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Beautiful Leelanau Peninsula Waterfront Cottage

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Roadside view. On State of Michigan designated 'Scenic Winding Road'


Last updated: 05/13/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:15
  • Bedrooms:6
  • Bathrooms:4.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cottage, 6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 15)

Welcome to Sleeping Bear Cottage! Our cottage is located directly on Little Traverse Lake in the heart of Sleeping Bear National Shoreline.....VOTED MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN AMERICA in 2011 by Good Morning America!!
Just across our scenic road you can hike or cross- country ski the trails to Good Harbor Bay on beautiful Lake Michigan. Built in 2005, the cottage is perfect for large family gatherings, or two-family vacations. It is a well appointed cottage located on Little Traverse Lake with private 110' shallow sandy waterfront with dock. (Our waterfront description varies from year-to-year but for the last 10 years we have NOT had a BEACH. Sorry. The water level of our lake has risen and covered our beach. Please contact owner for up-to-date information on the waterfront.) There are 6 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms!

There are two master suites each with their own private bathroom. One is located on the main floor and has a king-size bed and private balcony overlooking the lake. The other master suite is located on the second floor and has a queen-size bed. This bedroom also faces the lake and has an adorable window seat where you can curl up and read a good book.

Other bedrooms on the second floor:
1. bunk room with two bunk beds (4 twins in total)--sleeps 4. Overlooks front yard and woods/road
2. bunk room with lake views: 1 bunk bed with twin bed on top and a double bed on bottom--sleeps 3.
3. bedroom with a full-size bed and window seat overlooking the lake.
These three bedrooms just mentioned share a hallway bathroom. We also provide a crib if you are traveling with an infant. Bring your own crib sheets.

We also have a large mudroom/laundry room with washer and dryer for your use. A 1/2 bathroom is located here. All bathrooms come with hand soap, toilet paper, and tissue. Showers come with shampoo, conditioner and bath wash.

The lower level walkout has a private bedroom with a king-sized bed. Also in the lower level: full bathroom, game room, and the media room is furnished with a 65 inch TV! Kids love the lower level with the ping-pong table, pool table, air hockey, giant TV,and foosball table. The wall of windows and sliding glass door gives a great view of the lake.

In the summer, take your morning coffee out to the screened porch to enjoy the sunrise over the lake. Or relax in the hot tub. Bring your inland lake motor boat, fishing boat, kayak, canoe, sailboat, mountain bike, road bike, X-C skis, for a vacation you will remember forever.

Your rental will include use of our two kayaks. Please remember to wear a life jacket. You may also use our Sunfish Sailboat if you are an experienced sailor. New for 2013: A Stand Up Paddle Board! Rental also includes Michigan sales tax, linens, towels, wifi and end-of-stay cleaning*.

Day trip to scenic locations, climb the famous Dune Climb, experience world-class golfing, resort town shopping, delicious restaurants, the sites of Traverse City, the sounds of Interlochen, casinos, or wine-taste at many local wineries. Downhill skiing available at the Homestead Resort (6 miles) or Crystal Mountain (40 miles) --rated #1 ski resort in the Midwest 2008!

*$250 end-of-stay cleaning ONLY included in 3 night (or more) rental.

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Member since: 2005

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/13/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 15
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    We do NOT rent to college students or fraternities/sororities...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 15

  • Bedroom 3: Second Floor: 1 double


  • Bedroom 1: Lower Level: 1 king


  • Bedroom 4: Second Floor: 1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

    Bunk bed with double on bottom and twin on top...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: Second floor: 2 bunk bed

    2 bunk beds with 4 twins total...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: Second floor Master: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

    With private bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: First Floor Master: 1 king

    Lakeside balcony. Private bath....moreless

  • There are 2 master bedrooms with private baths. One is located on first floor with King bed, the other on the second floor with Queen bed. There is a bedroom in the lower level with King bed and 3 other bedrooms on the second floor: one has a Full bed and the other 2 bedrooms have bunk-beds. The cottage sleeps 15 total....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 65' Cable TV, Washer and Dryer in separate laundry room, 2 car attached Garage, game room in lower walk-out level with pool table, air-hockey, foosball, and pingpong table, board games, books, waterfront dock, 2 kayaks, sunfish sailboat, 1 stand-up paddleboard and life jackets, bon-fire area, 4-5 person hot-tub, All-sports lake, Bring your own jet ski or motorboat, No pets, Sorry no telephone service at this time: Bring your cellphone and charger. Includes WIFI. Cleaning fee included in rental charge with 3 night (or more) stay. Taxes included. ...moreless


  • Air Hockey
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games:

    puzzles, board games, cards...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Churches
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    No air conditioning but we do have ceiling fans in all of the bedrooms (except the one on the lower level) and various floor fans. There is also a ceiling fan in the screen-porch. All of our Pella windows have screens and open fully. Northern Michigan can get very warm in the summer but usually does not require a/c....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Includes WIFI. Password located at cottage....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Seats 6-8 at bar...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Boat:

    sunfish sailboat...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    The Homestead Ski Resort a short drive away...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    1 stand-up paddleboard...moreless

Pool / Spa



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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Nonrefund.PropDamageProt $89
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Maid Service Charge $250


Please inquire about off-season weekend rental. Rental requires 3 night minimum except June-August 7 night minimum with Saturday check-in/out. Maid Fee: $250 unless book for 3 nights or more. Extra person fee due for each person over the 15-person maximum. $89 NON-REFUNDABLE Property Damage Protection is also required.

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Last updated: 05/13/2017
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swimming on site, Nearby community tennis courts are located in Glen Arbor, canoeing, river tubing on the Platt or Crystal River, concerts (Interlochen), wine tasting, boat/jet ski rentals, dune climb nearby, Located in the heart of Sleeping Bear National Shoreline


Owner info

About the owner: Scott has been traveling to Leelanau Peninsula since he was a boy. He has always felt that the area has magical qualities. Both Scott and Kerry enjoy hiking the trails and biking the roads. They are constantly in awe of the scenery and views. They enjoy the secluded lakes, beaches, and dunes. They are inspired by the endless possibilities for fun and enjoyment in this area. When their children were small, they purchased vacant land on Little Traverse Lake hoping to someday build their dream cottage. This became a reality in 2005. They hope you also find the magic.....

Why the Owner Chose Maple City, MI, USA:
Little Traverse Lake is right in the middle of the Sleeping Bear National Shoreline. Our cottage is located on the north side of the lake with the National Shoreline of Lake Michigan across the street...a short hike away. Our cottage is located halfway between the resort towns of Leland and Glen Arbor. We ride our bikes into either town to the coffee shop or bakery. Across the lake (on M22) there is a small store which stocks basic grocery needs and a local farm market. We hope someday that Sugar Loaf Mountain ski resort will open again. It is located right across the lake from us. Right now, it makes a great hike with unbelievable views of the majestic Lake Michigan, Lime Lake, and Little Traverse Lake. For downhill skiing, we travel to Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville (40 miles) or The Homestead Resort (7 miles).

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Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/13/2017

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  • Roadside view.  On State of Michigan designated 'Scenic Winding Road'

    Roadside view. On State of Michigan designated 'Scenic Winding Road'

  • Little Traverse Lake: Fish, sail, waterski, tube, canoe, kayak, swim, relax.....

    Little Traverse Lake: Fish, sail, waterski, tube, canoe, kayak, swim, relax.....

  • Dining room with screened-in porch in background

    Dining room with screened-in porch in background

  • One of two master bedrooms with private bathroom.

    One of two master bedrooms with private bathroom.

  • Little Traverse Lake view from balcony.

    Little Traverse Lake view from balcony.

  • Lakeside view.  Lighted boardwalk leads to 110' waterfront with hardpacked sand.

    Lakeside view. Lighted boardwalk leads to 110' waterfront with hardpacked sand.

  • Living room with wood burning fireplace

    Living room with wood burning fireplace

  • Fully equipped kitchen with 6-8 stools for countertop dining.

    Fully equipped kitchen with 6-8 stools for countertop dining.

  • Sleeping Bear Cottage (2nd from right) shown with Lake Michigan in distance.

    Sleeping Bear Cottage (2nd from right) shown with Lake Michigan in distance.

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This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Sunday, May 21, 2017

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