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Pet Friendly Lake Michigan Private Beach Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, Private Beach, 2 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 10)

LAKE MICHIGAN: Charming log cabin with spectacular views and sunsets directly on the beach with great privacy. 12 miles South of Charlevoix.

2 Bedrooms and full second floor loft with two separate sleeping areas. 1 bathroom, washer/dryer, linens/towels furnished, Fully equipped. Awesome 30 foot screened-in porch fronts the lake.

Peaceful place surrounded by nature, ideal for a getaway, a romantic time or simply the best family time.

Picnic table and fire pit on beach. Sleeps 10.

Full year lease is negotiable

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Carly Jean
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2017

About Carly Jean

This family cottage has been my vacation home for about 30 years. It is a beautiful, peaceful, and quiet location just 12 miles south of Charlevoix and directly west of the Antrim Dells Golf Course (open to the public). It located just 20 minutes from two of the best restaurants in Michigan: Tapawingo and Rowe Inn; both located in Ellsworth. Don't miss these gourmet restaurants, and make sure to make reservations in advance as they are quite busy in the summer months.

Carly Jean purchased this cottage in 1983

Why Carly Jean chose Northern Michigan

I chose this 'Gold Coast' location for our family cottage because of the beautiful beaches and sunsets and because the beach is walkable. The peaceful and tranquil location is the ultimate in 'laid back.' The beaches are perfect for walking, running, playing or swimming. Nightimes and mornings, you will find perfect silence except for the lapping of the waves or the call of the Seagulls.

What makes this cottage unique

The Antrim Creek Natural Area is just 5 cottages down to the north. You will easily recognize it as the boundry is marked by a little stream that kids and dogs love to play in. Cross the stream (it is easy to wade through, and sometimes to jump over) and you'll find 156 acres of rolling sand dunes and over one mile of pristine beaches which fade into woods on your right. There are no homes and no buildings in this area. Just acres of woods and beaches with few people. There are some great trails through the woods. After more than 25 years, we have yet to see a group over 10-15 people in the entire area. The Antrim Creek Natural Area is a Prehistoric Native American site dateing to the Late Woodland period. Based on the recovery of small triangular arrowheads and distinctive cordimpressed pottery fragments it probably is Late Woodland in age (circa A.D. 600-A.D 1600) For more details and some beautiful photos of the area, go to the Antrim Natural Area Website.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Debby - We loved it there. So did Celia. It was so quiet there - we saw a couple people at their homes/cottages outside but overall it was very quiet and peaceful. The walks on the beach were exactly what we'd hoped for and the fact that we could bring Celia with us was such a bonus. She behaved herself beautifully because she was exhausted most of the time from running outside and exploring all around your cottage and the lakeshore etc. She's a high energy lab full of potential. The trick is to burn up some of that high energy!! Wish I could tap into it and take some for myself!!

Happy travels to you and who knows, we may be contacting you again to stay in your lovely cottage on the water.
Oct 2014
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Ellsworth Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • (1) Queen size (2)Queen size (3) Loft: King, Double and twin.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Pet Friendly Lake Michigan Private Beach Cottage
average rating of 4.2 based on 11 reviews
Grosse Pointe Park, MI USA

Completely unforgettable!

  • 4 of 5

Such a beautiful stretch of paradise. The cottage was just what we needed, and the location could not have been better. I lost my husband unexpectedly a week prior to our vacation and it was hard to take our children someplace to try and have fun after such a tragedy, but we managed to make good memories. There are some minor upkeep issues that are due to, from my understanding, a death in the owner's family, but if you don't mind a few weeds or small maintenance issues, there should be no issue whatsoever. If I could I'd move my 6yo twins and myself there for the rest of our lives I would in a flat second. Nothing more healing than waking up and falling asleep to the sounds of East Grand Traverse Bay.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great, place to recharge!

  • 4 of 5

Needed a few days of quiet. Found just what I was looking for in this lovely getaway on Lake Michigan! Spent most of my time on the screened porch reading and looking at the lake. Listening to the waves each night was so relaxing. Clean and comfortable, close to Charlevoix, Elk Rapids, and Traverse City.

Walking and biking friendly area. Owner responded to my emails quickly when I was inquiring and made it easy for me to rent on short notice. I hope to be able to stay here again soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chelsea, MI

A thousand points of light

  • 5 of 5

If you seek something calm, quiet, beautiful, and serene, then you have found your vacation spot. This is one of the best spots we have encountered in our many years of renting Lake Michigan Beach homes. We love the rustic nature of the cabin but we spent little time there as we mostly focused on two things. Waiting for that moment in the afternoon when sitting on the beach or on the porch you look out and the sun makes a thousand points of glimmering light on the pristine water. The second is a fire on your own private beach with a glass of wine and amazing sunset. We've been back 3 times and are looking forward to our 4th.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Weekend Getaway

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was very rustic, well maintained, and clean. The beach had marshy areas (could have been because of the time of season we went - don't know if it is always marshy) so we would walk down the beach a little ways to get to a more sandy spot to play, but we loved sitting on the adirondack chairs that are right in front of the cottage facing the water. We spent the mornings and evenings relaxing in the chairs, watching the waves, and beautiful sunsets! The sounds of Lake Michigan were wonderful to wake up to!! We would recommend this property and look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, CA

Great location!!

  • 5 of 5

Location, location, location! This Lake Michigan cottage is perfectly located on the shore of Lake Michigan. It feels remote, yet it is conveniently close to great hiking, shopping, and restaurants. We loved listening to the waves crashing on the beach all night after a nightcap curled up on the couch in front of the fire. The cottage has everything you could need and was clean and comfortable. We took long walks along the beach in front of the cottage, but also made forays into Charlevoix, Petosky, and Traverse City. We were there in the autumn and the colors were spectacular. We live in Los Angeles and absolutely loved our Michigan getaway.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fruitport, Michigan

Relaxing fall weekend away.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful three night stay in this cabin this fall, (2014). It is close to Lake Michigan - in fact if you stay in the bedroom facing the lake, and don't close the blinds, that is what you wake up to in the morning - a view of Lake Michigan! We brought our lab, Cecelia, and she loved it. We went for walks down the beach with her several times. Though the cabin is old, it is nicely kept, and has everything you need. In the evenings, my husband and I would sit out on the screened porch and watch the sunset while Celia nosed around in the little plot of trees near the cabin, and in the sand. As most of us Michiganders know…there is no place like Lake Michigan! We only used the main floor of the cabin but there is also a large area upstairs with beds. This would be a fun cabin for a family vacation as well. And you're not far from Charlevoix or Petoskey here. We came here to relax so we were not looking for activities in town, but we know if we'd wanted to eat out or go to different events, that they were available to us. We came here for the view and time away together. The view was fantastic and the time away was peaceful and fun.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Antrim Dells Golf Course is directly east of the cottage and a 5 minute drive. This course is 18 holes and open to the public. Much of the course has great views of Lake Michigan.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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