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The Wheeler Cottage on Beautiful North Lake Leelanau

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


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Lake Leelanau House Rental Photos and Description

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

Booking for 2017. No increase in rates for 2017.

Still some excellent weeks available.

Early-mid June and August.

Weekend getaways and lodging for family weddings still available.

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 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.


Excellent weeks still available in early-mid June and August 2017.

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

Property Manager
Rink and Kathy Wheeler
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 27, 2016
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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 52 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 !! Warm feelings!!

Space for everybody!!


based on 27 traveler reviews

The Wheeler Cottage on Beautiful North Lake Leelanau
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews
Ypsilanti, MI USA

Wheeler Summer of 2016

  • 5 of 5

And what an incredible week it was!! With a gathering of our long time friends, we couldn't have asked for a wonderful place to gather 15 of us together! What a wonderful place, with the lake frontage and spacious grounds to romp and play like a bunch of youngsters....well, we're not exactly youngsters, except in our own minds, however, we did do some rompin' on the grounds. What else could we have asked for but a huge area, and so well kept! The group evening meals that we all shared throughout the house were perfect for the group we had. Temperatures for the week, we couldn't have forecasted any better!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Tribal Gathering of Friends

  • 5 of 5

Wow...Spending a week at Wheeler Cottage with 13 favorite buddies was truly NIrvana! The location, the accommodations, the privacy, the spacious grounds, the lake frontage all provided a very special setting for our gathering. The options for our gourmet evening meals included the dining room, the back porch, the front yard and the back yard. And our weather for the week was incredible....sunshine every day, no humidity, a beautiful breeze coming off the lake, AND no mosquitos or bugs! We had an absolutely great time and thank you for sharing your most wonderful space!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ft. Mitchell, KY

The Perfect Place to Enjoy "God's Country"!

  • 5 of 5

The Wheeler Cottage was an absolutely perfect place to enjoy a week with our family & friends. Our family has visited Lake Leelanau & the surrounding areas for over 40 years. As our family grew and we introduced the area to friends, our need for more spacious accommodations was apparent. The Wheeler Cottage is spacious enough to allow everyone to find a space to be alone while also providing the room for larger groups to gather. When we stayed in to cook dinner for our party of 10, we felt right at home in the kitchen & could comfortably gather round the table on the porch or in the dining room. The views from all the rooms are beautiful and the sunsets are spectacular.

The owners are readily available for any assistance & went out of their way to see that our questions were answered and our needs were met. ( Thank you Rink for actually purchasing a second Pak n Play so both our toddlers could sleep comfortably & safely - Thank you Kathy for helping us rescue my little grandson from the hot sun when their boat was stalled in the middle of the lake).

Staying at The Wheeler Cottage gives you time to enjoy such beauty while also feeling the history that can be felt throughout the rooms. One can only imagine the thousands of families that have enjoyed it's beauty and filled the rooms with laughter.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Can't thank you enough for such a lovely review. We try very hard to make your stay pleasurable and one you will always remember. We sincerely hope that you will come back again and visit us. You are now officially part of the Wheeler family. Thanks again. Kathy and Rink
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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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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

Lake Leelanau House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
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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Lake Leelanau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • 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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