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Large Custom Cedar Log Lake Home, Fall Dates Open, Beachfront, WIFI, Kayaks

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,280 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 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.

Online bookings have a service fee to VRBO.

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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

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 Northwest

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, Fall Dates Open, Beachfront, WIFI, Kayaks
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews


  • 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: Jun 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: Aug 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: Jun 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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relaxing cottage

  • 5 of 5

our extended family loved our time at this adorable cottage. other than a day trip to mackinac island, we spent every minute of our week on the beach, looking for stones, swimming, rocking on the porch, making s'mores in the firepit, watching beautiful sunsets, and playing games inside and outdoors. the house was spotless (and I am pretty picky about that!). the owners are wonderful to deal with and we felt very welcomed from our first inquiry about the home. we loved it so much we are planning a return trip in the fall and if all goes as we hope, a visit next summer again!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you so much for your kind review! It was so much fun to hear about your vacation (we loved the picture of the swan raft!! ) We are so happy to know the grandchildren had fun everyday, it is truly delightful knowing that family memories are being made at our cottage on the bay! We are so happy you can come back in October.
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July 5-July 12, 2014

  • 5 of 5

Melissa and Bill have created a beautiful getaway for all types of vacationers. My family loved every part of our stay. The home is warm and comfortable, and made inviting by our hosts. Our daughter and her friend loved staying in the room above the garage, while my husband and I stayed on the main floor. The setting could not be any more perfect for this home. Surrounded by trees, a beautiful back yard...and the beach. We all had fun day and night by and in the water...swimming, kayaking, rock hunting, relaxing, and taking photos. The sunset and stars are an extraordinary. Not far from the home are beautiful beaches where more rock hunting will provide you with millions of year old treasures. We visited many surrounding towns and went zip lining, parasailing, hiking, and enjoyed the arts, and unique food venues. Melissa is a genuine, humble and delightful person that will help you plan a memorable getaway. My family was able to enjoy adventurous activities while I took the more relaxing avenue since I have a brain injury. ps...I didn't forget you all Melissa...just coming around from a bad stroke...will send more sunset and night pictures as I continue my healing.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for the kind and thoughtful review! It was honestly a delight to have your family stay with us and you really made our 1st summer of renting special with the gorgeous "stars at night"cabin photograph and your wonderful gifts for my girls upon your departure! We were so happy to know that you and your family enjoyed the lake and beach and kayaks during your visit. I even took my girls zip lining last summer after you told me how much fun it was for your daughter and her friend! Mostly I am so happy that you are on your way to recovery and if we can help your family in any way with a short or long stay please let us know! We loved knowing that your family was having a wonderful time together!
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Gorgeous Home

  • 4 of 5

***We actually stayed here in August of 2014***

First off, I have to say, the owners are wonderful and always available if help was needed...we think that is THE most important part when renting a place...

This house is GORGEOUS - seriously, GORGEOUS. The "3 level" back yard was awesome - grassy area first, then take steps down to fire-pit then couple more steps to the beach - very cool! The pictures of the inside do not do this house justice!

The layout of the house was fantastic for us - we had another family come stay with us - the big bedroom, that is above the garage and somewhat "separated" from the rest of the house, was perfect for the kids. Only thing I would suggest is to make that room (because it was SO spacious) more of a "bunk-room", replace old TV and/or, if anything else, replace the hideaway couch.

Basement was awesome and kept kids entertained when the weather was rainy...

They had plenty of life-jackets and water shoes for use when using the Kayaks (which was REALLY cool)...

My favorite part of the stay was searching for petoskey stones - I found a couple really nice ones!

We would rent this place again and again but the very rocky-bottom beach made it really hard for all the kids to swim with ease.

Here's the MOST MEMORABLE event - that will stay in the #1 spot forever....I was sitting outside on the steps, looking out at the water (at 2am, the night of arrival), after spending all evening unpacking and getting everything in place for the week. As I stood up and turned around to head back inside I was greeted by a BLACK BEAR who was only about 20 feet away. Needless to say, we scared the crap out of each other!! He took off one way and I ran into the house. Next day, we found trash cans overturned as did the neighbors on the street. Apparently there hadn't been a black bear sighting anywhere near the area in over 5 years.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for your review and your wonderful story about the bear! I remember talking with your husband and he said you all had a great sense of humor about it:-) Many of our guests have asked if he/she will be back. We haven't seen any bears since, but the Bald Eagle keeps showing up in the mornings. We loved having your family stay at our home and we were truly happy that you and your husband and sons all had so much fun!
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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


Rates & Availability

Ellsworth Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid Summer 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer Special
Aug 26 2017 - Aug 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Summer Continued
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Fall Color Tours
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 16 2018 - Jun 29 2018
7 night minimum stay
4th of July Week 2018
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 6 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Mid Summer 2018
Jul 7 2018 - Aug 24 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Deposit $400

All rentals are payable by check mailed to the owner or special arrangements with the owner for last minute bookings. Online bookings have a new service fee to VRBO/Homeaway.

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

Refundable security deposit $400.00.

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

Cancellation policy: See Rental Agreement

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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