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Charming Woodland, Garden Guest Home, remodeled June, 2012

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Charming 3BR2BA Guest Home, sleeps 6

Brook Song is perfect for a family adventure or a romantic weekend retreat with its king bed, four twin beds, and a futon. Central heat and air conditioning, a gas burning fireplace, surrounding decks, two balconies, satellite HDTV, VCR, DVD, Wifi, radio, washer and dryer, Weber propane gas grill, fully equipped GE Profile kitchen including coffee maker, microwave, dishwasher, dishes, pots and pans, quality linens and towels. We provide a plate of homemade cookies and a fresh bouquet on the dining table. Enjoy selecting vegetables and fruit from our organic gardens.

Bordering on the beautiful Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore Park (voted the 'Most beautiful National Park' by Good Morning, America), Brook Song is located six miles from Glen Arbor, 20 miles from Traverse City, and 0.7 miles from Big Glen Lake. The home is on the side of a hill overlooking a creek, extensive flower gardens, and a mature forest. Imagine waking up and walking out on one of two balconies to savor the woodland bird songs, waterfall music from the creek, and the peace of northern Michigan. Go for a stroll through the gardens or hike the trails on our 42 plus acres.

Remodeled 3 times since its construction.

Winner of the 'RATED EXCELLENT' Award 2011 and 2012 for Top Vacation Rental

We have abundant wildlife. Certified National Wildlife Federation Habitat, 2011. Certified bee habitat in 2014.

Nearby water recreation on Glen Lake or Lake Michigan includes swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, water-skiing, surfing, paddle boarding, and canoeing. Also you can fish for bass, perch, bluegill, whitefish, king salmon and trout. Boat rentals and a launch are available. Charter fishing is available in Glen Arbor, Leland, and Traverse City. Other recreation includes golf, tennis, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and ATV trails. Bicycle the 10 miles long Sleeping Bear Heritage Bike Trail from the Dune Climb to Empire.

Nearby Glen Arbor and Empire are charming tourist destinations with art galleries and boutiques. Fine dining and great casual restaurants will please anyone's palate.

Spa options are available in Glen Arbor, Empire, and Traverse City.

Concerts, symphonies, and dramas are available in Interlochen, Glen Arbor, and Traverse City. Museums are available in Glen Haven, Empire, and Traverse City

Amenities:: Side by side refrigerator freezer,


central air conditioning and heat,

overhead fans in living area, and bedrooms

continuous decks on four sides,

paved patio,

satellite HDTV and VCR, DVD, Wifi, and radio

washer and dryer,

handicap friendly shower,

handicap accessible,

ceramic top stove/conventional/convection oven,


quality china,

complete kitchen utensils and small appliances,

charming antique furniture,

comfortable beds,

quality linens and towels,

gas burning fireplace,

books and children's videos,

swing set for children

woodimals to delight all children and those young at heart

gas grill for outdoor cooking,

glass top table on a covered deck with skylight for outdoor dining and an additional glass top table on the west open air deck,

2 lounge chairs for sunning on the south deck,

2 additional lounge chairs for relaxing on the east deck,

2 chairs at the creek overlook

gardens, gardens, gardens, and an organic vegetable garden

fresh herbs for your own cooking,

trimmed hiking trails,

one bathroom has double sinks and a skylight,

hair dryers and other conveniences.

Fax machine available at owner's home

Wireless internet is available.

We have a newer 23 foot Cobalt motor boat on Big Glen Lake. Inquire with Captain Larry if you are interested in renting it.

More Details

Property Manager
Larry and Ruth Smith
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Larry and Ruth Smith

Larry and Ruth are retired schoolteachers. We love the area and its diversity of sports and recreation, the great restaurants, the local farming, the great people, the wonderful scenery, the fresh, clear waters of Glen Lakes and of Lake Michigan, the wide open and uncrowded beaches of the National Park, the quiet of nature, the festivals of the local towns and of Traverse City, the culture of both Traverse City and of Interlochen Music School. There is abundant and diversified good.

Larry and Ruth Smith purchased this house in 1988

Why Larry and Ruth Smith chose Sleeping Bear Dunes

Leelanau County is spectacular with spectacular scenery and awesome people. Leelanau means 'Land of Delight.' Roo's grandparents started visiting the area when the Model T's became available, and since then our family has been present. We love the freshness, openness, and freedom of this multi-varied topography.

What makes this house unique

The land is beautiful. Hills, gentle walking trails, steep hills, a creek that little ones might explore with water shoes on their feet, wildlife and wonderful abundant songbirds provide relaxing but invigorating joy. Our vegetable garden is all organic and when there is abundance, Brook Song guests are invited to help harvest some for their own use. Kids particularly like picking their own!

There is abundant parking and storage for quests who want to bring bicycles or watercraft toys.

Guests enjoy quiet and privacy, but if they need help, the owners are on site to care for eventualities promptly.


Glen Arbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sinks, sky light
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , single sink, handicap accessible
  • Bathroom on first level is handicap designed: raised toilet, grab bars by toilet and in the shower. Shower has a low level entrance. Bathroom on the second level has a sky light and 2 sinks.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • A crib is available on request, and the futon (in the living room) can be used as a double bed. Both upstairs bedrooms have walkout balconies. The 2 bedrooms with twin beds have one dresser each, and the master bedroom has 2 dressers, an armoire, 2 bed side tables, and an armchair. The upstairs twin bedroom has an extra space that delights the children. The downstairs twin bedroom also has an antique desk.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • 18 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The east deck is covered, has 2 sky lights, and includes a glass top table and 4 chairs. The gas grill is on the east deck. Additional chairs include 2 chaise lounges and 2 others. The west deck is open and also has a glass top table and 6 chairs for additional outdoor dining. The south deck has 2 lounge chairs for sun bathing. Free standing flower pots and hanging flower pots decorate the decks. Follow the path to the steps to the overlook of Hatlem Creek. There you will find 2 Adirondack chairs and a small table. On a quiet morning the deer and fawns drink from the creek. Birds sing, butterflies land on the flowers, and the peace relaxes one. The organic vegetable and herb gardens usually provide for the owners and the guests. As guests stroll the gardens, benches and chairs will be found for relaxing. Some of the benches are rustic and made on site. There are also creations to delight the child at heart: dragon fly, whale, harp, etc.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Charming Woodland, Garden Guest Home, remodeled June, 2012
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews
Tampa, Florida

Comfy home

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Brooksong. It is a lovely property, very clean, and nicely situated near the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City. We arrived rather late at night and were welcomed with wonderful homemade cookies and a floral bouquet on the kitchen table!. Larry and Roo made us feel like we were friends of theirs come for a visit! We would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guests are so genuine, delightful, and dear to us. It seems that each time new people arrive at Brook Song, we meet a new friend. We greet each guest with respect for what they need while they stay: some quiet and rest while some want to see/do everything the area offers. This area offers something for everyone. It just doesn't get any better. Our 43 acres abut the Sleeping Bear Lakeshore National Park. We've had budding track stars, bicyclers, hikers, canoers, kayakers, photographers, families, friends, and so many more spend time at Brook Song. We love our guests.
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Outdoorsy home, good for a family or some couples

  • 5 of 5

This is a charming house that comfortably housed my family (two adults, three small children). The grounds are beautiful and outdoorsy and the owners are friendly. They also didn't seem concerned that we had two toddlers with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This wonderful young family had a nine month old in arms and two delightful toddlers. We were able to share a large yellow Tonka dump truck for them to play with and wish that there had been another! The music of the birds was enhanced with happy children noises. We have several fun activities for young ones, and we are happy having young families here to enjoy all that is present(though, of course, we like all families and groups). It's just fun sharing and seeing people have a good time.
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Rochester Hills, MI

A cozy home away from home in a beautiful part of Michigan

  • 5 of 5

I don't know if you can find people who are warmer, friendlier, more welcoming, and more lovely than Larry and Roo. They looked after our needs without hovering and were just a delight to talk to. Brook Song is cozy and has everything a vacationer needs to be comfortable. The grounds are beautiful and well worth walking through on a cool evening or a bright morning, or whenever you want. We were an easy drive from everywhere we wanted to go and always looked forward to coming "home" every evening after our adventures. My friends and I truly loved our stay at Brook Song and could not have asked for anything more. Many reviews have mentioned the fresh-baked cookies--they are phenomenal! The flowers from Roo's garden were lovely, too, and perfumed the kitchen as we enjoyed our meals there. I can't recommend this rental property enough. We would stay here again in a heartbeat! Thanks so much, Larry and Roo!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You and your friends are so awesome. You appreciate and are grateful for what you have chosen. You laugh and are actively engaging in the area and its attractions. We also love the good care you gave Brook Song. Groups of friends and/or family are so welcome to Brook Song.
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Charming property, comfortable living, and wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Last weekend (June 2017) My wife and daughters (1&3 y.o.) and I had the pleasure of staying at Brook Song. Prior to our arrival, Roo and Larry reached out with greetings, details, and helpful information. They were always quick to respond to our questions.

When we pulled up the long, pretty incline to the house, we were greeted by beautiful green and flowery surroundings, Roo, and her world famous cookies.

Roo and Larry were so wonderful to us and our kids during our stay. They were available if we had a question or needed anything and yet it didn't feel like a B&B with the hosts "hovering" around all the time. In fact, we wished we'd seen them more often.

The house was more than spacious enough for our family of four and even comfortable for 8 when our friends (also with 2 young kids) visited and spent the night. The beautiful property provides plenty of opportunities for exploration and relaxation and yet its location is perfect in its close proximity to Glen Arbor, Empire and even TC (short car rides are appreciated by the kiddos and parents alike).

We look forward to our return trip and can't recommend Brook Song enough! Thanks Roo & Larry

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having guests and this family was awesome. The children were so eager to explore and to try new things, though we wish there'd been more time for that. We also appreciated the good condition they left Brook Song in. We look forward to the families and friends groups that are yet to come this summer.
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Wonderful Home Owned By Friendly People

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Brook Song for 3 years and find it to be very clean, comfortable and secluded enough to ensure complete privacy, yet you are quite close to Glen Arbor. The Smiths are very friendly hosts. Ruth even bakes some cookies for her guests. She is an avid gardener, and they have a large tract of land devoted to flowers and vegetables. If you cook, you can pick fresh vegetables for your meals. The guest home is clean and comfortable. It has all the amenities one would desire. The location is idyllic. We highly recommend the property, and we especially recommend the owners.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are especially delighted to have families come back year after year. There are enough activities in Leelanau County and the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore Park to return countless times and still never be able to take in everything available! We'd love to have you come too.
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Beauty, Privacy, and the Comforts of Home

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible time at Brook Song, and I want to second the review that said this is a better spot than the lake. We visited 6 beaches, 4 towns, and we didn't get to do everything we wanted to do. Since it doesn't make sense to just park yourself at the lake, why stay on the beach when you can have the wonderful comforts and seclusion of Brook Song just a bit off the beaten path? We had everything we needed here, including wonderful hospitality, and the gardens (flower and vegetable) are everything that the other reviewers said. In short, our family could think of no better spot to spend a week.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brook Song guests bring so much enthusiasm and vitality, and we are so glad for their joy and appreciation. Our area of Leelanau County has so much to offer and this group found wonderful activities and the Dune Dash in which to participate. Also a joy for us was the fun of knowing that they found so much to eat in the organic veggie garden. We really like/love our guests.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Art's Tavern in Glen Arbor
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Golden Valley Golf
Nearest Train
160 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
La Becasse in Burdickville
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Big Glen Lake
Car: necessary

Brook Song is 0.7 miles from Big Glen Lake, one of the World's Most Beautiful Lakes, 6 miles from Lake Michigan, and above Hatlem Creek. We are about 26 miles from Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport and about a half hour's drive from Interlochen, an international music school and the home of the National Music Camp. The National Cherry Festival is the second week in July, the Asparagus festival is in Empire in June, mushroom and fishing festivals abound from spring through the fall. Watersports, fishing, hiking, and bird watching in the National Lakeshore Sleeping Bear Park are some of the favorite sports. Black Horse Farm with carriage rides is 1 mile away.

Other Activities: carriage rides 1/2 mile from Blackhorsefarm

The Sleeping Bear Heritage bicycle trail extends from Glen Arbor to the Sand Dune Climb and on to Empire. It also now extends from Glen Arbor to Point Oneida. The trail is off road and safe! and beautifully done.

Boats from Leland to North and South Manitou offer exploration of these two gorgeous islands in the National Park.

Almost all of our towns have Farmers' Markets with wonderful produce and crafts. The area attracts many fine artists and fabulous restaurants. The State theatre in Traverse City has won the best theatre in the world! Traverse City has a Film Festival which attracts many people.


Rates & Availability

Glen Arbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

$2000.00 /Week
Rates are $300.00 per night (for spring and autumn). We require a three night minimum stay. The rate for a week from a Saturday to a Saturday is $2000.00 (depending on the season). We take a $300.00 security deposit and 1/2 of the cost to reserve Refund of security deposit is within the week or at departure if owner can verify satisfactory condition. No pets and No smoking. Larger groups of more than 6 pay an additional $50.00 per person per stay. Groups can not exceed 8 without special permission.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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