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Two openings in July two in Aug

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,260 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Enjoy the serenity of the historic beach town during the spring and summer seasons. The house is set on one partially wooded acre. It is a small friendly neighborhood. Great for a peaceful retreat. It is a great relaxing time, reading a good book, and then watching the sunsets followed by a bonfire . Lots of great swimming, hiking, birding, and wild flowers .The night sky can be filled with lots of stars visible all around the house.

Come sleep in the new organic queen size bed with all cotton

sheets and down pillows for the best dreams. This house is all green, environmentally sustainable, and healthy. It is a great feeling. As well, it is all on one level with wide door ways to accomodate the handicap.

While you are sitting at the dining room table or on the big porch you can view Lake Michigan and hear the


This is an artist's home and is decorated with a unique flair.

A large library of books and board games are here to enjoy.

It is five miles to Arcadia, Bear Lake, or Onekama for supplies, restaurants, festivals, music.

It is 17 miles to Frankfort and Manistee with quaint shops and museums, lighthouses and piers and restaurants as well as theaters.

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort and Interlochen Arts Academy are both close by for concerts, theater, fine

dining. There are many small golf courses and of course the biggee - Arcadia Bluffs also with fine & causal dining.

Come and enjoy! No need to bring anything but food, clothes and toys. Fully furnished. Linens are provided and there is a washer/dryer. Condiments for cooking are supplied with pots and pans and lots of dishes.

The hammock on the porch is everybody's favorite place!!

Keywords: This cottage is located in Pierport, Mich. with Bear Lake, Mi. post office. The house is a short 500ft walk to the public access. Turquoise water, waves occasionally, sand bottom. Miles of beach to walk.

More Details

Carolyn Kraw
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 11, 2017

About Carolyn Kraw

I am a retired Waldorf teacher now Painting Therapist and fiber artist. I am an activist for the environment and built this custom 'green' earth sustainable home that is environmentally healthy as well.

Carolyn Kraw purchased this house in 2005

Why Carolyn Kraw chose Bear Lake

Pierport is an incredible neighborhood and beach. It is like a hidden secret of a place. Organic fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs, and meat are all available from local farmers. In Fall the color of the leaves are so beautiful. In Winter the snows are quiet and still and the house is all cozy at you look out at the wonderful white. The back hill is great for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. There are miles of fields and forrest to ski through. Crystal Mt. Ski Resort is 40 minutes away.

What makes this house unique

It is a great place to walk in nature. The deer almost eat out of your hand. Bird feeders attrack many varieties of song birds and perching birds. There are no city lights or traffic noise. Within an hour to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City or Interlochen Music camp.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed the sleeping Bear Dune climb, shopping in Traverse, relaxing on the beach and enjoying the quaint small towns. We loved campfires and smores, and sleeping in the hammock! Thanks for letting us use your home!! We had fun!
Jul 2009
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Bear Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1260 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 There is a soaking tub and a separate stall shower Towels for in house use provided. Bring your own beach towels please.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Other (See Description) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The couch is a twin sofa sleeper in the living room
  • Queen size Bed 1), Twin or Single Beds (2), All linens provided. A sofa sleeper in the living room
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(12 traveler reviews)

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Two openings in July two in Aug
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 18 reviews

Peaceful Retreat

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely time at Carolyn's home. Especially enjoyed eating meals on the porch. The house was roomy for two. The traffic was busy on the weekend and evenings. Loved cooking with gas and the available herbs in the garden! Internet was slow and capped if you are attached to watching movies or need internet. No cell service so definitely an escape from the usual routine!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Front Porch Hammock Cottage on 13 Mile in Pierport

  • 4 of 5

This is a lovely cottage; special touches like the antique school bell on vintage back door, small wooden cone lights over the kitchen bar, beautiful clerestory windows in the main living space made it a very charming place to stay. The light, shadows, weather visible from these windows made for a wonderful place to relax and read. We enjoyed spending time in the back yard near the fern lined forest near some of Carolyn's many flower gardens.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ypsilanti, Michigan

Great location, artistic decor

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable and attractive accommodations. Lovely gardened landscaping. We enjoyed a wonderful week, walking a short distance to the beach on Lake Michigan, buying fresh fruit from the farm stand, visiting Traverse City and Good Harbor Winery. Caroline was a wonderful hostess, greeting us when we arrived and making sure we had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice property

  • 4 of 5

Very clean with all amenities included. The property is a short walk to a small, public beach. The linens and kitchen items were all included and very clean. Maps and comments from other guests showed local attractions and places to visit. We drove to other areas - Frandfort, Traverse City - so the location was not perfect but centrally located to many attractions.

The owner provided great service - calling a few times and leaving good instructions.

I would recomend the property if you are looking for a nice place to stay away from the noises of the more cengested areas. We are likely to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bath, Michigan

Perfect Get-away

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was the perfect get-away for me and my wife, which was within view of Lake Michigan. The nearby artesian well was a bonus. We enjoyed the peaceful environment, and yet mountain biking, the Chrystal Mountain Resort, and excellent dining options were within a short drive.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Traverse City

Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Being very fond of the Arcadia area, I selected this home based on its proximity to golf courses and day trips to other points of interest on the leelanau peninsula. The house is darling! Steps from a beach, lovely sunsets from the wraparound porch, yet still located just off M22. Many golf courses within 15-20 minutes. So peaceful and quiet when we stayed in.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Arcadia Bluffs, Bear Lake, and another on Glovers
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Arcadia Bluffs, Shays in Onekama, Grill 45 Bear lk
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Cleaning $120 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Renters are responsible for asking about any allergy challenges before booking. There have been pets in the house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.