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Historic Glencrest Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

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.

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More Details

John Mallery
Member since: 2007
Speaks: swedish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2018

About John Mallery

We were introduced to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore area about 30 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.

John Mallery purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why John Mallery chose Maple City

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed every minute of our stay. The fire pit was a hit for S'mores with all of the cousins, (ages 15-6). This was the perfect place to stay for our two families. It was just down the street from the wedding festivities, (Patton House, Haley Houses). We are already planning on the next visit....2016!!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful piece of heaven!
Jul 2014
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Maple City Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1st floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor front
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2nd floor rear
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • 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
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Historic Glencrest Cottage
average rating of 4.5 based on 24 reviews

early 1900's charmer

  • 4 of 5

if you love the charm of an old home, this is the place for you. First of all the home is spotless. very clean and welcoming. All towels and linens were included, loved having the washer/dryer/dishwasher and all the conviences of home. along with being such an old home comes some challenges...uneven floors in most room with creaks to match. the stairway is narrow and very steep, the porches are gorgeous, but hard to use during the heat of the day. the porches were great for working on puzzles, playing games and reading. the only problem with the porches is that the sun beats down on them all day, so they are extremely hot in the afternoon. also at night the screen are not tight to the windows, so it does get buggy in there. If the owner would put up some shades and better screens it would be incredible. the first part of the week we were there was extremely hot. the owner does have 3 window units in the home and plenty of fans. But unfortunately the window units were so loud it was hard to sleep. Also, we love to be outside, and even though there was a fire pit, there was no outside seating and the grounds really needed some work. The home was fun, just counting the number of doorways and finding a secret passage from the bathroom to the laundry room was fun. It was very roomy, but located right on the highway, so there was quite a bit of traffic noise. we normally stay in Empire, first time staying in Glen Arbor which is much busier than Empire. We saw lots of wildlife around the home. Deer, turkeys, chipmunks, birds. All in all, we enjoyed our stay, but if a few improvements were done it would be perfect.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wedding Week

  • 4 of 5

Very cozy, informal, eclectic, and comfortable. Enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is spacious and comfortable and perfectly located just across from Glen Lake and minutes to Glenn Arbor and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Our 4 kids really enjoyed the space and all the different places to hang out in the house. Great kitchen if you enjoy cooking. The fire pit is a big plus as well as we spent most evening by the fire. We stayed one week after the big storms ripped through Glen Arbor, the property owners and their property manager where great to work with, very accommodating and kept us well informed of the status of the town as it came back on-line. A trip we will not forgot and we will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and inviting!!

  • 5 of 5

Loved my stay at the cottage. The space was filled with old charm with mismatch furninshings and decor. Each room leaves you guessing at what the next may look like. From the modern stand up shower to the antique tub, you will be amazed! End each evening at the firepit enjoying wine from your tour and chocolate covered cheeries. What a great way to relax~!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Historic cottage is a mixed bag

  • 2 of 5

My husband, parents, and young son recently stayed at Glencrest Cottage and were surprised at what a mixed bag we found the cottage to be. On the one hand, it is quaint in a shabby-chic way. The beds are covered in patchwork quilts, interesting artwork adorns the walls, and there is a beautiful, large porch in the front of the house that is perfect for large family meals. On the other hand, while some of the rooms are well maintained, others are quite poorly kept. For instance, there are two bathrooms on the first floor. One bathroom is pristine, with a new shower, a cabinet full of fresh, fluffy towels and delicately scented soaps, and tasteful fixtures. The other bathroom is its opposite: the old linoleum floor tiles are coming loose (one was completely unglued when we arrived), the tub is rust-stained, and the lighting is poor. This incongruity is evident throughout the cottage. The first floor bedroom was quite nice and clean, but the two bedrooms on the second floor looked as if they had not been cleaned in some time. The bedside tables in my bedroom were covered with a layer of grime that I scrubbed off with wet wipes, the windows in the bedroom would slam shut if I didn't prop them open with a piece of wood, and there were dead bugs in the corners of the room. All of the appliances, along with the gas grill, are of high quality and well maintained, but the kitchen is small, dark, and crowded with a huge, obsolete stove that basically serves as a microwave oven stand. The porch, as indicated earlier, is lovely, but many of the mechanisms used to shut the porch windows are broken, and as a result, rain comes into the porch during storms. Given how pleasant and professional I found Glencrest Cottage's owner to be as we exchanged emails leading up to my stay, I was surprised at how inconsistently maintained the property was. Finally, the photos posted on-line seem to be quite dated. Although it was not evident from the photos, the paint on the front of the cottage is peeling and most of the rooms are not as fresh and tidy as they appear in the photos. Although the location was great and the price was right, I just could not recommend this property to a friend or relative.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As the owners of an original farmhouse in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore area, we have been honored to be able to share Glencrest Cottage with our guests for several years now and are sincerely sorry for any disappointment you experienced during your stay. We continue to make upgrades and renovations as the budget allows. We have addressed the concerns noted by our guests with our property managers and feel completely satisfied and trust their judgment in resolving the issues raised to ensure Glencrest Cottage remains a wonderful vacation experience.
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What a great family time at Glencrest Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a week at Glencrest Cottage ... and LOVED it!! We celebrated my Dad's 80th birthday with the family and have wonderful memories. Our family rented two cottages, due to the amount of people ... but Glencrest was the gathering place for a campfire every night. We all loved the history of the cottage! It is very well equipped and also enjoyed having a propane grill to cook some fresh fish caught on Lake Michigan. This is such a beautiful area with so many things to do! I use to live in the area ... so love returning whenever I can.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Art's Tavern Downtown Glen Arbor MI
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Western Ave Grill Downtown Glen Arbor
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Michigan Lake at the end of Bay Lane


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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