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Unique a-Frame Cottage on Quiet East Shore of Big Glen Lake

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

The property offers a great rustic vacation experience on Big Glen Lake. Designed by Tom Halberg and built by Kieft and Dorsey in 1969, this wooded lakeshore A Frame with a bedroom wing was designed as a cottage in the woods with open vistas to a private sand beach and lake beyond. A large wrap-arround deck provides access from each room. Clear clean water provides shallow areas perfect for children to play close to home. The cottage provides a maximum of 8 persons with 3 bedrooms and a loft. Dining area seats 8. The kitchen has the usual large and small appliances for meal preparation. A complete laundry room with sink comes in handy. The front patio and lake deck offer places to relax and watch and listen to the wildlife. Easterly offshore breezes offer comfortable conditions on cooler days and Westerly breezes cool on hotter days. For panoramic views and magnificent sunsets you just can't beat this spot. It's hard to leave the beach when the dinner bell rings.

Keywords: Rustic, Charming, Private, Beach, Deck, Panoramic views, Wildlife, Sunset, Family friendly, Glen Lake, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Children, Quiet,

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2017

About The Owner

The owners have been making Glen Lake their year around vacation playground since 1946.

The Owner purchased this house in 1969

Why The Owner chose Maple City

The property speaks for itself. It is the Most Beautiful Place in America 2011 Good Morning America - Sleeping Bear Lakeshore National Park.


Maple City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bath arrangement: tub/shower with 1/2 baths on each side.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , NO paper or soap products provided. Hall access
  • Bathroom arrangement: Tub/shower in middle with 1/2 baths on either side with doors. Half bath access from Master bedroom and hallway.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , twin size NO linens or towels provided
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen size NO linens or towels provided
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , NO linens or towels provided
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master NO linens or towels provided - bathroom access
  • King size bed on main level with lake side deck access with small TV and bathroom access, walk in closet. Queen size Bed on main level with lake side deck access, bath access via hallway. Bunk beds twin size on main level with lake side deck access, bath across hall. Sofa bed, new 2011, queen size in the up stairs loft TV room. NO linens or towels provided
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
3 sided fire place, front and back patio, each bedroom has access to back deck. Private sand beach with fire pit.


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Unique a-Frame Cottage on Quiet East Shore of Big Glen Lake
average rating of 4.2 based on 5 reviews

We loved this home, the beach, and the location!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a large, well-appointed family home. The master is large with an in suite bathroom, tv, and walk in closet. The mattress is great! All rooms have sliding doors to the deck and lake views. The living/ family room is very large. The kitchen had everything you could possibly need. We enjoyed both the patio and deck, but especially the deck lakeside. The beach is good size with lots of furniture. The shallow water is good for young children. You are only minutes from Glen Arbor. The 70's character has been preserved, so don't expect modern. The Listecki's were great to deal with. Just loved it!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet Vintage Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the house for a week in late July. We picked it for it's A-frame architecture, hoping for a mid-century gem. It totally was. The pics don't do the house justice. It has some nice touches and cool things happening. House was perfect size beds and baths and decks to the outside were all on point. The private beach and wooded view to Big Glen off the back deck was unbeatable. We certainly had some fires burning on beach at sunset. Really enjoyed our stay and would for sure come back if we return to Big Glen.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cottage in great location

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage! Stayed for a long weekend with the whole family (8 of us). There was plenty of space inside. Everything was clean and in good shape. The beach area is secluded, so you don't see the other cottages, and we never ran into anyone else. The water was shallow for quite a ways out, but it worked out well with the 4 year old playing in the water. No problem with swimmers itch for us (but in my experience - 25+ Glen Lake summers - swimmers itch comes and goes from year to year, just make sure to rinse off after you are out of the water)

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Holland, MI

Fantastic Vintage A-Frame Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Our family (2 adults, 2 kids) had a wonderful time at this residence. Large, clean, well designed, well equipped home. Large front deck was a nice shaded option if you or the kids got too much sun on the beach. Rear patio was private yet great for gatherings & BBQ'g on the Weber with charcoal. The large 3-sided fireplace warmed up a rainy day & evening. Plenty of firewood supplied by owner. Fire-pit down on the beach was great for evening s'mores or perhaps a cocktail or two. If you enjoy vintage midcentury / 70's architecture, you will not be disappointed. Nice water views from inside cottage, loft or deck. We were aware of the swimmers itch before we arrived & were equipped with swimmers itch lotion however my son & myself did get "the itch" as we spent 7 days playing on the shoreline. I understand if you play in deeper water, off the shoreline, you are less likely to get it. Close to town & very close to La Becasse & Funistrada restaurants. It has a great / large beachfront in which to relax or play. My only regret is that I didn't bring my water shoes or Teva's as the swimming area has a fair amount of random underwater stones in which you have to traverse to get to deep enough water to swim. Other than that, it's an amazing place!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spring Lake, MI

Quiet and peaceful - but be aware of the itch!

  • 2 of 5

House is very peaceful, quiet and in a good location for access to Glen Arbor, Leland, etc. the house and everything in it is from the 70's so you feel as if you've stepped back in time. Plenty of room for our large family with a big deck to relax on after a long day at the beach. 4 floating boats enhanced the lake experience for our kids and the shallow water was perfect for young ages. We loved having the lake access just feet away however be aware this lake has swimmer's itch so after discovering that we were unable to go back into the water and had to use Lake MI beaches nearby instead. Preventative measures can be taken to avoid the itch but since we unaware our poor children suffered. Had we not had that issue with the lake I would have given this review a higher rating - not that it is their fault but I wish we would have known in advance.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Swimmers itch exists in lakes in the Midwest and runs in cycles. It is reported that 30% of the population is allergic to the schistasone. Our guests and neighbors have reported higher than normal reactions this year. Precautions include using oily lotions before swimming, not lingering in shallow water, and vigorously towel drying after swimming. We appreciate this alert as it is unpredictable from year to year.
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Renters may easily find rentals for bikes, most water sports as well as marinas.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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