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Mary Carpenter

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Lake Michigan Beach House with Air Conditioning-Sleeping Bear Bay in Glen Arbor

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8 -10)

A perfect home for 2 families to share. Immerse yourself in a Lake Michigan beach house experience with large comfortable deck with teak adirondak chairs, chaise lounges and dining set, swimming in pure, refreshing Lake Michigan. Enjoy 100 front feet of private Lake Michigan beach front, sun bathing, boating, swimming, beach fires, sunsets, walks to town with family and friends.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mary Carpenter (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

About Mary Carpenter

We fell in love with Glen Arbor and the Sleeping Bear Bay beachfront on Lake Michigan during our first family vacation in the area in 1995. We purchased a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo on that vacation and purchased this fabulous, four bedroom beach house in May, 2012.

Mary Carpenter purchased this house in 2012

Why Mary Carpenter chose Northern Michigan

Lake Michigan beach front, views of the big lake, the Manitou Islands, sunsets, beach fires and a comfy, beachy home to accomodate friends and family. Sleep well and stay cool in our air conditioning when we have those occassional hot, humid summer days and nights.

What makes this house unique

Sunsets, beach walks, beach fires, swimming, kayaking, hiking, biking, 5 minute walk to downtown Glen Arbor, easy access to The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and National Park, day trips to Leland, Suttons Bay, Empire, Traverse City.


based on 9 traveler reviews

Lake Michigan Beach House with Air Conditioning-Sleeping Bear Bay in Glen Arbor
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Farmington, Mi.

All you need

  • 5 of 5

We just left this property after a 1 week stay and were very happy with this cottage. Everything I look for in a rental is here....beautiful view, great location, clean, comfortable furniture and beds, very nicely appointed, and close enough to Glen Arbor to be able to walk.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loveland, Ohio

Favorite vacation home and location !!

  • 5 of 5

We cannot say enough good things about this home and location. After traveling to Michigan more times than we can count for our family vacations, we have finally found the spot we will come back to for our up north trips. The home is on point with a beautiful blend of style, comfort, and a touch of sweet rustic lake home appeal. You will immediately feel at home and welcomed as everything you need or want in a vacation home is ready and waiting for you. The location is fabulous on the "big lake" with breathtaking sunsets, beautiful water views and can you say blue? The water color and clarity is comparable to none. Fires on the beach with s'mores and your favorite beverage watching the sun set will become your evening ritual. While being private and not too close to neighbors, the proximity to town is excellent so your car can stay parked if you choose. Being just off one of Glen Arbor's main streets, it is so much fun walking into town for dining, shopping, kayaking, biking, and hiking. For the days when you do want to hop in your car but not go far for some more exploring, you are within very short drives to the Big and Little Glen Lakes, Sleeping Bear Dunes, the cities of Leland, Sutton's Bay and Empire. Did I mention fishing? Bring your boat or rent one here. So many options and lakes that produce great results! We had a fabulous vacation in this lovely home, so much so we wish we could have stayed even longer! We can't recommend a better place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your nice review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the beach house and about your fishing success - something we have not done enough of, so thank you for the inspiration! We are hoping you will come back again soon! Take good care, Mary & Charlie
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A Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for the perfect Lake Michigan getaway, this is it. Everything about this house and location exceeded our expectations. The house was so well-equipped and so charmingly decorated. The deck had a very nice grill and comfortable furniture. The sand right off the deck provided a great play area for our one-year-old granddaughter. My husband and adult children enjoyed kayaking along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. The sunsets were spectacular. Within a short walk is the town of Glen Arbor. We had a delightful lunch there and did a little shopping. The grocery store in town has everything you can possibly need. One night we built a fire on the beach, made s'mores and enjoyed looking at the stars. Mary, one of the owners, went above and beyond to answer my questions and to make sure our stay was enjoyable. We are all still basking in the fun memories and we want to go back next year. I don't believe there can be a more suitable beach house for our family. Thank you so much for letting us have this experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jenny, Thank you for your wonderful review! We would love to have you and your family back to The Beach House! It makes us so happy to hear of families making memories at our place - there's simply nothing better.
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Pure paradise

  • 5 of 5

My brother's family, and my family stayed in the house for a week with 3 kids each... and it was pure paradise. The house is perfect and clean, loved the set-up with the kitchen in the middle, with the master bedroom plus 1 bedroom on one side of the house, the other two bedrooms on the other - everyone could still have their downtime. We were the very first renters this past summer, we were so lucky to have had the chance to rent it out such last minute. The beach, the water so clear and refreshing, swimming early mornings, late evenings... And the house is just a 5 minute walk to downtown Glen Arbor. So much to do!!! All in all for us, it truly was pure paradise, even with 6 kids under 8. :-)

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind words . . . we are so happy you had such a perfect time! Please do come andstay with us again. All our best, Charlie & Mary
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Bloomfield Hills, MI

Girl's Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous weekend stay at this house. It is really charming and very comfortable! The location is perfect for a short walk to town or sitting on the beach with amazing views. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Troy, MI

Picture Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful hidden treasure! We have been coming to Glen Arbor for a girls get away for a few years now and we have stayed in a different cottage each time. We enjoyed this cottage so much we are planning to book the same place again next year! You are in walking distance of a number of little shops, restaurants, and a grocery store so you do not have to go far to enjoy Glen Arbor. The cottage is also on Lake Michigan. It was as if we had our own personal beach. A gorgeous place to watch the sunset and listen to the waves.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the very kind review . . . we love it when we can share with people who appreciate it as much as we do! We, of course, would welcome you back! All our best, Charlie & Mary
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You'll simply love our Beach House location . . . It truly is the perfect spot: On the beach (Lake Michigan), on a private road, in the woods and in town (Glen Arbor). Walk down the beach to Blu (The Restaurant & Bar) to watch sunset or walk/ride to town for many options, the National Lakeshore or any one of a hundred 'bucket list' sites in and around the area. Our favorite is the riding The Heritage Trail through the National Lakeshore for a family bike ride . . . or to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes for a 'dune climb' and/or picnic.


Rates & Availability

Glen Arbor House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2015 - Early Spring 2016
Oct 19 2015 - May 25 2016
2 night minimum stay
Early Spring-Early Summer 2016
May 26 2016 - Jun 17 2016
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2016
Jun 18 2016 - Sep 10 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Please call for information on Holiday rates.

Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of completed rental documents and 50% of total rental amount. Rental balance + $500.00 refundable security deposit due 45 or more days prior to stay. Refundable security deposits are returned within 1 week of departure. Tax and housekeeping fee is included in our rental rate. We accept personal checks, cashier's checks and money orders.

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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master bath - toilet , shower , Can be exclusive to master suite or shared.
  • Master bath is a full bath and can be used exclusively as part of the master suite or the door leading to hall can be unlocked to provide access to others. Second bath is a full bath with combination tub/shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom #4 - a.k.a. 'The Bunk Room' - 4 twin/ single , *Safety Alert! Top bunks have 165 pound weight capacity.
    Bedroom #3 - 1 queen , With full closet, dresser & mirror.
    Bedroom #2 - 1 king , With flat screen tv and full closet.
    Master Bedroom #1 - 1 king , Lk. view, flat screen TV, full closet, adjoining full bath.
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds - 2 sets (4 twin beds total). *Important safety note: top bunks accommodate up to 165 pounds maximum!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Enjoy your very private home-away-from-home, sandy beach, beach fires and fabulous Lake Michigan sunsets with views of North and South Manitou Islands.

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