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Reviews Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 42 reviews.
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Great family vacation

★★★★★
5 5 1
Vacationed with our daughter, son-in-law and two toddlers. We had a great time kayaking, using the paddle boats, fishing, and enjoying the pool and hot tub. We took day trips to Traverse City and Leland, and during a rain day, enjoyed the Traverse City Children's Museum. Lot's to do!

Beautiful lake 2016

★★★★★
5 5 1
We stayed at Cottages #1. Cottages and surrounding area just look like the pictures. We have 18 and 20 yr old kids. We enjoyed the kayaking around the duck lake after dinner. My husband caught a 1.5lb small mouth bass. Water trampoline was so much fun. We didn't have time to use the pool. Cottage was absolutely clean. I would bring a fan if I knew it's gonna be hot and humid for the bedrooms. Great location. We will definitely visit Kurt and Tammy again

Labor Day Getaway 2016

★★★★★
5 5 1
We came to Brookside cottages for a getaway from home and loved every minute of it. After driving 4 hours to the beautiful location, we reached our destination of Cottage 5. It was cute, cozy and very clean. Kurt and Tammy (the owners) are so great and very welcoming. Kurt went out of his way to introduce himself personally then thanked us for our stay and mentioned if we needed anything at all they would be happy to help. They have rentals for boats and jet skis on the dock of the lake in front of the cottages as well as paddles boats and kayaks. The location isn't far from finding things to do outside of the lake as well. Overall it was a great experience with memories we will forever enjoy and remeber. We will most definitely be going back in the future!

Awesome place!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
What a great family getaway! Our family of 4 stayed in cabin #6. Great view of the creek and loved the deck. Kurt and Tammy are very accommodating. Kurt went out his way everyday to say hello and see if we needed anything. The rec room was an added bonus for the kids to play games and for us to do a load of laundry. Our kids were never bored...even without tv. Great way to unplug and enjoy family time. We will be back for sure!!!

Great vacation!

★★★★★
5 5 1
We stayed in the big house for the first week of August, 2016. Our family of 7 adults and 2 kids fit pretty comfortably. The house definitely offered more than I expected (large washer/dryer, wifi, cable TV, DVD player and lots of kitchen utensils and pots and pans). We loved all the amenities on property as well. Kurt and Tammy are great owners- keeping the property well maintained and very responsive when and if issues arise. We spent a few days just on the property, but we loved going into Traverse City as well. Clinch Park was a favorite, and we loved picking blueberries and exploring on the Old Mission Peninsula. Thanks for a great vacation!

Best Ever!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
I can not say enough about Brookside Cottages. I organized a family reunion for 20 people renting 6 cabins. I can honestly said it was the best family reunion ever! Every night we all sat around the camp fire (even my mom who is 90 and my aunt who is 84) and just talked and laughed. The cabins are very clean and comfortable. At first I thought oh no...no TV but no one ever missed watching TV. Kurt and Tammy were fantastic and always around seeing if anyone needed anything, including me when I locked my self out of the cabin twice! I would highly recommend Brookside to everyone!!

Very accomodating!

★★★★★
5 5 1
“Beautiful House On Park Like Setting With 350' of Private Duck Lake Frontage” My family enjoyed the stay at Brookside in the house and all the fun activities to do while there. It was the week of the Cherry Festival and that also added to the list of things to do; however, having the pool, game room, kayaks, trampoline and paddle boats was a huge hit for the kids and adults. I planned this stay so that my sister and her family (kids and grandkids) could enjoy vacation with my brother-in-law (husband/grandpa) as he is battling pancreatic cancer. Lots of photos were taken so that these memories will play a huge part in their future. Thanks Kurt for being such a great host! Hope to return! Date of arrival July 2, 2016

Great Place For A Family!

★★★★★
5 5 1
We had a great week at Brookside! Kurt and Tammy (owners) are great people! They made sure we had everything we needed/wanted to have a great time. We had a pool and hot tub in the front of our cottage and a lake and playground in the back of our cottage. I would recommend this place to everyone!

On our way back!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Brookside Cottages was such a wonderful surprise for us last year. I was born in 1964. All of my family vacations growing up were in corporate hotels. Always on the run all day and then passing out in bed late at night. This was the very first vacation where I felt like I was at one of my grandparent's cottages where they spent their summers as kids. Our cottage was immaculate! We immediately felt at peace as soon as we opened the door. In fact, it kind of reminds me of one of those marvelous exhibits at Greenfield Village! Except here, you can cross over the red velvet rope, kick off your shoes and truly experience a vacation of yesteryear! I'm serious too! A very big part of our vacation was the wonderful,unexpected new friend we found in Kurt! As busy as this man is, he will stop to talk to you like he has been a family friend for your whole life! We are so excited to come back this year. My husband is really looking forward to it also. We hope to meet his lovely wife Tammy this year. Thank you Kurt and Tammy for helping to create some of our best family memories! See you soon.

Clean, Cozy & Well Equipped!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Date of Stay May 30, 2016 My husband and I stayed here for one week and were both really impressed with our experience and the attentiveness of Kurt and Tammy during our stay. They made sure we were taken care of by answering questions before our arrival, and being available by phone or in person when we had questions about amenities or local attractions. The cottage was very cozy and well kept. We were impressed with how it came stocked with many essentials for glassware/dishes, baking, and utensils. We were planning on cooking most of our meals so this was a bonus to know we had everything we needed in the cottage. We also enjoyed the benefit of having free amenities on site. The location was close enough to the attractions of Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes, but also felt far enough removed where we could enjoy relaxation and quiet by the lake. We definitely will be returning in the future, and highly recommend this place!

Mother's Day Getaway

★★★★★
5 5 1
Review “Beautiful House On Park Like Setting With 350' of Private Duck Lake Frontage” Mother's Day Getaway ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ My siblings and I surprised my mother with a weekend away this year. What a beautiful setting for us all to honor her. This home is set up perfectly for privacy and a great open area for us all to be together. The home was spotless, well furnished, and although it was early spring, there was plenty for us all to do. Several of us went fishing a few times and the little ones played on the beach and playground. The game room provided pool, foosball and ping-pong. We had a bountiful cookout, courtesy of the gas grill and several campfires. It was everything we had hoped for and more. The owners were available the entire time and checked in to see we needed anything. They were extremely accommodating and hospitable. This home is very spacious and stocked with high-end towels, bedding, furniture, and is well appointed with fine appliances etc. We will definitely be back in the near future! May 6, 2016

Loved it!

★★★★★
5 5 1
We had stayed at Brookside Cottages 5 years ago when still owned by the previous owner, it was in disrepair. We heard there were new owners and decided to give it another try. Such a major difference! Everything had been cleaned up and replaced or repaired. The property was beautiful and our cottage (#2) had a brand new bathroom, new beds, dressers, night stands, mirrors and there was new furniture in the living room. It was spotless as well. The game room had a new ping pong table and redone pool table. Broken games that were there the last time we visited we removed and a laundry room and bathroom have been added as well as a flat screen tv with cable and wifi. We are so pleased that this special place has been improved and is being taken care of. It is difficult to find places like Brookside anymore. We will be returning and have told many friends who have decided to book their vacation at Brookside. The hosts Kurt and Tammy are delightful to work with and the whole process from initial booking was smooth and effortless. Many water toys and water trampoline as well. This place is a gem.

Very clean!

★★★★☆
4 5 1
We stayed for only a weekend for a wedding during off season but were very happy with the accommodations! Our cottage #4 had a beautiful view, and it was very clean! I was surprised that the establishment did not take credit cards, but they were very flexile about receiving different checks from each party who stayed. We would stay again!! Thanks Kurt and Tammy \\\\r\\\\n -Kelly Wolden

Wonderful Week!

★★★★★
5 5 1
We had a wonderful week at Brookside! Accommodations were nice and clean! Had a great bass dinner thanks to Noah and the pool and water trampoline were Hannah\\\'s favorites! Lovely spot for a family vacation!!

Wonderful Week!

★★★★★
5 5 1
We had a wonderful week at Brookside! Accommodations were nice and clean! Had a great bass dinner thanks to Noah and the pool and water trampoline were Hannah\\\'s favorites! Lovely spot for a family vacation!!

home away from home

★★★★★
5 5 1
If we could give this place higher than a 5 we would. From the moment we arrived Kurt and Tammy made us feel like we were friends. They quickly learned all 4 of our kids names, and would make sure they asked them how they were having fun each time they saw them. My oldest loves to fish, and Kurt was ready to tell him all the great fishing spots on the lake. The amenities available such as the kayaks, row boats etc were in great condition! Especially the water trampoline that my kids enjoyed immensely. Then when we didn\\\'t have a plan for the day, again they were ready for suggestions of where to go and what to see. Staying here was the best experience our family has had in Traverse City. It is far enough away from the hustle of the city, yet close enough that you don\\\'t miss a thing. The calm nature of this place I have never experienced anywhere else, and look forward to returning year after year. Overall, the housing (Cottage 11), the pool, lake, rec room, etc, was enough to stay there for a week and never get bored, and all were excellently maintained.

Loved it!

★★★★★
5 5 1
So glad we found Brookside, we had an awesome vacation! The resort itself is amazing, so many things to do right on the property and the property is gorgeous! The lakefront and the beautiful stream on the edges of the property are so picturesque and peaceful. The location was perfect for our adventures out, close to Traverse City and the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Had Moomer\\\'s Ice Cream for the first time, yum! The water trampoline was so fun, the kids were on it everyday, the kayaks and peddle boats were great and the pool and hot tub were nice for those of us who don\\\'t really like to swim in the lake. The cottages were very clean and the kitchen was well stocked. If we were in need of something or had questions, Kurt & Tammy were always available and quick to respond. Thank you so much for making sure we all had a great time. We all voted and we will be returning next summer and hope to make it every year! If you are looking for a great family vacation spot in the Traverse City area, don\\\'t pass up Brookside!

Great Family Reunion

★★★★☆
4 5 1
I loved spending the week there. I was there with over 20 family members and we all had a great time. Only complaint, the pull out bed in the apartment is uncomfortable.

loved it

★★★★★
5 5 1
Our family of 5 stayed in cottage 5 for one week and loved it. It offered a great view of the lake and the brook. We visited many places while we were there but staying at the cottage was our favorite part of our vacation. Very relaxing and our kids loved the water trampoline.

\\\"Family Vacation Wonderland\\\"

★★★★★
5 5 1
We rented the \\\"big house\\\" at Brookside Cottages for a family vacation over the July 4th week. We had family from Florida, New York, and Washington DC as well as Michigan. We also rented a pontoon boat for the week and paddle boards for the week. We enjoyed so much the use of the boat to discover different private beaches along the lake and to fish. It was just wonderful! The pool is terrific and makes a great treat after a hot day in Traverse City. We all brought bikes and went into Traverse City and road the trail all around the city and through the city as it was the National Cherry Festival. We spent a day at Sleeping Bear Dunes and several family members made the trek down and set a family record of 18 minutes to climb back up!!! This house and facility is a perfect spot for a family get away. My four grandchildren were from one year to six years of age and it was perfect for all of them. The playground was wonderful and the trampoline in the water was perfect. The resort is a perfect distance from Traverse City to allow family members easy access without being in the center of all that activity. We attended a Doobie Brothers concert at Interlochen and it was terrific. Several family members played golf on a number of famous Michigan courses. This place has something for everyone, and the owners are extremely responsive to the needs of the renters. Kurt was there everyday several times servicing the pool, taking care of cottages, and just checking to be sure we were all set. I highly recommend this resort. The people in the cottages were delightful neighbors to share the area. Well worth our time and the money spent.\r\n

Family Fun Week

★★★★★
5 5 1
Our family spent a week at The Big House on Brookside Cottages Property. Family members from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Flint areas spent the week enjoying activities on the property and surrounding areas. The pool, the lake, trampoline, the water sports equipment that we rented were enjoyed by all. We also enjoyed visiting the Traverse City area including the Dunes, the shops, and great dining. This was a wonderful place to have my family come together and celebrate my retirement from teaching. Kurt showed great attention to detail and was very helpful when assistance was needed. Tammy was very gracious to answer my many questions during emails prior to our stay. We would highly recommend this property to everyone.

Enjoy !

★★★★★
5 5 1
Just back from a stay at the cabins, having family on Duck Lake this is the 3rd time we are staying there, so thankful to find such a place to enjoy our vacation. Beautiful grounds, much for entertainment ( having now kids in their 20\\\'s, kayaks,pedal boat and fire pit were appreciated ) cleanliness and very well equipped kitchen must be mentioned. The new owners are the easiest and obviously eager to please, living in California our e mail reservation and short call was a charm. Since our daughter and her dad are IAA graduates we know the area so well, please take a short drive to Karlin and yes go to the little store next to the resto ..... BEST smoked bacon and Jerky really!

Great Memorial Weekend!

★★★★★
5 5 1
My fiance and I stayed at Brookside Cottages over this past Memorial weekend, it was really great! The weather didn\\\'t seem to know what it wanted to do so the heated pool and hot tub were greatly appreciated. Our cottage was extremely clean which was such a great surprise after some of the other places we have stayed, I usually have to do a little cleaning before I can feel comfortable but not at Brookside. Overall it was an outstanding stay and we hope to be able to return in the future. Thank you Kurt and Tammy for sharing such a beautiful property.

Perfect Family Vacation

★★★★★
5 5 1
I can not say enough good things about Brookside Cottages! My family of four had a fantastic time here and spent quality time away from tv and video games. We stayed in number 6, a 2 bedroom with a new bathroom and nice deck on the river side. Very peaceful. The property itself is beautiful. It was still too chilly for us to enjoy the lake but we hope to be back in August, we loved it that much! Kurt and Tammy seem to really care that their guests have a great stay and were very helpful answering all our questions. I think we have found the place we will return to year after year.

Awesome

★★★★★
5 5 1
We were here for a week in September 2014 for a wedding celebration. Let me tell you, this place has charisma like no other! The cabins are cozy, firepits at each one. The main house was more than sufficient to hold events for the wedding party and the owners were more than accommodating! I can\\\'t wait to come back again year after year!

Beautiful House

★★★★★
5 5 1
We rented Brookside Cottage House for a place to stay during our son\\\'s wedding. The home was everything and more than we expected. We were impressed the moment we unlocked the front door. There was more than enough room for the 8 of us that stayed. The home and property are very well maintained and create a homey atmosphere. A good time was had by all. We would highly recommend Brookside to anyone looking to stay in the area. Peaceful and quiet while being close to local amenities. The owners are friendly and easy to contact. We thank you for sharing your lovely home with our family during a special time.

Beautiful House

★★★★★
5 5 1
We rented Brookside Cottage House for a place to stay during our son\\\'s wedding. The home was everything and more than we expected. We were impressed the moment we unlocked the front door. There was more than enough room for the 8 of us that stayed. The home and property are very well maintained and create a homey atmosphere. A good time was had by all. We would highly recommend Brookside to anyone looking to stay in the area. Peaceful and quiet while being close to local amenities. The owners are friendly and easy to contact. We thank you for sharing your lovely home with our family during a special time.

GEM

★★★★★
5 5 1
Kurt & Tammy,\r\n\r\nWhat a GEM of a place you have here! Thank you for the hospitality, cottage on the lakefront, being so available to answer questions and quick to accommodate any needs whether we asked or not! Thank you so much for the clean, comfortable, warm, inviting, entertaining and fun stay!\r\n\r\nAdam & Erin

“Fantastic Family Getaway”

★★★★★
5 5 1
Review #9055074 “Fantastic Family Getaway”\r\n\r\nOur family had a wonderful vacation at Brookside Cottages! The kids (and adults) where overwhelmed with all the activities to do right on the property; swimming in the pool and the lake, kayaking, the game room (house), bonfires, and the most fun of all the water trampoline! \r\n\r\nKurt and Tammy were great hosts and very helpful when we needed assistance. I would highly recommend Brookside Cottages as your next travel destination. \r\n\r\nThe Masters Clan\r\n

Character

★★★★★
5 5 1
Tammy and Kurt--\r\n\r\nNancy and I could not have been more pleased with your hospitality at Brookside. We did not know what to expect beyond what we had seen on your website. Since we had both been campers at Interlochen 50 long years ago, , we knew something of the beauty of the area, but had no idea just how nice it would be to have a place away from the music camp itself. and only ten minutes down the road to a grocery and the camp, excellent situation. \r\n\r\nThe sunrise, the sunset, beautiful. That was not up to you, but the convenience of the washer and dryer to do our wash made the logistics easy. And the cabin itself provided all the comforts of home, enough space in the fridge for our modest eating needs. the window AC was just enough to calm down the heat. \r\n\r\nThe other adult campers who stayed on the campus had quite a different experience, the generic hotel. Your cabin provided character in abundance and made our stay memorable.\r\n

Thank you!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Just wanted to say thank you for our great week at Brookside Cottages. We were a group of 28 from 70 to 4 months old and everyone had a wonderful time. The children loved the pool and the playground and the adults enjoyed the campfires and a chance to reconnect.You provided a wonderful place for our family reunion!

Heaven!

★★★★★
5 5 1
We stayed at Brookside for the 2nd time early in August 2014. Kurt and Tammy as new owners have done an excellent job of making the property more eye-appealing and therefore more relaxing and comfortable. They are also wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome from the moment we arrived. We had expected to have a fire pit like we had during our first stay in 2012 and were sad to see there wasn\\\'t one for our cottage. We called Kurt to ask if there was a \\\"common\\\" fire pit we could use so our grandson wouldn\\\'t be disappointed. Kurt explained that they had just gone for dinner but would come right back and bring us one of the portable fire pits they have. Tammy and Kurt couldn\\\'t have been any more accommodating. Each time they were at the resort, they stopped for a quick visit. Kurt came to see us before departure to be sure things were up to our expectations and I assured him that everything was just wonderful. The cottages are inviting and comfortable - just enough room for what we needed since we spent 90% of our time outdoors. Kurt and Tammy have provided the basics that are needed in the cottages. There was nothing extra that we wished we\\\'d had. The beach area, while not big, is adequate for lounging as well as wading into the water and going for a quick dip. The new water trampoline was a hit with all the guests for the full week we were there. Not a day went by that it wasn\\\'t used. Overall, the resort has really shaped up and the owners are great. We would definitely consider going back.

Great Place...

★★★★★
5 5 1
\r\nGreat place to stay. Don\\\'t sleep on this place. It\\\'s quite, quaint and the new owners are wonderful and polite.

The Big House

★★★★★
5 5 1
Review #8910872 The Big House at Brookside \r\n\r\nWe rented the \\\"big house\\\" in the middle of July 2014. The house can be divided into 2 units with each having a living room, a full kitchen , and full bathroom as well as 2 bedrooms each. We rented both units for our extended family of parents, children and grandchildren. Brookside is a great place to vacation. We spent a week there and had a ball. We found the cottage to be clean , nicely furnished and well equipped especially the kitchens. We actually enjoyed the 2 living rooms giving the grand kids some extra space for games while the adults used the downstairs living room. The outdoor heated pool was a great hit as well as the hot tub next to the pool. The huge trampoline raft on the lake was used everyday except one rather cool day and everybody used the pool instead. Most of the adults were on the raft as well. The resort provided kayaks . rowboats and a paddle boat for our enjoyment. The Owners/managers were very friendly and accommodating.They clearly demonstrated professionalism in handling a large resort like Brookside. They were very helpful when we needed one of the 2 RV sites available on the property. Our son also brought a canoe and a sailboat and the sailing was great on Duck Lake. The photos on the vrbo site were accurate. We were able to visit other local attractions although we mostly stayed at the resort because there was enough to do right at the resort. We would definitely rent at Brookside again and recommend it to our friends. \r\n

Love it!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Brookside Cottages is so cute! The cottage was old, but set up very cute and clean. They don\\\'t have tv in them which actually turned out to be great, more time spent with family, doing family things. The property is beautiful, love the pool and the water trampoline, the kids were never bored. Kurt and Tammy were very nice and helpful and our stay was great. We hope to make this a family tradition.

Time Well Spent

★★★★★
5 5 1
It’s hard to figure out where to start when you want to comment on a family reunion that took place at Brookside cottages. We needed a place that could accommodate a group of 30 + with different size family units; we needed to be able to gather together as a group and yet have privacy so we would be sure to remain a close and happy family at the end of our week together; we wanted a place that was close to Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City and all the area has to offer and yet we also wanted a place that was quiet and relaxing. We wanted a place to fish, participate in boating and water sports, swim, and also have the ability to be together indoors if the weather didn’t cooperate. We wanted accommodations that were clean, comfortable and had the cooking and eating utensils needed to prepare the meals we intended to share together.\r\n\r\nBrookside Cottages has it all…to a person we loved our time there and are still talking about how much fun we had and how perfect the property was for our gathering. It was great fun to stay at Brookside and a true pleasure to get to know Tammy and Kurt – they are delightful and take such pride in Brookside and work tirelessly to make sure guests are comfortable and feel welcome. \r\n\r\n\r\nPat Doherty\r\nDonna Spivey\r\n

Terrific Resort

★★★★★
5 5 1
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, The boat worked out great too. Thanks again for everything, You have a terrific resort!

Heaven on Earth!

★★★★★
5 5 1
More than we could have ever asked for! This property is so beautiful, Kurt and Tammy were so welcoming and made us feel like we were at our own home. The house was so well appointed and beautifully decorated. If you have an opportunity to stay here, do it! You will be glad you did!

Awesome!!!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Our stay at Brookside Cottages was fantastic!! Everyone loved the cottages and all the amenities. The cottages were spotless. So glad we found this beautiful place. Thank you Kurt and Tammy! We hope to be back soon.

Awesome!

★★★★★
5 5 1
OMGoodness! We had a family group (of 26?) on a magnificent family vacation! The facilities were fantastic, something for everyone! My husband noted, we were more comfortable in our cabin than in our own condo during renovations! Everything was clean, fresh, accommodating ,,, simply a lovely week!! (Tammy, I almost made my sister buy me those red chairs but we couldn\\\'t fit them in the car! lol ) Thanks SO SO much Kurt and Tammy ( and crew at Brookside)! Beware, I\\\'m sure we\\\'ll all be back!! Thanks again!

Paradise!

★★★★★
5 5 1
So happy we found this little piece of paradise! We really enjoyed our stay, the owners have done much to upgrade the property and were very attentive to all of our needs. They truly cared we had a great time. We stayed in cottage 8 which was a darling efficiency, small, but just right for us. We had everything that we needed.\r\n\r\nThank you for sharing Kurt and Tammy! Hope to be back soon!

A wonderful getaway!

★★★★★
5 5 1
My family of four rented Cottage 3 at Brookside for a week and could not have been more pleased! The cottage was cute and comfortable and so clean! The owners were very attentive and gracious. They have done a lot of upgrades and improvements. The huge water trampoline was a hit! Our kids had so much fun. Having the recreation room on a rainy afternoon was greatly appreciated, a family game of ping pong was great fun. We will definitely be back! Thank you Kurt & Tammy!
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