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Lakefront on Cathead Bay with Wood Fired Hot Tub and Barn

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Northport House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath plus outdoor shower with hot water (Sleeps 8)

Near the very tip of Lealanau, surrounded by forest, state parks and conservancy land. The cottage is just on top of the dunes among beech, birch and pine trees. Take in the view of Lake Michigan and the Fox Islands from the wood-burning hot tub at the end of the wrap-around deck. Perfect for quiet days reading, long hikes, bike riding and star gazing. Sunrises and sunsets are wonderfully colorful. Walk to Leelanau State Park for great dunes and perfect sand beaches or north to Grand Traverse Lighthouse.

Additional outdoor shower with hot and cold water. Newer laundry and kitchen appliances. We love to cook, so we make sure the kitchen is fully functional---good quality pots, knives, and each spring we stock the cabinet with fresh flour, oils, sugar, baking supplies, spices, etc.

The barn includes a ping-pong table and dart board on the second floor. Inside the barn you will also find several bikes and a bike trailer, sails for a Sunfish, two kayaks, a sailboard, the charcoal grill, a badminton set, and life jackets in every size.

Three bedrooms--two have Queen beds and one has two sets of bunk beds/ 4 beds. Linens included.

The links below takes you to google maps and more pictures.

Weekly rental from Saturday to Saturday. Check in is 3 p.m. on the first day, and check out is 10 a.m. on the last day when there are people there before or after you.

Note that google maps sometimes puts our house in the wrong place. As you are driving north, you would turn left on Cathead Bay Drive----we are on the Lake Michigan side, not the bay side.

If you have any questions at all, please ask!

Keywords: lakefront, cottage, quiet, hot tub, additional outdoor shower, internet, super clean, kayaking, cabin, fireplace

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Steve Luebkeman
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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Why Steve Luebkeman chose Northern Michigan

The weather in the summer is perfect, people are nice, and it is not very crowded.

What makes this house unique

The feeling of being secluded. We've spent whole days here and only seen one or two other people. A perfect day begins with a cup of coffee at the kitchen table watching the birds in the bay with a backdrop of the sunrise washing over the spit of land that creates the bay. Depending on the wind, go kayaking or sailing. A hike to the top of the dunes to see Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay at the same time. A good finish to the day is to stoke the hot tub to relax before dinner.


based on 12 traveler reviews

Lakefront on Cathead Bay with Wood Fired Hot Tub and Barn
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
United States

Family place away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at the cabin with our 4 kids. This place is amazing! The pictures don't do justice to the custom craftsmanship in the house, bunkhouse, and barn. The cabin is equipped with anything you could possibly need - the kitchen is a cook's dream - the bunkhouse and barn add even more value. 3 kayaks and more bikes than I could count, a ping-pong table, board games, even a set of old school wooden blocks which my little boys loved.

It's about a 15 minute drive to Northport, a quaint little town, and within an hour of Sleeping Bear dunes, Traverse City, Leland, Sutton's Bay so you can find plenty to do, see, and eat if you want to stay busy, or just chill at the house!

Steve was great, quick to reply from our initial inquiry throughout our week-long stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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1Perfect Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was everything we had hoped for and more! Quiet location right on the lake with a private beach, but yet not too far into town for dinner & groceries. Steve was always very helpful & very informative. We didn't have any problems at all and had everything we needed for a nice relaxing family getaway. We really enjoyed kayaking out to the lighthouse & hiking up the big sand dunes in the park. Thank you for sharing your slice of heaven!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Steve your place was great. We had fun and the time went by entirely too quickly.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stated in early June and the weather was perfect. Beautiful views of lake Michigan! The house is well equipped and fit our family perfectly. The wood fired hot tub is the perfect end to the day with views of the lake. You feel all alone up north at this home. The sand dunes down the street are the perfect size for our kids to explore. The beach and cove are the perfect hiding place. We kayaked to the lighthouse and the tip of the peninsula, walked the beach, played on the dunes, and watched the sun set. Perfect place for our family vacation. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed in early May, and it was perfect. The weather, too! The setting, the house, area -- everything was perfect. The cabin has everything you need and is very clean. We only used the outdoor shower, which was wonderful. We also loved the hot tub, with the smell of wood-burning fire, not chemicals. The kids had fun figuring out how to use it--not hard. We climbed the dunes down the road every night at sunset. Great exercise and beautiful view. We also enjoyed kayaking here. The cabin would be cozy for eight, but if it rains, the huge barn is set up for ping-pong, with plenty of room, and there is also a cute bunkhouse. The owner made great use of the space, from the pot lid holders built into the cabinets to the hooks everywhere. There are also many thoughtful touches, such as the reading lamps for each bunk bed, even in the bunkhouse. The location is remote, but I loved that. Northport isn't too far away.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Very cool location, beautiful grounds, the cabin was spotless and everything went off without a hitch. The owners are very cool and helpful. We had a great time. Will definitely come back. Would be a blast for a family with kids that like to be outside but it's also perfect for a romantic getaway.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Northport House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016
Aug 28 2016 - Nov 26 2016
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 6.0%

We try to make all of the weekly rentals in the summer Saturday afternoon through the next Saturday morning. The fall is variable, but typically Sunday to Sunday

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Northport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , has hot and cold water
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , 2 bunk beds= 4 beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2), Bunk Beds (2, so 4 beds total)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Note that there is no TV reception--bring DVDs or Apple TV to watch if so inclined...

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