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Sarah's Retreat: 3 Bedroom Home and Optional Guest House! 7/16-7/23 now open!!

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

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Northern Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Sarah's Retreat is 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Guest House is 2 Bedrooms, 1 bath

This Cottage and Guest House can be rented together or separately. Located on all sports Lake Leelanau in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. Sarah's retreat is the main cottage and consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, full kitchen, large living room that opens onto a deck, and a screened in porch perfect for sleeping on summer nights. One bedroom has a king size bed, one has 2 full sized beds, and the third has one full and twin bunk beds. The sleeping porch has an additional queen sized futon. The house sleeps 10 people. The optional Guest House is a 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath equipped with a sleeper sofa in living room, and futon in screened in porch. Each bedroom has a queen sized bed. It can sleep 6-8 people.

The two homes can be rented together with 120 ft of private lake frontage, or separately. Each house has a fire pit, BBQ grill and dock. Lake Leelanau has crystal clear water perfect for swimming and our homes face the west for the most beautiful sunsets!

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Sarah (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Sarah

This property was purchased by Joe and Sarah Albring. We met in 2002 and started enjoying northern Michigan together almost immediately. We traveled through all parts of northern MI, but during every trip we gravitated towards Traverse City. While the choices for lake homes in MI were abundant we knew we wanted to be near Traverse City. We also wanted a lake environment where are young children could play and grow up in a safe environment. We love Traverse City and Northern Michigan. We sincerely hope you start or continue your lover affair wit the great white north at our lake home.

Sarah purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Sarah chose Northern Michigan

Lake Leelanau and Traverse City are the perfect marriage of relaxation and sophistication. Location is everything for this property. The home is within 20 minutes of great dining, wineries, world class golf, bike and walking trails, fishing, kayaking, boating and skiing. This truly is outdoor playground. Enjoy!


based on 23 traveler reviews

Sarah's Retreat: 3 Bedroom Home and Optional Guest House! 7/16-7/23 now open!!
average rating of 4.869565 based on 23 reviews

Family-Friendly, Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay with friends. Since we had a large group, we rented both houses. As our toddler was the only child in the group, this arrangement was perfect. He could go to bed in the guesthouse, and we didn't have to worry about disturbing him as we went about our evening activities. The amenities were superbly family-friendly as they included children's plates/cups/utensils, pack n plays in each cottage, booster chairs, a high chair, a closet full of toys, and (to my son's great, great delight) a sandbox and a slide!! The property was spacious and well laid-out for our large group, so we enjoyed just relaxing and hanging out as well as heading out for day trips to the many nearby sights and activities. I would highly recommend this property to singles and families alike!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI

Excellent property!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here over the Harvest Stompede weekend... Property was clean, comfortable and well stocked. Great location on the lake, convenient for wine tasting in the peninsula or a short drive into Traverse City! Exceptional value compared to hotels in the area. Would definitely recommend to family and friends!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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White Lake

amazing upnorth getaway

  • 5 of 5

Sarah's retreat was the best rental property we have ever stayed at. We had 10 guys upnorth for a long weekend golf trip, and we couldnt be more pleased with the house and renting process.

The house was clean, neat, and perfectly laid out. The backyard is perfect for lawn games and activities, and you cannot beat the views from the huge porch off the upstairs living room. The house is only 15 minutes from downtown Traverse, but far enough away to be secluded in your own area.

I highly recommend looking at this property when staying anywhere near Traverse.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI

What a beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the guest house at Sarah's Retreat on the lake. What a gorgeous lake! Not only was the water very clear, but the temperature was much better for swimming than it was in Traverse City. The guest house was very nice - clean and updated, and the sleeping porch was fantastic! What great views! It was even great to catch the sunset from the end of the dock. Having small kids, we appreciated that there was a high chair as well as cups and silverware for small kids. It was really nice also that the guest house had the area where the kids could walk right into the water. So much to do in the area in terms of hiking, kayaking, touring wineries, or even just enjoying Traverse City and Suttons Bay. Even Sleeping Bear Dunes was less than 45 minutes away, and it was gorgeous also! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First week of July

  • 4 of 5

My family of 12 stayed at Sarah's Retreat the first week of July. The pictures were excellent representations of the house. We were all very comfortable in our rooms and in the community areas. The sleeping porch was an excellent area for the kids to hang out and relax at night with a movie. However, it was not the best area for sleeping. Many bugs and spiders including spiders' eggs nest had to be removed from the futon bed. The kids loved the lawn area in front of the water. The view is spectacular from the house. The house is very well situated for convenient trips into Traverse City and the rest of Leelanau. The only other problem we experienced was that three lifts were in the water surrounding the dock. With the waves and slippery rocks in the same area as the lifts, it was a bit difficult for the children and some adults to make it around the lifts and get to the sandy area of the lake. I would highly recommend Sarah's Retreat to all. Lake Leelanau is gorgeous and this property is a wonderful location to experience all of the wonder of the TC area.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the feedback. We are moving the steps on the dock to make it easier for young children, and we are having the futon professionally cleaned. Our family used it the week before, and I did not notice the spiders. Sorry about that.
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Cincinnati, OH, USA

Our favorite family vacation ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

This house is in a perfect location on the lake, so to be close enough to Traverse City, yet private enough for our large family. We rented a boat and the location on the lake is prime, as the south side of the lake is large with very little traffic, perfect for all the water skiing we did. The house is very clean, well equipped, and the owners are very accommodating.

The only downfall is that we had to travel pretty far to get fuel for the boat. But other than that, our stay in Leland will stay in our hearts and memories forever!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport -- TVC
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Traverse City beaches
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Snowboarding, Racquetball, Snowmobiling, Hot Air Ballooning, Boating, Miniature golf, all in the area


Rates & Availability

Traverse City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Peak Season
May 1 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Mar 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $100

We only do weekend rentals in off peak season, like the spring and the fall. In those times, a 2 night stay is minimum.

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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1), Full size Beds (3), twin Bunk Beds (1), Futon bed (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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