8 Thumbs Up
8 or so hours into our 12 hours of travel to this lovely cottage we communicated with the owner to clarify our arrival time. Jan had planned on meeting us at the cottage but since our drive (with two small children) was taking longer than expected she assured us that everything was prepared for our arrival and encouraged us to help ourselves to a bottle of wine upon arrival. Well, a few hours later, exhausted and with maniacally tired children, we found ourselves in an immaculate 3 bedroom home with a view of the lake and a backyard abutting a nature preserve. Once the children were in bed, we did help ourselves to a bottle of wine (an extensive assortment was available with the invitation to pick something we liked)--and settled in for a lovely 2 week visit. Apart from the wine, over the course of the week it was especially wonderful to have what was truly a fully stocked kitchen--all the gear/prep material we could hope for (I cheered when there was actual olive oil in the cupboard--such a relief to not have to buy a staple we'd use little of but which was relatively necessary for our cooking). We would happily stay at this cottage again (altho' once folk "find out" about this place we imagine it will be hard to get into!) and enjoyed its proximity to Petoskey and Petoskey State Park. The beds/linens/towels were comfortable (one bedroom does have a pull out couch, which our 3 year old slept in fine, instead of a bed). Outside, lots of outdoor seating options and comfortable spaces allowed for tons of time outside. Those traveling with small children should note that while this property welcomes small children, it is not a child proofed home. All the indoor dining chairs and kitchen table are high tops (which was fine, since our youngest is three--a year ago, he wouldn't have been able to sit at these safely) and some of the decor seems fairly fragile (glass candleholders on the floor). With our kids this was not a problem but could have been if we had kids with wilder temperaments. All in all, great stay and the price was plenty reasonable for all that was provided!
Beautiful Home Overlooking Walloon Lake