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Log Home on Manistee Lake

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 6 Sleeps

- Storybook handcrafted log home with 50' direct lake frontage

- 860 acre all sports Manistee Lake; 35 miles east of Traverse City

- Sleeps up to 6 with a private downstairs bedroom with full size bed with Perfect Cloud Mattress

- Upstairs features two twin beds and an Old Hickory bunk bed with two twin beds

- Furnished including bedding and towels

- Cast iron claw foot bathtub with gooseneck faucet. No shower

- Fully equipped kitchen. Gas range, microwave, full size fridge, slate counters, cooking and dinning utensils

- Stacker washer/gas dryer

- Housekeeping services are not provided

- No phone. No T.V.

More Details

Scott Katz
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 5, 2017

About Scott Katz

Lt Col USAF (Ret)

Owner Katz Centennial Farms, Marshall, Mi 200 ac farm

Resides in Dayton, OH

Interests include architecture, art, gardening, fishing, travel, books, campfires and good wine.

Scott Katz purchased this house in 2004

Why Scott Katz chose Northern Michigan

This is a real full log home built in the fashion of a turn of the century cottage but constructed in 2004. Huge log trusses, real stone foundation, knotty pine interior throughout and real cast iron bathtub. The kitchen is fully modern with full size refrigerator, gas stove/oven, built in microwave, and real soap stone counter. It also features a Jotul cast iron wood stove, free firewood for your campfire, and use of our Old Town Stillwater canoe and 2 kayaks...paddles and life jackets included. The lake drop off is gradual and their is a shallow water 60' dock. Also really nice is the stacker washer and gas dryer.

What makes this house unique

Full log and stone construction

28' covered cedar porch with knotty pine ceiling steps from the water with direct west sunset views

Use of canoe and kayak

Firepit and free firewood next to water with Adirondak chairs

Beautiful turn on the century porch swing looking out over water and sunsets and comfy wicker chairs on porch.

Cast iron claw foot tub


Kalkaska House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No diving from dock
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
- Full log construction with large diameter logs, hardwood floors, and stained glass light fixtures - Woodstove (wood provided) and forced gas air furnace - Outside firepit - Arts & Crafts detailing incuding mica wall sconces, built ins and hand hammered copper hardware - Log stairs to upper level with a large dormer offering a grand view of the lake - Cast iron clawfoot tub--no shower - Kitchen features solid soapstone counters/knotty pine cabinets - Furnishings include Old Hickory furniture and antiques


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Log Home on Manistee Lake
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews
Lansing, MI

A Little Piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased with this vacation rental. Everything exceeded our expectations, and a good time was had by all. We used the canoe and the kayaks daily, and had walleye for lunch two days in a row. The cabin had everything we needed, and getting unplugged allowed our family to spend quality time together with our distractions. The neighbors were all friendly and accepting of us, as renters. The owner was wonderful to work with, and returned our security deposit even before we arrived back home. The cabin was clean, with lovely touches of hospitality all around: firewood bundles, fresh lilacs, lemon juice for our fish fry in the fridge, and even cold cans of Diet Coke. We will definitely come back!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly Recommend: True Up-North Log Cabin at its finest!

  • 5 of 5


+ Exceptionally Charming Traditional Log Cabin (Modern Construction)

+ Location ~ Right in the Snowbelt!

+ Owner/Manager very hospitable / easy to work with

+ Reasonable Cleaning Fees

+ Kids loved the loft

+ Attention to Detail - Furniture, Fixtures, Cleanliness (Top Shelf Amenities)

Be Advised:

-/+ Bath Only/No Shower Head (but beautiful deep claw foot tub)

-/+ No Wifi, Cable, or TV (some may consider this a plus)

Overall, we can't say enough good things about this cabin and our experience. Kids loved our stay. Owner/Manager is exceptional. We will be back...

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a pleasant stay! Thank you for taking the time for a review and the kind words. Till next time. Scott
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Great family vacatiom

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was very well furnished with everything you would need for a week away.

The sunsets in the evening are stunning over the lake.

The cottage is directly on Lake Manistee. It is VERY shallow water directly in front of the cottage and quite a ways out. Perfect if you have young children. However, if you are like my husband and boys, they were a bit disappointed it was so shallow because fishing off the dock was not an option. If you want to fish, you will need a boat to get in to the middle of the lake.

Easy correspondence with Scott the home owner.

Be aware of a few things. The cottage is in an area with other homes/cottages directly next door. No problem for us and the neighbours were very friendly.

There is no shower... Only a tub as stated in the description. I enjoyed it, however my 6'3" husband and sons were not impressed.

Overall a lovely cottage especially for those with young children.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Manistee Lake is stocked yearly with thousands of Walleye. At sunset the Walleye and Bass come close to the shore to feed. This is the ideal time to fish off the dock with a leader, hook, and artificial bait (black plastic worm). Cast and retrieve at this time from the dock for best results. Activity is strong enough the neighbor's keep a stick the size of a legal to keep walleye on their dock so they can easily see if the fish caught is a keeper. 15" I believe. Many nice bass caught the same way.
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The property is wonderful and perfect for a weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Working with Scott was wonderful! He was prompt on his responses back to us and the description on VRBO was very accurate. The Cabin is beautiful, easily accessible for the whole family, and right on the water. The location cannot be beat and the log cabin interior is beautiful! Everything was well equipped and clean. My young kids were entertained all weekend, from feeding ducks off the dock, to boating in the lake with the provided rowboat, to playing in the yard, and relaxing on the back porch. We have recommended this location to family and friends and will definitely be back next season! Thanks soo much!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean, nice cabin

  • 5 of 5

Cabin was very clean and in a great location on the lake. We would recommend this cabin to others. Our only wish was a shower and blinds on Windows. Location is ideal for many day trips.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful! It rained the entire weekend but we still had a BLAST! Sitting on the back swing with the breeze from the lake was so relaxing. Neighbors are very nice as well! This cabin was extremely clean and just the cutest!! Great for a small family or girls weekends! We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Swim, Eat, and Relax.

* Go Out to Eat.

* Visit Marina at Elk Rapids.

* Go to Sleeping Bear Dunes.

* Visit Casino.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Watch the sunset on the lake.

* Swim.

* Fish.

* Enjoy the firepit by the lake.

* Sleep, eat, and read.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Catch minnows in the lake.

* Fish for bass off the dock.

* Body surf the dam at Elk Rapids.

* Make smores.

* Play board games & bake pie.

- Direct frontage on all sports Manistee Lake--porch is 40' from water

- Covered porch just steps from the water for reading and watching sunset

- Sandy lake with gentle drop off perfect for kids

- Jotul woodstove and cast iron clawfoot tub for indoor relaxation

- Great fishing for perch, walleye, bass

- Outdoor firepit

- 30 minute drive to Traverse City/Lake Michigan

- The perfect place to relax


Rates & Availability

Kalkaska House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Acceptance of lease agreement required to make reservation.
Lease contains hold harmless agreement and binding arbitration agreement.
Check in after 4 p.m. Check out by 10 a.m.
Occupancy limited to 6 overnight guests.
No smoking in the cottage.
No pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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