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Direct beach frontage, 10 min from Traverse City Email me directly for questions

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

Great sandy beach, 2 bdrms, central air, WiFi, cable TV 10 min to Traverse City

Willow Cottage is one of 2 cottages, in our small family owned resort with the best 100 ft of private lake frontage on Silver Lake. The cottages are updated with all amenities. They are just 10 minutes from Traverse City. Silver Lake is a 600 acre spring-fed lake with clear sparkling water, surrounded by pine and hardwood tress with islands and peninsulas, great for boating, fishing and swimming. The resort has been in existence since the 1930's when Silver Lake just had a few resorts and family cottages dotting the landscape. Our resort was established on prime flat lake front property with mature trees, set 600 ft. from the road. The 100 ft of sandy beach has a firm sandy bottom, with no stairs or steps. There is a large backyard for yard games. We have owned and managed the cottages since 1989. They are 2 of just 3 cottages approved by the township to operate legally as vacation cottage rentals. You are looking at Willow Cottage, a 2 bedroom, 1 bath 800 sq. ft. home. There are 2 docks, and a swimming raft. The row boat, 2 paddle boards and 2 kayaks are shared by all guests at no extra charge. Picnic tables, charcoal grills, hammocks and individual campfire pits with wood provided. PLEASE NOTE: Click the "Send a Message" icon found on the right side of screen. to book/ask questions directly with me, the owner of almost 30 years. Please know that we pay to list on this site. I am the one who can answer any questions correctly and accurately that you may have about our resort.

We have been hosting visitors to the Traverse City area since 1989 and strive to provide a peaceful and enjoyable experience for our guests.

We personally handle the reservation process as we feel that your vacation experience begins with the planning and selection phase. We want to establish a connection at the beginning of this process so you know that you have a helpful local host that can assist you during your entire vacation experience.

We want to provide a clean and comfortable home for you during your visit to the Traverse City area.

Our own home is located on the property so we are available for sight-seeing advice, restaurant recommendations as well as just being here for our guests.

The other cottage located in our little resort, is property ID # 361471.

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 5, 2017

About Marian

My husband, Tom and I were married in 1979. We moved to Traverse City in 1980 from the city of Detroit. My mother was raised on an local farm. My maternal great grandparents were pioneers to the area. My mother moved away when she was a young adult. I developed my love for the area as a young child as we vacationed every year in Traverse City. Tom and I honeymooned in Traverse City. We moved here 9 months later.

Marian purchased this cottage in 1989

Why Marian chose Northern Michigan

We discovered and purchased our small resort in 1989. It was a diamond in the rough, but it had a great private sandy beach and was in close to Traverse City. We remodeled the cottages as we raised our 5 children. We worked on the cottages as a family. Over the years, our children have learned many skills and developed a great work ethic as everyone helped over the years.

What makes this cottage unique

We take great pride in providing clean/comfortable/updated homes that our guests will call home during their stay. You will be able to relax and enjoy your vacation as we are very available for assistance as we live on site.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Direct beach frontage, 10 min from Traverse City Email me directly for questions
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

All the comforts of home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful place with a great view of Northern Michigan, Silver Lake right out the windows. The dock just feet from our cottage was perfect for our boat. The entire experience was great! The cottage was just the right size for the two of us, but would be equally fine for four. It was neat and very clean. Looking forward to going back again next summer! Thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Diane, Glad you and your husband enjoyed your time here. You are welcomed back anytime! Marian and Tom Brady
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Willow Cottage - A Northern Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a week in the most amazing Willow Cottage. The cottage itself was impeccable and cute beyond words. You couldn't get any closer to the clear water of Silver Lake if you tried. Marian and Tom were amazing hosts and available to answer any questions. They've truly built themselves a little oasis up north. We cannot thank you enough for the most memorable family vacation! We hope to be back next summer, if not sooner!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heather, Thanks so much for your kind words. We enjoyed meeting you and your family. So glad that you found our oasis! We look forward to your future visits. Marian and Tom Brady
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Five Stars!!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of there who visited the cottage in May 2016. We had a great time. The cottage is amazing right by the lake with all that is needed for fun for a family. But you probably already know this from the pictures and the descriptions. In addition to what is mentioned in the profile/descriptions there were other reasons why we really liked the cottage. I mention a few that comes to my mind below…

• The whole enquiry, booking and rental process was managed seamlessly, with clear and prompt communication by Marian Brady.

• High-speed internet at the apartment has amazing speeds. I checked and I was pleasantly surprised to see download speeds were close to 20 Mbps. The ability to instantly connect with friends and family while on vacation and the ability to quickly check for and research locations was priceless.

• There are 3 flat screen TVs in the cottage with cable connections and a good line up of channels for the whole family. No fighting over channel selection among family members!

• The kitchen was equipped with enough cutleries/bowl/pans that you can cook almost anything. We did not miss our home-kitchen anytime during the visit and still made some amazing food.

We enjoyed the vacation cottage and we felt right at home!

Thanks, Marian!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Squeaky clean cottage on a beautiful sandy lake!

  • 5 of 5

Our cottage was right on the edge of a very clean sandy lake and only 10 minutes from Traverse City! This adorable cottage was squeaky clean from top to bottom!  The deck overlooking the lake allowed us to totally relax as we were able to watch not only lake activity during the day but in the evening witness the most beautiful, awesome moonrises! It was just wonderful only having to bring our own towels, washcloths and food as ALL the other amenities and appliances were provided.  The decor within the cottage was so charming and the beds were very comfortable.  The cottage owner, who came to meet us the first day was just so pleasant and helpful.  She made sure to point out to us a binder that she had made up that had a list of all the sights to see in the area, good restaurants to eat at, local grocery stores and emergency numbers.  I was very happy that she also had the address of the hospital in town should we have needed it.  Our family had a wonderful, relaxing, bonding vacation in large part due to the lovely cottage we were so fortunate to be at.  We will definitely be coming back to this ‘dream cottage of ours’ in the future to see the amazing sights we weren’t able to see this time.  Thanks for the treasured family memories!! Marianne Livonia, MI

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dearborn, MI

Clean, Comfortable, Close to TC -10 minutes

  • 5 of 5

Great location right on the beach! This house is great for a week stay due to the central air, comfortable beds,all amenities. House is very clean. So close to Traverse City makes it a wonderful find!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing & Calming

  • 5 of 5

We rented this cottage because my brother was visiting from Florida and we wanted him to experience Michigan on the Lake. We were very, very pleased with the accommodations, property and lake view. Marian was very pleasant and wonderful to deal with when making reservations and upon our arrival. The cottage was exactly as described and we will be returning at some point in time. Traverse City is very close and easy to get to and there's a lot to do in the area, regardless of what your interests are. Marian was very helpful in restaurant referrals and directions. My only complaint, wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport is 15 minutes away
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
The Crown
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Boone's Long Lake Inn

The Willow Cottage is located 10 minutes from Traverse City on Silver Lake. The cottage is a few minutes from golf courses, wineries,shopping, live theater (world renown Interlochen Arts Academy) restaurants, hiking, biking and fishing. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Park is 25 minutes away. Historic Mackinac Island is a day trip adventure away.


Rates & Availability

Traverse City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 12 2017 - Jun 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Late Spring
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer II
Jun 24 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
National Cherry Festival
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer II
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 30 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60
Tax Rate 6.0%

This cottage is one of only 3 cottages that the township has approved for legally operating as short term rental.

To make a reservation we need a 50% installment within 7 days of the taken reservation. The second installment is the remaining 50% plus a 6% MI Use tax which is due 45 days prior to arrival. Also due at that time is the cleaning fee of $60 as well as a refundable Damage and Excessive Cleaning Deposit in the amount of $500.00. Proper

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom is a full, ceramic tiled bathroom with a tub/shower combination.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Both bedrooms have a queen size bed and flat screen cable TV. All bed linens are provided: note, we DO NOT provide towels-bath or beach towels) Maximum occupancy: 4 adults. We do allow up to 2 extra children, but it would be a sleeping bag situation as not extra beds are provided.
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Please note: We are recognized by Traverse City's township to legally operate as a short term vacation rental. The Willow is part of a 2 cottage, family run resort. It is located on 1.2 acres with 100 ft of private, sandy beach. The Willow is 10 ft from the beach. There are 2 docks (1 for boats, 1 for people), a swimming raft, the row boat, 2 paddle boards and 2 kayaks are shared by our guests. Picnic tables, charcoal grills and campfire pits with wood provided. The other cottage located in our little resort, is property ID # 361471.

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