The Twig, a Small Cottage

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Last updated: 08/26/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This 480' two-story cottage was built along the lines of the 12X20' Chattaqua cottages of the 19th C., with a living room and kitchen (the kitchen was in a seperate building in the originals) on the first floor and a bedroom and bath on the second. It is situated about a quarter mile from the main road on the owner's property and is located across from my studio and about 200' from my home.

The property is part of a larger 300-acre family farm that is on Lake Bellaire, and has easy access to a private beach a five-minute walk away.

The Twig, so named because it was built as a little 'branch' of two artists' studios, is simply but adequately furnished, and will sleep up to four people if the fold-out sofa is used.

It is, other than being across from my studio, very private and quiet. While there is no television or internet service other than what one can get through a mobile device (the same holds true for me), there are plenty of books to read and the lake to enjoy. Its location is in the heart of the natural world, with deer, turkeys, fox and many birds; as of this writing, bluebirds have been attacking the windows of both the Twig's and the studio's windows.

The kitchen includes a refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven and a hotplate for cooking. Bedding and towels are included.

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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 08/26/2016

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 480 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Quiet, well-behaved, non-aggresive pets only. Owner has an elderly dog to consider....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • Books


  • Away From It All


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Lake Bellaire is a short, pleasant walk away through family property....moreless

  • Rural:

    Five miles from town in a quiet setting on artist's property, surrounded by fields and woods, and a 5-minute walk across the property to Lake Bellaire....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    There is no air conditioning but fans are available, and space heaters for really chilly times. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    There are two space heaters....moreless

  • Internet:

    Only available through the guest's hotspot. NO one has complained about not getting it, however....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets and towels are, whenever possible, line-dried in the sun....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave


  • Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two kayaks are usually avaible....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $45
  • Pet Fee $15
  • Tax Rate 6%

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 08/26/2016
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
Traverse City and Bellaire Airport, 6 miles
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Dockside on Torch Lake
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Dockside again, or in Bellaire, 5 miles away.

Car: Necessary

The Twig is ideally located on a small peninsula bordered on three sides by Lake Bellaire, Torch Lake and Clam Lake, and about 30 miles northeast of Traverse City and 30 miles south of Charlevoix. The Mackinac Bridge is a pleasant 75-mile trip north through Charlevoix and Petoskey.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1890

About the owner: I grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, went to Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS, and then to Albion College in Michigan for degrees in English and Art. After earning my MFA-Ceramics from The George Washington University, I taught college for several years and then opened my own studio and have been a studio potter for about 35 years. I've traveled to Japan, Europe and South America, and during the summers welcome artist friends to stay with me while they are on the show circuit in N. Michigan.

Why the Owner Chose Bellaire, MI, USA:
This place is wonderful. Its privacy is a reason so many people want to stay here; they appreciate the peaceful atmosphere and the easily accessible nearby lakes. Lake Bellaire is part of the Chain-of-Lakes which eventually leads to Elk Rapids on Lake Michigan by way of boat through Torch Lake, Lake Skegemog and Elk Lake. The whole Northwest region offers more things to do than I can list (should one not wish to sit at home and read). It's a beautiful region and one of Michigan's best treasures, bar none.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Art and nature are central. The Twig is part of a small artist's compound, and artists come and go all summer to spend time between art fairs. Some even set up small, short-term studios of their own. These have included Sandy Matasick, Marie Desjardins, and Bud Gilbert whose concrete countertops grace the kitchen in the Twig. While getting good internet service and television reception is difficult (this isn't for everyone), but for those who enjoy a small step back to simpler times this place is perfect.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 08/26/2016

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  • The Twig

    The Twig

  • The living room, looking out the front door.

    The living room, looking out the front door.

  • Kitchen


  • The bedroom again and bath.

    The bedroom again and bath.

  • Continued road to the beach.

    Continued road to the beach.

  • The Twig, with my studio on the left and home in the background.

    The Twig, with my studio on the left and home in the background.

  • Another view of the living room, with the sleeper sofa and the kitchen beyond.

    Another view of the living room, with the sleeper sofa and the kitchen beyond.

  • The kitchen, showing some of Bud Gilbert's concrete countertops.

    The kitchen, showing some of Bud Gilbert's concrete countertops.

  • The bedroom upstairs.

    The bedroom upstairs.

  • Private road to (private) beach on Lake Bellaire.

    Private road to (private) beach on Lake Bellaire.

  • The beach on Lake Bellaire.

    The beach on Lake Bellaire.

VRBO #486683

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016

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The Twig, A Small Cottage

Bellaire, MI, USA #486683

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