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Cottage on Spider Lake, Private Lakefront in Peaceful Setting

Bedrooms 2
Space 820 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms with double beds, one bath sleeps 4

820 sq. ft. Cottage located on Spider Lake in Traverse City. Spend a week in a classic log home away from it all with private lake access on Spider Lake just minutes away from Traverse City. This family owned cottage provides a peaceful setting, yet you are only 10 or fifteen minutes away from most of the areas popular attractions. It is located just minutes from shopping and restaurants in Traverse City and recreational activities such as swimming, water sports, or golfing. The cottage waterfront and beautiful lake views. Includes a dock and 16ft. aluminum boat and two kayaks. Large open concept living, dining , and kitchen area. Two private bedrooms with double beds. Bathroom with shower. Property has a wooded area with a private walking path. This is a seasonal family retreat that has been in the same family since its construction, we offer it for rent because we are not able to use it all of the time. It is very well kept and has one of the best views on the lake. We are located within 15 minutes of downtown Traverse City. We are just down the road from the Vasa Trail, and a ten minute drive from East Grand Traverse Bay. You can enjoy the privacy of the cottage with outdoor seating areas, an outdoor fireplace, a grill, and picnic table, or you are just a short drive from restaurants and entertainment of Traverse City.

Mary Tafelsky
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 4, 2017

About Mary Tafelsky

This family cottage is owned by six siblings. Our great grandparents were pioneers in the Grand Traverse Area arriving in 1870. Our Grandfather was born in 1885 at the family farm just a stone's throw from the cottage we own today. We have a long history in the Traverse City Area. In the early 1900's our family was part of the Straub Brothers and Amiotte Candy Company here it Traverse City which did business around the country. Our Dad was the owner of Trude Hardware, a historic business in Downtown Traverse City for over 70 years. Our family still owns the Masonic Building in Downtown Traverse City where the hardware was located.

Mary Tafelsky purchased this cottage in 1948

Why Mary Tafelsky chose Northern Michigan

This cottage was built by our Dad when he returned from WWII. He was a young, single man then, and this lake was sparsely populated then with only a few cottages on the entire 650 acre lake. He built the cottage in the evenings after he got off work with logs and field stone from the local area. We originally owned over 900 feet of lakefront and 17 acres. Over time it was necessary to sell some of the property to reduce the cost of taxes. Today we still own 500 feet on the lake and nine acres with one of the best views on the lake. We have been renting is out as a vacation home since 1950 as well as using it for our own family. We consider it a family treasure and keep it very well maintained.

What makes this cottage unique

This is truly one of the premier views on Spider Lake.


Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 820 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Cottage on Spider Lake, Private Lakefront in Peaceful Setting
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Excellent place.

  • 5 of 5

It was cozy, comfortable, very clean and equipped with everything you need to have a really enjoyable stay. The location was beautiful and private. We would gladly stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cabin!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was wonderful and had everything that we needed for the week. Was a beautiful, quiet spot on the lake and we really enjoyed our time there!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you had a great week.
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Hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week at the cabin with family. The location for us was amazing. We like some privacy and that's what we got. The cabin itself is an older cabin that has been nicely kept up with everything you would need. The yard is a park like setting with awesome breezes. It is located in the no wake cove, which made kayaking and swimming very nice.

We fished around all the 8 coves of the lake and this cove was by far the best. You could fish from the dock if you wanted.

Although you feel like your away from it all, Traverse City is literally 15 min away so if you needed anything it wasn't a far drive. We loved this cabin and would definitely stay again. Had an awesome time!! Thanks Mary 😀�

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Karen. I am glad that the cottage was a perfect fit for you.
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Quaint cottage in a beautiful woodsy setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week. The cottage was perfect for our family. We were close to everything in Traverse City yet we could escape from the crowds. The cottage came with everything that we needed.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you had a great time.
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Quaint, quiet, convenient

  • 5 of 5

Clean and quiet Cove with a great view. All amenities needed for cooking. Boats/kayaks provided were fun, and the dock was perfect for swimming and the water was shallow and very clear. Fishing was good.

Only about 15 minutes to all the fun things in traverse city. Would stay here again. No AC but we didn't need it with the windows open and fans going and the nights were quite cool.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jacqui. I am glad you had a great time.
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An amazing little cabin on a beautiful lake

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time staying here for a week. The cabin was in a great location not far from Traverse City. It had everything needed for our stay. The lake was gorgeous! The area around Traverse City is beautiful.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We are glad that you had a good time.
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Payment by check.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.