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Geoff Gibson

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish

Historic Platte Lake Home 2 Miles From Sleeping Bear Dunes

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Miles From Sleeping Bear Dunes, 205 Ft Lake Front On Platte Lake, 2200 Sq Ft

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.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Geoff Gibson (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish


based on 7 traveler reviews

Historic Platte Lake Home 2 Miles From Sleeping Bear Dunes
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 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: Jun 2012
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  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect! We rented this house with another family for an early fall getaway and loved it! It is very clean, well maintained and has wonderful amenities. We can't wait to book another trip to go back :).

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Franklin, Michigan

Great cottage on a beautiful lake

  • 5 of 5

This is a very clean and pretty cottage with a great deal of lakefront beauty. Despite the rainy weather we had a wonderful romantic weekend. We are looking forward to staying again. Owners were helpful and available for questions and we had access to local neighbors for any pressing issues. Great kitchen for dining in as well.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Weekend stay for son's wedding in area

  • 5 of 5

The property was just great for our stay during our son's wedding in the area. We were able to use the fire pit for s'mores after the rehearsal dinner and the groomsmen used the place to relax and dress for the wedding. We were able to host the gift opening the following day with guests enjoying the outside deck for food and socializing. The sunset and full moon over the lake was fabulous. Communication with the owner was great--answered all our questions in a timely and friendly manner. We would definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Great for families!

  • 5 of 5

What a great cottage for a large family! We had 10 in our group and had plenty of space in this cottage with amazing views and beautiful wood floors. We loved the swimming, dock, outdoor firepit, kayaks and bunk house! The porch on the front and back of the house gave us the room we needed and gave the whole house an open feel! We loved the dishwasher and were so thankful that our dogs could join us for the week!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Kalamazoo, MI

An Amazing Place!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 10 women stayed here for a week in August. There was plenty of room for us all. The cottage is decorated very well and was very clean. The deck and fire pit were great. The beds were very comfortable. There are 2 refrigerators in the kitchen. It was stocked well. The veiw is wonderful. Lots of quiet places to relax by the lake. We kayaked the area from the lake and other places nearby. It is a kayakers paradise. The location is close to many places to visit. We ate at the Cherry Hut .. Very good! We also enjoyed Papa J's pizza. The owners were so nice and helpful. Lots of parking too! We will come back !!!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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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

Honor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
summer July & August
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 3 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Sep 4 2016 - Nov 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
summer June
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
summer July & August
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $200
cleaning fee $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

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
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 12
  • 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 ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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