Historic Glencrest Cottage

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Last updated: 10/13/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property 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

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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


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


  • Family
  • Historic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • 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

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


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

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

  • 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:

    Please bring your own beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    Includes automatic drip coffee maker....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 6%

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 10/13/2016
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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 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.

Why the Owner Chose Maple City, MI, USA:
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

  • Kitchen


  • Kitchen


  • Master Bath

    Master Bath

  • Garage detail

    Garage detail

  • Pyramid Point, 10 minutes from Glencrest Cottage

    Pyramid Point, 10 minutes from Glencrest Cottage

  • Enclosed Front  Porch

    Enclosed Front Porch

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Kitchen


  • Master Bath

    Master Bath

  • Master Bedroom First Floor

    Master Bedroom First Floor

  • Garage


  • Fire pit

    Fire pit

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

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

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

    Kayaks at sunrise on Michigan Lake within minutes of Glencrest Cottage

VRBO #158003

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Monday, October 17, 2016

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Maple City, MI, USA #158003

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