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Overlooking the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck, Mi is Historic Tonawanda Cottage

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This historic 3-level home with dock is nestled on the Kalamazoo River between Lake Michigan and downtown Saugatuck. Tonawanda, an Indian word meaning “bend in the river,” has large 2-story windows with magnificent views of the Kalamazoo River and Saugatuck’s Lake Michigan harbor entrance to the west and a wooded lot to the east.

Bask in the afternoon sun watching the sailboats and yachts slowly entering and leaving Saugatuck’s harbor. Wind down at the end of the day gazing at beautiful sunsets over the river and Lake Michigan on the open deck perched out over the bluff, or in the cooler screened porch.

Relax on our sea wall. Fish, canoe, or kayak the river. Better yet, dock your boat at our pier after a day on the water. You may dock for touring the harbor and channel or riding out to Lake Michigan. Your friends may dock while visiting you during your stay.

At night, the fire pit by the river’s edge is the perfect place to roast a marshmallow and enjoy the night skies.

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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Due to the open seawall and dock, we strongly recommend that parents bring life jackets for children, especially those under the age of 5 or unaccustomed to being by the water....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 7-9

  • Upstairs Bedroom 1: 1 double

    Shared bathroom...moreless

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    Master Bedroom with private bathroom, screened in porch....moreless

  • Downstair Bedroom: 1 queen

    Private bath with walk-in shower, screened in porch....moreless

  • Upstairs Bedroom 2: 1 twin/ single

    Shared bathroom, tiny deck...moreless

  • King size bed (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Clawfoot tub...moreless

  • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Clawfoot tub...moreless

  • Bathroom: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Outdoor Changing Room: outdoor shower

    ...moreless

  • Three bathrooms with claw-foot tubs or walk-in showers.

Other Amenities

  • Decks, large hammock for relaxing or sleeping under the stars, screened porch, dock, canoe (for adults only), fire pit by channel, gas grill, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, TV. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    The Lake Michigan sunset views are amazing!...moreless

  • Water View:

    Watch the sailboats along the Kalamazoo River as they enter and return from Lake Michigan....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The cottage is located on the Kalamazoo River between Saugatuck and Lake Michigan. It is accessible by boat and includes a dock....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Canoe available for guest use...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer
May 22 - Sep 8, 2015
3 night min stay
$500
$3,500
Fall
Sep 9 - Nov 2, 2015
2 night min stay
$400
$2,800

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 6%

Notes:

50% payment due at the time of booking with signed contract.

Contract may be sent electronically or by mail to:

Tonawanda Cottage

1000 Mason Street

Saugatuck, MI 49453

Balance due 30 days before arrival.

Payments can be made by check, credit card (MC/VISA), or PAYPAL.


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Location

9 Miles
Nearest Airport
Tulip City Airport
0.9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Phil's Bar and Grille
0.8 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Saugatuck chain ferry
1.3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Clearbrook Golf Club
9 Miles
Nearest Train
Holland Amtrack Station
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-96
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Many Restaurants
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Oval Beach (by road)

Car: Necessary

Nestled on the precipice of a tall sand dune near the mouth of the Kalamazoo River is an historic cottage called Tonawanda. Tonawanda is an Indian word meaning “bend in the river”. From this unique perch high above where the river turns, you can relax on the open deck, bask in the afternoon sun, and enjoy watching boat traffic up and down the channel from what locals call “The Big Lake” (Lake Michigan) to the quaint little towns of Saugatuck and Douglas. A long flight of stairs takes you down to the river’s edge.

The drive to downtown Saugatuck is about 5 minutes.

Oval beach is about 12 minutes away.

Chicago is 2 ½ hours to the loop.

Detroit is a little over 3 hours.

Saugatuck is titled by leading travel magazines the 'Art Coast of Southwest Michigan', the 'Cape Cod of the Midwest,' and is home to 'One of the Top 10 Beaches in the Country'. The Lake Michigan waters at Oval Beach are surrounded by sand, rolling dunes, and miles of stunning lakeshore.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 1996

About: My husband fell in love with Tonawanda at first sight and we bought it in 1996. We loved its cozy, comfortable, spacious feel with its warm overtones and were intrigued by its history. Through the years we have tried to respect the original design, intent, and integrity of the structure. We hope you will enjoy staying in this architectural gem as much as we have.

Why Saugatuck:
Tonawanda was designed and built by Florence Ely Hunn. Known locally as Dannie Hunn, she was born in 1887 and died at 98 in 1984. Following is a brief excerpt about her and this house from “A Pier Cove Designer and Architect Re-discovered” by Dr. James Schmeichen, 2010. 'In many of her works, interior and exterior, she made extensive use of various kinds of tiles... ...her genius with tiles is best seen in her most accomplished design, the Jordan-Porter “Tonawanda” cottage in Saugatuck, in 1927. This is probably the most radically designed cottage of the age in this area. Using dark brown glazed brick as structural blocks, this unusually tall cottage with gigantic windows, is perched high on a bluff overlooking the Kalamazoo River and Saugatuck’s Lake Michigan harbor entrance. 'The structure is interesting because it merges a rather traditional Arts and Crafts cottage with a historic English Tudor style, but with a modernist use of glazed bricks, oversized divided-light iron casement windows, and an open plan interior.It has been described by its present owner as having a rather monastic feel. Today it remains a seasonal structure because the owner does not want to disturb the original scheme. '...We may say that Florence Dannie Hunn was truly an extraordinary woman. There is no doubt that she was a remarkable interior designer as well as a very interesting architect in an age when men controlled both professions...she managed to fashion an interesting and productive non-conformist private life for herself...Pier Cove (located a few miles south of Saugatuck) was her sanctuary.'

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
It's an incredible place to relax and enjoy the views, and it's just minutes to downtown Saugatuck shops, art galleries, restaurants, etc. Every day tension just melts away when you are staying at 'Tonawanda.'


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Photos

  • Home Sweet Home

    Home Sweet Home

  • The beautiful ceramic tiles are visible throughout.

    The beautiful ceramic tiles are visible throughout.

  • What a morning view of the Kalamazoo River!

    What a morning view of the Kalamazoo River!

  • Stunning and bright.

    Stunning and bright.

  • Even a simple window is truly a piece of art at Tonawanda.

    Even a simple window is truly a piece of art at Tonawanda.

  • The lower screened-in porch provides a quiet repose from the sun.

    The lower screened-in porch provides a quiet repose from the sun.

  • Old world elegance.

    Old world elegance.

  • Master Suite with King Size bed and private bathroom.

    Master Suite with King Size bed and private bathroom.

  • Relax in the Great Room

    Relax in the Great Room

  • Dining Room with killer views

    Dining Room with killer views

  • Dinner and relaxing on the deck

    Dinner and relaxing on the deck

  • Lower level Double with private bath

    Lower level Double with private bath

  • A room with a view.

    A room with a view.

  • The wide-open deck shows off the fantastic tile-work and architectural details.

    The wide-open deck shows off the fantastic tile-work and architectural details.

  • Saugatuck and Douglas are just up-river.

    Saugatuck and Douglas are just up-river.

  • Our favorite bedroom has its own private deck and a shared bath.

    Our favorite bedroom has its own private deck and a shared bath.

  • A private dock is at your disposal. Be at Lake Michigan in minutes.

    A private dock is at your disposal. Be at Lake Michigan in minutes.

  • The galley kitchen is fully furnished and has a view of the living area.

    The galley kitchen is fully furnished and has a view of the living area.

  • Steps wind around and down to the river.

    Steps wind around and down to the river.

  • Cozy and Sweet
Room for one

    Cozy and Sweet Room for one

  • A View From Above

    A View From Above

  • It's perched on the bluff with two large decks for incredible views.

    It's perched on the bluff with two large decks for incredible views.

  • Heading for the dock
Stairs, stairs, and more stairs

    Heading for the dock Stairs, stairs, and more stairs

  • Views from every window

    Views from every window

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within 2 days
  • Response rate 90%
  • Calendar last updated 05/22/2015
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Saugatuck #419445

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