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Pure Michigan's Finest Waterfront Setting, Beautiful Long Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 10)

'Carroll's Cottage' provides the best of both city and 'Up North' living, creating fond memories for generations of families and friends. Located just 8 miles from Traverse City, you can take advantage of all that Traverse City has to offer: fine or casual dining, an abundance of sporting activities and sightseeing, theater, shopping and events every week of the year. Or, you can stay at the lake, and enjoy the pristine waters of beautiful Long Lake, a large inland lake that warms up for swimming by mid June, and stays warm into the gorgeous fall months, where the leaves offer a kaleidoscope of color. The lake has three large islands for exploring. You can pull your boat onto the shore and bask in the sun or set out on foot to get yet another vista of the spectacular crystal clear waters of Long Lake. Directly across from the cottage, you will find the 'Armour Estate', an historical landmark once owned by the Armour Meat family. Touring the lake, you will see many remnants of the past, including boathouses and beautiful cottages. If you feel adventurous, try your hand at turtle catching...that activity can provide hours of fun and excitement for little ones. Fishing is always a great pastime at the lake. There are bass, walleye, perch and the elusive 50 lb. muskie commonly known as 'Old Scarface' along with many other fish great for fish fries or just catch and release.

When the day winds down, you can sit around the fire pit on the beach, roasting marshmallows, singing camp songs or star gazing. You would be amazed at how clear the night sky is on a soft Northern Michigan night!

Interlochen Center for the Arts is an international music camp located just 5 miles away. They boast a spectacular line up of entertainment most weeks throughout the summer.

The cottage is just 30 miles to the Lakeshore of Lake Michigan where you can enjoy miles and miles of hiking, beaching, boating and swimming. Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes are part of the National Parks System; you can rent canoes and travel down the Platte or Crystal Rivers and end up on Lake Michigan. We are happy to help you plan your vacation as we know the area well!

Keywords: Traditional cottage on the sandy shores of Long Lake. One of the best swimming/ boating/ lakes in Northern Michigan.

More Details

Janet Jannoun
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
8 August, 2017

About Janet Jannoun

We are a large family who jointly own the cottage. Purchased in 1948 by Rose and Bob Carroll who owned 3 bakeries in Traverse City, they used the cottage to get away from the city. The family moved out to the cottage every summer for the entire summer and moved back to Traverse City when school started. So you see, many generations of Carroll's and friends have enjoyed the cottage and lake over the years and consider it one of the most important gathering spots for the entire family.

Janet Jannoun purchased this cottage in 1948

Why Janet Jannoun chose Northern Michigan

Long Lake offers proximity to Traverse City and the surrounding area while also giving you the experience of a true Northern Michigan summer on the lake. We think it is the best of both worlds!

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage allows you to kick back and enjoy all the beauty of nature; a retreat in which you slow down and remember what it feels like to truly relax and enjoy life away from our hectic routines. Friend us on Facebook @ Carroll's Cottage

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have been coming to the cottage for 35 years and staying for two weeks each time. There isn't a better, more relaxing place to be in Northern Michigan. We enjoy the cottage and area no matter what the weather is....sunny days are spent at the beach and in the water; rainy or cloudy days, we enjoy the surrounding area...we are never at a loss for something to do. Our children and now our granchildren can't wait for their two weeks at Carroll's Cottage!
Jun 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Traverse City in Grand Traverse County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Vanity, Toilet, Shower Tub, Lots of room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1), Full Bed (1), Sleep Sofa (1), Full Bunk Beds (1), Play Pen (1), Port a Crib (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
'Two docks for docking your watercraft', 'fire pit for campfires', 'sandy beach with 100' of frontage', 'easy walkout/play area for children in the water', 'row boat with electric motor, kayaks & paddle boat available', 'secluded/ protected part of the lake in Crescent Shores cove', 'picnic tables and outdoor deck for enjoying the peaceful, serene sunsets and views', One bedroom has a queen sized bed with a crib in the room; one bedroom has a full sized bed; other bedroom has 1 sets of full bunk beds with bed linens, comforters and pillows included. Updated every year, this cottage has been home to renters and family for over 50 years. The Lake has access to adjoining 'no wake' Mickey Lake where loons can be seen and heard, along with turtle catching and plenty of fishing in both lakes.


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Pure Michigan's Finest Waterfront Setting, Beautiful Long Lake
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 16 reviews

Great experience

  • 4 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful stay at Carol's Cottage. The place was very clean and having a sandy beach in the backyard was awesome! The location was also great. They only 2 gripes that I would have is no a/c, but we knew that, and the kitchen table was a bit small. These things are very minor and really didn't detract from the overall experience.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mike, Thank you for the review, we appreciate it. Unfortunately we had the A/C installed later in July, it will be there ready for you next time. Glad you guys enjoyed your visit. Best, Janet
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Woodbridge VA

Wonderful Long Lake Relaxation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Another delightful week at Carroll's Cottage. Janet's meticulous attention to detail and loving care of the property makes this the ideal vacation spot. We've enjoyed her hospitality several years. Our family loves it, including our poodle. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carroll's Cottage Pure Michigan!

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful cottage. We enjoyed every bit of it, the lake was gorgeous and waking up to the view was breath taking. We enjoyed having fires every night with the kids and our dog, boating and fishing. The owners were so nice and very accommodating.Can not wait to come back and enjoy some more.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Cabin with great location!

  • 5 of 5

Carroll's Cabin is a well maintained rental. The location on the lake is perfect with great views and access to Long Lake as well as a smaller lake. Fishing was good and the lake was great for waterskiing. The private sand beach and water toys really make this cabin fun. My vacation was much more enjoyable since I was allowed to bring my dog!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Michigan getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at caroll s cottage for a girls weekend. The cabin was kind of tricky to find but as soon as we arrived we were immediately pleased. The September weather was a bit cool to utilize the beach but we spent most of the time in the hot tub and by the fire. The cabin was very clean especially the bedrooms and bathrooms. We had such a great time at the property we only made it into town once to hit the wineries. The girls were already talking about coming back next year before we even left! The owners were very accommodating , thank you for letting us stay at your place!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Woodbridge VA

Heaven on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

We've been privileged to enjoy Carroll's Cottage several times. It is such a beautiful property, with the best lakeside setting ever. Private and relaxing, yet perfectly located near all the Traverse City area has to offer. With a gorgeous private sand bottom beach, two docks, and all sorts of water toys to enjoy one never need leave the lake! But you'll want to enjoy all the gorgeous area has to offer- just a short drive away. The owner has thought of everything you and your family will ever need - the very best I've EVER dealt with. Comfortable furniture, beds, bedding, towels - it's all there. The kitchen is wonderful and the view out the kitchen window is beautiful. You will absolutely LOVE Carroll's Cottage. Perfect for families of all ages....the flat lawn and beach provide room to stretch out. The neighborhood is friendly and quiet...good for a jog, long walk, or walking your dog. The is PERFECTION!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14.8 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport TVC
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
The Crown Golf Club
Nearest Beach
Front door
Car: recommended

'Kayaks and a pontoon are available for rent at an additional cost', Take advantage of all Traverse City has to offer: Cherry Festival (7/1-7/9); Traverse City Film Festival (July 31st-8/4) Interlochen Arts Academy (full schedule of performances available at their website); Cedar Polka Fest,etc.' There are many great restaurants and activities in the area. Northern Michigan is well known for its great natural beauty, pristine lakes and friendly people' , 'Minutes to Sleeping Bear Dunes charter fishing, Leland Fish Town, Glen Arbor and Empire.'


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Traverse City, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
22 Apr 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Oct 2017 - 20 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Years
30 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
Fourth of July Week
30 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
TVC Film Fest
28 Jul 2018 - 3 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £77.56
Pet Fee £38.78

Half of the rental rate is due at booking with the balance being paid two weeks before the check in date. Credit cards and checks are accepted. Please contact us to make your reservation, we have fees and discounts that cannot be completed online.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.