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Jeff LaCross

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Sleeps 10, Spectacular Lakefront Home-Willow Villa

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Lake House, 2 Bedrooms & loft, 2 Baths (Sleeps 10-12)

1 private bedroom with a king, 1 private bedroom with a queen and private deck, loft bedroom with a full futon and a full over a full bunkbed. 2 bathrooms. Everything you would need to feel at home. Sandy hard bottom beach on the desirable east side. 22mile long all sports lake ready to be explored. Linens and towels are not included. If you would like us to include them, they can be provided for $75 (no beachtowels).

Kitchen has all the things of home including: coffee pot, filters, spices, microwave, toaster, bowls, pots/pans, dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer, oven.

Livingroom is open to dining area with vaulted ceiling, flat screen TV and fireplace. Sectional seating with 2 recliners and a chaise make for comfortable lounging for all.

Upstairs loft is set up with a full futon and a bunk bed that is a full over full. If the kids want to have their own area, perfect spot!

There are flat screen TV's in both bedrooms, living room and the loft.

The house is located on a private dead end road, so much land and trees, privacy is a sure thing! The willow tree is magical and the sound of the waves washes away any stress.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Jeff LaCross (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english


Very Good! 4/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)
Sleeps 10, Spectacular Lakefront Home-Willow Villa
average rating of 4.0 based on 6 reviews
Battle Creek, Mi

Smell overshadowed the week

  • 3 of 5

We have rented property up north for the past 8 years and they all have pros and cons. The pro was the lake beautiful to look at and a very sandy beach. Multiple TVs if you have multiple guests. It was nice to have some paper products at the house too

The con is the animal smell that was so obnoxious we immediately left for the store to buy scented candles and Febreeze. It didn't bother the guys as much until the temp dropped and we had to close the windows. A minor con was the outdoor shower. It was fine until the weather turned cold with rain. We all had to wait in line for the indoor shower. The tub should be replaced and make it really useful

Nice place but the smell was hard to get around when we were in the house. Thank goodness our weather was so great we weren't forced inside. Bring several strong scented candles

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not what we expected

  • 2 of 5

The beachfront and view were awesome. The fishing was great. We caught perch and walleyes.

On arrival, the cottage had a very musty odor. The well water was stinky and orange. You will need to bring your own bottled water for drinking The cable /Tv did not work as per directions, but if you turn on the TV first, then use the remote to turn on the cable box, they will work. The kitchen was older and "well worn". The tile floor was cracked and pitted. The stove had 2 burners that didn't work, and there was no markings as to which knob worked which burner. The knee wall in the upper loft was very low, and could be a fall hazard. The front door is sealed shut, and would present a hazard in case of emergency. The lock mechanism on the patio door does not work, so the cottage cannot be locked up when you leave. There is no shower for the 1st floor. You will have to shower outside. Not much privacy here. The windows are older and falling apart. Some can't even be closed. We had an aggressive dog come after one of our kids. She jumped into the car just in time. I asked Jeff to let his neighbors know we didn't need their dogs chasing us. The parking is limited to only 4 cars, so if you have more, you will have to park them down at the main road, or take them to the boat launch site at Bingham. Lisa personally explained to me that "occupancy of 10" meant only 10 people could be on the property at any one time. We had planned to have guests over to enjoy the lake on the Sunday after our wedding event, but this was ruined by the "occupancy of 10" rule. This was a big disappointment for us. We would like to come back to this area next year, but it won't be at this place

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The house is on a lake with a holding tank so it is not set up to handle large groups, that is one of the reasons there is a 10 person limit and this is stated in the rental agreement. It also says not more than 4 cars on the listing so you knew this ahead of time. This is done to be courteous to the neighbors. Having 25 people picked up at our house to go wine tasting was a clear violation and you could have been kicked out then! Not to mention the 1st day of arrival your party brought a dog to the property and it clearly states no pets, luckily we were close enough to check on our property! As far as the drinking water, we provide a Brita water filter to put water in and keep it in the refrigerator. The complaint about showering outside, well I don't get that at all, it's one of my favorite things of Willow Villa. Yes, the house is old and an old house comes with old windows and some broken tile. The pictures are present to let renters see where they are staying and we welcome calls with questions.
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Pretty good property

  • 4 of 5

Property is great location on end of sandy beach in between Leland, Suttons Bay and Traverse City. Great hard packed sand beach in shallow water just like review says. We stayed here with friends and our newborn baby and had great time. For a few days we got hit with huge storms which exposed some issues with property. Windows need to be replaced, some of them barely work or not at all, which was issue when storm hit in middle of the night. Trash also needs to be removed. There are two 55 gallon drums on side of home which were filled in a few days, so it started piling up. It would be nice if someone stopped by to say hello and remove trash. And make sure to know only shower is in bathroom upstairs which was not the cleanest. Bed downstairs must shower outside or fire up this huge old gigantic 70s era whirlpool tub which our friends never did. But good time overall.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Our apologies on the build up of trash. Your inquiry stated you, your wife & infant staying for 5 days - we were unaware there were more coming and that you would generate a lot of trash on a short stay. We usually pick up trash midweek on a full week stay. We will add another garbage can on your advise. The listing does state 1 shower on the description & 1 outside shower. As far as the windows, you are right. You may have noticed some have been replaced & we will continue to do so as we can afford. Thank you.
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Lovely home, beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful home and setting, and it fit our needs very well. Our son got married at Ciccone Vineyard and we were able to host several friends and family here. We had rented a pontoon from Sunset Water Sports which was super-fun. The home was clean and the furnishings are lovely. We had a fire in the fire pit nearly every night. The sandy beach was great. We would love to come back for just a vacation sometime.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This property was absolutely the best fit for our family. We had three grandchildren under five with us as well as uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters. There was enough room for us to sleep, eat, and hang out without getting on top of each other. The house was clean, appeared to have new carpeting, and the beds were comfortable. It had lots of available seating both inside and out and was exactly what was expected based on the photos. The outside was fantastic as well with the fire pit, large grassy area to play ball, and of course the lake which was ideal for the kids to swim in because it was very shallow for about 40 feet out. The owners came by several times and were especially welcoming and helpful. I would highly recommend this property to a large group or family.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfort, clean, and just right.

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved this house! The Traverse City - Lake Leelanau area is very beautiful no matter what time of the year it is. This house was just right for our family of 5. We have 3 young boys and it gave us the space we needed, and when we had guests over (a family of 4) we still had the room to be comfortable. I have worked for a famous Michigan family for 20 years in their lodging division and I only like to stay in 4 or 5 star hotels. I know what goes into providing an enjoyable stay. So when it comes to hotels my kids are a little spoiled. However staying in someones beloved home is very different. My kids would rather stay here than any fancy hotel, because it felt like we were staying with a member of our family. Oh by the way this was our 1st experience renting a house and the bar has been set high. We hope to be back here again when we visit this area.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
21.7 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Harbor 22 TC / Village Inn Suttons Bay
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
The Crown Golf Club / Mistwoods Golf
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Apache Trout Grill TC / Boone's Prime Time SB
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Homestead / Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
Your private beach is on Lake Leelanau
Car: recommended

Willow Villa is the best location on Lake Leelanau, a southern facing property getting both sunrise and sunset views. Travel from your private dock on your boat and head up to Leland's historic fishtown to shop then have a great meal at The Cove.

Spend a day just playing on your private beach. There is 178 feet of frontage with a perfect hard sandy lake bottom. You can spend it swimming, water skiing and tubing. Take a morning cruise kayaking along the lakeshore, if you don't have one , we have 2 you can rent for a day or a week.

Want to spend the day napping in the hammmock listening to the waves, no problem. Located on 10 acres down a private road with very little traffic. Relax under the willow tree and read a good book. After you are energized, a family game of volleyball in the yard or bring your bikes for a leasurely ride or vigorous workout on Leelanau's famous road bike routes. Check out the TART trail, a fairly flat paved trail for bikes, roller-blades or joggers that was made on the old railroad tracks, you can go from Traverse City to Suttons Bay, unforgettable beauty along the way! Groomed in the winter for cross country skiing too.

Downtown Traverse City boasts fabulous restaurants along with the Traverse City State Theater (the action spot for the film festival) and The National Cherry Festival. We have a folder of menus you can browse through before setting out. Some of our favorites are Apache Trout Grill - a delicious meal with a view on Grand Traverse Bay; Blue Tractor - best mac & cheese ever; North Peak - great brewery in Traverse City; Stella's - Italian in a unique setting; so many to pick from! Downtown streets close on Fridays during the month of August for a gathering in the streets and numerous and unique vendors offering items for sale and multiple groups entertaining the celebration of summer. There are also farmer's markets for great fresh produce and locally made products almost every day of the week either in Traverse City or Suttons Bay.

Want to explore Leelanau County? A wine tour will take your breath away with the beauty of the country side. When you get back to Willow Villa, sit around a lakeside campfire in one of the adirondack chairs to roast marshmallows and wind down your day of exploration.

If you like to shop, the boutiques in Traverse City, Glen Arbor, Leland and Suttons Bay will delight you. Be sure to check out Cherry Republic for vacation souvenirs worth having (and eating).

Less than 30 miles away is the National Sleeping Bear Dunes, do the dune climb and then get a burger at Boone Docks in Glen Arbor. Live bands on their deck all summer will have you and your family smiling.

If golfing is your game check out The Leland Country Club, The Crowne, Grand Traverse Resort, Mistwoods, King's Challenge, and on and on.

If you are coming for fall color, the hillsides are alive with reds, golds and orange hues, usually the first 3-4 weeks of October. The swans are often fishing in the lake in front of the house this time of year. We have named them Betty and Barney. You could still do some fishing too.

If you are planning a northern winter getaway, you can cross country ski out of your door across the lake or down the road, even do a few laps around the yard. If you feel the need for speed in downhill skiing or snowboarding, head to The Homestead in Leelanau County, Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville or take a day trip to Boyne Mountain. Less than 8 miles from the house is Timberlee, an old ski hill that now only has tubing, but what a blast! Hit one of the chili cook-offs being held or winter festivals, almost every weekend you can find some fun!


Rates & Availability

Traverse City House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 20 2016 - Sep 11 2016
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

Summer rental 6 day minimum, 3pm check in and 10am check out. 2 night minimum stay the rest of the year, rates range from $300-495.

6% sales tax
$69 damage insurance non-refundable
$100 security deposit refundable
$100 cleaning fee
Linens and towels not included, available upon request $75.00

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Traverse City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1780 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , jetted tub , On main floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs
  • Bathroom on main floor and upstairs. There is also an outside hot and cold shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Main floor, spacious, walk in closet, views of lake & willow
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs, walk in closet-office area,deck with lake view
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , Bunk is full over full, so including futon loft sleeps 6!
  • King size bed(1)on the main floor - water and willow views,flat screen TV. Queen size bed (1) Cherry headboard, glass door to private deck,TV. Portable play pen available upon request - no extra fee. Loft bedroom has a futon (1) Sleeps 2 also in the loft bedroom, (1) Double over Double bunk bed with a TV.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
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