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Enchanted Lakeside Cottage Nestled in Perennial Gardens

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

Experience Northern Michigan's beauty and charm at the "Cottage Garden."

The "Cottage Garden" is nestled among perennial gardens and towering white pines on Lakeview Lake just outside the village of Lake Ann, 15 minutes west of Traverse City. Enjoy the many perennial gardens while watching the white-tail deer stop by for a drink at the shore or the many species of birds who have made their homes in the birdhouses throughout the gardens.

Lakeview Lake is beautiful and offers great fishing including pike, bluegill, and bass, for you to try your fishing skills.

The "Cottage Garden" offers one bedroom, two baths, a hide-a-bed in the living room, full kitchen, and laundry. The walk-out patio is perfect for romantic dinners and spectacular sunsets.

Keywords: Cottage, garden, lakeview

More Details

Reservations Manager
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 31, 2017

About Reservations Manager

Dorina, the cottage owner, is also the owner of Design Strategies. Her detail to decorating and interior design is as much a part of the cottage's enchantment as are the gardens. Her history is displayed throughout the property from days spent with her grandpa as a little girl to now raising her own family here. Coming to the cottage is like coming home again. Everyone seems to find a personal touch that stirs up a fond memory of their own childhood or past.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We both want to thank you so much for the wonderful honeymoon that your cottagegarden provided have a very special place here and what a great way to begin our new life together. We were able to relax more then we have in a long time. Your dog Callie the chickens and Millie made our stay even more special. We look forward to returning.
Nov 2002
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Lake Ann 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
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Air conditioned, wireless internet


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

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Enchanted Lakeside Cottage Nestled in Perennial Gardens
average rating of 4.75 based on 26 reviews
grand rapids , mi

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

you walk in, and BREATHE!! Your mind says ahhh, your heart skips a beat and immediately you know you will have rest, relaxation, beauty at your leisure.

dorina has made a perfect get away place touched with an atmosphere that quietly says" sit down and relax"

I have stayed there twice, once with my husband, and once with a much needed sisters get away...both were enjoyed by the serenity and rested souls!**

planning our third trip for an entire week...can't wait*

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2007
  • Stayed: May 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic and out of a Fairy-Tale.

  • 5 of 5

Lots of charm and thought went into every detail (from the fish on the wallpaper to the gardens), and I simply loved it all. I enjoyed the private setting. We were lodged among lakes and trees. First and foremost, this place was perfectly suited for our needs. It is close to the attractions in Traverse City (20 min away), Old Mission Peninsula, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, but feels far removed from city life. There is a laundry room in the cottage, and it operates on a trust system. For $1 a wash or dry, we used the washer/drier to launder our bathing suits and beach towels after a day at the beach. That was a major perk for us. We also appreciate the full kitchen. There are plenty of games and puzzles, which our young children enjoyed during the down time. I would definitely stay here again, and lengthen my stay for a full week. This is our first experience with an AIRBNB and I am simply blown away with how smooth the hostess made the process, and how comfortable she made the cottage.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, relaxing, charming house, tucked away on a heavenly lake!

  • 5 of 5

What a great experience! This house was cute and the perfect size! The cabin offers many great amenities, a gorgeous view, and a super host. We loved our little week day get away, and even were able to walk into town and check out the brewery and party store that has everything! I would definitely recommend this property, it's HOST, and the town. We will be returning again, the short drive to the dunes, Traverse city, and Frankfurt this house is a great central location, for people interested in visiting many north-western cities.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I so enjoyed meeting and talking with your group!
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Cottage Garden

  • 5 of 5

Just returned home a few days ago from a 4 night stay at the Cottage.

We had a great time. The area surrounding the cottage is beautiful and the lake proved useful for catching our dinner, on our last night in Michigan. The kitchen was well stocked and we prepared several meals. The cottage had ample lighting, was clean and very comfortable. I appreciated the small cut flowers that were placed throughout the cottage. A/C only on the main level, but with the cool days & patio door in the sleeping area, it wasn't a problem.

I dealt with Janine during the reservation process and for a couple questions, shortly after we arrived. She was wonderful - quick with responses and provided her phone number if we needed more immediate help.

Location was wonderful -- a short drive to Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Secluded, but not remote.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a thorough and nice review. Dorina feels so fortunate to share her beautiful haven and is thrilled when guests appreciate and enjoy it as you have! Janine
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Absolutely PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5

There are 3 things I want to go over in this review: 1. Janine Mongomery 2. THE COTTAGE! 3. Dorina Rudd.

Janine is who we dealt with during the rental agreement process. She was extremely nice and prompt in returning my emails and answering every question I had. She was easy to work with and very professional.

The cottage is a masterpiece! The gardens surround the property and were in full bloom during our stay. Flowers everywhere, stone sidewalks, cute little out buildings on the property that are even maintained well and the sounds of birds all day. It's set back off the road, so no busy traffic flying by right outside your door all day. Truly peaceful! Inside was more than we expected. From the pictures, I knew it'd be cute, but the details blew us away. Dorina's profession as a designer truly comes through in this cottage. Very unique, very cozy and more than we could have anticipated. We opened all of the windows and had the most incredible lake breeze all day long through the cottage. She has games and books available and a binder with the history of the cottage. After reading her story, you can't help but appreciate what she has done with the property. The cottage was very clean and the kitchen had everything we needed to stay for the week. The decorating was off the charts adorable! The color schemes and furniture used made this place a real treat to stay in! Very comfortable queen bed that sits right next to a large sliding door that faces the lake. We slept like a rock with the cool night breeze!

Dorina was an absolute joy. We met her on our 2nd day and talked briefly. She was very friendly and approachable but our 5th day is when I really got to spend some time learning about her, her history and hearing some of her stories. I felt an easy connection with her. I told my husband that if we lived up there that there's no doubt she and I would be friends. Just a very REAL lady with stories that are definitely book worthy. Her personality and friendliness made our vacation even that much more memorable.

We love the area. Northern MI just can't be beat. I would highly recommend this rental cottage to anyone looking for a peaceful, quiet vacation in a truly unique and charming cottage. 5 stars for sure!!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Colleen, Thank you for such a wonderful review! When I passed on your comments to Dorina she said it brought tears to her eyes, happy tears. Sharing her haven and heritage with others who so thoroughly enjoy it is truly a blessing to her. She added "it was such a pleasure to have them. What a blessing it is to have the cottage and meet such fabulous people" We hope to see you all again soon. Janine
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Spectacularly romantic in every season.

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed at the Cottage Garden Guesthouse many times over the years and in every season. This little gem sparkles, whether surrounded by the lush summer gardens designed and tended by the owner (whose design sense and green thumb are amazing!) or covered in autumn leaves or big puffy snowflakes (the better to enjoy the gas Franklin stove).

As another reviewer put it, you open the door and just BREATHE! The kitchen is vintage charm, with everything you need for housekeeping, BBQs, cozy homemade dinners, whatever your mood calls for. The cottage is on a lake bluff surrounded by pines, and the breezes are heaven! You can look across Lakeview Lake from the upstairs living room, or best of all, from the sliding glass doors in the downstairs bedroom. If you're lucky, at sundown on a warm summer night you may be treated to a short bagpipe concert from far across the lake.

The decor is beautifully designed rustic charm, with lots of warm woods, touches of shabby chic, and all-around comfort. There's a nice patio outside the bedroom with cafe table and chairs, and a Weber grill. One of my favorite things to do is to sit on the patio with a good book and just watch the little nuthatches at the feeders, or the chipmunks darting in and out of the gardens.

Pure, blessed peace! There's no other place quite like it.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Near Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula Wineries


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Pet Fee $250

Reservations for one night will be incur a $50 surcharge.
Pet depsoit is refundable provided no damages incurred.

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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