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Larry and Ruth Smith

Member since: 2004
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Charming Woodland, Garden Guest Home, remodeled June, 2012

32 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Glen Arbor House Rental Photos and Description

Charming 3BR2BA Guest Home, sleeps 6

Brook Song is perfect for a family adventure or a romantic weekend retreat with its king bed, four twin beds, and a futon. Central heat and air conditioning, a gas burning fireplace, surrounding decks, two balconies, satellite HDTV, VCR, DVD, Wifi, radio, washer and dryer, Weber propane gas grill, fully equipped GE Profile kitchen including coffee maker, microwave, dishwasher, dishes, pots and pans, quality linens and towels. We provide a plate of homemade cookies and a fresh bouquet on the dining table. Enjoy selecting vegetables and fruit from our organic gardens.

Bordering on the beautiful Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore Park (voted the 'Most beautiful National Park' by Good Morning, America), Brook Song is located six miles from Glen Arbor, 20 miles from Traverse City, and 0.7 miles from Big Glen Lake. The home is on the side of a hill overlooking a creek, extensive flower gardens, and a mature forest. Imagine waking up and walking out on one of two balconies to savor the woodland bird songs, waterfall music from the creek, and the peace of northern Michigan. Go for a stroll through the gardens or hike the trails on our 42 plus acres.

Remodeled 3 times since its construction.

Winner of the 'RATED EXCELLENT' Award 2011 and 2012 for Top Vacation Rental

We have abundant wildlife. Certified National Wildlife Federation Habitat, 2011. Certified bee habitat in 2014.

Nearby water recreation on Glen Lake or Lake Michigan includes swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, water-skiing, surfing, paddle boarding, and canoeing. Also you can fish for bass, perch, bluegill, whitefish, king salmon and trout. Boat rentals and a launch are available. Charter fishing is available in Glen Arbor, Leland, and Traverse City. Other recreation includes golf, tennis, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and ATV trails. Bicycle the 10 miles long Sleeping Bear Heritage Bike Trail from the Dune Climb to Empire.

Nearby Glen Arbor and Empire are charming tourist destinations with art galleries and boutiques. Fine dining and great casual restaurants will please anyone's palate.

Spa options are available in Glen Arbor, Empire, and Traverse City.

Concerts, symphonies, and dramas are available in Interlochen, Glen Arbor, and Traverse City. Museums are available in Glen Haven, Empire, and Traverse City

Amenities:: Side by side refrigerator freezer,

microwave,

central air conditioning and heat,

overhead fans in living area, and bedrooms

continuous decks on four sides,

paved patio,

satellite HDTV and VCR, DVD, Wifi, and radio

washer and dryer,

handicap friendly shower,

handicap accessible,

ceramic top stove/conventional/convection oven,

dishwasher,

quality china,

complete kitchen utensils and small appliances,

charming antique furniture,

comfortable beds,

quality linens and towels,

gas burning fireplace,

books and children's videos,

swing set for children

woodimals to delight all children and those young at heart

gas grill for outdoor cooking,

glass top table on a covered deck with skylight for outdoor dining and an additional glass top table on the west open air deck,

2 lounge chairs for sunning on the south deck,

2 additional lounge chairs for relaxing on the east deck,

2 chairs at the creek overlook

gardens, gardens, gardens, and an organic vegetable garden

fresh herbs for your own cooking,

trimmed hiking trails,

one bathroom has double sinks and a skylight,

hair dryers and other conveniences.

Fax machine available at owner's home

Wireless internet is available.

We have a newer 23 foot Cobalt motor boat on Big Glen Lake. Inquire with Captain Larry if you are interested in renting it.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Larry and Ruth Smith (Property Manager)
Member since: 2004
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Larry and Ruth Smith

Larry and Ruth are retired schoolteachers. We love the area and its diversity of sports and recreation, the great restaurants, the local farming, the great people, the wonderful scenery, the fresh, clear waters of Glen Lakes and of Lake Michigan, the wide open and uncrowded beaches of the National Park, the quiet of nature, the festivals of the local towns and of Traverse City, the culture of both Traverse City and of Interlochen Music School. There is abundant and diversified good.

Larry and Ruth Smith purchased this house in 1988

Why Larry and Ruth Smith chose Northern Michigan

Leelanau County is spectacular with spectacular scenery and awesome people. Leelanau means 'Land of Delight.' Roo's grandparents started visiting the area when the Model T's became available, and since then our family has been present. We love the freshness, openness, and freedom of this multi-varied topography.

What makes this house unique

The land is beautiful. Hills, gentle walking trails, steep hills, a creek that little ones might explore with water shoes on their feet, wildlife and wonderful abundant songbirds provide relaxing but invigorating joy. Our vegetable garden is all organic and when there is abundance, Brook Song guests are invited to help harvest some for their own use. Kids particularly like picking their own!

There is abundant parking and storage for quests who want to bring bicycles or watercraft toys.

Guests enjoy quiet and privacy, but if they need help, the owners are on site to care for eventualities promptly.

Reviews

5
based on 32 traveler reviews

Charming Woodland, Garden Guest Home, remodeled June, 2012
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews
5

Wonderful Home Owned By Friendly People

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Brook Song for 3 years and find it to be very clean, comfortable and secluded enough to ensure complete privacy, yet you are quite close to Glen Arbor. The Smiths are very friendly hosts. Ruth even bakes some cookies for her guests. She is an avid gardener, and they have a large tract of land devoted to flowers and vegetables. If you cook, you can pick fresh vegetables for your meals. The guest home is clean and comfortable. It has all the amenities one would desire. The location is idyllic. We highly recommend the property, and we especially recommend the owners.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are especially delighted to have families come back year after year. There are enough activities in Leelanau County and the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore Park to return countless times and still never be able to take in everything available! We'd love to have you come too.
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Beauty, Privacy, and the Comforts of Home

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible time at Brook Song, and I want to second the review that said this is a better spot than the lake. We visited 6 beaches, 4 towns, and we didn't get to do everything we wanted to do. Since it doesn't make sense to just park yourself at the lake, why stay on the beach when you can have the wonderful comforts and seclusion of Brook Song just a bit off the beaten path? We had everything we needed here, including wonderful hospitality, and the gardens (flower and vegetable) are everything that the other reviewers said. In short, our family could think of no better spot to spend a week.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brook Song guests bring so much enthusiasm and vitality, and we are so glad for their joy and appreciation. Our area of Leelanau County has so much to offer and this group found wonderful activities and the Dune Dash in which to participate. Also a joy for us was the fun of knowing that they found so much to eat in the organic veggie garden. We really like/love our guests.
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5

Absolutely beautiful home, gardens, and surroundings!

  • 5 of 5

If I could give Windsong more stars, I would. From the moment we pulled up the driveway, we could see the amount of care and attention that Larry and Roo put into creating a beautiful destination for their guests. The gardens alone had our jaws dropping. We even picked a few zucchini and grilled them for dinner. When we arrived, there was a plate of cookies from Roo waiting on the kitchen table, with a beautiful bouquet. Since we devoured the cookies so quickly, (they were so yummy), Roo even replenished our stash. Both Larry and Roo were so welcoming and available to answer any questions we had. Inside, Windsong was immaculate, beautifully decorated, and quite spacious. There were ample towels for all 6 of us, with many to spare. The added things like bikes and beach chairs rounded out the experience of being someone's house guest, instead of just a "renter". As for location, the property is centrally located for any of the National Lakeshore destinations, and close to the grocery store (in the event your kids eat all of the food your brought). Our group consisted of my husband, myself, my mother, and our 3 kids (20, 16, and 7), and EVERYONE had a ball. Thank you Larry and Roo!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How pleasing this review is, especially as we want all of our guests to feel appreciated. My guess is that a cookie(?) may have caused the name Brook Song, our rental's name, to become switched around. Doesn't really matter though. All that's important is that our guests feel happy, loved, and delighted with the lovely area of Glen Arbor, Leelanau County, Northwestern Michigan.
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5

Great Property and Location

  • 5 of 5

Grounds are beautiful, as advertised. The house is in great shape, and is updated with amenities people have come to expect (e.g., good wifi). Very clean.

Larry was a great host - provided a good overview of the property/facilities, and then let us be.

Location provided easy access to Sleeping Bear, Glen Arbor, Empire, and Traverse City (~20-25 minute drive). Lots of great beaches in the area.

No negatives - really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A true home away from home

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful home and so lovingly prepared for guests! This home is easily one of the best vacation rentals we have had. It is well equipped with everything you need, spotless and in the middle of gorgeous gardens, a true delight! It is close to Glen Arbor and Glen Lake, within an easy drive to all the places of interest at Sleeping Bear Dunes. We loved our stay and hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We work on adding new conveniences each year, so it is appreciated that our guests notice. This year we added some small outdoor lights to hang from a star on the east deck...for evening dining. For young families we have added large baby items for ease and convenience: baby swing, boppy pads,crib,baby sheets, baby blankets. Our area is truly beautiful, and awesome for a vacation. Great nature and activities, marvelous restaurants using local, organic produce, varied cultural events: so much to enjoy!
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A perfect, peaceful woodland retreat with ALL the comforts of home

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many homes from coast to coast in the United States and Canada, but no home was as completely equipped, comfortably furnished, and spotlessly clean as Brooksong and no hosts have been as helpful and convivial as Larry and Ruth Smith. From the piles of plush towels and beautiful bed linens, comfortable sofas and beds, lovely antiques and all the kitchen equipment and tableware (you could host a wedding from the house) ... to the beautiful gardens and woods and paths to wander, and an all-weather reading porch to which I long to return ... we lacked for nothing. Secluded but convenient to Sleeping Bear and environs, from the moment we arrived we did not want to leave despite the call of the beaches, cherries, wineries and superb restaurants nearby. Be sure to visit Funistrada and LaBecasse in Maple City, but call ahead for reservations ... and farther afield but worthwhile: St. Ambrose Meadery in Beulah.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so appreciate our guests enthusiasm and ever work to adding to what enhances the comfort and joy of our guests. This year we have added a hanging star entwined with little lights on the covered east deck, an appropriate painting to the upstairs twin bedroom, and some baby and young child equipment so that a family does not have to haul so much!
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Map

Art's Tavern
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Art's Tavern in Glen Arbor
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Frankfort
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Golden Valley Golf
Nearest Train
160 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
M-72
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
La Becasse in Burdickville
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Big Glen Lake
Car: necessary

Brook Song is 0.7 miles from Big Glen Lake, one of the World's Most Beautiful Lakes, 6 miles from Lake Michigan, and above Hatlem Creek. We are about 26 miles from Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport and about a half hour's drive from Interlochen, an international music school and the home of the National Music Camp. The National Cherry Festival is the second week in July, the Asparagus festival is in Empire in June, mushroom and fishing festivals abound from spring through the fall. Watersports, fishing, hiking, and bird watching in the National Lakeshore Sleeping Bear Park are some of the favorite sports. Black Horse Farm with carriage rides is 1 mile away.

Other Activities: carriage rides 1/2 mile from Blackhorsefarm

The Sleeping Bear Heritage bicycle trail extends from Glen Arbor to the Sand Dune Climb and on to Empire. It also now extends from Glen Arbor to Point Oneida. The trail is off road and safe! and beautifully done.

Boats from Leland to North and South Manitou offer exploration of these two gorgeous islands in the National Park.

Almost all of our towns have Farmers' Markets with wonderful produce and crafts. The area attracts many fine artists and fabulous restaurants. The State theatre in Traverse City has won the best theatre in the world! Traverse City has a Film Festival which attracts many people.

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Rates & Availability

Glen Arbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,800
$6,900
 
 
spring
May 6 2017 - Jun 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
$2,000
$7,600
 
 
summer
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$350
$2,200
$8,600
 
 
Fall
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
$2,000
$7,600
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,800
$6,900
 

Additional information about rental rates

$2000.00 /Week
Rates are $300.00 per night (for spring and autumn). We require a three night minimum stay. The rate for a week from a Saturday to a Saturday is $2000.00 (depending on the season). We take a $300.00 security deposit and 1/2 of the cost to reserve Refund of security deposit is within the week or at departure if owner can verify satisfactory condition. No pets and No smoking. Larger groups of more than 6 pay an additional $50.00 per person per stay. Groups can not exceed 8 without special permission.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Glen Arbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sinks, sky light
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , single sink, handicap accessible
  • Bathroom on first level is handicap designed: raised toilet, grab bars by toilet and in the shower. Shower has a low level entrance. Bathroom on the second level has a sky light and 2 sinks.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • A crib is available on request, and the futon (in the living room) can be used as a double bed. Both upstairs bedrooms have walkout balconies. The 2 bedrooms with twin beds have one dresser each, and the master bedroom has 2 dressers, an armoire, 2 bed side tables, and an armchair. The upstairs twin bedroom has an extra space that delights the children. The downstairs twin bedroom also has an antique desk.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • 18 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The east deck is covered, has 2 sky lights, and includes a glass top table and 4 chairs. The gas grill is on the east deck. Additional chairs include 2 chaise lounges and 2 others. The west deck is open and also has a glass top table and 6 chairs for additional outdoor dining. The south deck has 2 lounge chairs for sun bathing. Free standing flower pots and hanging flower pots decorate the decks. Follow the path to the steps to the overlook of Hatlem Creek. There you will find 2 Adirondack chairs and a small table. On a quiet morning the deer and fawns drink from the creek. Birds sing, butterflies land on the flowers, and the peace relaxes one. The organic vegetable and herb gardens usually provide for the owners and the guests. As guests stroll the gardens, benches and chairs will be found for relaxing. Some of the benches are rustic and made on site. There are also creations to delight the child at heart: dragon fly, whale, harp, etc.

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