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Tranquil Beach Retreat - Traverse City, Michigan | Scenic Arbutus Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,480 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Private Lakefront Home With Sandy Beach - Water Toys Included! Trophy fishing!

Year-round rental located on Traverse City's most scenic Arbutus Lake! Relax on 60 feet of sandy beachfront - comes with three kayaks (one double, two singles), a paddle boat, paddle board, and a floating dock for other water toys! Perfect for both a romantic getaway or fun family retreat. Less than 10 miles from Traverse City's quaint shops, restaurants and breweries. Sleeping Bear Dunes, Torch Lake, and other area highlights are nearby! Three bedrooms and two full bathrooms (showers). One queen, one daybed with trundle, two sets of twin bunks (300lb weight allowance per bed), a sleeper sofa, and we have an inflatable bed as well.

-Portable Fire-pit (Great for fires by the lake)!

-Fish Cleaning Station & Fishing Equipment

-Boat House With Lifejackets, Gear, etc.


-Pet Friendly

-Three Kayaks

-Paddle Boat

-Paddle Board

-Beach Lounge Chairs

-Charcoal grill, kitchen, and all cooking utensils needed (no dishwasher or disposal)

-Children's beach toys

-Watercraft rentals welcome and available nearby!

Arbutus Lake is 395 acres in size and is approximately 44 feet at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Blue Gill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish and Yellow Perch.

Arbutus Lake is one of the most popular lakes in the area and voted "most scenic" of Traverse City! Warm water, sandy beaches, and great boating/fishing!

This home includes a small front yard and parking for up to three cars (maximum, excluding trailers) off of the drive that divides the beach and front yard - additional parking is available by the bus stop off of Arbutus Hill Rd.

More Details

Property Manager
Samantha H.
Member since: 2016
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

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Calendar last updated:
17 December, 2017

About Samantha H.

Hi there!

We recently purchased this property and are excited to share it with you! We renovated the home in June of 2016 and have had great feedback from satisfied renters! We previously used a rental agency last summer, but are now offering this property to you directly so we can provide the best experience possible!

Samantha H. purchased this house in 2016

Why Samantha H. chose Traverse City

I fell in love with this house as soon as I saw the property listing! I had been looking for a gorgeous lakefront home with a fantastic sandy beach to turn into a vacation rental for others to enjoy throughout the year. This home has a unique charm and a peaceful quality about it. The neighborhood is extremely safe and friendly! There are several other rentals down the road in addition to a small resort - you're bound to have a great time in this community!

If you enjoy summer water sports, fishing (ice fishing too!), snowmobiling, scenic areas then this rental is perfect for you! Located close to the snowmobiling trails!

What makes this house unique

Private home on Traverse City's most scenic lake - Arbutus Lake. Trophy fishing! Gorgeous lake is warm and the beach is soft and sandy! Driving to downtown is less than 10 minutes away and yet the amount of peace and quiet you have is great! Arbutus is a chain of lakes and numbered #1-#5. This home is at the bottom on a no-wake lake #1. Access to all lakes from #1. A short distance away are lakes #2-4 which allow for high-speed boating from 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. #1 connects to all the lakes.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Traverse City in Grand Traverse County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1480 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Quiet hours after 9 p.m. - 9 a.m. Speedboating allowed on lakes 2-4 after 11:00 a.m. All dirty dishes must be washed and put away, trash taken out
  • Any cigarette butts outside and not in receptacle is a $50 fine.
  • Do not put ANY food or debris down the kitchen sink, otherwise there is a $250 fine to snake the drain
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • One upstairs and one downstairs - downstairs is an updated, modern bathroom. The upstairs bathroom is shared between the master and second bedroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 2 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Daybed with trundle - comfortable foam mattresses!
    Living Room - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Pull-out sofa in living room
    Bedroom 3 - 4 Single Bed , Two twin-bunks in the lower level
  • In addition to sleeping 10, there is also an inflatable bed available
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Watercraft are available to rent through several nearby businesses (drop off is an option too!), as are many other services. Please let us know what type of services you would like and we can help with arrangements - additional services will be charged according.


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Tranquil Beach Retreat - Traverse City, Michigan | Scenic Arbutus Lake
average rating of 4.25 based on 8 reviews

Great location, kids had a lot of fun, bedding not clean

  • 4 of 5

I would have given a 5 star were it not for the uncleaned bedding. The pillowcases and pillow smell really bad. I contacted the owner the next day and she immediately purchased new bedding.

The kids had a lot of fun with the kayak. The house also has everything you need for a lake front vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful warm lake, amazing scenery. House was great. We had a wonderful "up north" week

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Dawn! You were a wonderful guest as well - welcome back any time!
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relaxed and family-friendly location

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed staying at this house. The lake was so much fun for swimming and kayaking. The small road between the house and the beach was easily navigable for the children with us.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Evanston IL

Arbutus lake home stay July 2017

  • 3 of 5

My Review will have to be a mixed review with both positives and negatives.

I will start with the positives: My family of 5 along with our dog stayed at this home.

The lake is gorgeous!

We had several beautiful sun sets during our July 2017 stay.

The owners offer 3 kayaks, an older type paddle board, & a row boat. All conveniently available with oars, and life jackets. The use of the kayaks was by far the best part of the stay. We truly enjoyed being on this lake. There's also a floating dock close by, that is an easy swim from the shore. This was fun for my boys to jump off, and the water is warm.

Also the small sandy beach has a fire pit and plenty of basic plastic chairs, to lounge on.

The owners made sure the home was clean at our arrival and had all beds made and ready for us. (I'm stressing this because I've stayed at places that have the linens ready for you to place on beds when you arrive!)....(Not exactly what you feel like doing after a long travel day!!

The kitchen: I'll have to give it mixed reviews, it had plenty of pots and pans, cooking utensils,

Plates which are not microwaveable! Plenty of drinking glasses, and cutlery. But there's no Dish washer! And only 1 wine glass, and only 2 coffee mugs!!! Also the sink does not have a sprayer, to help do dishes!!

Those are some of the negatives.

This is a basic home, the seating is adequate, but lacked basic comforts like an end table next to the couch would have been nice! And possibly a larger comfortable couch would've been nice too. But I realize this is a business and things are all about $$$. Just making suggestions to be helpful.

There are 2 bathrooms. The bathroom next to the master bedroom, has the smallest shower I've ever used! I actually dreaded taking showers in it.

The downstairs bathroom and bedroom is connected by a gated spiral staircase. I appreciated that we could block our older dog from attempting the stairs!! The larger downstairs bedroom and bathroom is set up with 2 twin bunk beds. It worked out for us, but was lacking in a basic bath rug, and towels were slightly scarce.

All in all it's about family so certain things we let slide. I'm only making a few comments so it could be better improved upon.

We enjoyed being close to Traverse city. Cherry fest is our favorite time to be here. The home was basically a good place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Karen! We're glad you enjoyed your stay in our family cottage. We enjoy renting it out to other families to use! It sounds like our coffee mugs are starting to disappear :/ we'll be sure to restock. Thank you for the helpful suggestions. I renovated the home personally last summer while pregnant... redoing the kitchen was something we considered but wasn't in our one month timeline for renovations. Always something for the future! :) The Pinehurst Trail resort homes are older, without modern conveniences like a dishwasher, but we find their simplicity charming. We hope you'll come again! Safe travels!
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Arbutus Lake is stunning! The cabin has everything you need.

  • 4 of 5

The cabin itself is decent with all the essentials that one needs for everyday living.

We loved the kayaks and the paddle board. Arbutus Lake #1 is the perfect size to explore. Fishing is also good. Enjoyable temperature for swimming.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Westfield, IN

Very pretty, lake is beautiful!

  • 4 of 5

The house and lake were very pretty and well maintained. We were hoping there was a little more land for outdoor activities, but we made it work. The neighbors were all amazing and so kind. We comfortably slept 3 couples and a dog without a problem. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport - Traverse City
Car: recommended

Nearby: Sleeping Bear Dunes, Torch Lake, wine tours, etc.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Traverse City, Michigan

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring Season 2018
22 Apr 2018 - 20 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Mid Spring Season 2018
21 May 2018 - 17 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season 2018
18 Jun 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season - Late Summer 2018
20 Aug 2018 - 22 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Fall Season 2018
23 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £1,125.75
Property Damage Protection £44.28
Tax Rate 6.0%

If damages exceed $1,500 as covered by the $59 policy, additional fees will be charged accordingly.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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