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Cottage on Spider Lake, Private Lakefront

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Forest Lakes Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms with double beds, plus queen sofabed, one bath sleeps 6

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.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Mary Tafelsky
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016
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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 Traverse City

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.


based on 4 traveler reviews

Cottage on Spider Lake, Private Lakefront
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Perfect way to spend time with my sons

  • 5 of 5

I chose this cottage so that my boys, 6 & 9, could spend time exploring, fishing, getting dirty, and most importantly, NOT using electronics. It was such a nice time. Very well furnished and comfortable cottage with interesting things to look at in every room. The view was amazing and the fishing was great! My boys were pulling fish out of the water with a net and bread crumbs off the dock. We kayaked, grilled, had a campfire, and did all the things you would imagine doing in the summer up north. Since we were so close to Traverse City and Leelanau, we were able to shop, dine, and also go to the beach on the Bay. Mary is very sweet and helpful and you can see how proud she is of the family history in this great gem of a cottage. We hope to visit again!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. I am glad that you were able to enjoy great family time. I hope that you have the opportunity to come back. Mary
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Amazing get away! Beautiful inside & out

  • 5 of 5

We have come here for years and have watched wonderful changes to this cottage each year! We love fishing from the dock or paddling the boat to the Lilly ponds and the most recent updates include kayaks and a paddle boat! So much fun! Inside is just so beautiful and peaceful. If it is raining, we snuggle up near the fire and play cards. We have a huge extended family that comes to visit us here and everyone fits inside very nicely and the couch even goes into a great air bed, although the little ones usually like sleeping in a big pile together in the floor! Great appliances, a gas and charcoal BBQ. And so private. We are already planning our trip for next year! Thank you for sharing your beautiful place.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding, relaxing, can't wait to return

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cabin, 2 lovely bedrooms, a picture window that overlooks the lake and the opening to the big part of the lake, open kitchen/dining/living area. Fireplace in the cabin and a chimena outside overlooking the lake. Grill, picnic table, dock and deck. At the end of a private drive. It was so very relaxing. Lots of woods to walk around and there aren't cottages on top of cottages. This part of the lake is a no wake zone so it's quiet.

I love taking my coffee down on the dock in the morning and watching the mist and fish. Fishermen just drift by and say hello. I have a ton of photos of "stuff" as I walk around and explore nature. We feed the fish bits of bread from the dock and it was fun to watch so many of these little panfish come up to enjoy our offerings. From the cottage we actually watched 2 large woodpeckers on trees less than 50 ft away for a long time. It was amazing. Lots of photos of them working away.

It's a quick trip to Traverse to do other things. (a full grocery is only a few miles away). We went to Interlochen and enjoyed some free concerts that the instructors put on.

So many options of what to do in the area! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (but leave me a week please!)


  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this cabin in August 2013. Great value for the location and to all the greater Traverse City area has to offer. Furnishings were comfortable and the kitchen well equipped for a vacation cabin. Mary was very pleasant to deal with and professional rental agreement used to secure our booking. We would definitely consider staying here again the next time we plan an extended stay in the Traverse City area.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Forest Lakes Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Aug 27 2016 - Oct 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 30 2017 - Jun 23 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Mid-Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

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Forest Lakes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 820 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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

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