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Paul and Jean Kirchner

Member since: 2001
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Beautiful Lakefront Log Cottage, Hot Tub, WIFI, Boats

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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



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 fire pit or inside in front of the stone fireplace. There is plenty of wood in the outdoor woodshed for the indoor 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. 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
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Paul and Jean Kirchner (Property Manager)
Member since: 2001
Call Manager
Speaks: english

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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Beautiful Lakefront Log Cottage, Hot Tub, WIFI, Boats
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 20 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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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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The Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The Perch Lake Cabin offered everything we could have asked for and so much more. We loved the personal touches such as the sign welcoming us at the front door when we arrived and the bottle of wine. My family and I could have happily spent every day at the cabin fishing, enjoying the boats, the hot tub and just relaxing. Such a peaceful place. However there was also so much activity close by. Hiking Sleeping Bear Dunes was an experience we would not have wanted to miss. We also found a quiet beach to play on at Lake Michigan and enjoyed all of the shops in Traverse City. I just really cant say enough about the Perch Lake Cabin. It just felt like home. So clean and cozy but plenty of space for the whole family. From children to adults we all agreed this was one of our best vacations. Thank you to the Kirchners for the wonderful experience. We definitely plan to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your glowing review. You reflect our love for this cottage which we are pleased to showcase and share with guests. We have one family who have returned for 21 years. Choose dates for your next stay ASAP so we can accommodate your next visit to our Perch Lake cottage.
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The cabin was private and natural and free of civilization with everything provided. Simply perfect!

  • 5 of 5

I shared this trip with another family could not have asked for a more serene and peaceful surrounding for my children to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jesse, Thanks for your great review. We love it too and love to share it with families. Book early for summer 2017 as Perch Lake cottage calendar tends to fill up early. We look forward to hosting your next northern Michigan getaway. Paul and Jean Kirchner
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Charming, Cozy, & Relaxing Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this particular cabin, because of all of the amenities, the scenic view & exclusive location. The owners were very sweet and down to earth. They even gave us a complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival, which hit the spot after a long drive. It was hard for us to leave, because we felt so relaxed & peaceful. We reconnected with Mother Nature. We definitely plan on coming back. One of our favorite cabins.😀

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Owner's Response: Jeff and Janelle, We loved having you as guests and look forward to hosting your next northern Michigan getaway. Our Perch Lake cottage is an amazing place to make memories. Paul and Jean Kirchner
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Yankee Boy Trading Post
"This is a great local place for breakfast and lunch only 3 miles from the cabin. The servic..."
Cherry Street Market
"This is the best local place for all sorts of fruits and vegetables. It also has a delicate..."
Northland Food & Family Center
"This is a well stocked grocery with many locally requested products. Hours are convenient a..."
Alden's Mill House
"It is worth the drive to this gem of a spice mill. This place is so unique, it is hard to d..."
"Countryside Bar and Restaurant. Good Pizza and people watching."
Fife Lake Inn
"Local place about 8 miles from the Perch Lake Cabin with good fish fry on Friday night and a..."
Cherry Capital Airport
"This one of the best smaller airports in the country, efficient and comfortable. Access is ..."
VASA Singletrack Trailhead
"This trail is only one of many hiking and biking trails that draw nature enthusiasts to our ..."
Ranch Rudolf Inc
"This ranch on the Boardman River about 10 miles from the cottage offers horseback riding thr..."
Traverse Area District Library
"Our library is a beautiful quiet destination surrounded by a children's garden. Boardman Lak..."
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
"Don't leave Traverse City without visiting this location built out of the former Traverse Ci..."
Interlochen Center for the Arts
"This international destination offers unparalleled concerts both from renown musicians and a..."
Suttons Bay
"Quaint historic bayside town. Food, shops, boats, art and much more. Love this little town."
"One of the most visited little villages, originally a fishing village, in the Leelanau Penni..."
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
"One of the most beautiful places in Americas.... so much to see, so little time.... don't ..."
Glen Arbor
"Don't miss Boondocks Restaurant or Arts Bar for good food and just enjoy the area and the pr..."
Black Star Farms
"This is one of the amazing wineries of the Leelanau pennisula. It has an inn and market as ..."
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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 29 2016 - Nov 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Security deposit $250
Cleaning $100
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

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South Boardman Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
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
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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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