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Large Custom Cedar Log Lake Home, Summer 2018 Openings, Beachfront, WIFI, Kayaks

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,280 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Cedar Log Home On Grand Traverse Bay

We are now booking for 2018. Contact Owner for Questions regarding Booking.

Saturday to Saturday 7 nights summer minimum.

Minimum 3 nights stay in May and Sept. and October, 4 night minimum early June.

Enjoy gorgeous sunsets from our beach or our spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2280 sq. ft. custom cedar log home.

Updated kitchen with granite counter tops and large bonus bedroom suite with queen pull out couch over the garage. Our 2nd floor loft includes a large living area, master suite and bathroom overlooking Grand Traverse Bay.

Two main floor bedrooms and beautiful great room with windows facing bay. Spacious sun room off of kitchen as well a basement with pool table, ping pong table, dart board and Wii with games. Washer and dryer also available.

Home is located on 110 ft. of stunning private lake front directly on Grand Traverse Bay.

Covered cedar log porch with rocking chairs to enjoy yard, bay and sunsets.

Gas grill provided and large flat grassy lawn with sandy area, ideal for children.

Three kayaks (1 tandem and 2 singles) included for guests to enjoy the bay. Fire pit with lawn chairs available for smores and star gazing at night.

Cable and High Speed Internet provided. 5 Ceiling fans throughout the home with portable room fans and 2 portable air conditioners.

The bay is shallow with pebbles, sand and smooth rocks (there are 8 pairs of aqua shoes provided and guests can bring their own as well).

Boat launch and small grocery/gas station 5 minutes away. Famous Rowe Inn located in nearby Ellsworth.


- No smoking

- Must be 25 years or older to book

-Private Road 15 mph, Maximum cars allowed 3-4. Street Parking Unavailable

-No Boat or RV Parking

-No Tents on property allowed

*Please note that the water levels and appearance of the shoreline are subject to change on Lake Michigan

More Details

Melissa and Bill Regan
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 13, 2018

About Melissa and Bill Regan

We fell in love with this area after bringing our daughters here for summer vacations. We live in MI and we have so many family memories of this region and hope to continue to make great memories for many years to come. We hope that you are able to make wonderful memories here too!

Melissa and Bill Regan purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Melissa and Bill Regan chose Ellsworth

The bay, gorgeous sunsets and regional golf not to mention the proximity to Traverse City, Elk Rapids Charlevoix and Petoskey completely sold us!

What makes this cottage unique

We were searching for a lakefront log cabin home and immediately loved the charm and warmth of this property. The evening sunsets and peace and tranquility were just 'icing on the cake'!


Ellsworth Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2280 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Drive way : 3-4 car maximum allowed. No street parking.
  • No Tents or RV's on property allowed
  • No space for boat parking on property
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Loft Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Main Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large soaking tub
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Suite loft and living area - 1 queen
    Main Floor Bedroom - 1 queen
    2nd Main Floor Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bonus Bedroom Suite with Queen pull out couch - 2 queen , Private 2nd floor bedroom suite
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Large Custom Cedar Log Lake Home, Summer 2018 Openings, Beachfront, WIFI, Kayaks
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews

Beautiful home on the lake!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this lovely property while in Charlevoix for our daughters wedding. Melissa and Bill were very responsive to our questions and the home was very inviting. My sister and cousin who came in from out of state loved the home as well. Wish we had more time to stay and play. Thank you Melissa and Bill!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for your kind thoughts about our home. We were so happy you could enjoy your daughter's wedding and spend a few days having fun on Grand Traverse Bay! We hope you and your family can stay again.
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Everything that we were hoping for!

  • 5 of 5

Melissa and Bill's home on Grand Traverse Bay was an incredible getaway for our family and friends as we celebrated my wife and I's wedding. The home was clean and very well maintained, and had any amenity that we needed during our stay. We especially enjoyed the kayaks that were provided. Any questions or concerns that we had were addressed quickly by Bill and Melissa - they were available by both phone and email.

The area around the home is fantastic to explore as well. We enjoyed a lunch in Bellaire at Short's Brewery, and spent a day riding bikes around Mackinac Island.

We definitely hope to be back sometime!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beyond Incredible!

  • 5 of 5

If I said that we never wanted to leave, that would not suffice to describe the beauty and comfort of this vacation home. I was even hesitant to provide such a positive review because part of me wants to keep this dream home a secret so that it's readily available to me in the future...I know, I know....selfish...which is why I had to (albeit reluctantly) share the truth about this home. This "cabin" exceeded all expectations that we had for a relaxing, comfortable and fun destination. We built fires in the early evening, kayaked during the day and played games at night (and everything was provided by the owners to make these activities possible). Have you ever experienced that before? I haven't!! Many, many thanks to the owners of this beautiful home. I can't wait to go back!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had been looking for a lake front property for a mini family reunion. After a extensive search, and with another family member's recommendation we settled on this property and location. Melissa our contact was extremely responsive to our questions, no matter how many times we asked the same question over a 6 month period. She had put together a local list of all the good stuff to do, cutting down on our exploration time which suited us just fine. The home is exactly as advertised if not better, everything worked very well and pretty much turn key. Best part of the day were the sunsets. If your looking for beach front log cabin this would be the one.


  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you Randy for your wonderful review! We were so happy you enjoyed the sunsets and family time on beautiful Grand Traverse Bay. It was a pleasure to hear about the adventures your family enjoyed. The fishing charter trip (great catch)and grilled lake trout family dinner afterward and great local golf! . We truly hope you will come back in the future for more Northern Michigan fun!
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great family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

This home has everything you need. The owners have gone out of their way to make this house a home for everyone who visits. The view and the water is just amazing. Watching the sun rise and set was just amazing. We enjoyed our morning coffee sitting outside in the rocking chairs with the waterfront view and mother nature all around us. We saw chipmunks, deer, rabbits, hummingbirds, and down the road we saw a goat!! Mother nature at its finest!! Beautiful home the owners are amazing thank you for sharing your home with us!!

I recommend this home!!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We will be back!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a quiet lake-front ‘cabin’ for the whole family of 8 (aunt and grandma included) and what we found was much more than a ‘cabin’, this is a wonderful house seating in a very private lot on the East shore of lake Michigan.

The house is pristine.

The place was so comfortable that we did not have the need to go anywhere else!

Our kids (late teens, early twenties) found plenty to do kayaking, swimming, rock collecting and ‘hanging out’ by the fire. When it rained, they got busy playing pool and Ping-Pong.

Grandma enjoyed cooking some Italian meals on the fully equipped kitchen.

The view from the living room and the two bedrooms facing the lake is incredible, if you leave the windows open, you will hear the sound of the water, as if you were sleeping outside.

If by any chance Lake Michigan is not enough (I doubt it), Torch Lake is a 10-minute drive from the house.

Melissa, our host, was incredibly kind, checking to make sure everything was OK but without being intrusive.

Book without hesitation, the pictures are good but once you see the house and the setting, you will realize that you got more than you thought you would.

We are hoping to return to Cedarwood Shores as soon as we can.

B & family.

PS: We also found that the beach is loaded with beautiful Petoskey stones. One of the previous guests said that they might have picked them all up, not true, there are enough stones for every future guest for several lifetimes. A useful tip, go to the water right in front of the house, pickup a handful of wet stones without looking, and at least 1 or 2 out of 10 that will be a Petoskey stone.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for your kind thoughts about our home and property. It was such a pleasure to hear about the great time you and your family had together during your vacation on the Bay. We would love to have back soon!
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City (TVC)
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Torch Lake Cafe'
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Antrim Dells
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
U.S. 31
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Torch Lake Cafe'
Nearest Ski
21 Miles
Shanty Creek
Nearest Beach
Our Backyard
Car: necessary

Nearby Golf Courses:

Antrim Dells Golf Course at 3 miles.

A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort at 11 miles.

The Bear: 28 miles

Barnes Park is a Great public park with camping, swimming beach, children's playground, bike path and seasonal festivals.

Torch Lake Public Park and Boat Launch minutes away

Friske Orchards Farm Market has fresh baked goods, award winning pies, apples and cherry products and is just 5 miles away




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 6.0%

Summer Season Rental Period is Saturday to Saturday. Check out time is 10:30am Check In time is 4:00pm

Refundable security deposit $400.00.

Signed Rental agreement, 50% of rental rate and refundable security deposit is due at booking and is required to secure reservation.

Cancellation policy: Contact Owner for Rental Agreement

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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