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Maureen Gallagher

Member since: 2013
Speaks: italian


8 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Northern Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

4 bedroom 2.5 bath, 3000 square ft with 100 feet of beachfront

At Ballinagh Cottage your friends and family will enjoy the beauty of the birch trees, the sunrises and sunsets on Intermediate Lake. The multiple docks are perfect for fishing, sunbathing, kayaking and accessing waterskiing boat or large boat slip for your own boat. The water trampoline and Large floating raft, water toys, 2 kayaks are also for guest use. The lengthy hard sand lake bottom is nice for children. The cottage is very roomy, enjoying meals or naps on large screened in porch. The master bedroom is considered a family suite equipped with gas fireplace, television and comfortable seating . The bunk room sleeps 6, multiple games and books and overlooks lake. The yellow bedroom has gorgeous linens, lake view and sleeps two (queen bed). The red bedroom has a set of very comfortable twin trundle beds, that pull out to make a total of 4 twin. There is a full bathroom upstairs, with bathtub. The full bathroom downstairs has a shower. There is another half bath on the main floor.

The living room is very large, looking onto the lake and land trampoline. The living room has oversized comfy furniture and a flat screen television. The kitchen is well equipped, pancake grill, Vita-mix for smoothies and juicing and an ice cream maker when not going into Bellaire for a sundae! There is also Weber gas grill for outdoor cooking. New dishwasher and stove have been added to the cottage.

You will enjoy watching the deer, eagles and loons on the 2 acre property along with badminton, volleyball net set-up. The adirondack chairs and outdoor seating are ample for large parties around the fire pit.

We will provide only bed lines, please bring bath and beach towels for your stay. Can be provided per request. Hair dryer, iron, small apartment size washer and dryer also provided.

We want you to love, enjoy and explore the area as much as we do. You are quite secluded at the cottage yet can access the cinema, mini golf,, Up North Furniture, consignment shops, awesome coffee shops and ecclectic dining at Moca, The Lunch Box, fine dining at Siren Hall. Sunday mornings during the summer season must be enjoyed at Brownwood Acres @ Torch Lake for flea market finds and doughtnuts. Also, live entertainment at Famous Short's Microbrewery Bar, open deck dining at The Blue Pelican and Dockside in a 15 minute drive to the Villages of Bellaire/Central Lake/Torch Lake. Casinos are within 20 miles.

Beautiful Lake Michigan shores are a 9 mile drive to ( in Eastport. Grass River Nature Preserve in Bellaire is also a must see ( Torch Lake is next door to Intermediate Lake @ 13 miles. The beachy town of Charlevoix/Petosky is 25 miles away. The National Park of Sleeping Bear Dunes is a must see if there is time. If you can fit Mackinaw Island into your stay it would be well worth it.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Maureen Gallagher (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: italian

About Maureen Gallagher

Our family has loved Northern Michigan for many years. It is where my Irish parents taught us to be part of the outdoors. We learned to water ski on the lakes of Michigan, as kids, as well as snow ski as adults. We learned to quiet the mind here in Northern Michigan and respect the beauty. We were taught the art of conversation around crackling fires, screened in porches and warm wooden docks. Thank you parents.

Maureen Gallagher purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Maureen Gallagher chose Northern Michigan

The private lake setting, the white birches and the short distance drive to the big Lake Michigan. The quaint 1920's cottage reminds us of where we came from and to enjoy the simple things in life like sunrises, listening to the sound of rain on the back porch, hearing laughter of the lake while sitting around a fire. There are so many things to do in the area or just sit back in the adirondack chair and enjoy the veiw.

What makes this cottage unique

Private beach setting, availability of Grocery Store/Market, beautiful restaurants, or simple dining, a beachy town, cute cinema, water parks, golf, tennis. Brownwood Acres at Torch Lake let's you step back in history, from penny candies to flea market to the history of the area.


based on 8 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Perfect place for a fun and relaxing family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Thanks so much for a perfect place for our families to vacation! The cottage was so clean and spacious with plenty of space for all of us to sleep comfortably. The screened in porch was perfect for our family dinners and a cup of coffee in the morning. The kitchen and rooms had everything we needed-thanks for all that you provided to make our vacation special. The kids had a great time on the clear lake-I loved the view we got from every window. There is also a lot of privacy with beautiful trees all around. The town of Bellaire was a surprise with great shopping, dining and brew pub. Thanks to Maureen who thought of everything to make the accomodations perfect for our families.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We Loved having your California family, so very glad you explored everything you did the little time you had here in Michigan! See you next year, thanks for booking with us and have the party continue...
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Sterling Heights, MI

Beware of Vermin

  • 1 of 5

My family and 2 friends' families stayed here in August. The best parts of the home are accurately depicted in the photos. What is not pictured is the problem. The bathrooms, the "interesting" electricity and the poorly maintained dock, to mention a few. But, the thing that completely ruined the vacation for us was the bat that awoke my friend and her husband halfway through the trip, at 2 am, while they were sleeping in the upstairs bedroom. Needless to say, we contacted the owner as soon as possible the following morning as we no longer felt comfortable staying, especially considering the young children we were with (ages 1-7). She had been very helpful up to this point and was reluctantly willing to refund us part of our unused rental amount. What has happened since is the really horrible part. She has now seen fit to retain the entire deposit amount, claiming that was included in the refund when she is more than aware that is was not. When you rent out your home, you take a certain responsibility about the well being of the renters. She did not, in the end. It was her opinion that this was just part of "up North living" and that is was most likely due to our negligence of keeping doors open or windows open without screens. We are not ignorant and again were with small children so neither of those scenarios occurred. So rent at your own risk.

To get into more detail regarding the home. The positives are that ample sized living room and master bedroom. The upstairs "kids" room was also cute with games and toys. The largest problems, and the reason we wouldn't have returned even had the bat incident not occurred is that bathrooms. There are 2 1/2 bathrooms yes, but set up in the worst way. The upstairs bath just has a tub-- no shower, no handheld sprayer and is really no even big enough for an adult to stand in, or even an older child. Additionally after the first bath upstairs, a VERY loud rumbling sound occurs. I believe it is the pump, pumping the water up the pipes but it scared most of us the first time it occurred, not to mention the traumatized children! The additional 1 1/2 baths are arranged in tandem that connect the master bedroom and mudroom, which is just crazy. The are no hooks or racks to hang any towels anywhere. There is no wifi or internet anywhere in the home. The dock is not safe. Really, the home has potential but is in need of serious renovations before it is in rental condition.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This guest, Ms. V. Was refunded her $500 security in addition to $1,700 to be factual and honest. The party first complained of a bee sting one of the children received and I explained some things are out of our control and part of the up north living. I had stated a neighbor complained of noise til 1am, and asked if they could take the party indoors, to respect the neighbors. Soon after, the guest stated there was a bat in one of the rooms, which we responded to immediately with "Andy" from Critter Control, approx 3 hours after the call. He explained was "no evidence of any bat activity" and it must have come through an open door or window. I asked for pictures of the bat to be sent and never received from the guest. She was our very first complaint ever of this impeccable property as one can see from posted reviews. Upon further research of this guest, she has a past history of doing this to other owners. We can supply many recommendations of prior guest stays to any and all.
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First stay

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was perfect! The accommodations offered everything we were looking for, a beautifully maintained home, amazing view and so many water activities. The kitchen has everything needed for a stay away from home. Intermediate lake is gorgeous and not crowded leaving plenty of space for boating.

We will definitely be rebooking at this location.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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6 0
Linden, MI

Christmas Break

  • 5 of 5

My family along with 2 other families stayed at this cabin over the winter break. Very nice accommodations. Wonderful atmosphere and all amenities were included. Recommend this place to anyone coming to stay to get away for a long weekend with a large family or a couple of small families. Close to Bellaire, Shanty Creek, etc. Thank you to Maureen for working with us on this vacation!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure! We loved how you really got into the winter spirit with ice fishing, skiing and snow mobiling. Thank you for being so gracious, Ryan!
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6 0
Whitmore Lake, MI

Family Fusion

  • 5 of 5

This place was very well maintained and accommodated our large family gathering nicely. We loved the large screened in porch, and with young kids, it was nice to be a bit removed from the lake.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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7 0
United States

Wonderful find!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely week at Ballinagh! We found this charming century old cottage to be beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean, and much more spacious than we had expected from the photos. There were ten of us in our party, but we found the house to be comfortable and spacious with lots of places to hang out. We enjoyed sitting down by the beach, eating together in the screened-in porch or hanging out and playing games in the comfy living room. We used the house as a base to explore the area, visiting Charlevoix and Sleeping Bear Dunes. It was delightful. Maureen did everything she could to make our stay all we hoped it would be. I would highly recommend Ballinagh cottage.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City Airport
Nearest Barpub
4.5 Miles
Short's Bar/Bellaire Bar
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Ga -Ming or Shanty Creek Golf
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Siren Hall/Lunch Box/Blue Pelican/Moca
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Schuss/Shanty Creek
Nearest Beach
Lake Front, Eastport - Barnes Park
Car: necessary

Ballinagh cottage is secluded yet, minutes from Grocery Store, live band entertainment at Short's Microbrewery, Grass Lake Nature area, beautiful ski resort and championship golf @ Schuss Mountain. Lake Michigan in Eastport is perfect for Petoskey Stone collecting. Intermediate Lake is known for championship fishing and excellent for waterskiing. Mackinaw Island and Sleeping Bear Dunes within an hour/hour and a half. Grand Traverse Resort and Spa @ 35 min travel. Beautiful Charlevoix for dining and beach town @ 20 min


Rates & Availability

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

There is no cancellation policy once you have made your first deposit. Please make sure these are the dates agreeable to your party. We cannot refund stay due to inclement weather.

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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2890 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 2 full bath Half bath, main floor 3 total bathrooms Upstairs, tub Downstairs, shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed in the master suite which is a double bed
  • Four bedrooms, sleeping accommodations for 14
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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