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Patty Simpson

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Home with Private Beach

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

3+ Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, Open style floor plan with stunning views of the Lake

Home has air conditioning, private deck with umbrella, DSL with wireless connectivity, Full kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) washer/dryer, 180* of Windows facing the lake, cement driveway with a large area to park a boat. Bedrooms are large with the Master having a kingsize memory foam mattress. The second bedroom has a queen and a twin bed. The 3rd bedroom has a full bed (and a library with over 50 books), with a bonus room sporting a twin trundle bed, and a piano! 1 mile from downtown Suttons Bay and Bike trail, 15 minutes from Traverse City, 8 minutes to Leelanau Sands Casino.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Patty Simpson (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Patty Simpson

This property has always been family owned. It has been our favorite spot for summer vacations, homey Thanksgivings, beautiful snowy Christmases, and snowmobiling. My kids learned how to swim here with the gradually sloping sandy shore. We've spent hours building sand castles and telling stories around the campfire, with the waves lapping nearby. We hope our renters will enjoy the simple pleasures here as we have.

Why Patty Simpson chose Northern Michigan

This property is located on the desirable southern (naturally sugar sand) shore of the Bay. The house has a wonderful open floor plan with 2 walls filled with huge 10 foot windows that look out at the bay. The home has a vaulted ceiling, and a new kitchen. Only $2500 per week (Sat-Sat) Memorial Day through Labor Day.

What makes this house unique

The Beach access is easy with only 4 steps down to the sand, with a gentle slope down to shallow water that is so crystal clear, that you can still see your toes in the sandy bottom from chest deep water. Sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, as is the setting at night with the stars crystal clear overhead as you sit around a campfire.


based on 7 traveler reviews

Home with Private Beach
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Excellent Location - Very Clean and Convenient to Town

  • 4 of 5

The direct beach access with sandy lake bottoms on Sutton's Bay was amazing. The location is a 10-15 minute walk to shopping, food, and bike/kayak rentals. Less than 40 minutes from Traverse City, Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Glen Arbor. The owners were very responsive to questions and had the place ready for an early check-in.

Cannot beat the view, as it looks directly out on open water in Lake Michigan. The walk to town is probably at the fringe of what anyone with small children would want to do - we made good use of our folding wagon on the trip. There was also a playground on the way to town. The Leelanau bike trail less than 5-minutes away.

The home was incredibly clean with everything fully functional. There are two large bedrooms with a shared half-bath and a third bedroom with direct deck access to the rear of the home. The bonus room is a pass-through between the two larger bedrooms and may not be appropriate for keeping small children who may be disturbed by foot traffic.

The kitchen is clean and well-equipped. There are more than enough dishes, pots, pans, etc. to satisfy any vacation cooking for a large family. Note that there only six kitchen chairs in the home. The outside table will seat 4-6 adults comfortably. The in-unit laundry was a great benefit and allowed us to pack less for the trip up.

The owners left a binder with menus and things to do. We took a few liberties in adding updated menus and removing those from places no longer in business. The home is serviced by DirecTV and high-speed internet. Internet speed was slightly less than what is needed for video streaming, but more than adequate for checking e-mail, unplugging, and forgetting what day of the week it was.

I would consider staying here again, but stuck with a 4-Star rating based on the following: 1) Indoor water quality - the water had a slight sulfur smell, but was softened - Bring bottled water if the taste bothers you. Also, If someone flushes a toilet, the person in the shower may be burned. 2) Cleaning Supplies - While abundant, they were scattered through the house, which was not ideal for children - We moved most to the laundry cabinets. 3) Shower, Not a Tub - Fully Functional, but small and not necessarily great for little ones. 4) Clothes Line gets hit by yard irrigation - Learned that the hard way. 5) Can use more towel hooks.

Overall, a Very Good property we will consider again on our next trip.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southeast Michigan

Great cottage experience!

  • 5 of 5

Great time at the cottage. Everything was extremely clean and ready for us. Kitchen had great amenities with a gas stove! Such a great location and just foot steps across the street to our own private beach! Had a blast enjoying the sights! A perfect location to see the Leelanau Peninsula!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great stay here. The owners were very responsive and accommodating. We were traveling with a toddler and a newborn, and they made sure to provide us with a crib. They even had a generous welcome basket and lots of necessities, more than some hotels provide.

The beach felt very private, which was nice. You have to cross a street, but it was not a very busy one. Fire wood was even provided for us, along with beach chairs and toys.

Suttons bay was the perfect location for us. The town itself is adorable, and we enjoyed the restaurants and several trips to the ice cream shop. However, the location was also the perfect spot to enjoy jaunts around the area. traverse city was only 20 minutes away, and a lot of the other towns along the peninsula were nearby too.

We hope to return again, and maybe we will stay for two weeks this time!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Three of my friends and I stayed at this house for a mini-college reunion. We all loved it. It is spotless and everything is well-maintained. We all had our own bedrooms with clean, comfortable beds. The beach is gorgeous with great views. We took several trips to towns in the surrounding area and everything was within a 20 minute drive. Suttons Bay is adorable and has great restaurants and shopping. There is also a full grocery store. The owner is very nice and assisted us with questions about the area. She was also very timely with getting us a contract. I almost hate to recommend this place to others because selfishly we all want to come back next year and want to make sure we get the weekend we want. If you do rent this place, you will think it's a treasure you booked it.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. This is a very special home to us. We try to make it as special for those who visit us. So it is wonderful when our guests leave such a lovely review!
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Paw Paw, Mi

Family vacation, July of 2013.

  • 5 of 5

This home met our needs very well. We lacked nothing in the way of kitchen utensil , linens and towels or home entertainment. The home was neat and well organized. The beach was great. We had our boat in a slip at the Municipal Marina which was minutes away. The fishing was very good, the local restaurants were delicious, the wine tasting was lots of fun, the golf courses for several of our family were tough, and the weather and casinos were kind. All in all one of the best family vacations we have enjoyed in the Sutton's Bay area. We were six adults but I would recommend this to any family who enjoys a quiet, restful vacation with something for everyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Durham, NC


  • 5 of 5

The house, grounds and beach are beautiful. The grand views of the bay from the great room are fantastic. The house is well-appointed and spacious. The swimming is great. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed it as we do. We have spent many a day and evening relaxing on the beach, and haven't found anywhere in the WORLD we like better.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Traverse City Region Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Boones Prime Time, North Country Grill, Eddies
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Leeland to Manitee Island
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Boones, North Country, Eddies, & 5 more
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Sugar Loaf
Nearest Beach
Private Beach with Property! Public beach .5 miles
Car: recommended

Property has a large parking area, big enough for a boat/trailer. Walking and/biking is popular on the level road in front of the house, that follows the southern shore of Suttons Bay. Private sandy beach has a fire pit (wood provided) for a cozy evening.


Rates & Availability

Suttons Bay House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer:High season
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall:off season
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 5 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until the booking is confirmed. Welcome letter with check in policies will be sent 2 weeks prior to rental date.

Check in is on Saturday at 4 pm, and check out is at 11 am.

$500 of Rental Total will be paid at booking, by personal check. Payment is Refundable up to 30 days before booking, less $500 processing fee.
1/2 of the remaining total due 60 days before rental.
Total due 30 days before booking, by personal check. Cancellation after this date will envolve the loss of the total booking fee.

Check in is at 4 pm, Check out is at 11 am

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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , Has sink with mirror, located between bedrooms 1 & 2
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large bathroom with storage for beach towels,with blow dryer
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Bay view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Has library and TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Large room, capable of easily managing an added crib
    Bonus room - 2 twin/ single , Large Twin bed with full size trundle
  • Bedrooms 1 & 2 very large with 1/2 bath between. Bedroom 3 has a TV, and entrance onto private back deck Room 4 Twin (separate from the main living area) has a twin trundle, and a piano.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • 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
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Wonderful vacation get-a-way. Spend time just sitting on the beach or walking along the bay. Bring a bike to explore more of the area. There are many winery's just waiting to be discovered, with-in a 10 minute drive. Northport, Leeland, Lake Leelanau, Glen Arbor (where the Sleeping Bear Dunes National lakeshore is located) are all close. Activities like canoeing, boating, tennis, and fishing are all easily accessed. Check in is at 4 pm, Check out is at 11 am.

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