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


About the property

Beach, Waterfront, 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
    Upstairs bedroom/game room - 1 queen , Lounge chair folds flat also
    Main floor bedroom - 1 queen
    Living room sleeper sofa and futon - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Short queen sleeper sofa and futon
  • Easily sleep 2 per bedroom plus 2 or more on the sleeper sofa, futon and lounger
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • churches
  • festivals
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Maximum of 3 vehicles


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average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews

Family Retreat, Up-north

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our week on Timberlane Drive. Lake Michigan is phenomenal. The sounds and sunsets were stunning, and the kayaks were well used by the grandkids.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was as described, clean, hi- tech features with everything labeled, a well equipped kitchen, and best of all pet friendly our Golden Retriever loved every minute of our stay. Bob was a pleasure to deal with, I highly recommend this special getaway vacation

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, serene cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Rustic cottage feel, with large, fully-equipped kitchen and modern touches, such as large screen TVs with TiVo, Xbox game room, and lighting on dimmer switches.

The property is beautiful, with a private beach, two fire pits, large deck with plenty of seating, tables, and brand new gas grill.

Very close to Traverse City, Torch Lake, Lake Charlovoix, and many trails. We enjoyed the cute shops and restaurants in these areas, but mostly liked walking the beach with our dog, looking for Petosky stones and enjoying the ever-changing "attitude" of the bay and lake.

Bob and Shelley are both very kind, and truly want to make your stay enjoyable. The home was very clean and fires were set up in both fire pits and the fireplace in the living room. They both made themselves available if you have any questions, or would just like information about the area.

I would highly recommend this home! You won't regret it. It's a true gem.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything We'd Hoped For and More!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for five days over Christmas and it was everything we’d hoped for and more! The cottage was the perfect size for our family of four and so well-equipped! The view of the bay is magnificent and each day brought different weather conditions – from 20 to 50 degrees and light breezes to 50 mph gusts – but each one beautiful.

Shelley was a wonderful host, checking in with us the first morning and then again after a brief power outage later in our stay. And the Christmas decorations were a nice touch! She had also set up a fire ready to light in your new beautiful fire place! Due to the warmer weather, we didn’t take advantage of the local winter activities, instead had many wonderful walks on the beach and many board games by the fire.

The location is very private in the winter. We never saw anyone on the beach and encountered only one person on the road. We imagine that even in the summer, this would be a quiet spot compared to other areas of northern Michigan and we do hope to return in the future!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is an excellent place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was the best cottage experience we have ever had. Bob and Shelley make every effort to make your stay the best and provide you with everything you need to make your stay comfortable and fun. The cottage is well maintained and clean. Many amenities have already been mentioned in other reviews but one of the great advantages to us that has not been mentioned frequently is the kitchen. If you are a family that for whatever reason prefers to cook you own food, this is the place for you. The kitchen is fully stocked with high quality equipment and cookware. High quality foods are easily obtained in local markets and roadside stands in the summer. There is even gas grill and fire pit for outdoor cooking. We had 3 generations of family here for 1 week and we all, from youngest (7)to oldest( no comment) had such a good time. We would be glad to return again and would surely recommend this cottage to anyone. Kathleen Wilkening

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House on Lake Michigan!

  • 5 of 5

The Bayfront Beach Sunset Cottage is a great house to rent for beach activities and also to visit the cute areas around it ( Charlevoix, Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes). The house is modern and clean. It was very well equipped with everything we needed. Shelley, the manager, was very helpful and informative. Bob , the owner, was prompt and available to answer any questions I had. The views of Lake Michigan from the house are breath taking! The beach is sandy and the bottom iis shallow so there are no speeding boats interrupting the quiet. We enjoyed the fire pit and the surprise Bob left for us! Everything was great and we really enjoyed our time!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City (TVC)
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Side Door Saloon @ Blue Pelican Inn
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Antrim Dells
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
U.S. 31
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Blue Pelican Inn
Nearest Ski
17 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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