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Adorable Knotty Pine Cottage on Lake Leelanau

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3-5)

Family owned cottage on beautiful Lake Leelanau. This knotty pine cottage has a cozy, up North feel! Located on the southwest end of picturesque Lake Leelanau. The sunrises are amazing. A great place to unwind and relax. 40 ft. of hard, sandy bottom lake frontage, with great views from the kitchen, living room, enclosed porch and wooden deck. 2 bedrooms, 1st has a full size bed (linens not provided) 2nd bedroom has a bunk bed, full size bed on the bottom, twin on top. 1 bath with a stand up shower (towels not provided) a blow dryer is for your convenience. Fully equipped kitchen, gas stove. snack bar to eat breakfast or lunch, dinning table located on enclosed porch.

Deck with picnic table and chairs, lawn chairs also provided. Great to enjoy a morning cup of coffee and watch the sunrise. Stone grill available to grilling, fire pit by the lake to make memories while toasting marshmallows! Bring your boat and tie it up to the dock. A free public boat ramp is less that 1/4 mile away making it very convenient to launch your water toys. Kayak is available for your enjoyment.

This waterfront cottage is just a short drive from Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, shopping at Glen Arbor, Empire, Leland, Lake Leelanau, Suttons Bary and Traverse City. Golfing nearby at several courses. Two Casinos, Leelanau Sands Casino in Suttons Bay and Turtle Creek in Williamsburg.

Lake Leelanau is an all sports lake for boating, swimming, water skiing, fishing. Sandy bottom, shallow shore line with great swimming for kids. You can take your boat across the lake to bar, restaurants or take the boat a relaxing few miles to the town of Lake Leelanau, Leland or take a slow ride up the Cedar River where you will see some amazing nature, turtle, deer, beavers. Gas service for your boat is available at a couple locations on the lake.

Keywords: Lake Leelanau Lakefront Cottage

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
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Speaks: english


based on 8 traveler reviews

Adorable Knotty Pine Cottage on Lake Leelanau
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Perfect for our needs

  • 5 of 5

We loved this little cottage, it was perfect for us. The yard and shallow water are great for kids. The enclosed porch gives more room than appears in the pictures. excellent view from the deck. We used the kayak often. I highly recommend an early-morning kayak ride on the lake,it will refresh your soul. Neighbors are close but not loud at all. Just bring your own life jacket, charcoal and cooking staples (oil, etc.) Cedar has a grocery store and is a quick drive. Beautiful short trips to Glen Arbor, Leland, Suttons Bay. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Battle Creek MI


  • 5 of 5

Lovely small cottage just right for 2-4 people. Nice yard and perfect for small children. Nice sandy bottom where you can walk right down to the water. Parents of owner live next door and are very helpful and friendly. Cottage equipped with all amenities for a wonderful time at the lake. Enjoyed the kayak that comes with the cottage.

Our 2 yr old grandson loved this place as he could walk right down to the water and play in the sand.

We recommend it to anyone who enjoys beautiful sunrises and fun in the water.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was a nice little place to stay. We had four adults and two kids and never felt cramped. The cabin was clean and comfortable. The yard was nice and leads right down to the water. We spent many hours floating in the water during the day and had a fire in the fire pit every night. The water has a very gradual depth and is perfect for young ones. We also brought a boat and were able to pull it right up near the dock and use a mooring post provided by the neighbors who are also the owners parents.

The town of Cedar was perfect also. There's a tavern/restaurant called the Cedar Inn. They were always friendly and had decent food. The Rustic Inn, right on your way from the cottage to town, had fantastic family style breakfast! I mean fantastic! There is also a gas station/market in town, Buntings, that has everything you need. The taco stand on the south edge of town was great too, perfect for one of those days were your swimming and everyone is getting hungry and nobody is cleaned up yet. A sack of tacos, chips, guac and salsa will put the seal on a great day!

The Sleeping Bear Dunes are a must, along with Leland. Of course a day in Traverse City will make everyone happy too. I would also recommend a winery tour, we made up our own and the wines were great. The Boathouse Vinyards had the best grounds to sit and enjoy your tastings, right on the water with several adirondack chairs that you can move about.

The only negative that I can come up with is that the fishing was less than spectacular. Lake Lelanau is big, and maybe we just didn't know the best way to catch fish there. MY brother in law and I were basically shut out, we've both been fishing our whole lives. My niece did catch a four pound bass though, us men were both proud of her but she wouldn't share her secret.

Have fun, you'll love it!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Columbia, Missouri

Just Right

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was well appointed and tastefully decorated. The walleye fishing was great! We especially enjoyed the helpful neighbors. The cabin's location was perfect for us, half way between Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City. The local grocery in Cedar had everything we needed, and we used the stone bbq and fire ring. One night we stayed up until 1:30 a.m. watching the stars with no interference from city lights..awesome. Be sure to check out the Cherry Wine from Bel Lago winery nearby, it is incredible with chocolate cake or brownies. We hope to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tecumseh Michigan

Great little cabin

  • 5 of 5

What a cozy little cottage on beautiful Lake Leelanau! We loved it :) Thank you for letting us stay in this little gem :)

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ottawa, Ontario

How to spend a fabulous week...

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned with our 11-month-old daughter from a week-long stay at this cottage. It was nothing short of amazing. The weather was beautiful and the place was perfect. It's clean, simple and has everything you need. There was plenty of room for the three of us. We set our daughter's playpen up in the second bedroom beside the double bed (show in the pictures) and it just fit. There are three beds, two are double-sized. The mattress in the non-bunk bed room is quite soft but the other one is better. The kitchen is well set up and there's a charcoal grill outside. We bought delicious food from Oryana in Traverse City and had lots of memorable meals sitting in the shade outside the cottage. The lot is very deep (you could play bocce ball!) and has a perfect entry into the water for babies. Because of the sandbar, water isn't over your knees for about 25m. The water isn't too cold, especially compared to other lakes in the area. We also enjoyed just hanging out on the dock. The lake was ridiculously quiet (we only saw one or two speedboats go by the entire week, although we noticed a lot of people had jetskis on their docks -- it may get busier later in the season.

The cottage-owner was super relaxed but sent prompt replies in e-mail communication and provided helpful tips, like not to forget our linens and towels (I definitely would have forgotten!). The parents of the cottage owner live year-round next door and they were wonderful. We found it reassuring to know that we could ask them any cottage-related questions we had (e.g., how does one use a charcoal grill?!). The cottages are all relatively close together (at least compared to Ontario cottage country!) but we still felt like we had privacy.

The area around this cottage is fantastic. We adored the taco stand in Cedar and the Cedar General Store. Adorable surrounding towns (Leland's Fishtown is really cool) and don't miss the Sleeping Bear National Park -- the Scenic Drive is a must. North Bar Lake is great and a good way to see a quieter Lake Michigan shore, too. Traverse City is fantastic. I had no idea Michigan had all these great places.

If you're traveling with a little person, you may want to consider bring a few portable child-proofing safety measures, like electrical outlet covers, a gate, or cupboard door latches.

If you're on the fence about this place, I think you should go for it. You won't regret it.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sleeping Bear Dunes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Double Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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