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Summer at the Lakefront Cottage ?

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,820 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Relax and enjoy nature.

This colorful 3 bedroom vintage cottage located on quiet Bass lake, features vintage charm with an open kitchen to one of two living rooms. The lakeside living room features a commanding view of the lake and its islands. The lower level covered balcony has a porch swing and high chairs to enjoy the view, whatever the weather. The bathroom features a large, easy step in shower & a generous vanity top. Plenty of yard furniture and a picnic table makes hanging outdoors easy and relaxing with the tranquil hilltop island views. Colorful rooms with art accents and the historical touches of vintage wood paneling and beamed ceiling add to the charm! Fully equipped kitchen, Gas BBQ grill and TV included. There is fire pit and a lakeside dock, a sandy shore and 3-seat canoe available. Just 15 minutes from downtown Traverse City this is a great base location for day trips to Sleeping Bear Dunes, Lake Michigan, Interlochen Arts Academy and Wine, Beer & Cider touring in the peninsula. Tour all the regions spectacular attractions:)

Nadeen & Thom
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2018

About Nadeen & Thom

We have enjoyed our cabin on Bass lake for years. We have been married for 23 years and we live in the city of Chicago and Traverse City has been our second home for 19 years. With family and friends here for years, we love the area and the natural setting of Bass Lake. We care about design, art, color and history and of course, nature!

Nadeen & Thom purchased this house in 2015

Why Nadeen & Thom chose Traverse City

Its hilltop view of the lake offers a unique perspective of Bass Lake and its 4 islands and activity. Also, a multi space home with a variety of unique rooms. Only 15 minutes from charming downtown Traverse City.


Traverse City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1820 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , large vanity top
  • large walk in shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Summer at the Lakefront Cottage ?
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews

A relaxing treat !!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay here was simply too short. The house is clean and well appointed, just show up and enjoy your surroundings. We made great use of the amenities and guest information provided.

The row boat was a hit for my young boys and they enjoyed “fishing” from the dock. Despite the calendar dates saying it was October, they couldn’t help themselves from wading in the water, jumping from the dock, and playing in the sand.

We built a couple fires in the lakeside pit and enjoyed the quiet and endless stars. Having a grill to use was also nice because we cook a ton.

The beds were comfy and I loved all the natural light in the cabin. We did turn up the hot water tank, but that’s just preference.

A stay here would not disappoint and the porch swing can’t be beat!

Do trust in the recommendations for places to eat and entertain yourself in the area.


  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words Katherine & we are so glad you had a plaseant stay! -T&N
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home, lake and atmosphere. The owners are wonderful. You'll love your stay here!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clinton Township

Perfect for summer fun

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute we were at the Bass Lake roadhouse. We were out in the country it was so tranquil with wildlife right in the yard. Every night just before dark a doe would come to the lake for a drink, and just down the road a yard full of turkeys. The loon came every night and sang its song. Even though your are out in the country you are only 15 minutes from Traverse City and 45 minutes from the Lake Michigan shoreline. The lake is perfect to kayak or canoe, and small boats. It was great to go out every morning and just get in the kayak and go for a paddle around the lake. Thanks Nadine and Thom for the travel center all of your suggestions were perfect. We would go stay again

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and peaceful location

  • 4 of 5

House and lake were just as advertised. Our family of five had a lovely and relaxing stay and created wonderful memories. Our children all caught bluegill from the dock and we used the canoe and row boat everyday. The washer had started to leave stains on clothes just before our stay, so was available at our own risk for use. The oven was out of order as well, which impacted the meal planning I had done slightly. There was a toaster and baking oven that we could cook the muffins and rolls in and the pizza we made in the grill. The sunrises on the lake were gorgeous and we even saw the Milk Way one night. If the oven and washer had been working would have given it 5 stars. Nadeen and Thom were wonderful and hospitable. We visited Sleeping Bear Dunes park several days, took a float tube ride down the Platte River, drove to two lighthouses, and spent one afternoon in Traverse City. It was a relaxing and enjoyable stay and the Roadhouse was a comfortable home base.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful and a fantastic way to spend a week!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect rustic lake house. Beautiful views of the lake and a excellent yard and dock for enjoying the lake. We will definitely be bringing our family back!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks again Tim! When you do return we can work directly if you prefer! Enjoy the rest of your summer! -Nadeen & Thom, Bass Lake
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Interlochen Center for the Arts
"Great to catch an outdoor concert over the lake!"
Boone's Long Lake Inn
"Love the summertime deck and the bar. Perch & Walleye!!"
Moomers Homemade Ice Cream
"2 miles and one smile away!!"
Traverse City Beach Bums
Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport Traverse city
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Boone's Long Lake Inn; Maddys Tavern; Mulligan's
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
The Crown
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Boone's Long Lake Inn
Car: recommended

This home is located an easy 15 minutes from all the vitality of downtown Traverse City, the Cherry Capital. It is also just 2 miles from America's favorite ice cream stop: Moomer's! Boone's Long Lake Inn & inviting outside deck is only 5 minutes away features live music on weekends. Maddy's Tavern is another local favorite. It is an easy journey out to Sleeping Bear Dunes & our National Lakeshore Park & the route along Pierce Stocking Drive is stunningly beautiful. Stop by Glen Arbor and Empire & visit the quaint shops. Don't miss the Cherry Republic to enjoy cherries in all forms! Wine tasting tours are abundant throughout the Leelanau & Mission Peninsulas. Leland's Fishtown, the village of Lake Leelanau and the Interlochen Center for the Arts & Music are all worth a visit and an easy drive from the Bass Lake Roadhouse.

July is full of several area events including the Cherry Festival, the Traverse City Film Festival & the Horses by the Bay Equestrian Festival.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Damage Deposit $300

Rates are subject to change until rental agreement has been signed and paid in full according to the terms of the lease.

Note: security deposit of $300 is included in first payment, due at time of signing rental agreement.

See owners rental agreement for cancellation policy.

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.