LAKEFRONT HOME NEAR SLEEPING BEAR DUNES

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Steve and Carol Smith

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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LAKEFRONT HOME NEAR SLEEPING BEAR DUNES

Empire House Rental Photos and Description

3 BR, 1.5 BA, Sleeps 6

Lakefront 3 BR ranch style home with 97 feet of frontage on a private peninsula on the north shore of beautiful Little Platte Lake which adjoins the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore which recently was voted the no. 1 most beautiful place in America in a poll taken by Good Morning America.. The property has gorgeous sunset views overlooking the Lake and is only 5 minutes from the beautiful sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. The lake frontage has clean, clear water and a sandy bottom. . The area features quiet natural beauty and serenity. The home is 7 miles south of Empire and 22 miles west of Traverse City. The living areas of the home are on one level with an open floor plan and lake views and contain an open living, dining, kitchen area, master bedroom with queen size bed, second bedroom with two twin beds, a third bedroom with bunkbeds and lavatory, and one full bath..

Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered

Steve and Carol Smith

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Speaks english
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Reviews

Property Reviews

Lakefront Home Near Sleeping Bear Dunes
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
Michigan
5

Love this cottage!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
My family has stayed here for the past five summers. We love the quiet neighborhood, the comfy beds, the always clean bathrooms and kitchen, and the oversized couches. We grill every night and enjoy smores in the clean campfire pit. Coffee in the morning on the dock is something my family cherishes. The internet connection and satellite TV keep everyone entertained in case of rain. The owners are fantastic and go out of their way to make a vacation special! Thanks, Steve and Carol!
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Lakefront Home Near Sleeping Bear Dunes
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
Chesterfield Mi
5

Loved the view and sunset

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
We really loved staying in this house.It was clean and it has everything you can possibly need.We enjoyed the fire pit and the sunset was amazing.The kids loved the dunes which are about 20 min away and easy to find.
Regarding the 1/2 bath ,the kids did not mind having the bath next to the bunk beds since nobody really used it but if you are gonna be spending the time inside the bedroom than maybe this is not for you.Enjoy the outside that this house has to offer from the woods to the lake to the sunset.
We will be back.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Lakefront Home Near Sleeping Bear Dunes
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
2

Disappointing for our group of six

  • 2 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
There is a reason that there are no pictures of the bunk bed room with “1/2 bath”. This room is a converted laundry room with a toilet and sink in it. No walls getting in the way - just a toilet and sink right next to the beds – cozy!

This home has definitely seen better days; windows didn’t work, quarter inch gaps in the wooden floor in the kitchen, and the fans were filthy. The house was otherwise clean, the kitchen is stocked, and it is centrally located to Sleeping Bear Dunes.

We suffered through a heat wave during our weeklong stay, and unfortunately there is no air conditioning in this home. The homeowners’ suggestion that we use the fans provided for each room was not sufficient to keep us cool. We also showered more than is apparently acceptable as we were charged a large portion of our security deposit due to “excessive water usage”. With average temperature’s for the week in the high 90’s we did go swimming in Lake Michigan a lot, which was beautiful. Little Platte Lake is definitely not a swimming lake, although it is very good for bass fishing.

I would not reccommend this property or return.
Owner's Response: This review should be viewed in the light of this renter's displeasure at being charged for excessive water use (the home has a septic holding tank system which is costly to pump) during her family's stay. This charge was levied because this renter's per person use was more than double the average per person use of any prior renter in the 9 years we have owned this home despite verbal and written notices about exessive water use given to this renter. The comment about the half bath being in the 3rd bedroom was fully disclosed on the website as was the fact that the home does not have A/C. The other items mentioned are either very minor matters or exaggerated. The fact of the matter is there was only one window which malfunctioned, the flooring matter was minor and easily fixed and the home was very clean as evidenced in earlier reviews of this home.
This is a renter we will not allow back.
Helpful votes: 8/8
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
5

Very clean family home!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
We had a great time at your cottage and we truly can't wait to come back. We've rented other houses and cottages before and none have been the quality level of yours. The cleanliness and amenities are extremely appreciated. I'm sure we'll plan another fall trip this year!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 8/8
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Lakefront Home Near Sleeping Bear Dunes
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p310416
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
Michigan
5

Fantastic property for a family!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2008
  • Stayed: Oct 2008
We loved our stay at Little Platte Lake! The house was very clean and had everything that we needed. Our toddler and dog had a great time playing outside. The setting was beautiful. The owners provided an excellent description and were great with communication. The satellite tv and high-speed Internet access were very handy and welcome amenities. We can't wait to come back!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 11/12

Map

Car: necessary

The home is 7 miles from Empire, 11 miles from the Glen Lakes, and 22 miles from Traverse City. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Dune Climb, Empire Bluff Trail, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Platte River, Manitou Underwater Diving Preserve. All beach activities, boating (boat launch nearby), canoeing, tubing on nearby Platte River, golf, hiking, biking, fishing, winery tours and all activities associated with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Other Activities: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, canoeing, tubing, kayaking, golfing

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Availability & Rates

Empire House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Spring
May 1 2014 - Jun 6 2014
$200
$200
2 nights
 
 
Summer
Jun 7 2014 - Sep 6 2014
$1,500
7 nights
 
 
Fall
Sep 7 2014 - Nov 1 2014
$200
$200
2 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Notes

  • $1500/Week, $200 per night
  • June 7 to September 6 Weekly only Saturday to Saturday; $1500/week, $300 refundable damage deposit required at time of booking.
    Weekends and weekdays May 1 to June 6 and Sept. 8 to Nov. 1 : $200/day with a 2 day minimum. $150 refundable damage deposit required at time of booking. Weeks with major holidays: 3 day minimum.
    Winter rates: Monthly only. Please inquire.

    - One half the rent due 60 days prior to reservation date with balance due upon arrival.
    -Deposit refunded 5 days after departure, less any damages.
    -If cancellation occurs 60 or more days prior to reservation date, deposit will be refunded.
    -6% Michigan tax added to all rents.
  • A small pet may be considered--$100 charge.

Amenities

Empire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Heating
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Alarm Clock
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Parking
  • Garage
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , in third bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - bunkbeds
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Boat Dock
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • library
  • bay/sound
  • winery tours
  • live theater
  • coin laundry
  • water parks
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • pond
  • zoo
  • churches
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sledding
  • gambling casinos
  • walking
  • outlet shopping
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • scenic drives
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • fitness center
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • water tubing
  • mountain biking
  • freshwater fishing
  • kayaking
  • cycling
  • pier fishing
  • tennis
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • hunting small game
  • sound/bay fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • paragliding
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • jet skiing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • surf fishing
  • roller blading
  • parasailing
  • water skiing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • fly fishing
Notes:
The kitchen comes fully equipped including microwave, cookware, dishes, and utensils. Living room has stone fireplace, picture window views of the lake, and includes satellite TV with VCR/DVD