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1938 Lakeside Cottage - Big Glen Lake Waterfront, Historic 30's Modern Cabin

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Unique Haven for 6-8 in 4 cozy BR's +1 Bath, Open plan living embraces the lake

* * Water & Views! * * Our lakeside summer cottage sits on the south shore of Big Glen Lake. A comfortable family retreat with views over turquoise water, a private dock & raft for your water-based activities. Dates available for Sun/Sun weekly rent are released in early January after family members have secured their dates. 1938 Modern cabin was designed by Chicago architect Harry Weese for his parents while in architecture school. It is a notable early example of a style known as mid-centry modern. The wall of glass embracing the lake is the focal point for open-plan living, dining & cooking. Furnishings have been updated in keeping with its historic character.

Down a private drive, a short distance east of the Narrows Bridge, it is Ideally located adjacent to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Relax, enjoy your vacation at our bright, comfortable cottage. The large living area with fireplace has a dining table for 8 & a selection of comfortable seating. The adjacent screen porch is filled with teak furniture & a table for snacking, dinner or games. Step out to the ample deck with lounge chairs. All areas overlook the crystal clear, spring fed lake. Four cozy bedrooms will accommodate 5-8.

The Cottage: Enjoy the peace of water lapping at the shore or the breeze passing the birches while reading in the hammock or rocking in a chair on the porch. A crackling fire will welcome you after an early morning or evening dip in the lake. Whatever your inclination, a variety of activities abound and you will have a memorable vacation at our family summer home.

Waterfront: The cottage has a private dock and raft. The water is shallow at the shore with minimal beach. There is ample sandy shallow water swimming between the dock and raft. Kayaks, canoes & windsurfers can be easily accommodated, however we have no facilities for launching or mooring larger or motorized watercraft and the driveway cannot accommodate trailers. Public launch ramps are nearby. Kayaks & bikes may be rented in town.

Availability: Refer to calendar.

More Details

Property Manager
Ann - Member since 2000
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Ann - Member since 2000

We are some of the grandchildren (in our youth) who own, manage and vacation at this wonderful cottage built by our grandparents.

Ann - Member since 2000 purchased this cottage in 1936

Why Ann - Member since 2000 chose Glen Arbor

Our grandparents visited this area to fish in the 1910's and made the great decision to build this cottage. Our parents, we, our children & theirs have made a seasonal sojourn ever since because there is so much the area has to offer.

What makes this cottage unique

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and all it has to offer is spectacular.


Glen Arbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Firewood
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Lakeside
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Lakeside
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Woodside
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Woodside-Bunks
  • Four cozy bedrooms will accommodate 5-8. Two rooms are waterside, one with a queen bed and the other with a double. Two rooms face the birch and pines with a sunny south exposure, one with a double and the other with twin bunks. These rooms are comfortable but compact and cannot accommodate a pack'n'play or similar. Bedding, Linens and bath towels provided. Please bring your beach towels.
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
For HomeAway & VacationRentals, be sure to hover over the amenities with the ....for further information. * The KITCHEN is fully furnished and well suited for those who like to cook with modern amenities and appliances. It easily partakes of the activity. A charcoal grill is handy just a step outdoors. We have a Lakeview SCREEN PORCH with ample seating choices including 2 cushioned rockers and armchairs, dining table with padded corner bench and 2 director's chairs. There is direct access to the DECK and chairs overlooking the lake. Steps to PRIVATE Dock & Raft. If you have specific needs or requests please inquire.


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1938 Lakeside Cottage - Big Glen Lake Waterfront, Historic 30's Modern Cabin
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Cottage design maximizes functionality and the feeling that you are immersed in nature

  • 5 of 5

We returned again to enjoy this perfectly designed cottage, nestled in the trees, with a great view of the lake. It is well equipped and Ann was terrific to deal with, even when we booked at the last minute. Our family members all agree that returning again this year was the highlight of a great summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Special Place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this cottage on Glen Lake last week. My family and I had a wonderful stay. The cottage was built in 1938 and has real architectural significance, as it was a Harry Weese design. It is literally like stepping back in time to a relaxing slower pace of life. There is not TV, which I thought might be a problem, but it really wasn't at all. It was good to get away from that, too. It did have wireless internet service, which was important, as I need it in my line of work. It's still 2017 outside of the property. The lake and frontage are simply outstanding. I posted some pictures of our stay on my FB page and people were awestruck. I really recommend this place, if you are looking to rekindle that relaxing feeling that only the past can sometimes bring. Very nice!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Inverness IL

Beautiful vintage cabin on an amazing body of water

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Lakeside Cottage. We are a family of five...three boys 8, 10 and 12. Great living space! The cabin had everything we needed. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

First, I just really want to say that Ann is great and non intrusive and answers questions right away. To say we had the best vacation ever is saying a lot as on our first day me and my children got duck/water itch really bad and my 3 month old was bit by some bug at dinner (I only saw a cricket and a flying ant thing the whole time there) and her leg turned bright red and swollen and she was screaming for an hour and we spent our first night in the e.r. But, we left after three hours as she went back to normal and smiley and has had no issues since. Even though we couldn't get in the water, the crashing waves were enough. We have 3 small children and just bought a blow up pool for the deck. It is just so beautiful and relaxing it is hard to have a bad time. If you don't have small children and you boat, you'll be fine. Our neighbors went out everyday on their boat and seemed to have great time. For the days we wanted to be in the water with the kids, we drove 20 minutes to the Pratte inlet beach. This is literally the most beautiful thing we have ever seen. Breathtaking. Warm lazy river inlet water you can swim in and kids can play in the low water OR you can sit on the sandbar with access to warm inlet swim water AND also get in Lake Michigan with the beautiful crashing waves and you can sit and stare at the huge dunes in the background that look like misty mountains. The cabin is amazing. The floor to ceiling windows, screened in porch, deck, location are great. Great restaurants in Traverse city. Everyone had the best time and we all want to come back next year for 2 weeks if we can. I am not an outdoorsy person or like camping. This place lets you have that feel, but a clean mostly bug free experience. The water is beautiful to look at and the waves make you feel like you are at the beach. Best vacation we've ever had :)

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay and perfect location on Big Glen!

  • 5 of 5

Very well maintained and updated nicely given the age of the cabin. Location is perfect. I would highly recommend this property to anyone visiting the area and would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your visit & taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed the cabin and had a nice time. We look forward to seeing you again. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
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Beautiful and rustic living

  • 5 of 5

We loved this little cabin which was perfect for our family with 4 teen boys. I was a bit worried about just one bathroom, but thankfully we juggled it nicely (I did pray in advance!) The water was beautiful for a very cool and clear swim--but watch out for shallow spots. We were able to bike right from our cabin, and Sleeping Bear dunes and some awesome restaurants were just a short drive away. Great stay!

FYI Be sure to let them know if you will be arriving after dark so they can turn the light on for you. Challenging to find right cabin after dark

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you as guests. We will be sure to have a welcoming light to guide late arrivals! We look forward to seeing you in the future and thank you for your review.
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Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau
La Becasse Restaurant
Trattoria Funistrada
Anderson's Market
Great local market for fresh food & necessary stables. Good wine selection & prepared offerings
Superb restaurant. Reservations highly recommended
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
One of our magnificent National Parks with many hiking trails and spectacular views
La Becasse Restaurant
Cottage Book Shop
Great indy bookstore with local lore, bestsellers, used & a collection of nice cards & gifts.
Good Harbor Grill
A favorite with a varied menu, good family style salad & nautical interior
Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum
Glen Arbor Art Association
Sign up for classes!
Joe's Friendly Tavern
Good food: chili, burgers, salads & beer+
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Traverse City Film Festival
Martha's Leelanau Table
Horizon Books
Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College
Riverfront Pizza & Deli
Nice sandwiches by the river for lunch. Good takeaway
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Sportsman Shop
Get your license! Nice sportswear
Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Glen Arbor & Empire, nearby environs
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Glen Arbor & Empire, nearby environs
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary

Visit the National Park Headquarters in nearby Empire. Walks in natural areas abound: Alligator Hill in the shade of the trees & glorious views over the lakes, Pyramid Point & a vista over Lake Michigan to the Manitou Islands. Trek the dunes or marked paths through the wetlands, bogs & meadows, an area rich in flora, fauna & migrating birds. Learn about life saving & boats at the Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station & Maritime Museum. Follow the Pierce Stocking Drive by bike or car for fabulous sunset views. Kayak, canoe the Crystal River to the Homestead, fish in the lakes or charter a boat from Fishtown in Leland, windsurf, sail. Ride bikes, play tennis or golf, walk in the sand on the Lake MI shoreline, take an art class at the Glen Arbor Art Assoc. Visit the shops & art galleries in Glen Arbor, Empire, Leland & Suttons Bay. Eat at a variety of local establishments. The Narrows Bridge is under construction so enjoy a slight detour around Little Glen to Glen Arbor.

Other Activities: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $500

Sunday 4:00 pm - Sunday 10:00 am

Thank you for understanding that maximum number of guests is 8 & that the sleeping accommodations are limited to those as described for the 4 bedrooms.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.