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Summer Cottage In The Heart Of The Sleeping Bear Dunes

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 6 Sleeps

Cozy Cottage for 6, Just Minutes from Lake Michigan, Wineries, Farms, Food

Looking for a weekly summer rental close to all the beauty Leelanau County has to offer?

Come visit our quaint cottage right in the heart of Leelanau County, situated on a 135-acre farm. We're just 1 1/2 miles from the shores of Lake Leelanau and 3 miles from the Big Water at Good Harbor Beach. The village of Lake Leelanau is 6 miles North, Leland and Fishtown are 8 miles away, and Traverse City is an easy, 25 minute drive.

The cottage sleeps 6 comfortably, with one king sized bed in the loft bedroom and two full sleepers, one in the bedroom and one in the living room. The kitchen is huge, with a large dining table, island and a bar for entertaining. You'll find the best local coffee and tea in the cupboard. There is a full spice rack and all of the basic kitchen staples so that if you'd rather eat (or bake) in rather than eat out, you'll feel right at home.

The living room is comfortable, with several couches and a cozy table that serves as both a breakfast nook and a card table at night. There's a DVD library, wifi and television to suit all interests.

All linens and towels are included. Basic toiletries will be provided, including extra toothbrushes and toothpaste. There is a full sized washer and dryer in the bathroom for guests to use as often as they'd like.

In the summer months, we rent for week-long stays only. Our weeks run Saturday to Saturday, with check-in on Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. and checkout is on the following Saturday at 11 a.m.

Need room for a larger group? See our other listing, which is a cottage that sleeps an additional 6 people. (Other cottage not included in the price.)

Please feel free to call or text Melissa for more information and to book your vacation today.

More Details

Melissa Kelenske
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Melissa Kelenske

I'm a Leelanau County native and I live here year round with my husband and our two darling daughters. I own a yarn shop in nearby town of Cedar, so I spend my days with our baby and yarn....pretty much perfect! My husband is an elementary school teacher for Leland Public Schools and farms (milks cows, raises sweet corn and pigs) on the side. We hope you enjoy our little spot in the world as much as we do.

Melissa Kelenske purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Melissa Kelenske chose Cedar

This is the historic farm that once belonged to my husband's grandfather. My father-in-law grew up here. We love the new spin we've put on an old home and the life we've breathed into it with a lot of hard work, time and patience. We hope you'll fall in love with it, just as we have.

What makes this cottage unique

Not everyone in the world has the opportunity to live on a farm. The gas pump (stuck at 36 cents per gallon!) and the steel windmill, as well as the hay barn and the pig barn, all harken back to simpler times. The inside of the cottages are a blend of new world and old. We've left the original grain mill inside the primary cottage, which was a granary in its previous life. On the old wood are notes my husband's grandpa wrote to himself almost 80 years ago. The kitchen and bathroom are brand new, with all the typical modern conveniences, but seamlessly blend with the traditional style.


Cedar Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • One bathroom that includes a sink, stool, shower and full size washer and dryer. There are basic toiletries provided, including spare toothbrushes, bath towels and beach towels.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Summer Cottage In The Heart Of The Sleeping Bear Dunes
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 13 reviews

Beautiful, Charming and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

I hesitate to give this such a great review, because I want to keep this place all to myself! The farm house is absolutely charming, and placed in a pastoral, peaceful setting of rolling hills and farms. You're really close to all of the busy excitement of tourist towns, beaches, and restaurants, but get the bonus of coming home to beauty and peace and quiet. The pigs are adorable, if a bit smelly, at times, but it's all part of the charm! Melissa was extremely friendly and helpful when I needed it. Would rent this place again, for sure! ~ MSB

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a wonderful place to stay in the Leelanau Peninsula.

  • 4 of 5

This is a wonderful place to stay in the Leelanau Peninsula.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed out stay. I had business in Lake Leelanau and the cottage was 7 minutes away. My husband rode his bike just around the peninsula, it's great riding. In the afternoon we had time to wine taste.

We cooked breakfast and dinner there. Farm country is just my favorite kind of place, peaceful mornings and evenings. Dark sky made for great star viewing.

The bed was awesomely comfortable. The other furnishings were very nice and comfy.

The bathroom was simple and very clean, shower was a great size, spray was mounted high enough for a tall person. There was plenty of hot water. The sink had plenty of counter space.

We really enjoyed sitting on the porch, which had a breeze even though the temperature was in the high 80's.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint and Comfy

  • 5 of 5

We loved it. Very comfortable and convenient to the beach, restaurants and the starting point of our bike ride. The front porch is a wonderful place to watch the world go by.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing! Perfect for our needs. Awesome spaces with new, clean bath and kitchen. Awesome.

  • 5 of 5

This was absolutely awesome for us. Centrally located between Glen Arbor and Traverse City. We loved this location.

The place itself was really awesome, with tons of farm house character. Not a ton of privacy between the sleeping area and the living area, but not an issue for us. Especially, given how nice, updated, and clean the kitchen and spacious bathroom were. I would absolutely recommend this place, especially for folks who plan to bounce between the region's various locations.

Oh, and our infant could sit and watch their pigs frolic all day. Thanks for running a quality rental!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property, that has been updated with the best of everything.

  • 5 of 5

We love staying here in the heart of Leelanau County. Stunning views of the orchards, vineyards are nearby as well as Lake Leelanau. The farm house is very comfortable and has been updated with modern amenities. The hard wood floors are beautiful and the wrap around porch is a great place to unwind.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport--Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Dick's Pourhouse
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Manitou Transit
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Manitou Passage
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Cedar Rustic Inn
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
The Homestead Resort
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lake Michigan--Good Harbor
Car: necessary

We are located in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, voted in 2011 as 'The Most Beautiful Place in America'. Our cottages are located on a 135-acre farm, just a 1 1/2 miles from Lake Leelanau and 3 miles from Lake Michigan. This is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and shoppers alike; there's really no other place in the world like it! Whether you want to hike, bike, swim, taste wine, buy some of the region's freshest, locally grown produce or catch a breathtaking sunset, Leelanau County is for you! Take a day trip to Fishtown, a historic fishing village in Leland. Rent a few kayaks and paddle the Crystal River--or even Lake Michigan. There's a marina nearby to rent a fishing boat or even la pontoon for a group. Schedule a Lake Michigan sunset cruise on the Mishe Mokwa, a ferry that takes you along the shoreline for drinks and serenity. Take a wine tour to sample award-winning wines--no trip is complete without a stop at 45 North or L. Mawby for sparkling wines! (Try Tandem Ciders for a fabulous collection of hard ciders.)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $50

Cancellations can be made up to two weeks before scheduled stay. After that, no refunds will be given.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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