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Pristine family-friendly cottage in scenic Leelanau County

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 bedroom 1.5 bath lakefront cottage next to Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore

Welcome to The Yellow House at Little Traverse! This carefully maintained family cottage boasts a well-appointed kitchen with ample dine-in seating, a sunny master bedroom and three additional bedrooms, and a comfortable living area with lake views. The outdoor space is perfect for your family vacation, with a sizable waterfront lawn for outdoor games, sunbathing, and sunset viewing, a spacious deck for family dinners or cocktail hours, and a fire pit for evening marshmallow roasts.

During your stay at The Yellow House, you'll enjoy 67 feet of frontage on serene Little Traverse Lake. A sandy beach, shallow waterfront, and wood dock make for an ideal swimming spot. The rowboat and four kayaks on site enable exploration of the lake's clear waters and picturesque surroundings. Additional amenities include a gas grill, plentiful seating for outdoor dining, a bocce ball set, family board games, and Adirondack chairs for lakeside lounging.

The Yellow House is conveniently within walking distance of Market 22, a local gem offering pastries, sandwiches, pizza, and sundries. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is just across the lake, with a short, scenic walking path to Lake Michigan's Good Harbor Bay. The Yellow House is also a short drive to the charming towns of Glen Arbor, Leland, and Suttons Bay. This cottage is a wonderful spot from which to explore all that Leelanau County has to offer, including golfing at several area courses, hiking or biking on nearby trails, wine tasting at local wineries, climbing Sleeping Bear Dunes, dining and shopping in neighboring towns, and much more!

More Details

Mary Fallon
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 2, 2018

About Mary Fallon

We have been vacationing in Leelanau County with our six children for over 20 years. After renting cottages in several different locations around the county, we discovered our perfect spot, Little Traverse Lake, 17 years ago. The calm and crowd-free water (shh! that's a secret!) enticed our watersport-loving family, and we've been hooked ever since. In addition to spending time on the lake, we love to bike and cross-country ski the nearby trails, hike the dunes, explore local restaurants and festivals, and take in the gorgeous sunsets. In the summer of 2006, we were fortunate to find a place of our own, The Yellow House. Here our family has enjoyed birthdays, holidays, family reunions, engagements, anniversaries, and much more, as each season brings new adventures on Little Traverse Lake.

Mary Fallon purchased this cottage in 2006


Maple City 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:
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill


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(11 traveler reviews)

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Pristine family-friendly cottage in scenic Leelanau County
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect cottage for my family of 5. Kayaks were a bonus. Lake had excellent swimming. Market across the street was nice. Very good location to access dunes, Leland, Glen Arbor, TC, and Suttons Bay. Was very well stocked with supplies that we didn't even realize we would need. Will definitely book again.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay at the Yellow House

  • 5 of 5

Our week at the cottage was wonderful. Emily and Mary were very gracious and accommodating. Most important to me was that everything was, bedrooms and bathrooms. It was very well stocked for cooking, grilling, etc. Having a washing machine and dryer was a lifesaver. Our family loved the kayaks and the outdoor fire pit....wonderful that firewood was provided. Needless to say, this is a beautiful area with towns, restaurants, wineries, etc. I am happy to recommend the Yellow House!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Yellow House was perfect for the three generations of our family. The house is well equipped with everything you would need, but the special part is the lake side location. Every day has revolved around fishing, kayaking, swimming and s'mores! There is also lots to do in the area, with great walks and cycling. Leland was a favorite for us, which was bustling with interesting shops and plenty of quaint fishing spots.

Market 22 over the road was great for dinner and ice cream, as is the Traverse Inn which is walking distance and a great spot for dinner.

Dealing with Mary and Emily have made the whole process so easy, they are the perfect home owners and have been so friendly and helpful at every stage. We would all highly recommend this property and would love to return another time. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best furnished house we've ever stayed in. Owners have everything for everyday needs and lake extras

  • 5 of 5

Great house! Great location! Great communication by owners. Even without a/c we found the house to be very comfortable. The location to area towns and attractions makes it ideal. Able to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes, Glen Arbor, Empire and Leland multiple times each. The shallow water of Little Traverse allowed for swimming even though the outdoor temperature never was very warm. This area is absolutely beautiful!! The lakes are so blue and crystal clear. We are seriously considering a return trip. It's beauty without the sweltering beach heat or beach traffic.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice house, great location

  • 5 of 5

Nice clean house on a great lake. The location was great for trips to sleeping bear dunes and surrounding towns. It was also nice to hang out on the dock and paddle around on the provided kayaks and row boat. Owners were great to deal with.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House and even better location!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family! It was clean and the beds were comfy. The kitchen was much larger than the pictures and fully stocked. We enjoyed swimming off the dock, kayaking and evenings around the bonfire. The Market 22 across the street had some of the best pizza we have ever had and the breakfast was outstanding! The location can't be beat! you can drive 10 minutes in either direction and be in Leland or Glen Arbor. The perfect Up north Michigan vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Renter pays either $89 damage protection or $300 refundable damage/cleaning deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.