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Rink and Kathy Wheeler

Member since: 2006
Call Manager
Speaks: english

The Wheeler Cottage on Beautiful North Lake Leelanau

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

House, 7 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 17)

Excellent family weeks still available in earlyJune/August.

Weekend get always and wedding family lodging still available in August, September snd October. No increase in rates for 2016. Bedroom nightly rate lower than most local lodging nightly room rates plus the benefit of our well equipped kitchen, beautiful cottage, our beautiful flower gardens, badminton/volley ball court, docks and 360 feet of lake frontage. 7 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms.

THE WHEELER COTTAGE--A perfect spot for:







Experience the beauty and BEACHES of Lake Michigan and North Lake Leelanau, the challenging GOLF COURSES and the wonderful WINERIES in LEELANAU COUNTY. Located only 10 miles from Sleeping Bear National Park.

Enjoy the SPRING flowers in May and June and the unbelievable, beautiful FALL colors.

We are located within 5-15 minutes of some outstanding wineries and challenging golf courses. Leelanau County is fast becoming 'The Napa Valley' of the Midwest!

THE WHEELER COTTAGE on Warden's Point was built around the beginning of the 1900's (circa 1907) and covers nearly three acres with 360 feet of prime lake frontage. The property has five structures (main house, boat house, carriage house, pump house, and ice house).

All the first floor walls and ceilings are paneled with 'wild cherry' and maple. The walls and ceiling of the second floor are also wood paneling. Much of the furniture came with the cottage and consists of hard rock maple. It would be classified as 'catalog' furniture, but now collector items.

The outside stones are called 'field rocks' which were picked from the fields and formed by the glacier flows millions of years ago. The cottage faces west overlooking beautiful Whaleback. Many nights I just sit and admire the workmanship, especially the fireplace. I literally can go back to the early 1900's.


Keywords: Elegant, warm, beautiful, friendly, well maintained, expansive, turn of the century (1900's) charm

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Rink and Kathy Wheeler (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Rink and Kathy Wheeler

Retired family started coming here, visiting their grand parents, since the early 60' is the time for the grand kids !!

Rink and Kathy Wheeler purchased this house in 1964

Why Rink and Kathy Wheeler chose Northern Michigan

This is THE WHEELER 'family' COTTAGE which we choose to rent out during the summer months. The Cottage has been in our family for over 50 years..

What makes this house unique

It is so Beautiful !! Unbelievable sunsets!!

Our Paradise !! Charming !!

Perfect for kids!! Sandy beach !!

Docks available for pleasure boats !!

Water Skiing--sailing--fishing !!

Very private !!


based on 24 traveler reviews

The Wheeler Cottage on Beautiful North Lake Leelanau
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews

A Wedding For The Ages...

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this property is like a dream. The house is exactly what we wanted. The grounds are exactly what we wanted. The owner, Rink, is about the nicest and most accommodating person we have ever rented from. Everything the others are saying about this is true... it's a fairytale place to truly get away. We had about 90 people for our outside wedding and people are STILL talking about it a year and a half later. We would be happy to pass along any information and/or contacts to those interested in connecting with the great people of the Leelenau peninsula that helped us out!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wyandotte, MI

Fun Family Getaway!

  • 4 of 5

Such a beautiful location! The lake view was gorgeous and we were thankful that it was easily accessible for everyone in our group. We were able to find activities and attractions that appealed to all different age groups within a close proximity to the cottage. Swimming, shopping, trips to the local farmers markets, and kayaking across the lake straight into Leland were some of our favorites. The cottage itself had a rustic feel about it, and the lawn was the perfect spot for a game of bocce ball next to an evening fire. Good times!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairytale wedding

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the Wheeler cottage for a week in August and had the best time! My fiance (now husband) and I wanted to choose a spot where we could not only have a beautiful wedding but also spend some time with our families. We stayed for the week with both sides of our family, about 15 in all, and everyone had a fantastic time. The cottage was plenty big that there was enough privacy for everyone and no one felt like we were on top of each other. The inside of the house is amazing, with beautiful woodwork and art everywhere; each room was unique. The kitchen was well equipped and we were able to cook every meal there for the whole group; we had some wonderful dinners gathered around the table on the sun porch, watching the sunset. The property was also spectacular and we all enjoyed lounging in the chairs and drinking wine, playing games in the yard, and riding around the lake and into Leland on the pontoon we rented.

We had our wedding on Friday and it was like a fairytale. The weather was perfect and the setting was so romantic and perfect; many guests told us it was the best wedding they had ever been too. Rink was also extremely accommodating and helped us with anything we needed when it came to the wedding or any arrangements; he went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and comfortable. Overall the week and the wedding were absolutely perfect and I couldn't have imagined anything better!!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Rachel for your very kind review. We were happy to be apart of your beautiful wedding and celebration. It was our pleasure to have you, your family and friends as our guests. The Wheeler family wishes you all the happiness in the world. Please stop by at anytime at The Wheeler Cottage, we would love to visit again with you. All the best...Kathy and Rink Wheeler
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A Perfect Spot

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place to get all our family together to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and the Wheeler Cottage was perfect. The house is amazing - beautiful setting, amazing furnishings and art, and filled with a feeling of hospitality. Also, the location is both isolated and quiet, but only minutes from all sorts of activities, restaurants, etc. We enjoyed sailing, cruising on a pontoon boat, and just soaking up the beauty of the area. And last, but not least, Rink Wheeler and his family go out of their way to welcome you and encourage you to be comfortable in their cottage. We would recommend Wheeler cottage for any family gathering (we had folks from 72 to 3 yrs. old), and hope to get back ourselves.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mike for your kind review. Congratulations on your 50 th wedding anniversary and just happy The Wheeler Cottage could be part of your celebration. It means a lot to us to have our guests enjoy their time here. Also thanks for leaving the cottage in perfect condition. It really helps. Hope you are able to return one of these days, we would love to have you. Kathy and Rink Wheeler
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Ann Arbor, MI

Perfect Wedding Setting in Northern Michigan

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted to find the Wheeler Cottage for our fall wedding up north. It had exactly the charm and amenities we were looking for including plenty of space for two families and all the kitchen equipment you'd ever need. Though it rained nearly the entire weekend, we were still able to appreciate the beauty of the property and had ample comfort indoors. Rink was exceedingly gracious and accommodating. We held our small ceremony in the main living room in front of the fireplace because of the rain, but it proved to be a wonderful setting for our nuptials. I heartily recommend the Wheeler Cottage for large families looking to vacation on a lake up north on a property with incredible character. The pictures are great, but hardly do the place justice - have to see it to believe it. Thanks for everything Rink!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mike for the kind review. It was a pleasure to have your families at The Wheeler Cottage and glad that you had a great experience. It is truly a very special place. I also really enjoy the rainy days when I can just sit back and enjoy the moment. Also I would like to thank your families for leaving me the wonderful corn bread and donuts. They were great and quickly consumed. Also for leaving the cottage in such good shape. Please know that all of you are welcomed back at any time. Thanks again for the great review. Kathy and Rink Wheeler
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Such a beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

We had our wedding at the Wheeler cottage and could not have found a better place. Our family has a cottage on the lake but it was not big enough to have our wedding. We found the Wheeler Cottage and fell in love with it instantly. The grounds are beautiful and the home has such an old time charm. Our pictures from our wedding were stunning. Our family stayed in the cottage with us and just loved it. Rink was very accommodating and answered all our questions. He even provided us with ideas and contact information for vendors to use for our wedding. We received several comments from our guests about how much fun they had and the place we picked was perfect. Thanks to the Wheeler's for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Barbara for you nice review. It was our pleasure to have you and your family as our guests at The Wheeler Cottage. We try very hard to make sure your venue is a wonderful experience. Again thanks and please stop by when ever you get a chance. Kathy and Rink Wheeler
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City, MI
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Dick's Pour House.
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Grand Rapids (Amtrak 150 miles) and Traverse City
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Our front yard and beautiful Lake Michigan beaches
Car: necessary

Wonderful wild life...deer,bobcats,coyote,bear,

fox,squirrels,rabbits and a lot of birds.....


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off peak spring/summer 2016
May 14 2016 - Jun 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
Peak summer 2016
Jun 18 2016 - Aug 20 2016
7 night minimum stay
Off peak 2016/2017
Aug 21 2016 - Jun 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Off peak summer/fall 2017
Aug 20 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

$250 cleaning fee

50% payable at signing of lease 50% payable 30 days prior to arrival. Personal check fine.


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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 double , Nice lake view great for teenagers
    Sunroom - 180 degree lake view spacious with large dining table
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Lovely lake view my son's favorite bedroom cozy
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Beautiful panorama lake view, very spacious
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Beautiful lake view separate bathroom and shower
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , Nice lake view.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Lake view separate bathroom and shower
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Beautiful lake view, spacious, separate bathroom and shower
  • King size beds (1) Custom made-American Black Walnut, Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (2) Graco pak n play
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
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
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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