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A private, handbuilt cottage overlooking Lake Michigan 3 miles from Northport

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

The cottage sits 150 feet above Lake Michigan with views of the Manitou and Fox Islands. 700 feet of frontage and very few neighbors afford an unusual degree of privacy and solitude. A winding path down to the lake leads to miles of shoreline perfect for petoskey stone and agate hunting, swimming, kayaking, and relaxation.

The cottage has a wide covered deck that is the perfect spot to lounge: read, eat, watch a breathtaking sunset or storm clouds fly in from the west, star gaze or dream. There is an eagle's nest nearby and regular flybys. Track and identify freighters sailing through the Manitou Passage by phone app!

There is a second patio under the porch with comfy lounge chairs for a quiet respite.

You are close to everything that is Leelanau County: wineries, restaurants, beaches, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, golf, hiking, and the best road biking in the midwest..... but you may never want to leave this spot. It is perfect for those who want to get away from it all.

From June 1 to Sept 1, the rental is for a week from Sunday to Sunday. For the rest of the time, there is a 3 day minimum. The rates vary depending on the season. In the off season, there is a base price, assuming two people. There is an additional fee per person after that. There is also a fee if you have a dog.

There is no wifi or cable. No TV. No AC. Cell service can be spotty. There are fans in each bedroom . Absolutely no fireworks .There are puzzles, games, and books available.

The path is 15 stories up and down, winding and narrow in places. It takes about 5 minutes to go down and 8 minutes to go up. You need to be in reasonable shape to navigate.

More Details

Member since: 2011
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Kate

I am my father's daughter. I am so lucky to have learned so many skills from my dad and mom. My dad was a Jack of all trades, and I hope I am Jill of all trades. My mom was a friend to all. I would like to be more like her.

Kate purchased this cottage in 1960

Why Kate chose Northport

This cottage was built by our family starting in 1960. The beams were built in our back yard using timbers from Saint Francis Church in Traverse City. My father bought remnants from the demolition of the church and much of the frame is from those remnants. My dad was a frugal man and reused everything. There is a kitchen counter top he made from left-over wood scraps from an archery manufacturer. Old cabinet doors are inlaid in the floor, as are many game boards he hand assembled. He used old colanders for ceiling lights and left-over water heaters for the duct work. He made the wall paneling from trees he milled himself! He also used under-aged laborers to build this house. We children never thought to thank him as we pulled and straightened nails and screwed the nuts to make the beams, but we thank him now. Thank you Pa.

What makes this cottage unique



Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Northport in Leelanau

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No Fireworks allowed.
  • if you bring dogs, please bring covers for furniture if needed and bring your own towels for dogs. Thank you
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • rural
  • village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • swimming


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A private, handbuilt cottage overlooking Lake Michigan 3 miles from Northport
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews

Dream Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the most special places on Earth! You travel down a well-cleared path through the woods to arrive at a hidden cottage. It looks so quaint and cute from the back and then you walk in to a wall of windows overlooking Lake Michigan. We're talking 180 degree views of the water, trees, and the Manitou Islands.

The cottage itself has clearly been loved. There is custom woodworking in the floors and counter tops, comfy little nooks to read or stare at the lake, and wonderfully peaceful bedrooms on the lower level. This is the best place to rejuvenate.

The path down to the lake is well-marked and lovely in its own right. Then you spill out onto a deserted beach and some of the best swimming!

If that weren't enough, Kate was super responsive and helpful. I couldn't have wanted anything else. This is a true vacation where you can take a break from the rest of the world.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. This is exactly how I feel there. I turn the corner into the woods and it becomes a world away.
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Tranquility At Its Best!

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful, inviting, and clean cottage with all the necessities to make for a relaxing and peaceful vacation. The view of Lake Michigan was breathtaking and the remote feeling of the cottage made us feel like we were all alone; yet it was only 3 miles to town. We were able to get cell service most of the time (AT&T) in the cottage. Our 2 dogs had a great time going down the path to the beach and exploring. The cottage itself has a lot of character and it is easy to see that it was built with love. Kate was kind and super easy to work with. Highly recommend this cottage for anyone wanting to get away from it all!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a special gem! The location is beautiful, we loved driving through the cherry orchard to get to the house and the view once we were there was exactly what you'd hope for. We also loved watching all the weather variations from one moment to the next play out over the lake, especially the lightning storm at night - it was breathtaking! The house is amazing and had everything we needed for a great stay. The cement floors in the basement were especially nice on a hot day and kept us perfectly cool at night. Kate was also a lovely host, meeting us there to show us around and answer our questions. This was the perfect way to disconnect from city life and be immersed in nature.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Zionsville, IN

Million dollar view and perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. Beautiful, custom and clean. Gorgeous space and decks and huge MBR! The view is spectacular and the path and beach so scenic! It was hard to leave! Just loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northbrook, IL

We loved it!❤️

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home in a lovely wooded setting! Gorgeous view of Lake Michigan. We couldn't have been more pleased with our experience!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The House That Jack Built

  • 5 of 5

This is a stunning property. The pictures don't do it justice. It was a treat to stay at such a beautiful home on an incredible piece of property.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Cherry capital Airpory in Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
walk to the beach
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Northport, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
spring season
15 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
fall 2018
15 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
spring 2019
19 Apr 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
fall 2019
14 Sep 2019 - 1 Nov 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £376.85
Property Damage Protection £44.47
Pet Fee £75.37

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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