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Scott & Crystl

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

Relaxing Cottage on Arbutus Lake - Great Fishing & Swimming!

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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2 Bdrm, 1 Bath, Lake Front/View Cottage - Minutes from Downtown Traverse City

About 7 miles south of Traverse City south just off Garfield Road and just north of Kingsley. On the south end Arbutus Lake. Other cottages are available so please call or email us - check out our other property #140019 on HomeAway.

This property was remodeled in 2009 and now has many comforts of home. It accommodates 4 to 6 people. The lake property has 400 ft. of private beach with a sandy bottom, two rafts and buoys, four 30-ft docks, children's playground, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, barbecue gas grills and fire pits.

If you are boating and/or fishing, the resort features a large boat house with private secured lockers, a screened-in fish-cleaning house with running water and a boat launch. Pontoon boat rental is available for an additional fee.

This is also a great location if you are planning to take a fall color tour so don't limit yourself just to summer!

Small pets are considered and renters are asked to clean up after them. The resort is not handicap accessible.

The heated vacation cottage has a newer interior, full kitchen with microwave, dishes, pots and pans, coffee maker and toaster. Bed linens and towels are not provided, however bedspreads, pillows and blankets are in the cottage.

The resort and cottage is secluded and quiet, located on wooded Arbutus Lake. Water recreation includes swimming, trophy fishing (small and large mouth bass, blue gill, perch, pike and crappie), boating and water-skiing. Nearby recreation includes golf, tennis, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and shopping.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Scott & Crystl (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english


based on 12 traveler reviews

Relaxing Cottage on Arbutus Lake - Great Fishing & Swimming!
average rating of 4.0833335 based on 12 reviews

Great cottage for a family vacation

  • 4 of 5

Great location, great property. We loved the beach across the street and how quick it was to get to lake Michigan. The property was clean and cozy. We enjoyed motoring around the chain of 5 lakes, swimming and taking walks in the quiet neighborhood.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Exactly what we were looking for!

  • 4 of 5

Not too far from downtown and great view. We came up for fall colors so or stay at the cabin was basically to shower, sleep and eat. Three things we wished we would have brought-hand towels and salt and pepper! This is a pet friendly place and I am allergic to dogs. The sofa could have been cleaned better as I was not able to sit on it from the dog hair trapped behind it. But I can see how that can be missed, I have furr babies myself. Overall we enjoyed our stay. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet and Relaxing, but close to T.C.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay at the cottage! It was a very nice and clean property, perfect for a family of 4 such as ourselves. We really enjoyed having coffee on the sun porch in the mornings while the kids watched TV inside. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Just what we were looking for

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this cottage for a fall getaway. We spent most of our time outdoors, so were just looking for a place to relax in the evening and get a good nights sleep. The house was very clean, which was one of our favorite things about it. In my opinion, it would have been a little cramped with more than a few people in it. The bathroom was pretty tiny. It was right near the lake in a relaxing, quiet setting, and not a far drive from local attractions. We would def. rent this place again!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Great Deal for the Price!

  • 4 of 5

The property was very clean. Despite a cooler year, it was still pretty stuffy in the cabin without A/C. The beach was fun. The grill was great and the beds were comfortable. We had a nice time and enjoyed seeing the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes (about 50 min away) and many parts of Traverse City. It is not a cabin that you could spend a lot of time inside as it's pretty small. The owners were great!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Relaxing, long summer weekend

  • 5 of 5

I rented this cottage because of the possibility of renting for less than a week in the summer (which is very difficult to find). We enjoyed our stay so much though, I wish we would have had the cottage for a week. The cottage is on the small side, but it was sufficiently big enough for us: 4 adults, 1 toddler, and a dog. We really enjoyed walking across the small street to the resort beach. We spent a lot of time in the water and sand. We used the row boats and rented a motor boat one day. With our 2-year-old, we visited the playground almost everyday. The playground is old and unique; it was fun to have something different. We enjoyed being close to Traverse City and going there for dinner and shopping. Inside the house, we found everything we needed. The weather was nice and not hot for August, so it was ok that there was no A/C. If we're looking for a getaway in the Traverse City area again, we'll definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Car: necessary

Arbutus Lake covers approximately 500 acres and has a maximum water depth of 45 feet. It is part of a 5-lake chain. Fish include bluegill, perch, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass. Area: 6 1/2 miles south from Traverse City just off Garfield Road. The sign is on the left side of road.


Rates & Availability

Traverse City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
May 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Fall 206
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 12 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Cleaning Fee $65

Additional fees:
- $25 pet deposit fee
- $30 for bed linens are available for guests if needed
The $250 deposit is refundable up to 60 days prior to the guest's arrival date

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Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Resort
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Sofa Bed
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • 2 more may sleep on the futon in the living area.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • coin laundry
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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