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Lakeside Cottage on Lake Leelanau, Leland, MI

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Br, 1.5 Bath at Water's Edge. 150' of Sugar Sand Bottom, No Stones.

The moon rise over Lake Leelanau and the breath-taking views of the stars at night from the dock are two of the many things our family has been enjoying about this cottage since the early 1960's and now we'd like to share it with you. It's perfect location on Robinson's Bay, just 1 mile south of Leland is ideal for the water skiing enthusiast. Calm water is why this bay is one of the premier locations for skiers and tubers. For the family with children, this is a perfect swimming location. The cottage sits 50' from water's edge. Hard sand bottom gradually slopes out for a gentle decline and there is not a stone in sight! The dock has a 6' x 12' section at the end of the dock for sun bathing and boat hoist for boats up to 20' in length. *Note for fall renters, our dock and hoist come out on Sept. 20th each year.

Our comfortable home has been completely remodeled from top to bottom. We have two bedrooms with queen size beds, one of which has a gorgeous view of the lake. The third bedroom has two sets of bunk beds. From the large well equipped kitchen you enjoy views of the lake and can comfortably seat 8 people around the dining room table which sits beside a huge picture window. We have a large living room with new 60" projection screen TV and DVD player and a screened in porch with comfortable seating.

A large deep lot surrounds the cottage and offers privacy from the road and room for the kids to run and play. Enjoy our fire pit on the beach in the evenings or grill the perfect burger on the Weber grill.

Our ideal location gives you easy access to all the restaurants and shops in Leland as well as a short 10 mile drive down the road to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. We can fill you in on all the amazing things this county has to offer the guests to our wonderful county. It truly is 'The Land of Delight'!

We want to make your vacation the absolute best it can be and we look forward to meeting you!

More Details

Property Manager
Diane Allington
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Diane Allington

I was a teenager in high school when my parents bought 'the cottage' in the early 60's. My brothers and I grew up on a cherry farm in Suttons Bay and my parents bought this home on the lake so we could enjoy both the farm and the lake.

Diane Allington purchased this cottage in 1963

Why Diane Allington chose Leland

We use to laugh about having a cottage only 14 or so miles from our home, but what better place to live and vacation in then Leelanau County! My mother Agnes, who will be 94 this fall, is no longer able to live alone and happily agreed to let us rent out her wonderful home so that more people can come to know the magic of this special place. The beauty is unquestionable, the quiet so peaceful, and the memories inspiring and lasting!

What makes this cottage unique

From the moment you get up in the morning to enjoy a good cup of coffee on the porch, to the quiet moments on the dock at night looking up at the milky way and wondering how the stars can seem so close, your vacation will renew your spirits and refresh your attitude on life. It just doesn't get much better than this! Don


Leland Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Walk in shower, new tile floor. Grab bars near toilet.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , New sink and tile.
  • The main bathroom has a barrier free access walk in shower. Recently remodelled in 2012 this bathroom has handicap bar grips to help assist anyone who needs them.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , This room has a large closet and huge dresser.
    Bedroom #1 Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - This room is closed for the fall month of October.
  • The master bedroom has queen size bed and lovely oak furniture. A fabulous view of the lake from a huge picture window sets this room apart!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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Lakeside Cottage on Lake Leelanau, Leland, MI
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

Beautiful cottage with great lake access

  • 5 of 5

My parents and I loved staying at the cottage. Diane was very friendly and welcoming. The cottage was very well presented and had everything we needed. We also enjoyed kayaking on the lake. 10/10

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House

  • 5 of 5

This house is wonderful! Lots of space on a great lake. Diane is wonderful to work with. We had absolutely no issues with the rental and very much enjoyed our time there.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Another Great Family Vacation on Lake Leelanau!

  • 5 of 5

We had another idyllic vacation at this cottage! The cottage is exceptionally clean, well maintained and spacious. Diane and Don are quick to answer questions and immediately resolve any issues that may pop up.

The location of the cottage provides easy access to an endless number of sites and activities. Our second time renting here, the week passed all too quickly. We rented a pontoon for the day from The Narrows Marina, enjoyed a private wine tour of Leelanau wineries w/Grand Traverse Adventure Company, took the historic guided walking tour and spent the day at the shops and restaurants in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons (the former Michigan insane asylum).

Fishtown is super convenient and it doesn't take long to get to the Leland Mercantile for groceries, dinner at the Bluebird or leisurely walk around town. Love eating pizza from Roman Wheel Pizza in Suttons Bay as well as explore the quaint shops before making a stop at Hop Lot Brewery to relax in their "campground" type property.

Looking forward to next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Another fantastic year

  • 5 of 5

Third year in a row renting from Diane. Absolutely spectacular area, house, and lake. We will be returning.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is our goal to make your stay the best it can be. Thanks for being loyal guests!
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Relaxing and Friendly

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Michigan and we cannot imagine a better experience! This little cottage was neat and tidy. It was perfect for the two of us, although there was plenty of room if we had been traveling with family or friends. The location was perfect. Not only very close to downtown Leland, it's just a short drive to several quaint, neighboring towns. Sleeping Bear Dunes is not far either. The views from the cottage were amazing. We rented a small motor boat which we were able to keep at the dock on the property and enjoyed fishing Lake Leelanau nearly every day. What made the trip extra special for us was the kind and friendly interaction we had with the owners. Don and Diane were attentive and full of great information about the area. We definitely recommend staying at this Lakeside Cottage!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Location, Beautiful Hard-Sandy Beach

  • 3 of 5

We loved loved the location and the Owners were fantastic and very receptive! So many close-quaint towns & options to sight-see. We rode our bikes into Traverse City by catching one of the park & ride locations 6 miles out TC--what an awesome day trip! We locked up the bikes and walked the downtown, eating at the Little Fleet Food Truck complex, AWESOME. The house was big and roomy for multiple families and had all of the kitchen & family amenities needed for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. I would have given 5 stars however, there were a few things that could have been disastrous. First, the deck leading out to the waters edge was VERY slippery and one guest slipped going doing to his knees--thankfully, not hurt! The constant drip from the roof and the bucket to rinse your feet created a perfect storm for a moldy-mossy slip hazard. Secondly, the sliding screen in the same location came off the track several times (just worn out) with one time badly slicing the top of the the 10 year old's foot when he tried to stop it from falling. This next issue, was of one of no ones fault ... not sure if the "itch" came from right outside the house or when we rented the boat and went to a few sandy areas or both. Whew, it affected some of us really bad and some not a itchy-bump in sight, guess they were not allergic. Overall, a great rental experience for all of our families :-) We will recommend in the future.

The Welch Family, 2016

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so sorry to hear our guest's child was hurt! We have taken immediate steps to fix the situation with the screen door and have fixed the deck as well. We have heard that the Lake Association is taking steps to help remove swimmer's itch from the lake, unfortunately a problem our of our control.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City, MI
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
4 bars in Leland
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Manitou Island Transit
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Manitou Passage
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Several in Leland
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Lake Michigan public access in Leland

Our favorite spot to watch the sunset is from Good Harbor Beach on Lake Michigan just 5 miles south of the lake house on M-22. It's a gorgeous view and perfect spot to end any day!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 6.0%

We have a renter in the apartment above our two car garage behind the Lake House. Please respect his space and he will respect yours while you are there.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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