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Special Winter Rate - Min 2 Weeks - $5k rent per week - Stunning Luxury

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

5,500 sq ft 6 BR, 5 Full BA, 2 H BA, sleeps 16 and 600 sq ft finished boat house

The home is highlighted in 2015 Home Tour and in the Northern Home & Cottage August / September 2015 issue.

The home included in the 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour under the caption "Gatsby On Glen".

Home offers spectacular sandy beach and offers an exceptional vacation opportunity in any season. Voted one of the most beautiful locations in America on Good Morning America. This home has a full gourmet kitchen, butler's pantry, 2 master suites, 3 family rooms, 3 fireplaces, and bunk room with 4 bunks. Our amenities include 4 flat screen TV's, cable, internet, DVD, 2 laundry rooms, private dock, private sandy beach, over sized screen porch, 2 walkout balconies overlooking Little Glen Lake.

During 2016 the 2 level boat house was complete. It include 2 sitting rooms, a flat screen TV, full bath and partial kitchen.

Our vacation home accommodates adults, families with children of all ages and multiple families. This is a no smoking and pet free home. Glen Lake is the fifth most beautiful lake in the world according to National Geographic.

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Joe and Fran White
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
December 22, 2016

About Joe and Fran White

Joe and Fran fell in love with the Glen Lake and Sleeping Bear National Shoreline when they first brought their children here on vacation 30 years ago. Now they would like to share their home and love of the area with others, so that they can make wonderful memories too.

Joe and Fran White purchased this house in 2014


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Special Winter Rate - Min 2 Weeks - $5k rent per week - Stunning Luxury
average rating of 4.733333 based on 15 reviews
Cleveland, OH

Wonderful Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

Lavender Hill is a fabulous vacation home! We had a family reunion with 14 adults and 3 children and the space could not have been better. The entire house has been remodeled and it was done extremely well. The kitchen is amazing (includes a trash compactor and ice maker!) and was a great place for all of us to gather for meals. The bedrooms and bathrooms are perfect for a large number of guests. The outdoor space is beautiful. We spent a hours on the back porch and had campfires almost every night. The water was pretty and shallow enough for young children to play on the beach and in the water safely. The owners were available at all times for any questions we had and went above and beyond to ensure we had a great vacation. We had a fabulous time and were thrilled to be one of the first families to enjoy this home!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay was perfect from start to finish. The house was more than we expected and perfect for our ladies weekend. Everyone was in awe of the house and it fit our group very comfortably. I would absolutely stay here again. We are already looking into available dates. Joe and Fran were great to work with and VERY quick to respond. I will recommend this vacation rental to everyone!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Out of this World

  • 5 of 5

What can we say about this amazing home that hasn't already been said? My sisters and I, along with husbands, children, and grandchildren just spent the most wonderful week reconnecting with each other. There were 18 of us, 11 adults and 7 children that ranged in age from 3-10. Normally that large a group would feel cramped and crowded but not in this home! There was plenty of space for all of us to gather to eat after fixing a meal in the most "to die for" kitchen. Two huge refrigerator/freezers, two sinks, two dishwashers, an 8 burner gas stove and for our grandchildren, the best was the mini refrigerator that dispensed crushed ice. What a luxury! The butler's pantry enabled all of us to store the food we brought and there was enough plates, cups, silverware, glasses, wine glasses, mugs to accommodate a group even larger than ours.

The bedrooms were lovely and had plenty of storage. We always had plenty of hot water and 3 sets of washer/dryers was a huge help. Much to our surprise there was a sauna in the master bedroom and that was an unexpected treat.

Little Glen Lake is wonderful for small children. The sandy beach and shallow lake was perfect for the ages of our grandchildren. They could play and go quite a distance from shore without it getting too deep for them. The boat house beside the beach is beautiful. We were not expecting to have a wine fridge, large TV and full bath down there. Great use of that space. There were beach and water toys, yard games, bikes, exercise bike and a fooz ball table in the garage for all to use.

We used the fire pit most every night and the sunsets from there are breathtaking. Seeing Sleeping Bear dunes in the distance was awesome.

Joe and Fran were wonderful to deal with and so accommodating. So friendly and really happy to make sure we had an amazing time while in their home. When they were remodeling this home they seemed to have considered every detail. The home is exquisite.

Our family had a week of laughter, fun, love and togetherness. It was a week we will always remember and cherish. Thank you, Joe and Fran, for allowing us to have a week we will never forget.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Frankenmuth, MI USA

Breathtaking Beauty! Family Fun!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family stayed at Lavender Hill for the second year. We absolutely love this home, and Joe and Fran! The owners go above the call of duty to make our stay memorable and oh so comfortable!! We love the bedrooms, the luxurious bedding and towels, and the outstanding gourmet kitchen! The 7.5 bathrooms, 3 laundry rooms, 2 dishwashers and 2 refrigerators are just incredible. Everything is top notch. The beach and area for a fire are dreamy. We just can't say enough about Lavendar Hill! The newly appointed boathouse is a bonus!! We love making forever memories at this beautiful place!! Thank you Joe and Fran!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Home, and Perfect Beach!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our stay at this beautiful property. The home provided perfect accommodations for our extended family of 13. It is very spacious - as a matter of fact, we often couldn't even find each other with all of the rooms! The kitchen was our favorite spot in house. There was plenty of space for everyone to prepare meals, clean up, and serve food. There were also several options for eating both indoors and out.

As spectacular as this home is, the view and beach may be even better. The grounds are well groomed, and the beach is perfect. The water is shallow well beyond the dock, which was great for kids of all ages.

And then there is the boat house! Although we read that the boat house was recently renovated, we would have never expected it to be so nicely finished. It's like a whole little apartment in itself, and offers a convenient bathroom and kitchenette/fridge close to the beach.

Our positive rental experience was also due to the responsiveness of the owners. Joe and Fran provided excellent communication from the first day we inquired about the property, through the day we checked out. They were quick to answer any questions, and were gracious and welcoming hosts.

We highly recommend this property, and hope to return in the future!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Windsor Heights, IA 50324

exceptional home

  • 5 of 5

We took a small gamble and agreed to rent this home while it was under construction. The owners were so up front about their plans and progress I had little doubt it would be ready to go when we arrived in July, 2015. We have stayed in the area for more than 40 years, and without a doubt, this home was the most exceptional, finest place we have ever stayed. The home is so spacious, grounds lovely, etc Our large extended family including 4 boys under 4, were not in the least bit crowded. There are several spots to congregate in small groups, great little sand beach and huge grassy lawn in front. Bedding, towels, kitchen amenities were all top notch. Our one regret was that we learned mid-week that the owners had rented the house for nearly all of 2016. They offered a spot in 2017, but sadly with adult kids and young families, planning 2 years out is not possible. Joe and Fran are wonderful owners!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Art's Tavern
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Homestead
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Boonedocks, Art's Tavern
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
The Homestead
Nearest Beach
On Private Beach
Car: necessary

Dune climbing, Hiking, Lake Michigan Shoreline, Art galleries, Wine tasting, Golf, Bike trails, Kayaking, Tubing, Boutique shopping, Paddle boarding, Breweries, and Fine Dining


Rates & Availability

Empire House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Jun 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 10 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Jan 1 2018 - Jun 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jun 9 2018 - Sep 8 2018
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2018
Sep 9 2018 - Dec 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

The first half of payment is due at booking the reservation plus sales tax. The second half of payment plus sales tax and the damage deposit is due 30 days before reservation. If chose to pay via mc/visa through the VRBO system there is an additional 2.9% charge. Using eCheck through VRBO system is free. There is a $50 fee should your payment be rejected.

Cancellation policy if over 60 days before reservation date a 100% refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Empire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Includes large walk-in closet and sauna
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This bathroom is shared between bedroom 4 and bedroom 6
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , In main portion of first floor by the dining room
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , By the laundry room and garage
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower , This bath is located on the lower level of the boat house.
  • 6 full bathrooms, 2 half baths 8 baths total
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Large Master Bedroom Suite size 20' x 20' with balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Large Bedroom suite size 12' x 21' with shared balcony
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Bedroom size 12' x 15' with shared balcony
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Size 11' x 17' shares bathroom with bunk bedroom no. 6
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double , 2 full beds with private bath Size 13' x 19'
    Bedroom 6 - 4 twin/ single , Bunk Beds size 8' x 16' shares bathroom with bedroom no. 4
  • 3 king bedrooms 1 queen bedroom bedroom with 2 full beds bedroom with 4 bunk beds There is also a portable crib stored in master bedroom closet
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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