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The Reasons Why You Go to the Lake--on the Water, in the Woods, Near the Fun.

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Lunch or sunning in the yard, well maintained cottage in the woods on the water.

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Last updated: 01/07/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

On Water In The Woods, Nearly New Inside; Perfect For 2 Adults & 4 Children

Three bedrooms, one bathroom. Full living room. Full kitchen, dining room table and stove; scrambled eggs in the morning, and game night with the kids in the evening. Ceiling fans. Sunny, bright, water views through new French doors. Two grills and outdoor eating--one grill and picnic table just outside the kitchen, another grill and seating at the shoreline. Sunning near the house or at the water. Fire pit seating area for book reading, heron and swan watching, and night time campfires. Fish off the dock. Sunrise walks around the lake, evening walks to Empire's sunset beach and ice cream. The new, multi-million dollar Sleeping Bear Bike Path and a secluded hiking path start just outside the entrance to the quarter mile private road that leads to the cottage. Fresh linens and kitchen equipment all included. Come for all the reasons that make you want to be in Leelanau County--close to the Empire Museum, the National Park Headquarters, the public beaches, the Library, tennis, softball, and Empire shops (including kayak, paddleboard, and other rentals); Glen Arbor only a few minutes farther away, with Big Glen and Little Glen lakes, marina boat rentals, boat launches, Giant Sand Dunes, and restaurants like Cherry Republic, Art's, Boondocks, Funistrada, and more. North Bar Lake, Esch Beach, the best National Park trailheads are only minutes away. Inside, brand new hardwood floors, recently purchased mattresses on all beds. Queen size master bed. Fresh appliances and clean shower. Bright sunny views. Cool shaded afternoons, pleasant evenings. No air conditioning needed. Churches are all in walking distance, closest to St. Philip Catholic. Deep water fishing charters available in Empire, Glen Arbor, or Frankfort, and golf all around the county, closest only 7 minutes away.

Owner

Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 01/07/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Ideal for two adults and four children--but children means children. Not sized or suited for groups of adults. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Never been smoked in. Smoking in the house ends the lease. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    No pets means no pets. House is pet free and it's in the woods, so No pets inside, and no pets outside. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    not well-suited for wheelchair use...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 2: 2 bunk bed

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  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

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  • Two downstairs bedrooms--one queen, one with bunkbed twins. Large second floor single room upstairs has two twin beds (and a desk for checking in with the office if necessary). ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

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  • One clean, bright, comfortably-sized bathroom with full window and shower. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Unit is cleaned and linens are refreshed between each rental.

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Dock and lakefront seating....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Sits on 250 private feet of South Bar Lake frontage; fire pit, dock, sunrise views, nature haven--herons, swans, fishing. Canoe and Kayak rentals available in town, 1/2 mile down the shoreline. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Located in shady woods on a private gravel road, close to everything, but off the beaten path. Scene is quite unlike most Empire rentals, much more private, shaded, and secluded. ...moreless

  • Village:

    On the edge of the Village Limits of Empire--sleepy town surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore, known for the town's public beach and nightly sunsets. 5 miles from Glen Arbor....moreless

  • Water View:

    5 minutes to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive; 7 minutes to National Lakeshore's Giant Sand Dunes; 8 minutes to the Glen Lake Marina Boat rentals on Big Glen and Little Glen Lakes....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Farmhouse table seats six, for food or games. Picnic table outside with two grills. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Linens Provided:

    All bed linens included. ...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    ample parking for your cars and boat. No live-in trailers allowed. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels at the start of your rental, for INDOOR use only, not as beach towels. ...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    New sink, young stove with oven (bake a cherry pie in the Cherry Capital). Clean and modern refrigerator. Cabinets stocked with necessary pots, pans, and utensils. Coffee maker and microwave included...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Clean and barely used, but you will prefer the two outdoor grills and fire pit. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Clean and full sized....moreless

  • Stove:

    Clean and barely used, but you will prefer the two outdoor grills and fire pit. ...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Bicycles
  • Golf:

    available on public courses within 5 and ten mile radii of the house...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Two grills and a bonfire pit. ...moreless

  • Tennis:

    available on public courts within a mile...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer
May 27 - Jun 23, 2017
4 night min stay
$160
Summer 2017
Jun 24 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,000
September 2017
Sep 9 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,200

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 6%

Notes:

Names and ages of all occupants must be provided with signed lease and first payment before rental is confirmed. No pets, no exceptions, inside or outside. Number of renters is strictly limited; renters must be identified; no more than 4 adults; rental terminates if occupied overnight by more than the agreed number or identities. Lease rights are not transferable or assignable; any pet presence or attempted assignment or sublet terminates the rental and forfeits all funds, regardless of occupancy. 6% Michigan sales tax must be added and paid by renter to owner. Email inquiries should include your name and the proposed occupant number and names. The house is well-suited for the number advertised (2 adults and 4 children), and will stay well maintained if it is not subjected to excessive occupancy. It is not intended for groups of young adults. 20% Discount applies (only) to the second week for anyone renting two consecutive full weeks.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    "One of Good Morning America's Top Ten Most Beautiful Places in America. Giant sand dunes, hi..."

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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Traverse City
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Village Inn
75 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Ludington Ferry from Wisconsin
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Dunes Golf Course, multiple others
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
M 72 and M 22
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Friendly Tavern
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Empire Public Beach

Car: Recommended

Sits in the woods on a lot with 250 feet of South Bar Lake frontage, minutes from the main entrance to the Dunes Lakeshore National Park. Newly paved multi-mile National Park bike trail is 1/4 mile from the house. Best three public Lake Michigan beaches in Northwest Michigan (Empire Beach, Esch Beach, and Glen Haven Beach) are each within five-seven minutes. A more secluded beach in the National Park can be reached by a hiking trail, only 2,500 steps on your Fitbit from the door of the cottage. Launch your own boat or rent boats and jetskis on pristine Big Glen or Little Glen Lakes (10 mins) or launch them directly into Lake Michigan from the Empire (5 mins) or Glen Arbor (10 mins) boat launches. Deep water fish charters available in town; or casual shallow fishing on South Bar for Pike and Bass. Fish, kayak, canoe or paddleboard on warmer South Bar Lake using your equipment or rentals from the Surf & Kayak shop less than a mile away in downtown Empire, where there are groceries, restaurants, a bar, ice cream, and extraordinary nightly sunsets at the Empire public beach. 10 minutes to upscale dining and shops in Glen Arbor. 25 minutes to Traverse City (Cherry Festival, County Fair, shops, restaurants, go-carts). 8 minutes to the Dunes Golf Course; 20-40 minutes to many others, including Arcadia Bluffs. Library, new public tennis courts, kids' playground, and baseball diamonds all within a mile in Empire. 15 minutes from the Homestead Resort with all that Glen Arbor offers (at a fraction of the Homestead price). Park's two best hiking trails are within minutes--Bluff Trail just south of town (five minutes), and Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail just off our private drive leading to a secluded Lake Michigan beach 2,000 steps later. Moon rises over South Bar with great bird watching and spectacular night photography. Empire Museum, with the area's logging history, is two miles, and Glen Haven Coast Guard station and museum (and beach) are five miles away. The National Park's Visitor's Center (at M72 and M22) is only one mile from our private road entrance.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: Familiar with the very best Leelanau County has to offer. 30 years long time summer residents in Empire after 20 years of childhood Empire vacations.

Why the Owner Chose Empire, MI, USA:
This is why summer vacationers come to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Empire is the epicenter of all the activities, which can be reached in minutes from this cottage. But this particular cottage is also why a family "goes to the Lake"--water, nature, sun, peace, privacy, family, modern comfort in a relaxed setting. Cost-effective Empire, close to Glen Arbor, Traverse, and all Up North attractions.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The shoreline beckons--private, wooded, pleasant for cook-outs and bonfires and family time. Grills and some toys included. Bring your boat on a trailer and explore local lakes. Play cards and games late into the night with the breeze through the windows, and wake up to birds. No old cottage interior here. New floors, fresh paint, tile, appliances, windows and doors. New rental bikes available in town--we can provide a couple if needed. Croquet and Badminton available in the yard. Shoreline fire pit and furniture available for the evenings, watching the moon rise.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 01/07/2017

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Photos

  • Lunch or sunning in the yard, well maintained cottage in the woods on the water.

    Lunch or sunning in the yard, well maintained cottage in the woods on the water.

  • quiet sun and shade, east view is of South Bar Lake

    quiet sun and shade, east view is of South Bar Lake

  • Much more kitchen than a week at the Lake requires.

    Much more kitchen than a week at the Lake requires.

  • Cottage in the woods

    Cottage in the woods

  • Nature all around.

    Nature all around.

  • Well-lit, clean, bright interior

    Well-lit, clean, bright interior

  • bedroom with bunk beds

    bedroom with bunk beds

  • two twin beds with lots of room upstairs, and fresh air ventilation at each end

    two twin beds with lots of room upstairs, and fresh air ventilation at each end

  • morning sun on pleasant space

    morning sun on pleasant space

  • clean and bright

    clean and bright

  • Frist grill, just outside kitchen on stone wall; 2d grill at water.

    Frist grill, just outside kitchen on stone wall; 2d grill at water.

  • Fire pit, open grill, at the water, with rising moon in the background.

    Fire pit, open grill, at the water, with rising moon in the background.

  • New doors and windows, facing east, with bright sunshine.

    New doors and windows, facing east, with bright sunshine.

  • New appointments throughout the interior. Sunny French doors.

    New appointments throughout the interior. Sunny French doors.

  • Surrounding trees allow morning sun and provide afternoon shade.

    Surrounding trees allow morning sun and provide afternoon shade.

  • Plenty of size for 2 adults and 4 children. Two twins in the 2d floor bed room

    Plenty of size for 2 adults and 4 children. Two twins in the 2d floor bed room

  • Game night with the kids.

    Game night with the kids.

  • east view from the kitchen window to the lake

    east view from the kitchen window to the lake

  • Upstairs dormer with beds and desk, and cross ventilation end to end.

    Upstairs dormer with beds and desk, and cross ventilation end to end.

  • all bedrooms bright, well-lit and clean

    all bedrooms bright, well-lit and clean

  • A real bathroom, with plenty of room.

    A real bathroom, with plenty of room.

  • Clean, fresh cabinets, sink and view; pots, pans, coffee maker.

    Clean, fresh cabinets, sink and view; pots, pans, coffee maker.

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Saturday, January 07, 2017

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