additional cost of $150. The use of a portable kennel is encouraged. Please inquire about off-season rates.