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Cozy cottage on Boardman River. Within minutes of Traverse City.

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath cottage sleeps 4 people with river view.

Charming 1 bedroom, 1 bath cottage. 1 bedroom has a queen size bed, and there is another room with 2 twin size beds. A complete kitchen for all of your cooking needs. Gas fireplace in the living room. Slider opens onto a large wrap around deck with a gas fire pit looking out at the river. Gas grill and outdoor table for entertaining and dining. Large lawn leading down to a river front dock. There is no central AC, but there are ceiling fans and floor fans. Fire pit for roasting marshmallows and making s'mores. Come enjoy all the river has to offer, and be within minutes of all Traverse City attractions!

Dawn and Jeff Ameel
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 10, 2017

About Dawn and Jeff Ameel

My husband Jeff and I both grew up in Traverse City. We bought this property 15 years ago as a summer home for our family when our children were growing up. We originally bought the 3 bedroom house adjacent to this property, and then bought the cottage to use as a guest house.

Dawn and Jeff Ameel purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Dawn and Jeff Ameel chose Northwest

Having grown up in Traverse City it was important to us to own a home back in T.C. We were living in Asia at the time this property was purchased. We wanted a place to bring our children for the summer. Having lived in large metropolitan areas such as Tokyo and Hong Kong we were looking for a place that was quiet and surrounded by nature.

What makes this cottage unique

We chose this property mainly for the peace and quiet. It is at the end of a two track road with no traffic. We can sit on our front deck and see deer, rabbits and birds. We love the sound of the rippling water of the river. We have learned to enjoy kayaking, tubing and fishing on this beautiful clean river.


Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom with shower comes with towels and washcloths. Sink, toilet and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • One bedroom has 2 twin beds. There is a queen size bed located in an open room with a curtain divider with views to the river. All bath towels and linens are provided. Beach towels are not provided.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Cozy cottage on Boardman River. Within minutes of Traverse City.
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 26 reviews
Warrenton, MO

Charming cabin- fun and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Very nice clean cabin. Perfect for our party of 3. We want to say thank you to caretaker Mike. We had questions about using the kayaks on the river and he offered to give us a little lesson on his own time. His kindness was so appreciated. We enjoyed our time in Traverse City. The Lackey Family

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review! I am happy Mike was there to help you! I hope you are able to come back again! Dawn
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Good Time

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was clean and large enough for my family of four. My young children enjoyed the fire pits, hammock and watching kayakers float down the river. It was not far from downtown Traverse City and an easy drive to Sleeping Bear Dunes. We really enjoyed our stay. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful home with everything you could possibly need on property! Thanks Dawn and Jeff!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Neat place, peaceful setting, few issues

  • 3 of 5

Serene and peaceful setting. Cottage is nicely decorated. Has a Keurig coffee maker which was a nice touch. Only issues were the water and temperature control. The water has a strong mineral smell (iron?) most noticeable in the shower. Didn't notice it as much in the sinks. There's also no central air. Plenty of fans provided. I didn't mind but since hubby likes it cold when he sleeps, that didn't work out well.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Holly, I am very sorry you did not read on our VRBO website that there was no central air conditioning at the cottage. I wish you would have mentioned that having a cold room to sleep in for your husband was important. If I had known before or during your stay that you were unhappy I could have moved you next door to our rental home that was available during the same days as your stay. The house has central A/C and a water softener that helps with the well water. Thank you for your kind comments that you wrote in our guest book at the cottage. Dawn
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Beautiful cottage on the Boardman River!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very clean, beds are super comfortable and they had everything we needed for cooking and grilling out. Will definitely be back again!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great, cozy cabin not far from TC!

  • 4 of 5

Great cabin just 10-15 minutes from downtown Traverse City. Supermarket (and a Redbox) only 5 minutes away, making it easy to run to the store if you forget to bring something. Property is on a quiet spot on the Boardman River at the end of a well-maintained private road. Two things kept this from being a 5-star review. 1) The mattress was very uncomfortable and 2) the shower drain kept backing up/draining very slowly. The drain was clear of anything that would cause this, but even a 5-minute shower made it so I was standing in 1/2" of water and would take 15 minutes or more to drain completely. I'm guessing this has to do with the high water table and proximity to the river. Since there were only the 2 of us, we were able to space out our showers so that it could drain completely in between, but having 3 or 4 people would have made things difficult.

Overall, this is a great property and we will likely book it again!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Zak. I will have our handyman take a look at our shower and drain. The mattress is only 2 years old, and other guests have found it to be comfortable, but we will definitely check it out. You were our first guest for the 2017 season so we appreciate your comments and suggestions. We look forward to having you come back again!! Thank you, Dawn
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Grawn / Traverse City
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Many Locations
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US 31 / 37
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Many Fine Restaurants
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Holiday Hills
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Traverse City
Car: necessary

Charming 1 bedroom 1 bath cottage on 100 feet of beautiful Boardman River. Sleeps 4 people comfortably. Bedroom has a Queen Size. 2 twin beds in open area of cottage. A completely stocked kitchen is ready for any level of cooking you desire. Gas grill, patio furniture and outdoor dining table is ready for outside dining. Open living room with gas fireplace and satellite T.V. All linens and towels are included. Large wrap around deck overlooking the front lawn and river. Large lawn with fire pit and riverfront dock. Great river for fishing, kayaking and tubing. Cottage is located 10 minutes from downtown Traverse City and 5 minutes from the Soccer field. Traverse is known for it's beautiful waterfront, winery tours, fine restaurants, festivals, shopping etc.


Rates & Availability

Traverse City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2017 - Mar 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

Now available for 3 night minimum stays! Check-in at 3:00pm; check-out at 11:00am. Owner has the right to change rates at anytime. 50% due when booking dates. This amount is non-refundable. The other 50% is due 30 days before arrival. . When booking please send address for hard copy contract.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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