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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese

Cathead Bay in Northport Mi. - Direct Sand Beach Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Northport Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Gorgeous Sand Beach House in Northport MI

Cathead Bay Sand Castle sits on the shore of Lake Michigan and is in a private community on Cathead Bay, one of the best kept secrets of Northern Michigan. We are literally on the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. The light house is five minutes away.

The house is surrounded by a nature preserve and sits at the foot of the Leelanau State Park Dunes. You can cross the road and take a hike up the dunes and usually you will have them all to your self, because the public has to park miles away and hike in to get to them.

The beach is pristine with fine, sugary sand and not rocky like the Grand Traverse Bay side can be and it is sandy as far out into the lake as you can walk. This beach seems almost tropical and you can walk the shore for miles. If you head south you will end up, after the last house, in an area of protected lake shore that is also part of Leelanau State Park.

This house feels more like a colorful ocean beach house than a lake house. There is a fire pit by the beach and another up near the house.

Since buying the house we have been sprucing it up a bit. Mostly painting to freshen it up. The furnishings will be all new. We have other plans too!

The house is very cleverly designed. Closing the huge pocket doors between the Kitchen and Living Room creates a giant Master Suite, since the master bedroom w/full bath is off of the living room. At night there is great privacy from the other bedrooms which are towards the front of the house near the front sitting room.

There is another full bathroom in the hall near the two bedrooms that has a walk in tiled shower. The master bathroom has a large tub with shower.

The Bunkhouse next to the house has two full sized mattress bunk beds and a couch and TV. It is a big a hit with kids and also allows parents to get some quiet time. Bunk house is not heated so please consider this when booking the cooler months.

The bed sizes are as follows:

1st Bedroom in the main house MASTER -New King bed, sleeps 2

2nd Bedroom-New Queen bed, sleeps 2

3rd Bedroom-1 twin size bunk bed, sleeps 2 and 1 twin bed, sleeps 1 more.

Bunkhouse(Separate from house) two full size bunk beds. Can sleep up to 8

Bath: One full with walk in shower

One full with large tub/shower

All of the bedrooms look out to the dunes and the sitting room, kitchen and living room all have a great view of the lake. Every bedroom has a mirror.

The house has wifi and cable, with a tv in the living room of main house and one in the bunk house.

The town of Northport is about nine minutes down the road and it has a great grocery store and several restaurants and bars. You can be in Leland with the quaint shops of Fishtown and Suttons Bay with all of it’s shops and restaurants is roughly twenty minutes. If gambling is your thing, there is the Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestown, which is a little north of Sutton’s Bay. The “Big Town” of Traverse City is about forty five minutes south and so is Glen Arbor home of my favorite coffee ever Leelanau Coffee Roasters and for everything cherry there is Cherry Republic. The Leelanau Peninsula is home to several wineries, including one owned by Madonna’s parents, the Ciccone Vineyard and Winery.

The house faces west, so you will see some of the most amazing sunsets you have ever seen. At night there is no city light pollution so the sky is loaded with stars.

Whether you want to sit and relax all day by the beach, swim, go off exploring the many hiking trails in the area, check out the nearby towns, take a bike ride, hit the casino, plus so much more, we think you will be glad you chose Cathead Bay Sand Castle.

Patio area has 2 picnic tables, patio set, 2 fire pits and chairs.

Linens and towels provided. Please bring your own beach towels.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Connie (Property Manager)
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)
Cathead Bay in Northport Mi. - Direct Sand Beach Retreat
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

BiAnnual Family Gathering

  • 4 of 5

The sunsets were awesome! We enjoyed the eateries around Northport. We wish there had been a beach by the water.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Sandcastle is a 3 bedroom home on Lake Michigan with a converted garage (bunkhouse with four full size beds(2bunks). The location was ideal with dunes behind the house easily accessible and Lake Michigan with a sandy beach in the front. House faces west so sunsets were phenomenal. Home/bunkhouse were comfortable, well-equipped with a functional floor plan. Deck and fire pit kept us outside the house until bedtime. Lighthouse is close and Northport just a few miles away.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded Expectations

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, beautiful and... sandy! Our kids were able to build sand castles right off the deck. Our yellow lab was in paradise. The cove and lake were beautiful. Perhaps our favorite feature was the massive dune across the street: climbed in the morning to watch sunrise, and watched sunset over the lake from the beach behind the house. Very comfortable inside, stunning lakefront. Be sure to visit the nearby Lighthouse where the kids can blow the foghorn!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear you and your family had such an awesome Up North experience! Thank you for booking with and I welcome your return. Connie
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Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Sandcastle! The main house was very nice and the bunk house was perfect for the teens and 20's generation. The water was gorgeous. The beach is small, but there's a nice deck and sandy hang out area behind house overlooking the lake. We really enjoyed hiking up the sand dunes across the street too. There are beautiful views from the top. And gorgeous sunsets every evening! We definitely hope to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bachelorette Party

  • 5 of 5

After changing destinations for a Bachelorette party, we needed somewhere to stay for Memorial Day Weekend at the last minute in the Traverse City area. After finding this property, we were disappointed with the distance to Traverse City, but needed somewhere to stay. While this is not a quick drive to TC, the area is so beautiful it definitely made up for it! The views outside the home are stunning from all directions. The "suite" feel to the sets of bedrooms enhanced our stay quite a bit, letting the groups of girls separate to sides of the house if need be. Having the kitchen in the center of the home made it a great meeting area for everyone.

All of the bedrooms were bright and clean and so were the bathrooms. If there was one complaint for the weekend it was that we ran out of hot water after two showers. For a home with two full bathrooms you would think the hot water heater could accommodate more showers, but it did not deter the fun of the weekend! When they say there isn't any cellphone service up there, they mean it! But the free WiFi in the home made up for the lack of cellphone service. Plus, honestly there was so much to do and everything was so beautiful we were grateful for the lack of reception.

We traveled to Northport and Suttons Bay for food and drinks, both of which were beautiful. This was also very close to the Leelanau State Park which is great sight seeing! Connie stayed in touch with me via text which was convenient leading up to our visit.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this location for another visit! We even talked about renting the same house for the years to come as a family gathering place because we loved it so much.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nicole it was great having such a nice group of ladies enjoy this gorgeous beach retreat. I am so glad everyone had such a great time, we pulled this together for you last minute and it turned out great. We are looking into the hot water tank issue now and will for sure get that resolved. Thank you for booking thru and I welcome you back. Thank You ~ Connie
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Marvelous beach stay

  • 5 of 5

This was my first experience searching for and renting a house for a family summer vacation. The photos on the website were very accurate. Loved the bright colors of each room. All the windows look out onto the beautiful beach. The master suite was very nice and comfortable. The house was well equipped with everything needed for a great stay. Loved the kitchen island so the kids could sit and eat or chat while we cooked. The sandy patio area was perfect for the kids to play as well as the beach. Right across the road from the house are beautiful dunes. All the kids loved to explore and climb them. We loved exploring Northport. Cute shops, convenient grocery, and lovely family restaurant with bowling for kids called Tuckers. Leland was another stop and we explored. Tandem Cider for a great hard cider tasting. The only improvement could be heat in the bunk house. The week we were there was chilly at night and those sleeping in the bunkhouse came inside the main house due to cold. Would not be an issue on hot days/nights. Also, Connie, from Leelanau Chalets, was very helpful. She answered all questions. Highly recommend a stay here!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for staying with us, glad to hear you enjoyed yourself and our photos are very accurate. We will certainly address getting more heat to the bunk house also. Thank you for booking with Connie at
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
TVC Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Northport Bars
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Many golf courses within 30 min
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Crystal Mountain or Boyne Mountain

All activities within 40 minutes.


Rates & Availability

Northport Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 5 2016 - Nov 1 2016
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

Fees and restrictions apply. Please inquire with us for a accurate quote. Fall rate of $425 is for the main house only + fees. Main house + the bunk house will be more, although bunk house does not have heat.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Northport Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed , In Bunkhouse, which is detached from the house. sleeps 8
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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