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

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


Forest Lakes Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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, barbecue 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. Pontoon boat rental is available for an additional fee.

This is also a great location if you are planning to take a fall color 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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Scott & Crystl
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016
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based on 25 traveler reviews

Clean & Relaxing Cottage on Arbutus Lake - Great Fishing and Swimming!
average rating of 4.56 based on 25 reviews

Cottage was very nice however hard to find. Lake was clean and beautiful.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was very nice however hard to find. Need bigger numbers and needs to be on the front corner or something so you can see it from the road. The lake was nice. The boat situation was not very good. The roads were too narrow and very dangerous when vehicles are coming toward each other. Very hard to turn around and would be complicated if brought our own boat. However it was very peaceful and quiet. Had a great time. The fans were awesome and made a great breeze when needed. The cute little park was fun. The double swing was the coolest swing ever. Great cottage for a family vacation. The lake was clean and beautiful.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very relaxing place

  • 5 of 5

I loved our stay at Arbutus Lake. The cabin was exactly as presented in the pictures. The beach was great, the water was crystal clear and the lake was quiet. Although there are several houses that share the beach, it was not crowded- even over the 4th of July weekend. I loved relaxing on the large deck and spending time with my husband, three sons, daughter in law and grandson. The area felt isolated but was very close to Traverse City. We spent one day at Sleeping Bear Dunes which was less than an hour away. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cabin with us. I would love to come back again some day.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit this kind review. We are pleased to hear that the cottage met your expectations in location and comfort. We hope you and yours will return again soon.
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Better than described.

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed for a week and the experience was better than expected. The cabin had a ton of space and all needed amenities. The beach clean and the lake was gorgeous. The only thing I can even make mention of that was not a perfect experience was that the boat provided we not great. The one assigned to our cabin did take on some water. Had we known this we would have brought our boat up. Great location about 15 or so minutes outside of Traverse City. Close to the hustle and bustle but far enough away that you get an up north feel. This place is a dream. We would for sure vacation here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time, cabin is very nice and so is the lake!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Traverse City Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect! It looked just as the pictures said it would and it had everything that you needed to be at a home away from home! Everything was clean and neat and cozy! The surrounding neighbors were friendly and the area was quiet! It was not far from downtown and it was easy to navigate through once we learned the area. There was a great view of the water and we cannot wait to retire during thesummer season! The owners were great and responded very promptly with any questions, concerns, or words of advice!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very quiet and private area

  • 5 of 5

This place is perfect for a getaway and location to TC couldn't be better. Very quiet setting and very relaxing area. Very clean cottage and comes fully stocked with everything you need to cook whatever you bring. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • 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

Forest Lakes Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 12 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

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.

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Forest Lakes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Resort
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • 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 - there is a pull out sofa-bed that also has a queen size bed in the 3 bedroom cottage
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • 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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