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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,001 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 150 nights


About the property

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



Plan your family vacation or friend getaway. We are looking forward to helping you make priceless memories in 2018.


JUST A SHORT BEAUTIFUL DRIVE TO TRAVERSE CITY through forested historic Supply Road.

WEEKLY Summer Rentals,

3 DAY Minimum Spring & Fall

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.


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
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

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 South Boardman

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:
  • 1001 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.


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Traverse City Lakefront Log Home, FREE Hot Tub, WIFI, & Boats.
average rating of 4.878788 based on 35 reviews

Picture Perfect Cabin getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We just loved this cozy cabin. It is a gem! The views of the lake are beautiful from inside and out. When it rained, you could hear it on the roof. So peaceful! The place had everything to cook and serve with and more. We made dinner on Halloween, It snowed...while the fire burned in the fireplace. Later we soaked in the hot tub. All you could hear was the sound of snow coming down. Then off to bed in the cozy flannel bedding. We never slept so good on vacation. We made three dinners in and most breakfasts. It was fun to cook there. There are tasty dining options locally, we enjoyed fife Lake Inn, Trout town grille in Kalkaska. We Had adventures in Alden, shopping, wine tasting, and Lunch at the Alden bar and Grill. We went up to harbor springs for a day to tour the Tunnel of Trees. Just stunning, the colors were beautiful, let alone the homes with the views of the lake. And of course went to Traverse city for a couple of dinners and lunches - our favorites . . . the franklin, Stella Tratoria, Mical, Poppycocks, and Alliance! TC has it all... Paul and Jean were always available if you had questions, but we didn't have was great! We were visited by a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, they were huge, looked like Woody, but pecked like a jack hammer...we hope to visit them again!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: William and Christina. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit just like we do. It’s a warm and special cabin in a less discovered area. The beautiful woodpeckers are about to get their own giant suet cake 🎂!!! Unfortunately they do serious damage to log cabins. 😳. 🍁🍂🏡👍. Thanks for the heads up on the birds!!! We hope you come and visit us again. Paul and Jean Kirchner.
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Very nice!

  • 5 of 5

enjoyed our stay very much!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Honeymoon 2017

  • 5 of 5

We spent our honeymoon here and had a blast! We fished, hiked, and enjoyed time by the fire. We liked how close to traverse city the cabin was. We drove into the downtown area one day for some shopping and dining. The cabin is in great shape and had everything we could have needed!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location, wonderful atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful secluded getaway just a short 35 minute drive from the excitement of downtown traverse city.

The owners are easily accessible and very friendly. Jean even called to make sure we were enjoying our stay and to see if we needed anything (which we didn't because just about anything you need is already at the cabin).

We enjoyed coffee on the dock in the mornings as the mist rolled off the lake and went off on our adventures during the day. Then it was back to the cabin for hot tub and bonfires.

Just a wonderful stay. I would recommend this cabin for a girls weekend, family outing or a romantic suits all.

Thank you Paul and Jean

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Heather for your wonderful review. It was fun talking with you and hosting your getaway weekend. We hope you can come again. Paul and Jean Kirchner
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Beautiful "Up North" Experience!

  • 5 of 5

We are a senior couple and we spent two weeks at this Perch Lake cabin. We loved it! My husband used the rowboat nearly everyday to fish. He caught enough pan fish for a great fish dinner and also caught a large bass he released. The cottage was cozy, well maintained and provided everything we needed. We loved wifi and cable tv for relaxing evenings! Since we take day adventures we love the location. Easy to go to Travese City, kayaking on AuSable, Sand Dunes area, state parks, and we even drove to Mackinaw easily. Hot tub, swimming, fireplace, fire pit, lake toys..all provide fun if one prefers to stay put. Owners are professional but also friendly and helpful. We loved this place!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy you found us and had the chance to experience our up north getaway all the way from Texas. It sounds like your husband found the knack for catching fish in Perch Lake. Thanks for sharing your review. We hope you come and visit us again. The Kirchner's.
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Cozy get away

  • 5 of 5

Love this cabin . It's roomy enough for several people to enjoy but I love it for just the two of us.

It has all the amenities of a home away from home and then some. The quietness of the lake which one can kayak, canoe, swim or fish is very appealing. Comfortable sleeping and a great hot tub for unwinding in those cool evenings too.

We also are close enough to do a variety of day trips out on the peninsulas and neighboring towns for shopping, movies, restaurants, wine tastings and just gorgeous sightseeing.

We will definitely come back to enjoy again.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having you back again this year!!! The cabin holds many sweet memories for us and many guests. I think the cabin walls could write a book 📚�.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Cherry Capital
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.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125
Cleaning $120
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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