About the property
- Cottage900 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
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 (effectively 300' of private lake frontage). Our rustic/retro cottage doesn't have many modern fancy upgrades (which helps us keep our rates low), so what you're getting is a great lakefront experience. 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, (1) 10' kayak, & (3) 8' plastic lake kayaks. (Note: 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.)
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
About Kevin Mallison
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.
Kevin Mallison purchased this Cottage in 1960
Why Kevin Mallison chose Pleasanton
One of the best features of this secluded lakefront property is the lengthy 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!
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Rustic & Relaxed
Kevin was extremely helpful and insightful and provided a wonderful stay. The atmosphere was relaxing and laid back. I would highly recommend this spot.
Wonderful place to relax and relax some more
We had a wonderful few weeks of cottage life with a marvelous view of lake and sky and many cozy fires to cuddle up to. This is a perfect get away to enjoy nature and space and we did and would come back and do it again! Thank you Kevin!
Wonderful lake experience
Great little getaway cottage! Kevin is awesome to work with, very accommodating and ready to make your stay the best it can be. Definitely want to come again.
If you like the outdoors.
My husband and I enjoyed our time at the Juniper Cottage. Very peaceful and quiet. We enjoyed fishing and taking a boat ride at sunset every day. My first time to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, fun, fun, fun. The kayaks were fun!! We had a bonfire every night and star gazing was amazing. I think we'll be back.
Quasi rustic, dusty cabin with lots of fun things around it...including the dock onto Bear Lake
Nice owner, great value!
A pretty little getaway
We purposely chose the "pre-season" in early May, as we were looking for some peace and quiet. It was beautiful -- we were the only ones on the lake and enjoyed kayaking and just relaxing. Regular visits by bufflehead and merganser ducks and were especially nice. Kevin was pleasant to work with and the cabin was comfortable and quiet. Just what we had hoped for.
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; restored historic Ramsdell Theatre (plays) and Vogue Theater (movies) in Manistee
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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 costs low, however, our posted rental rates do not include linens, towels or maid service (which many of our guests provide themselves). There is no laundry facility on-site, but we can provide a clean starter set of basic towels and linens for an additional $45 fee if you don't want to bring your own. You have the option to clean the cottage before you leave, or pay a $45 cleaning fee for us to hire a cleaning service. During our prime season (mid-June to mid-September), we rent only by the week, Saturday to Saturday. Before and after our prime season, we don't have those restrictions, but then a 3-night minimum is required. Our cottage is closed from Thanksgiving until mid-April because it is not insulated and would be difficult to heat during extremely cold weather. Other details can be discussed when you call us. We do check email, but call for faster response: 304-290-9043 (C).