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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Waterfront, beach, fireplace, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

CONTACT ME BEFORE BOOKING! July and August rentals are Saturday-to-Saturday.

Stunning sunsets, sandy beach, surrounded by trees! Enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Michigan. You can walk the beach forever - something you can't do on inland lakes.

The cottage is located on Grand Traverse Bay just 20 minutes south of Charlevoix and a few miles north of Torch Lake (Eastport). It provides a dramatic view from a bluff about 20' above the water. The house views the Leelanau Peninsula across the bay with Lake Michigan to the north and Grand Traverse Bay to the south. A large partially covered deck overlooks the lake. You can enjoy the view and the sunset from the beach, the bluff or even the master bedroom balcony (or from the kayaks out on the bay).

Enjoy a fire during the cool nights in the fireplace or in the fire pit on the overlooking bluff. Just down the “switchback” pathway is your own private beach with plenty of sand to enjoy. The beach has sand and smooth rocks. The bay is shallow which makes it great for young children.

The cottage has 1,300'+ square feet of living space. The kitchen has quality stainless steel appliances including refrigerator with filtered water dispenser, stove/oven, dishwasher, microwave and disposal. Unique concrete countertops with native stones and a deep stainless steel sink give the kitchen a modern look with the feeling of “camp”. The kitchen gives you a lake view even when you are cooking.

The cottage has three private bedrooms plus a large sleeper sofa. There are two bathrooms, one with tub and one with shower. The master bedroom upstairs has a large balcony that overlooks the lake. The second upstairs bedroom has a queen bed and a convertible lounger. It also has TV, games and bean bag chairs to serve as the “game” room. A modern bathroom with a bathtub is located between the upstairs bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king bed and the other bedrooms have queen beds. The sleeper sofa is a “short” queen. The main floor bedroom is smaller and private for sleeping. The main floor bath has a shower and washer/dryer.

High speed internet is provided along with ultra HD Netflix and streaming movies. Cable TV is available (during the summer and fall only). Tivo systems are provided with the HD and ultra HD TVs and there are blu-ray players as well. There’s board games and video games for rainy days or just fun game time.

To keep you cool there are three ceiling fans and a 1-ton air conditioner in the living/dining room (no central air conditioning).

There are two kayaks, a stand up paddleboard and bikes that can be used to enjoy the bay.

There is a small grocery store with a great deli (and delicious summer BBQ) only 5 minutes away.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017


Ellsworth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main floor Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Upstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom with bayfront balcony - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Lounge chair folds flat also
    Living room sleeper sofa and futon - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Short queen sleeper sofa and futon
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Maximum of 3 vehicles


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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful location. Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. Great views. Quiet. We had a great time sharing memories of our parents, hunting for petoskeys and sitting around the fire. Shelly was great. Thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We (my wife, our 9 year old twins, our 4 year old and me) had a great time at this property. The accommodations were roomy and comfortable with plenty of things -- the kayaks, board games, movies, etc. -- to keep all interested.

The location was great. It was easy to get to Charlevoix or Traverse City, although looking for Petoskey Stones on the property's and surrounding beaches kept us at the house most of the time. The beach at the Antrim Preserve (2.5 miles north on Old Dixie Highway) was another bonus.

The service from Shelley was very good and the house itself was clean and welcoming. We appreciated the s'mores ingredients waiting in the kitchen for us and enjoyed making them at the fire pit on our second night at the house.

All in all, a great trip. I'd recommend it for others, with or without children, and I know my family would gladly return.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing house on the water!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time this weekend at Bayfront Beach Sunset Cottage! The house was very roomy and had everything that we needed and more! The cottage is centrally located for trips to Petoskey, Charlevoix and Traverse City.

Bob was very quick with supplying all the information and Shelley went over and above with any questions we had!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house and beach, enjoyed our stay

  • 5 of 5

The house and beach are great, they are just as shown in the pictures. It was like having a private beach -- in a whole week during September we saw a grand total of maybe five people within sight on the beach. Petoskey stones were easy to find, the kayaks were fun to use, the beach is a great usable beach -- some nice soft sand to enjoy and the lake is fairly shallow quite a ways out from shore. The house was clean and well kept, the fire pit and fireplace well stocked with wood and the kids enjoyed playing the yard games (cornhole and ladder toss). Lots of chairs for sitting on the bluff and down on the beach and a nice deck on the back of the house. The view and location were great. All in all, it was a perfect size and place for our family of five.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kalamazoo, MI

Wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

The sunset cedar cabin more than exceeded our expectations. From the moment we arrived, we felt welcomed. There was even a special treat waiting on the table for our young kids. The home was nicely equipped, and I always appreciate when small conveniences are thought of - salt, cooking spray, coffee filters- for the kitchen. The fire pit had split wood stacked and ready to go. There were fun yard games available to us, spare water shoes, and extra beach toys. We had planned to explore the area for the week, but we were so content at the cabin that we only ended up leaving once! The beach was a mix of sand and stones which made a nice balance for building sand castles and searching for Petoskey stones (which we found a dozen or more of). The kayaks were a highlight for me as well. We were even fortunate enough to see a bald eagle circling and roosting! Bob was excellent to work with, and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naperville, Illinois

A great family get-away!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a wonderful week in this beautiful and well-maintained home in August 2015. It was perfect for our family of 5 (kids aged 15,12 and 10). Gorgeous views and away from the crowds (we saw about 10 people on the beach during our entire stay) with great amenities: 2 sit on top kayaks (life vests included) , beach floats, beach chairs, fully equipped kitchen and grill, lots of sleeping room, gorgeous outdoor fire pit with plenty of firewood, excellent laundry, fast wifi, flat screens and an x-box for rainy days and/or teens going through tech withdrawal. The house sits on a high bluff with an easy switch-back down to the beach. (for families with younger kids, there are beach chairs on the beach as well, so you can keep an eye on the kids and still relax). When we arrived the house was spotless, with a s'mores set up waiting on the counter for our first night's campfire.

As for things to do, the list is endless! In addition to the beach, lots of great day trips only a short drive away. Check out Charlevoix (1/2 hour drive past the "world biggest cherry pan" ) with lots of cute shops and restaurants. Sleeping Bear Dunes is about an hour or so drive away and is a great one day outing. The Jordan river valley (1/2 hour drive) has a state park with gorgeous hiking and the Jordan river (trout fishing and/or a very challenging canoe trip (fast water and lots of obstacles -- not for small children or inexperienced paddlers!).

Also agree with other reviewers, the owner does a great job providing information and is very helpful and welcoming. We've rented a lot of houses over the years and this is one of the best.

We had a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City (TVC)
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Blue Pelican Inn (or Antrim Dells Thu-Fri-Sat)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Antrim Dells
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Blue Pelican Inn (or Antrim Dells Thu-Fri-Sat)
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Shanty Creek
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary

Castle Farms is less than 30 minutes away so the cottage is a great place to stay with family while you attend a wedding.

There is a private neighborhood park with a small creek that is great fun for the kids. The park can be a great place to meet people.

Enjoy Antrim Creek Nature Area just a few miles north, walk the beach for miles, Barnes Park and Torch Bay Preserve and Day Park are a few miles south.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Pet Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500


Online bookings have a service fee.

There is a $500 reservation deposit with the balance due 60 days prior to arrival and a $500 refundable damage deposit.

For stays longer than a week, please request a quote (online rate will not be accurate).

The minimum rental fee is $400 plus tax.

There is a nightly surcharge per person when there are more than 4 people.

July and August rentals are typically for full weeks only - Saturday-to-Saturday.

Standard rates do not apply to holiday weeks/weekends.

Check in is typically 4 PM and check out is typically 10 AM.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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