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Bedrooms 5
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-14)


If you'd like to see more 5-star reviews, please try searching for us online: The Barn Cottage, Arcadia, Michigan

For your Fall Color Tour, Cozy Family Thanksgiving, Holiday & Winter Ski Getaways, Spring Break, and Summer Vacations!!

Near Crystal Mountain!!

Maybe you weren't born in a barn, but why not vacation in one?...

Creatively designed and decorated to resemble a barn, but comfortable and cozy with a touch of class.  The home is also setup with the family in mind, with separate areas for adults, and little ones alike. Enjoy panoramic views of Upper Herring Lake from the 3rd floor. This huge 2600 sq. ft. home is in a word, FUN !


Located on all-sports Upper Herring Lake with 140' of private water frontage, this 5 bedroom, 2 bath Rental on a Michigan Lake sits on 2.5 acres on a quite, peaceful country road surrounded by a perfect blend of rolling hills, woodlands, orchards and vineyards. 


Privacy and elbow room await you in this beautifully decorated  home. Just minutes from Lake Michigan beaches, Frankfort and near many of Northern Michigan's premier vacation spots such as The Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City.


Also, just down the boardwalk through the protected natural area, await enough waterfront amenities to fill a barn! There is a row boat, 2 kayaks, 1 towable water trampoline w/tow rope, life jackets in various shapes & sizes, full dock w/moorings for extra boats, fire pit w/chairs, rope hammock, chaise lounge, and as an extra bonus we include the use a pontoon boat free of charge ( a $1,000 value, see Amenities for details). Oh, and did we mention 10 gallons of free premixed fuel!

Keywords: New, Waterfront, Pontoon Boat, Northern Michigan, Private, Dock, Winter Getaway

More Details

Tammy Jobson
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Tammy Jobson

I have managed Blue Lakes Vacation Rentals in Traverse City for over 14 years. If you'd like to view our company reviews on google, please search us up. :)

Tammy Jobson purchased this house in 2005

Why Tammy Jobson chose Arcadia

The Barn Cottage is located on a quiet country road in Benzie County Michigan. The home, though new, was designed to resemble the old barns and farmhouses on this quiet, orchard-laden road.

What makes this house unique

The Barn Cottage has 4 total floors!! Please try to find us online to see even more photos (VRBO limits the total photos we can show guests.)


Arcadia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • We require a signed rental agreement and driver's license on file before we can confirm your booking.
  • You must be 25 to rent.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Great Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Hay Loft - 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Main Floor Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Upstairs Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed
    Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) Cots, Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (5) Full sized futons, Bunk Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Pontoon boat (Memorial Week thru Mid October), Water Trampoline (Memorial Week thru Labor Day Week), 2 Kayaks (May thru October), Row Boat (April til it snows), Swing Set w/ sand box.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Beautiful home and perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Family of 8 adults slept very comfortably. Enjoyed the big dining table for meals and games at night. Short drive to Crystal for skiing and to Arcadia dunes for hiking. Enjoyed a local winery. Home is very nice with a lot of room on a beautiful lot on a lake. Would cone back in a heart beat.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dearborn, Michigan

Great time was had by all!!

  • 5 of 5

LOVED staying at the Barn Cottage!!

Two families stayed here for an entire week. There is so much to do here. The adults got the top floors and all the cousins were able to hang out in all their glory in the lower level which had a game area all set up for them (pool table, games, play station and tv.) There was even a swing set right outside this area for when the kids needed to get out.

We went to the beach in Frankfort, we caught fish from the pontoon boat, us girls took the kayaks out early in the morning one day, we actually caught a Drive-Inn Theater!, we ate in Frankfort and in Traverse City, we slept in most mornings (comfy beds), and we are all so, so much closer!!!!!!!! Thank you so much Blue Lakes Vacation Rentals for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing, Charming, and FUN!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Barn Cottage!

The decor is beautiful (lovely furnishings), charming (antique farm tools), and amusing (hilarious signs/posters)!

The house was spotless, with every amenity we needed. Booking was very friendly and easy.

We enjoyed the pontoon boat, kayaks, fire pit, hammock, pool table, games, movies...the list goes on (we kept saying: "They've thought of EVERYTHING for the perfect amazing vacation!" ).

The setting is gorgeous: it feels like you're in a tree house when looking out the windows or sitting on the deck. There is a long wooden board walk that meanders through the woods back to the lake. The walk is just beautiful and so relaxing- then you arrive at the breathtaking lake! Wow! So pretty and, again, outfitted with everything you want or need: deck, fire pit, fire wood, chairs, hammock, life jackets, pontoon boat, row boat, kayaks....

Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Detroit, MI

Comfy & Cozy!

  • 5 of 5

Can't tell you how glad we were to find this place to rent on the internet! Not an easy task to find a place to accommodate 14 people . . .

The "barn" is comfy & cozy. Plenty of space for all of us to find a place to hang out and do our thing.

The color tour we took at this time of year was incredible. Even our 3-year old woke up one morning and asked if we were staying another day in our "beautiful house"!

Thanks for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2011
  • Stayed: October 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Empire Cafe
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.