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Historic Glencrest Cottage

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Last updated: 08/21/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Glen Arbor farmhouse description

This historic home, built in 1870 on an acre of land across from Big Glen Lake (no direct access), has two glass-enclosed front porches that are the center of activity. The house has three private bedrooms and a wicker day bed on one of the enclosed porches. Watch the sun set through the trees on the lake or enjoy your morning coffee as you witness the early morning light. This park-like setting includes mature walnut trees, a circular drive and access just minutes away to Lake Michigan, Big Glen Lake, Sleeping Bear Dunes and the quaint town of Glen Arbor.

In addition to the three private bedrooms (sleeps 6-8) and two full bathrooms, there is a formal dining room, living room, and kitchen. The large master bedroom on the first floor also has a convertible couch and a walk-in closet. Furnished with antiques and “Up North” Cottage character, this home is a comfortable retreat from the fun in the sun of the beaches of Lake Michigan.

Hike the dunes, have a sunset fire on the beach, kayak Crystal River, boat/ski on Big and Little Glen Lake, or just wander the town of Glen Arbor and enjoy the art galleries, restaurants, live music and the friendly people who call this corner of the world home.

Located on S. Dunns Farm Road at the base of Miller Hill Rd, this historic home once had established orchards of apples, cherries and pears, which were shipped to the Chicago market from Glen Haven. Pick up a copy of the book “Historic Cottages of Glen Arbor” by Barbara Siepker at the Cottage Book Shop on Lake Street and learn more about the history of this house. If you enjoy old world charm and the feel of a real “up north cottage” then this is the home for you.

Keywords: House

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included


              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

                1st floor...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

                2nd floor front...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

                2nd floor rear...moreless

              • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)...moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                Includes automatic drip coffee maker....moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:


              • Dining
              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Freezer
              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster
              • Seating for 8 people


              • Air Conditioning:

                1st floor master bedroom has free-standing/mobile AC Unit. Upstair bedrooms have window units....moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                Please bring your own beach towels....moreless

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room seats 8
              • Parking
              • Parking Off Street
              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
              • Washing Machine


              • Books
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo
              • Television
              • Toys
              • VCR


              • Broadband Access
              • Internet
              • Wireless Internet

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio
              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill
              • Porch / Veranda


              • Family
              • Historic

              Location & View

                  • Lake View:

                    Big Glen Lake is across the road, but Glencrest Cottage does not have access. the view during the summer is limited by trees....moreless


                  • Churches
                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Sailing
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Skiing
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Medical Services
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Groceries
                  • Cinemas
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Library
                  • Marina
                  • Playground
                  • Restaurants
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Zoo
                  • Antiquing
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Boating
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Hospital
                  • Wind-Surfing


                  Write a review 4.6
                  from 7 traveler reviews
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                  My Standard Rate
                  7 night min stay


                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
                  • Tax Rate 6%

                  Cancellation policy:

                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                  Last updated: 08/21/2014
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                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Art's Tavern Downtown Glen Arbor MI
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Western Ave Grill Downtown Glen Arbor
                  2.5 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Michigan Lake at the end of Bay Lane

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2007

                  About the owner: We were introduced to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore area about 20 years ago. We spent every summer camping with friends and family. After so many years vacationing we became interested in finding a piece we could call our own. We knew instantly the farmhouse that happened to be abandoned and for sale, and one I was always intrigued by while cycling around the lake, was the perfect place for us. We literally breathed life back into the place renovating as much as we can and the budget will allow over time, while trying to preserve the feel of one of the original farmhouse in the area. To this day we consider it a labor of love and an ongoing relationship that continues to provide our family, our friends and our guests with memories that last a life time. We are proud to call this a place we can take care of and share with others.

                  Why the Owner Chose Glen Arbor:
                  After 15 years of vacationing in Sleeping Bear Dunes, we decided to see what was on the market. We knew immediately in 2007 when we purchased the home that we wanted to breath life back in to this farmhouse. We completed a renovation on our primary home that happened to have a lot of similarities to Glencrest Cottage. Both were built during the 1860'-70's. Both have withstood the test and weather of time and still retain such a wonderful charm and warm surroundings that links us to the past.

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                  Speaks: swedish

                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                  • Glencrest Cottage

                    Glencrest Cottage

                  • Front Porch

                    Front Porch

                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • Kitchen


                  • Kitchen


                  • Master Bath

                    Master Bath

                  • 2nd Full Bath 1st floor

                    2nd Full Bath 1st floor

                  • Additional twin bed in front bedroom 2nd floor

                    Additional twin bed in front bedroom 2nd floor

                  • Garage


                  • Garage detail

                    Garage detail

                  • Esch Rd Beach, Empire. Lake Michigan, 15 minutes from Glencrest Cottage

                    Esch Rd Beach, Empire. Lake Michigan, 15 minutes from Glencrest Cottage

                  • Enclosed Front  Porch

                    Enclosed Front Porch

                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • Dining Room

                    Dining Room

                  • Kitchen


                  • Master Bath

                    Master Bath

                  • Master Bedroom First Floor

                    Master Bedroom First Floor

                  • Front Bedroom 2nd floor

                    Front Bedroom 2nd floor

                  • Back bedroom 2nd floor

                    Back bedroom 2nd floor

                  • Fire pit

                    Fire pit

                  • Kayaks at sunrise on Michigan Lake within minutes of Glencrest Cottage

                    Kayaks at sunrise on Michigan Lake within minutes of Glencrest Cottage

                  • Pyramid Point, 10 minutes from Glencrest Cottage

                    Pyramid Point, 10 minutes from Glencrest Cottage

                  VRBO #158003

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                  This listing was first published here in 2007.

                  Date last modified - Thursday, September 11, 2014

                  $1,800 per week (USD)

                  3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

                  View calendar: Updated 08/21/14
                  Minimum stay: 7 nights
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