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Brenda Alfred

Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Great location equals great vacation.

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 1 double, 1 queen and 1 set of bunk bed, 1 bathroom, Sleeps 6

Cottage living right in town. Walk to the city beach, playgrounds and Manistee's riverwalk, all within two blocks. Downtown shopping, restaurants, museums and live theater in the historic Ramsdell Opera House are all about ten minute's walk. The horn of a Great Lakes ship signals its approach to the river channel just minutes away. Ships cruise past you - bigger than life - just two blocks from the cottage.

All summer long there are jazz concerts at the beach and band concerts along the river.

Mountain biking and hiking trails are nearby. Golf courses are plentiful. There is a municipal marina on the river channel and one on Manistee Lake for boat enthusiasts. It's your choice, do it all or nothing at all. You'll want to return again and again.

Large, well-equipped kitchen with dining to seat 6 to eight.

Refrigerator, 4 burner gas stove, dishwasher, microwave. Coffee maker, toaster, blender, hand mixer, crock pot and a large variety of spices

Laundry - full size washer and dryer.

Den with books, games, movies and internet.

TV with DVD ,AM-FM radio. CD and MP3 player player.

Lots of comfortable seating.

Outdoors: the backyard is fenced for security and privacy. Outdoor seating. Large charcoal grill and a smaller propane grill. 2 adult size, 7-speed Schwinn Cruiser bicycles and one mid-sized bicycles.

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Brenda Alfred (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english


based on 10 traveler reviews

Great location equals great vacation.
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home close to downtown and the beach, just a great location. This quaint cottage is clean, well decorated, and comfortable.

The homeowner takes great pride in her home and it shows; kitchen cabinets are well stocked with herbs and spices, and there is a more than ample supply of consumables - like soap, paper towels, and toilet paper.

The landlady is a wonderful, warm person. I called her once during my stay with a question about a downtown business and she was more than helpful.

I travel extensively for work, and I would be a more relaxed person if every place I stayed was as well maintained and comfortable as this house.

I will definitely stay here again. Great rental.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying in this cottage and we love it. The location is perfect. My husband can take the truck fishing in the morning while I stay behind with our kids and if I want the truck I just walk up to the marina where he has locked the keys in there for us. Its such a short nice walk, it makes sharing a vehicle no problem at all. The cottage is beautiful, comfortable, nicely decorated and clean. The back yard is perfect, it is private and enclosed. I can let my children play out there and also store things like strollers without worries. You can also open the gate in the back yard to easily ride strollers or bikes out. Almost everything you need for household items are there making packing a lot easier. We always stop and get groceries when we get into town but also found that all the local restaurants deliver there (if they have delivery). We will be back again next year. Thank you

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Auburn, MI

Renter Beware

  • 1 of 5

The land-lady is an absolute nightmare. On the first day she was walking through the house checking up on us telling us we left the porch light on (which I also do at home having a pregnant wife and small children). When she isn’t just dropping in on you, you can find her nearby parked across the street keeping an eye on you. We should have known what we were up against when she came to the place because of a plumbing problem and blamed the previous tenants and said, “well they won’t be getting there security deposit back.” Didn’t matter though because she blamed us as well stating that she noticed we used two rolls of toilet paper in the first 24 hours and that we were to blame. Really? Who pays attention to that? Unreal. When she wasn’t coming into the house or parking across the street, she would just show up at the beach where my family would hang out and watch them swim. Then she wrote us a very nasty letter and mailed it to our house along with part of our security deposit. She blamed us for a defect in the screen door which my wife saw her messing with the first day she met us there. The toilet which she also blamed the previous tenants for. Said we didn’t take the trash out on trash day (Wed.) and left putrid trash in the trash cans. Well she was right, we didn’t take the trash out on Wed. I am sure she noticed this on one of her spy missions, but she failed to observe that I actually took the trash to a dumpster two days after trash day (Friday) and that the trash in the trash can was just trash from the indoor trash cans. If she doesn’t want that trash to be put in the trash cans on checkout day (3 days after trash day) then tell your tenants that. She only kept a small part of the deposit so we didn’t argue with her but she certainly wrote a nasty letter. A couple things in the letter were true. We forgot to start the dishwasher before we left and a free trial was ordered on the Apple TV (which we offered to pay her for any inconvenience because she immediately texted us when it happened). 90% of the letter was false including the stuff addressed above. She accused of us of having too many people staying at the house because a couple of people who came up to fish on my boat were sleeping on the couches and she met them on one of her routine check-ups. She said my kids drew on her fence with a marker which they didn’t. We have stayed everywhere from Cancun to Canada. This land lady is difficult to deal with.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Worst renters ever. No regard for care of the cottage. I told the wife that I did not have Internet where I stay during the summer so she might see me across the street checking my email. No frequent drop ins were made. A Call from the renter on Sunday morning regarding poor drainage was responded by me within 90 minutes. Since the plumber was unknown to me prior to this call, I felt it a courtesy to accompany him into the house. There were several adults present in the cottage. There was no way to determine who was staying there. Any excess of the allowed occupancy puts strain on the home's facilities. Anyone who knows me would know that I go to the same neighborhood beach most tenants may choose to use. I hardly call this spying. I would never rent to these people again and if I could, I would warn any home owner to avoid them. One last comment, the wife called me when their rental balance was past due. She said she was embarrassed to ask for special consideration, but her husband did not trust anyone who asked for the balance before they arrive. I told her I would make an exception this one time, but reminded her that there was a signed contract acknowledging the terms. All renters pay the final balance 45 days before arrival so keys ca be mailed. This is the first negative experience I have had in my rental history. It is a great contrast to the many wonderful couples and families who have enjoyed my cottage.
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Great location and great value

  • 5 of 5

We came all the way from Dublin, Ireland for this vacation and had a great time on the shores of Lake Michigan. This is a lovely home with high ceilings, a spacious living area and 3 bedrooms off the main living area. The kitchen and utilities room are well equipped. There is a large back yard which is fenced off and suitable for children to play. Two barbeques and an open fire are available for use in the back yard. A sandy beach is 5-10 minutes walk from the house. We would certainly recommend this house for a family vacation. I spent a good bit of time fishing in the Manistee river and Lake Manistee. You can rent a small boat with an outboard motor for $75 for 4 hoursfrom Insta Launch just off route 31 in Manistee. Plenty of bass in there. For trout try just below Tippy dam.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We would definitely stay here again. The owner has clearly gone to great lengths to make sure guests feel at home at this property. The house was very clean, beds were comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked and the games, DVDs and small library of books were a nice addition. The shaded, fenced back yard was a great place for our boys to play. We loved being able to walk to town and the riverwalk (we could have walked to the beach, too, but usually drove).The beaches in town are very nice, as is the nearby bird santuary. We took several side trips, too (Arcadia, Frankfort, Traverse City, Glen Arbor). If we ever return to Manistee, this property will be at the top of our list.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Better than Advertised

  • 5 of 5

I would like to second the previous review, that this place is even better than advertised. It is exceptionally clean and well-maintained. The décor is beautiful and charming, reminding us of staying in a bed and breakfast. We were surprised by how truly well-stocked the kitchen was. We have stayed in other homeaway/vrbo properties and never had as many nice small appliances or pots and pans that were in such excellent condition. The owner was helpful and prompt with booking the property, and I am sure she would have also been very responsive if we had needed anything during our stay....happily though we needed nothing and everything was great throughout our stay. The location is also just as exceptional as advertised. We walked to the beach several times, where three playgrounds are located or nearby. The Riverwalk was closer to the cottage then we expected and made for a beautiful walk to the beach or downtown, which we also did a couple of times. We also spent a couple days each in Ludington and up at Sleeping Bear, both within easy driving distance. We would recommend this cottage to anyone considering vacationing in Michigan and hope to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Manistee County Blacker Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
TJ's Pub
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
SS Badger--Ludington
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Manistee Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
The Boat House Grill
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Crystal Mtn. Resort
Nearest Beach
0.68 Miles
First Street Beach
Car: not necessary

A five minute walk and you will be in the historic business district of the Victorian Port City--Manistee. Enjoy the quaint shops along River Street and admire the architecture of the buildings in the downtown area. Take a stroll on the 'River Walk' accessible between the US-31 drawbridge and Lake Michigan. Enter the River Walk about a half block from the cottage. Plan a day or two at the beautiful Lake Michigan beaches in the area. If the lake is not appealing, try tubing, kayaking, or canoeing on the Manistee River. If fishing is your passion this area is the largest fishery in Michigan for salmon and steelhead. Many charter opportunities available by the 1/2 day or full day. River charters also available, If you prefer to golf there are 12+ beautiful courses within a 45 mile radius including Arcadia Bluffs (Golf Digest, #10 in US). Join Us for the National Forest Festival in July or the Christmas Sleighbell Weekend in December. Spend your time doing the things you love to do. The list is endless.


Rates & Availability

Manistee Cottage Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fire pit added. Fire department fire guidelines posted in cottage info book available on site. City noise ordinance. No loud music after 10:00 PM.

Weekly rate is half plus a separate check for the deposit when contract is sent. Balance is due 45 days before rental. Deposit check will be returned uncashed if no damage or loss is noted.

Rentals booked less than 60 days in advance will pay in full plus the separate $250.00 damage deposit check.

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Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Tub with hand-held shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , bunk bed
  • 1 bedroom update to queen size bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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