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Spacious Lakeside Cottage for all Ages

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

Charming Home with 3 Bedrooms & 1 1/2 Baths, Sleeps 12

This charming home has all the comforts for any family or two. Whether it is coffee on the deck to catch the sunrise, grilling out on the patio for a relaxing evening, or roasting s'mores over a bonfire.

The nautical living room that overlooks the lake is a great gathering spot for the adults. Teenagers can relax in the family room with gaming table and fireplace. Two bedrooms have queen beds and the dormitory has four bunk beds.

Don't forget your sunscreen. On Silver Lake there is plenty of water activities with sandy beach, dock (to moor your boat), swim raft and paddle boats.

Amenities: The home has a full equipped kitchen including microwave; a spacious dining room. There is a laundry room with washer and dryer. All linens are included. But do your beach towels.

Area: The cottage is only minutes from downtown Traverse City, numerous golf courses, dining and shopping. Beautiful day trips to Mackinac Island, the Leelanau Wine Tour or Old Mission Peninsula are always an option. Traverse City hosts many festivals including the National Cherry Festival, Traverse City Film Festival and the Microbrew Festival.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

About The Owner

I grew up on Silver Lake, swimming, skiing, fishing and snowmobiling. My family has lived in the area for over fifty years and I know Northwest Michigan like the back of my hand. I recognized it's natural beauty long before USA today or National Geographic named it America's most beautiful destination, We would love to share it with you

The Owner purchased this house in 2012

Why The Owner chose Northern Michigan

Mostly because of the Lake and location. It offers the best of both worlds. Close enough if you want city amenities like restraunts and shoppng and secluded enough if you just want to chill and enjoy the Lake. Silver Lake offers enough room for all sports from skiing to sailing, At times it is peaceful and quiet for kayaking and fishing.

What makes this house unique

Again it's location,Situated just southwest of TC, it's 5 miles to the Bayand down town Traverse City, 4 miles to the Grand Traverse mall , 20 miles to the National Lakeshore, 2 Casinos within 15 miles, Skiing @ Crystal Mountain 20 miles away, Snowmobile trail head just 5 miles away, leading to hundreds of miles of trails. The Vasa trail for hiking or skiing is just 10 miles away. Then again I could spend endless days just soaking up the sun and cooling off in the spring fed lake. Winter fans can warm themselves by our fireplace in a rustic den or ice fish on the frozen Lake. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall... all you gotta do is call. Let's us know your interests and we can offer some suggestions to make your stay memorable and desiring to come visit again and again.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Spacious Lakeside Cottage for all Ages
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

Perfect Spot for Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The house more than exceeded my expectations from the well stock kitchen (with every you could ever need) to the basement with ping pong, foosball and game system for the kids. Of course it was hard to get the kids out of the water ! The water was the perfect temp and they loved jumping off the dock. We also enjoyed the bon fires every night, kayacking and the paddle boat. The inside of the house was very well kept and had enough space that we could spread out and have adult conversation while the children watched TV in the living room or played downstairs. The house is bigger than the pictures displayed and the views amazing. I loved having coffee on the deck with beautiful view of the water We would highly recommend this house. The location is excellent with close proximity to TC and the dunes! The owner was very helpful and very prompt in answering any of our questions! We hope to return next summer:)

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The house is a perfect home away from home when you don't have a Northern Michigan home of your own. The house is very clean and well-kept, stocked with everything you need (plenty of towels, kitchen appliances, etc). The 8 bunk bed room is like a big slumber party! We loved that they had kayaks/paddleboat for us to use all weekend as well as a bonfire pit. Another great feature, it's only about 15 mins away from downtown TC. Couldn't have asked for a more perfect home for our weekend away!!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lapeer, MI

Stay here! You won't regret it!

  • 4 of 5

The was our 2nd year staying at this lovely cottage and it was another wonderful one!!! Great TC weather topped off our great stay at this wonderful, homy cottage!!


-Extremely clean

-Extremely well-stocked everything (all the amenities of home and then some!!)

-Great location (seems to be 5 minutes from everything; downtown TC, the mall, etc.)

-Situated on a fantastic lake (it's warmer than the bays, very clean!

-Nice, newer dock (great spot to fish from)

-Ample seating outdoors

-Patio area is a great spot to eat lunch/dinner with fantastic views of the lake

-The deck has 2 nice bistro sets which are great for eating lunch or enjoying morning coffee

-The front room is nice and sunny with GREAT views of the lake (large windows)

-Furniture is extremely comfortable

-The "cabin" room houses the TV, a SUPER long, comfy couch and a game table -a favorite spot to play late night games (there are many games there for both kids and adults)

-The downstairs game room is a nice spot for rainy days (ping pong table, foosball table, gaming system for older kids)

-Plenty of recreational amenities (tons of life vests, a paddle boat, 2 kayaks, fishing poles)

-The bedrooms are spacious and very inviting

-Bunk room for the kids is AWESOME (and there's a small bonus room in the bunk room that is fantastic if you have a baby and will be bringing along a pack n' play)

-Beach is sandy and ample for kids to play

-Swimming area is shallow enough for kids to swim close by shore

-Nice floating dock


-To us, the only real drawback of this house might be the landscaping just on the yard facing the lake. This house is absolutely adorable and, while it does not at all effect the functionality of the house, the clearing out of the property that sits on the water (going up both sides of the hill and around the basement area) would make this property so attractive.

This is really the only reason we gave this home a 4 out of 5 stars. I wouldn't even really list the landscaping as a "con", but I figured people would think it was too good to be true if there weren't at least one!

If you are a family looking for a wonderful vacation spot, this truly is the place for you. Silver Lake is beautiful and, for us, it's a nice break from the traffic of downtown TC. You're close to it all, but far enough away to have a peaceful vacation!!!!

Thank you to the owners for another wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lapeer, MI

The most "at-home" I've ever felt while away from home!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 8th year coming up to Traverse City but our first year venturing outside of the world of hotels. This cottage beyond met our expectations. From the minute we walked out onto the large deck over looking the lake, we knew that we had found our little slice of heaven for the week. The house is extremely clean and well-kept. It's spacious, cozy, and oh-so inviting. The room that over looks the lake is breathtaking! It was such a joy to walk downstairs in the morning and be welcomed by the glistening lake! As a family with young children, we loved the bunk room!!! Our son was grinning from ear to ear when he saw all the beds for him to choose from! In addition to the bunk room, the little room that is off of the bunk room was GREAT for our daughter, who is only 1, and still in a crib!!!

We were amazed by how well the house was stocked! It had all of the amenities of home, and then some! Dishes, cups, silverware, oven mitts! Honestly, you name it, it was in this cottage!!! The front room of the house (with the television, gaming table, and AWESOME long couch) was a favorite hang out late in the evenings!

The deck that overlooks the lake is a great place to relax and have a glass of wine while watching the sun set!

The beach was fantastic!! The kids spent the week building sandcastles and watching the sea plane (which we were pleasantly surprised to find "lived" just a few houses down)!

The neighbors were also very warm and inviting!

The patio was a favorite place for lunches and dinners!!

When we were leaving the cottage, we were asked by the caretaker if there was any suggestions we had, anything that could've been in the house that wasn't. Our response? "Don't change a thing!"

If you are looking for a family-friendly, free-of-fuss, all-fun cottage, THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU!

Thank you again to the owners for a wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dublin, Ohio

Nice place

  • 4 of 5

This was our first trip to the Traverse City area and we enjoyed ourselves. The cottage (house) was very clean and the owners and caretaker were very attentive to our requests both before and during our stay. The welcome basket was a classy touch. And I knew we were in for good things when we arrived and saw clearly marked bins for garbage, returnables (it's a Michigan thing), recycling, and "foot bath." It shows the owners care.

The kids much enjoyed the massive bed room with the 4 bunk rooms (it's actually 2 rooms). The beach, dock, swim platform, kayaks, paddle boat, and ping-pong table were big hits. So was the fire ring and owner-provided wood. Again, classy.

The cottage was, as mentioned, clean and pretty nice. A couple of suggestions (but very minor ones). Maybe a love seat in the basement so the kids can watch TV/movies without having to sit at a table and chairs. Maybe a TV/cable in one or more of the bedrooms for the kids when it's rainy or cold outside. And updating the furniture probably wouldn't hurt, especially in the den - not necessary, but a nice touch.

Now a "wish list" suggestion. Having a pontoon boat available to rent would be a huge plus. We recognize that there are marinas in Traverse City that rent them, but we've found that owners who rent boats are more reasonably priced.

Overall, the place was very worth the money. We had a great time. If you stay here, you'll be happy, we think.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Farmington Hills, MI

Amazing House

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this house the week of the Cherry Festival (7/4-7/11) and we could not have been happier. The house is beautiful, incredibly clean, and had all the amenities of home (and then some). We spent most of the week hanging out on the sandy beach, swimming in the crystal clear water, and just enjoying a relaxing getaway. We went into downtown Traverse City a couple of times which is only a few miles away and went to see a Traverse City Beach Bums game, which was awesome.

Just a note to anyone traveling with young children--we stayed here with our 2 year old daughter and brought along her pack-and-play to sleep in. There is a side-room attached to the bunk bed room that was the perfect spot to setup her bed without using up one of the other bedrooms.

What else can I say--the house (and our vacation) were perfect. I highly recommend the house to anyone looking for a vacation in a home away from home.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
several within 5 miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Boone's Long Lake Inn
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
right out the door, private beach
Car: necessary

This newly remodeled home located on beautiful Silver Lake has all the amenities for a great vacation. Besides being fully equipped with a dock, raft, beach, gas grill, large deck, fire pit for a summer vacation, it is located conveniently close to golf, shopping, movies and great restaurants. The Beach Bums minor league baseball park is directly across the lake. World renown artists perform at Interlochen Arts Academy which is only six miles away. A day trip to see beautiful Leelanau County's wineries, sleeping bear dunes national lake shore and wonderful villages is worth the time. Enjoy Up North!!


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Traverse City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Remodeled in 2009
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Remodeled in 2008
  • The home has 1 and 1/2 Bathrooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 6 twin/ single
    Other - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Raft
  • Sand Box
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This property is suited for larger groups, but with a great budget price. The cottage has enough room to spread out and RELAX, whether it is on the deck overlooking the water, the sunroom inside, in the den for 'out of the sun' time or on the patio cooking on the grill.

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