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3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, All Season Home with 7 Acres on Beautiful Herring Creek

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Upper and Lower Decks with Creek in Background

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Last updated: 04/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Enjoy Close Access To The Herring Lakes, Lake Michigan, and 4 Nature Preserves

Cottage Description:

Our modern, well equipped home, half-way between Frankfort and Arcadia, overlooks Herring Creek. The area around the cottage is landscaped with native plants, a vegetable garden is available for the harvest of produce in season, and there is a bee hive on the edge of the property. Acreage on both sides of the creek is joined by a graceful arched footbridge. Across the creek from the house is an open area with picnic table and fire pit. The creek joins Upper Herring Lake and Lower Herring Lake, then flows out of Lower Herring Lake into Lake Michigan. Both Herring Lakes are noted fishing lakes, and the outlet of the creek into Lake Michigan is stunningly beautiful. Within 2 miles of the house we are blessed with four Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy nature preserves; the Arcadia Dunes, Green Point, Fruit Haven, and Upper Herring Lake preserves. Both Arcadia Dunes and Green Point have extensive Lake Michigan shoreline, and all have wonderful hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing trails. The town of Frankfort, 5 miles away, is a lively tourist destination, and the southern boundary of Sleeping Bear Dunes is just 12 miles to the north. We are 15 miles from the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort.

Amenities:

A large deck on the upper level overlooks Herring Creek. The deck is furnished with table, chairs, umbrella, and gas grill. Also on the upper level are a dining area, well equipped kitchen (dishwasher, coffee grinder/maker, Cuisinart, etc.), two bedrooms each with a full-sized bed, and a bathroom with whirlpool bath. Downstairs are a bedroom (full-sized bed) opening onto a small deck overlooking the creek, a common area, a bathroom, and a sunroom in which a single bed can be placed. The Sunroom contains a flat panel TV with DVR, an interesting movie selection, and other options for playing video files (no TV reception). We now have high speed internet.

Truly Year-Round:

There are many wonderful summer activities available in the area. Proximity to Herring Creek, the two Herring Lakes, Lake Michigan, and the nature preserves open unlimited opportunities for canoeing and kayaking, boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, birding, and observing nature. We actually most enjoy our “off-season” time. The house is well insulated, with a gas furnace and efficient wood-burning stove. The fall colors are spectacular, and from mid-September to late November there are salmon spawning in the creek right in front of the house. Winter brings lots of snow, which means lots of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on our 7 acres, or in the nearby nature preserves and Lake Michigan beaches. On request snowshoes or cross-country skis may be made available to guests. In spring Steelhead and other fish species spawn in the creek and woodland wildflowers, morel mushrooms, and migrating birds appear along the many beautiful nature preserve trails.
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Owner

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • 2 full baths, one with whirlpool

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television:

    Flat panel TV for DVDs, Videos on USB storage device, or over internet. No TV reception....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Extensive DVD movie collection...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront:

    On Herring Creek between Upper and Lower Herring Lakes....moreless

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas Furnace and Wood Stove...moreless

  • Internet:

    High Speed Wifi Available...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Living/Dining area connected to Deck overlooking creek....moreless

  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Very well supplied....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayaks available for rent in Frankfort, 5 miles away....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    House surrounded by native plant garden. Vegetable/Fruit garden available to guests....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Cross Country Skis and Snowshoes may be made available on request....moreless

 

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My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$225
$1,400

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 6%

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: My wife and I are now retired and splitting our time between Chicago and Creekside Cottage.

Why the Owner Chose Frankfort, MI, USA:
We first visited the Herring Lakes area around 1990. We rented a cottage on Lower Herring Lake, fell in love with the area in general, and determined, by canoe, that the spot where Herring Creek flows into Lake Michigan is one of the most beautiful on earth. From that moment we knew we would find ways to spend more time in the area. In 1995 we purchased land on Herring Creek upstream from Lower Herring Lake where our family spent camping vacations. In 2006 the house across the creek became available and we purchased it and built a bridge joining the two properties. Now we have a wonderful retreat in the heart of the area we love.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Location, location, location. Two beautiful inland lakes, the Great Sweetwater Sea, and four amazing nature preserves all within a few minutes drive. A little farther, but in easy reach, are Sleeping Bear Dunes, Interlochen Art Center, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, the wine country of Leelanau County, and the lively towns of Frankfort and Traverse City.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

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Photos

  • Upper and Lower Decks with Creek in Background

    Upper and Lower Decks with Creek in Background

  • Deck Overlooking Creek

    Deck Overlooking Creek

  • Sun Room

    Sun Room

  • Upstairs Bathroom

    Upstairs Bathroom

  • 1st Upstairs Bedroom

    1st Upstairs Bedroom

  • Bridge in Progress

    Bridge in Progress

  • House Surrounded by Native Wildflowers and Grasses

    House Surrounded by Native Wildflowers and Grasses

  • Autumn Walk Across the Road

    Autumn Walk Across the Road

  • Cozy Inside, Snowy Scene Outside

    Cozy Inside, Snowy Scene Outside

  • Entrance to Driveway Off M-22

    Entrance to Driveway Off M-22

  • Outlet of Herring Creek into Lake Michigan

    Outlet of Herring Creek into Lake Michigan

  • A Quite Spot in Front of House, with Bridge in Background.

    A Quite Spot in Front of House, with Bridge in Background.

  • Kitchen Island.

    Kitchen Island.

  • Dining Inside or Outside

    Dining Inside or Outside

  • Walkout Bedroom on Lower Level

    Walkout Bedroom on Lower Level

  • Downstairs Bathroom

    Downstairs Bathroom

  • 2nd Upstairs Bedroom

    2nd Upstairs Bedroom

  • View from the Bridge--Summer

    View from the Bridge--Summer

  • View from the Bridge--Fall

    View from the Bridge--Fall

  • View from the Bridge--Winter

    View from the Bridge--Winter

  • Ready for a Winter Adventure

    Ready for a Winter Adventure

  • Camp Fire Across the Creek

    Camp Fire Across the Creek

  • Fishing at Outlet

    Fishing at Outlet

VRBO #607986

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Thursday, April 27, 2017

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