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Reservations Manager

Member since: 2000
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Speaks: english

Enchanted Lakeside Cottage Nestled in Perennial Gardens

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Northern Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

Experience Northern Michigan's beauty and charm at the "Cottage Garden."

The "Cottage Garden" is nestled among perennial gardens and towering white pines on Lakeview Lake just outside the village of Lake Ann, 15 minutes west of Traverse City. Enjoy the many perennial gardens while watching the white-tail deer stop by for a drink at the shore or the many species of birds who have made their homes in the birdhouses throughout the gardens.

Lakeview Lake is beautiful and offers great fishing including pike, bluegill, and bass, for you to try your fishing skills.

The "Cottage Garden" offers one bedroom, two baths, a hide-a-bed in the living room, full kitchen, and laundry. The walk-out patio is perfect for romantic dinners and spectacular sunsets.

Keywords: Cottage, garden, lakeview

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Reservations Manager (Owner)
Member since: 2000
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Reservations Manager

Dorina, the cottage owner, is also the owner of Design Strategies. Her detail to decorating and interior design is as much a part of the cottage's enchantment as are the gardens. Her history is displayed throughout the property from days spent with her grandpa as a little girl to now raising her own family here. Coming to the cottage is like coming home again. Everyone seems to find a personal touch that stirs up a fond memory of their own childhood or past.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We both want to thank you so much for the wonderful honeymoon that your cottagegarden provided have a very special place here and what a great way to begin our new life together. We were able to relax more then we have in a long time. Your dog Callie the chickens and Millie made our stay even more special. We look forward to returning.
Nov 2002
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based on 12 traveler reviews

Enchanted Lakeside Cottage Nestled in Perennial Gardens
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 22 reviews
grand rapids , mi

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

you walk in, and BREATHE!! Your mind says ahhh, your heart skips a beat and immediately you know you will have rest, relaxation, beauty at your leisure.

dorina has made a perfect get away place touched with an atmosphere that quietly says" sit down and relax"

I have stayed there twice, once with my husband, and once with a much needed sisters get away...both were enjoyed by the serenity and rested souls!**

planning our third trip for an entire week...can't wait*

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2007
  • Stayed: May 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charlotte, MI

Spectacularly romantic in every season.

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed at the Cottage Garden Guesthouse many times over the years and in every season. This little gem sparkles, whether surrounded by the lush summer gardens designed and tended by the owner (whose design sense and green thumb are amazing!) or covered in autumn leaves or big puffy snowflakes (the better to enjoy the gas Franklin stove).

As another reviewer put it, you open the door and just BREATHE! The kitchen is vintage charm, with everything you need for housekeeping, BBQs, cozy homemade dinners, whatever your mood calls for. The cottage is on a lake bluff surrounded by pines, and the breezes are heaven! You can look across Lakeview Lake from the upstairs living room, or best of all, from the sliding glass doors in the downstairs bedroom. If you're lucky, at sundown on a warm summer night you may be treated to a short bagpipe concert from far across the lake.

The decor is beautifully designed rustic charm, with lots of warm woods, touches of shabby chic, and all-around comfort. There's a nice patio outside the bedroom with cafe table and chairs, and a Weber grill. One of my favorite things to do is to sit on the patio with a good book and just watch the little nuthatches at the feeders, or the chipmunks darting in and out of the gardens.

Pure, blessed peace! There's no other place quite like it.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Zionsville, Indiana U.S.A

5 Stars for Charm, 2.5 for Comfort

  • 3 of 5

We *SO* wanted to love the Garden Cottage – it had everything and MORE we hoped to find in a vacation rental for quiet semi-seclusion in a lakefront setting. While it most definitely delivered on the promise of quaint charm, our experience was it sadly lacked in comfort.

The furnishings, certainly keeping in the “retro-cottage” feel, were lumpy, bumpy, and sagging – in some cases, the upholstery wearing quite thin. Furniture placement, particularly in the downstairs TV room, seemed illogical – the sofa facing AWAY from the TV (an easy if not lame distraction during rainy or evening hours). We tried re-arranging, but ultimately opted to bring our own camp chairs in from the car. The beautiful, expansive view across the lake from the upstairs sitting room, which should have offered hours of lingering pleasure, was distinctly marred by the lack of any comfortable seating. We were sad.

Good lighting also seemed to be lacking, particularly in the kitchen where meal preparation and clean-up sometimes proved amusing, if not frustrating. In the sitting room, one had the choice between turning on the heat and turning on the lamp…which promptly extinguished itself whenever the thermostat turned too far to the right. We relocated the lamp.

Dim lighting in the bathroom also invoked feelings of claustrophobia…but was perhaps good to distract from the hole in the ceiling where the exhaust fan was “supposed” to go. I do hope the owner will consider a contractor to remedy the situation before colder weather sets in, as even with the window full open and the door ajar, the after-shower atmosphere was decidedly moist, with everything coated in a fine mist which took some time to dry.

What's truly ironic is that the owner happens to be an apparently well-decorated (no pun intended) interior designer – a fact repeatedly emphasized in the cottage PR. A reading of the copious guestbook comments over the course of 15 years indicates that either: a) we have ridiculously high standards; or: b) the owner is resting on her design laurels. Perhaps it’s a bit of both. We were left to scratch our heads in utter confusion as to how it's possible we are the only guests who might feel this way.

Charm here is OFF the charts – loved it! But charm without at least an equal amount of comfort is meaningless – our opinion only – when we’ve waiting so long for a prized vacation.

On the plus: the owner's agent, Jeanette, couldn't have been nicer or more helpful - appreciated!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Livonia, MI

Cottage Garden rental cottage review

  • 5 of 5

My second time staying at this charming cottage, the first being in the summer. both were wonderful experiences. the cottage is spotless and well appointed. the decor is quite amazing -- the hand of the proprietor who is also a renowned decorator.

i would highly recommend consideration of this rental property.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Allegan, Michigan


  • 4 of 5

Cottage was cozy & bed was very comfy. We never did see the owner but had no issues to address.

Tried to get Wi-fi but signal was weak. Kitchen had everything we needed to cook. The area was


We were disappointed that the chickens were gone. Would love that coop @ my home! A masterpiece.

We did day trips to winerys and local restaurants. Forty-five North was a favorite winery. and Traverse

city commons was fab. Would go back for sure. A must see.

We took the row boat out 1 day and had a bonfire too. I would recomment for a couple but wouldn't be suitable for any more overnight guests. Very romantic setting.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Allegan, Michigan


  • 4 of 5

The cottage was lovely. The gardens were also lovely. Winding down a bit for fall.

Bed was very comfortable. the sofa in the upstairs , not so much.

The view was very peaceful and serene.

We were disappointed the chickens were gone. The coop was quite a masterpiece.

We didn't meet the owner so can't comment on that.

We cooked alot @ the cottage and had no problems finding cooking equipment.

We did day trips to winery's and took loads of pictures. Our favorite was Fourty-Five North winery. And Traverse City commons was fabulous.

I think it is just the right size for a couple. I don't think the sofa sleepers would be comfortable for extra guests. Romantic spot for sure. We rowed out on the lake one day and had a bonfire down by the lake.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for visiting the cottage. I appreciate your comments as well! I wish I could have met you. We have a beautiful new sleeper coming in another week or so.I too miss the chicken, ducks and turkeys. They were a joy to watch for the past 30 yrs. I hope to start that tradition again next summer. We do have weddings here also. We get lots of couples, and groups of 4 as well. Lake Ann is a great central location. equal distance to sleeping Bear dunes, both peninsulas, Frankfort, and Alberta beach. I hope you can come visit again!
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Near Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula Wineries


Rates & Availability

Lake Ann Cottage Rental Rates

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peak season
May 27 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $50
one night stays $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Air conditioned, wireless internet

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