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Richard Great Lake Michigan Cottage

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Spectacular Sunsets Lake Michigan150 Ft. Lakefront and Golf!

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

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Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

150 feet of Lakefront property on Lake Michigan + 3 Bedroom, 3.0 bath cottage makes for a great place to spend a week or much of the summer--or fall--or spring. Close enough to Charlevoix to enjoy the 'city life' but far enough away that it is a true summer retreat. Guests are entranced with Lake Michigan from this contemporary and secluded lakeside home. Home is located in a birch and hemlock grove, the home looks out over Lake Michigan and south to Grand Traverse Bay. Guests can beachcomb and hunt for Petoskey or Charlevoix stones, swim or canoe on the lake. Others jog or walk the country lanes. From Charlevoix, travelers can take the ferry to explore Beaver Island (but why go? this place is nicer).

The property is architect designed and was built in phases with the most recent phase a master bedroom suite. The master bedroom is lovely with separate entrance, full sized bed, sliding doors to deck overlooking the lake and its own bath. A quiet and private spot, even if the kids and in laws are in the rooms next door.

Another bedroom has its own bathroom and is located at the other end of the house. This room has bunk beds and can sleep 4 people. It is quiet and light. It has an additional art and drawing room attached which looks out over the nearby woods. The drawing room also has a washer and dryer.

There is a quiet library/TV viewing nook off the living room with a DVD player, 42 inch plasma HDTV, and Roku box streaming high speed internet video interface. Also a wide selection of books with an emphasis on northern Michigan.

There is a large living room/dining room which is associated with a sitting area and which has cathedral ceilings and large glass windows and sliding doors which open to a large deck overlooking the lake with many chairs and tables for eating, sunbathing, reading, or watching the lake and sunsets. Outside, greenery including evergreens frame the lake view and provide shelter from excess breezes.

Off the living room is a full bath (shower) which has unique barnwood paneling, a real 'up north' experience.

The kitchen has the needed elements, is cozy and has a sink and work area which overlooks the lake. Yes, there is a dishwasher and a gas grille for BBQ (outside).

An ideal room for children is at the top of the spiral staircase which is the 3rd bedroom which has room for two in a full sized bed.

There is a full complement of kitchen applicances, dishes, etc to allow one to prepare gourment meals while looking out at the lake. Have your breakfast and meals overlooking the lake as well, either in the combined LR/DR or on the deck.

Keywords: 2200 sq ft cottage with separate MBR suite. Direct Lake Michigan Waterfront. West facing windows and cathedral ceiling LR. Quiet, beautiful, near Antrim Dells Golf Course and near Historic Village of Norwood 8 mi s of Charlevoix. 3rd bedroom is on upper level accessed by spiral staircase. TV, DVD, Internet (wireless). Huge new deck overlooking Lake Michigan. Steps to a warm and sheltered beach. Near county park. Great for walking.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Richard Great Lake Michigan Cottage (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Richard Great Lake Michigan Cottage

My wife and I bought this place as a retreat and for possible retirement (at least in the summer). Since we are both still working we cannot be there as much as we would like and want to share this special property with the right renter. We purchased this property after many many trips to northern Michigan in which we had hoped it would be possible to buy. ..We finally did--and believe you will enjoy this spot.

Richard Great Lake Michigan Cottage purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Richard Great Lake Michigan Cottage chose Northern Michigan

The property is located near the village of Norwood which is about 8 miles south of Charlevoix. This is an ideal location as it is near commercial air transport (Traverse City); relatively near a major highway, easy to reach from southern Michigan in 3 to 4 hrs (with a radar detector), quiet and beautiful, yet close enough to Charlevoix to make use of the city amenities with just a 10 minute drive. The location on a small bay on lake Michigan with some dark stones on the floor of the lake makes the water warmer than some other aeas.

What makes this cottage unique

Sunsets, quiet, varying light off the lake, reading quietly on the deck listening to the wind in the trees, watching the birds, sleeping soundly with a breeze off the lake keeping temperatures comfortable, a quiet master suite with a door that locks so privacy can be maintained even if there are other guests--including a separate entrance. A huge deck on essentially the entire lake side (west) of the house. Opportunity to take hikes and walks and enjoy nature and continued lake views. Access to the internet at high speed if the need strikes you! Go play golf at Antrim Dells or many of several nearby courses. Go buy a home made pie at Friske's orchards, cherry is very good or some pastries. There are 2 nice 1 person Kayaks and a canoe for activities on the lake on calm days.


based on 7 traveler reviews

Spectacular Sunsets Lake Michigan150 Ft. Lakefront and Golf!
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Madison, WI

Awesome House on Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not do this place justice! The rooms are huge, the deck is amazing and the views are fantastic. We spent every night sitting outside watching the sun set. It was also really cool to have access to the kayaks. We paddled out a ways and took in the crystal clear Lake Michigan water. We are looking forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad you liked the cottage. Some of the pictures have recently been updated, but you are right, it is hard to capture the grandeur of Lake Michigan with pictures.
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Perrysburg, Oh

Comfortable cottage close to many attractions

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this private cottage retreat. It is steps away from the beaches of Lake Michigan. We enjoyed long walks along the shore and the relaxing sound of the water. Experience beautiful sunsets from the large windows overlooking the lake. This cottage was centrally located and just a short drive away from many northern Michigan attractions including Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City, Petoskey. After a long day exploring we were so happy to crawl into the comfy beds. I would recommend this rental to my friends and family.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I"m glad you enjoyed your stay. The beach walking has been very good this year and one can go miles in either the north or south direction. Petoskey stones, eagles, fish, driftwood and an occasional crustacean are all there for those who are observant. Drives to Short's brewpub in Bellaire are also easily accomplished from this convenient location which well help one sleep even more soundly.
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Northern part of the Lower Peninsula

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful vacation!

This was our base for exploring the local area which is Hemingway country as well as mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear park and Traverse City.

Stop #9 at Sleeping Bear is the best view I have seen and moves the Cliffs of Moher down a notch.

The owner recommended Friske for pies and baked goods and we had some there and took some home with us.

The Lake behind the cabin has a rocky bottom which can be slippery so I recommend some footwear to prevent slipping but the water was exhilarating.

The house is packed with books - many have a local connection - this is a great touch.

Wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hemingway fished near here but didn't stay in the cottage (it is too new). The thought on swim shoes is a good one. There is some dark shale rock which extends from the beach out hundreds of feet into the lake on the lakefloor. This dark rock keeps the water near the beach warm and is quite flat and smooth. But, swim shoes are always nice for walking on the lakebed. The cottage is within minutes of Friskes and Sleeping Bear Dunes is a nice day trip--especially if a trip to a winery (even for the grape juice ) is included on the way there or back. 45 north is a good choice.
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Beyond our expectation ...

  • 5 of 5

Our family came to this place to use it as a base for exploring northern Michigan - and ended up staying "at home" for most of the time simply because we were enjyoing ourselves so much. This cottage was beyond our expectation. Beautiful located, spacious, cozy and comfortable, well stocked and full of atmosphere. We didn't miss anything at all. We loved sitting on the deck with it's great view over Lake Michigan for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, reading, napping, playing and much more. It was hard to leave all the unhunted Charlevoix and Petoskey stones on that that lovely little beach, and to get the kids out of the shallow and warm water of Lake Michigan, which is perfect for swimming for children in this area. We envy the owners for this property and would love to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that international travelers like the cottage. The beach is long so there are lots of spots to find Petoskey and Charlevoix stones. The water is indeed warm due to the shallow bay near New York point and the dark slate/shale below which captures the heat of the sun on long summer days. Unlike the oceans of Florida, there are no sharks in the waters of Lake Michigan.
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Ann Arbor

Lovely Waterfront Setting

  • 5 of 5

We like to play on and in the water, and this location, with it's clean and fairly shallow water was wonderful for swimming and paddling. The sunsets are to die for, yet the house is protected from hot sun by the many tall trees surrounding it. We enjoyed combing the beach for Petoskey and Charlevoix stones. The house is fascinating, full of books, all kinds of dishes, and art objects collected by people who clearly led full and interesting lives there. It is an unpretentious, lovely home, comfortable in both the physical and emotional senses. It is very difficult to avoid relaxing there, yet it is only 10-15 minutes from interesting shopping and good restaurants. We visited lovely out-of-the-way nature areas, quiet enough that we almost stepped on a beautiful little green frog in the reeds. It's a good base for visiting the many "up north" Lake Michigan tourism sites. The kitchen is small but complete, and cooking for 8 people was not a problem. The deck is big enough that we could gather our group out there, or sit separately and have personal space. Viewing the big lake under the moon and stars wasn't too shabby, either. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Central NY

Cozy Charm with a View

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable cottage with room for family to spread out. Old-fashioned character with modern conveniences. Three spacious bedrooms. Master suite is especially charming! Lots of large windows for a great view of lake. Deck along back of house with steps to beach. We loved the sunsets! We had a lovely weekend and would love to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you liked the cottage. What you may not know is that the cottage is within the line of sight of the shipping channel from the Straits of Mackinaw to the Lake Michigan Ports of Milwaukee and Gary, IN. So, while on the deck, you may see between the Fox Islands and Leelenau peninsula some 1000 ft long + lakers traversing this passage. While miles away, it is a majestic site from the deck. In addition, sailboats of all sizes are seen from the spacious deck.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
TVC (Traverse City Airport)
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Beaver Island Ferry, Charlevoix to Beaver Island
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Antrim Dells Golf Course (Agaming)
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway 31
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Friskes Snack Bar at Friskes Orchards
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Beach on property
Car: necessary

The NONSMOKING GreatLakeMichiganCottageChvx is near the Antrim Dells Golf Course which is an 18 hole facility with rolling terrain and great up north Michigan character, yet at reasonable prices. Less than a mile walk is a county park and the nearby Fisherman's Island State Park. While there is great privacy with the 150 feet of prime Lake Michigan frontage, a 10 minute car ride will reach Charlevoix which has shopping, many excellent restaurants and several grocery stores, in addition to the waterfront attractions. This cottage is the best of both worlds, privacy and quiet yet proximity to 'city life' . It is only a 45 minute drive to the Traverse City Airport so that jet setters can fly in, enjoy the 3rd coast of the US, and fly out. If you want a quiet week of rest and relaxation, the GreatLakeMichiganCottageCharlevoix is the place for you to recover. Or for the more energetic, to have a romantic week on the Lake, there is considerable privacy and a lovely master bedroom.


Rates & Availability

Charlevoix Cottage Rental Rates

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Fall fallen rates
Sep 16 2016 - Oct 28 2016
5 night minimum stay
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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $200
Refundable damage deposit $300

Cottage is not available from late October to early May, as it is closed during the winter. There is a 200 cleaning fee (non refundable). A $300 dollar damage deposit is required (refundable). Payment of 1/2 the total is required to reserve. The other 1/2 is due 60 days before the rental begins (non-refundable).

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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , master bedroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 bunk bed , sleeps 4 on bunks
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Up a spiral staircase.
  • Double Beds (2), Bunk Beds (4) sleeps 4 on bunk beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
Cottage is architect designed and served many years as a bed and breakfast. The main dining/living area has soaring cathedral ceiling and lets in a great deal of light. Excellent views of the lake from every room (except bathrooms!). Beach area has sand and dark underwater flat stones which result in the small bay having warmer temperatures than many areas of Lake Michigan.

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