This is the front of the cottage. The living room looks out over the lake.

Entire home/flat

4 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds

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Sweet cottage on private Indian Lake 10 mi. from downtown Traverse City.
The cottage is set off the road with a house on one side with a tall privacy fence, and nature on the other side of the cottage. The lake is great for viewing waterfowl, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and or sitting out at the campfire and looking at the natural beauty of the setting. (It is not a swimming lake.)

The space

Happy Bright Cottage located 10 miles from downtown Traverse City, in East Bay Township, Grand Traverse County, MI
Wooded area with many small inland lakes has an "Up North" feel.
Restful cottage surrounded by scented pines and overlooking private and quiet Indian Lake. Paddle the canoe, watch the birds on the lake, the deer walking by, and the fish jumping out of the water.
The fully equipped vintage style eat-in kitchen has an electric stove and oven. Toaster oven, Coffee maker, and Microwave.
The cheerful living room overlooks the lake with french doors leading out front.
There are neighbors on one side and nature on the other side.
There is a full size futon in the living room for an extra sleeping option.
The bedroom has a queen size bed with a pillow top mattress.
The bathroom has a ceramic shower and a single sink.
Bedding and Towels provided.
There is a No Pets and
a No visiting Pets policy please.

Guest access

Waterfront on Indian Lake
2 Canoes with lifejackets for adults and children in shed.
Fire pit with outdoor seating.(buy your own firewood please) Wood for sale at the corner of Supply Rd. and Hobbs Hwy.

Interaction with guests

I am in contact with my guests by phone or text. I contact guest after confirmation of reservation and 1-2 days before they arrive. I check in by text while they are at the cottage and just before they leave.
I will not be over to meet and greet in person.

Other things to note

Our HOT WATER HEATER is very finicky. If you adjust the temperature with the cold water and then back down the cold again, you will have cold water only till the hot water catches up again. Be forewarned.


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: 8 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 40
Weekend Price: 95 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Do not use the fireplace.
You may have a fire in the firepit outside. Please buy your own fire wood. Firewood available for sale at the corner of Supply Rd and Hobbs Hwy.
Do not smoke in the cottage.
Do not have pets on the property or guests pets on the property.
Treat our cottage in a respectful manner.
Please do not rearrange the furniture.
Leave the cottage as you found it.
Make a list of items that were broken or that need repaired.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card

3 nights minimum stay

118 Reviews

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Blake User Profile
July 2017
Great little lake cottage! Close to TC but also felt rustic and relaxing!!

Emily User Profile
July 2017
The cottage was perfect for our child free getaway. It had everything we needed (towels, blankets, toiletries, etc.) to be comfortable. There is an issue with the water heater as Joyce states, but as long as you follow her instructions it works just fine. The cottage is located in a nice quiet lake. We only saw the residents of the neighboring houses once during our five day stay, so it's pretty private. If you're looking for a nice, quiet and relaxing getaway, this cottage is perfect! It's about a 15 minute drive form downtown Traverse City so you are still close enough to enjoy everything the city has to offer without being around the crowds.

Gregg User Profile
July 2017
The cottage was super clean. Joyce was timely with communication. We enjoyed canoeing the lake every day. The price was very competitive.

Victoria User Profile
July 2017
This place is awesome is very cute and Charming. very quiet love the lake. great time driving to the Traverse City. not that far from everything that you need to get involved in. just had an awesome time.

Ashley User Profile
July 2017
Great cabin for a weekend get away! Cozy and cute. We would defiantly revisit.

Josette User Profile
June 2017
We loved our stay in the cottage! It was incredibly clean and furnished with everything we needed. Bedding, toiletries, dishes, cooking supplies, first aid kit, board games, etc. It was secluded between a few homes by a lake but still 20 min from Traverse City. I definitely would recommend this To friends!

Joey User Profile
June 2017
Nice place!

Michigan, United StatesJoined in April 2012
Joyce User Profile

We enjoy living in the Traverse City area surrounded by the Grand Traverse Bay.
Our family up-cycled this cottage from the top down as a family project.
This cottage is also available for purchase if interested.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.
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