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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:
September 24, 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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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 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.


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.


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Traverse City Lakefront Log Home, FREE Hot Tub, WIFI, & Boats.
average rating of 4.862069 based on 31 reviews
Ft Worth

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: Aug 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: Aug 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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Dearborn Michigan

Perfect !!!!!

  • 5 of 5

It's a beautiful cabin with a peaceful charm to it ...23rd visit and we can't wait to return !!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor

Perfect lakefront cabin

  • 5 of 5

For the price that we paid, Kirchner's cabin has everything a vacationer would dream. The lake is quiet and beautiful, the owners have all kind of boats. My husband and I enjoyed to be on the lake watching many turtles, blue herons... We saw people fishing but didn't have enough time for all the water activities. Even on rainy days I enjoyed watching the beautiful view from the living room window. All the decorations inside the cabin are so charming and cute, the linens are very good quality, owners are so thoughtful even provided dog bowls, doggie bags. One of the features I like is the bathroom of this house is roomy, I always feel squeamish if the bathroom is too tight when I'm on vacation. Thank you Jean and Paul for your kindness, I'd love to come back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking time to share your thoughts. We love sharing our little piece of heaven. Paul and Jean
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Loved this place!

  • 5 of 5

This place is the quintessential "cabin on a lake" experience. Where else can you also get five boats included with your rental?! And short drives to Traverse City and play areas make this location perfect.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Come visit again Heidi!!! We love to share.
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Slice of Heaven on Perch Lake

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this cute cabin on Perch Lake. It is so peaceful there being a non-motor boat lake. The swimming and fishing are great. The cabin has all the amenities of home and if you need anything the owners respond right away. It was also nice to be able to bring our dogs on vacation with us. They are a part of our family and had as much fun as we did.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love sharing our family getaway. It sounds like you found it as relaxing as we do. Thanks for taking time to write a review. The Kirchner's.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Pet Fee $125
Damage Deposit $250

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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