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Stunning 9 Bedroom Bay Cottage Where Almost Every Room Has a Bay View

Petoskey, MI, USA
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms9
  • Sleeps15
  • Bathrooms5
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Cottage, 9 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 16)

Beautiful cottage in premier location on the Bay side of historic Bay View, MI. Almost every room has a “Bay View.” Relax on the covered wrap around porch while sipping a drink and watching the stunning Bay View sunsets over the water. This 3500 plus square feet cottage is so large that 16 people can have privacy and alone time in any number of the rooms, including the TV room, the back deck, the wrap around front porch, the dining room, the large living room, the kitchen, several other porches on the top floor, or in any of the lovely bedrooms. Nicely decorated throughout. There is a wet bar off of the kitchen. There is a back deck where the charcoal and gas grills are. Almost every bedroom has its own sink, and all have clean linens, towels, and room fans provided.

There is no air conditioning.

It is the closest rental cottage to the beach, the recreation area and the tennis courts. Stunning sunsets! The 9 bedrooms include 2 king beds, 3 queen beds, 3 double beds and 1 twin bed. One of the rooms with the double bed is very small and only sleeps one person, so it is counted as a single room. Downstairs has 1 king and 1 queen bedrooms which connect to each other, with a door that closes for privacy. There is a half bath in one of them and a full bath in the other. Upstairs has a king bedroom, 2 queen bedrooms, 2 double bedrooms and 2 single bedrooms. The upstairs king bedroom connects to a sitting room so is more like a suite. Two double bedrooms have connecting doors to each other. The 2 twin bedrooms connect with an outside porch. One upstairs queen bedroom has its own porch. The other queen bedroom has a nice view of the tennis courts opposite us and the lake. Six of the seven upstairs bedrooms have their own sinks in them. There is a full bath upstairs, a separate bath tub room and 2 rooms with toilets only that used to be telephone booths! This cottage was built in 1878 and is an historic site. It is the largest cottage in Bay View and was the first to be built originally as a lodge, housing people while they built their cottages, so there are numbers on all the rooms. The woodwork throughout the cottage is stunning. If you like an historic cottage you will love this one!

Bay View is noted for its beauty. The parks, the Hall Auditorium located up on the hill offer performances from music to films to plays to recitals. The Bay View Boys & Girls Club is the perfect way for your kids to engage with other kids during the day. And there are swimming, sailing and tennis lessons offered as well.

Mackinac Island is just a short trip away. There are many bike paths both on road and off. Ice cream, fudge, any treat you can imagine. The fun is endless in this summer paradise!

No pets, no smoking, no candles. 9 bedrooms, 2 full and 3 half baths, 1 tub room. Limited to 16 people.

$300 cleaning fee.

Rental rates vary per week depending on the month.

$1000 security deposit.

First half of rent due at signing of lease. Second half of rent, security deposit and cleaning fee due three weeks prior to rental date.

Keywords: Beautiful, very large renovated cottage in premier location on the Bay side of historic Bay View, MI, next to the tennis courts. Almost every room has a “Bay View.” Enjoy the large living room, wrap around porch, back deck and several other porches on both floors. Contemporary decorations, wireless Internet, cable, TV/DVD/VCR, washer, dryer, dishwasher, microwave, wet bar, sinks in almost all bedrooms! Closest cottage for rent to the beach, the recreation area and the tennis courts. Stunning sunsets! No pets, no smoking, no candles. 9 bedrooms, 2 full and 3 half baths, 1 tub room. Limited to 16 people. Cottage is next to the Bay View tennis courts next to the highway and the water on the water side. It is the closest cottage to the beach. Look on the Bay View Association website for more information about Bay View.



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About Judy

I have lived in our family cottage every summer of my life until I was 19 years old. Since then I have spent time there every summer. It is my favorite place to be. I reserve time there each summer for my own personal use.

Judy purchased this Cottage in 1956

Why Judy chose Bear Creek

My grandmother bought this home for our family in 1956. We inherited it and have loved it all this time! It is one of the very first homes built in 1878, originally as a lodge to house others while they were building their own cottages. Hence the over 3500 square feet! Later on, when we owned it, it became a lodge for travelers, newlyweds, and college boys. We stopped renting it that way in 1972, and now rent it as a very large home for others to enjoy.

What makes this Cottage unique

I enjoy walking along the bluff above the beach every day and the amazing bike path that runs either way from our cottage to Charlevoix or Petoskey State Park and beyond. I love to sit on the rocks at the beach and listen to the waves while watching the most amazing sunsets. And I always go to Mackinac Island each year and ride bikes around the island, eat fudge and be a tourist!


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
        • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (3)


        • 5 Bathrooms
          • 5

          Location Type

            • Beach View
            • Lake View
              Almost every room has a view of the lake.
            • Water View


                • Linens Provided
                • Clothes Dryer
                • Heating
                • Internet
                • Iron & Board
                • Hair Dryer
                • Parking
                • Parking Off Street
                • Towels Provided
                • Washing Machine
                • Wireless Internet


                    • Coffee Maker
                    • Cooking Utensils
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                    • Dishwasher
                    • Kitchen
                    • Microwave
                    • Refrigerator


                        • CD Player
                        • DVD Player
                        • Satellite / Cable
                        • Television
                        • VCR
                        • Video Library


                            • Balcony
                            • Deck / Patio
                            • Outdoor Grill


                                • live theater
                                • churches
                                • festivals
                                • health/beauty spa
                                • library
                                • cinemas
                                • marina
                                • museums
                                • playground
                                • recreation center
                                • restaurants

                                  Leisure Activities

                                    • photography
                                    • antiquing
                                    • bird watching
                                    • boating
                                    • gambling casinos
                                    • horseback riding
                                    • miniature golf
                                    • beachcombing
                                    • scenic drives
                                    • shelling
                                    • shopping
                                    • shuffleboard
                                    • sight seeing
                                    • walking
                                    • wildlife viewing

                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                        • ATM/bank
                                        • fitness center
                                        • groceries
                                        • hospital
                                        • laundromat
                                        • medical services

                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                            • pier fishing
                                            • cycling
                                            • fly fishing
                                            • freshwater fishing
                                            • golf
                                            • golf privileges optional
                                            • hiking
                                            • jet skiing
                                            • kayaking
                                            • mountain biking
                                            • parasailing
                                            • fishing
                                            • racquetball
                                            • rafting
                                            • roller blading
                                            • sailing
                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                            • swimming
                                            • tennis
                                            • water skiing
                                            • wind-surfing


                                                • Wrap around front porch, fenced in large front yard, beautiful landscaping

                                                  House Rules

                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                  9 Reviews

                                                  Very Good4.1/5

                                                  Latest reviews

                                                  A nice, kinda quirky place

                                                  Brian S.

                                                  This is a lovely and rambling Victorian. It is steps away from the beach and accommodates a large crowd easily. The kitchen and patio are especially notable in that regard. Bedrooms have their own sinks, but toilets are fewer and shared. The house has some eccentricities but is charming overall, and the landlord seemed very nice. Bay View is a delightful community. There aren't many like it.

                                                  Charming home in a beautiful location

                                                  Amy C.

                                                  My extended family recently stayed at Bay View Cottage for a week and had an absolutely wonderful time! The house accommodated all 17 of us, from my 5 year old son to my 91 year old grandmother, and was in a perfect location to enjoy the views, parks, walking paths and beaches of Little Traverse Bay. It was also a very easy drive to Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City, Mackinac Island, and any number of other local attractions. We would definitely recommend this home to any large group looking to stay in the Petoskey area!

                                                  A Fabulous & wonderful Huge House! I'll be back!!!

                                                  SooQAnn Arbor, MI

                                                  I have stayed in this gorgeous Bay View house several times before! This time I took friends from Australia & they loved it! The house has bedrooms galore! We had a large group & the thing I love is that even though you may have many people in the house, you can also find a quiet place just to sit & read or snooze in the sun! The house is, like all the historic Bay View houses, truly charming. The owners have taken superb care to retain the heritage. It is welcoming & a delight to entertain in. From the spacious, spotless kitchen - fully equipped - to the full-sized dining room & living area, there is plenty of room to cook & dine with ease. Each bedroom has it's own flavor or theme - I love this. I have my favorite but I always delight in who picks which room - again, the owners have taken such care to give guests a treat of the unexpected! Thank you!! Leaving the best till last...I must rave about the porch! We had most of our dinners on it, watched fantastic sunsets from it, & chatted the night away sipping after dinner delights in the gorgeous northern Michigan air. The water view makes me smile & there is an easy stroll to the waters' edge. Walk the historic Bay View area, bike the lovely & well maintained bike paths, wander to downtown Petoskey, kayak the crystal clear Little Traverse Bay, swim & enjoy the sandy beach....there is much to do! This is one of my favorite places to vacation. It has never disappointed & I recommend it with gusto!! Enjoy!

                                                  Charming Vacation Home

                                                  christine s.

                                                  This was our second stay at this fantastic home in Bay View! We stayed in Upstairs room 1 and enjoyed waking up to the view of the bay. If we wanted to we could have watched the sunset from our bed, but we were called to the shore each evening to view the most incredible sunsets we've ever seen! This place is huge and has everything you need and want to feel like you are home. The kitchen has it all, really everything you need-from a great assortment of knives to pans and serving dishes. What really tickled my fancy was the charm this place has, it's old- but sturdy, clean and historic and the porch is just fantastic for sitting with friends, enjoying a meal, playing games, or taking nap in the swing. The awesome state park is close by with a nice beach. There is a nearby full size grocery store which has all the organic and high quality foods you find in more populated cities-and the prices were surprisingly reasonable, even sometimes cheaper than back home in my big city!

                                                  We will return every summer to this wonderful charming awesome place!

                                                  Big House - Big Memories!

                                                  For a large group of friends, this amazing home has been the selected destination for two years in a row, and we already cannot wait for next summer. It is in a prime location - easy (walking) access to the beautiful bay, a community beach with boat rentals, a pool, and tennis courts. So many things to do in a friendly, vibrant community. It has sort of a "Dirty Dancing" resort vibe!

                                                  The home itself is enormous with bedrooms upstairs and down. The history of the place fascinates me - as it served as lodging for families as they built there homes in Bay View...I love to think about that as I appreciate the character of this historic building. They don't build things like this anymore. It's spacious, super clean, and cute as a button. Each room is unique and inviting. The kitchen is well-equipped and easily handled our swarm of "foodies!" My favorite part is the porch that seems to go on forever and has a lovely view of the water - so you can sip on wine and anticipate when to walk down to the beach to watch the kicka*s sunsets! I wish I could stay for two weeks, rather than one.

                                                  BEWARE THE GREEN BINDER

                                                  Reanette F.

                                                  On August 14 my sister and I moved into this property. The property was in such poor condition that we moved out after two days. We were lucky to find a lovely rental in the same area. This move was both expensive and inconvenient. When we arrived there was a green binder with all the rules and prohibitions concerning the cottage. Had this information been disclosed in the listing we never would have considered renting. Thus far VRBO has been no help in trying to recoup any of our rent. It is clear that these properties are not vetted so it is renter beware. I will try to list of the few of the problems we encountered in our two day stay. A 40 gallon for a house for 15 people--only one person could shower at a time, only one blow dryer could be used at the same time, front of dishwasher taped on, disposal had so many restriction that it was useless, linoleum lifted in several places, table legs were not attached to the top (very dangerous) a window pane in one of the doors was held in with packing tape, all windows had to be held up with wooden strips, dirty throw rugs, shower light filled with dead bugs. I feel if this property had a safety inspection it would not pass. I urge any person considering this cottage to look further. There certainly have to besically better, cleaner, safer properties available. It seems that once your check is cashed you have no remedies--you are basically powerless.

                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                  When Donna and Ruth arrived Sunday, Donna emailed there was a broken fan with a note on it in the living room. I called my cleaning person and she said there was not a broken fan in the living room before she and her cleaning staff left a few hours before. Monday after 11:00 PM (more than 30 hours after they had arrived) Donna emailed saying the cottage was filthy and unacceptable in this condition, and had they known about the green binder items they would not have rented it and she wanted her money back. Immediately I called and left a message, asking her to call me. I emailed offering to have anything cleaned again and to please call me as soon as she could. I said the 40 gallon water tank is fine.You can take 3-4 showers in a row and then let it heat up again. Electrical is fine. Fans in all rooms can run all night with no problem. I have common sense items in the binder simply to help people. No one has ever had any trouble with hot water nor electrical issues.The bedroom porch door had some cracked panes in it from a previous renter slamming it so tape was put there on both sides of the cracks until the end of the season when it could be repaired, but it was in no way hazardous. Dishwasher was taped for a part that came off, and it has now been replaced. Vinyl that warped has been replaced in the small pantry area of the kitchen.

                                                  Donna never called so that anything could be discussed or resolved. I received emails or texts saying they were leaving. The cleaning staff reported that as they drove by our cottage repeatedly they only saw two people coming and going during their three day stay. They also reported that the renters left the cottage a complete mess- orange liquid poured onto pillows and floor - ruining pillows, cases, linens and mattress pad, trash and wet towels on floors, chips smashed into floors, furniture moved into different rooms and much more. It took 10 hours to clean for two people. It normally takes 12 hours to clean for 15 people.

                                                  I have been renting our cottage for the past 8 years. Until this year no one has complained of the condition. This includes multiples of repeated renters. I know our cottage was perfectly clean before they arrived. Simply put, our cottage is lovely and wonderful to stay in.


                                                  Petoskey, MI, USA

                                                  Mackinac Island is only a one hour drive away to the ferry, casinos nearby. Petoskey State Park beach 15 minutes away. Bay View beach just steps away. Tennis courts steps away. Also go to the website www.bayviewassociation.org for events you may want to participate in. Our property is located in Bear Creek Township, not Petoskey. It is a summer resort area, only open from May through October.

                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                  Cleaning Fee
                                                  Damage Deposit

                                                  There is a cleaning fee of $350 per week and a $1000 security deposit due two weeks prior to rental time.

                                                  The first half of the rent is due two weeks after the rental lease is sent. The remaining rent, security deposit of $1000 and cleaning fee of $300 is due 3 weeks prior to the first day of rental.

                                                  9 Reviews
                                                  Very Good 4.1/5
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