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Elk Rapids - Birch Lake Cottage Barrier Free

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Minimum Stay
5 nights


Elk Rapids Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Clean water with great swimming & fishing for all ages.

Keywords: Kewadin/Birch Lake, Elk Rapids 3 Miles Traverse City 20 Miles)

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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What makes this cottage unique

Cottage with ease of accessibility for all. Room to roam. Perfect for birders, as there are many songbirds. Quiet & peaceful retreat from the busyness of daily life. Plenty of local activities to participate in.


based on 10 traveler reviews

Elk Rapids - Birch Lake Cottage Barrier Free
average rating of 4.5 based on 10 reviews

Another Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely love this cottage and area for our summer vacation. This year will be our 4th trip. Barrier free is a blessing for our 8 year old sons needs. The cottage owners are wonderful and go out of their way for renters.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words:). We try very hard to meet our guests needs. It is a true joy to hear about a wonderful vacation.
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Private, comfortable and convenient

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five really enjoyed our stay at Birch Perch.


Very private, couldn't really see the neighbors from the house or outdoors.

Loved it that we could bring our dogs.

Felt very spacious due to the universal design modifications.

Very nice master bath with laundry.

Convenient to Elk Rapids for grocery, as well as Traverse City.

Price was very fair, good value.

Beautiful bay window in the master BR, can look out at the trees and lake. Very nice.


If you are here for swimming, just know that the water is very shallow for a long way out.

There was a problem with the oarlock in the rowboat, so we struggled a bit with that.

Overall, very pleasant, enjoyable stay. Thanks for making such a nice vacation possible for our family! I feel like the pictures don't do it justice.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank you for your review & are very happy your family had a good vacation. The lake level is like a two edge sword. Great for little people who love to play in the water but a walk for adults to be able to swim. New oarlocks are in. We has not noticed the oarlocks. Thank you for pointing it out to us. Come & spend another vacation at "The Birch Perch".
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Vacation on Birch Lake

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Birch Perch was very enjoyable, plenty of room for the family. Having a washer and dryer was a big plus in my book!

It would be nice to have a TV in the living room and a few more pots and fry pans for cooking, some better silverware and unbreakable dishes for people with younger children.

The owners are very nice and we are already looking forward to our stay again next year in Aug.

Thanks for sharing your cottage with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A nice cottage

  • 4 of 5

I happen to be looking on Verbo for a cozy cottage on a lake near my Aunt who lives in Elk Rapids and I came across this cottage. We just recently rented it over the 4th of July because there are so many wonderful things going on around town. We found the cottage to be cozy and comfortable. Was wonderful being able to swim in the clean lake and have dinner outside with no bugs! Was easy to have the kids sleep there and they had plenty of room. The cottage was clean when we got there and owners were delightful and answered any questions. A great quiet stop for any weary traveler!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that you had an enjoyable time with your family & stayed at our cottage.
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Perfect For Our Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Last year was my family's first cottage on the lake summer vacation. My wife and I have an 8 year old daughter and a 6 year old son who has special needs and is in a wheelchair. I looked and looked for a cottage that was wheelchair accessible, a true cottage (not one that is a "summer home" that is bigger and nicer than our actual house, and not too expensive to rent. Finally I came across Birch Perch. After talking with the owners (who are as nice as can be) it sounded like it was what we were looking for. It was even better than that. There are 2 ramps into the cottage, a full bath that is wheelchair accessible plus a 2nd full bath, and even the dock was built for a wheelchair and big enough to lounge on for all 4 of us. It even has steps down into the water. The cottage was clean and well kept. Plenty of everything we needed even firewood for campfires which we had every night. Birch Lake is perfect for little kids too. The lake is sandy and shallow a good ways out. There is a rowboat, plenty of vest life jackets, and paddle boards that we tried for the first time (which are a total blast). Our daughter played in the water most of the time and she even made a friend with the daughter of another family a few cottages down. We are coming back this year the same week that the other family is too. We had such a good time we cannot wait to go back. There is plenty to do in Elk Rapids and the surrounding area if that is your thing but we hung out at the cottage most of the week. Seriously consider this cottage if you want to relax, kick back, and have a great summer vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are looking forward to seeing you this year. Candice
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Berch Perch

  • 4 of 5

Oue stay at Berch Perch was very nice. We loved the property. Lots of room for the family to enjoy

especially the fire pit. The axcess to the lake from the dock with my sons boat was perfact. and the\

paddle boards were enjoyed by all the family. The inside of the cottage was very nice except for

two things. It needs One regular sized refrigerator instead the three small ones, and it needs some

regular beds instead of the pull out couches. All in all we had a grand time and would love to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elk Rapids Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) In master bedroom, Two pull out sleep sofas Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Two pull out sofas
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
A yard with mature shade trees, picnic table, hammock, lawn chairs, lawn swing, fire pit, two paddle boards & a rowboat. Lots of room for children to play with ample privacy. Sandy lake bottom provides for wonderful swimming and fishing. Spectacular sun rises & sunsets.

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