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Duane Amato

Member since: 2003
Speaks: english

Beautiful Cottage on the Water of Pristine West Bay

6 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Attached Unit, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

100 feet of private beach in a quiet and exclusive neighborhood area. Wake up to spectacular sunrises. Look out towards Power Island(Once owned by Henry Ford). At night, look out over the water to see the lights of Traverse City in the distance.

This fully furnished newly remodeled cottage with large windows for your panoramic views is only 50 feet from the water (10 steps down). Every room has a view of the water. The kitchen is open to the living room which allows exceptional views as well.

The cottage is immaculate. Our 2009-2013 renter customer feedback surveys have rated 'cleanliness' as 'outstanding' by 95% of our renters, 'location' as outsanding by 93% of our renters. In addition, 100% of our renters indicated 'our web-site description was accurate' and 96% said that 'they would consider coming back and renting from us again'.

Each bedroom has a queen bed and the living room has a double size futon and an extra couch.

The cottage is 6 miles south of Suttons Bay and 8 miles north of Traverse City. This cottage is located on a small side street away from any main road. A convenience store is less than a 5 minute walk. Perfectly located for the many activities of Traverse City and Leelanau County. Enjoy the beach, swim, boat, water ski, fish. A public boat launch is less than 1 mile away. Enjoy wine tasting at the many wineries only minutes away.

Several golf courses are nearby, one is located less than 10 minutes away. If you prefer live entertainment and gaming, the Leelanau Sands is a 12 minute drive away. The paved Leelanau trail (15 miles long) is great for hiking and biking is 1 1/2 miles away. The Vasa trail is a 25 minute ride away. Great Dining and shopping is also just minutes away.

Enjoy the many fall and winter activities. Fall activities include color tours, golf, or wine tasting at the numerous nearby wineries. Winter activities such as downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, sledding and tubing, snowmobiling are all nearby.

NO PETS

NO SMOKING

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Duane Amato (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a perfect beach house. It was everything I wished for and more. Waking up to perfect sunrises, the sounds of the water and pure relaxation; what more cound one ask for. Your place is so warm, inviting and

so clean, it was a pleasure to stay here. Thank you for sharing your little piece of heaven here on earth.
Jul 2010
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Reviews

4.8
based on 6 traveler reviews

Beautiful Cottage on the Water of Pristine West Bay
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews
5

What a great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been more pleased with our stay at this cottage! It was our first trip to the TC/Leelanau area, and the cottage met all of our needs. We have young children who enjoyed "their" very own private beach each day, while the adults could enjoy the peace and quiet of West Bay. The location is a convenient starting point to all the fun and activities in this area. Perfectly tucked half way between Traverse City and Suttons Bay. When we vacation in the area again, we will want to stay here!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

I am a little hesitate to write this review, I would like to be selfish and keep this little gem just available for our use :) It really was perfect, perfect, perfect. The location is great, it was very comfortable. Very clean. Amazing sun rises. Perfect beach. We had a little issue, thanks to mother nature with some bugs, but Duane helped us deal with that. Highly recommend and yes we will be back, hopefully soon Chuck and Judy, Grand Rapids MI

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chuck and Judy, Thank you for your nice comments. It was very nice meeting both of you. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and are planning on returning. Sorry about the fruit flies during your stay.
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Cincinnati
5

Wonderful Vacation in Traverse Bay!!

  • 5 of 5

We just got home from a week at this wonderful cottage! The view is fantastic! There is so much to do and the location is great! We boated, tubed, water skied, biked, sailed, floated, put-putted, and even had s'mores. Duane and Vicki are great hosts. The description is accurate. We would love to come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cambridge, ontario
5

Best Place For a Morning Coffee

  • 5 of 5

Our first trip to Traverse City was 3 years ago. Since then we have been HOOKED!

It's not just that TC and surrounding areas are amazing, it's the cottage that completes the package.

I loved waking every morning and having coffee on the porch. Some days I was lucky enough to watch the sunrise with breakfast.

The cottage is well cared for, and extremely clean. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes, utensils and there is equipment to make a wide variety of meals.

Everything that has been listed on Duane and Vicki's listing overview is accurate. We found having a dryer very handy, especially after a rainy day run.

Being able to store our bicycles and kayak in the garage was a relief. Other VRBO's do not provide such luxuries.

I did read on one of the previous reviews that another renter found the water "smells like rotten eggs". During our time at the cottage there were few times when the smell was noticed. We also drank the water from the taps. The smell has never been an issue for us during our stays.

The T.A.R.T. trail is just a hill away. It's easy access for a car-less ride into town. The T.A.R.T. trail is also a great paved trail for a nice long run. On our latest stay we explored the VASA trail on mountain bikes and running shoes. What a sandy delight!

There are so many places to explore that are either a quick drive, bike ride, SUP, or run away. Duane and Vicki's cottage makes for a perfect home base.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Pure Michigan......Location, Private, SERENITY

  • 5 of 5

We all have those moments during the year when we need to escape, disconnect and rejuvenate ourselves. My wife and I decided that the first weekend of October was our moment. We were blessed when we decided to rent this cottage. The location is fantastic, only 15 mins from downtown Traverse City. Private setting, phenomenal views, a wonderful beach and very clean. Over the weekend my wife and I explored Traverse City, the Wineries on Old Mission Peninsula, drove the 20 mile Tunnel of Trees in Harbor Springs and experienced too many great restaurants. While these were all wonderful moments our favorite time was relaxing in the morning and evening at the cottage.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Thomas, KY
4

Nice Stay!

  • 4 of 5

Spent a great week here!

Pros:

*Extremely clean, well maintained home. Nice furnishings, equipped kitchen, very comfortable!

*Duane was very hospitable and friendly!. Welcomed us with a bottle of wine, gave us great recommendations for restaurants etc.

*Beautiful setting, right on the lake front. Nice little beach area, although rocky. Bring your water shoes!

Small deck overlooking the water to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon cocktail hour.

*Great location! Good local restaurants without the long waits in Traverse City. Suttons Bay near by ~ cute little town with shops and good eats!

Cons:

*No washer. When linens are not furnished and you need to bring towels for beach and baths, you really miss not having a wash machine. If you spend lots of time at the beach, towels get wet and sandy. Who wants to go to a laundry mat on vacation!? Bring lots of towels.

*Not a big fan of well water. Smells like rotten eggs. We just bought bottled water and took quick showers.

*One window air conditioner in small bedroom. Doesn't cool the entire house. We brought along a small fan to use in the living room and it was fine.

The pros far outweigh the cons. If you stay here, you won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
16 Miles
sixteen miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
five miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
one mile
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Traverse City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jul 2 2016 - Aug 26 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Special End of August Week
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Summer
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
$250
$1,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
Sep 24 2016 - Oct 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
$225
$1,350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall-Off Season
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
$205
$1,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas Holidays
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
$250
$1,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Upon booking 1/2 the rental amount is due. Forty five days prior to your arrival the other 1/2 of the rental amount is due plus the refundable damage/security deposit of $300.

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Amenities

Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) One in each bedroom, Double Beds (1) Fold out fouton in living room
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Window Air Conditioning Unit, Stove, Oven, Toaster, Coffee Maker, Outdoor Gas Grill, Deck with Picnic Table and Deck Chairs, Fire Pit on the Beach for evening campfires, Small Dock

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