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Tranquil, Natural Setting Cottage On The Narrows Of Leelanau; A Peaceful Setting

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps up to 6

This 3 BR, 1 BA, fully equipped, knotty-pine Lakeside getaway is uniquely situated on the Narrows of 2 inland lakes (North and South Lake Leelanau) , on a peninsula, 4 miles west of Gorgeous Grand Traverse Bay, and 4 miles east of the Beautiful Lake Michigan sandy shoreline.

The cottage overlooks a wide spot in the Narrows which is filled with reeds and a small lake. It has become a Major Habitat for water creatures and birds of all sorts. Its lakeside location and small dock is PERFECT for easy access Kayaking and Canoeing ! Whether to investigate the nests in the reeds, the occupants of the cold water spring or the lilly pads; or to cruise the shoreline real estate gawking all the way into town; a short 15 minute paddle.

The quaint town of Lake Leelanau is a Leelanau County summer-or-bust little town offerring all the necessities of proper civilization. Churches, grocery, 3 cost tiers of restaurants, the famous Dick's Pour House, a winery (maybe 2), a distillery (all in Easy walking distance to Cottage !), a marina, a USPO, a beauty salon, yoga institute... and that's about it !

Fishing in the Narrows remains good year round, all varieties of fish pass through the area.

There are all kinds of nearby hiking and biking trails throughout the County, around 10-12 maintained trail heads within 10 minutes of the cottage. Beautiful, secluded Lk Michigan and inland beaches are just 7 minutes away.

Lake Leelanau is 5 miles from the historic little fishing village of Leland on the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula,

5 miles from the Beautiful bayside town of Suttons Bay (Shopping!),

20 minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park and its famous Dunes and Scenic Drive; as well as the bustling little town of Glen Arbor,

15 minutes to the fun little polish town of Cedar,

20 minutes from the end-of-the-world town of Nautically historical Northport,

15 minutes from the Casino,

and 25-30 minutes from downtown Traverse City.

The serene, restful setting of our cottage, coupled with its prime central Leelanau County location allow for a peaceful stay, or a busy Wine Tour, Sight Seeing, or Visit-to-See-Friends trip. Nowhere in Leelanau County is more than 25 minutes away; all sights and sounds, smells, adventures and Smiles are closer than that !

About the cottage: 1 BR w a Queen, 1 BR w a Full size, 1 BR w Twin Beds; sleeps 6; rate based on up to 4; babies (<4yr) free

A full kitchen with Refrigerator, Stove, Oven, Microwave, double sinks, and dining table.

An attached garage for weather-proof Grill-outs

a Gas Grill

a Comfortable Living Room featuring HD Broadcast TV + house-wide WiFi

a card / game table with chairs

The Highlight of the home is the View Room with its 110 degree view of the Narrows. The View Room is a large, comfortable room that is windows on 3 sides. The views of the pristine Conservancy shoreline on the far shore, Wildlife Habitat in the foreground, and along the far shoreline is the boat channel connecting the massive South Lake Leelanau to the deep, North Lake Leelanau. Its a great place to share a morning beverage or crack open a new book to read, or to be outside, only Inside.

From the North Lake you have access to the Carp River, heading right into the heart of historic Leland, with its riverside, Fine Dining. The South Lake will eventually lead you to the Victoria Creek which when traversed, leads into the raucus, delightfully fun little town of Cedar, on the south end of the Lake.

Nature's encroachment has caused our Cottage's boat dock to offer poor lake access for bigger boats, but is perfect to launch personal watercraft like kayaks, canoes, etc.

Our Cottage is a wonderful little home we'd like to share with you either for several days, a week, or a Month at a Time ! Please review my pictures and share our beauty !

MINIMUM Stays: 2-4 nights, depending on timeframe

Spring & September: 2 nights

*In-Season: 4 nights

*October: 3 nights

* - nook-n-cranny stays are however available. These are stays of less than the minimums that fall between existing reservations. Just review our calendar for these timeslots, and make mention of it with your reservation request.

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More Details

Property Manager
John Tremblay
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Lake Leelanau in Leland Township

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - Full size (brand new mattress)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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Tranquil, Natural Setting Cottage On The Narrows Of Leelanau; A Peaceful Setting
average rating of 4.45 based on 20 reviews

Couldn't have asked for a better getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The lakeside location was so peaceful yet we were never more than a few miles away from a number of restaurants, stores and anything we truly needed. With three bedrooms, we had all the sleeping space we were looking for, all without having to use the futon available in the great room that looks out over Lake Leelanau. John was wonderful to work with and was quick to respond to any questions we had beforehand, as well as during our stay. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had a great time

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a very good time. The large room looking over the water is a great place to sit and relax. We enjoyed looking at the different birds that came through. If you forget to pack food, NJ's just down the street has an amazing variety of food for such a small place. I would recommend the cottage to anyone looking to stay in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Week at Amber Waves

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had a wonderful week at Amber Waves and the Leland area. The description/pictures were accurate and the cottage was clean upon arrival. There were a few cob webs in the corners of windows but that wasn't a surprise for a cottage in a wooded area. We really appreciated the extra touches of nicely folded bed linens enclosed in plastic bags on each bed and the fire pit set up with new logs.

Our favorite feature was the four season porch where we spent most of our time. It was perfect for coffee in the morning and there was plenty of space and seating when friends stopped by to visit. The setting is very tranquil and we really enjoyed watching all the birds flying about the grassy areas just off shore. If swimming and boat access are important to you this probably isn't the property for you but this was made clear to us by John ahead of time.

The grounds are very nice with both tall trees and sunny open areas. The trees kept the house comfortable even though temperatures were often in the low 80's. The new mattress in the middle bedroom was great but whoever gets the far bedroom needs to appreciate a firm mattress. The amenities and finishes are certainly more basic cottage than high-end but as long as your expectations are in line, you'll really enjoy Amber Waves.

Also, we really enjoyed the new Breakfast/Lunch restaurant Fig's in Lake Leelanau. It's not more than a two minute drive and everyone in our family loved it. The cottage location makes it a quick drive to both sides of the peninsula which makes it easy to enjoy the many wineries and the towns of Leland and Suttons Bay.

John was a wonderful host. He made sure to stop by to check in and his communication was excellent throughout the process. He also promptly returned the damage deposit after our visit. If you're vacationing in the Lake Leelanau area, we heartily recommend giving consideration to Amber Waves.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, great cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is our first time staying Lake Leelanau. We have been coming up to Leelanau County for 28 years. Cottage was in a great location for everything we were looking to do. We loved the porch facing the lake. The cottage was stocked pretty well with everything we needed. Looking forward to coming up again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The cottage was beautiful and peaceful, and we were only a 5-10 minute drive from Fishtown and Sutton's Bay. Fig's restaurant down the road has fantastic brunch on Sundays, and Dick's Pourhouse (also just down the road) was a great place for a nightcap. The cottage was clean and the sunroom off the back was delightful.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Felt like Home ❤️

  • 5 of 5

Simply put my family and I had the best vacation! The cottage was cozy, had amazing views, tons of wildlife to watch, and the best part was that we felt like we were at home!

John was great to work with! We didn't realize that the cottage had no a/c, and the temps were a bit on the high side on our visit but as soon as John knew that it was a bit warm he was over quickly to bring us fans which made all the difference!

I would recommend this cottage and area to any family looking to spend good quality time together. There is so much to explore and wonderful towns to visit! We will be back for sure!

Thank you John for providing my family a great experience!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Lake Leelanau, Michigan

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer II
10 Jul 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
5 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £154.26
Tax Rate 6.0%

No Pets are allowed on premises; Violators will be required to remove the animal immediately.

Manager'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.
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