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The Wheeler Cottage on Beautiful North Lake Leelanau

Bedrooms 7
Space 4,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 7 Bedrooms-9 beds + Sunporch + 4 full Baths, (Sleeps 17)


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 many 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.

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.


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

More Details

Property Manager
The Wheeler Family....Lora, Rink Jr., Kathy, Rob and grandad..Rink senior
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About The Wheeler Family....Lora, Rink Jr., Kathy, Rob and grandad..Rink senior

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

The Wheeler Family....Lora, Rink Jr., Kathy, Rob and grandad..Rink senior purchased this house in 1964

Why The Wheeler Family....Lora, Rink Jr., Kathy, Rob and grandad..Rink senior chose Lake Leelanau

We are the Wheeler family who are so fortunate to own this piece of heaven. It has been in our family since the early 1960's. I used to drop the "kids" (now in their 40's and 50's) off for the summer to spend with their grandparents. This is their home. We still get together every summer to keep the family tradition going. From Dallas, Houston, Bolton, MA, Lake Leelanau. Now also is the time for the grandkids to keep bonding with each other. Called FAMILY. We now also rent out the cottage so other families can have the same experience. We welcome you. Obviously we are bias but I would not pick any other place I would rather be with my family. Rink/Grandad.

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 !! Warm feelings!!

Space for everybody!!


Lake Leelanau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 17
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 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 ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
  • 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
Flower and herb garden for your use.


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The Wheeler Cottage on Beautiful North Lake Leelanau
average rating of 4.970588 based on 34 reviews

Amazing stay, can't wait to visit again!!

  • 5 of 5

We recently just stayed at the Wheeler Cottage over the long Labor Day weekend and it was such an amazing stay! The house and grounds are beautiful and came equipped with everything you would need for the weekend and more. We decided on this place because we were having our wedding in the area and wanted a place for the whole bridal and groom party to stay and make a weekend of it...and this rental worked out so perfectly. Rink was incredible to work with and accommodated all of our travel plans.

I would highly recommend staying at the Wheeler Cottage and very much look forward to renting/visiting again!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Katie so very much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to have you, your family/bridal party and would love for you to come back. We try very hard to make your stay as pleasant and memorable as possible. Kathy and Rink Wheeler.
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River Forest

Perfect for a wedding family and party! Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Wheeler Cottage. We had a wonderful time with having our daughter's Bridal and House Party stay with us. It is a beautiful, quaint, old, large cottage. The river rocks on the fire place and outside on the cottage are lovely! With the large home and large yard we had plenty space for 16 women and a man. My husband and I loved feeling that we had our own space if needed . Many of the girls were from Texas and had never seen the Lake Leelanau area. They loved the cool nights, blue sky and clear lakes. They were able to spend time on the water. The ladies prepared a few dinners at the cottage and enjoyed a bonfire and pretty sunset. The best day was my daughter's wedding. It was so fun to have us all together wearing our pajamas and getting ready for the wedding on the front porch. As photographer, came a few days before and took some pictures. Wedding day we had pictures taken at the Cottage! They are stunning! Best place for pictures with the water, old trees, pretty lawn, flowering bushes and evergreens. Great place for this type of even! Can't wait for next time!! Thanks Rink for sharing your cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lynn for the wonderful review. A magical moment for Jenny and Danny and your families. You are family and loved having you at The Wheeler Family Cottage. Rink
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  • 5 of 5

The Wheeler Cottage is perfection. So beautiful and peaceful. Rink Wheeler was so pleasant and sweet and accommodating. Anything you could need is already there. We will come back yearly.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Samantha and thank you so much for your very kind review. Know this is a start for a long relationship. Our home is your home. Everybody who stays here loves it and become part of the WHEELER CLAN. THANKS AGAIN. Rink
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Grand Rapids

The best spot on Lake Leelanau!

  • 5 of 5

My family spent every summer on Lake Leelanau while my sisters and I were growing up, and I knew that when I eventually got married, I wanted to share the beauty of the lake with my new family. My husband and I celebrated our wedding at The Wheeler Cottage with our parents and siblings - just sixteen people - and it was absolutely perfect, even better than we could have ever imagined! Rink's house has so much history, and he could not be nicer or more accommodating. I highly recommend this house to anyone searching for a Northern Michigan getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Natalie and CONGRATULATIONS on your special day. So happy that you chose The Wheeler Cottage. It is a special place. Really appreciate your kind review and please come back and visit with us again. You all become part of the Wheeler family. Thanks again. Rink
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Very Pleasant Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had 14 family members from 16 to 80. The house is large and comfortable with room to gather or separate as desired. Built in 1902(?) it is updated enough to be quite comfortable. It is in excellent condition The kitchen was adequate for making family meals. Room for dining indoors or out.

The grounds are beautiful and well kept. We played volley ball and soccer and made s'mores around the outdoor fire pit. Plenty of room to set up outdoor games we brought.

We rented and used a variety of watercraft with easy dock access. We stored eight (of our own) bicycles and rode most every day.

There is plenty to do in the area, national parks, small towns to visit, hikes etc. Lounging around is also appealing.

The owners are gracious and make you feel comfortable.

The location is very private with no hint of neighbors when you are on the grounds. We easily parked four vehicles.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Moe it was a pleasure in having you as our guests and thanks ever so much for the kind review. You were wonderful guests. Love to have your party return any time. Thanks again. Kathy and Rink Wheeler
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Superstition Mountain, AZ

A lovely vintage "cottage" for a large group.

  • 5 of 5

We booked a year in advance and from the first correspondence we were impressed by the prompt replies and personal touches. Didn't hurt that we are all Boilermakers, as is the owner!

We had two weeks with two different families and it was perfect for both! Lots of grandkids, lots of yard, even a sand beach area that got replenished while we were there! Rink couldn't have been more accommodating, even offering to buy a newer high chair for one of our little ones ( a very generous offer but not necessary).

We served meals- we had up to 16 - mostly on the lawn or on the porch. The kitchen worked great for us and on chillier mornings we all found a way to have coffee there together.

Our favorite evening location was around the fire pit. Lots of wood to wagon over, and big enough for all the marshmallow sticks for the s'mores.

The kids loved the huge yard, and it was wonderful not having to worry about traffic or road noise. The home is located on a private drive away from the main road - very safe and quiet.

Great location on the lake, too. It's faster to boat to Leland than to drive!

All in all, a successful vacation! Thanks, Rink, for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to all of you for your kind review. We try VERY HARD to make you experience at The Wheeler Cottage a pleaseant one. Please know you are always welcomed back at any time and thanks for leaving the cottage in such good shape. It really helps us. It was great meeting the both of you and your lovely familes. GO BOILERS The Wheeler Family.
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The Riverside Inn Restaurant
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.....including bald eagles.

Sleeping Bear Dunes and national park about 30 minutes away.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund