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bluewater house, Big Glen Lakeshore-Fully Equipped 2 Bedroom Suites

Bedrooms 2
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Lodge, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-7)

Located adjacent to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the South Manitou suite at 'bluewater house', as well as the North Manitou suite (Listing #1074807) occupy the lakeshore level of the owners' home on beautiful Big Glen Lake. They are available for lodging all year and have private entrances, fully equipped kitchens, living/dining area with sofa couch (sleeper), two bedrooms - one with a queen-sized bed and one with a single and a double bunk, full bath, and a patio. The interconnecting 'Cottage Room' is available to rent and has an additional sofa couch. A maximum of four adults is preferred without prearrangement. Children welcome. Rentals are by the week in the Summer. Daily lodging (two night minimum) accomodations in Fall, Winter and Spring.

The waters of Glen Lake are crystal clear. The sand bottom and very gradual descent make it very safe for families with small children. The lake is great for all types of activities, including boating, swimming, and fishing. A boat launch and a marina are very close by. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore surrounds our area and the world-famous dune climb is just two miles away. Both suites are located facing Big Glen Lake with walk-outs to the beach.

Keywords: Waterfront Lodge - Complete, Fully Equipped Suites. 2 available

More Details

Bill or Nancy Batterson
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2018

About Bill or Nancy Batterson

Owners Bill and Nancy Batterson built 'bluewater house' in 2005, replacing their summer cottage on Big Glen Lake. They had retired from General Motors and had previously lived on Williams Lake in Waterford, Michigan. Bill had been an Engineering Director in Flint and Nancy had been a Technical Education Manager at the GM Technical Center in Warren.

Bill or Nancy Batterson purchased this lodge in 2005

Why Bill or Nancy Batterson chose Glen Arbor

Blil's parents started vacationing at Glen Lake when he was eight years old. It quickly became his favorite place to be and in 1971 he was fortunate to acquire the property on which the original cottage stood. The cottage was used for Summer and weekend vacations for over thirty years. Bill and Nancy began construction of bluewater house in 2004 and have made it their home since May of 2005.

What makes this lodge unique

Guests at bluewater house will find friendly hosts, a spectacular lakefront location, stunning views of Big Glen Lake, and much to enjoy and do, both there and in the surrounding Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore area.


Glen Arbor Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • full tub shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Available, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 12 beach chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
DVD/VCR player, Picnic table, Gas grille. Fire pit on the beach, No smoking in suites on property, No pets, Bed linens and kitchen towles provided. Bathroom and beach towels not provided.


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(3 traveler reviews)

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bluewater house, Big Glen Lakeshore-Fully Equipped 2 Bedroom Suites
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 3 reviews

Loved our stay here!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful Labor Day weekend staying at Bluewater House! The setting on Glen Lake is so relaxing. The suite is nicely decorated and sparkling clean. Bill & Nancy were accommodating and cordial. The location is close to Sleeping Bear Dunes and the town of Glen Arbor for great shops and restaurants.We hope to come back next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Gloria and Rick. We really enjoyed your brief stay at bluewater house and hope, as you suggested, that we see you again next year. Bill and Nancy
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Holland, Mi

Great Value/Wonderful Owners

  • 5 of 5

After reading a recent review I felt I had to write a review from our past experience. We rented over Labor Day weekend last year. We thought our accommodations were clean, comfortable, and pleasant. As far as privacy, we had no issue with the owners. In fact, we found them to be very respectful of our privacy and they were also very pleasant and accommodating! We enjoyed our stay so much last year that we are hoping to rent again this year. We would have no hesitation in recommending Bluewater House to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We provide books in our suites for our guests to comment on their stays at bluewater house. This review is consistant with feedback which we have regularly received in writing and by mouth during the ten seasons since we built and opened our private lakefront suites.
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Shelby Twp, MI

Nice Units But No Privacy

  • 3 of 5

This is the 11th place that I have rented on VRBO. I have been happy with all the units condition. This unit was the first that had an owner on the property. Based on our rental here, we will make sure to avoid owner occupied properties in the future. The units are very nice for Glen Lake. However, this was negated by the owners living in the house above. They are very particular and you certainly have the feeling you are always being watched. On a few occasions the owners scolded our young children for throwing rocks into the lake. They should never be addressing our 2, 3 and 4 year old children directly. I had a big problem with this.

This rental is a wonderful bed and breakfast style rental, but does not offer the privacy of a summer lake house with the family.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate the reviewers having taken time to share their concerns. We take great care to provide a clean, relaxing, and pleasant place for our guests...trying to accommodate their needs in as many ways as possible. Yes, this is an owner occupied property, as are many others on Glen Lake. Our guests have private entrances and exclusive use of the facilities along the beachfront and we try very hard to assure their privacy, but we do live here. We know that children like to throw rocks into the water, but to protect the integrity of our seawall, we ask that they do not do so along the shoreline. That request is included in the information and guidelines provided to our guests in each suite. Upon returning from a boat ride, we noted the children throwing rocks from the seawall into the lake and politely asked them not to do so. Speaking to the young children was not meant to cause them (or their parents) consternation, but to address the concerns about the seawall. We agree that it would have been better to address the issue with the parents, who were there with them. We have offered our rentals for over seven years and we attempt to provide a beautiful, tranquil spot for our guests to relax and enjoy. Many families return year after year. Testimony of their positive experiences have been recorded in the journals in the suites. We try to assure that our guests have their privacy and it is unfortunate that these folks felt that our presence on the property resulted in them feeling uncomfortable. bluewater house owners and hosts
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Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Traverse City (TVC)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
'Art's' Bar/restaurant
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
'The Dunes' public golf course
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Full service dining restaurants
Nearest Ski
2.5 Miles
'The Homestead'
Nearest Beach
On shore of Big Glen Lake, 2 mi. to Lake Michigan

Located on West shore of Big Glen Lake adjacent to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Two miles from Sleeping Bear Dune Climb, new Heritage Bike Trail and Lake Michigan shore.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.