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Stephen Perry

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german

Cozy Waterfront Cottage and Guest House on Big Platte Lake Near Dunes!

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Sleeping Bear Dunes Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Romantic 1BR 1BA Beach Cottage + Guest house with 1/2 bath

Catch the sunrise to start your day and the sunset late in the evening from multiple furnished decks overlooking Big Platte Lake - dazzling water views from the living room, dining room, and kitchen.

Our private sandy beach is bathed by crystal clear water. It is an ideal water-playground for children because of an extensive shallow area (300 feet); perfect for frolicking, wading, Frisbee, and floating, with deeper water farther out for swimming, kayaking, jet-skiing, water-skiing, fishing, and canoeing. A Soft, mint-leaf lawn for volleyball or other barefoot adventures waits at the shoreline, and a flower-garden with a dizzying assortment of fragrant lilies separates the cottage from the guest house.

Our 500-foot driveway is lined with magnificent birch, maple and oak trees, lending a feeling of quiet seclusion to the property. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore can be reached in less than five minutes by foot - we are just outside the edge of the park

Some of the most beautiful beaches on Lake Michigan are just a five minute drive (ten minute bike ride) from the house. Alternatively, you could board our canoe or kayaks on our private beach, wind your way down the Platte River, and emerge two glorious hours later in the splendor of Lake Michigan.

Both the cottage and guest house were custom built in the mid-1990’s. The design concept was to allow light reflecting off of the lake to fill the structures with natural light. Open floor plans, skylights and huge windows make artificial lighting completely unnecessary during daylight hours. On clear, moon-lit nights, the glitter from Platte Lake throws an ethereal blue light throughout the cottage. The cottage living room, dining area, and kitchen are one open area, making it possible for big families to spread out while still inhabiting the same space. The guest house interior is also one open space with a sleeping area, a sitting area, and a TV-nook.

Beautifully furnished, Grand Piano, Wireless High-speed Internet, Cordless Phone, Cable TV (36 inch Flat-Screen + DVD in Cottage, 40 inch LCD TV + VCR in Guest House), Stereo, CD Player, Boom box, , DVD Collection, Full Kitchen, Dishwasher, Microwave, Refrigerator, Freezer, Ice Maker, KitchenAid Toaster, Gas Range, KitchenAid Mixer, Cuisinart Food Processor, Cuisinart Waffle Iron, 12 attractive place settings, Calphalon cookware, culinary gadgets of all kinds, 100% Egyptian Cotton Linens provided, Portable Crib, High Chair, baby bath, baby swing, baby buggy, Washer, Dryer, Charcoal Grill (BBQ), Fine Patio Furniture, Waterfront Fire pit, Bicycles (2), Water Floats (2), Boat Mooring, 2 brand new Perception kayaks, 17-foot Grumman canoe, paddles, life vests, Private Paved Parking area accommodates several cars, boats, trailers, and campers, 2-car garage, No Smoking.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Stephen Perry (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german


based on 13 traveler reviews

Cozy Waterfront Cottage and Guest House on Big Platte Lake Near Dunes!
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Chicago, IL

Wonderful Anniversary experience

  • 5 of 5

We could not have been more pleased with our choice. From the moment we pulled onto the property, we knew that this would be a wonderful and relaxing experience. My wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with a week long stay.

The cottage and guest house are very well maintained with nice touches throughout.

It was also a first rate starting point for exploratory travels from Frankfort to Northport (and many points in between) as well as must see destinations such as Pierce Stocking Drive. We were fortunate to have visited the magnificent Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 2 days before the government shutdown forced its closure.

For those who enjoy a nice hike, the payoff at the end of the Old Indian Trail is not to be missed!

The many wonderful little lakeside towns with their unique gift shops and array of dining options kept us afield for a good portion of our week here, but it was always nice to come back and sit down by the lake to watch a sunset or just gaze at the stars that you don't ever get to see, living in Chicago.

Getting back to those "nice touches" though.

I was quite surprised to see how much had been thought of here on behalf of the traveler who arrives not really knowing what to expect. The large kitchen area is surprisingly well equipped with most everything you'll need to create meals, and even included a French press coffee maker in addition to the regular drip machine. Heck, it even included the coffee, cream and sugar!

Bedroom furnishings were quality and the beds (1 in main house and 1 in guest house) were quite comfortable.

Outside, a Weber grill, charcoal briquettes and lighter fluid were at our disposal, along with an array of watercraft and life vests and even "floaties" for little kids. Firewood was provided when it was time to get a fire going in the ring for S'mores.

In all, we found this to be a wonderful little cottage with plenty of room and it was clean, comfortable and very well maintained.

Big Platte lake, lapping against the shore in your front yard, makes a tempting case for staying home with a good book, but the area is rich with activities you won't want to miss.

Great time!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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The view!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this little cottage. It was clean and nicely decorated, which always makes you feel at home. My husband and I, along with our 2 sons (3 and 5) stayed in the main house, while my parents were comfortable in the guest house.

This lake is so beautiful--like a giant pool, but almost as nice as the view, was hearing the lake lap up against the shore at night!

Close to everything!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bloomington, IN

Beach Cottage on Platte Lake

  • 5 of 5

The property and location on Platte Lake were fantastic. The cottage was in great condition, and the owners have done a great job of placing quality items in the cottage for your use. The canoe and kayaks were of great use for the family and we enjoyed a few nights of roasting marshmallows by the lakeshore. I would highly recommend this property! Lake was beautiful - cant wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Great for families!

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed at Watching the Water in July 2012 as a group of 6 adults and a 1 year old. We had a wonderful time exploring the areas -- the cottage was close to a lot of cute areas and close to the dunes! We wish we had spent more time than we did at the cottage itself, because its location was so relaxing and beautiful. The waterfront was perfect for a 1-year-old, as it stays very shallow for a long distance. We ate dinner at the lakeside table in the evenings, watching the sun set. We played family games at the giant dining room table inside after it got dark. Having an additional guest house on the property was especially nice with a small child. The baby monitor's signal reached all the way to the main cottage, so we could lock up the guest house, bring the monitor to the cottage, and enjoy some adult family time without disturbing the baby. The owners have fully stocked the cottage with children's toys, DVDs, books, water toys, bicycles, linens, kitchen gadgets. The one thing I would say is that some of the kitchen gadgets no longer worked (food processor, for example), but most people probably wouldn't use the gadgets we were trying to use (unless you are big time foodies like we are). The only other complaint that one of the members of our group had was a lack of additional storage for clothes other than the storage in the bedroom. However, we shared the storage space, and some of us just kept our things in a suitcase, which was fine. We would highly recommend this cottage to other travelers. It was beautiful, cozy, located in a great spot, relaxing, and well-equipped. The owners are very helpful, responsive, and kind.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Cuisinart Food Processor at the cottage is an older model and it is possible that the guest was not aware of how to properly operate it. At any rate, despite its somewhat antique appearance it is still perfectly functional. Non-functional gadgets in our kitchen are quickly replaced.
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Ann Arbor, MI

Amazing Getaway Weekend

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the best fall break weekends we've ever had. The views from the cottage are simply stunning. The proximity to Sleeping Bear Dunes is a joy. And the house itself--clean, tastefully furnished, well equipped--is a super comfortable place to crash after a day of hiking and sightseeing. We recommend this property without any hesitation!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cleveland, OH

What an amazing, cozy cottage...we had a blast!

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed at this wonderful cottage for a week in the beginning of June and loved every minute of our stay. Lake Platte was absolutely gorgeous and the cottage exceeded our expectations! The property had everything we needed including baby supplies such as a pack-in-play and bouncy chair which was one less thing the lug in the car for our newborn. Our two english bulldogs loved the beach and they could even "swim" in it since it was over 200 ft of sandy calf deep water, perfect for dogs who can't swim and children of course:) The water was warm and so clean. The cottage offered everything that you need to be comfortable and the neighbors were so sweet. We loved being so close to Sleepy Bear Dunes National Park and also the cute little town of Frankfort. Make sure you take a chance to drive to Leland too and check out the cute historic fishing area. The owners of the property are extremely nice and always available via email if you have any questions or concerns. We were so happy with you decision to rent this property and will be planning on coming back in the future....if you are looking for a cozy, relaxing, tranquail cottage, you have found it here:) Thanks to Stephen and Elizabeth for sharing your home with our family!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
multiple courses
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Scenic Highway M-22
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Manitou Restaurant
Nearest Ski
cross country
Car: necessary

Big Platte Lake is ideal for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, sailing, water-skiing, jet-skiing.

1/4 mile to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (hiking trails, Lake Michigan beaches).

1 mile to Riverside Canoe Trips (groceries, canoe and kayak rentals)

5 miles to the Cherry Bowl Drive In Theatre.

5 miles to Honor (organic and gourmet groceries, banks, post office, gas stations, DVD/video and game rentals).

10 miles to Empire (antiques, beaches, more hiking trails).

13 miles to Frankfort (charter fishing, shops and restaurants, fireworks, surfing).

18 miles to Glen Arbor (galleries, cute shops, restaurants, Manitou Music Festival).

19 miles to Crystal Mountain Resort (golf, Michigan Legacy Art Park, #1-rated ski resort in the Midwest)

20 miles to Interlochen (concerts, theater, exhibits, arts camp, arts academy) .

25 miles to Traverse City (airport, shopping centers and malls).

28 miles to Arcadia Bluffs (#1-rated Golf Course in Michigan according to Golf Magazine)

Other Activities: kayaking, canoeing,


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall, Winter, Spring
Sep 26 2015 - May 27 2016
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2016
May 28 2016 - Jun 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2016
Jun 18 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall, Winter, Spring
Oct 1 2016 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall, Winter, Spring
Sep 30 2017 - May 25 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

We allow responsible dog owners to bring their four-legged companions. We charge a fee of $25 per day for each canine.

A refundable $500 deposit secures the booking and serves as a damage deposit.
Half of the rental fees and taxes are due 60 days prior to the scheduled arrival date.
The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the scheduled arrival date.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Cottage Bathroom - toilet , shower , Baby changing table
    Guest House Bathroom - toilet
    Half Bathroom -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Guest house - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sofa Bed
    Wherever - 4 twin/ single , Comfortable Air Mattresses
    Wherever - 1 baby crib , Portable
  • Sleeping arrangements are flexible. The bedroom in the cottage has a lovely Crate & Barrel queen bed; the sofa bed in the cottage living-room is a queen-sized American Leather Comfort Sleeper, widely regarded to be the most comfortable sofabed on the market. It is a true queen and sleeps two adults comfortably; the guest house has a beautiful Crate & Barrel queen bed; for those who prefer the slumber-party atmosphere, there are four self-inflating twin-sized Aerobed mattresses, one queen air bed, and two children's Aerobed mattresses which can be put pretty much anywhere (indoors). These are not camping mattresses; they are equivalent in size and comfort to a twin mattress. We also have a portable crib. 100% Egyptian Cotton linens are provided for all beds and Aerobeds.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Have fun with our water toys! We have two beautiful Perception kayaks. We also have several inflatable rafts and a 17-foot Grumman canoe, along with paddles and life vests! After a day of play, have a cookout on the lower deck--you can barbecue while watching the sunset. Then build a fire in our waterfront fire pit, make some s'mores, watch the stars, and listen to the water lapping along the shoreline.

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