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Family Cottage On Lake Michigan With A Private, White Sand Beach

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Shingle-sided Cottage On Lake Michigan. 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10.

Attention: We will begin taking reservations on Oct. 1 for the 2018 season. Priority is given to returning guests. Rates may increase slightly each year.

This rustic, shingle-sided cottage is one of the last of its kind in Leland. The beach is literally out the back door and Lake Michigan is a constant presence. Nearly all the rooms, including both the dining room and the deck where we take our meals, overlook it. No matter the weather, you'll hear the waves and sometimes the wind in the surrounding pines.

With five bedrooms — three in the main house and two in "the annex" just across the deck from the main house — as many as 10 adults can sleep comfortably; children can double up. There are two-and-a-half baths, with a clawfoot tub in the main house and a shower in the annex. There are canoes and bicycles for your use, as well as a Sunfish sailboat for experienced sailors, and we provide linen and towels, so there’s no need to bring those.

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Mandy Bankson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
August 3, 2017

About Mandy Bankson

The cottage has been in our family for four generations. A pair of great-grandparents rode here on horseback from Indiana to celebrate their honeymoon.

Mandy Bankson purchased this cottage in 1930

Why Mandy Bankson chose Lake Leelanau

It's as if Pineacres has been preserved in amber. It is a rustic gem that conjures up a time when things at least seemed simpler than they are today. If your childhood included summers at a treasured lakeside cottage where the days were long and the nights were gentle, then Pineacres will rekindle those memories. And if you want your children to experience the same, then Pineacres is for them, as well.

For years our cottage has been a place to connect with family and friends, a place to while away the hours in conversation, or catch up on our reading, or play a game of cards. If you like, it can be a respite from a world of incessant demands for your attention, a respite from the world of pixels and tiny screens.

It's a place where sunlight drifts through the pines and the white birches sway in the breeze. A place where the sound of children's laughter competes with the waves rolling on the beach. A place to gather stones and cook good meals and be present for one another.

If it's true that for everything there is a season, then the summer is for Pineacres.

What makes this cottage unique

It's undeniable that the cottage's location is it's prime attraction. Lake Michigan in all its moods is a giant presence there. But for some visitors, the cottage's charm rivals the lake as a reason for a journey. Little has changed at Pineacres over the decades. The field stone fireplaces are as solid as ever. The delicate paper lanterns that hang from the living room's exposed beams have survived. There's old, wavy glass in some of the multi-paned windows and for generations the cast iron, claw foot tub has been the place for children to take their Saturday night bath.

Admittedly, the cottage is not to everyone's taste. The kitchen is fully equipped but lacks a dishwasher. And the shower is perfectly fine but nowhere near luxurious.

Pineacres harkens back to when Leland's Fishtown was not a tourist attraction but a genuine fishing port; a time when the boats were made of wood and the men were made of iron, rather than the other way around, to quote an old-timer. It's the cottage's similar lack of pretension that we love.


Leland Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , Sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Sink
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , 1 shower w/2 doors, one of which can open to outdoors; sink
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Full Double, Sleeps Two Adults
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Linens and bath and beach towels provided. There are five bicycles, two canoes, a Sunfish sailboat, a rowboat and a small inflatable raft for guests to use. Keywords: family romance children 55+ beach swimming stargazing Petoskey stones agates vineyards wine farmers markets artisanal organic produce Mario Batali dining art crafts Hemingway Fishtown fishing National Lakeshore Manitou Islands hiking camping eco-tourism pow-wow Peshawbetown Sleeping Bear Dunes


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Family Cottage On Lake Michigan With A Private, White Sand Beach
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  • 5 of 5

If the write up of Pineacres resonated with you, the "getting away from it all" and "stepping back in time" appeal will exceed your expectations. It's exactly what we as a family have been looking for since we started renting homes along Lake Michigan several years ago. As my mother summed it up on our first night there, "Now I can die happy, having found the cottage I've always wanted." Safe to say as long as this cottage remains a rental, we will be renting! What a fantastic week we had!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dreaming of our stay at Pineacres.....

  • 5 of 5

Pineacres is such a special place. Just as the video shows, it is 1 minute from a beautiful and pristine beach and our children played in the sand from dusk until dawn. When we arrived, the house was immaculate, not a speck of sand on the floor. The antique beds were comfortable and there were so many friendly and helpful notes around the house to tell us about local attractions. We fell asleep to the sound of the water every night and ate dinner on the outside deck between the main house and the annex. It was glorious.

We loved the rustic cottage in the woods. If you are ready to disconnect from the internet, tv, and your cell phone in order to listen to the sounds of birds and the beach, then this is the place for you.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enchanted Cottage...a Trip Back in Time

  • 5 of 5

The moment I walked in to Pineacres...I fell in love. A step back in time...a simpler time. No wifi, no tvs, no dishwasher...but no shortage of books, history, views, sounds of the lake lapping the shore, evening fires, boat rides, rock collecting and did I say history? We felt privileged to be able to share in the story of Pinacres and the surrounding land which unfolds so beautifully in Anne's notes and journal entries included in the history of Leland, Indiana Woods and Pineacres. When not at the beach, biking into Leland, or hiking the area...I loved to wander the cottage and absorb all the details. The views from the bedrooms were amazing. To be able to sit up in bed and see lake Michigan was a real treat. Thank you for entrusting us and sharing the momentos, photos and lovely antiques throughout the cottage. We added our own heart stone to the mantel in the annex and I collected 3 of my own 'wish stones' to start my collection around our door in Ohio. We would love to come back next year. Thank you for a magical week.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing, just right place

  • 5 of 5

We have been vacationing on the shores of Lake Michigan for 24 years. We have stayed on Good Harbor Bay, Christmas Cove and most recently Cat Head Bay.

This place was simply amazing! So much history and rustic charm

Loved the location to Leland and the position to the lake. Sitting above the water, shaded from the afternoon sum was lovely.

We WILL be back next year

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brentwood, TN

Summer Bliss

  • 5 of 5

Our two-week August stay at Pineacres was wonderful and exceeded our expectations. We moved to this glorious home after our summer vacation spot of 27 years was put up for sale last year and found it to be just perfect. This is a much-loved, family cottage -- full of the personality and years of care of those who own it. We truly felt like we were welcomed into a beloved home. It is clean, well-maintained and has all the amenities we needed. It is rustic and casual, an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life. We were steps away from Lake Michigan -- one of our "requirements" for our vacation in this area. We plan to return for many years to come! It is our new "home away from home" and we are grateful to have discovered it! It's well worth the 14 hours we drive from Tennessee to get here!

Anne, Tom and Beth Gillem, Brentwood, TN

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for 3 generations!

  • 5 of 5

I have loved coming to the Leland area since I was a little girl and can count on one hand the number of times my husband and I have NOT gone there for our vacation with our children and now our grandchildren. We have rented many places in the area, but Pineacres is with out a doubt one of our favorite places that we have stayed. THe house is spacious and charming. No t.v. or wifi, but the children never complained as there is so much to do! Playing on the spacious beautiful beach, swimming in the waves, collecting rocks, biking into town for ice cream every evening, eating out on the deck over looking the lake and enjoying the rustic charm of the house. The location of the house is one of it's best assets, right on the beach and walking distance to Leland. The house was clean and well maintained. It was so easy going through VRBO and received quick responses from the owner for any questions that we had. All 3 generations from 67 down to 7 months had a wonderful week and we hope to come back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located in Leelanau County, has been named Good Morning America's Most Beautiful Place in America. It boasts 64 miles of beaches along Lake Michigan, two islands, 26 inland lakes, more than 50,000 acres of land, and the monumental sand dunes from which it gets its name.

The village of Leland is filled with galleries and restaurants. Northern Michigan's commercial fishing heritage remains alive in Fishtown. Walk along the docks, amongst the weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, racks of drying fishing nets, and fish tugs on the Leland River, and you can imagine what it would have been like in the early 1900s to live and work in this small fishing village, nestled along the shore of Lake Michigan. Fishtown still operates as one of the only working commercial fishing villages in the state of Michigan.

Our cottage is located in Indiana Woods, a short walk from Fishtown, and reached by a private road.


Rates & Availability

Leland Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

Rental Rate $2450/week 10 guest maximum
Fall Rate: $2,150/week
$500 refundable security deposit
6% Michigan State Tax

Cancellation Policy:
1. Bookings canceled 60 days or more before the start of the stay will receive a 100% refund.
2. If reservations are cancelled between 59 and 30 days from the arrival date, guests forfeit their initial rental deposit. We will refund the portion of the security deposit already paid.
3. If reservations are cancelled less than 30 days from the arrival date, or if the balance due has not been paid by that deadline, guests will be held responsible for the entire rental fee. Security deposits will be refunded only if there is no balance due.
4. In all instances, if we are able to rent the cottage to a suitable tenant for the weeks in question, refunds will be issued to those who cancelled or failed to make a timely payment.

Reservations taken for following year beginning October 1
Priority given to returning guests
Rates may increase slightly each year

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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