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Cabin close to Crystal Mountain, Sleeping Bear Dunes, bike paths, Betsie River

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Thompsonville Chalet Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4, and a full kitchen

This is a two bedroom cabin that is great for 2-4 people. Two single beds are located in the loft and the other is a queen bed in a bedroom with TV. The kitchen has all the utensils you will need for cooking. The living room has cable TV with WiFi. bed, A wood burning stove is available for use.

There is a garage for one car and a screened in back porch. Also, a charcoal weber grill is available to use as well as a fire pit.

It is located at the end of a cul de sac with woods surrounding the area.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Bob Dunn
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Bob Dunn

We, Ann and Bob, are two retired educators who like the outdoors as well as travel. We currently reside in Manchester, MI. Bob likes to fish and bike. We both like to cross country ski. This cabin fits all our needs. Since we will not be using it at various times we thought we would continue to rent it as the previous owners did.

Ann is a graduate of Mercy College and Bob graduated from MSU. We have traveled to Europe several times, South Africa in 2011, up the Rio Negro in 2010, New Zealand in 2013, Norway 2014, and have several other trips planned. This year, 2015, we went to Switzerland for 3 weeks of cross-country skiing. Our son lives in Kingston, NY and our daughter resides in N.C. at Chapel Hill. So we have to travel to see them too.

There are other reviews regarding the property that clients have written or left messages under information about Bob.

Bob Dunn purchased this chalet in 2012

Why Bob Dunn chose Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville

Bob learned about the area by fishing out of Arcadia for salmon and steelhead fishing the Manistee River for the past 35 years. Being that we like to cross country ski we found Crystal Mt. area to accommodate our needs to be outside in the winter. This is an area we can go year around and enjoy our retirement.

What makes this chalet unique

After using a trailer for 5 years, we just decided it was time to buy a place that would meet our needs year around. We looked at many places and found one that was perfect for us. We did not need a big place, but wanted some place that was close to Lake Michigan to fish, available to be on the water in other locations, and ski in the winter. As people who know, the Fall is spectacular! To ride your bike in remote areas, up and down M 22, and just be outside at this time is wonderful.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at your cabin. You have been so kind and thoughtful to provide for everything! We really enjoyed riding our bikes at Frankfort and Suttons Bay.

You have a great place here, Thanks for sharing it with us!
Dec 2015
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Cabin close to Crystal Mountain, Sleeping Bear Dunes, bike paths, Betsie River
average rating of 4.818182 based on 22 reviews
Mount Prospect Illinois

Great rustic Cabin. Close to Crystal Mountain

  • 5 of 5

Bob and Ann. Thank you for letting us stay at you Cabin March 11-13th 2016. Loved and dreaming of coming back to the cabin and the area. Had great time snow biking and snowboarding in Spring condition. Stayed for Spring Fling at Crystal Mountain. Also went north to St. Ambrose Cellars for taste of their award winning Meade.

This little Cabin has it all. Remote, off the highway - yet close too streams for fishing, areas for sledding, biking. Nice 2 car Garage for regular size cars - or storing your bikes, skis, and snowboards. Love the small cabin that has a great full sizekitchen, wonderful Screened in Porch, vaulted ceilingLiving Room, and loft room with two twin beds.

Beautiful bathroom with a larger shower - great water pressure.

Nice, separate Bedroom with a well appointed Queen Size Bed. Small work space between Living Room and Bedroom with Bose Wave Link radio. Apple AirPlay compatible. - big plus to play your music.

Living room with new Leather couch and Chair - very comfortable.

Wood burning stove in Living Room an added plus. After a long day outside.

Definitely would recommend this cabin to a family of four. Or for a couple trying to get away. No street lights. Beautiful tall pine trees surround house.

Steve, Allison, and Ellie

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Despite the rainy weather Steve and his family made the most out of the situation. They came to ski and did biking as well. This is one of the features in having the cabin in this area. One can always find something to do regardless of the weather. Like Steve and his family, they adjusted to the snow conditions and took advantage of Crystal Mountain activities. As Steve noted, we have made a lot of improvements like the shower, screened in porch, furniture, and wood stove. Having renters like Steve enjoy the cabin is why we rent it out. We realize how precious vacations with family are and we want to help renters make the most out of the visit. Steve, thanks for coming, Bob
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Great cabin

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was great, we really enjoyed it. Really nice being that close to Crystal Mountain. Skiing was awesome.

We had one lunch and a dinner at Geno's. Got to meet him, really impressed with the food and service. The apple pie from Rosie's was really good as well.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Greg was the ideal renter. He prepared a head of time, asked questions, and made sure he knew where he was driving. He also took advantage of where to eat and the pie. Thanks for coming and planning for next year already. Bob
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Great Cabin Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This is a great cabin. It felt both spacious and cozy. There are other cabins close by but there is plenty of space between and lots of trees around which makes it feel private. Not much of anything in Thompsonville But Benzie, Bulah and Frankenmuth are all less than a half hour drive away and there's plenty to do in these towns. The owner, Bob, was great. Everything, as far as I could tell, was provided (Charcoal, soap, towels, dishes, etc). We hope to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming and taking the time to review the cabin. I am glad you enjoyed yourselves. In developing the cabin, I want a place for people to come that I would want to rent. Vacations are limited and must be enjoyable. With the cabin in an area with hiking, biking, swimming, skiing, fishing, and sight seeing, I am glad you were able to use the resources available. The tranquility of the location adds to the trip. I look forward to your return, Bob
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Couldn't be more pleased...

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely, charming little cabin. My wife and I stayed here for a weekend getaway for our anniversary, and while we originally had every moment of the trip planned, the coziness reeled us in and we could help but spend our mornings reading and sipping tea on the back porch and evenings cuddled on the couch next to the adorable wood stove and winding staircase. The only thing better than the cabin itself, was my interaction with the owner, Bob. From the minute I contacted him with a question about availability to the morning we were to arrive, he was a pleasure to work with. He responded quickly to questions and even helped with some local knowlege to suggest things to do in the area, and if that wasn't enough, we arrived to the cabin and found a small gift and card wishing us a happy anniversary. This will undoubtedly become a yearly trip for us, thank you so much, Bob!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming on your Anniversary. It is always helpful to have some sort of idea of what you would like to do. This makes helping the client more constructive. Like you, I too enjoy drinking tea on the screened in porch. It was a pleasure working with you. I look forward to your return, Bob
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Canton, MI

Family Ski Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We came up for a ski weekend and loved the location to the mountain. The cabin was perfect for a family of 4. The kids loved sleeping in the loft. Bob was great to work with. The cabin had everything you need to make the stay enjoyable. Already planning the return trip!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice home close to Crystal Mountain

  • 4 of 5

Very clean home. Very close to Crystal Mountain. Perfect for a family of four, but too tight for any additional guests. Very good customer service. Heard back from the owner quickly when I had questions. Kitchen well stocked with pans, plates, cooking utensils etc. Heater was a bit too loud for me in master bedroom. There was also a large temperature difference between front room/kitchen and master bedroom. Well stocked with blankets, pillows etc. very nice that we were able to park in the garage.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Anita, I am glad you had a good time. I have limited the cabin to four because of the structure. As for the heating difference, I turn on the fans in the two rooms you identified. This generally helps with air circulation in the cabin. Thanks for your response, Bob
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Crystal Mt, Crystal Palace
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Crystal Mt. There are several others in the area.
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Crystal Mt, Crystal Palace, Rosie's
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Crystal Mt.
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Arcadia, Frankfort
Car: necessary

The rental is within a 40 minute drive to Traverse City. There are several other golf courses besides Crystal Mt. in the area. The biking can vary from easy to M 22. Those that are in training for triathlons or trips have used M22 for training. Access to Lake Michigan for fishing is within a half hour drive. The town of Arcadia has a marina and great information on salmon fishing. Kayak/Canoeing on the Betsie River is within a 1/2 mile.

There are routes for wine tours, information on the activities at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and other relevant information available in the cabin. If you have a special interest , contact Bob.

If you look at the information on Bob, you will see other reviews that clients have written or left messages regarding the cabin. Please take some time to look these over too.

Payment is by check sent to Robert Dunn. This is the only rental I have and do not want to incur extra cost for services for renters.


Rates & Availability

Thompsonville Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Independence weekend
Jul 3 - Jul 7
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are subject to change at any time prior to confirmation. If you desire a longer stay, please contact the owner.
If you are interested in renting the cabin every weekend during skiing season for special rate, please contact Bob at 734.646.4715

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Thompsonville Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
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  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Resort ...
  • River ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
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  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
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  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Washing machine and dryer in a bathroom closet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Loft
  • The two twins are up the winding stairs to the loft.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
This is a location that will provide access to plenty of outdoor activities. Being in a cul de sac with few homes, the peace and quiet is refreshing. Renters have liked the close location to Sleeping Bear Dunes, Interlochen and skiing. Biking can be done from the front door with a bike trail close by. If you are interested in fishing, please let me know. Charters are available in Arcadia and Frankfort. Golfing is a golfers paradise. One could take several weeks to golf the courses in the area.

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