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100' Prime Lakefront - Rustic Cottage W/Dock, Boats (Sandy Lake Bottom Not Muck)

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front view of cottage from the end of our 48' dock


Last updated: 05/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

2 BR/1 BA w/great lake frontage

Enjoy one of Michigan's finest all-sports lakes in a secluded setting, with undeveloped lots on either side. Included at no extra charge is the use of our 14' aluminum fishing boat w/6HP outboard Johnson motor & plenty of gas, 14' Sunfish sailboat, (1) 12' kayak & (2) SunDolphin 8' plastic kayaks. (Please remember: this is just 1 of about 5 "Bear Lake"s in the state of Michigan! Ours is the one in Manistee County, Bear Lake Village, south of Traverse City and north of Manistee, on U.S. 31.)


Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 900 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    We simply ask that you smoke outdoors to respect the rights of our non-smoking guests. We have a great deck facing the lake to enjoy a smoke and/or a drink....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Pets may be kept outdoors, but we don't have a cleaning service and therefore can't allow them indoors....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    It is a single-level cottage, but there are a couple steps up to the exterior doors, and the interior doors may not be wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. (We apologize that it is not up to ADA code, but the cottage was built in the 1930s, and we would have to double the rent to renovate & update it.)...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    A good-size master bedroom which sleeps 2. Large closet....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double, 1 bunk bed

    A knotty pine bunkroom which sleeps 4....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


Other Amenities

  • Due to popular demand, we added an outdoor campfire pit last year, close to the lake shore. Firewood is provided at no extra charge. We have a picnic table with a view of the Lake, including some lawnchairs. Because we don't have a washer/dryer onsite, linens & towels can be provided upon request and for an additional charge, but most guests bring their own. To keep our rates as low as possible, we give guests the option to clean the cottage themselves (later 2:00 p.m. checkout, with our supplies and equipment), or pay a $45 fee to hire our optional cleaning service (earlier 10:00 a.m. checkout to allow staff time to clean). The $45 fee will be deducted from your damage deposit unless otherwise instructed. For fastest assistance/response, call/text 304-290-9043 (C). We will try to answer immediately or get back to you soon afterwards....moreless


  • Books:

    bookcase with many older paperback books/novels...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Charter Communications basic cable TV service...moreless

  • Television:

    new 40" LED flat-screen digital HDTV with cable & PC input...moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    100' of private lakefront. Great view of Bear Lake and direct access from the cottage. Shoreline is shallow sandy bottom, not muck, which is great for playing in the Lake! ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Seating has view of the Lake. Child highchair available upon request. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Fireplace:

    natural wood-burning fireplace; firewood provided...moreless

  • Heating:

    because this is a warm-season rental (May-October), the cottage has space heaters and a fireplace, but no central furnace...moreless

  • Internet:

    unlimited high-speed cable internet with wi-fi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room:

    includes the fireplace, (2) loveseats, an easy chair, and a rocking chair...moreless

  • Parking:

    (outdoor off-street parking)...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    2 coffeemakers: ~ 4-cup ~ 12-cup...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Fully stocked kitchen with pots, pans, dishes, flatware, etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    19.5" apartment-size electric oven/range...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    minimum supply of toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, hand & dish soap, garbage bags, charcoal & lighter fluid, salt & pepper, & some refrigerator condiments such as ketchup/ mustard/ salad dressings...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    18.2 cu ft full-size refrigerator/freezer (ice trays & bin, but no auto ice-maker)...moreless

  • Stove:

    smaller apartment-size electric stove/range...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    - 14' aluminum fishing boat w/6HP Johnson outboard motor & plenty of gas at no extra charge - 14' Sunfish sailboat...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    front deck with great Lake view...moreless

  • Golf:

    nice golf course on the other side of the Lake, plus many other great golf courses nearby...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    (1) 12' kayak (2) 8' plastic SunDolphin kayaks...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    large lawn...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    standard-size outdoor charcoal grill; (tools, firestarter, charcoal & lighter fluid provided)...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    inflatable water toys, life preservers, oars & paddles...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


from 7 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off Season
Apr 28 - May 26, 2017
2 night min stay
$450 $1,350
Early Season
May 27 - Jun 16, 2017
2 night min stay
$550 $1,650
Prime Season
Jun 17 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay

July 4th Week
Jul 1 - Jul 7, 2017
7 night min stay

flat fee
Late Season
Sep 9 - Sep 29, 2017
2 night min stay
$550 $1,650
Off Season
Sep 30 - Nov 3, 2017
2 night min stay
$450 $1,350
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 6%


No cancelation penalty! Owner needs to personally speak with all renters before reservation is confirmed. Since this is our vacation home, call us to discuss rental arrangements. We're offering a no-frills, low-cost vacation option which will appeal to those who want an outdoorsy getaway. (It is not a modern facility, but instead has rustic charm including knotty pine and cedar tongue & groove paneling, and a natural wood-burning fireplace.) The cottage is furnished and includes kitchen dishes, pots, pans, etc. To keep the cost low, however, you'll be responsible for linens & towels. There is no laundry facility on-site. You have the option to clean the cottage before you leave, or pay a $45 cleaning fee for us to hire a cleaning service. Other details can be discussed when you call us. We do check email, but call for faster response. 304-290-9043 (C).

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/25/2017
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Popular nearby attractions: Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes on Lake Michigan; canoe/kayak fun on Bear Lake and nearby rivers; Interlochen International Music Camp; Little River Casino in Manistee; Lake Michigan beaches; late summer Coho Salmon fishing in Manistee; fall colors


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1960

About the owner: We love our vacation cottage at Bear Lake, but rent it out when we're not using it to help pay the high property taxes.

Why the Owner Chose Bear Lake, MI, USA:
One of the best features of this secluded shoreline property is the great shallow, sandy shoreline. This makes swimming and splashing around in the lake so much more fun than some lakes with weedy/mucky bottoms, or those that are too deep near shore to wade out and have fun with floaty toys and inflatables. Ideal for families with younger children, but fun for adults too. Also, Bear Lake water temps are so much warmer than Lake Michigan! Warm enough in June to get into the water, and sometimes as warm as bathtub water by Labor Day! Our spring/fall guests come because of our low rates those times of year, and for a quiet scenic getaway. October is popular when the leaves start to turn, because the area is beautiful when the fall colors arrive!

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

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  • front view of cottage from the end of our 48' dock

    front view of cottage from the end of our 48' dock

  • lakefront deck

    lakefront deck

  • side view

    side view

  • back view

    back view

  • lake view

    lake view

  • road view (rear)

    road view (rear)

  • Bear Lake sunset

    Bear Lake sunset

  • lake view (from dining area)

    lake view (from dining area)

  • living room

    living room

  • kitchen


  • full bathroom

    full bathroom

  • downtown Bear Lake Village on the other side of the Lake

    downtown Bear Lake Village on the other side of the Lake

  • front view

    front view

  • side view

    side view

  • back view

    back view

  • side view

    side view

  • lake view

    lake view

  • Bear Lake sunset

    Bear Lake sunset

  • Bear Lake sunset

    Bear Lake sunset

  • natural wood-burning fireplace in living room

    natural wood-burning fireplace in living room

  • living room

    living room

  • master bedroom

    master bedroom

  • Bear Lake entrance park on the other side of the Lake

    Bear Lake entrance park on the other side of the Lake

  • Bear Lake aerial view

    Bear Lake aerial view

VRBO #716306

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Thursday, May 25, 2017

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