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Family Friendly, Private, Beautiful Lakefront Home, Leelanau County

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Charming & Comfortable Lighthouse Inspired 3 bedroom Lakefront home

Come visit our peaceful, fun and family friendly retreat on Lime Lake in stunning Leelanau County, Michigan. Recently voted one of the world's most beautiful places, Leelanau County is known for its idyllic countryside, lakes, beaches, roadside fruit stands and beautiful scenery.

We are pleased to welcome you to our waterfront, Lighthouse inspired home. Nestled at the end of a private road on emerald green Lime Lake, the water is gin clear with depths suitable for wading and swimming (12-24 inches). The water reaches into the high 70 degree temperatures in July and August. Bring your water toys or boat and enjoy the fishing, tubing, skiing or a sunset cruise. Or relax in the sun, read and soak up the sounds of Michigan. We have a newly installed dock with a 12 x 10 foot platform at the end. There is a deck at the house that faces the lake and a firepit by the water's edge to roast marshmallows or sit by as you view the spectacular stars.

The house is extremely comfortable with a great room, open kitchen and dining area, family room loft and 3 bedrooms (King, Queen and 2 Twin over Full bunks). You can even view most of Lime Lake (and beyond) from our very own look out tower. We have two bathrooms (shower upstairs, tub/shower down) - one in the master suite upstairs and one shared downstairs.

Near miles of pristine Lake Michigan beaches on the National Lakeshore and situated almost halfway between Leland and Glen Arbor Michigan (off M-22), our home is the perfect spot for your family's vacation. We are surrounded by Sleeping Bear National Park with hiking trails, tennis, and skiing/snowmobiling in the winter months. If you are a golfer, enjoy the Manitou Passage Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer course, that is only 1/2 mile from the house.

It is a quick 25-30 minutes to Traverse City (and TC airport) where you can shop, take a sail on a Tall Ship, see a movie, attend one of its many summer festivals, have dinner or simply stroll along its main street. The Interlochen Academy for the Arts with its world renowned music and theater performances is also nearby. Michigan is becoming well known for its wineries, with more than two dozen local wineries nearby.

You will not run out of ways to relax or things to do at our special retreat.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Marshall Dawson
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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based on 13 traveler reviews

Family Friendly, Private, Beautiful Lakefront Home, Leelanau County
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

The Lighthouse was a great base for our family vacation to Leelanau

  • 4 of 5

We spent a week here and enjoyed it from the moment we arrived when our kids ran to the end of the dock and saw the clear water and then explored the top of the lighthouse. The sleeping arrangements in the bunk room worked well for our four young kids. And we enjoyed a few game nights together in the cozy loft. We appreciated the number of water toys and activities (horse shoes, kayaks, bats/balls, etc.) available for the kids. The location at the end of the quiet street suited us well -- great base for some nice running in the area. We grilled out nearly every night. A campfire at the water's edge watching the stars was a highlight of ours. Great proximity to Sleeping Dunes, Leland, the big waves at Empire, and Moomers! The owners were very attentive to our needs, requests and provided good communication. --Minnesota family of six

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Time on Lime Lake

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time on Lime Lake. What a beautiful place. The weather was great. The grandkids had a lot of fun and didn't want to leave. They loved the water and swimming.

Thanks so much for allowing us to rent your place. We made a lot of memories that our grandkids will have for a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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East Lansing, MI

A beautiful home in a gem of a location, that will create lasting memories...

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Lighthouse home. It is in an amazing location, with easy access to all that Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the Leelanau Peninsula have to offer.

The house is beautifully situated at the south end of Lime Lake. The dock allows children (and adults) easy access to play in the safe, shallow water. For the adults, there is a perfectly positioned fire pit that overlooks the entirety of Lime Lake, for relaxing and memorable evenings with friends and family.

It's easy to tell that the owners care tremendously about their home and the comfort of their guests. The house and property has been very well maintained, and all "convenience" details paid attention to, making your stay there as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

Highlights for us included... Don Juan the lone swan, the firepit, the inflatable kayaks, the dock and easy access to safe & shallow water for our children, the convenience to everything that surrounds you in the area, the overall feeling of "getting away from it all", coyotes howling in the distance at night, bohemian beach, good harbor bay and beach, Sleeping Bear Point trail and overlook of Sleeping Bear Bay, Art's Tavern in Glen Arbor, Hop Lot Brewing in Suttons Bay, Empire Bluffs, the pizza from Peg Town Station in Maple City, and last but not least... the ring bologna from Gabe's in Maple City :)

In short... we *loved* everything about the house and our stay there. The one and only *slight* down side, that I should probably not even mention - because we knew this about the house when renting it - is that there is no air conditioning. So things get a little warm and uncomfortable on hot and sticky days. But the owners have plenty of fans throughout the house to help out as much as possible.

We're hoping and look forward to staying here again in future summers!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Matt Thank you for your kind words and the wonderful review. We do indeed love our home and sharing it with others! I have many tricks for keeping the home cool...and happy to share with you and my other guests! Thanks again and look forward to having you stay at our home again.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan

Beautiful location and great accommodations

  • 5 of 5

This was a great location for a Fall getaway. We had 6 adults in our party and sleeping arrangements were comfortable for all. The home is beautiful and comfortable. We did a lot of cooking that weekend and the kitchen was spacious and well stocked with pans and other items needed for cooking. Owner is responsive and easy to work with. We will definitely consider this place again.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Away from it all & close to it all

  • 5 of 5

What else can be said about this wonderful place that hasn't already been said? We have rented several other home away properties, but the lighthouse is the best yet by far. The location was tranquil and the perfect place to get away from it all with our family, while still minutes to our favorite spots in Leland and Glen Arbor.

Watching the kids swim & Kayak off the dock and relaxing in the cool evenings was priceless. Owners went above & beyond to make this property and vacation memorable.

Green Family

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice family vacation home on quiet lake

  • 5 of 5

Have used VRBO on several other occasions and this is one of the best. Very nicely equipped with everything one could want. Great kitchen. Good family room area plus extra space to spread out as needed. Friendly communications from owner. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Cedar House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Security Deposit $350
Cleaning Fee $150

Check in Saturday after 4pm
Check out next Saturday by 10am

Payment Terms
Deposit to hold = 50% of Rental Fee
90 days prior to rental = 50% of Rental Fee + $500 deposit ($350 returned, less $150 cleaning after stay if no issues)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Cedar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Ground Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    The Beach Room - 1 queen
    The Boat Room - 2 bunk bed , 4 Total Beds. 2 bunks with Twin on top and Full on bottom.
  • Master Bedroom - 'Dunes Room' King Bed and full bathroom (shower). Large bedroom, Art Deco & Ship inspired which includes a small seating or reading area. The Beach Room is a calming room which overlooks Lime Lake and is on the ground floor. The Boat Room is a quaint bunk room with two bunks that have twin beds on top and Full beds on the bottom. All bedrooms have new furnishings and are very comfortable.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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