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Rose Laing

Member since: 2002
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Speaks: english

Private Frontage North Lake Leelanau: Unplug/Connect

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Northern Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + 2 Sleeper Sofas, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

McNeil Cottage is a two bedroom, live-in, furnished cottage that sleeps four to six comfortably. Nestled in a cove, with a hard, sandy bottom, it is great for all water sports. The lake side of the cottage has a large family room/front porch with large wall to wall windows for unobstructed views of the lake and spectacular sunsets. The outside deck has ample room and seating for comfortable lounging. It is a private, quiet place on the lake, but just a short walk or drive to the village of Lake Leelanau offering a church, grocery, gas station, boat launch, marina, as well as parks, restaurants, bars, and shops.

Keywords: Lakefront Family Cottage

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rose Laing (Owner)
Member since: 2002
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Rose Laing

I am a retired school teacher, and along with my husband and brother own the McNeil Cottage. The cottage has been in our family since the mid seventies. Before that it belonged to our uncle and aunt (mom's sister), who were the original owners. We acquired the cottage from our parents in 1993. This cottage has a long tradition of hosting families for summer vacation fun and relaxation. Our own family enjoys the time there every summer, and hope you will too!

Rose Laing purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Rose Laing chose Northern Michigan

If you enjoy a relaxing, unplugged (no cable, no phone, no internet) vacation, with breakfast at the water's edge and the days filled with all that Leelanau has to offer, come to the McNeil cottage. Enjoy a midnight swim under the stars or a romantic bonfire - enjoy the lake life.

What makes this cottage unique

The lake is large, beautiful, and supports all water related activities. The sunsets are to die for and the ambiance is 'On Golden Pond'. Due partly to the fact that we are unplugged and that natures wonders surround us, it is much like taking a step backwards in time, shedding the stresses of today's world and simply finding joy in watching a family of Swans meandering about or a crayfish playing hide & seek at the waters edge or losing yourself in a good book while the sunset dances on your face. It is truly a world away from the hustle bustle, fast paced world in which we live. It is a place that we love!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Have always enjoyed their stay at McNeil cottage. Third year in a row & just booked another week for 2004.
Sep 2003
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based on 4 traveler reviews

Private Frontage North Lake Leelanau: Unplug/Connect
average rating of 4.75 based on 7 reviews

Convenient, Cozy, and Clean

  • 5 of 5

What a great place! The water is shallow for about 100 yards, which is great for small kids who want to play in the row boat (which my 6 year old did for an hour each morning). The sandy bottom was beautiful to look at and soft on the feet. One morning we saw a ferret (or similar) swim by which was good fun.

The house is exactly as the pictures dictate. Small, but clean and roomy enough for several adults to move around. The kitchen is adequate for preparing meals if you choose to eat in a lot. We brought large pot for spaghetti type cooking for a crowd, but they had a large skillet for pancakes and french toast cooking en-mass.

We put a pontoon on the dock while we were there and there was plenty of room and the dock was very secure; which was great since we were there during a large storm where a tornado hit in Glen Arbor.

My only request would be more wall storage for things like towels, bathrooms supplies, food, etc. A bookcase in a couple areas would allow for more opportunities to unpack clothes and store food. We worked it out, but that would be a cheap upgrade.

All around, we'd definitely come back! The location is convenient to both Leland, Suttons Bay, and Northport. We biked around the lake a few times as well, and it was a good ride (just over an hour).

Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI

Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at the McNeil cottage in the past and came again this year because it is so comfortable and easy to stay. The setting on the water is perfect for families with and without boats. The water is so shallow that it's easy to allow kids to have fun. The yard is big enough to enjoy bon fires and run around playing games safely at the same time. We have nothing that could even be's perfect for us.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Near Grand Rapids, MI

Clean, roomy, comfortable, beautiful area

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was extremely clean and very roomy. There is a huge family room with lots of windows and seating to look out at the lake (Owner should add a picture of this room). The kitchen had enough room to prepare all our meals and was stocked with lots of little extras like foil, spices, cooking spray, trash bags, etc. The gas grill was very clean and cooked our food better than my own grill at home! The bedrooms were small (as expected), but the beds and sleeper sofa were very comfortable. Bathroom was huge for a cottage and the new shower/tub combo was great for bathing young kids. There is a 20 food wide sandy area that goes into the water, but really isn't big enough for kids to dig, play sand castle, etc. If it is windy or speed boats are out, the sandy area gets waves right up to the grass. The weather did not cooperate; it was very windy and cold. And since the lot faces north, very shady in August. The shade and breeze would have been awesome this summer when the rest of Michigan was 100 degrees! I’m sure the sun sets and sun bathing areas would be nicer May-July. Fire pit was awesome and lots of wood was provided. Row boat was a nice extra and we had lots of fun in the morning before it warmed up; the “Narrows” are beautiful. All-in-all it was good time.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clinton Twp./MI

My mom had rented out thi...

  • 5 of 5

My mom had rented out this cottage for our first ever Labor Day weekend vacation with our family. We had a wonderful time and found it very hard to leave. The cottage itself was very nice and well maintained. The property is beautiful and the lake is huge! I would definately come back. I miss it already! Hopefully we have found a new family tradition.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2005
  • Stayed: Sep 2005
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
TVC Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Dick's Pour House
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Manitou Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Bella Fortuna
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
5 Miles

In the heart of Leelanau County, enjoy the festivals, shopping, dining, and sight seeing in the villages of Lake Leelanau, Suttons Bay, Leland, and Glen Arbor, just naming a few. Also, there is an abundance of hiking/biking trails, water sport activities, wineries, local and state parks. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline is a beautiful 30 minute drive. And quaint Traverse City is just a 30 minute drive in the other direction.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2016
May 1 2016 - Jun 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
In Season 2016
Jun 11 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall Color Tour 2016
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

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McNeil Cottage
5898 Townline Road
Cedar MI 49621

Check-In Time: 4:00 P.M., Check-out Time: 10:00 A.M. Reservations are made on a first come basis. We require a 50% deposit in check or money order to make a reservation. Reservations are not confirmed until we receive your deposit. The rental balance and signed release of liability form is due no later then two weeks prior to your stay. Checks To:
McNeil Cottage
5898 Townline Road
Cedar MI 49621

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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 905 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Towels Provided
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Linens Provided (sheets & pillow cases)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Linens Provided (sheets & pillow cases)
  • Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Enjoy your vacation in the heart of beautiful Leelanau County and the incredible view of North Lake Leelanau at the McNeil Cottage. Please bring your own beach towels. Linens & bath towels are provided. The TV/DVD is HD with local channels (antenna). The cottage has two bedrooms, a full bath, and big front porch/family room. Enjoy bonfires in the fire pit, row boat rides, and fantastic sunsets. A 50% deposit is required for a reservation.

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