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Family-friendly, Pet-Friendly, Walk to Downtown and Beach!, Grill, Firepit, WiFi

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,950 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,950 square feet, sleeps 10 - close to Lake Michigan

Agape Leelanau Cottage is a beautiful, large, family cottage in Frankfort, Michigan, a lovely, small, and charming beach town located on Lake Michigan where the Betsie River runs into Lake Michigan. This vacation rental home was added to the Frankfort vacation rental market in December, 2013 after several years of detailed renovations and remodeling. This cottage provides a wonderful vacation environment for individuals, couples, both large and small families, and even multiple families and large groups. We have hosted several church, university, tourism, and special interest groups and we readily welcome groups of all kinds.

The cottage is located at 719 Leelanau Avenue in Frankfort, just a short 5 to 10 minute walk from beautiful downtown Frankfort, Lake Michigan, and Betsie Lake. (It is exactly 0.6 miles from Frankfort Beach and Lake Michigan.) It is also conveniently close to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Crystal Mountain Resort. It is 1,950 square feet in size and has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It is fully furnished (including all sheets and bedding, dishes, and kitchen utensils) and it sleeps up to 10 adults comfortably. (There is also a crib for infants in one of the upstairs bedrooms.) The house also includes cable television and high-speed Wifi at no additional cost.

The cottage has an historic Arts and Crafts design, which was popular in the U.S. between 1860 and 1910. We want to research the history of the house further, but, at present, we do know that it was once a lodge for railroad workers and other boarders when several rail and car ferries operated out of Frankfort and Frankfort was a commercial railway shipping port on the Great Lakes.

The details of the home's design were ahead of its time though, with a very open floor plan and numerous large windows that supply wonderful natural lighting throughout the house, bringing in the full beauty of the brilliant northern Michigan sunshine. The interior styling of the home is bright and uplifting, yet neutral, throughout the home. All of the kitchen appliances (gas range, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker) have been replaced with new appliances within the last 7 years and the cottage even includes a large laundry room with a new front-load washer and dryer. Both of the bathrooms have been extensively and beautifully remodeled.

In terms of bedrooms and beds, there is one bedroom on the first floor, which has a lovely queen-size sleigh bed. The other three bedrooms are all on the second floor. One of the upstairs bedrooms also has a queen-size bed in it. That bedroom has a baby crib in it as well. The other two upstairs bedrooms each have two matching twin-size beds in them. The sofa opens up to create a sofa bed, which is suitable for two adults. If needed, there is also a portable fold-up bed that can be used to sleep an eleventh person. There is a bathroom on the first floor and a second bathroom on the second floor.

In terms of wheelchair / special needs compatibility, the cottage has a long ramp leading from the back parking area up to the back porch and the rear door. There is also both a bedroom and bathroom on the main floor. As such, the cottage is quite accessible via wheelchairs and we welcome guests with wheelchairs and/or other special needs.

The size and location of the cottage allows for a wonderful family (or extended family / friends) vacation exploring all that the northwest corner of Michigan's Lower Peninsula has to offer - Lake Michigan, fantastic beaches, restaurants, shops, wineries, and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Boating, hiking, bicycling, rollerblading, scenic drives, sunbathing on Lake Michigan beaches, shopping, and dining are all nearby. The cottage is also only 45 minutes (35 miles) west of Traverse City if guests desire "bigger city" attractions like shopping malls such as the Grand Traverse Mall. We believe that this lovely cottage and its fantastic location will provide your family or group with a wonderful, fascinating, and unique vacation experience while visiting family or exploring all of the beauty that northwest Michigan has to offer. Again, we also welcome business, university, and research groups of all kinds.

More Details

Eric Haan
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English, Spanish
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Calendar last updated:
3 July, 2018

About Eric Haan

I am a Christian, family-oriented man who owns and operates my own business, Agape Global Investments Corporation ( I live in Frankfort with my wife, Karla, and my 2 boys, Pablo and Joshua.

What makes this house unique

There is a beautiful and historic craftsmanship to this property, with at least 5 different types of local wood used in its construction and decoration. The location is also outstanding with its close proximity to downtown Frankfort, Lake Michigan, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This cottage also has the ability to handle a large family as it even has a large dining table that seats 10. Furthermore, it provides handicapped / elderly access through a long entrance ramp at the back of the house.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Our group of 4 adults really enjoyed our stay in this spacious home two blocks from the water and downtown Fremont. We were able to cook fabulous meals in the large kitchen, do our laundry, play games on the big dining room table, and walk to downtown and the harbor. What a great price on this rental in a great location. Check out the fish cleaning house on the harbor where locals bring their day's catch at 9 PM. Would highly recommend this rental."
Jun 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Frankfort in Crystal Lake

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 11
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Upstairs bathroom. There is a shower attachment to the tub.
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs bathroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Downstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Upstairs bedroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Upstairs bedroom.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Upstairs bedroom.
  • The sofa in the living room also folds out into a bed that sleeps 2 and there is portable fold-out single bed. Thus, the house sleeps 11 adults (8 in bedrooms and 3 in the common area).
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a fantastic home with a lot of beautiful original woodwork throughout. It is also fully functional though with all-new appliances within the last 5 years. The location is also exceptional as it is just a short walk from downtown Frankfort and Lake Michigan. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is also just a 30-minute drive to the north. There is also outstanding hiking, biking, rollerblading, fishing (including salmon / lake trout charter fishing on Lake Michigan), golfing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing in the area. Feel free to ask us for additional details.


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Family-friendly, Pet-Friendly, Walk to Downtown and Beach!, Grill, Firepit, WiFi
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 43 reviews

Right on the money!

  • 5 of 5

We needed a place in Frankfort for a memorial service for my uncle recently. The Lelenau Cottage turned out to be the perfect spot. The kitchen was well equipped, fans in every room, media was great, and linens were perfect. The owner was very responsive to our every need and even my 74 year-old mother found the experience stress free! The fire pit out back was an added bonus and the location was close to everything we needed. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for the very kind and detailed review, Amy! It was truly our pleasure having you and your family members stay at the cottage. Hope to see you again. Best wishes and God bless! :-)
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Very charming home

  • 5 of 5

This well-located home has beautiful woodwork and a very nice kitchen. Lots of dinner plates, bowls, cups, and glasses (although a little scarce on pans and teaspoons for some reason.) Nice computer desk which came in handy since I had to work during my stay. We enjoyed the home very much.

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the review, Lynda! We also appreciate the input regarding pans and teaspoons. We will look to purchase some more. Best wishes! Eric :-)
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Exceeded Expectations

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and comfortable, owner was very accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the review! Hope to see you again. Best wishes! :-)
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Lovely space

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and homey. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the review, Anthony! It was our pleasure to have you stay at the house. Best wishes and God bless! :-)
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Beautiful and cozy!

  • 5 of 5

We always use VRBO for our vacation rentals. This home is in our top 3 rentals ever! The owner had thought of everything for us, all the little things ( trash bags, laundry detergent, toilet paper, coffee filters, bed linens, towels, etc.) The house was in a beautiful little town, within walking distance to Lake Michigan and it was near Sleeping Bear Dunes, Point Betsie Lighthouse, and Traverse city. We will most definitely be back to rent again. Thank you for opening up this home to us. Lori Farlee

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the very kind and detailed review, Lori! It is particularly pleasant to read your thoughts on our cottage relative to other homes on VRBO. We will look forward to hopefully seeing you again in the future. Take care and best wishes! :-)
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The house is very nice for 8 People staying, nice beach with walking distance

  • 4 of 5

The only “pity” I would say is there is only one bath available the night we stay, kinda inconvenience for friends, other than that is a great experience to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review and I am very sorry about the leak in the second bathroom on the night that you stayed. We brought in a plumber, the issue is now resolved, and both bathrooms are now fully functional.
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Nearest Airport
39 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Stormcloud MIcrobrewery
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Crystal Lake Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Bayview Grille
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
0.6 Miles
Frankfort Beach
Car: recommended

The biggest attractions in the area are Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Frankfort has a great beach on Lake Michigan with beautiful sunsets. Frankfort is also very popular for fishing for salmon and lake trout on Lake Michigan. There are a number of charter boats in town that are available for hire.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is just north of Lake Michigan and provides incredible, breath-taking camping, hiking, and scenic drives.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £60.44
Additional Guest Fee £3.78 per person per night
Pet Fee £22.66
Refundable Damage Deposit £226.65

You can contact us directly to book for less expensive rates by calling us anytime at (231) 383-1180, e-mailing us at, or visiting our website at For any cancellations up to 1 day before check-in, payments will be credited to a future stay. Cancellations cannot be made after the day of check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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