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Lake Leelanau Summer Rental with 60 Secluded Acres, Lakefront

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Birch Haven is a private family home on 60 forested acres (with 40 more acres in hay) with trails, fields, and a spectacular wooded lakefront. Located in Leelanau County, Birch Haven is just eight miles from Traverse City on the south end of beautiful Lake Leelanau.

Start your day with a hike through hardwood forests and open fields without leaving the property! Breakfast on the deck in absolute privacy among beech, birch, tamarack and cedar trees. Bike 1/2 mile to the paved Leelanau Trail and ride the old railroad grade 8 miles south to Traverse City or 13 miles north to the lakeside village of Suttons Bay. Better yet, take your road bike and hit some of the best biking roads in the country. After your ride, cool off with a swim, and then relax in the sun on the deck at the end of our new 80 foot dock. Finish your day watching the sunset over the western hills of Lake Leelanau, enjoying a campfire by the wooded lakeshore. If the kids are adventurous, let them sleep out on cots in the two camping huts by the lake (bring your own sleeping bags!).

Traverse City is a short bike or car ride away. Recently named one of the ten best places to retire in the US in 2012 by US News and World Report, Traverse City is home to the National Cherry Festival and the Traverse City Film Festival. Traverse City boasts one of the nicest downtowns in the midwest! Excellent shopping, fine dining, and a spectacular white sand beachfront on Grand Traverse Bay await you. Local produce is available at two weekly farmers markets. The best of the region's wine, craft beers and artisanal cheeses and breads can be found in many of the shops, restaurants, tasting rooms and bars. The Interlochen Center for the Arts is only 24 miles away. With wonderful student performances and a summer concert series featuring some of the greatest artists on the classical, country, rock, jazz and folk scenes, an evening at Interlochen is magical.

Leelanau County's reputation for natural beauty is well deserved. 26 miles to the west is the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, recently voted the most beautiful place in American by the viewers of ABC's Good Morning America! Go wine tasting at one of the many fine wineries in the county (there are at least 10 within 10 miles of Birch Haven). Fish for walleye in Lake Leelanau or hit the big water of Lake Michigan on a charter boat out of Leland. Of course you can bring your own boat and put in at the nearby launch at the end of Bingham Road or rent at one of the many marinas in the area. Or just enjoy our rowboat and canoe.

Birch Haven has a basement rec room with a game table and ping pong tables. There's cable, a flat screen TV, WiFi, an outdoor deck with charcoal grill (bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid) a dining table and chairs and comfy lounge furniture. There is a huge field on the property for family games like capture-the -flag, flashlight tag and kite flying!

The house features a master bedroom with queen bed and attached full bath, and three upstairs bedrooms with a queen bed, a full bed, and two twin beds respectively. Sleeps 8. A caretaker and family live nearby to assist you should you need it or have questions. You will pass their residence as you come in the 1/4 mile long driveway. Introduce yourself if you choose.

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More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 10, 2017

About Kate

This house was built by my dad. He put so much of himself into it: the stone work, the hardwood floors, the game boards built into the floor, the paneling he milled from trees on the property, the funky outdoor sculptures. This is a house meant to be used by a family that appreciates craftsmanship.

Kate purchased this house in 1985

Why Kate chose Northern Michigan

My dad chose this place and built it. I am just lucky.

What makes this house unique

I love this spot because of the privacy. I walk my dog and swim without one person seeing me. It is a wonderful, secluded spot.


Traverse City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No fireworks, please,except sparklers.
  • If you use the firepit, the fire must be completely put out. Cold enought to walk on it. If the fire danger is high, no fires at all.
  • Pleae don't leave furniture on the dock.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
80 ft dock, 12 ft x 10 ft deck on water, canoe, rowboat, 2 lakeside camping huts with 2 cots each , picnic table, fire ring


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Lake Leelanau Summer Rental with 60 Secluded Acres, Lakefront
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Great place for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at the "House that Jack Built" with our grown kids & their spouses. The house was very comfortable & the property was beautiful. Hope to return sometime.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, MI

Great rental

  • 5 of 5

The house and location are very unique, and exactly as advertised. The house is really spacious and comfortable, with all kinds of cool details in the woodwork and layout, loved it. The property is very secluded and huge, lots to explore, and the mowed paths make it easy to do that. The lake frontage is also amazing, including a new dock, plenty of seating, and a fire pit. It's also a great base from which to explore other areas of the Leelanau Peninsula, Sleeping Bear, Old Mission Peninsula, etc. cause it's so centrally located. Kate was super responsive and helpful, we highly recommend this house. Also, was quite surprised to find that there really weren't many mosquitoes in late June, even though the house is in the middle of the woods. We sat out on the deck till midnight without any issues.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Incredible place

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed in this magic home two weeks ago, it is an absolutely unforgettable place. The house itself was built so beautifully - with so much care and so much affection you can feel it throughout. Everything is thought through, there was more than enough space for all of us and the kids had a blast. The grounds and trails are so well maintained, fields of wildflowers, the lakefront is perfect, and private trails for wandering - really just magic. We've stayed in the area for years and have never found a place quite as special as this one. Thank you Kate - and thank you to your dear father. We hope to be back next year!!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alto, Michigan

Love this place!

  • 5 of 5

This is the 4th summer that we have stayed at Birch Haven. I wrote a review after the first summer and feel the need to reiterate. This place is truly a gem. I love the space and privacy this property offers. The cottage itself has plenty of room for our family of 4 adults, 4 kids , and 2 dogs. Everything was clean and we really had everything we needed. The property itself is so expansive and private. There are no close neighbors aside from the caretaker's place. We spent a lot of time in the lake this year due to the hot weather. The bottom is rocky, but not a problem if you wear watershoes. The space for campfires and smores is great. It feels like you are camping, except you get to sleep in a comfortable bed at the end of night :) The kids got in a good game of baseball in the fields again this year. Golf, foot golf, biking, volleyball in the lake, trips to Glen Arbor, and Moomer's for ice cream were the highlights this year. It seems like we find something different to do each year because the location is so perfect. This place offers everything needed for a true up North vacation. Many thanks to the owners for everything and we will be back again next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect vacation in northern Michigan

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, our sons and their friends just spent the best week ever at this amazing vacation rental! The home is hand build and absolutely lovely, with beautiful hardwood floors and so many unique touches that I noticed something new every day. The living/dining area is spacious and comfortable for 8 adults to gather, but with three floors of living space it was easy to break away for some quiet time also.

And the grounds!! The owner describes it in the listing as "a state park without all the people" and that's a perfect description. There are so many groomed trails for hiking--my dog was in heaven. The beach is just a short walk down a beautiful wooded trail. There is a long dock, comfortable chairs for viewing the sunset over the lake, and a campfire/ picnic table area by the lake. There are also 2 small "camping cabins" with cots if you choose to sleep down by the lake. I brought lots of bug spray but we never needed it. We brought our own kayaks but there is also a rowboat and canoe at the water's edge ready to launch.

If you love the outdoors you will love this spot. We usually gathered together for a big breakfast, split up to explore during the day, then met at dinnertime to grill out and watch the sunset. The beautiful Leelanau Trail is less than a mile away and is a shady, level trail for walking, running and biking. It leads to breweries and wineries in either direction (7 miles to Traverse City, 11 miles to Suttons Bay). We golfed, went to the Sand Dunes, kayaked. biked, hiked, and definitely slept well each night! There are so many things to do it was really hard to choose how to spend the day--outdoor activities won out for us on this trip but maybe next time we will explore another side of the area.

There is one review of this property that was pretty negative, especially concerning the kitchen supplies and appliances. Not sure she stayed at the same place we did! Since our family likes to cook and we had a large group, I brought some kitchen items from home that I thought we would need. Never opened the box! There are many great restaurants in the area but we found it more relaxing to eat dinner at home in this beautiful setting, and we had everything we needed to enjoy some delicious meals.

The owner stopped by briefly during our stay to supervise a minor repair and we enjoyed chatting with her and learning the history of this amazing property. Thank you , Kate. We would love to return next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rochester Hills, Michigan

Great, unique place

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a week with two dogs, two kids, and grandparents, and the time totally flew by. There is so much to do. We went all throughout the Leelenau Peninsula. All towns and Traverse City were an easy drive away (we did make the mistake of timing our drive up through Traverse City right as the air show was ending, major traffic jam, but beyond that the Cherry Fest crowds are nowhere to be seen). Everything is close, if you want it to be.

I must disagree with a previous reviewer on a few points. While you do not exit the door and walk into the lake, a one minute walk to the water through the woods hardly seems like a long distance and while the fields are down the road, that's only if you're looking at them through your car window. You can walk to them as well. That's the draw! There's that much space on the property!

I've been going up north my entire life and this home is what it should be all about. Maybe every single modern convenience is not readily available and maybe the kitchen faucet looks old and maybe there's a bit of sand in a random corner, but geez, what about the vast acerage, the beautiful water, the quiet?

Anyway, we had an awesome time and looked extensively before choosing here. For the value, NOTHING else compares. My three year old still talks about Lake Leelenau all of the time. One problem (I thought, at least, and a natural problem): the beach is a little rocky. The kids, though, loved it. We visited some other beaches on Lake Michigan while here, and this one was their favorite. Wear water shoes and it's fine.

So we all loved it. Mom and Dad liked going into Traverse City. Grandma liked shopping. Grandpa liked riding his bike on the Leelenau Trail. The kids liked it all.

But the dogs. The dogs were in heaven. No leashes all week. Plenty of woods to explore. They're probably still talking about it as well!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hiking trails
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Leelanau Trail
Car: recommended

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Traverse City Film Festival, Leelanau County wine tours, Old Mission Peninsula wine tours, Interlochen Center for the Arts. Close to the villages of Leland, Suttons Bay, Lake Leelanau and Northport, Traverse City only 8 miles away. Leelanau Bike Trail (TART) 1/2 mile away, great road biking.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Pet Fee $100

All rent is due at least 30 days prior to your vacation date

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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