Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Welcome to the White Lodge* (picture heavy post)

Welcome, friend! Let me get you a glass of wine before we take a tour of the most charming cottage every built. White or red?

The room you entered is the master bedroom. Two of those windows face full west so this is the bed to sleep in if you don't want a sunrise wake-up call. The windows also provide a lovely breeze on warm summer nights.

Right off the master bedroom is the bathroom. Rather large isn't it? (Well, since the only photogenic thing in the room is the shower and the lamp, that's all I'm showing. You'll have to trust your hostess when she tells you it's a very large bathroom. To the right of the shower stall is the "laundry room" - a little cubby set behind a set of lovingly restored French doors.)

On the south wall of the master bedroom, through this door:

is the best place to sleep in Washtenaw County:

(We've since hung vintage tablecloths over the windows to act as curtains. But this cottage dweller isn't happy with them and would prefer some redwork curtains.) This is the view from the right side of that bed at 8:30 in the morning. A lovely sight indeed:

These are probably the most comfortable seats in the cottage. But we never use them. Shame on us, I know, but in the summer the lake view is obstructed by tree. Anyway, weather permitting, we drink our morning coffee on the pontoon boat - a sort of floating deck - the sleeping porch gets too much direct sun to be a truly enjoyable relaxation spot on a hot summer day.

Let's head downstairs now. But before we go, here's the master bedroom from the other corner:

Watch your step! The stairs are narrow and very steep. If you're tall, duck towards the bottom! Ah, here we are, in the cool of the half-basement. Here's our kitchen:

Here's the living room:

The floor is heated which all three of the dogs love in winter.

Come back soon as next we're going to take a pontoon ride around the lake.

*Kudos to anyone who knows what TV Series the White Lodge refers to.


eurolush said...

That is just the coziest little cottage. The bedrooms look so sweet. I could sleep very well there, I think.

What a fun place to visit. Lucky girl!

Can't wait to see the pontoon boat. My parents have one, too, and we have lots of fun cruising around the lake.

Molly's Mom said...

That is gorgeous!! Is it on one of the chain of lakes?

Badger said...

Ooo, the cottage is adorable, and I love the view! I get a little seasick, so I'll take a Dramamine before the boat tour.

Wendy said...

Sigh... Wish I was there.

(And redwork curtains would be perfect! I'd work on them sitting on the porch.)

Anonymous said...

How cozy! It's a lot bigger than it looks from the outside, isn't it? That's exactly the sort of house I'd love, right there.

penny said...

I'll take that bedroom! Not the master, but the other one (although the master bedroom looks comfy, too!) It's like a B&B, except you don't have to deal with anyone else!

Karla said...

I am unreasonably, supremely jealous right now. The master bedroom is gorgeous.....

Karla said...

I am unreasonably, supremely jealous right now. The master bedroom is gorgeous.....

Anonymous said...

What a great place!