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Last updated: 08/04/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Saugatuck cottage description

HELMER HOUSE
Helmer House is located in Douglas, Michigan. It is within walking distance of many restaurants, galleries, a golf course, and fine shops.

With Douglas Beach only one half-mile away, and Oval Beach just one mile away, it is the perfect place to experience the charm and beauty of our area.

Helmer House has natural wood floors and knotty pine interior. The living room with vaulted ceiling is centered around a sixteen-foot tall hand-stacked fieldstone wood burning fireplace that offers warm respite on a cool evening. The house also boasts a three-sided screened porch, surrounded by hemlocks and gardens, which is undoubtedly the center of activity in the summer months.
Helmer House was moved from a waterfront location near a marina on the Kalamazoo River, in 1989. Built in the early 1920’s, this old family cottage had been slated to be torn down to make way for expansion of the marina. Instead, it was rescued and moved less than one mile to its current location. Once the move took place, the interior was completely gutted, but the pine floors and original cottage windows were retained. The roof was raised three feet higher to accommodate a new loft with two bedrooms and a bath on a new second floor.

The property is surrounded by mature perennial gardens and evergreens. The gardens are spectacular in the spring and early summer months. The fall colors are beautiful, and the home is particularly cozy in the frequent winter snowstorms. This home accommodates 6 adults comfortably.

Keywords: bungalow, lodge, vacation home,rental,cabin, house

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            With our large yard and central location Helmer House is a great place for kids. ...moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Helmer House is pet friendly with pre approval....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            The loft master bedroom has a king bed....moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 2 double

            Second floor bedroom with full bed...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

            First floor bedroom with queen bed...moreless

          • Helmer House has three bedrooms. One bedroom with queen on the first floor. A loft bedroom with king bed and a cozy bedroom with full bed on the second floor....moreless

          Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: combination tub/shower

            ...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: shower

            ...moreless

          • First floor bath has tub/shower combo. Second floor bath has large walk-in shower with skylight....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Well equipped efficient kitchen with all new stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, and a deep stainless lab style sink....moreless

          • Stove:

            New stainless gas stove with five burners including super boil burner and low simmer burner...moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            House is stocked with condiments and paper products as well as spices....moreless

          • Oven:

            Large gas oven big enough for holiday meals....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            New stainless refrigerator with ice maker...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            0...moreless

          • Dishwasher
          • Microwave
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Ice Maker
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster

          Amenities

          • Fireplace:

            16 foot stacked stone wood burning fireplace....moreless

          • Heating:

            Central Heating for cold winter stays...moreless

          • Air Conditioning:

            Central A/C for hot summer nights....moreless

          • Parking:

            On site parking for 3 cars...moreless

          • Wood Fireplace:

            We supply the firewood!...moreless

          • Babysitter
          • Parking Off Street
          • Linens Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Towels Provided
          • Living Room

          Other Amenities

              • Helmer House was moved from a waterfront location near a marina on the Kalamazoo River, in 1989. Built in the early 1920’s, this old family cottage had been slated to be torn down to make way for expansion of the marina. Instead, it was rescued and moved less than one mile to its current location. Once the move took place, the interior was completely gutted, but the pine floors and original cottage windows were retained. The roof was raised three feet higher to accommodate a new loft with two bedrooms and a bath on a new second floor. The knotty pine interior, the beautiful field stone wood burning fireplace in the spectacular open living room, and the attached screened porch nestled into a cluster of Hemlock trees, are the prominent features of this charming home. The yard is surrounded with tall evergreens and trees and there are beautiful gardens to enjoy throughout the seasons....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Television
              • Books

              Communications

              • Telephone:

                VIOP phone provided. All domestic call free of charge. Out going calls only....moreless

              • Internet:

                WiFi internet provided...moreless

              • Free Long Distance
              • Broadband Access
              • Wireless Internet

              Outdoor Features

              • Boat:

                Boat rentals and charters available through Big Lake Outfitters...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Beautifully landscaped grounds with large lawn for activities....moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Kayak and canoe rentals through Big Lake Outfitters...moreless

              • Bicycles:

                Bicycles can be rented through Big Lake Outfitters...moreless

              • Ski & Snowboard:

                Ski and Snow Board at Cannonsburg Ski Area ...moreless

              • Golf:

                Championship golf within five miles...moreless

              • Tennis:

                Community tennis courts nearby...moreless

              • Deck / Patio
              • Outdoor Grill

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions

              Location & View

                  • Village:

                    Helmer House is located within walking distance of downtown Douglas Michigan...moreless

                  Activities

                  • Churches
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Roller Blading
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Rafting
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Hunting
                  • Basketball Court
                  • Fishing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Hiking
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Sailing
                  • Golf
                  • Tennis
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Swimming
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Laundromat
                  • Library
                  • Marina
                  • Playground
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants
                  • Live Theater
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Sledding
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Boating
                  • Antiquing
                  • Shopping
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Cycling
                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Autumn
                  Sep 2 - Dec 19, 2014
                  2 night min stay
                  $400
                  $2,000
                  Holiday 2014
                  Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  $450

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Tax Rate 6%

                  Notes:

                  We require a deposit of one third the total to secure your reservation. Final payment is due two weeks prior to arrival. Deposit will be refunded in full when reservation is cancelled 30 days in advance.


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                  Location

                  45 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Gerald Ford International Airport
                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Historic Saugatuck Chain Ferry
                  15 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Amtrak Holland Michigan
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  I196 - US31
                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Saugatuck Oval Beach
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Many Bars in Saugatuck and Douglas
                  55 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Cannonsburg Ski Area
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Clearbrook Country Club

                  Saugatuck and Douglas are harbor villages that celebrate diversity—small-town America at its best! Here visitors can turn back the pages of time to enjoy a simpler life where no one hurries, and no one hurries you. A place where everyone is special and everyone is welcome. Recently The National Trust for Historic Preservation selected Saugatuck/Douglas as one of the 'Dozen Distinctive Destinations' in the U.S. and the writers and editors of Midwest Living Magazine ranked Saugatuck/Douglas fifth among the top 100 vacation destinations in the Midwest.

                  While visiting either downtown area, you can walk – in a safe and friendly environment – to almost everything. In Saugatuck, you can stroll along the boardwalk admiring the boats and explore the dockside shops. Picnic by the gazebo in Wicks Park overlooking the harbor then ride the Victorian hand-cranked ferry. Or rent a canoe, charter a sailboat, or tour our waterways onboard an old-fashioned sternwheeler, dinner cruiser or WWII amphibious 'Duck' vehicle. End your excursion at the corner drug store soda fountain where hand-creamed sodas and malted shakes have been a specialty for 85 years!

                  Just across the river, Douglas is home to the SS Keewatin, a Titanic-era steamship, now a museum. Take a self-guided tour of the elegant historical buildings that provide the 19th century charm, then indulge yourself in Douglas' downtown shopping area that has become a magnet for home accessory, antique and interior design enthusiasts. Douglas is also home to the area's first microbrewery, a do-it-yourself Art Barn and West Michigan's largest Antiques Pavilion.

                  For over a century, artists have been drawn to the area’s towering dunes, pristine beaches and natural splendors of this jewel-like setting on Lake Michigan's eastern shore. Today that artistic heritage persists through strong ties to the Art Institute of Chicago with its affiliated summer school at Ox-Bow as well as a broad spectrum of art galleries and art-based activities and events. Consistently named one of America's top 25 arts destinations, it's no wonder the area has become known as “The Art Coast of Michigan”!

                  You'll find great lodging options in modern privately-owned motels, cottages, suites and charming retro auto courts. Or, if you prefer a country inn, our 'Bed and Breakfast Capital of the Midwest' offers an extensive variety of historic accommodations. Regardless of your preference, travelers are always treated like friends of the family!

                  Golf enthusiasts can hit the links at one of our three 18-hole championship golf courses while the kids take sailing lessons or an art class. And don't leave without taking the family on a thrilling dune buggy ride! Blending so many attractions you can easily create your own 'masterpiece' vacation.

                  It's easy to understand why Michigan’s governor named Saugatuck one of Michigan's 19 'Coolest Cities.' The town's Oval Beach is ranked one of the top 25 beaches in the world by Condé Nast and one of the top two in the USA by National Geographic Traveler. More recently, the Chicago Tribune rated it number one out of the Midwest’s five best beaches. Plus, Saugatuck hosts the internationally-acclaimed Waterfront Film Festival each June, named the third most popular film festival in the world – after Sundance and Cannes – by the Screen Actors Guild’s national magazine.

                  Mason Street Warehouse, an 'incubator for Broadway', provides uptown theatre in downtown Saugatuck all summer long at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts where arts, cultural performances, classes and workshops abound year ‘round. Our Chamber Music Festival, and frequent jazz concerts highlight a topflight eclectic music scene. At the historic Red Barn Playhouse community theatre blossoms and the area offers a variety of arts and cultural programs for all ages including summertime Saturday performances by The Village Puppeteers. Outdoor art shows, gallery openings and culinary events add extra spice to the Saugatuck/Douglas recipe for fun.

                  Our lakeshore community offers a place to rest or play any time of the year. Whether you come for an executive retreat, a corporate meeting, a family reunion or your own romantic getaway vacation, you'll be glad you discovered the treasure that is Saugatuck and Douglas. See you soon!

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1989

                  Why the Owner Chose Saugatuck:
                  ABOUT HELMER HOUSE Helmer House was moved from a waterfront location near a marina on the Kalamazoo River, in 1989. Built in the early 1920’s, this old family cottage had been slated to be torn down to make way for expansion of the marina. Instead, it was rescued and moved less than one mile to its current location. Once the move took place, the interior was completely gutted, but the pine floors and original cottage windows were retained. The roof was raised three feet higher to accommodate a new loft with two bedrooms and a bath on a new second floor.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                  The knotty pine interior, the beautiful field stone wood burning fireplace in the spectacular open living room, and the attached screened porch nestled into a cluster of Hemlock trees, are the prominent features of this charming home. The yard is surrounded with tall evergreens and trees and there are beautiful gardens to enjoy throughout the seasons. There is a sense of peace and privacy that surrounds the home in spite of its proximity just three blocks from Downtown Douglas. In 2004, Helmer House was featured on a Saugatuck/Douglas Historical Society tour of Arts and Crafts structures in the community. This is a perfect destination for people who would prefer a location closer to the activity and amenities of the towns of Saugatuck and Douglas.


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                  Photos

                  • Fireplace

                    Fireplace

                  • Helmer House

                    Helmer House

                  • Bedroom

                    Bedroom

                  • porch

                    porch

                  • porch door

                    porch door

                  • Patio and Yard

                    Patio and Yard

                  • Garden

                    Garden

                  • King Bed

                    King Bed

                  • View from Loft 2

                    View from Loft 2

                  • Kitchen

                    Kitchen

                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • View from Loft

                    View from Loft

                  • Patio

                    Patio

                  • Screened Porch

                    Screened Porch

                  • Wood burning fireplace

                    Wood burning fireplace

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                  Date last modified - Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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                  3 Bedroom / 0 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

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