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June 24-30 SALE Cathead Bay In Northport MI. - Direct Sand Beach Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Gorgeous Sand Beach House In Northport MI

Cathead Bay Sand Castle sits on the shore of Lake Michigan and is in a private community on Cathead Bay, one of the best kept secrets of Northern Michigan. We are literally on the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. The light house is five minutes away.

Rates vary with the seasons. Summer weeks in July and August are Sat to Sat only. $5500/per summer week + fees.

The house is surrounded by a nature preserve and sits at the foot of the Leelanau State Park Dunes. You can cross the road and take a hike up the dunes and usually you will have them all to your self, because the public has to park miles away and hike in to get to them.

The beach is pristine with fine, sugary sand and not rocky like the Grand Traverse Bay side can be and it is sandy as far out into the lake as you can walk. This beach seems almost tropical and you can walk the shore for miles. If you head south you will end up, after the last house, in an area of protected lake shore that is also part of Leelanau State Park.

This house feels more like a colorful ocean beach house than a lake house. There is a fire pit by the beach and another up near the house.

Since buying the house we have been sprucing it up a bit. Mostly painting to freshen it up. The furnishings will be all new. We have other plans too!

The house is very cleverly designed. Closing the huge pocket doors between the Kitchen and Living Room creates a giant Master Suite, since the master bedroom w/full bath is off of the living room. At night there is great privacy from the other bedrooms which are towards the front of the house near the front sitting room.

There is another full bathroom in the hall near the two bedrooms that has a walk in tiled shower. The master bathroom has a large tub with shower.

The Bunkhouse next to the house has two full sized mattress bunk beds and a couch and TV. It is a big a hit with kids and also allows parents to get some quiet time. Bunk house is not heated so please consider this when booking the cooler months.

The bed sizes are as follows:

1st Bedroom in the main house MASTER -New King bed, sleeps 2

2nd Bedroom-New Queen bed, sleeps 2

3rd Bedroom-1 twin size bunk bed, sleeps 2 and 1 twin bed, sleeps 1 more.

Bunkhouse(Separate from house) two full size bunk beds. Can sleep up to 8

Bath: One full with walk in shower

One full with large tub/shower

All of the bedrooms look out to the dunes and the sitting room, kitchen and living room all have a great view of the lake. Every bedroom has a mirror.

The house has wifi and cable, with a tv in the living room of main house and one in the bunk house.

The town of Northport is about nine minutes down the road and it has a great grocery store and several restaurants and bars. You can be in Leland with the quaint shops of Fishtown and Suttons Bay with all of it’s shops and restaurants is roughly twenty minutes. If gambling is your thing, there is the Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestown, which is a little north of Sutton’s Bay. The “Big Town” of Traverse City is about forty five minutes south and so is Glen Arbor home of my favorite coffee ever Leelanau Coffee Roasters and for everything cherry there is Cherry Republic. The Leelanau Peninsula is home to several wineries, including one owned by Madonna’s parents, the Ciccone Vineyard and Winery.

The house faces west, so you will see some of the most amazing sunsets you have ever seen. At night there is no city light pollution so the sky is loaded with stars.

Whether you want to sit and relax all day by the beach, swim, go off exploring the many hiking trails in the area, check out the nearby towns, take a bike ride, hit the casino, plus so much more, we think you will be glad you chose Cathead Bay Sand Castle.

Patio area has 2 picnic tables, patio set, 2 fire pits and chairs.

Linens and towels provided. Please bring your own beach towels.

Rates vary with the seasons. Summer weeks in July and August are Sat to Sat only. Plus Pet Fee, Cleaning Fee and Tax.

More Details

Property Manager
Connie/Leelanau Chalets
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018


World Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 22
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed , In Bunkhouse, which is detached from the house. sleeps 8
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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June 24-30 SALE Cathead Bay In Northport MI. - Direct Sand Beach Retreat
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews

What a week!

  • 5 of 5

Soooo relaxing. Serene. Spectacular view. Sandy beach as far as you can walk. Comfortable beds. Just the right size. We LOVED it. Definitely recommended. Thank you for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Awesome to hear you loved the inside of Sand Castle and enjoyed the outside as well. We welcome your return Linda and thanks for booking with Leelanau Chalets! Connie
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What an incredible placs

  • 5 of 5

This place was incredible. Out the front is the dunes, and out the back is Lake Michigan. The house was clean and fit the 11 of us with no problem. We spent the days climbing dunes and swimming, with the evenings around the fire. The views were spectacular and the sunsets even better. We will be back for sure!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfy beachside summer vacation house

  • 4 of 5

Great beach-side place with modern amenities and comfortable beds. We've been staying at various places on Cathead Bay for many years, and found this to be the best place yet! A big plus for hot days: air-conditioning.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Royal Oak, MI

Ocean feel!

  • 5 of 5

The location of this home is amazing. The views are breathtaking. We were vacationing with two young families and the house was perfect for our needs. Clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. We spent most of our time sitting on the deck soaking up sun and enjoying the beach sounds. Having a sandbox as a backyard was awesome for keeping our 1-4 yr olds entertained. Highly recommend and will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place. Upon arrival we all were amazed I found this place to stay for the weekend. My friends and I all agree we will come back to this house.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Location

  • 4 of 5

The location is absolutely beautiful. The house is very nice and open. The beach is literally right there and it was lovely. The only downsides were that you can smell the septic tank. Some days were worse than others but it is behind the house and probably needs to be emptied. It was definitely tolerable but something that was unpleasant when being right outside the house. All and all it was a great week!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear you enjoyed this gorgeous beach house like so many do Gabriella. The whole septic system is now brand new as of May 2017 and there shouldn't be any further issues. We welcome your return and thank you for booking with Leelanau Chalets. Connie
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
TVC Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Northport Bars
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Many golf courses within 30 min
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Crystal Mountain or Boyne Mountain

All activities within 40 minutes.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $225 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $100 + Tax

Be sure to email us for a rate quote. We do not participate in the instant quote.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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