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Beautiful lakefront home on Little Glen, minutes from charming Glen Arbor

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, additional sleeping quarters above garage. Lakefront.

3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home right on Little Glen. Additional sleeping quarters in playroom above garage during summertime for additional charge. Lakefront. Stone patio seats 8. Additional Adirondack chairs for 6 more. Picnic table, patio furniture. Sandy beach, shallow clear, warm water. A huge playground for the kids. Nice long driveway keeps kids away from the road. On Day Forest Road which is not nearly as busy as M-109 or M22.

***We don't book summer 2017 until March 2017 as we wait for family members to declare dates. We typically use it thru the first or 2nd week of August, though. Please feel free to check again after March 1, 2017 for any summer 2017 openings.

More Details

Michele Aucello
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Husband can speak Japanese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2017

About Michele Aucello

Born and raised in Birmingham, MI, I've been coming to Glen Lake since I was born. My husband has fallen in love with the area. My kids have spent every summer up north, and have made several trips in the winter to ski and see their friends.

Michele Aucello purchased this house in 2004

Why Michele Aucello chose Sleeping Bear Dunes

We live in Honolulu, HI, and after hearing many people exclaim that we have the best of both worlds we decided that would be a fitting name for the summer house.

What makes this house unique

Nice quiet property with lovely neighbors. Far enough from the road and town that we feel secluded, yet 10 minutes away from groceries, shopping, or a bit to eat. Watch fabulous sunsets over the dunes from the end of the dock, then roast marshmallows in the fire pit.


Empire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest bathroom - toilet , near back door
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Downstairs, bathroom right next door.
    Queen bedroom - 1 queen , Upstairs, shares bathroom with bunk bed room.
    Bunk bed room - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Bunk with trundle sleeps 3. Shares bathroom with Queen Rm.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Only available in summer time. Incurs additional charge.
  • Master bedroom downstairs.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Note our house has several levels. From the hallway there are several steps down into the kitchen and from the kitchen, several more to the dining room and family room level. An FYI for guests with balance issues or small children.


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(5 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful lakefront home on Little Glen, minutes from charming Glen Arbor
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Beautiful property in lovely location

  • 4 of 5

This house is very well appointed and tastefully decorated. It is located directly onto the lake with its own bathing platform and pier. It even has play equipment for the children. We had the downstairs bedroom with a very comfy bed. Although the upstairs bed was ok, it was rather squeaky.

the kitchen is very well equipped, although we Brits, missed the kettle. Yes, we do drink tea all the time.

Overall, we would recommend this house to other families, although if you have robust children, you may feel anxious about keeping the pale carpeting in a good condition.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - a teapot would be a great addition. We will look into the squeaky bed. Glad you enjoyed our home.
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Wonderful home in great location

  • 5 of 5

Very nice home in great location. We had a great time and the home was wonderful. Glad we chose this for our fall break location.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plymouth, Minnesota

Cozy, clean lakehouse with a beautiful view of Little Glen!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here October 18th-22nd. Fall colors were beautiful overlooking the picturesque Little Glen Lake with it's beautiful turquoise waters. House was very clean and cozy. Owner is very nice and always responds in a timely manner. My kids (girl age 6 and boy age 4) loved their cozy bedroom with the bunk beds and toys and books! They also loved the awesome playground! Was so nice that we could just hang out and watch them play! Beds were all very comfortable. Kitchen had everything we needed. Loved sitting in the living room and putting on the gas fireplace. Also, had a fire in the fire pit one night and told some not so spooky stories. The towns of Glen Arbor and Empire are very close, which was very convenient. Climbed the Sleeping Bear Dunes one day and made the 3.5 mile round trip through the dunes with our little ones. Couldn't believe they made it, but so glad we did because it was awesome and our kids loved it. Also did the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive that was a great way to see the dunes and Lake Michigan by some great lookouts. Both locations are very close to the lake house. Great place to eat in Traverse City is North Peak Brewing Company. Ate there twice! Great food and beer! Overall we are very happy of our stay at this beautiful lake house. Had a very relaxing and fun vacation that my kids, husband, and myself will never forget!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house in stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We're relatively regular visitors to Glen Lake/Glen Arbor, and usually stay on Big Glen. This was our first experience on Little Glen - we needed to book a bigger house than usual as we had family joining us - and had a wonderful experience.

Michele was friendly and responsive throughout the booking process. The house looked lovely in the listing, and lived up to the pictures when we arrived. It feels very much like a home rather than just another rental property, and my children loved whole place - particularly the playground and the beach. The latter is absolutely perfect for small children. There is a proper sandy area rather than the usual sand and grass mix we've experienced in other properties. The water is warm, clear and shallow - you can safely walk to the level of the end of the dock and hardly get deeper than your knees!

The fire pit and outdoor seating areas were wonderful in the evenings. The sunsets behind the dunes are absolutely stunning. An amazing place to while away an evening and watch the stars come out.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, District of Columbia

Beautiful views and great location

  • 5 of 5

The property is ideally located close to everything you could want to do. The beach area is nice and the water calm. The house is great! The huge windows are amazing and the living room and kitchen are beautifully decorated. The owners were very responsive and easy to deal with. Glen Arbor is just five minutes away with a small grocery store and great restaurants. There's cute art galleries, shops, tennis courts, mini golf, a park and a drop in art studio for kids. Plenty of nice golf courses nearby. Overall, the property is lovely, I would return, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends.

The yard is just asking for a gathering of some sort. The play set, fire pit, and multiple seating areas can accommodate several families. You can see Sleeping Bear Dunes from the dock. The water is shallow almost to the middle of the lake. The Crystal River outfitters dropped off kayaks and paddle boards for us, but the homes next to us had boats so the water isn't too shallow for that.

Some FYIs: The bathrooms need updating and the central air doesn't reach upstairs (no vents) so it was a little stuffy up there even with the windows and doors open. Ceiling fans would be a huge improvement, but there are two small floor fans. The master bedroom is on the first floor - a plus if you don't want to hear the kids. If you need to hear them, bring a monitor. I slept better than at home, so we might have unintentionally sleep trained our toddler. There are lots of stairs and no baby gates. We have a 22 month old. We had to keep a close eye on her since she's braver on stairs than she should be. Also, the living room is sunken so there are stairs from the main hallway and kitchen that cover half the length of the room. If yours can't do stairs yet, then you have a huge playpen. If s/he is starting to then it's pretty impossible to completely block off.

This property's nightly rate is on the higher end of area rentals for mid-August. For that reason I expected nicer bathrooms and the cobwebs cleared (otherwise the house is really clean with Pinterest level organization). Nothing that can't be fixed. You should go for it.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City, MI

"The Most Beautiful place in America" according to Good Morning America. We concur.


Rates & Availability

Empire House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer High Season
May 21 2017 - Sep 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall Weekdays
Sep 24 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Deposit $500

Check in at 4 pm. Check out by 10 am.
This is a family home, not a rustic cottage. We ask that you remove your shoes before entering and refrain from sitting on furniture in wet, sandy clothing.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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