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Lumberman's Lodge at the Narrows Preserve

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

6 Bedroom oasis in the heart of Leelanau Co.

Lake Leelanau's original lumberman’s home, this newly restored, 6-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom oasis, nestled on the Narrows Preserve, is the perfect authentic Up North experience. This historic site provides access to the iconic wetland that joins North and South Lake Leelanau, with over 71 acres full of unique wetland birds, wildlife and rare plants. Enjoy 2000 feet of protected shorelines boasting a stunning sunset vista, as well as the beautiful chakra garden, walking labyrinth, infrared sauna, soothing hot tub and super comfy beds! The Lumberman's Lodge at The Narrows Preserve is a retreat for your body, mind and soul. Ask about their Yoga in the Vines Tours as well as Yoga in the Yurt and Paddle Board rentals.

The House

The Lumberman's Lodge is a historic home that dates back to 1883 with a desire for entertaining. With 3000 square feet, six bedrooms, two and a half baths, the Lodge can comfortably accommodate up to twelve guests. The kitchen is fully stock with everything you need to serve meals in our indoor and we offer several outdoor eating areas.

In addition to the main house, we have a 30ft. Yurt Yoga studio that is available for rent. We also offer a separate private area where you will find a six person hot tub and a Infrared sauna for two. Ask about our spa packages and special pricing for retreats.

The Property

The Lumberman's Lodge stands proudly on approximately two and a half acres right alongside a nature preserve. The grounds offer a walking path to the lake, new chakra garden and a stone labyrinth, an outdoor grill to cook, and a fire pit to build memories around every night.

Getting around and location

The home is within walking distance of all of Lake Leelanau's amenities and a short distance from much more.

You just step away from:

* NJ's Groceries

* Pedaling Beans Coffee Shop

* Dick's Pour House Restaurant & Bar

* Boathouse Winery

* Northern Latitude Distillery

* Leelanau Pie & Pastries

Highlights nearby:

* 8 wineries within 3 miles

* Two public boat launches

* Many gift shops and locally sourced products

* Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

* Grand Traverse Lighthouse.

* Leelanau State Park

You will find that Lumbermen's Lodge is location is in the heart of it all.

* Things to not. The Hot Tub, Infrared Sauna and Yurt are only available from

May1st through January 31st.

More Details

Mariann Kirch
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Mariann Kirch

Local Artist, Certified Yoga & Standup Paddle Board Instructor.

I have a passion for living out doors and my favorite place to be in the summer is Leelanau County. I believe if God rested on the seventh day it must of been in Leelanau. There is so much beauty in the landscape from the rolling hills to the glorious sunsets we're so famous for. I can' t help but feel blessed every time I step out my door and you will too. I invite you to come and visit the splendor of Leelanau Co.

Mariann Kirch purchased this house in 2015

Why Mariann Kirch chose Lake Leelanau

I purchased this property because of the stunning location on The Leelanau Narrows, and that it borders a nature preserve.

It's truly a very special place which holds remnants of days gone bye. This property was home to the Old Lumber Yard Mill in which parts of the old foundation from the mill still exist today. The Old Lumber home which as been a part of the Community since 1883 as been turned into the Lumbermen's Lodge for weekly and weekend rental.

What makes this house unique

Hot tub available from May1st - January 31st only

Labyrinth, Chakra garden

30ft Yurt * Rents separate from home.

Paddle Board Rental and classes

Yoga Classes

Permitted for small events


Lake Leelanau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , rollaway bed is available
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , En suite & small living area, can be used as 6 BR
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , rollaway available
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Lumberman's Lodge at the Narrows Preserve
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Very nice house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 6 couples stay here and we enjoyed the house very much.

Nice large kitchen, comfortable living areas and nice bedrooms.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

What a charming house. Plenty of space for our family as we prepared for our daughter's wedding. A short drive to Sutton's Bay and Dick's Pour House nearby has delicious pizza. Mariann was a pleasure to work with.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a beautiful piece of property and the home was amazing.

  • 5 of 5

Marianne the home owner was awesome to work with and my whole party thoroughly enjoyed the home. My only complaint and it is not with Marianne is the delay in getting the security deposit back.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Harlen, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. VRBO holds the deposit and returns it between 7-14 days after the stay. I did asked them to send it out right away. I have no control over how fast they return the money. I believe you got it back within 7 days.
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Great Location! Huge lot in town!

  • 5 of 5

One of my favorite Michigan destinations is the Lake Leelanau area. This home is in a great location right in town, literally a 5 minute walk from the town grocer, the local coffee shop, restaurants, and the distillery!

The home seems to be an older farmhouse that's been updated. The outside of the home looks nice. There is a huge PRIVATE dirt and gravel drive and parking lot for the home, with space for 8-10 cars. The beautiful lot is large and there are plenty of places to play catch or frisbee with the kiddies. There were 3 Weber charcoal grills and supplies for us to use, with lots of outdoor seating and a firepit. Note that the home is NOT on the lake, and while the listing says there's a path to the lake, it wasn't obvious or cleared for our visit.

The hot tub is located behind the storage shed. It's about 100+ feet from the actual home, though when you get back there it's nice and secluded. Unfortunately, the breaker was tripped on the tub when we first arrived, and once reset we had to wait until day 2 before the hot tub was hot enough to use.

The inside of the home is nice. There's only one main living area, with the kitchen and dining next to that. There were two tables, plenty of places to eat. There was also beautiful kitchen bar with seating! The owners have definitely done a great job with the space they have. The bedrooms are nice, though one bedroom has a strange low 4-5 foot entryway (definitely more of a kids room). That said, it's quite wonderful that 3 of the bedrooms have king beds!

One major negative was the side door of the home next to the kitchen. It would not shut and latch. I literally had to jam a chair under the knob to keep it from blowing open. This definitely needs to be fixed for security. A slight annoyance was the lady showing the home to me, Marie (not the owner) - she felt a little condescending, telling me I'd get "in trouble" if any of us wandered off the lot, literally reading a list of house rules aloud to me, warning me that I'd lose the entire security deposit if I used the internet for illegal purposes, but yet having no idea how to work anything (couldn't get the hot tub to work, couldn't show me how to get the heat to work, couldn't get the side door securely closed, etc.).

All in all, we had a great vacation and the positives far outweighed the negatives. Thank you and best wishes to Mariann for letting us use your home!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sean, I would fist like to apologize for how you were treated in my absence. The hostess that met with you is no longer helping me with guest. You were the last guest she helped. I'm embarrassed that you were not made to feel welcome and comfortable with the home. I would also like to apologize for not sending a response back sooner. At first I didn't know how to respond an then the summer got so busy and time just flew... no excuse on my end! I would still love to offer you a free night stay if you would like to re-book with me again. I will personal make sure your are welcomed. Have a great rest of the year and I hope your Holidays are filled with joy and love. Sincerely, Mariann
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house with numerous rooms. The location is great as it in the middle of the LeeLanau Peninsula. Just down the street from The Redhead Cafe which has lot's of organic, gluten free, and health options. The fireplace is very nice for wintertime and the hot tub worked great as well. I would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so nice to host such a great group. I'm glad you enjoyed the area and found plenty of things to do. I hope to see you back soon, Many blessings, Mariann
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Convenient location, cool old home, great host

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent several days at Mosier Cottage with some family friends over the Christmas holiday. Our host, Mariann, was gracious enough to meet us on Christmas day to show us the property. The home has all of the kitchenware you might need to cook meals. The hot tub was a lot of fun to use, even in the winter. There was plenty of space for our two families, 4 adults and 7 kids (all under 10). Had to tweak the heat to get comfortable because she was having some issues with one of the furnace blowers. One of the toilets was also having an issue which wasn't ideal, but the other two worked fine and it will be an easy fix and shouldn't be a problem for future renters. Overall, it was a great experience.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I just wanted to say the toilet is in good working order. It is a little over three years old. I clean with Clorox pills. One of the cleaning pill put in the tank lodged itself under the flap and caused the seal to leak. I'm sorry that I wasn't able to see the problem before you rented. The home is heated with an oil furnace and is very comfortable. The upstairs heating is backed up with radiant heat radiators. Please accept my apologyes if I wasn't clear in my instructions for oprerating the heat. I'm glad you enjoyed the home, Mariann
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.02 Miles
Dicks's Pour House
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Manitou Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Leland Golf
Nearest Restaurant
0.03 Miles
Bella Fortuna
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Lake Michigan beaches

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, Biking, Birding and Hiking, Wine Tasting, Snowshoeing, Painting, seasonal activities such as the Cherry Blossoms, Leland Wine Festival, Walleye Festival, Harvest Stompede, Fall Color Tour, Winter Wonderland activities, Unique shopping, Organic Foods and Farming. Farmers Market, Walking distance to everything in the Village of Lake Leelanau including Bella Fortuna Italian Restaurant




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $150
Service Fee $25
Tax Rate 0.6%

We require a deposit equal to 50% of the total stay when reserving the home. The remaining amount due is payable upon arrival. If you must cancel, kindly give us thirty days notice and we will refund your deposit, less a $25 fee. If you must cancel with fewer than thirty days notice, you will forfeit the total amount of the original reservation, unless we are able to re-book the cottage, in which case the deposit only is forfeit. We accept Visa, MC, American Express, Discover, Personal Checks and,Cash.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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