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Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

4 Bdrm Beach-Front Home on Traverse Bay! Fire Pit, May/June Discounts

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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4 bedrooms, 3 baths on Traverse Bay!

Sugar white sands and blue water are the main attractions in this beautiful paradise. Emerald green forests surround the property giving one the feeling of peace and privacy, and the beach is right out your door. Walk in the woods, go for a sailing adventure, or relax by a bonfire on the beach!

This is an amazing location that will have you coming back again and again on a pristine white sandy beach on West Grand Traverse Bay. Singing Sands is named as such because when you walk on the sand it 'sings' to you. This cozy 4 bedroom 3 bath rustic cabin will sleep 8 with 2 Queen, 2 Full. Home is 2 levels with 3 bedrooms upstairs and one on the lower level. Fully stocked kitchen. Flat Screen TV/VCR/DVD. No Cable. Washer/Dryer. Charcoal Grill. Linens are included. Pets considered. No smoking. No central heat, but a small pot-bellied stove in the living room and electric heat in 2 bedrooms.

Location is private in a wooded setting that opens to the beach. Big deck off of living room. Peace and quiet and spectacular in beauty. Minutes to the village of Northport where you can pick up groceries, gift shop, dine or have some beach fun at the marina. The town of Omena has a great winery and bar, art gallery and country grocery store. Pick up fresh local produce through the county. 15 minutes to Leelanau Lighthouse. Short drive to the casino. Lake Michigan is a great location for beach-combing and rock collecting. Traverse City is a half-hour away. Omena is home to a bird sanctuary for bird watchers. This is a magical place for an equally magical vacation. Your well mannered pet will be considered (please ask when booking).

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Christopher (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

About Christopher

Hi, I'm Chris Bishop, an Episcopal priest currently living in Pennsylvania. Singing Sands has been our family's vacation home for more than 50 years, and it has brought us many memories and much joy. We would love to have you as our guest, and please feel free to contact me at any time!

Christopher purchased this house in 1960


based on 7 traveler reviews

4 Bdrm Beach-Front Home on Traverse Bay! Fire Pit, May/June Discounts
average rating of 3.5714285 based on 7 reviews

Location, location, location

  • 3 of 5

The location is great and the cottage is okay. Beautiful beach. Sandy, shallow a long way out and great for swimming. Can't walk far on the beach but that is typical for the area. Near Sutton's Bay and Northport-both great towns. Stay here for the location. The cottage itself is old. A bit dusty and not updated anytime lately. It's fine but expect rustic.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was not very clean and smelled musty.

  • 3 of 5

The property had a musty smell and the house was not very clean. Upon arrival one of our guests took it upon herself to re-clean all the silverware and coffee cups, feeling that the cleaning staff may not have done a sufficient job. The house was full of cobwebs and and generally not very clean. The hot tub had sand in the bottom and needed to be cleaned as well. Some of the rooms lacked screens and the screen door in the living room would not seal tight, allowing flies and other bugs to invade the house. The beach is a gem, and probably the highlight of the house. I would probably not rent this home again.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cottage at Omena

  • 4 of 5

WE had a great week here. The beach was the best part of the week. It is a nice sandy beach with few stones and shallow a long ways out. We had 5 adult and 2 children in our group. We discovered the hot tub was not functioning properly and the property manager took care of it promptly. The kitchen facilities were cramped and could use a more thorough cleaning and were lacking in some basic utensils but we managed. Our biggest challenge was the lack of lighting in several of the rooms, especially the dining room and family room. We are curious about the overabundance and eclectic collection of artwork? Overall we had a great week.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved this property. It was very cozy, yet had plenty of space for our whole family. The beach was clean and private, the water was clear and beautiful, the grounds around the home were green and lush, and the house was stocked and comfortable. We would definitely come here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a nice time! Hopefully we'll see you again next year!
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Family Vacation 2015

  • 4 of 5

This was our first multi family vacation in more years than we can remember so the location had to be perfect. Having everyone in one home big enough to accommodate 8 adults and 2 babies under a year was essential and Singing Sands fulfilled our needs. Access to the private beach was great, spotting a bald eagle was a nice ending to a memorable week. If a renter is looking for a quiet rustic cabin nestled in the woods with no cable/internet onnection to the outside world, this place is for you. With a few minor issues (we were 1st renters of the 2015 season) this rental fulfilled our every need.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you had a nice stay, and hope we'll have you again next year!
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Beautiful Setting/Poorly Managed

  • 1 of 5

This house is in a beautiful spot and could be a charming, but it is not maintained and seems to be a dumping ground for every awful, almost offensive piece of artwork and furniture the family does not want. We also walked into a house that had dirty linens laying on every bedroom floor and dirty towels in every bathroom. It also had a dirty table cloth on the table, had not been swept and their was cobwebs in every corner. One of the owners lived next door, but refused to come and speak to us face to face. Eventually we did get a call that someone was coming to make the beds and bring a clean towels. Three hours after we first arrived, we could finally go to bed. However, we still did not have firewood for the potbelly stove until the next day. When I did speak to someone on the phone, they did apologize and blamed everything on a caretaker that "apparently wasn't doing his/her job." For our troubles, the family decided we deserved 15% back of the rental fee. There are a lot of cute well kept houses for rent in this area. When I go back, I will find one in which the owners take pride in their property.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Omena House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
May 15 2016 - Jun 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 baths
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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