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LEELANAU COUNTRY COTTAGE Your 'Home Away from Home' in Leelanau County!

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
3 nights


Suttons Bay Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4 Adults + 2 Children)

For many years, LEELANAU COUNTRY COTTAGE has offered you affordable, clean and comfortable accommodations for your family and good friends. Located in the heart of Leelanau County's Wine Country !

Bring your bikes or rent locally, as we are located adjacent to THE LEELANAU TRAIL, a renowned 'Rails -to-Trails' project that takes you 3.5 miles North to Suttons Bay or 12.5 miles South to Traverse City, where the Trail connects to the TART Trail and extends into the well known VASA Trail. We were ready for an exciting 2012 and beyond when TART Trails completes the paving project heading South to Traverse City... an AMAZING trail ride!

******************* 06/22/2012 LEELANAU TRAIL PAVING COMPLETED *******************

Situated in one of the most magnificent areas, you will find our Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, many fine Restaurants and Bistro's, 'postcard perfect' beaches and lots of clean air & water!

Keywords: Carriage House, Guest House, Vinyard/Winery House, Single Family House.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Bill UpNorth...
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2016
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About Bill UpNorth...

In 1994 I relocated from a busy Metro area to beautiful Leelanau County with the dream of providing couples and families with clean and comfortable lodging that was affordable.

Being an 'Innkeeper' and seeing smiles on our guests faces year after year is very rewarding to us, especially when you hear a child ask their parents 'can we come back to the Cottage next year?'

Bill UpNorth... purchased this chateau / country house in 1994

Why Bill UpNorth... chose Northern Michigan

We are situated in the heart of one of the most magnificent areas. When I found our 'Hobby Farm' included was what once was a 100+ year-old Granary. I visualized a comfy Country Guesthouse for travelers in Spring, Summer & Fall that was centered in our magnificent Leelanau County.

After a complete renovation and more than 18-months of hard work, LEELANAU COUNTRY COTTAGE accommodated their first guests receiving many compliments.

We have since welcomed Tourists locally and far away, Winery Touring guests, many bicycle enthusiasts and even folks from Europe wishing to see the splendor of our area.

Folks from all around bring their bicycles to enjoy riding on The Leelanau Trail which is inter-connected to the many TART Trails that run through our region. You can be a casual rider or an avid cyclist and find the scenery and winding Trail is breathtaking, pleasant and maintained for everyone's use.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

We are close to 9+ Wineries and Tasting Rooms, immediately adjacent to the fresh pavement of THE LEELANAU TRAIL and just minutes away from 'postcard perfect' freshwater beaches.

We WILL re-book with alternative visiting dates upon 'reasonable' notice. While we strive for efficiency, IF we make a mistake in any reservation, we will be liable for amounts that we received as a prepaid deposit only. We will make every effort to re-book your stay with alternative dates at no additional charge.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Read some of our guests comments from 1995 to today at
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based on 26 traveler reviews

LEELANAU COUNTRY COTTAGE Your 'Home Away from Home' in Leelanau County!
average rating of 4.769231 based on 27 reviews

The stay was great!

  • 5 of 5

The place we stayed in was very well taken care of. It was a good halfway point between traverse city and a lot of the places around the upper part of Michigan, such as Leland and Suttons Bay.

Bill was great, he greeted us in person when we got there, he had all sorts of good information for things to do around the place. He directed us to a terrific restaurant in Leland call The Cove, which was terrific. He also had some great suggestions as for Wineries to try out on the way up to the old mission lighthouse, along with a lot of additional things to check out while around Traverse city.

For people with bikes, there's a really nice paved trail that runs very close to the property.

The only reason I knocked off a star (if I could, I'd only knock off half a star) is because of the internet. We were a little disappointed by the fact that the internet didn't work. Bill did explain that they were installing fiber optic in the area and that was impacting the internet service, so I understand there wasn't much he could do. There was cable to occupy the evenings, but still it was a bit disappointing.

With the internet, it would have been perfect! Thanks again for everything Bill!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good to hear from you! Thank you for your positive input too. Yes... I am very sorry that the utility Company decided to introduce fiber optic cabling, but I really have no control over this either even if I wish that I did! In the future that utility should be a huge upgrade. And just remember too... this area did NOT get electricity until 1934 when the 'Rural Electrification Act' was passed... so fiber optics really is a huge step forward! Aside from that utility... you folks were great to see. I always enjoy providing tips of 'things to see & do'. Thanks for being such good guests. Wishing you a good Autumn too! Bill UpNorth...
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Private, quaint and a home away from home!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Leelanau cottage! It was close to the beach, restaurants, the grocery, the Dunes and shops. Bill was friendly and helpful with his recommendations. We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were great! Sorry for the heat... the weather was above average temps and I can not help that. I am happy that you enjoyed your stay. Bill UpNorth...
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Wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very nice, quiet, clean, comfortable and in an area where it was close to the things we wanted to do. We kayaked the Platte River, went to Sleeping Bear Dunes, took a bike ride on the TART trail, that was spectacular. We even took in a Steve Miller Band concert at Interlochen. We were greeted when we got to the cottage and Bill had all kinds of information for us and gave great recommendations on eateries, which we took advantage of. Sutton's Bay has some really great bar n grills. We even took the time to have a fire in the fire pit two nights under the stars and the moon. Can't get better than that. I would recommend the cottage to anyone wanting to stay in this area.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You two were great to converse with! I also am happy that you found the concert at Interlochen to be a good event for you. I try to get into there once a year too and it is always worth the time. Come back anytime... and as always bring your bikes! My best to you both, Bill UpNorth...
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Clinton Township MI

We loved our stay!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is well maintained and very clean. The location is great! The bike path is at the end of the driveway and everything from wineries to breweries, distilleries, beaches, marinas, sand dunes, shopping, and restaurants are all within a short drive from the cottage. Thank you Bill for your hospitality and your dining recommendations. We hope to see you again next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were fun to visit with! Come back anytime as we spoke. It's always great to see people that appreciate the paved Leelanau Trail at the end of the driveway! See you again soon... watch for Wine Season! Have a great Summer! Bill UpNorth...
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Kentwood, MI

Beautiful seclusion

  • 4 of 5

This place was a very pleasant surprise. Perfect location. Everything was there that we needed for the most part my only suggestions are to bring your own pillows. There is no air conditioning but we were provided with plenty of fans and with the windows open it was perfect

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Greetings and Thank You for your support. As you can imagine, it is difficult to have one set of pillows that suits so many visitors, but lease know that once again we will update anything as may be needed. It was good to meet you all and we are very happy that you enjoyed our area and all it has to offer visitors. You are always welcome here and we thank you for your kind patronage. My best, Bill UpNorth...
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Troy, MI

Peaceful Cottage

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was quaint and roomy and had everything we needed. It would be great for a family and children with the nice loft area. We would like to bring ours back. Great location for bike trails. A drive to Sutton's Bay is required and we loved Sutton's Bay and the other communities. Bill was a great host and recommended wonderful places to dine and explore. He left many brochures to look through and we found useful information in them. We didn't use the outdoor area at the cottage except to eat on the deck which was nice in the mornings. The fire pit and outdoor table/grill would be nice to use with our kids in a future visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive feedback. You were nice guests to have with us and we hope that we can make you feel at home again. My best to you! Bill UpNorth...
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Car: recommended

Bring your bikes! We are located immediately adjacent to THE LEELANAU TRAIL which extends 3.5 miles North to Suttons Bay or 12.5 miles South to Traverse City! We are located just 5-minutes away from 7+ quality Wineries & Tasting Rooms and 5-minutes away from Suttons Bay Marina and Beach! Our location is PERFECT for the guests that want to explore our areas magnificent attractions. ****** MUST READ: ******


Rates & Availability

Suttons Bay Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Before Memorial Day 2017
Apr 28 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
After Labor Day 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

**VRBO limited our ability to custom select our regular required deposit amount when they modified their website** Rates are subject to change prior to reservation confirmation. We accommodate monthly, weekly and 3-5 night Guest visitors. Please check for availability of 2-night accommodations if a date on the calendar might suit you during non-peak season.


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Suttons Bay Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 full private bath with tub/shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - One High quality Queen Size bed for a great night's rest. Upper Level - Two Twin or Single Beds High quality twin beds in skylit loft. (1) Bed-rail, (1) gate, (1) high chair and (1) booster seat on premises. (1) Futon in skylit loft also for that 'unexpected someone'.
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Included for our guests are high quality beds for a good night's sleep, all linens & sheets with NO additional laundering fee up to 4 guests, private bath, fully equipped kitchen, decking, firepit / campfire area, BBQ grill and much more. Visit us at for more information and links.

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