|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Our guest house is in close proximity to our home. We have build these houses over the last 20 years. The house rented is a three story rustic house with lots of light and windows. Most of the interior is wood. There are many stairs and we suggest children visiting be at least 5 years of age. A dog should be physically able to climb stairs also.
We are a middle-aged couple of artists/teacher. Norm is an astronomer (run's the observatory at Leelanau School where he works) he will help your family identify constellations when you sit around the bonfire. Mimi (who is Danish) is a retired chocolatier who founded the small nearby Grocer's Daughter Chocolate business. Our children are grown and have moved away and occasionally will visit. We live in the woods 5 miles east of Empire and 5 miles south of Glen Arbor. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is next to our 40 acre property, and Lake Michigan and Glen Lake are only minutes away. We rent by the week, Saturday to Saturday, for $850/week.
Bard's Hill, tucked away in the woods of Northwest Michigan delivered on all levels. It was just what we wanted:
1. A charming, quaint hideaway in the woods
2. A 5 minute drive from excellent food, coffee and shops in the nearby town of Glen Arbor
3. A hop skip and a jump away from the water (Lake Michigan or Glen Lake)
4. Friendly, accomodating and hospitable owners, Norm and Mimi
5. Dog friendly. The dogs loved walking through Norm and Mimi's garden and the rest of the property.
We will definitely be visiting Norm and Mimi again in the future.
* the only word of "warning" is that while it's dog friendly the stairs in the rental house are steep and we have small dogs who needed to be carried up and down them.
One of the few places in the Sleeping Bear location that allowed pets. We completely enjoyed the stay and appreciated the convenience to Sleeping Bear dunes, the beaches, Glen Arbor, Traverse City and the surrounding wineries. The owners Norm and Mimi lived next door and were there if you needed anything. The property and surroundings alone would make a nice relaxing and peaceful vacation if you decided to do nothing but stay there never leaving the rental location.
This was our second time staying in the house and we loved it. The location in the middle of the woods is perfect for our dogs, a nature boy, and my tree guy husband. Another advantage of the location is that you can get to both the south and the north portions of the park quickly via Benzonia Trail without having to go through Empire. The house has a lot of rustic charm and is really unique. My son loved all the secret hiding places, my husband enjoys reading in the sunken family room, my parents enjoy sitting on the porch listening to the birds and watching for deer, and I appreciate the strong internet connection to do some work. The owners are very sweet people, who make you feel welcomed. A great house for an awesome price in America's most beautiful place. We hope to come back for many more times.
My husband and I and our dogs spent an all-too-brief vacation at Bard's Hill and would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a unique, pet-friendly vacation retreat. The sensitively-designed and craftsman-built cottage shares a site with the hosts'' home and another cottage, but there is plenty of privacy coupled with the opportunity to meet the very engaging hosts. The cottage is roughly equi-distant from Empire and Glen Arbor. Although a bit out of the way, the location is actually one of its charms. If you enjoy quiet walks through beautiful forest, a peaceful afternoon on the porch and still want easy access to the best of Leelanau, you won't regret choosing Bard's Hill, provided you heed the hosts' caution about stairs. The multiple levels of the cottage are part of its charm, but it's not for those with knee problems, or very small children, or pets who either can't or won't climb stairs with open risers.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 28 - Aug 30
|Property Damage Protection||$99.00|
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