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Thistledown on Lake Michigan

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 7

We would love to share our 'Up North' getaway with people who

appreciate a well kept home with full amenities. As you stroll down

our winding driveway, watch for the deer and wildlife in the woods.

When you're finished taking in the view of Lake Michigan and the

Manitou Islands from the living room, step outside to the patio and

head down the boardwalk through the sandy dune grasses and

wildflowers to our own private beach on Sleeping Bear Bay on Lake

Michigan.

Our 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is within walking distance of Glen Arbor

(1/2 mile). The master bedroom, with a lovely view of the lake and

the Manitou Islands, includes a king size bed and a private bath.

Also on the lower level are two other bedrooms, one with two twin

beds and the other with one twin bed, which share a bathroom.

Upstairs is a bedroom with two twin beds, a twin futon (best for young teen or child) and a

bathroom. The home includes new flooring throughout

Thistledown is located 30 minutes from Traverse City, the Cherry

Capital of the Midwest. The Traverse City Airport offers service

from several major airlines. And of course, for your cherry product

needs, walk or bike into town to The Cherry Republic.

More Details

Owner
Spencer Rand
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
11 April, 2018

About Spencer Rand

Thistledown has been a family home for four generations. The Rands live in Florida and the Washington, DC area, but we love to come back to Glen Arbor and the peaceful views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands. Marcia lives in St. Louis and loves getting together with her family in Glen Arbor. We all enjoy getting together at Thistledown and making memories.

Spencer Rand purchased this house in 1972

Why Spencer Rand chose Glen Arbor

Once you come to Thistledown, you will be making lifetime memories. We love sharing it with families who appreciate how special are the Glen Arbor area and Sleeping Bear Bay. We have had family weddings, and many happy announcements of engagements and babies' arrivals at Thistledown.

What makes this house unique

We hope you will enjoy the views and the location as much as we do. It is just a few yards from the beach of Lake Michigan, yet close enough to walk into town for ice cream or shopping.

Guestbook comments from the owner

2 1/2 year old Clara (our granddaughter) had a wonderful time at Thistledown! A few weeks after arriving back home, she asked her daddy, "Daddy, where's Michigan? I NEED MY Michigan!" Yes, Clara, we all feel that way!
Aug 2014
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Glen Arbor in Glen Arbor Township

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • The beach is for use by only the residents staying in the house.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Adjoining bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Beds separate at headboard. Shared bathroom with bedroom #3.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Futon is recommended for young teen or child.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , Shared bathroom with Bedroom #2
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
* Fully equipped kitchen includes stove, oven, microwave, new refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker, dishes, utensils and lots of cookware. *Gas grill available for Bar-B-Q meals at home on the patio. *Wood burning fireplace (for those cool, cozy evenings!) Central heating for those winter months. Central Air Conditioning. *Patio with furniture where you can eat your lunch, and watch the boats go by on the lake. *Washer, dryer, cable TV, DVD player, and wireless high speed Internet connection. *Bed linens are included. Please bring your own towels. *No smoking please. *No pets please. *Maximum of 7 people staying at our home at any one time. Beach use if for our renters only.

Reviews

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Thistledown on Lake Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Livonia Michigan USA
5

Ab Fab

  • 5 of 5

There's nothing like spending a week on the shores of the inland sea (aka, the Great Lakes). We are late autumn / early spring visitors, which means we aren't there for the swimming or biking or fires on the beach. We're there to unwind from our downstate responsibilities, to 'veg' in the comfort of the cushioned chairs in front of the sliding doors that face the Manitou Passage, to read books, watch the freighters, follow the birds (eagles, this time), sample the local wines and try out the restaurants, which range from rustic American to casual upscale.

Whether you're there to lean in or lean out, Thistledown is perfectly situated. It lies halfway between the village of Glen Arbor and the Sleeping Bear sand dunes to the west. It is a classic A frame home kept in excellent shape by the Rands. New additions this year include concrete steps down to the wooden walkway to be beach, and a ceiling fan to keep the air circulating on hot days. Whether you're hot weather people or cold, you can't go wrong at Thistledown.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always love having you stay at Thistledown and hope you will continue to come and enjoy time "up north"!
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5

Retirement

  • 5 of 5

Yet another month at our 'little slice of heaven'. Absolute perfection !!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
5

Do you miss your own family cabin? This is the solution

  • 5 of 5

Thistledown is a wonderful family cabin. It's got the books of generations of owners, the comfy chairs, the fireplace, everything. Location is perfect for either exploring the area or for staying in and enjoying the lake. The picture shows the situation of the cabin perfectly -- there is a short boardwalk down to the lakeshore, which is sandy and then pebbly.

We stayed there on in early October. Weather was perfect for hikes on the nearby dunes, skipping rocks, kayaking or just watching the lake.

We were a group of 4, so we had beds to spare. Thistledown, like many family cabins, is a place you could sleep a lot more people -- and in the summertime when people were outdoors, that would work just fine. Only a half mile or so from town of Glen Lake, so it was easy to go out to dinner; kids could have a lot of independence which is nice.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed your vacation at Thistledown! We love sharing it and hope you have an opportunity to come back!
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USA
5

Mission accomplished....R&R

  • 5 of 5

The owner is very accommodating, caring and responsive.......The home is comfy, relaxing and equipped with what you need.....and was fortunate to have very good weather the entire stay - probably the best for the season which made the respite that was much needed even more enjoyable luckily. Thank you to Ann & family....for sharing.....!! 😉�

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So grateful you got the much needed R&R you needed! We loved having you enjoy your time at Thistledown! Come back again!
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5

Wonderful Lake View

  • 5 of 5

Very charming place. Everything was great. Beautiful area and beach. Coming from out of state, would have been convenient to have bath and beach towels available though. Would stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with the location, hospitality & comforts thistledown & its owners offered. We definitely plan to come back in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Dunes
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Boones, Good Harbor Grill, Arts, Blu
Nearest Beach
54 Metres
outside the door
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Sit on the beach and soak in the sun.

* Shop the quaint one of a kind stores in Glen Arbor.

* Go to Cherry Republic and sample their yummies!.

* Walk and bike on the paved bike trail.

* Hike up Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Sit on the beach and soak in the sun.

* Hunt for Petoskey stones on the beach.

* Have a beach fire and roast hot dogs and s'mores.

* Walk and bike on the paved trail.

* Hike up Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Climb the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes.

* Walk or Bike on the paved trail.

* Go to the beach.

* Hunt for pretty rocks and Petoskeys.

* Walk to town and shop.

Do you enjoy spectacular views of an ever changing lake? Is it blue

or green today?

Do you enjoy relaxing on a private beach, soaking up the sun or

hunting for Petoskey stones?

Do you enjoy watching brilliant sunsets while toasting s'mores

and listening to the waves around the campfire?

Do you enjoy counting the stars and watching for Northern Lights in

the clearest night skies that you can imagine?

Do you enjoy hiking and biking the paved trails in the woods?

Do you enjoy climbing the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes to take in the

view of Glen Lake and Lake Michigan? That's only 5 minutes away.

Do you enjoy kayaking and canoeing? Bring yours or rent one in Glen

Arbor and see the bay and the Crystal River from the water!

Do you enjoy fishing? Charter a fishing boat in Glen Arbor and

catch a salmon!

Do you enjoy golfing? Four 18 hole golf courses nearby.

Do you enjoy walking to town by road or beach to shop, get a cup of coffee, or eat an

ice cream cone?

If these sound appealing to you, you'll enjoy these magical moments

at Thistledown.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Glen Arbor, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
winter
4 Nov 2017 - 26 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£658
for 3 nights
£1,353
 
 
summer
16 Jun 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,102
for 7 nights
£3,102
 
 
late summer
11 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,026
for 7 nights
£3,026
 
 
early fall
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,147
for 3 nights
£2,494
 
 
color season
29 Sep 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
£984
for 3 nights
£2,113
 

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £107.61
admin fee for cc £28.7
Refundable Damage Deposit £179.35
Tax Rate 6.0%

November - May ---rates vary. Please call. One snow removal will be included in the fee, but more than that will be negotiated with the renter,

Summer rates are by the week only.
Off season has flexibility in dates and times. Please call to work out details.
Cleaning fees of $150 will be added for less than one week rentals.
Refundable damage deposit of $250 required for all rentals

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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