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250 ft.on private lake 10 min to Traverse City. Email me directly for questions

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bdr 2.5 bth home, 10 min. from Traverse City- email:

Enjoy a slice of Americana by staying at Manor Wood, a completely remodeled colonial centennial farmhouse. This 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath home is in a very quiet area, yet 10 minutes from Traverse City. Enjoy the charm of the front porch with 4 rocking chairs, the ideal place for breathing fresh air and forgetting the hustle and bustle of normal life all while enjoying great views of the lake. On the back deck there are calming views of a mature apple orchard (often visited by deer and turkeys). Best of all, across the little traveled dead-end road is 250 feet of private frontage on a small lake. The lake is a tranquil nature lover’s lake. It is a great place for bird watching, fishing for Blue Gill and Bass. Take advantage of the complimentary row boat and the 2 kayaks to explore the lake. The natural vegetation meets the crystal clear water making a great habitat for nature. For a larger all sports lake, experience, Bass Lake’s public boat launch is ½ mile away, and Long Lake’s public beach is only 6 miles away. Traverse City’s beaches on Grand Traverse Bay are a short 10 minute drive. Don’t forget to bring your bikes as less than 1 mile down the road is the South Long Lake Forest Natural Area trail-head - a 280 acre land conservancy with a trail system for biking and hiking. Just 25 minutes away you’ll find Lake Michigan and the world famous Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

High speed internet, rooms are air conditioned, finished basement with TV viewing room.

All bedrooms and both full size bathrooms are on second floor, the half bath is on the main floor.

Bedroom #1 is a lake-side master bedroom with a king size bed and master bath. It has a panoramic view of the lake from the bedroom.

Bedroom #2 has a queen size bed, overlooking the apple orchard.

Bedroom #3 has two full size beds with view of the lake.

Kitchen is fully equipped. Laundry has a washer, dryer, iron and ironing board.

Dining room has seating for 8. Living room has gas fireplace with flat screen TV. Both rooms have great views of the lake.

Covered front porch with rocking chairs has full view of the lake. Back deck with outdoor table, chairs and charcoal barbecue faces Manor Wood’s orchard. The mature apple orchard is a favorite with the deer and turkeys that live in the 300 acre forest that borders the property.

Over-sized 2 car attached garage for you use.

PLEASE NOTE: Click the "Send a Message" icon found on the right side of screen in order to book/ask questions directly with me. You can also email me directly: - use the “at” symbol vs. the word “at”. I answer all inquiries sent during 6 AM-10 PM (EST) within the hour. If sent during the night, I will respond first thing in the morning.

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About Marian

My husband, Tom and I have been married since 1979. We moved to Traverse City in 1980 from the city of Detroit. We have raised our 5 children in this beautiful area. We take great pride in providing a clean/comfortable home for our guests. Since we live only 2 miles from the home we are available to our guests.

Marian purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Marian chose Northern Michigan

We fell in love with the home and setting while driving in the area one fall day. It is a centennial farm with an ancient apple orchard in the back yard and private forest behind that. The home is on 2 acres and looks over a quiet private lake. We bought the home with the idea to remodel it and use it as our own retirement home. We did a total renovation of the home. The setting is one of peace, and only 10 min from Traverse City, 20 minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes.

What makes this cottage unique

The home is on a quiet dead-end street just outside of Traverse City. The lake is on one side of the road, a forest is behind the apple orchard in our backyard. The homes in the area are on 2 acres of land, most of the families are descendants of the original Hall family. At the end of Manor Wood's dead-end road is the access to the 229 acre forest that the Hall descendants donated to the Land Conservancy. It is called the South Long Lake Forest Natural Area.The property originally consisted of upland forest and wooded swamp wetlands until the mid-1800s when settlers began clearing the land. It was logged, then used for farming including crops and orchards as well as used for grazing. (The apple trees and the one remaining pear tree in the yard are from that era.) Now, the property is primarily forested land which includes both upland and wetland habitats. The property has several existing trails and two-tracks to enjoy.

Another piece of history-not related to the South Long Lake Forest Natural Area: The paved private driveway that borders Manor Wood’s northern property border was a trail that leads to the former summer encampment of Native Americans who fished in Dyer Lake in the 1800s. The property now is part of a large private estate. The road is private, and the owners enjoy their privacy so please no exploring down it. We just wanted to share the history with you.


Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Master bathroom has a jetted tub and a shower. Two bathrooms are upstairs and the 1/2 bath is on the first floor. All three bathrooms are ceramic tiled. We do not provide towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom and bedroom #2 have great views of the lake, bedroom #3 looks out over the orchard. Bed linens provided.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Make sure you click on 'Owner Story/About Owner' on the first page to learn more about the history of Manor Wood. The 250 ft. of private frontage is on Dyer Lake. The lake is across the dead-end road that Manor Wood is located on. It is a private, quiet, nature lake. The lake is a great place for bird watching, kayaking, and taking the row boat out. It is a low motor/no wake lake. The natural vegetation meets the crystal clear water with no sandy beach. The lake bottom is sandy, but not firm. This is a tranquil nature lover's beach vs. a 'kid-beach'.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

250 ft.on private lake 10 min to Traverse City. Email me directly for questions
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

A great home to stay in

  • 5 of 5

My extended family and I stayed at Marian's old centennial farm house. There were four adults and two children and we comfortably fit in this great home. Marian was very attentive to all communication and we had a great time taking the boat and kayaks out on the lake and exploring the beautiful Traverse City area. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this kind review. I enjoyed the notes you sent me about your experiences in our area. I especially enjoyed knowing about your home in England! I know how special this visit was for you and your family. Take Care and Best Wishes. Marian
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Beautiful farmhouse, conveniently located

  • 5 of 5

We liked that this house was close to Traverse City and to grocery/supply stores (Sam's Club, Meijer), but far away enough to feel secluded. There is some private lake front right across the street with a couple of small piers for fishing, and for launching the available row boat/kayaks.

The house itself is very well maintained and nicely decorated - with plenty of room for the 4 adults and 4 kids who stayed there (including another small family would've been fine as well). With all the space upstairs, we barely needed to utilize the basement, which is actually nicely done with an available projector and sound system setup for watching movies.

The owner, Marian, was absolutely wonderful in maintaining contact with us and showed great flexibility when sorting out the reservation details. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and will definitely keep this place in mind again for our next trip up to Traverse City.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michael. It was great meeting you and your family. So glad you had an enjoyable time.
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A relaxing vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time! The cottage was as it was described. The kids loved the kayaks and the basement area; the adults loved the wildlife (deer, turkeys, cedarwax wings) and the serenity. It was nice to know up front that we would not be on a swimming lake, and it was not a problem at all to find one when we wanted one. The cottage is in a great location for getting to a variety of places: Great Bear Sand Dunes, Moomers, grocery stores, the Silver Lake Recreation Area, fruit farms. It was just what we were looking for.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wild Turkeys, Deer and a Fire Pit

  • 5 of 5

Two of my friends and I had a marvelous time in this beautifully renovated farmhouse called Manor Wood. The setting, the quiet lake, the most comfortable beds; we all agreed it was just what we needed as our place to stay while attending a conference. Each room is well appointed and comfortable. Nearby to Traverse City and even closer to Moomers, (voted the #1 ice-cream in the USA). Easy drives to wineries, lighthouses, and lakes. Quiet neighbors, dark enough outdoors at night that you can see the stars - we easily could have stayed longer. We arrived just as the leaves were turning color and left as more trees had red, orange and greens - simply beautiful. Some days we saw wild turkeys and shy deer. The fire pit was used one evening; talk about relaxing! Would we stay there again? We agreed we definitely would!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vernon, NJ

Top Notch Traverse City Rental!

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful rental for so-o many reasons. First, the owners, Marion and Tom, were truly great to deal with. Then the house itself was ideal for us. It was very clean and well equipped just as depicted. We had 4 adults and 2 small children so the house provided us with plenty of room. The master bedroom was quite large and had its own en suite. The two other bedrooms were good size with plenty of closet space. The downstairs had a dining room right off the kitchen, a great pantry, a half bath, and a nice, comfy living room. The guys really loved the finished basement room where they could watch sports while the kids tuned into Nick Jr. in the living room. We also really loved the porch with the rockers. Sitting there every morning having coffee and looking at the lake was so peaceful and lovely. There was even a nice deck in back for outside dining along with a grill and a hammock. In the morning, deer came by to nibble the berries in the back yard--which was really spacious. The location was also great as it took us no time at all to get to Traverse City for dining and shopping. We were also so impressed with the new Y. What a facility for the family and so close by. Having rented several places through Homeaway in different locations, this was surely one of the best. We all would highly recommend it for anyone visiting Traverse City.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Webberville, MI

Forget Stayin' At A Hotel!

  • 5 of 5

Several of my family members and I stayed at this home on the weekend of my sister's wedding. This well maintained home is very spacious and absolutely fabulous. It's off the 'beaten path' but close enough to any shopping or other attractions of interest. The yard is huge, (deer in the backyard in the early morning), enough room for the little ones to get out and burn off some energy prior to their 'pre-wedding' nap. Parking not an for several cars to park. Very quiet and peaceful setting. We all loved the front porch ... I think we sat out there clear into the early morning hours after the rehersal dinner; and then got up and sat out there drinking coffee for another few hours. We couldn't have been blessed with a better weekend relative to the accomodations, weather and the friendly service provided by the owners.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boone's Long Lake Inn
"A must do dining experience. Casual, and wont leave hungry."
Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
The Crown
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Boone's Lake Lake Steakhouse
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Nature beach on property.Swimming beach Long Lake

It is a short drive to all the area's best beaches, trails, wineries, villages, golf courses, restaurants, bars & attractions. It is only ten miles from downtown Traverse City; 1 mile from the legendary Boone's Long Lake Inn Steakhouse, 4 miles from Moomer's Ice Cream (voted Best ice cream in America by NBC's Today Show). Only 5 minutes from the heart of Traverse City, and the breath-taking Grand Traverse Bays. 2 mile from the Crown golf course and only 4 miles from shopping at the Grand Traverse Mall

Golf: Manorwood is located just 1.9 miles from The Crown Golf course. This is an 18 hole championship golf course located on 286 acres of rolling hills with great views. Email us so we can help you with the web site for the golf courses in the area.


Rates & Availability

Traverse City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 19 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
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
EArly Summer II
Jun 24 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
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 5 2017 - Oct 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $130
Tax Rate 6.0%

We offer deep discounts in our off season. We know most families have children in school during those times and are looking for smaller groups to rent home during that time..
Payment is in 2 installments. The first is 50% of the rental rate. It is due within 7 days of the taken reservation. The second is due 45 days prior to arrival (50% plus a 6% MI Use tax). Also due at this time is an additional check for the refundable Damage and Excessive Cleaning deposit check. The property must be left as found as well as no terms on the rental agreement were violated.

We prefer personal checks. We occasionally will take a credit card if the time frame is too close to the arrival date. We pass on the transaction fee to you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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