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Quintessential UP NORTH Family Vaca, One Aug wk still available

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,950 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms(1 = Loft), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 13 Plus babe)

This Beautiful Lake House called 'Always' is located on 100' of frontage on beautiful, 600 acre, Ann Lake in the village of Lake Ann, Michigan, near Sleeping Bear

This Non-Smoking home is equipped with modern appliances and has been decorated with North Cottage-style furnishings, including a river-stone fireplace. Linens are included, as are the Tree house, Sandbox and Swingset! :)

The expansive yard (100' x 100') lakeside area features a great deck with a HOT TUB. A comfortable hammock and tall mature shade trees for your 'reading' or 'napping' pleasure. Fishing is very good. The shoreline in front of the cottage is natural and full of wildlife.(soft bottom) We swim off the dock but the shore edge is natural (mucky). The Lake is very clean and offers sandbars for swimming and sunset pontoon cruises. The new Lake Ann beach park is sandy and accessible by boat or car.

On the waterfront: a full dock with 16 square deck, row boat, Three 1 person kayaks, One 2 person kayak, and paddle boat are provided in the rental price. A 60 HP 24 foot pontoon boat can also be rented for an additional $800 per week. The large grassy lawn is great for playing baseball badminton, tag, frisbee toss or just walking barefoot in the grass.

Surrounded by thousands of acres of State Forests and miles of hiking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling trails, the Lake House is the perfect place to base your Northwest Michigan vacation activities.

Just minutes from the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and Interlochen Fine Arts Academy, the Benzie/Leelanau area is host to many forests, inland lakes and rivers, as well as Lake Michigan's gorgeous beaches. Championship Golf (27 Holes) is five minutes away (Mistwood). Traverse City, a short 15 minutes to the East, offers fabulous dining and shopping opportunities, plus the regional airport.

Keywords: Lake House on Lake Ann, Waterfront, Nature, Hot Tub, Swing Set, Tree House, Sand-Box, clean water, swimming, Fishing, skiing, view, Family Vacation, KIds, A week to remember, golf, Sleeping Bear, Up North, boating, get a way, wine tasting.

Lots of Pictures to share Just ask!

More Details

Jeff Grey
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Jeff Grey

This is our family. We love our Lake Ann Cottage and Esch Beach (where we took this picture) at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore 20 minutes from our Cottage. We always have a picnic there and grill brats over an open fire, then watch the sun set over Lake Michigan.

Jeff Grey purchased this house in 2004

Why Jeff Grey chose Lake Ann

This Lake Ann Cottage is not a rental Property, rather it is a Family Cottage that we choose to rent out a few weeks a year to help pay the taxes and Insurance!

What makes this house unique

The Peace of Mind to know that the next several hours you have nothing to do! But enjoy nature and wildlife, take out a kayak, go fishing, golfing and maybe read a good book. . . decisions, decisions!


Lake Ann House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , off Kitchen
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , off King Bedroom & Alcove
  • 3 Full roomy Baths, wIth room for Storage
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Twin is in Alcove (large walkin Closet)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Twin Sofa Sleeper
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , LOFT area; two bunks and a window foam mattress
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , LIVING/FAMILY room Queen Sofa sleeper (last bed used usually
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Off Kitchen, Nice for Grandma & Grandpa or early risers!
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Linens provided, Ceiling fans in all bedrooms, Pontoon Boat for additional fee, Automatic full-standby electrical generator in case of power outage, large grassy lawn 100' x 100' leading to water's edge , a 16 x 16 foot deck at the end of the dock for swimming, sunning and cocktail hour, a firepit near water's edge, a kids swing set near near shore line for outstanding swinging experiences.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Quintessential UP NORTH Family Vaca, One Aug wk still available
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful Again!

  • 5 of 5

Our family returned to Lake Ann this summer and once again had a wonderful time! We love the huge yard with room for any activity, the large deck with seating for everyone , (we never used the kitchen table!) , the adjoining hot tub and the clean and spacious home. We rent the pontoon and spend many hours relaxing on it each day. We also rent a speed boat from a local company and the grandchildren tubed and skied all day! The house also has a wonderful bonfire area and plenty of wood which we use nightly. This year we used the kayaks provided frequently to go to Mud Lake. What a wonderful experience and the grandchildren ages 6-9 all loved it! We did go to Glen Arbor one day but once again did not want to leave the lake. If you are looking for a large comfortable house on a beautiful lake that includes so many extras and a very accommodating owner, look no further! Just don't book the week we want, because we will be back! Thanks Jeff and Maureen for another memorable week.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for the kind words. It really is a special place ! Glad you discovered the amazing Mud Lake kayak trail!
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Fantastic week

  • 5 of 5

Spent a week at "Always" with friends and family. Home had everything we needed and was very accommodating for all four of the young children. Greatly enjoyed the pontoon, paddle boat, and kayaks! All of the fishershermen (experienced and novice) were successful in landing a few nice fish. Highly recommend taking the kayaks to Mud Lake and casting a worm into the lily pads. When not enjoying Lake Ann we ventured into Traverse City, Glen Arbor, Frankfort and Sleeping Bear dunes. The location was perfect! Thank you Jeff for making the process easy and inviting.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful in All Ways!

  • 5 of 5

The name of this cottage is Always and it is perfect in All Ways!! We stayed for a week with 12 people and 3 generations ranging from 3-70. The house is very spacious and welcoming. We appreciated that the owners even provided extra things like bug spray, firewood, basic kitchen supplies etc. However, it was the outside we loved even more.! Bonfires in the fire pit at night, plenty of room for yard games many of which the owner provided, hot tub on the deck where we ate every meal, fishing off the dock where the young ones caught their first fish, kayaking to mud lake, a great swing set facing the lake and having to almost "sign up " to get time in the hammock are just a few of our memories. We rented the pontoon (and also a speed boat from another supplier) so we spent our days tubing the lake and then anchoring the pontoon and swimming while others used the speed boat to ski. Even the 6 year olds "got up" on the skis! The lake is so private and calm that the 3 and 4 year olds were able to swim, with their life jackets of course, around the pontoon and play on the rafts. We went to the dunes one day and some golfed at Mistwood in the early evenings which was very nice. However, we really did not want to leave the lake. We would highly recommend this lake house. Thank you to the Jeff and Maureen for a wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids MI

Listening to the Loons

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this cottage a few times over the last several years. It is wonderful for big families with great living spaces for everyone together or individually. My favorite thing is that it sits on a part of the lake that overlooks state forest. The birds and wildlife are incredible. I love waking up to the sound of the loons. The pontoon is a definite plus, and the lake is gentle and warm for small children. It is one of the warmest lakes that I have ever been in, in Northern MI. There were Kayaks and a fishing boat and a nice dock to sun on. It is also in great proximity to shopping and golf. Beautiful hiking across the street at Ransom Lake and nice for cycling as well. We always choose to use it for our big family reunions when it is available.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Middleville, MI

Nice place- fun for a group of friends

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this property several times during all four Michigan seasons. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone with a singular family, an extended family, or to many adults looking for a great time. The house is in excellent condition and has always been very clean and provides everything needed to make it an easy, relaxed and enjoyable vacation. Not only does the house have a great layout to enjoy one another, the large yard provides an area for many fun activities. We have also taken pleasure in all the amenities that this place has to offer. Our favorites are waking up in the morning and enjoying the hot tub with the mist hanging over the lake, the wildlife, the kayaking into a small neighboring lake, hiking in the state forests, enjoying a great round of golf at Mistwood and of course enjoying a glass of wine on a nightly pontoon ride on Lake Ann. Our day trips usually end up with us touring the wineries of Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas. We will continue to recommend this property to our friends not only because of it’s proximity to Interlochen, Traverse City and Lake Michigan but also it’s charming characteristics.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2011
  • Stayed: January 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Freeland, MI

Had a nice time - could use some a little help though

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at this house this summer, the location is perfect & the view of the lake is wonderful! There was lots of room for the 12 of us! The yard was huge with lots of shade - so it was great for lawn games. All the boats & kayaks were great to have access to because it was a really beautiful area to kayak through - lots of little channels to check out. The pontoon boat was a great asset to have too. The area is so quiet & beautiful - very relaxing! The hot tub was really nice too & it has a great deck out back with lots of room for seating.

However, it would have been very helpful to have the washer & dryer available to use. It was very frustrating not having access to one since this is a very common amenity when staying for a week. The house could also stand for some serious organizing & cleaning since there was lots of the owners stuff in the way & not much place for us to unpack our items for the week. About half of the lightbulbs were either burned out or completely missing & there were spiderwebs in every corner of the house. And there was nothing in the house to clean with - such as a mop for the kitchen floor or anything.

We also were under the assumption that the 4th bedroom was an actual bedroom, but it is definitely only a loft with a couple bunk beds that you have to walk through to get to the main bedroom upstairs. We did not like that fact since we specifically wanted 4 bedrooms for our 4 couples.

Overall our stay was nice. Would most likely recommend to someone else.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a great time . . .but so sorry to hear about your difficulty with the light bulbs and spider webs? I did check the bulb situation and found three out of 27 that needed changing. the lamps in the living room work on the wall switch and when a lamp is turned off. . you know the drill. Sorry for not explaining. As to the cobwebs. . .I do agree they were more than usual. you caught the place on the end of four week rental period and our cleaning crew didn't do enough to conquer the little pesty multilegged workaholics. My wife and sister were mortified to read that our family cottage was dirty. Your comments were a wakeup call to us Thank You. . .please remember the great family time you had there and not the dust. Owner Jeff
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
To many to mention, but Lake Ann Brewery is Awesom
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mistwood -27 Holes - great layout
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
To many to mention 30+ with in 15 miles
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary

Interlochen nationally known Live musical performances, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a must as is its museum, and sunset on Lake Michigan (we love Esch Beach).Traverse City offers great entertainment at several venues. Lake Ann Brewery has an Outdoor Beer garden with Live music 5 nights a week and is Kid friendly. Over 30 Wineries offer tasting rooms just north of us. River Kayaking and Canoeing is fun just west of us on MI 31. The fish hatchery offers tours. Fishtown in Leeland(great Dining) is near as is, Shopper friendly Suttons Bay.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $165
Refundable damage deposit $750
Tax Rate 6.0%

3 night minimum stay, in off season. One week minimum stay in summer. 24ft pontoon available for rent $800 /week
Spring and Early Fall 3 day weekend rates $400, Kayaks and all other non-motorized boats are included in Rent

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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