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Traverse City Lakefront Log Home, FREE Hot Tub, WIFI, & Boats.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful 3 BR 1 BA Lakefront Log Cottage with Hot Tub on Deck Overlooking Lake

BOOKING NOW FOR 2017. Popular dates are going fast. Plan your family vacation or friend getaway now. Looking forward to helping you make priceless memories in 2017.



Get away to Nature and family memories. Join the growing list of renters who enthusiastically appreciate this great log cottage on Perch Lake, a 40 acre inland, no motor lake which thrills families and nature enthusiasts.

This Non-Smoking vacation home is an awesome place for a peaceful get-away or family retreat. Activities include swimming, fishing, boating, mushroom hunting, birding, and hiking. The outdoor fire pit is the site for many family evening activities. SOME PETS ARE ALLOWED AT THIS COTTAGE.

Amenities & Activities: Sandy beach, dock, rowboat, canoe, paddle boat, kayaks, outdoor deck, gas grill, fire pit, and a hot tub overlooking the lake are our guests favorite amenities. Enjoy sunning on the dock or sandy beach [120 foot water frontage]. Five complimentary boats provide lake access. Children enjoy wading along the shoreline. Fishing includes, bluegill, perch, pike, and bass. Nearby trails provide hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

OUR KITCHEN is stocked with all the utensils and kitchen equipment you will need to prepare most any meal, including a dishwasher.

Cable TV/VCR, DVD, stereo CD player, Broadband Wireless Internet, board games, provide indoor entertainment.

On site washer and dryer provide family convenience.

Our covered entry deck houses a gas grill. On the front deck [overlooking the lake] you will enjoy a 4 person hot tub.

Keep warm and share memories around a lakeside fire pit or inside in front of the stone fireplace. There is plenty of wood in the outdoor woodshed for the fireplace.

Area: Convenient location 20 miles east of Traverse City, Cherry Capital Airport [TVC]. 100 miles from Mackinaw Bridge & Island, 50 miles from Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. TC is home to the National Cherry Festival, The Traverse City Film Festival, a renowned Equestrian Festival, prized restaurants and wineries, breweries and much, much more.

Don't miss the unique SHOPPING adventures including Traverse City's 'Front Street', smaller area towns with quaint shops and antique stores [including Suttons Bay, Leland, Glen Arbor, Alden,] Another favorite stop is The Village at Grand Traverse Commons [inside the lower level of the historic Traverse City State Hospital] where you will find award winning restaurants, area art displays, wineries, and unique shops.

The Kirchner family loves CHERRY STREET MARKET in Kalkaska. ALDEN SPICE MILL in Alden. And THE YANKEE BOY restaurant only 3 miles from the cottage. And horseback riding at RANCH RUDOLPH about 10 miles away.

Nearby waterways, Big Manistee and Boardman Rivers provide excellent FISHING and CANOEING opportunities. There are hiking trails along the Boardman River and the Sand Lakes Quiet area plus many quiet interesting spots to hike near Perch Lake. Scenery is beyond compare in all directions.

Travel about 50 miles west to spend a day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It has been designated "One of the most Beautiful Places in America." You will find many more lakes and rivers as well as hiking and biking trails. Canoes, kayaks and bicycles are all available to rent in the national park area.

You are guaranteed to love your visit to the greater Traverse City area and will enjoy your retreat to our log home, a swim in the lake or a soak in the hot tub, family time around our outside fire pit, making many more memories at the end of your daily adventures.

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More Details

Property Manager
Paul and Jean Kirchner
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 28, 2017

About Paul and Jean Kirchner

We are retired administrators from Munson Healthcare and Michigan Public Schools. Our three sons and their families enjoy the great outdoors and playing Bluegrass Music throughout Michigan and Massachusetts. We have owned, enjoyed and improved this cottage since 1987. It was our home full time for more than a year while we were permanently relocating to the Traverse City area. The cottage has lovingly been updated every year.

Paul and Jean Kirchner purchased this cottage in 1987

Why Paul and Jean Kirchner chose Michigan

We found this breathtakingly beautiful log cottage with a perfect setting on a non-motor lake while we were vacationing "up north" in early 1987. Swimming was a top request for our boys. They also loved fishing and catching turtles. It was safe for our kids when they were growing up and offered so many opportunities for area exploration and was close enough to Traverse City so we could enjoy all the opportunities in the entire area. It offered a very easy access to Traverse City without enduring the traffic of some of the major roads.

What makes this cottage unique

This is a quiet repose from the summer busy schedule in Traverse City, while easily accessible via paved county roads. It is also uniquely accessible to Cherry Capital Airport which is served by at least 3 major airlines. It also puts Mackinac Island and the Mackinac Bridge an easy day trip away. [100 miles]. The sleepy village of Alden is also a personal favorite. A day trip to Torch Lake and Elk Rapids is also delightful. There is great canoeing on the Manistee River or the Boardman River within 10 miles.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a delightfully beautiful cottage. We found everything one could possible need. The cottage has many family heirlooms decorating the inside, but also has all the modern amenities one would expect at a five star hotel. Very relaxing! We will be back.
May 2013
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South Boardman Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Large convenient bathroom with corner shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 1 twin/ single , Sleeping Loft, child crib available.
  • All of your bedding and other linens are supplied with your rental. You will need to bring your own beach towels.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Sand Box
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We accept Master Card, Visa and Discover credit cards. ADVENTURES We can arrange canoe adventures [float trips] for your family on area rivers. This is especially fun in the national park. River trips are planned for parties utilizing individual levels of experience to choose the appropriate river and length of float. Let us know if you would like to book a river outing or a hike. Our son has extensive experience providing these outdoor adventures. If you would like to do a wine or beer tour, we have connections to provide this service for you. GROCERIES If you would like to arrive to a cottage stocked with basic food items we can provide this grocery stocking service per your list so you wont need to run to the store. This is especially nice if you are flying to Traverse City. CHILDREN If you will be arriving with young children, we can provide a port-a-crib for your use. Please let us know if you desire any of these services.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Traverse City Lakefront Log Home, FREE Hot Tub, WIFI, & Boats.
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 23 reviews
Traverse City, MI

Just what we hoped for!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved this cottage last summer. Six of us found everything we were looking for. From the time we walked in the front door we felt welcomed by the warm log walls and wood floors plus the stone fireplace. My husband and I found the hot tub our relax place with a cup of coffee listening to birds in the early morning. Our sons fished and caught many turtles. The girls enjoyed the paddle boat and canoe. When it rained one day we found time to play games and enjoy family time like we never take time for at home. With four kids the washer and dryer were very convenient. We have stayed at many cottages, but this one tops our favorite list. We will be back!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased that you enjoyed our log cottage. We have had many years of family gatherings at the cottage and lived their full time for a few years ourselves. It is our pleasure to share it with enthusiastic renters who like the unique log home setting on a no gas motor lake. We hope you return soon. Paul and Jean
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Beautiful cabin, beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

The Kirchner cabin was beautiful, and the location pristine. Even better than advertised. I look forward to visiting again in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

We have been to multiple cottages in the past and I can confidently say this was one of the best if not the best. It simply had everything, a beautiful quiet lake, all sorts of boats were available, a hot tub, a fire pit, an indoor fireplace, a gas barbecue and all sorts of other amenities. We had a great time fishing & using the boats.

We visited Traverse city which was awesome, its a short drive from the cottage.

The owners are very responsive, the answer your calls & resolve any issues you moght have promptly

Thank you Paul and Jean for a wonderful vacation, we will definately go back to the cottage in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your outstanding endorsement of our Perch Lake cottage. We try hard to assure that each guest enjoys their visit so much that they want to return. We appreciate you taking time to review your stay. Sincerely. Paul and Jean Kirchner.
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Perch Lake Cabin: Cozy, quiet, fully stocked cabin with beautiful Fall Scenery.

  • 5 of 5

Fall is an amazing time to visit. We were able to enjoy the lake and hot tub everyday as well as the cozy fireplace. The kids loved sleeping up in the loft and all the beds were super comfortable. Taking day trips to Petoskey and Sleeping Bear Dunes were easy adventures from the cabin. The drives are both very scenic-- with fall colors and apple orchards lining the highways.

I made all our breakfasts and dinners and even baked muffins in the well stocked kitchen. Not sure where the nearest grocery store is so it would be wise to have a few meals worth of food packed for your arrival.

It was a great vacation and it was hard to leave!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. It is great to just "cozy in" and enjoy your surroundings. There are a couple of great groceries and markets within 8 miles, and an amazing local restaurant only 3 miles away. The information is all included in the Perch Lake Guidebook and we are happy to answer any and all questions about the cottage and the area via an email or a phone call. But sometimes it is so nice to escape our every day lives and just have great family time away from home. Please come and see us again.
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How do you write about the perfect stay?

  • 5 of 5

As a long time traveler and a partaker of some fantastic vacations in my years, I believe that I know a great one when I experience it...... this was one of the best weeks in my new definition of paradise. I understand that what is great for some is not so great for others. This was great for me! Un-pretentious, most comfortable, super clean, beautiful and an awesome lake. The perfect getaway for someone like me who is well traveled and experienced in the art of "vacation" in that it allowed me and encouraged me to do exactly what I wanted, when I wanted to enjoy myself. Never did I feel any pressure to be more active (or less active) or more involved (or less involved) in any one activity or another. I dedicated my time to relaxation with a capitol "R". I read, sewed (brought my sew machine with me), journaled, listened to awesome music, ate clean and healthy (lots of farmers markets around) and spent quality time with myself. Not once did I feel the need to turn on the TV or interact with any other human beings.

I have spent a lot of time in vacation rentals and I definitely would rate this one...the best. I was pleasantly surprised that I needed 'nothing'. Everything was provided. I easily could have just came with my clothing.

Because I own a business I understand the importance of communication and quality customer service. Communication with the owners was paramount for me and they didn't disappoint. They went above and beyond to make sure that my stay and my future stay (yes I booked another vacation) was spot on.

I have nothing negative to say...I enjoyed the quietness, having a fire on those chilly evenings and disconnecting from all stimuli that seems to create such a hectic world we sometimes live in. Definitely would recommend. This "home away from home" is amazing!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage was clean and welcoming when we got there, and provided a quiet environment to spend time with the family. The hot tub provided hours of entertainment for the kids, and the boats provided gave us a great opportunity to get on the water. The proximity to local attractions tons made it easy to see and do lots, but we could have stayed the whole week at the cabin, just relaxing. Allowing us to take the dogs made life so much easier for us, this was an overall wonderful experience. Thank you, Kirchners for sharing your place with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review!! Many guests learn to just kick back and enjoy life on Perch Lake as our family did for years. Please consider making it your yearly family getaway. We would love to have you back.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Cherry Capital
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Ludington Car Ferry, Mackinac Island Ferry 100 mi.
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Twin Birch Golf Course
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Amtrak Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
US 131
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Yankee Boy [fabulous historic diner]
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
Grand Traverse Bay
Car: necessary

Golf: Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Antrim County golf courses offer a huge variety of courses and prices for your golfing pleasure.


Rates & Availability

South Boardman Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Jun 17 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Aug 27 2017 - Sep 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Sep 22 2017 - Sep 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 24 2017 - Sep 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Sep 29 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Oct 6 2017 - Oct 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 8 2017 - Oct 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Oct 13 2017 - Oct 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Oct 14 2017 - Oct 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 15 2017 - Nov 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120
Pet Fee $125
Security deposit $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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