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Clean & Relaxing Cottage on Arbutus Lake - Great Fishing and Swimming!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

3 Bdrm, 1 Bath, Lake Front/View Cottage - Minutes from Downtown Traverse City

About 7 miles south of Traverse City south just off Garfield Road and just north of Kingsley. On the south end Arbutus Lake. Other cottages are available so please call or email us - check out #283199 on HomeAway.

The lake property has 400 ft. of private beach with a sandy bottom, two rafts and buoys, four 30-ft docks, children's playground, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, gas grills and fire pits.

If you are boating and/or fishing, the resort features a large boat house with private secured lockers, a screened-in fish-cleaning house with running water and a boat launch.

This is also a great location if you are planning to take a fall color/wine tour so don't limit yourself just to summer!

Small pets are considered and renters are asked to clean up after them. The resort is not handicap accessible.

The resort and cottage is secluded and quiet, located on wooded Arbutus Lake. Water recreation includes swimming, trophy fishing (small and large mouth bass, blue gill, perch, pike and crappie), boating and water-skiing. Nearby recreation includes golf, tennis, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and shopping.

The heated vacation cottage has a newly constructed deck, outdoor gas grill, kitchen with microwave, dishes, pots and pans, coffee maker and toaster. Bed linens and towels are not provided, however bedspreads, pillows and blankets are provided in each bedroom.

There is NO on-site laundry. Information to the closest laundromats are provided below.

Kingsley Laundromat

119 E Main St, Kingsley, MI 49649

Phone: (231) 263-5998

Garfield Plaza Laundry

1131 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686

Phone: (231) 883-1861

More Details

Scott & Crystl
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018


Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Resort
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • 2 or 3 bedroom cottage available
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • coin laundry
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Bed linens are available for an additional $40. Just ask! Long-term renters welcome from September through May.


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Clean & Relaxing Cottage on Arbutus Lake - Great Fishing and Swimming!
average rating of 4.4857144 based on 35 reviews

Fall getaway

  • 4 of 5

Very nice. Very clean. Area is beautiful.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the property and your experience. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will come and visit again soon.
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Burton, MI

Relaxing, clean, and well furnished. Really had a nice time.

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was wonderful. The bedrooms were large and clean and bathroom and kitchen were updated. My only complaint would be that part of the floor is breaking up and it was a safety hazard. The area was beautiful and the beach was very clean. It was a perk to have nice chairs already on the deck, a fairly new gas grill, and our own firepit and picnic table on the property. I would recommend this to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself and hope you return again soon.
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Belleville, Michigan

Overall good experience

  • 4 of 5

We had 2 adults and 3 kids (ages 8-11)


Close to Traverse City (20 minutes)


Nice little lake to fish

Nice sandy beach

Peaceful setting

Fire pit/gas grill

Adequately stocked kitchen

Reasonably priced


No towels (even if you pay the extra $40 for linens)

No central air (but ceiling fans are a plus!)

Need to walk down a somewhat steep hill to get to lake (not a problem for us, but may be difficult for elderly vacationers.)

Cannot see much of lake from this cabin

Beds are not comfortable

No Wi-fI

Only 1 bathroom

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Worth the drive!!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this cabin the week of 7/1. It was a beautiful, cozy cabin set back in the woods. My family enjoyed sitting on the the spacious deck! Our girls spent time swimming and kayaking in the lake. The cabin was stocked with plenty of plates, cups, pans etc. the bathroom seemed to be new and lookednrwlly nice. Beds were comfy! We made a fire outside a couple of nights too. A large grill was provided and we utilized that as well. The propane was empty, however the owners reimbursed us for getting a refill tank! Cherry festival was awesome! Thank you for a great week!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Birmingham, Michigan

Beautiful cottage - newly renovated

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage - newly renovated

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Great Location. We loved the beach and the lake. The house was just the right size. We had 4 adults and 2 kids and everyone fit comfortably. We plan to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Arbutus Lake covers approximately 500 acres and has a maximum water depth of 45 feet. It is part of a 5-lake chain. Fish include bluegill, perch, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass. Area: 6 1/2 miles south from Traverse City just off Garfield Road. The sign is on the left side of road.

Other Activities: Shopping in Downtown Traverse, wine tours, golfing, biking, hiking and more!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75

Bed linens are not provided standard so if you are not bringing your own and would like us to provide them, there is a charge of $40. Bath and kitchen linens must be brought by the guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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