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The Connell Family

Advertiser since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

The Connell Family

Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Northport Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms including sleeping porch, balconies, 3 porches, sleeps 6-8. 1 bath.

OPEN May-September: Wyndenrok Cottage, on Grand Traverse Bay, 1/2 mile north of downtown Northport with 3 screened porches & comfortably rustic, was built in 1913. It is classic 'Up North'! A large open living room centers around a 2 story stone fireplace. Wood floors and comfy furniture with an old piano 'just for fun.' Beveled glass French doors open out onto large front porch with stunning views of the Bay with glider, rocking chairs, and table for meals. Breakfast porch off kitchen has views of the bay and surrounding woods. Two upstairs bedrooms (1 queen, the other 2 twins), a separate sleeping porch (king size bed or 2 twins), and dormer with lakeside balcony (twin bed). With a new queen-size sofa bed in living room, it comfortably sleeps 6-8! One bath tucked under the stairs and cozy rustic kitchen. Property is wooded, private, QUIET. Large sandy area on beach with fire pit, charcoal grill, and beach chairs/table. NO PETS or SMOKING on property. Guests must supply their own LINENS (sheets & towels).

CLASSIC UP NORTH!: WYNDENROK is a 99 year old cottage with 2 story stone fireplace, antique and wicker furniture, chintz curtains, French doors, wood floors, and nice quality quilts/comforters and pillows that invite you to relax in comfort and enjoy the views. We have purposely kept the cottage comfortably rustic without TV, computer, etc. A multitude of board games and books, fireplace to gather on cool nights or fire pit on beach to roast marshmallows are the attractions our guests will enjoy with family or friends. If that describes you, then consider Wyndenrok your vacation paradise!

WATERFRONT: With 166' of waterfront, and 100 feet of property between cottage and water, privacy and views are fantastic! Much of the waterfront is covered in grasses and wildflowers but we truck in sand to create a lovely beach area, complete with beach chairs and a fire pit. Swimming is fine (cold water) but we wear swimming shoes as lake bottom is rocky.

WATER, BOATING, WALKING: KAYAK/CANOE: You can bring your own and carry it to the water and enjoy Grand Traverse Bay up close! There are a couple local spots to canoe/kayak with your own but not a rental livery.

NORTHPORT MARINA: very popular with boaters of all stripes- lots of large sailboats and cruisers. Much of the waterfront in Northport is open to the public, with picnic areas, 2 swimming beaches, and large marina. There is a public launch if you want to bring your own boat. We have one family who have rented every summer for more than 10 years that bring their own power boat, spend the day on the water and then sleep in comfort at our cottage at night.

TALL SHIPS: there are a couple options for an afternoon or evening sail on a tall masted sailing schooner (Traverse City)

FISHING: Deep water fishing boats for fishing in Lake Michigan are for hire nearby (Leland).

WALKING: Guests often enjoy walking on our road along the bay in semi-solitude with beautiful views of the water.

NORTHPORT: Quaint village at the tip of the Leelanau peninsula, population of 600 (triples during summer but there are no hotels or condos). A few shops, antiques, art galleries, places to eat, yet all somewhat low key compared to Suttons Bay or Leland (the closest towns, about 12 miles away).

NATURE LOVERS: Northport has a large sandy public beach with picnic tables and playground equipment. Leelanau State Park offers several hiking trails and is spread out between two locations along Lake Michigan. After crossing some dunes you come to a MILE LONG BEACH. The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is open to the public during daytime hours and is beautifully restored with period furnishings.


BIKING: Some of the most beautiful bicycling roads ever are in Leelanau County. There is also a fantastic 13 mile rails-to-trails path nearby.

CASINO: The Leelanau Sands Casino, 8 miles away, has gambling, fine dining, and entertainment.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
The Connell Family (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About The Connell Family

Theda (Mum) and daughter Robin Connell

The Connell Family purchased this cottage in 1967

Why The Connell Family chose Northport

Mum takes great pride in how she furnishes her cottages (she also owns Le Petit Maison which is listed on Homeaway, too). It's just a great place!! I think Mum was attracted to the inside balcony and stone fireplace - plus the cottage was completely furnished and beyond quaint! The three screened porches are often the focal points of your stay. Its so relaxing yet still close enough to town to walk in and do your shopping or eat at one of the restaurants. The town beach is lovely, and many of the homes and shops in town are quaint and interesting.

What makes this cottage unique

The porches!! The view from all three porches. We practically live on the porches when we're there. The quiet. I am always surprised how late I sleep there. Our elderly neighbor to the south is always quiet. Cottage to the north is also rented part time but we can't even see each other through the trees. The stars, the stars, the stars! It is wonderful to be able and look up into the night sky and see a million stars. Sit around a camp fire & enjoy the night view!

Guestbook comments from the owner


I can't tell you how much we enjoyed our time at Wyndenrok this past week. The cottage is as cozy with all of the little furnishings and extras. We were so happy to get to sit down and talk with you over breakfast. My wife and daughter all loved every minute of our time here. The weather was cool early in the week but that's exactly why we came up from Ohio. My wife and daughter loved the shopping in the area and we all relaxed in the beach area out back. We built a fire in the pit at night and roasted marshmallows and talked. We can't wait to visit again. You make us feel like family.
Jun 2010
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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Wyndenrok - 1913 Vintage Charm! 160' frontage on the Bay - walk to village
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Lancaster, Oh

We Loved Wyndenrok!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has vacationed at Northport for over 20 years and were pleased to see that Wyndenrok was available for rent last summer during the week of the 4th of July.

The home has the unmistakeable charm of a traditional summer cottage while being very well maintained and comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped with everything one could want or need for fabulous meals to enjoy on the screened in porch dining area or at the outdoor picnic table. There are so many tranquil places to curl up with a book or enjoy company and conversation.

A lovely place for a family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Traverse City (TVC)
Nearest Train
170 Miles
Grand Rapids
Car: recommended

Wyndenrok-on-the-bay is within walking distance of everything in Northport. It is on Grand Traverse Bay on North Shore Road, 1/2 mile north of the public marina and 1/4 south of Northport Bay Boat Yard [Homeaway 'locator' map is incorrect]. This charming small town has one of the best harbors/marinas in the area, large sandy town swimming beach, picnic areas, a few restaurants, art galleries, concerts in the park, community art center performances, library with wi-fi, Woolsey airport (grass runway), and other small town amenities. Within 2 - 5 miles are Leelanau State Park hiking trails through woods and dunes along Lake Michigan beaches and fully restored lighthouse (and camping) are at the tip of the peninsula (about 6 miles north). Watch the stunning sunrise from any of our cottages three porches, enjoy the morning sun on our mixed rock/sand beach, walk 1/2 mile to town beach for lunch and all day sun/play/swimming, and bike or drive 3 miles west to Lake Michigan for sunset picnics!


Rates & Availability

From $236 Per night

Northport Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
May 16 2015 - Jun 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jun 20 2015 - Aug 28 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Aug 29 2015 - Sep 12 2015
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Notes GUESTS MUST SUPPLY THEIR OWN LINENS (sheets & towels).The cottage is not winterized and is open from May to October. NO PETS or SMOKING are allowed on the property. Smoking and Fireworks are prohibited in the cottage and / or on property.Tax included in rental rate. A $200 cleaning/security deposit is fully refundable unless excessive cleaning is required or property damaged.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


Northport Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom was updated a few years ago. It is tucked under the stairs but is not cramped. The original cottage was without plumbing! There is a shower but no tub. Please bring your own towels. (there will be toilet paper when you arrive)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , built in bunks
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , upstairs sleeping porch
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Dormer alcove - 1 twin/ single , with balcony overlooking lake
  • UPSTAIRS: Two bedrooms upstairs: one with built in twin bunks, another with a queen size bed. Walk through the bunk bedroom to access the sleeping porch. It functions as a third bedroom, where you can be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves. An upstairs dormer has a twin bed and sliding glass doors to a balcony overlooking the lake (very private but without a door). So, 7 people could sleep upstairs if all beds were used. All beds are comfortable, have comfy pillows, blankets and comforters. DOWNSTAIRS: There is also a queen size sofa bed (brand new) in living room by fireplace, a single sofa bed in the sitting room, and a built in twin bunk next to fireplace. Generally, guests have found sleeping arrangements for 4 - 6 people to be comfortable. There is only one bathroom (shower, but no tub). LINENS are NOT provided (sheets/towels).
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
There are THREE screened porches!! One off the kitchen furnished with table and chairs that we call the 'breakfast porch,' one upstairs furnsihed with a king size bed we call the 'sleeping porch' and one the full width of the house (lakeside) with rockers, glider, and dining table.

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