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Waterfront Lake Leelanau, 5 BR, Chef's Kitchen, Walk to Town, Open Oct/Nov

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Space 2,850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Gorgeous 5 BR home on Lake Leelanau. Walk to Town. Large Lawn, Canoe & Kayak

The White Birch Cottage on Lake Leelanau is an extremely comfortable waterfront house, which sleeps up to 10, offers a huge dock for lounging and docking a boat (easy to rent), and a large lawn for privacy and to relax around an evening bonfire. We supply double kayak and canoe.

We are open for Fall and Spring 2018 wine tasting, golfing, hiking or biking weekends. Enjoy our nearby distillery, excellent local cuisine, and our newest microbreweries.

Looking for late August 2017? Try the Schoolhouse Cottage in Suttons Bay (VRBO 491672) or the Bluestone Cottage in Leland (VRBO 456621).

We are centrally located near the towns of Leland and Suttons Bay, and right on the wine trail. You can walk into the town of Lake Leelanau for coffee, lunch and even wine tasting at Boathouse Vineyards and Northern Lattitudes! It is an ideal location for exploring Leelanau County; less than 10 minutes to Leland and Suttons Bay, 25 minutes to Northport, Sleeping Bear Dunes or Traverse City.

The White Birch Cottage offers 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, a large living area with gas fireplace, a lovely porch with water views, lush landscaped gardens, a huge lawn, plus attractive interiors with plenty of room for families or couples to spread out. Includes cable, wifi, ping pong table, gas fireplace, gas grill and fire pit.

The White Birch Cottage offers extremely comfortable beds (3 Queens, 1 Full, 2 Twins, Bunk Bed) and the house layout provides lots of privacy but also has an open concept living/dining room and kitchen for your family to gather as a group. The house is over 2800 square feet, creating a luxurious vacation experience.

The Master suite on the main floor offers water views and a very comfortable queen bed. The second bedroom with a queen bed overlooks the side patio. The third bedroom, upstairs, is huge and has a full bed and two twins plus sitting area. The fourth bedroom, also upstairs (its own set of stairs), has a queen bed plus a sitting area with flat-screen tv. The fifth bedroom is an adjacent bunk room with a twin bunk bed. Downstairs there's a separate sitting room with pull-out sofa. Lots of room for your group to spread out!

Our amenities include: large dock on Lake Leelanau, cable, wi-fi, laundry, central A/C, plenty of parking, ping pong table, volleyball net, kayak, canoe and fire pit.

The White Birch Cottage is a perfect destination for a Spring weekend get-away too! Leelanau County is lively with great restaurants, easy access to Traverse City, stunning Leelanau Conservancy hiking trails, the TART bike trail, superior golf courses, new tennis and basketball courts in nearby Suttons Bay and award-winning wine and microbrewery tours -- hard cider too!

We have received consistently excellent reviews:

"The house is perfect. Cozy beds for 10 people, a fireplace for the cool evenings, the channel to Lake Leelanau behind the house, open kitchen, fully furnished with top notch furnishings and CLEAN! The house is almost split in half as far as sleeping areas which works great if you have late night people and light sleepers that like to go to bed early.

You are minutes to Suttons Bay, a quick drive to Leland, and situated in the middle of the wine trail (go south one day, north the next). The nearest winery is less than a mile away and there is a distillery that is literally 50 yards or so from the house."

Centrally located in the town of Lake Leelanau, one of the hottest new foodie destinations in the Peninsula, you can walk to Peddling Beans for coffee, pick up appetizers at The Redheads Café, sip wine at the Boathouse Winery overlooking Lake Leelanau, taste spirits at Northern Latitudes Distillery, sample authentic Indian cuisine at NJ's, try our newest spot Red Top Pizza, enjoy a classic up North pub dinner at Dick's Pour House or have an authentic Italian evening complete with bocce at Bella Fortuna Restaurant, all within a 5 minute walk.

Short drive to best beaches in the area: Van's Beach in Leland, (great for walking and bonfires), Suttons Bay beach on the Bay (great for toddlers), Nedows Bay Beach on Lake Leelanau (great for young kids), Good Harbor Beach (Sleeping Bear Dunes).

Nedows Bay beach and many sandy swimming spots are also accessible by boat from the house.

I have consistently received excellent reviews: 'Many thanks for a beautiful stay' Sept 2013

'Lake Leelanau is gorgeous. We enjoyed cruising on the south lake and heading north for dinner at the Riverside Inn' July 2013

'We had a truly perfect summer vacation with great beach outings, fabulous boat rides, laughs with kids. The White Birch is clean, comfy, and well-located. Thanks again!' July

Just 6 minutes to Leland, where you can enjoy delightful Lake Michigan beaches and Historic Fishtown. 5 minutes to Suttons Bay for great shopping, art galleries, a number of excellent restaurants, sandy beaches and access to the clear waters of Grand Traverse Bay. The quaint town of Glen Arbor and 'America's Most Beautiful Place': the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a 20m drive. Don't forget to visit the historic town of Omena, the Lighthouse in Northport and the bustling town of Traverse City, all a short drive away.

Interested in wine tasting? The White Birch Cottage is directly on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail just minutes from some of our favorite vineyard destinations: Chateau Fontaine, Laurentide, The Boathouse, 45 North and Blustone.

Come up North in the prime summer season for our many special events including the Leland 4th of July parade, Leland Art Festivals, Traverse City Wine & Food Festival, Wine on the Water and Art Fair in Suttons Bay, the Traverse City Film Festival and, in the fall, the Leland Heritage Festival and the Harvest Stompede wine tasting tour. Ask me for details about all the wine tasting events!

The White Birch Cottage on Lake Leelanau will be your home away from home where you can enjoy your free time whether you enjoy boating, swimming and sailing on one of Michigan's cleanest lakes, walking on endless Lake Michigan beaches, hiking Leelanau Conservancy trails, biking, eating farm fresh cuisine and tasting wines throughout the Peninsula, or just relaxing on the dock watching the boats go by. Come build your family memories at the White Birch Cottage in Lake Leelanau.

Amenities: Cable, wifi, parking for up to 5 cars, canoe and kayak, toys/games for ages 2-16, board games, gas grill, fire pit, ping pong table.

Our Sunday to Sunday rental is ideal for wedding parties. We also accept dogs.

I encourage you to call or text me as I respond to all inquiries and am always happy to answer any questions about the area and offer ideas for hiking trails, wine tours, and restaurants.

The Leelanau Peninsula has a wide variety of special events throughout the year. The Old Art Building Art Shows, the Suttons Bay Art Walk , Leland Heritage Festival with Wooden Boats and Antique Cars, the Harvest Stompede Wine Tasting Event and much more!

Plan now for Fall Wine Tasting Weekends, as Leelanau is gorgeous for Color Tour season!

Feel free to call with any questions, I respond to every inquiry. I love Leelanau County and I love sharing it with others. I am happy to give wine tasting tour tips and restaurant recommendations.

If this house is not available when you need it, or you need more housing for your group, check out my other listings!

VRBO #456621 The Bluestone Cottage in Leland. Sleeps 10-12. Within a short walk to Lake Michigan beaches, Historic Fishtown and the shops of Leland. Lovely front porch and private back deck for grilling out. Fresh decor and lovely Master suite with gas fireplace.

VRBO #491672 The Schoolhouse Cottage in Suttons Bay. Sleeps 8-10. On a quiet street in the Village of Suttons Bay. Easy walk to town and to the Suttons Bay beach. Attractive furnishings and a large living and dining room for your group to gather.

More Details

Owner
Melissa Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017

About Melissa Smith

I love spending time at the beach! Our family of four lives in Grand Rapids and we escape to Leelanau County every chance we get. We are excited about how Lake Leelanau has become one of the hottest new foodie destinations in Leelanau County!

Melissa Smith purchased this house in 2003

Why Melissa Smith chose Lake Leelanau

We love the pristine waters of Lake Leelanau, and love skiing in the south lake, or heading through the picturesque Narrows up to the North lake, jumping in the crystal clear water at the sand bar, taking the boat right to the town of Leland!

What makes this house unique

With water views, a dock to lay on, a large yard with plenty of room for the kids, a relaxing front porch, plus plenty of bedrooms spread out for privacy, and a Media room. This home is luxurious living on the lake.

Amenities

Lake Leelanau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Second Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Master bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Second bathroom designed with limestone tiles and large walk in shower
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Suite - 1 queen
    Queen bedroom - 1 queen
    Upstairs Room with Sitting Area - 2 twin/ single
    Private quarters and Media room - 1 queen
    Bunk room off Media Room - 1 bunk bed
Entertainment:
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Waterfront Lake Leelanau, 5 BR, Chef's Kitchen, Walk to Town, Open Oct/Nov
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
5

Great retreat in wonderful setting

  • 5 of 5

My family of 11 found the spacious and ample beds at White Birch Cottage a wonderful retreat and gathering spot. We enjoyed kayaking and canoeing from the back porch. We have memorable family conversations around the fire pit in the back yard after a short trip to spectacular Sleeping Bear Dunes. Would definitely stay here again if we come back to the area!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Spacious and clean with lots of room in the perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Our large group stayed here for the Toast the Season Wine weekend. Perfect location in the midst of the wineries. We had a shuttle service for the day and the wineries were all so beautiful. Perfect weather for a November weekend - couldn't ask for much better.

The house was walking distance to Lake Leelenau for amazing breakfast options at the Leelenau Pie and Pastry shop along with the rest of downtown. Was perfect for our extended stay at the Northern Latitudes Distillery and late night pizza from Dick's Pour House.

House has all the needed amenities with a nice fire pit out front and great access to the lakes. Overall perfect pick for the weekend. I would only recommend a more reasonable check out time of 11am. Although we negotiated that, the cleaners were there an hour early and we rushed to get everyone out the door.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the Toast the Season wine tasting event. The White Birch is open for all the winery events, and I offer discounted event tickets. I look forward to having your group back for one of the upcoming events!
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Fruitport, MI
5

Perfect Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

The home was everything we hoped for! Very clean, nicely decorated, well stocked kitchen, great towels, and the beds were comfortable! The owner was so helpful, from questions before we left to questions we had while we were there. Her response time was awesome. The view is very pretty! We spent some time sitting on the dock. Very peaceful. There is a boat launch next door, but we never heard the people putting their boats in. Close to wineries and minutes from the store. We definitely recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear you had a fun fall weekend in Leelanau County! Thanks for your feedback. Hope to see you up North again!
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Commerce Twp MI
5

Family Gathering at White Birch Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a beautiful week at the White Birch Cottage. We brought some cousins from out of state that had never seen the Great Lakes and they were impressed with everything from the natural beauty to the clean comfortable very well stocked house. Although we have been coming to the area for 30 years, Melissa suggested some spots we had never seen.We also brought my mother who is in her 80s and has some difficulty walking. The house was comfortable for her and she enjoyed herself as well. This was the 2nd time we have rented this house and we will do it again

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. I keep finding new spots too. We look forward to sharing the White Birch Cottage with your family again in the future!
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5

White Birch Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our family which consisted of 6 adults and 4 children just spent a week at the White Birch cottage. Everything from my first inquiry with Melissa to our checkout couldn't have been better. Melissa provided us with dinning, winery, tours, beach and restaurant recommendations which were all excellent. The cottage was immaculate and stocked with everything an adult or kid could want. Great yard for games. The coffee shop, winery, distillery, restaurants all within walking distance. The lake is perfect for all water sports. A perfect place. We are looking forward to the next time.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad your vacation in Leelanau County was such a success! Thanks for choosing the White Birch Cottage.
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5

Vacation before our Son's Wedding at Black Star Farms

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect. Our group consisted of different families and everyone seemed to have their space when needed but when we wanted to be together as a group it was large enough to accommodate all of us. We spent the week before the wedding relaxing and enjoying the area of Leland and Suttons Bay. You will find the porch the perfect place for evening meals and BBQ's. The dock worked well for the two fishing boats and with the boat ramp right next door not a lot of time was needed to pack up on the day before departing. The property has a large parking area that also made it easy to park the boat trailers still leaving plenty of room for parking cars. We really enjoyed the open kitchen living room area. I can't say enough on how perfect this house was for our vacation. The house was perfectly located from Black Star Farms where our Son's wedding was, about a 15 minute drive.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the house and Lake Leelanau! We've loved it over the years, and are so happy to share it with great families like yours. So glad to hear the wedding at Black Star Farms was a success.!
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Dicks Pour House
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Bella Fortuna Restaurant
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Vans Beach in Leland

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Rates & Availability

Lake Leelanau House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Early Spring
Apr 23 2017 - May 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
$325
 
 
JUNE 2017
May 29 2017 - Jun 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
$385
 
 
Late Summer/Warm Water!
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$450
$2,800
 
 
Fall 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
$385
$1,900
 
 
Late Fall
Oct 9 2017 - Nov 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
$375
 
 
Spring 2018
Apr 29 2018 - Jun 16 2018
3 night minimum stay
$385
$2,100
 
 
Summer 2018
Jun 17 2018 - Sep 9 2018
7 night minimum stay
$4,000
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$3,950
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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