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Charming, rustic Crystal Lake cottage

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

The cottage was originally built in the 1920s, with a Great Room, Master Bedrm. loft with vanity and W/C added in 1978 . This charming, beautifully decorated Michigan lakeside cottage has been in our family for over 50 years. Named "Waldheim" (home in the forest), it is located in the hardwood forest above beautiful Crystal Lake, a short mile from the public beach and launching ramp. With a large level rear yard, fire pit, brick fireplace and wonderful 3-sided "sleeping porch" it is a return to what Summer cottages used to be. Built using "single wall" construction, the cedar siding is also the interior wall finish, and there are numerous single glazed, true divided lites with screens through out that provide light and ventilation.

The cottage has a simple galley kitchen with D/W, a full complement of cookware, including a vintage toasted sandwich press, and paella pan. We do not have a garbage disposal as we prefer to compost vegetable trimmings and leftovers in the compost bin adjacent to the firewood storage.

A W/D is located in the Garage/workshop below the Mstr. Bdrm. loft, while the bath is on the lower level, and includes a small shower, vanity and W/C. There is an enclosed outdoor shower also that is everyone's favorite. The cottage is equipped with a gas fired tankless water heater so hot water is never a problem.

We are nicely located for touring Northern Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes is 30 minutes away, while the historic Point Betsy Lighthouse is a short 10 minute drive and is a perfect sunset viewing spot. There are numerous beaches along the nearby shore of Lake Michigan that are perfect for swimming and cook outs.

The cottage is well located, and perfect ( I speak from experience) for a foursome of golf buddies. Arcadia Bluffs is 20 minutes away, and there are 3 fun and very playable golf courses located just outside Beulah at the east end of the lake, while The Bear in Traverse City is an hour away and The Hemlock Golf Club is an hour and fifteen.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 2, 2018

Why Eric chose Frankfort

A chance to get away from it all and step back in time to a simple, quite, relaxing stay in the woods. No traffic noise, just the wind in the trees and the birdsong in the back yard. You will have an occasional visit by the friendly squirrels and chipmunks.

What makes this cabin unique

Oxygen rich atmosphere, cozy, rustic cottage with unique and interesting decor.


Frankfort Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No outside shoes inside due to sand damaging handmade rugs
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , This bath is part of loft bedroom
    Outdoor shower - shower , Enjoy the woods as you shower. Our favorite!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , This is a sleeping porch with potentially 3 window beds.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Ferry
67 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Crystal Downs
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
1.25 Miles
Crystal Lake Public Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Property Damage Insurance $59

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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