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Family-friendly, Pet-Friendly, Walk to Downtown and Beach!, Grill, Firepit, WiFi

Frankfort, MI, USA
  • House1950 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

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 charming beach town located on Lake Michigan where the Betsie River runs 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. This cottage provides a wonderful vacation environment for individuals, couples, both large and small families, and even multiple families and large groups. We have hosted several church, university, tourism, and special interest groups and we readily welcome groups of all kinds.

The cottage 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 adults comfortably. (There is also a crib for infants in one of the upstairs bedrooms.) The house also includes cable television and high-speed Wifi at no additional cost.

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 7 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.

In terms of bedrooms and beds, there is one bedroom on the first floor, which has a lovely queen-size sleigh bed. The other three bedrooms are all on the second floor. One of the upstairs bedrooms also has a queen-size bed in it. That bedroom has a baby crib in it as well. The other two upstairs bedrooms each have two matching twin-size beds in them. The sofa opens up to create a sofa bed, which is suitable for two adults. If needed, there is also a portable fold-up bed that can be used to sleep an eleventh person. There is a bathroom on the first floor and a second bathroom on the second floor.

In terms of wheelchair / special needs compatibility, the cottage has a long ramp leading from the back parking area up to the back porch and the rear door. There is also both a bedroom and bathroom on the main floor. As such, the cottage is quite accessible via wheelchairs and we welcome guests with wheelchairs and/or other special needs.

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 such as the Grand Traverse Mall. We believe that this lovely cottage and its fantastic location will provide your family or group with a wonderful, fascinating, and unique vacation experience while visiting family or exploring all of the beauty that northwest Michigan has to offer. Again, we also welcome business, university, and research groups of all kinds.


Eric Haan

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Calendar last updated:
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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.


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


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Downstairs bedroom
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 1 baby crib, Upstairs bedroom.
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, Upstairs bedroom.
      • Bedroom 4
        2 twin/ single, Upstairs bedroom.
      • The sofa in the living room also folds out into a bed that sleeps 2 and there is portable fold-out single bed. Thus, the house sleeps 11 adults (8 in bedrooms and 3 in the common area).


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Downstairs bathroom.
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, tub, Upstairs bathroom. There is a shower attachment to the tub.


          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Budget
          • Family
          • Historic
          • Romantic
          • Sports & Activities
          • Tourist Attractions


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Iron & Board
                  • Clothes Dryer
                    The cottage has a very nice, high-end, front-load washer and matching dryer.
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                    The house has gas, forced-air heating.
                  • Internet
                    Includes free high-speed WiFi
                  • Fireplace
                    We just added a beautiful new gas fireplace in December 2017.
                  • Linens Provided
                    Clean towels and linens are provided and do not need to be washed. (We also own the Frankfort Laundromat, so we handle all laundry ourselves.)
                  • Living Room
                    The living room is quite large and has a nice sofa and large television with satellite service (Dish Network).
                  • Parking
                    There is a parking area that holds up to 3 cars. Additional parking is allowed on the street.
                  • Towels Provided
                    Clean towels and linens are provided and do not need to be washed. (We also own the Frankfort Laundromat, so we handle all laundry ourselves.)
                  • Washing Machine
                    The cottage has a very nice, high-end, front-load washer and matching dryer.


                      • Coffee Maker
                        We often have free coffee also available. At present the cottage does not have a coffee grinder though, so you may wish to bring your own ground coffee.
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                        The cottage is equipped with a large variety of pots, pans, dishes, and cooking and eating utensils.
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen
                        Kitchen features a gas range (stove top plus oven), refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, dual sinks, and coffee maker. The large laundry room is also conveniently located next to the kitchen.
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                        Gas range with cooktop and oven.
                      • Pantry Items
                        A number of basic pantry items are provided.
                      • Refrigerator
                        Refrigerator is very large.
                      • Stove
                        Gas range with cooktop and oven.
                      • Toaster


                          • Dining
                            The large dining room features a very nice chandelier and a large dining table that seats up to 10 people.
                          • Dining Room
                          • comfy seating for 10 people


                              • DVD Player
                              • Satellite / Cable
                                There is a large television with a high-end cable television package.
                              • Television
                                There is a large television with a high-end cable television package.


                                  • Deck / Patio
                                    There is a nice deck in the back of the house that has an outdoor dining table and 4 chairs.
                                  • Lawn / Garden
                                    The is a nice backyard and a small front yard. We handle all yardwork for you.
                                  • Outdoor Grill
                                    There is a very nice KitchenAid stainless steel grill on the deck in the back of the house. There is also an outdoor dining table and 4 chairs.


                                      • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                      • wheelchair accessible
                                        There is a nice ramp going from the backyard up to the back porch and into the house, so the house works well for individuals in wheelchairs. (The previous owners had a son who used a wheelchair.)


                                          • forests
                                          • autumn foliage
                                          • churches
                                          • coin laundry
                                          • festivals
                                          • bay/sound
                                          • 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

                                                      • paragliding
                                                      • basketball court
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • fly fishing
                                                      • freshwater fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • hunting
                                                      • ice skating
                                                      • jet skiing
                                                      • mountain biking
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • 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.

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            31 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Lovely space

                                                            Anthony R.

                                                            Very clean and homey. Highly recommended.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank you very much for the review, Anthony! It was our pleasure to have you stay at the house. Best wishes and God bless! :-)

                                                            Beautiful and cozy!

                                                            We always use VRBO for our vacation rentals. This home is in our top 3 rentals ever! The owner had thought of everything for us, all the little things ( trash bags, laundry detergent, toilet paper, coffee filters, bed linens, towels, etc.) The house was in a beautiful little town, within walking distance to Lake Michigan and it was near Sleeping Bear Dunes, Point Betsie Lighthouse, and Traverse city. We will most definitely be back to rent again. Thank you for opening up this home to us. Lori Farlee

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank you so much for the very kind and detailed review, Lori! It is particularly pleasant to read your thoughts on our cottage relative to other homes on VRBO. We will look forward to hopefully seeing you again in the future. Take care and best wishes! :-)

                                                            The house is very nice for 8 People staying, nice beach with walking distance

                                                            Jingbo W.Michigan

                                                            The only “pity” I would say is there is only one bath available the night we stay, kinda inconvenience for friends, other than that is a great experience to stay.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank you very much for your review and I am very sorry about the leak in the second bathroom on the night that you stayed. We brought in a plumber, the issue is now resolved, and both bathrooms are now fully functional.

                                                            Very good

                                                            Dawlat H.Troy , michigan

                                                            Very nice house and very good location near small downtown and near lake michigan all family had a good time

                                                            I would come back again

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank you very much for the review, Dawlat! We are truly glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes! :-)

                                                            Spacious, comfortable 4 bedroom house

                                                            Nicole G.

                                                            We had a great week at the Leelanau Cottage. Love the upgrades this year, the new bed in the front bedroom is nice. Nice open floorplan, high ceilings and beautiful woodwork.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank you so much for the review, Nicole! It was truly our pleasure to have you and your family stay at the cottage again this year. Hope to see you again next year! Take care and best wishes! - Eric :-)

                                                            Great house for a family vacation

                                                            Patrick Z.

                                                            My family had a wonderful stay at the Leelanau Cottage. The interior space was generous and great for hosting large family gatherings, and the backyard, with a fire pit, and front porch were perfect for spending time outside in the great weather. We could easily walk to the shops on Main Street as well as a couple of playgrounds for the kids. The beach is in walking distance, but we often drove and parking within a block of the beach was very easy. I would certainly stay here again.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thanks so much for the kind and detailed review, Patrick! We are very glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes! :-)


                                                            Frankfort, MI, USA

                                                            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

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                                                            You can contact us directly to book for less expensive rates by calling us anytime at (231) 383-1180, e-mailing us at Eric@agapeglobalinvestments.com, or visiting our website at www.agapevacationrentals.com. 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.

                                                            31 Reviews
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