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Charming Island Lakeside Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

140 ft. lake frontage with gradual sloping sandy beach ideal for small children! Roomy 2000 sq ft 3BR/2BA. Artisan fieldstone fireplace, open floor plan; 1 king, 2 queen beds in bedrooms.

Large patio overlooking lake Genesrath where you can sit all day and watch the reflection of the woods across the shore and the wildlife escapades. Maxwell the muskrat, Peter the great blue heron, loons, beavers, geese, ducks, deer,squirrels, chipmunks and fish jumping in the lake entertain us. Short walking distance to Lake Michigan where you can stroll the sandy beaches and watch the swans and distant large boats/carriers making their way across Lake Michigan.

Norman Rockwell environment in nearby St James. Take ferry to St. James or 15 minute flight from scenic harbor town of Charlevoix on mainland. Reserve early to put your car on the ferry or rent one on the island.

Numerous lakes on island with fishing opportunities, abundant scenic drives and walking trails. Biking trails, canoeing and kayaking opportunities available. Two kayaks available at cottage for use or stretch out in the hammock. Golf, tennis, restaurants and Irish pubs nearby. Cottage in small friendly community of cottages. Shared dock use and nearby boat launch on Lake Genesrath.

More Details

Dennis and Sheila McAllister
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2017

About Dennis and Sheila McAllister

Dennis McAllister 'Mac' grew up on MIchigan and graduated from University of Michigan Dental school. He has retired from his Kansas Dental practice and spends summers with his wife, Sheila, at their home in Traverse City or at the Beaver Island Cottage.

Dennis and Sheila McAllister purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Dennis and Sheila McAllister chose Northwest

We searched for the perfect lakeside cottage for many years and this quaint, charming home and beach had it all! Secluded location with friendly neighbors where you will want to sit on the large patio and look at the lake all day long observing wildlife and the reflection of undeveloped lakeside wilderness across the lake. True North Country experience with many opportunities for activities, restaurants, pubs, museums, shops etc.


Beaver Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • 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
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , double sinks
  • One with 2 sinks and shower and other with tub/shower combination
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Two rooms with queen size and king size bed in master. Fold out couch in large bonus room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Charming Island Lakeside Cottage
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Super relaxing place with all the amenities, beautiful views everywhere, cottage and island

  • 5 of 5

The McAllisters know what it takes to make you feel at home. The home is spacious, clean, with all the little touches you wouldn't expect, games, puzzles, kayaks, wood for bonfires, grill, etc.. If you're looking to relax, this is the place!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four really enjoyed our time at this wonderful vacation spot. The house is stocked with everything you could possibly need for your week and more. Nice and cozy with beautiful views of the woods and lake. The fireplace was nice to have too! Our kids loved having the lake in their own backyard and swimming and catching frogs all day. The neighbors were very friendly as well. Beaver Island is such a special place and staying in a nice cabin such as this is just icing on the cake! Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

We came all the way from Dallas to enjoy this beautiful and quiet area with some of our family in Michigan. Getting there was a little time consuming for us traveling from Dallas but we really enjoyed the cozy cottage, lake and surrounding area. We had everything we needed at the cottage, although bikes would have been nice to have. We did rent bikes in St. James and toured some of the areas of the island. McAllister's cottage is a little slice of heaven if you really want to get away from it all.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking reprieve from hectic life...

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this charming little cottage was nothing short of breathtaking. It offers a beautiful view of Lake G and tons of peace and quiet. Perfect place for those looking to get away from the hectic pace of everyday life. Stunning views, friendly neighbors and plenty of R&R. Hoping very much to be able to stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful peaceful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect for our family of four. It had everything we needed. Mornings and evenings were so quiet and peaceful, looking out over the lake. The kids enjoyed fishing and we all enjoyed kayaking. There are several beaches nearby, and we had a great time exploring the island! We're already talking about going back!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a week here and my husband already wants to go back! We brought our 5 kids who range in age from 2-13 years. They loved the kayaks, playing in the lake, sand, and big shady yard, and campfires with s'mores every night. Brought our small fishing boat and it was so convenient to dock it right at the property for use anytime. Right down the road is the beautiful beach at Iron Ore Bay. Although it's a public beach, we went there daily and only encountered ONE other family the entire week. Amazing!

Lovely, private, and peaceful. Loved listening to the loons at night. If you're looking for rest, nature, and quality time together as a family, this is a great choice. Owners are kind and helpful. We packed much of our own food, which was nice since the property is a bit further from town. But you could also buy from McDonough's market, which is really not terribly overpriced. Special place on a very special island. Thank you, Sheila!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Donegal Danny's
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
St James from Charlevoix
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Beaver Island
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Donegal Danny's
Car: necessary

Historic Island inhabited by Indians, then Irish, then Mormon's who kicked off the Irish and finally by the Irish who kicked off the Mormon's. Many historical sites and Museums. Enjoy small community and beach on Lake Genesrath where cottage sits and walk 1/2 mile to Lake Michigan and stroll along the beaches there. Many hiking and nature trails in area, boat launch nearby. Air commuter and ferry from the scenic harbor village of Charlevoix on mainland. Island close to all of scenic north Michigan.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $115
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Deposit $500

car and passenger ferry to island. Make reservation early for cars!
2 commuter 15 minute plane services fly multiple times daily Owners use Fresh Air Aviation 1
Prices for Holiday weekends may be higher
check in is 3 pm and check out is 10am without special arrangements
Go back in time to Norman Rockwell settings and the 1950's when solitude was more plentiful and beaches weren't crowded. Great Irish Pubs and other restaurant options, full grocery and hardware stores. Hunting, fishing and all water activities available

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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