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Historic Platte Lake Home, 205 ft lakefront, 2 Miles From Sleeping Bear Dune

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Historic Platte Lake Home, 205 ft lakefront, 2 Miles From Sleeping Bear Dune

Historic Platte Lake House, nestled in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, for rent this Spring, Summer and Fall! Be one of the few lucky guests to spend your vacation in this amazing home.

The house is 2200 sq ft and has 4 Bedrooms, a 1 Bdrm Guest Cabin , 2 Full Bathrooms, Spacious Kitchen, Combined Large Dining Room- Living Room, Additional TV-Lounge Room, Lakefront Entertainment Room(with futon), 3 Tier Oversized Deck, with one tier over the lake, and Beach Bonfire Pit with BBQ and Refrigerator. There is also a 70 foot dock for sunbathing and fishing. The Home is located on 1.3 acres of wooded land, has 205 feet of private lakefront and is only 2 miles away from Lake Michigan and the south end of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Only a twenty minute drive to the world famous Sleeping Bear Dune Climb and the stunning Pierce Stocking Bluffs. Also only a 30 minute drive to Traverse City.

This home is steeped in History and will charm you from the minute you roll down its private gravel drive. Built in the early 1900's by our Great Grandfather John Peck, a famous Platte Valley logger, the house is around 100 years old. It is built entirely from local lumber and has a personality that cannot be found in many other homes. When it was first built the home was used as a summer camp for boys and girls, and was affectionately named Camp Wasquam-- after the Native American Family that worked for our Great Grandfather. At that time, there were only two other houses on Big Platte Lake.

On top of this rich history, the house’s location is exceptional. Its proximity to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and the Grand Traverse Area is ideal. There are an abundance of activities and attractions at your doorstep: numerous hiking trails and dune climbs along the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, great fishing and canoeing on the Upper/Lower Platte Rivers, the Historic Lighthouse at Point Betsie, unique shops/restaurants of Beulah, Frankfort, and Glen Arbor, the one-of-a-kind Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theater(only 1.5 miles away), several nationally ranked golf courses, art and music events at the internationally renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts, and relaxing Winery tours on both the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas. These are just a few of the many activities in the area, almost all of which are within 30 miles-- many only 10 miles-- and if you book a stay with us you will have access to our large and comprehensive database of all the worthwhile activities and attractions in the area.

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Geoff Gibson
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2017


Honor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No fires are allowed in indoor fire place.
  • No hot tub use is permitted
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • River ...
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1st floor bathroom - toilet , shower
    2nd floor bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    outdoor shower - outdoor shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 2nd floor lake side - 1 king
    detached cabin - 2 twin/ single
    2nd floor road side - 1 queen
    1st floor lake side - 1 queen
    1st floor sun room - 1 queen , couch pulls out into a bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Historic Platte Lake Home, 205 ft lakefront, 2 Miles From Sleeping Bear Dune
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews

Your private piece of heaven

  • 4 of 5

I stayed at the cottage last year during the spring, while the house was being renovated. The house had a very quaint rustic feeling that was very therapeutic for a city girl like myself. The wood work was beautiful!! There is plenty of space and privacy and glass windows to observe the plethora of wild life guaranteed to visit you! I spent sunsets kayaking from the backyard to the river not far away. Hiking and running trails were close and endless. The dunes are so much fun and provide great opportunities for panoramic views of lake michigan. I even saw a black bear in the swampy area. There was plenty of migrating and native birds to observe while having my organic morning coffee from the market basket not far away. I miss this place. It is so tranquil and such a vacation from the fast paced city. The owner sent me photos of the upgrades done after I left, and I absolutely love them. Such a cute cottage! I will be back some day and look forward to coming back to this recently upgraded cottage.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Johns Island

Wonderful Three Weeks

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed with the historic nature of the cottage, beautifully decorated, and with 200' of lakefront!!! Our family visited in rounds, and we all enjoyed the fire pit (with smores) at night, the kayaks, dock, hammock, and wooden swing. Very livable for up to 10 people, we had a max of 7 and we hardly knew it. Kathryn (owner), Sherrie, and Wayne were all wonderful and made for an easy and clean stay. One doorknob needed some attention and Wayne was there within a few hours with a replacement.

The "Trading Post" will cart you and your kayaks back from Lake Michigan (amazing 3-4 hours kayak trip) for only $20. Neighbors are far away. Ideally situated for our needs. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Battle Creek, Michigan, USA


  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay......we liked everything about! Owners are very accommodating!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

A historic place well kept. Very clean and the grounds were great. Fire pit, swimming,fishing and more for the kids

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property on the lake

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The house was clean and the outdoor space was amazing. The three kayaks were a definite plus!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything one would want for an "Up North" cottage stay.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had my two grown children with their spouses and three little guys 3-6, so 9 total. The cottage was perfect for them to play in the shallow clear water, take naps etc. Great places to eat, streams and beaches along with the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Nat. Park nearby.

We did have 7 perfect weather days, so that helped a lot. No guarantees there. Beds were comfortable and were able to spend several nights around the fire pit.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Lumberjack's Bar & Grill
Nearest Ferry
38 Miles
Manitou Island Transit
Nearest Golf
6.5 Miles
Crystal Lake Golf Club
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Papa J's Pizzeria & Diner
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary

Nearest Airport : Traverse City at 30 Miles

Nearest Motorway : Scenic Highway M-22 at 3 Miles

Nearest Ski : Crystal Mountain ski, snowboarding, cross country

Nearest Golf : multiple courses at 7 Miles

Nearest Restaurants : Manitou Restaurant, Cherry Hut, Brookside, Hungry Tummy,

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

¼ mile to Trading Post-great pizza/ ice cream, tubing and canoe trips and groceries.

3 miles to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (hiking trails, Lake Michigan beaches).

4 miles to Riverside Canoe Trips (groceries, canoe and kayak rentals)

3 miles to the Cherry Bowl Drive In Theatre.

3 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 (Cherry Republic, 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-Upper Platte and Lower Platte river, biking-25+mile trail starting in Beulah and new trail in Glen Arbor, hiking-extensive trails , Sleeping Bear Dunes climb, chocolate lovers-Grocer’s Daughter store-Empire, Wine tours ,art /craft shows, Art Film Festival and Cherry Festival-Traverse City


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $200
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

4 rolls toilet paper
1 bar soap
4 garbage bags
dish soap
hand soap
1 paper towel roll
3 kayaks
bath towels
beach towels

Not Provided:
laundry supplies
firewood (extra charge)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund