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Melissa Kelenske

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english

Summer Cottage In The Heart Of The Sleeping Bear Dunes Additional Cottage Avail

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 6 Sleeps

Cozy Cottage for 6, Just Minutes from Lake Michigan, Wineries, Farms, Food

Looking for a weekly summer rental close to all the beauty Leelanau County has to offer?

Come visit our quaint cottage right in the heart of Leelanau County, situated on a 135-acre farm. We're just 1 1/2 miles from the shores of Lake Leelanau and 3 miles from the Big Water at Good Harbor Beach. The village of Lake Leelanau is 6 miles North, Leland and Fishtown are 8 miles away, and Traverse City is an easy, 25 minute drive.

Cottage 1, is the primary cottage. It sleeps 6 comfortably, with one king sized bed and two full sleepers. The kitchen is huge, with a large dining table, island and a bar for entertaining. You'll find the best local coffee and tea in the cupboard. There is a full spice rack and all of the basic kitchen staples so that if you'd rather eat (or bake) in rather than eat out, you'll feel right at home.

The living room is comfortable, with several couches and a cozy table that serves as both a breakfast nook and a card table at night. There's a DVD library, wifi and television to suit all interests.

All linens and towels (even beach towels) are included. Basic toiletries will be provided, including extra toothbrushes and toothpaste. There is a full sized washer and dryer in the bathroom for guests to use as often as they'd like.

Our weeks run Saturday to Saturday, with check-in on Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. and checkout is on the following Saturday at 11 a.m.

Need room for a larger group? Attached are photos of our adjacent cottage that is available for an additional 6 people. (Please ask about this cottage when calling.)

There are several summer 2016 weeks available.

Please feel free to call or text Melissa for more information and to book your vacation today.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Melissa Kelenske (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Melissa Kelenske

I'm a Leelanau County native and I live here year round with my husband and our darling daughter. I own a yarn shop in nearby town of Cedar, so I spend my days with our baby and yarn....pretty much perfect! My husband is an elementary school teacher for Leland Public Schools and farms (milks cows, raises sweet corn and pigs) on the side. We hope you enjoy our little spot in the world as much as we do.

Melissa Kelenske purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Melissa Kelenske chose Sleeping Bear Dunes

This is the historic farm that once belonged to my husband's grandfather. My father-in-law grew up here. We love the new spin we've put on an old home and the life we've breathed into it with a lot of hard work, time and patience. We hope you'll fall in love with it, just as we have.

What makes this cottage unique

Not everyone in the world has the opportunity to live on a farm. The gas pump (stuck at 36 cents per gallon!) and the steel windmill, as well as the hay barn and the pig barn, all harken back to simpler times. The inside of the cottages are a blend of new world and old. We've left the original grain mill inside the primary cottage, which was a granary in its previous life. On the old wood are notes my husband's grandpa wrote to himself almost 80 years ago. The kitchen and bathroom are brand new, with all the typical modern conveniences, but seamlessly blend with the traditional style.


based on 5 traveler reviews

Summer Cottage In The Heart Of The Sleeping Bear Dunes Additional Cottage Avail
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Country Bliss

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time in the old farmhouse. It is charming!

And the locale is so beautiful and peaceful, we were thrilled. We loved our

neighbors the five pigs and they didn't smell...I promise. This was a very

special experience. Thank you Melissa and Curt!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Charming and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

I hesitate to give this such a great review, because I want to keep this place all to myself! The farm house is absolutely charming, and placed in a pastoral, peaceful setting of rolling hills and farms. You're really close to all of the busy excitement of tourist towns, beaches, and restaurants, but get the bonus of coming home to beauty and peace and quiet. The pigs are adorable, if a bit smelly, at times, but it's all part of the charm! Melissa was extremely friendly and helpful when I needed it. Would rent this place again, for sure! ~ MSB

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

This home was exactly what we were looking for. Rustic charm but with updated conveniences. The location was ideal for us, central to Traverse City, Leland and Sleeping Bear. You won't be disappointed with this home! Eric

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

This cottage will not disappoint for a romantic getaway with plenty of vintage farmhouse charm and modern conveniences. The restoration of this granary perfectly blends the repurposed old with the new. Great kitchen, bath and even has a high def. flat screen for TV viewing as necessary. It has room to cook, entertain another couple, enjoy tastings, explore the farm or just hang out. Architecturally significant...great overall design and experience.

Well done! We will return!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful & Fun Family Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had so much fun in this home. It is in such a beautiful setting, and allowed our kids space to explore. Our 2 year old particularly loved the pigs! There were so many options for exploring, sightseeing, and just plain taking in the beauty of the Leelanau Peninsula. Being just a few miles from Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City, and so many small Northern MI towns is perfect for families! We enjoyed wonderful food & shopping in Leland, Sutton's Bay, and Glen Arbor. Our two kids had the best time ever at Good Harbor Beach - this is a must! We can't thank Curt & Melissa enough for sharing their wonderful home with our family for the week. We will without a doubt be back again.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport--Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Dick's Pourhouse
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Manitou Transit
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Manitou Passage
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Cedar Rustic Inn
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
The Homestead Resort
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lake Michigan--Good Harbor
Car: necessary

We are located in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, voted in 2011 as 'The Most Beautiful Place in America'. Our cottages are located on a 135-acre farm, just a 1 1/2 miles from Lake Leelanau and 3 miles from Lake Michigan. This is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and shoppers alike; there's really no other place in the world like it! Whether you want to hike, bike, swim, taste wine, buy some of the region's freshest, locally grown produce or catch a breathtaking sunset, Leelanau County is for you! Take a day trip to Fishtown, a historic fishing village in Leland. Rent a few kayaks and paddle the Crystal River--or even Lake Michigan. There's a marina nearby to rent a fishing boat or even la pontoon for a group. Schedule a Lake Michigan sunset cruise on the Mishe Mokwa, a ferry that takes you along the shoreline for drinks and serenity. Take a wine tour to sample award-winning wines--no trip is complete without a stop at 45 North or L. Mawby for sparkling wines! (Try Tandem Ciders for a fabulous collection of hard ciders.)


Rates & Availability

Cedar Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2016/17
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $50

Cancellations can be made up to two weeks before scheduled stay. After that, no refunds will be given.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • 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 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • One bathroom that includes a sink, stool, shower and full size washer and dryer. There are basic toiletries provided, including spare toothbrushes, bath towels and beach towels.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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