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Beautiful Family House on the Lake

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

This family lakefront property has been in the Stanton family for four generations. The original log cabin was replaced in the early 1980s by an architect designed spacious house that can comfortably hold a crowd or be intimate enough for a small group. It is situated on a large lakefront lot on the eastern shore of North Lake Leelanau with private woods to the south and deck overlooking the lake. The sunsets are breathtaking. This house provides easy access to the water with a long pier and unique recreational dock. Boat launch is just 1/2 a mile down the road from the house. We also enjoy the only private marina on the lake so guests can easily dock their boats, ski-dos or a pontoon boat (available for rental in Lake Leelanau). The lakefront area is safe and easy for swimming and the water is crystal clear. There is no sandy beach at our site, but Netto's Beach is reachable by boat right across the lake. Sunny rear patio is great for windy days and is off the kitchen for easy outdoor cooking. There is an outdoor shower and a fire pit for lakefront campfires.

The house includes:

a large, comfortable master bedroom with private bath.

Guest bedroom with two twin beds and semi-private full bath.

And two great bunk rooms with eight twin beds total and a full bath.

LARGE lake viewing living/dining room with seating for LOTS of people inside, not including all the outside areas for BBQ. The sunsets from the house are unimaginable.

The house is set up with quiet and social zones so kids and adults can enjoy the house and not be on top of each other. ALSO, owner is offering access to a unique tree house campsite on an adjacent property that overlooks their private ten acre meadow. Location is across the road from the Lake House (easy walking distance). The Lake House a one of a kind place that is rarely available for rental. You'll love it. We do.

Keywords: Lake house, vacation house, family house,

More Details

Property Manager
Karen Stanton
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About Karen Stanton

Our family has been in Northern Michigan since the 1800's. We have a family run cherry farm in Lake Leelanau and even though I live in Northern California, I try to spend as much time as I can every summer in Leelanau.

Karen Stanton purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Karen Stanton chose Lake Leelanau

This property was purchased by my grandfather many years before I was born. He and my father built a large log cabin here in the 50's as well as the boat house, pier and marina. That original cabin was replaced in the early 80's with a larger, architect designed family home. The view never changes. It is as gorgeous as ever.

What makes this cottage unique

Here are some of the things i really appreciate about Lake Leelanau and the Lake House in particular: warm, sunny days, balmy nights, occasional dramatic thunder storms, incredible sunsets, hardly any boat traffic on the lake (quiet), kayaking across the lake to Carp River and Leland, the amazing beach at Van's on Lake Michigan, sidewalk sales in August, great food at the Riverside Inn, golfing at Leland Country Club (which is open to the public in fall.)


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Lake Leelanau, Michigan

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The only private harbor on Lake Leelanau makes it possible for easy docking of boats, ski-dos or a pontoon for sunset cruises, great outdoor shower, fire pit on the water's edge for evening campfires. UNIQUE TREE HOUSE OVERLOOKING private ten acres meadow available for campouts and play. Same property owner. Location across the road from Lake House. Three kayaks available for use. Fire pit on the water. Sunny front deck great for sunset (and sunrise) views. Family house originally built by my grandfather and my dad. We love this place.


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Beautiful Family House on the Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Beatiful setting on L. Leelanau

  • 5 of 5

My family has been coming to the Leland area since I was a little girl and love the area. Now our children and grandchildren come with us. This house is the perfect setting on Lake Leelanau. The house is roomy and well equipped. The upper and lower decks and docks, great to be out on. Three bathrooms was wonderful so that each of our children's family had their own bathroom. Even though the weather was a bit chilly this year it was one of our favorite places that we have stayed.

  • Submitted: 15-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review. Wish the weather had cooperated more for you. Best. Karen
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North Carolina

Wonderful Lakefront property!

  • 5 of 5

I'm not sure how many good things I should say about this home as I hope to rent it again in the future! My family owned a summer cottage a few doors down from the Stanton's for over 50 years so I was looking for a vacation home close to where ours was (we sold ours about 5 years ago). This home had everything we were looking for in a great floorpan for families. We had 6 adult children with us and having the bedrooms split off was wonderful. I do wish to give credit to the caretaker since we realized that the hot water tank on the bunk bed side of the home was not working. He came out to the house on Sunday afternoon and saw the problem and came back on Monday, July 4th (a holiday!) and fixed it. Timing was perfect as we had two more children arriving that evening so many thanks and much appreciation to him and his willingness to take care of us and make sure our stay was a good one. The weather was fabulous and we enjoyed most of our days on the deck at the water and many nights around the fire pit just talking and watching the shooting stars. We even had "front row" seats to watch the fireworks going off across the lake! All in all, a wonderful family trip and one we hope to do more of. We all love Lake Leelanau and while we miss having our own cottage, the Stanton's home was a great choice for us!

  • Submitted: 13-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home on the lake

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in this lake house!

  • Submitted: 30-Jun-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Freeland, MI

Felt like home!

  • 5 of 5

We walked in and we're all surprised at how awesome the home was inside! Pictures do not do it justice...felt at home instantly and all had a blast! Great waterfront with kayaks, campfire pit, space for yard games, an awesome porch and pool table inside! Lots of seating inside and fully equipped with everything we needed except our clothes and food! We would return to this property in a flash!

  • Submitted: 24-Jun-2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: so glad you felt so at home.
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Great Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

This place was wonderful. The setting on Lake Leelanau is beautiful.

Even with the wooded lake setting, it was roomy and light and airy. I do not think the photos do it justice. We especially liked the two large decks. When it was hot we were down on the deck sitting right on the lake with its cool breezes. When it was cooler or windy, the deck up near the house was perfect. On a rainy day, the room with the pool table came in handy.

The sunsets over the lake with friends and a glass of Leelanau wine was heaven.

  • Submitted: 19-Aug-2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highland, MI

Perfect Weekend on the Lake!

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely beautiful house - the pictures do not do it justice! The views are breathtaking! We stayed for a weekend as a group of 9 (4 couples plus one college student). We were up for a wedding on Lake Leelanau. Perfect location for the group for sightseeing and touring the peninsula, and easy to get to the wedding. Our only regret was that we hadn't booked it for a week! We totally enjoyed kayaking, the beautiful deck, large "great room"! All the bedrooms were comfortable, and the bathrooms large. The kitchen was better stocked than any other rental I've been in, and even had many spices stocked in the pantry. The Stanton family is very welcoming! We felt right at home!

We will be going back!

  • Submitted: 27-Jun-2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTIFUL FALL COLORS AND WONDERFUL WINERIES IN LEELANAU COUNTY. We are located within 5-10 minutes of some outstanding wineries. Leelanau County is fast becoming 'The Napa Valley' of the Midwest! Great canoe trips on the Crystal River, bike trails from Suttons Bay to Traverse City, charter fishing trips onto Lake Michigan, beautiful white sandy beaches everywhere, vineyards and cherry orchards, fantastic folk art galleries, great yoga studio in Lake Leelanau. For boat owners, there is a nice easy launch site just 1/2 a mile down the road from our house. Paddle across the lake to Fish Town in Leland for great dining, shopping and Van's Beach on Lake Michigan. It's a great location for visiting the charming villages of Suttons Bay, Northport or Leland. And it's just 20-30 minutes to Traverse City. There is a fantastic bike path from Suttons Bay into Traverse as well that we highly recommend. Great golf courses too. Lots to do!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Lake Leelanau, Michigan

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$319.42
Damage Deposit C$532.36

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