Traverse City Cottage Rental Photos and Description
3 bdr 2.5 bth home, sleeps 8, ten min. from Traverse City, 20 from Sleeping Bear
Thank you for viewing the information about Manor Wood. We have been hosting visitors to the Traverse City area since 1989 and strive to provide a peaceful and enjoyable experience for our guests.
We personally handle the reservation process as we feel that your vacation experience begins with the planning and selection phase. We want to establish a connection at the beginning of this process so you know that you have a helpful local host that can assist you during your entire vacation experience.
A summary of the amenities are listed below. Please click on the amenity tab for more specific information. If you would like information about Manor Wood's history, click on the section 'Owner Story'.
Completely remodeled, centennial farm house set on 2 acres with 250 ft of frontage on a 35 acre private, quiet, scenic, nature lake. It is a perfect place for nature lovers that desire serenity yet 10 minutes from Traverse City and all the activities in the area. Manor Wood is 20 minutes away from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Park.
High speed internet, rooms are air conditioned, finished basement with TV viewing room.
All bedrooms and both full size bathrooms are on second floor, the half bath is on the main floor.
Bedroom #1 has king size bed and master bath with a panoramic view of the lake from the bedroom.
Bedroom #2 has a queen size bed, overlooking the apple orchard.
Bedroom #3 has two full size beds with view of the lake.
Kitchen is fully equipped. Laundry has a washer, dryer, iron and ironing board.
Dining room has seating for 8. Living room has gas fireplace with flat screen TV. Both rooms have great views of the lake.
Covered front porch with rocking chairs has full view of the lake. Back deck with outdoor table, chairs and charcoal barbecue faces Manor Wood’s orchard. The mature apple orchard is a favorite with the deer and turkeys that live in the 300 acre forest that borders the property.
Over-sized 2 car attached garage for you use.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Marian Brady
My husband, Tom and I have been married since 1979. We moved to Traverse City in 1980 from the city of Detroit. We have raised our 5 children in this beautiful area. We take great pride in providing a clean/comfortable home for our guests. Since we live only 2 miles from the home we are available to our guests.
Marian Brady purchased this cottage in 2007
Why Marian Brady chose Traverse City
We fell in love with the home and setting while driving in the area one fall day. It is a centennial farm with an ancient apple orchard in the back yard and private forest behind that. The home is on 2 acres and looks over a quiet private lake. We bought the home with the idea to remodel it and use it as our own retirement home. We did a total renovation of the home. The setting is one of peace, and only 10 min from Traverse City, 20 minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes.
What makes this cottage unique
The home is on a quiet dead-end street just outside of Traverse City. The lake is on one side of the road, a forest is behind the apple orchard in our backyard. The homes in the area are on 2 acres of land, most of the families are descendants of the original Hall family. At the end of Manor Wood's dead-end road is the access to the 229 acre forest that the Hall descendants donated to the Land Conservancy. It is called the South Long Lake Forest Natural Area.The property originally consisted of upland forest and wooded swamp wetlands until the mid-1800s when settlers began clearing the land. It was logged, then used for farming including crops and orchards as well as used for grazing. (The apple trees and the one remaining pear tree in the yard are from that era.) Now, the property is primarily forested land which includes both upland and wetland habitats. The property has several existing trails and two-tracks to enjoy.
Another piece of history-not related to the South Long Lake Forest Natural Area: The paved private driveway that borders Manor Wood’s northern property border was a trail that leads to the former summer encampment of Native Americans who fished in Dyer Lake in the 1800s. The property now is part of a large private estate. The road is private, and the owners enjoy their privacy so please no exploring down it. We just wanted to share the history with you.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We headed up Northern Michigan to see the wonderful Fall colors in October. We had a wonderful long weekend at this fabulous house. The house is spotless and very comfortable - the kids just loved the house so much that they didn't want to leave. We also enjoyed the quiet location with lots of room for the kids to run around and explore.
We took the Grandparents with us and there was ample room for us all. The views of the lake were just gorgeous. We spent most of the days driving around looking at all the beautiful fall colors and really enjoyed coming 'home' to the rocking chairs on the deck (overlooking the lake).
Would definitely stay here again and would recommend this house anyone.
Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children