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Alaina Zanke-Jodway

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Lake Charlevoix Cape Cod with Free Wi-Fi

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 8 nights


Northern Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 156' of Lake Charlevoix frontage

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cape Cod waterfront home on Lake Charlevoix (2nd place in USA Today's Best Lakes Poll) with private 156' sandy lakefront with mooring buoy for boat parking. Breathtaking waterfront views from virtually all rooms and glass sunroom. Full basement provides dorm room atmosphere for teens and kids. Within walking distance to Downtown Boyne City for restaurants and shopping and to Young State Park. Enjoy skiing at Boyne Mountain and sledding and ice skating at Avalance Park. Receive a Vacation Guide of Places to Go and Things to Do, with driving directions, and much more upon booking.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Alaina Zanke-Jodway (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

What makes this cottage unique

Over 150 feet of private lakefront to enjoy. Perfect lakefront: Sandy bottom with gradual slope for swimmers of all ages. Park your jet ski in the hoist, tie your boat to the mooring buoy and lounge on the floating swim platform. Two large patios provide a site for a picnic or evening bonfire, or just to watch the boats go by. Electricity and running water at lakefront. Close to Boyne Mountain for skiing and Avalanche MountainPreserve for sledding and ice skating.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time, we would love to return next year! It was perfect!
Aug 2013
  • 1 of 5


based on 5 traveler reviews

Lake Charlevoix Cape Cod with Free Wi-Fi
average rating of 4.2 based on 10 reviews

Lake Charlevoix is Beautiful - Boyne City 4th is Great

  • 2 of 5


Lake Charlevoix - The area is wonderful, lots to do, and Boyne has an excellent 4th of July celebration.

The House - Nice with a great beachfront for fun in the lake and for viewing fireworks. A nice dock for swimming, and a buoy to tie off your boat. It's in a quiet neighborhood just north of town. Quick access to town (close enough to bike or even walk) and several golf courses.

Overall in good condition, as you can tell from the pictures. The sun porch is really great for relaxing, with windows and glass doors on 3 walls (we are considering building one like this for our home, it is very nice).


Landlord - We had issues with our security deposit. We have rented several homes on VRBO, and we always leave the homes in good condition when we leave and have never lost a cent of our deposit - until now. This time we were charged for several items (alleged damages to the home, security camera resets, and "excessive" cleaning fees) that we disagree with but of course once we were back in Texas it becomes a situation of costing more money to dispute than its worth. Check out time was 10am - we were off of the property at 10:13 (packing bags in the driveway for 13 minutes) - and got charged a buck a minute for the excess. Its very doubtful we will stay here again, but if you do be very mindful of the conditions of the rental agreement and make sure and note any and all damage to the home, with pictures, upon arrival.

Bathrooms - Access is funky for the bedrooms on the second floor - you either have to walk through the Master bedroom or go all the way into the basement. If people are sleeping in either this is a little weird.

Garbage - Collection front the city is mid-week, and the rental terms are explicit that you have to leave an empty garbage can, or get charged a hefty fee to take care of it - I missed this of course.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our home is a three (3) bedroom single-family home with a full basement that accommodates two (2) families quite comfortably, not a lakefront lodge for a multi-family reunion. We knew that your group was visiting relatives who live down the street in a small condominium with shared lakefront. What you failed to disclose to us was that our home was going to be used as a weeklong party central for a family reunion. We found that out later, but could tell based on the 5-6 hours of time, our two (2) member cleaning staff spent and their description of the condition you left our home in. Standard is 2 - 2.5 hours. We also spent time addressing additional items after your check-out which included picking up dirty diapers and trash left around the outside of the house and lakefront, removing beer cans from a storage closet, and disposing of excess garbage so there was room in the garbage bin for the next set of guests, amongst other things. The Lease does not require an empty garbage bin, it only requires room for the cleaning staff and the next set of guests until the Wednesday pick up from a private company with whom we contract, not the City. Parties generate a lot of garbage and in this case a lot of damages. Your relative approached us last year about having your group stay at our home due to space constraints at theirs, but now, I kind of wonder. There is a master bedroom with an updated full bath on the main floor and an updated enclosed full bath in the basement. When only two (2) families occupy the house, access has never been an issue. I believe your party had three (3) generations and utilized the basement for an additional sleeping area. We go to great lengths to provide our guests with a wonderful place to stay for an awesome Lake Charlevoix vacation experience and accommodate any reasonable request. Even when your relative asked, hours before your arrival, if you could check in on Friday instead of Saturday, we were willing to change the lease term to a Friday to Friday instead of Saturday to Saturday or add an additional night's charge, just as any other inn or hotel would do. Neither option was exercised, nor did you request a late check out so we could try to reschedule the cleaning's staff start time as they charge upon arrival and did have to wait. As to the Security Deposit, there are photographs that more than substantiate the damages and we were never contacted after providing an itemization of the damages.
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17 24

Great location, great view

  • 4 of 5

The water area and beach front were great. We spent most of our time there. Loved being able to walk into Boyne City. House was comfortable, clean and had everything we needed. Kids loved the lawn area near the water for football and Frisbee. Very nice overall and I would recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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27 0

Summer Fun!

  • 5 of 5

This lovely home in Boyne City on Lake Charlevoix accommodated our group perfectly. The location was great for heading into town for dinner and shopping or site seeing around the area. The marina was less than 2 miles away with boat slip rentals available by the day or week. This home was spotless from top to bottom and was exactly as the pictures depicted. There was alot to do in the area, we did a day trip to Charlevoix and Petosky for shopping, we visited several breweries in the area and we also spent a day boating at Torch Lake. We highly recommend the Boyne River Inn for dinner, the food was great and the prices reasonable.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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27 0
Pinckney, Mi 48169

Fun in the snow, Boyne MTN trip

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time, house comfortably fit the entire clan (7 of us) and being in town made it nice to be close to the local watering holes and restaurants. Would stay again.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! The home's prime location is just one of many reasons why we purchased this Lake Charlevoix gem in Boyne City. We're so glad your family had fun in the snow and hope that in the future you'll be able to experience summertime waterfront fun at our home, too.
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28 0

Charming rental

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the rental. It was comfy, clean and had up to date appliances. The owner responded to any questions I had quite quickly. I would recommend this place to a friend.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We enjoyed having you as our guests and look forward to hosting you again.
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Car: recommended

Walking distance to downtown Boyne City for resturants and shopping, and to Young State Park, but you have your own private lakefront. . Great waterfront for swimming, boating and jet skiing. Or just watch the boats float cross Lake Charlevoix. Close to Boyne Mountain for skiing and Avalanche Mountain for sledding and ice skating (free skate and sled rental).


Rates & Availability

Boyne City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 16 2016 - May 25 2016
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2016 - May 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Late Spring
May 31 2016 - Jun 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
Michigan Mayhem
Jun 17 2016 - Jun 19 2016
2 night minimum stay
School's Out for Summer
Jun 20 2016 - Jul 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
July 4th-Fireworks, Sat to Sat
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 9 2016
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer Fun, Sat 7/9 to Sat
Jul 10 2016 - Aug 13 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer, Sat. 8/13 to Sat.
Aug 14 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day, Sat. 9/3 Ck-in
Sep 4 2016 - Sep 6 2016
2 night minimum stay
Fall Colors
Sep 7 2016 - Nov 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Weekend
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
2 night minimum stay
Ski Season Starts
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Christmas Vacation
Dec 16 2016 - Dec 26 2016
2 night minimum stay
New Year's Eve
Dec 27 2016 - Jan 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Ski Season
Jan 3 2017 - Jan 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
Martin Luther King Weekend
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Ski Season
Jan 16 2017 - Feb 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Valentine's & President's Day
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 19 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $85
Reservation/Security Deposit $400
Tax Rate 6.0%

Check In 3 PM, Check Out 10 AM - may be changed depending on availability.
Saturday is the Check In / Check Out Day for Weekly Summer Rentals.

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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Heated Tile Floor, Blow Dryer & Hair Styling Station Nearby
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Deep Soaker Tub, Heated Tile Floor, Blow Dryer provided.
  • 2 Bathrooms, Blow Dryer in each Bathroom. Guests provide their own hair products, shampoo, bath gel / soas, petc. Additional mirrored hair styling area with electrical outlets.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Lakeview - Master Bedroom # 1 - 1 queen , Attached to Master Bathroom on main floor
    Lakeview Bedroom # 2 - 1 double , Contemporary Maple Finish Platform Bed
    Lakeview Bedroom # 3 - 2 twin/ single , Custom Decor and Tea Party Table
    The Dorm Room (Basement) - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full Bed, Futon & Bath (Shower) with Heated Tile
  • * Queen in Master with Memory Foam Mattress Pad, TV with VHS player; * Contemporary Platform Full Maple Bed; * Princess Bedroom, 2 Twins; * Dorm Room (Basement) - Full Bed, Full Futon Mattress, TV with Remote, DVD and Video Player
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Mooring Buoy for tying off watercraft along with using anchor will firmly secure your boat. Wooden platform with steps to 15' dock section for ladder lakefront access. 6"-1' depth at Boulder sea wall (some river rock at entry that is barefoot tolerable) then gradual depth increase to 6' over 150' of hard packed sand lake bottom, then deep drop off. Lake levels change seasonally. Weekly Summer Garbage Removal is provided requiring the bin to be put out on Wednesdays. At Saturday check out, the bin should have some room for the next Guests.

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