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Lake Leelanau Summer Rental with 60 Secluded Acres, Lakefront

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

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
Kate
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 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.

Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Cherry capital Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
House
Nearest Point of Interest
Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Hiking trails
Nearest Point of Interest
Field
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.

Amenities

Traverse City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • 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.
  • Please don't leave furniture on the dock.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 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)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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

Reviews

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Lake Leelanau Summer Rental with 60 Secluded Acres, Lakefront
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews
4

Very comfortable and inviting lake shore retreat.

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our getaway weekend in this well maintained "house that Jack built". The groomed walking trails on the property are an added attraction as we got plenty of exercise without leaving home. Conveniently located near many interesting restaurants and winery's we enjoyed the tasting adventure offered in the region. We have a king bed at home so we found sleeping on the smaller bed in the master BR a bit uncomfortable.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Green Bay, WI
5

Fantastic remote retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a great hidden gem. A unique older house with lots of charm. Great beach views from a short walk from the house and lots of areas to mingle and relax with a group. Only suggestion would be that they stocked the bathrooms with hair dryers.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I will put a hair dryer in each bathroom soon. Great suggestion. Update: two hair dryers now in place.
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5

Beautiful cabin and property

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent four nights here along with our 2 dogs. The cabin was very clean and well appointed for rentals. The hand crafted woodwork throughout the cabin was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed relaxing on the deck, hiking the trails throughout the property, and spending time by the lake. The privacy and peacefulness of the property was amazing as well, especially for property on a lake.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Early Fall Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I totally enjoyed our four-day stay at this Lake Leelanau get away. It's not very often when pictures do not do justice to the actual home. The inside was very cozy and relaxing for us and Gracie, our senior brittany. The property allowed for great walks through trees, grassland and eventually ending up on the private dock on Lake Leelanau.

In the evening we enjoyed lounging on the back deck as well as going into the lower level for some ping pong and foosball. I also want to mention that while you're playing games in the lower level, don't forget to turn on the old radio and tune in some favorite local radio stations.

Since we are avid cyclists (TART Trail is very close) and kayakers (Lake Leelanau on site) we hope that we will be fortunate enough to stay again at this very nice home. Thanks Kate!

Mike & Cheryl

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We'd be glad to have you back anytime.
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5

Wish we could stay here forever

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful craftsmanship, open floor plan, outstanding lower level game room the kids LOVED, and plenty of space to spread out. Lake is beautiful -- clear water, great dock, and really enjoyed having a canoe and rowboat to tool around in. Fantastic Up North location makes a convenient jumping off spot for day trips to Northport, Mission Peninsula, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Port Oneida, etc. Loved having the bike trail right at the end of the road -- we took many trips to Traverse City and Suttons Bay that way. Thank you for sharing your family's home with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
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.