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Enchanted Lakeside Cottage Nestled in Perennial Gardens

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Lake Ann 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
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 4, 2016
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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 14 traveler reviews

Enchanted Lakeside Cottage Nestled in Perennial Gardens
average rating of 4.714286 based on 24 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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Cottage Garden

  • 5 of 5

Just returned home a few days ago from a 4 night stay at the Cottage.

We had a great time. The area surrounding the cottage is beautiful and the lake proved useful for catching our dinner, on our last night in Michigan. The kitchen was well stocked and we prepared several meals. The cottage had ample lighting, was clean and very comfortable. I appreciated the small cut flowers that were placed throughout the cottage. A/C only on the main level, but with the cool days & patio door in the sleeping area, it wasn't a problem.

I dealt with Janine during the reservation process and for a couple questions, shortly after we arrived. She was wonderful - quick with responses and provided her phone number if we needed more immediate help.

Location was wonderful -- a short drive to Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Secluded, but not remote.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a thorough and nice review. Dorina feels so fortunate to share her beautiful haven and is thrilled when guests appreciate and enjoy it as you have! Janine
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Absolutely PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5

There are 3 things I want to go over in this review: 1. Janine Mongomery 2. THE COTTAGE! 3. Dorina Rudd.

Janine is who we dealt with during the rental agreement process. She was extremely nice and prompt in returning my emails and answering every question I had. She was easy to work with and very professional.

The cottage is a masterpiece! The gardens surround the property and were in full bloom during our stay. Flowers everywhere, stone sidewalks, cute little out buildings on the property that are even maintained well and the sounds of birds all day. It's set back off the road, so no busy traffic flying by right outside your door all day. Truly peaceful! Inside was more than we expected. From the pictures, I knew it'd be cute, but the details blew us away. Dorina's profession as a designer truly comes through in this cottage. Very unique, very cozy and more than we could have anticipated. We opened all of the windows and had the most incredible lake breeze all day long through the cottage. She has games and books available and a binder with the history of the cottage. After reading her story, you can't help but appreciate what she has done with the property. The cottage was very clean and the kitchen had everything we needed to stay for the week. The decorating was off the charts adorable! The color schemes and furniture used made this place a real treat to stay in! Very comfortable queen bed that sits right next to a large sliding door that faces the lake. We slept like a rock with the cool night breeze!

Dorina was an absolute joy. We met her on our 2nd day and talked briefly. She was very friendly and approachable but our 5th day is when I really got to spend some time learning about her, her history and hearing some of her stories. I felt an easy connection with her. I told my husband that if we lived up there that there's no doubt she and I would be friends. Just a very REAL lady with stories that are definitely book worthy. Her personality and friendliness made our vacation even that much more memorable.

We love the area. Northern MI just can't be beat. I would highly recommend this rental cottage to anyone looking for a peaceful, quiet vacation in a truly unique and charming cottage. 5 stars for sure!!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Colleen, Thank you for such a wonderful review! When I passed on your comments to Dorina she said it brought tears to her eyes, happy tears. Sharing her haven and heritage with others who so thoroughly enjoy it is truly a blessing to her. She added "it was such a pleasure to have them. What a blessing it is to have the cottage and meet such fabulous people" We hope to see you all again soon. Janine
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Lansing, 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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Near Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula Wineries


Rates & Availability

Lake Ann Cottage Rental Rates

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Sep 5 2016 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

Reservations for less than theminimum requirement will be incur a $50 surcharge.

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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Lake Ann 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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