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Cozy, Lakefront Cottage Near Lake MI & Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 BDRM, 1 Bath With Lake Views and 150 Feet of Private Shoreline Near SB Dunes

Relax at our family cottage near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The cottage is located on Little Platte Lake, ideal for fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing. Winter activities include ice fishing, snow showing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing. We are located on a private bay, directly across from The Medenbrook Nature Preserve where you have unobstructed views of the tree line.

The cottage is located on a private road in a quiet community, but close enough to all that northwestern Michigan has to offer (M-22 & Saffron Road, Honor). Explore the beaches and hiking trails of the National Park, or take a trip up to Traverse City for shopping, restaurants, art, and music. The charming towns of Beulah, Empire, Frankfort, and Glen Arbor are within 10-20 minutes of the cottage.

If you enjoy fishing and boating, the Little Platte Lake boat launch is a few minutes out the drive on Saffron Road. You can also launch at nearby Platte Point to access Lake Michigan. Launch a kayak or stand up paddle board directly from our 100 feet of private shore line.

With 3 new beds and a queen sleeper sofa, there are a variety of sleeping options. If you like to cook, a gas range and charcoal barbecue are available for your use. You can also try your open fire cooking skills over a bonfire near the lake. The kitchen is well equipped with a coffee maker, tea kettle, toaster, and microwave.

If you want to unplug during your time away, we keep a variety of board games and books in the cupboards. The spacious yard is great for outdoor games.

Please note that we strive to use environmentally friendly cleaning products and encourage our guests to do the same in order to preserve our lakeside habitat.

Included in your rental:

-Non-toxic, biodegradable hand soap, liquid body soap, shampoo, & lotion

-Sponge, starter trash bag, and a roll of starter toilet paper

-Sheets, blankets, & pillows

-Bath & kitchen towels; some cloth napkins


-Wireless Internet (1.5 mbps is all we can get)

-DVD Player with streaming capabilities for Netflix and Hulu

Not included

-Beach towels

-Tin foil, paper napkins/towels, spices, charcoal, and condiments may or may not be at the cottage. These items are available if guests leave them (they often are there)

-Cable tv

Please use the eCheck feature for online payment. We also accept personal checks. If you would like to use your credit or debit card, there is a 3% processing fee. VRBO abruptly started charging a "service" fee this year. You can avoid that by making your payment via personal check.

More Details

Renee & David
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, some french and spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 14, 2017

About Renee & David

David and I are originally from metro Detroit, but we now call Mendocino, California our home. As a couple, we enjoy gardening, hiking, cooking, discovering new music, and the company of good friends. David loves to surf and disk golf. I enjoy backpacking, reading, and tuning into nature. We both work with youth and families.

Renee & David purchased this cottage in 1989

Why Renee & David chose Sleeping Bear Dunes

We inherited the property from my father in 2011 (who inherited it from his father) and have made numerous updates. We've been putting a lot of tlc into the space the last few years. Both David and I share warm memories of traveling to the Great Lakes as kids. It is our intention to make the cottage a warm and inviting place where others can explore the bounty of Northwestern Michigan.

What makes this cottage unique

In addition to the dunes, the cottage is a terrific jumping off point to exploring the charm of the nearby towns of Beulah, Frankfort, Empire, and Glen Arbor. Traverse City is 30 minutes north where you can take a break from the beach and access movie theaters, fine dining, galleries, breweries, and shops.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I can't say enough about my experience at Renee's cabin. First of all, Renee was so easy to communicate with, she gave me so many recommendations of things to do in the area, and was so accommodating. Actually, after the first day, I realized that the two nights I had scheduled wasn't going to be enough to soak in all that the area had to offer or fullness of the relaxation that the cabin provided, so I ended up emailing her to see about staying an extra night. She responded quickly and graciously extended my reservation. Secondly, the cabin is so great. It's right on a small lake near Sleeping Bear Dunes. It's evident that the interior was recently renovated, it was exceptionally clean and so comfortable. And the stillness of the small area it's located in was so refreshing. If you're looking for a quiet place to unwind and get refreshed this is it.
Oct 2013
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Honor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • The third sleeping option is a pull out, queen sleeper sofa in the living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We are adding to the cottage regularly and photos may not yet reflect the changes. Please don't hesitate to let us know if there is something that would make your stay more enjoyable!


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Cozy, Lakefront Cottage Near Lake MI & Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park
average rating of 4.928571 based on 30 reviews
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Beautiful setting, great location, and wonderful accomdations.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was clean, updated, comfortable, and well appointed. The owners were very responsive to a last minute departure date change. Highly recommend this vacation rental.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Even though it rained the whole time we were there we had a lot of fun sight seeing, hiking the dunes, watching Netflix, and visiting local shops and restaurants.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience. Cabin was beautiful, clean and updated inside with a great view of the lake. It was close to the outdoorsy stuff we wanted to do. We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet nature retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was like camping but in comfort! We loved the quiet nature lake and campfire ring. We fished each night and sat by the fire. The cabin is beautifully updated and the perfect size. It is centrally located and close to everything. Owners responded quickly to a call we made with a concern and were very accomodating. Wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Little Platte cozy cabin

  • 4 of 5

This cabin is located in the middle of so many wonderful attractions, while still having that "slow down, & relax" atmosphere. The yard & being on the lake was great for the dogs. No dock was a bummer..we brought up a boat. Cabin is nicely decorated. Bathroom is off both bedrooms only, which is ackward. Quiet lake/neighborhood. Enjoyed our week!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Nice

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was very cute and well decorated. It had a large backyard and there were no properties in view across the lake so it seemed more remote. We visited before there were leaves on the trees, but it seemed like it would be very private when there is foliage. Overall very nice and the owner was very nice to work with, also.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Car: necessary

Northwest Michigan has world class kite surfing, or if disc golf is more your hobby, there are courses nearby.


Rates & Availability

Honor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016 Late Summer & Color Tour
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
2018 Summer Season
Jun 16 2018 - Aug 25 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaninig & Linen Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $25
3% Fee (as applicable) $0
Tax Rate 6.0%

-We are currently accepting payment by check, money order, or the eCheck feature here on the site. If you would like to use your debit or credit card, there is a 3% electronic processing fee. Send payment to Renee Clark, 10250 Nichols Lane, Mendocino, CA 95460 once your dates are confirmed.

-Cleaning and Linen fee varies according to duration of stay and number of people ($50-$100)

-Rates are subject to change without notice. Quotes are valid for 30 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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