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Rustic and charming cottage right on Lake Michigan. Sunsets in the evening, star gazing at night. Fires on the beach. Bike riding through the orchards and around the country roads. If you prefer rustic, remote and quite, this is your place for respite.
The cottage comes with million dollar views although this is not a million dollar cottage. This is an old fashioned cottage with old cottage smell until the windows are opened. There is no internet and no TV. One some times has to walk 100 yards or more up the road to get cell phone connectivity. Like many other teenagers, our children love their social media and Internet-based games. When they come to the cottage, however, they end up being outside all day and reading books in the evening. When they need the Internet they ride bikes (provided at the cottage) to a village 2 miles away that has a cafe and Internet.
Although the location is remote, the twin-towns of Saugatuck and Douglas are not far away. Here, there are fantastic restaurants, dozens of art galleries, charter boating, film festivals, and so much more.
The Wau-ke-na nature preserve is also close and provides a great place to hike in the forests when one needs a break from all the sun and sand. A few tents are available at the cottage. These are wonderful for camping on the beach up or on the bluff. Sometimes it's fun just to set up a tent for children to play in.
If you like wine tasting or cider tasting, there are a plenty of vineyards and a few open wine cellars where you can sample the products. Closest to the cottage is Fenn Valley Wine Cellar, and Virtue Cider.
The cottage has a binder with information and descriptions of many of the local attractions. We enjoy them all, but most of all the cottage is about respite and doing little or nothing.
On a very different topic, it should be noted that in the rental agreement guests will be informed that they need to sort garbage for recycling purposes, including using a compost bin. If guests do not wish to sort garbage then they are expected to take garbage with them.
Keywords: Cottage, rustic, Lake Michigan, Saugatuck, South Haven, Fennville, lake house, lake front, beaches.
Parents should know that the cottage is on a steep bluff. There are 3 to 6 ft drop offs at a few sections along the edge of the lawn with no railing. These areas can be roped off, but this is not a railing. The stairs to the beach have limited railings. It is not easy to relax with small children running around the yard, so we advise against this....moreless
Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) This bed is located in an alcove in the living room. Privacy curtains close off this sleeping area from the main room., Bunk Beds (2) The bunk beds are suitable for children and youth....moreless
1 small bathroom with shower.
Additional outdoor shower will be built in May 2015....moreless
Private 60 sq ft deck halfway down to the beach, great outdoor furniture, plenty of firewood, 4 bicycles and bike cart, 2 kayaks, 1 stand-up paddle board, beach toys, boogie boards, extensive reading library, plenty of board games and lawn games. Portable professional massage table with linen. The kitchen is galley style. Indoor and outdoor eating areas. There are two electric heaters and a small hot water heater. Iron and Ironing board. A hammock is available near the edge of the bluff. Great binoculars to watch for ships. Inspiring art work, mostly specific to Michigan nature. Forests, orchards, beaches. This place is remote and charming. Sunsets every evening are amazing.
A large collection of books, especially picture books related to art, national parks, and nature in the Great Lakes region are available....moreless
Several classic board games are available in cupboard. A few yard games are also avaialble...moreless
A stereo system with tuner and CD player. Close to 100 music CDs....moreless
A box of beach toys is available at bottom of stairs to the beach....moreless
A library of digital movies is available that can be played on one's laptop computer. There is no TV at the cottage....moreless
Away From It All
The views are amazing. Sunsets stunning.
Access to the beach is provided with private 60-step stair system. For those who need to rest, there are 2 landings with seating. ...moreless
Firewood included for fireplace or for evenings fires on the beach....moreless
A French Press is available for making coffee. A drip coffee machine in available in the closet....moreless
There is a small galley kitchen indoors, with electric stove, oven and refrigerator. No machine dishwasher. Outside gas and charcoal grills as well....moreless
3 adult bikes, 1 bike for 8-12 year olds, plus 1 bike cart. ...moreless
Deck / Patio:
Simple outdoor patio with comfortable teak table and chairs. Hammock. Adirondack chairs along the bluff. Private seating on deck built into the bluff. Four beach chairs available at bottom of stairs....moreless
Kayak / Canoe:
Two sit-on-top kayaks available.
1 stand up paddle board available for adults. We hope to add a second paddle board for summer 2015....moreless
Large outdoor gas grill with side burner.
Charcoal grill is also available....moreless
Pool / Spa
A wood-burning sauna may be available for limited use if conditions are not too dry....moreless
Max capacity is 3 adults OR 2 adults and 2 children. Exceptions can be considered; extra fees involved.
Minimum 4 days. We prefer to rent Monday to Friday (4-day block). Discounted rate for M-F four day block is $900 in summer, $650 in low season.
Check-in at 4 p.m. check-out at 11:00 a.m. We often extend check-in & check-out time depending on cleaning schedule and other reservations.
A deposit of 1/2 the base rental rate is due within 1 week of making a reservation. Remaining balance-- including $100 cleaning fee -- is due 30 days prior to arrival. We prefer check or certified funds.
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