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The Twig, A Small Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 480 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The Twig, A Small Cottage

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.

More Details

Lynn Fisher
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Lynn Fisher

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.

Lynn Fisher purchased this cottage in 1890

Why Lynn Fisher chose Bellaire

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Bellaire Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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The Twig, A Small Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Amazing little cottage souronded by nature. Ideal for a couple or a family of 3.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this adorable, cozy cottage along with my daughter and our dog. We enjoyed every minute of our stay. We were looking for a quiet and remote Getaway and the Twig was just that. We loved having breakfast on the screened in back porch, watching the deer and listening to nature. The private beach is only a short walk from the cottage, and we had lots of fun kayaking or hanging out on Bellaire lake with the row boat. My husband enjoyed hours of fishing. The owner Lynn is great, very sweet and welcoming. She brought us extra bedding and even a complimentary bottle of wine. She made sure we were comfortable and had all we needed. We are definitely coming back.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a great review! You and your family understood what the Twig is about, a quiet, simple place to stay and enjoy the natural beauty the lakes, woods and fields and what they have to offer. And add books, a puzzle, and time spent together; it doesn't get much better than that. I hope you do (italicize that) come back!
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Peaceful stay in the woods

  • 5 of 5

Lynn's cottage is peaceful, surrounded by beautiful trees and sounds. Close to everything if you want to be busy, and a short walk to the lake if you want to relax. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Twig. Very clean and comfy little bungalow. Great for a couple's getaway

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So sweet!! We will cherish the memories❤️

  • 5 of 5

The second we pulled up I knew we would love this place! It was so welcoming and felt like home. I especially loved the cozy screened in back porch where we enjoyed our morning coffee and a secluded wooded setting. Lynn, the owner, and an amazing potter, was there to great us and show us around. The Twig was clean, and we had just what we needed to have a memorable summer getaway. We would love to go back sometime!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Most charming place I have stayed

  • 5 of 5

It was a great place to unplug and enjoy the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, Quiet Stay in a Great Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a great weekend at the Twig. The Twig, including the property and private beach, was the perfect spot for a quiet weekend away. We took advantage of the kayaks to spend some time on the water, and enjoyed sitting on the covered porch for dinners outside. Lynn was very helpful with the location, and also with places around the area. We would definitely come back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City and Bellaire Airport, 6 miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Dockside on Torch Lake
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
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.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $45
Pet Fee $15
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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