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Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

Classic Farmhouse, 250 ft. of lake frontage, all amenities, 10 min. to Traverse

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Northern Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bdr 2.5 bth home, 10 min. from Traverse City, 20 from Sleeping Bear Dunes

Manor Wood is a completely remodeled, modern, centennial farmhouse set on 2 acres with 250 ft of frontage on a 35 acre private, quiet, scenic, nature lake. It is a perfect place for nature lovers that desire serenity yet 10 minutes from Traverse City and all the activities in the area. We provide a row boat and 2 kayaks for your use on the lake.

Manor Wood is 20 minutes away from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Park.

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 has king size bed and master bath with 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.

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.

~~Our reservation process is a traditional up-north cottage rental process. Save money, avoid the new 4-9% service fee that this site will charge you if you make your reservation through them. Click on “Send a Message”, this way, you will be making the reservation with me directly. I have owned and operate our cottage for 28+ years and am an honest “mom and pop” operation. My response time is within an hour. ~~

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Marian (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

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.


based on 7 traveler reviews

Classic Farmhouse, 250 ft. of lake frontage, all amenities, 10 min. to Traverse
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

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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Dearborn Hts, MI

Get Away Weekend

  • 5 of 5

What a delight! The home was a dream!! Tastefully decorated...lots of room for many guests. Beautiful, large kitchen that accomodated multiple cooks. The bedrooms were comfy-cozy...and the master suite was to die for! Lovely experience...definitely felt like a get-away. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Great House in lovely and quiet location

  • 5 of 5

We headed up Northern Michigan to see the wonderful Fall colors in October. We had a wonderful long weekend at this fabulous house. The house is spotless and very comfortable - the kids just loved the house so much that they didn't want to leave. We also enjoyed the quiet location with lots of room for the kids to run around and explore.

We took the Grandparents with us and there was ample room for us all. The views of the lake were just gorgeous. We spent most of the days driving around looking at all the beautiful fall colors and really enjoyed coming 'home' to the rocking chairs on the deck (overlooking the lake).

Would definitely stay here again and would recommend this house anyone.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Oct 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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SE Michigan

Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

This home is better than most people's homes! It is brand new with every amenity you could want and more! A beautiful large open kitchen with all appliances, dining room with large table, large living room with electric fireplace and mounted television with cable. Three large bedrooms upstairs, a finished basement. You could house an army! Wonderful view of the lake and fields behind the house for walks. Wildlife (deer, bunnies, wild turkeys) that wander across the property and in the fields. Close to Traverse City and all the local sights. I highly recommend this lovely home!!! Joanne

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Weekend
May 27 2016 - May 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2016 - Jun 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Jun 11 2016 - Jun 24 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 25 2016 - Jul 1 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
4th of July week
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 8 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 12 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 13 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 24 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

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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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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'.

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