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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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Speaks English
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
15 September, 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 around the Northport around the Leelanau Township

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 4.736842 based on 19 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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Toledo, Ohio

A very private setting with a spectacular view

  • 5 of 5

We knew right away were were lucky to have a chance to stay here. The *view* is so much more than you can see from the photos. And the privacy and solitude is truly amazing. We also loved everything about this cottage: the attention to detail, the craftsmanship, the funky kitchen, the comfort, the ability to cook and grill here every night, and the tons of seasonal produce we could find nearby. The windy path area to get to the cottage is lovely in itself, and one late afternoon our car was serenaded along it by dozens of Monarch butterflies. That same half-mile path also will provide an immediate challenge to any runners out there. This is a real find. Thanks to Kate for sharing it and showing us around. We were glad we could meet her.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of the best views in Michigan

  • 4 of 5

Kate was a fantastic host. Our family will always cherish our memories of this fantastic week in Northport!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Where do you live? Indianapolis

Lake lullaby

  • 5 of 5

This place is too good to be true! Selfishly, I want to keep it under wraps. I'll say this much more: most nights I slept on deck, serenaded by the Lake.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heavenly Oasis on the Lake

  • 5 of 5

This was truly one of the most beautiful AND comfortable places we have ever stayed. We sat for hours on the deck overlooking magnificent Lake Michigan, walked the little trail down to the waterside, sat on the rocky beach, found cool rocks to bring home, took short swims in the chilly but clear water, and walked the dogs in the ripe cherry orchard. We barely left the property, except when we had to go into town for food. We saw almost no one the entire week. In short, we had a REAL vacation at this clean and beautiful cabin. Huge thanks to Kate for her excellent hosting and willingness to share her home with us. We are now back home in the city, and missing the cabin and the lake.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rockford, Mi

One of our best vacations ever

  • 5 of 5

Nature, privacy, rock hunting and magnificent sunset views with a very comfortable inside area. Highly hospitable hosts. Couldn't ask for anything more.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • 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 around the Northport,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
fall 2018
15 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £27 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 £27 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 £27 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £380.1
Property Damage Protection £44.85
Pet Fee £76.02

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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