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Agape Leelanau Cottage - Beautiful, Historic, And Fun!

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,950 square feet, sleeps 10 - close to Lake Michigan

Agape Leelanau Cottage is a beautiful, large, family cottage in Frankfort, Michigan, a lovely, small, and beachy tourist town located on Lake Michigan where the Betsie River empties into Lake Michigan.  This vacation rental home was added to the Frankfort vacation rental market in December, 2013 after several years of detailed renovations and remodeling by the Haan family.  This cottage provides a wonderful vacation environment for both large and small families and even multiple families and large groups.  It is located at 719 Leelanau Avenue in Frankfort, just a short 5 to 10 minute walk from beautiful downtown Frankfort, Lake Michigan, and Betsie Lake.  (It is exactly 0.6 miles from Frankfort Beach and Lake Michigan.)  It is also conveniently close to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Crystal Mountain Resort.  It is 1,950 square feet in size and has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  It is fully furnished (including all sheets and bedding, dishes, and kitchen utensils) and it sleeps up to 10 comfortably.  

The cottage has an historic Arts and Crafts design, which was popular in the U.S. between 1860 and 1910.  We want to research the history of the house further, but, at present, we do know that it was once a lodge for railroad workers and other boarders when several rail and car ferries operated out of Frankfort and Frankfort was a commercial railway shipping port on the Great Lakes.

The details of the home's design were ahead of its time though, with a very open floor plan and numerous large windows that supply wonderful natural lighting throughout the house, bringing in the full beauty of the brilliant northern Michigan sunshine.  The interior styling of the home is bright and uplifting, yet neutral, throughout the home.  All of the kitchen appliances (gas range, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker) have been replaced with new appliances within the last 5 years and the cottage even includes a large laundry room with a new front-load washer and dryer.  Both of the bathrooms have been extensively and beautifully remodeled, with the downstairs bathroom featuring a Jacuzzi bathtub - perfect for relaxing after a great day of exploring northern Michigan, particularly if this includes skiing or snowboarding at Crystal Mountain Resort.  

The size and location of the cottage allows for a wonderful family (or extended family / friends) vacation exploring all that the northwest corner of Michigan's Lower Peninsula has to offer - Lake Michigan, fantastic beaches, restaurants, shops, wineries, and Sleeping Bear Dunes.  Boating, hiking, bicycling, rollerblading, scenic drives, sunbathing on Lake Michigan beaches, shopping, and dining are all nearby.  The cottage is also only 45 minutes (35 miles) west of Traverse City if guests desire "bigger city" attractions like shopping malls.  We believe that this lovely cottage and its fantastic location will provide your family with a wonderful, fascinating, and unique vacation experience while visiting family or exploring all of the beauty that northwest Michigan has to offer.

More Details

Eric Haan
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2017

About Eric Haan

I am a Christian, family-oriented man who owns and operates my own business, Agape Global Investments Corporation ( I live in Frankfort with my wife, Karla, and my 2 boys, Pablo and Joshua.

What makes this house unique

There is a beautiful and historic craftsmanship to this property, with at least 5 different types of local wood used in its construction and decoration. The location is also outstanding with its close proximity to downtown Frankfort, Lake Michigan, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This cottage also has the ability to handle a large family as it even has a large dining table that seats 10. Furthermore, it provides handicapped / elderly access through a long entrance ramp at the back of the house.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Our group of 4 adults really enjoyed our stay in this spacious home two blocks from the water and downtown Fremont. We were able to cook fabulous meals in the large kitchen, do our laundry, play games on the big dining room table, and walk to downtown and the harbor. What a great price on this rental in a great location. Check out the fish cleaning house on the harbor where locals bring their day's catch at 9 PM. Would highly recommend this rental."
Jun 2014
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Frankfort House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Downstairs bathroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Upstairs bathroom. There is a shower attachment to the tub.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Downstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs bedroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs bedroom.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs bedroom. A second bed rolls out from under trundle
  • The sofa in the living room also folds out into a bed, allowing 10 people to sleep in the house.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • 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
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a fantastic home with a lot of beautiful original woodwork throughout. It is also fully functional though with all-new appliances within the last 5 years. The location is also exceptional as it is just a short walk from downtown Frankfort and Lake Michigan. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is also just a 30-minute drive to the north. There is also outstanding hiking, biking, rollerblading, fishing (including salmon / lake trout charter fishing on Lake Michigan), golfing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing in the area. Feel free to ask us for additional details.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Agape Leelanau Cottage - Beautiful, Historic, And Fun!
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 31 reviews

Wonderful home, neighborhood and owners!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful home for our family to visit! We (mom, dad, two kids and dog) stay in the area for one week of every month (for almost two years now) and this was the first time our kids said, "Wow! This is so great! It actually feels like our own home." The communications with management was excellent and they truly made our stay feel warm and welcoming. Travel can be stressful but this was a dream. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for the kind review, MacKensey! We are so very glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes and God bless! :-)
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Great Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house is just as the photographs indicate. It is cozy and comfortable and stocked with things you might forget - coffee filters, paper towels, spices, etc. We had a great girls' getaway weekend there. We each had our own bedroom and we were walking distance to downtown - where we visited the Oliver Art Center and Stormcloud Brewing Company. We walked the neighborhood and one of us went for a run that ended on the lake shore in time to see the beautiful sunset over the lake. Don't think that Frankfort is pleasant only during the summer months. We had a beautiful weekend in February, when the town was quieter and even more charming than during the summer "rush." We will definitely return to the Agape Leelaunau Cottage! Thanks Eric.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for the detailed review, Terri! We hope to see you and your friends again in the future. Best wishes and God bless! - Eric :-)
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Beautiful weekend!

  • 4 of 5

Spent the weekend with family and this was the perfect spot to do it. House was clean, plenty of area to gather and great to all eat at the same table! Fall fest was very chilly but our weekend was great!

Thanks again for accommodating us.

The gummerson's

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for the review! It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we wish you all the very best! :-)
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Vacation with my Daughter and Grandkids

  • 4 of 5

The Agape Leelanau Cottage was a perfect place for a get-away with the grandkids. The location is great - very quiet street and so close to town and the beach. Point Betsie is just a 5 to 10 minute drive North and perfect for watching the sunset. There is a wonderful Mexican restaurant just 7 miles away. The house had plenty of bedrooms and beds. The kitchen was great and stocked as well. Overall, it was a wonderful vacation and very nice place to stay. We hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for the review and we are truly very glad that you enjoyed your stay! Hope to see you again in the future! Best wishes and God bless! PS - For potential guests reading this review, I believe that the "wonderful Mexican restaurant" that is referenced is The Roadhouse in Benzonia. We would strongly recommend it as well.
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Great location for our yearly summer girls trip!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week in August and the home was spacious and had all the modern conveniences we needed to enjoy our stay. It was clean and well stocked with the necessities, we had many fun nights just hanging out and playing games at the large dining room table. We were even happily surprised to find a firepit in the backyard that wasn't listed in the description. The location is perfect! Walking distance to downtown Frankfort so we could take advantage of the great shops and restaurants, especially Stormcloud Brewing, and sunset on the beach. Also between 2 beautiful beaches, Frankfort & Elbert, and an easy drive to so many great places and attractions; Sleeping Bear dunes, Platte River tubing, Crystal Mountain, Glen Arbor, even Traverse City or the 2 wine peninsulas. Eric was very pleasant and easy to reach and scheduling was a breeze... perfect vacation, thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so very glad that you enjoyed your stay! Thank you very much for the kind review and we hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes! :-)
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Just ok

  • 2 of 5

The property location was great, close to both the main street, Lake Michigan and a local park with a great skateboard park. The house was in rough shape though and it was really surprising from all of the other great reviews. The outside of the house had lots of weeds over growing both sides of the house and backyard. The inside of the house was dirty, looks like it hasn't had a good cleaning in a very long time. There was a half drank cup of coffee in the cupboard and garbage in the house, who knows for how long. We had to clean the bathrooms before we could even use them. I'm guessing the previous renter had a dog, because the house was still covered in its hair. Then the for sale sign went up on the front lawn during our stay, which sure made it ackward and hard to relax when passerbys ask questions about the house. Lastly the neighborhood was very loud and not relaxing. From trees being cut down behind us, to a home remodel two doors down, it added to the noisy traffic around us. Overall, we were really disappointed in our stay and will not be returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very sorry that you were unhappy with the house. As you indicate, the vast majority of our guests have had a great time and have been very complimentary. It sounds like the performance of our cleaning service after the previous guest was quite poor and we are addressing this. Thank you for your feedback and we will use it to improve our performance in the future. Best wishes!
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Nearest Airport
39 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Stormcloud MIcrobrewery
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Crystal Lake Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Bayview Grille
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
0.6 Miles
Frankfort Beach
Car: recommended

The biggest attractions in the area are Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Frankfort has a great beach on Lake Michigan with beautiful sunsets. Frankfort is also very popular for fishing for salmon and lake trout on Lake Michigan. There are a number of charter boats in town that are available for hire.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is just north of Lake Michigan and provides incredible, breath-taking camping, hiking, and scenic drives.


Rates & Availability

Frankfort House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2017
Jan 6 2017 - Apr 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
May 2017
May 1 2017 - May 25 2017
1 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
June 2017
May 29 2017 - Jun 23 2017
1 night minimum stay
Last Week June
Jun 24 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fourth of July Week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
End of Summer 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Aug 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $60

You can contact us directly to book for less expensive rates by calling us anytime at (231) 383-1180, e-mailing us at, or visiting our website at For any cancellations up to 1 day before check-in, payments will be credited to a future stay. Cancellations cannot be made after the day of check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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