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Douglas Boathouse and Keeper'S House

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Main House with red Keeper's house in rear


Last updated: 07/23/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Douglas house description

The Douglas Boathouse, sorry it is not on the water was designed and specifically built for large groups. The house is the perfect destination for family reunions, wedding groups and retreats. Six of seven bedrooms are all furnished with queen beds and the seventh bedroom the children's crew quarters will sleep four in two bunk beds. Four and two thirds bathrooms ensure the fighting over bathrooms will be kept to a minimum. Add the second house The Light Keeper's house for two more bedrooms, a sixth bath, second kitchen, second fire place and more room to spread out.

A dining table with seating for 14 and a large living room make sure that no one will be left out when gathered around the fire place. The sun porch, library and small office offer more intimate spaces. The fire pit with free wood, outdoor dining area and the private patios all offer great spaces on warm summer nights.

New yet warm. Everything was new in 2013. The building has been completely rebuilt with quality materials by a Architect/Builder. The furnishings were specifically selected for the house from Ikea and Crate and Barrel. The wood ceilings, floors and trim make the house warm. Craftsman style mosaic work, original art and creative details add character and charm.

Centrally located between downtown Douglas and Lake Michigan we are closer to the beach than most houses in Saugatuck or Douglas. Shopping, dining and entertainment options are just minutes away.

For more photos, floor plans, pictures and details on the Keeper's House visit our web site

The Keeper's House is now complete and available for rental along with the Boathouse on a weekly basis. To protect your privacy we only rent the Keeper's house to guests that have rented the Boathouse as well. Modeled after the three major local light houses all living space is on the second floor high up in the trees. Our Keeper's house is red just like all Lake Michigan lights that sit on the south pier head as you enter the harbor.

Our weekly rentals run from Friday at 5 pm to the next Friday at 11 am.

Property Type

  • House
  • 4446 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome:

            The house has a puppet theater, lawn games, wood toy trains, a children's bunk room and the engine room all for kids. Bring your bikes and ride to town and the beaches....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 16

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 4: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 5: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 6: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 7: 2 bunk bed

            The Crew Quarters...moreless

          • Four bedrooms with queen beds on the second floor, two more queen bedrooms in the lower level and a kids bunk room on the lower level. Ikea and crate and barrel furnishings. Each room has a theme and are the same size. Bedroom walls have soundproofing. The home theater has five twins built into a huge sofa. The room includes a puppet theater as well....moreless

          Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1


          • Bathroom 2


          • Bathroom 3


          • Bathroom 4


          • Bathroom 5

            A bathroom for the kids right next to the Crew Quarters...moreless

          • Six bathrooms three on the second floor, two on the main floor and one in the lower level. Two with tubs and two with large showers. The fifth bathroom is set up for children. Subway tile and creative ceramic accents. Craftsman style details and wood ceilings. State of the art big water heater and all new plumbing. ...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Large full kitchen. Ikea cabinets, granite counters, subway tile splash, farm house sink. Second wet bar, with refrigerator and microwave in lower level. Outdoor kitchen with tables, grill, smoker....moreless

          • Dining:

            Large dining room seats 14 or more. Opens to big patio with seating for 14 Two picnic tables seat 16...moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Blender, Food Processor, Crock pot, A fully equipped kitchen form Crate and Barrel and Ikea....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            (2) Second refrigerator in lower level...moreless

          • Microwave:

            (2) Second Microwave in lower level...moreless

          • Oven
          • Freezer
          • Stove
          • Seating for 14 people


          • Fireplace:

            Large gas fired fire place with remote. Fire pit on patio with free firewood. Second fireplace in Light House....moreless

          • Air Conditioning:

            Central state of the art A/C with Honeywell whole house make up air....moreless

          • Living Room seats 16:

            Large, Wood Ceilings, Fireplace, All new windows and doors....moreless

          • Heating:

            Central energy star rated gas heat....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Washer/Dryer in lower wet bar area....moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Does not include beach towels...moreless

          • Parking:

            Up to six cars in drive...moreless

          • Babysitter
          • Linens Provided
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Hair Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • Add the Keepers house for more room on a weekly basis at $1950 per week...moreless


              • Television:

                60 inch smart flat screen with surround sound and netflix. Located in the Engine Room home theater room....moreless

              • Games:

                Lots of Board games, puppet theater in lower level...moreless

              • Video Library:

                Large DVD collection and Netflix...moreless


                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Beautiful bluestone patio with chairs, a fire pit with free firewood and two picnic tables The patio is a private outdoor room in a quiet residential neighborhood. ...moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    A huge maple and large basswood offer shade. The owner a Landscape Architect designed the yard to be colorful, comfortable and fun. ...moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Big Webber charcoal grill, Smoker, and work table create a informal outdoor kitchen. Two picnic tables seat 16....moreless

                  • Porch / Veranda:

                    Second story south facing sun porch...moreless


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic

                  Location & View

                      • Village:

                        The Boathouse is on a quiet street mid way between Douglas and Lake Michigan. We are next to the main roads to Oval Beach and Douglas Beach. ...moreless


                      • Library
                      • Laundromat
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Medical Services
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Sailing
                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Skiing
                      • Golf
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Roller Blading
                      • Hot Air Ballooning
                      • Kayaking
                      • Water Tubing
                      • Pier Fishing
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Groceries
                      • Hiking
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Walking
                      • Marina
                      • Museums
                      • Playground
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Churches
                      • Live Theater
                      • Restaurants
                      • Winery Tours
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Boating
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Sledding
                      • Shopping
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Paddle Boating
                      • Antiquing
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Bird Watching
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Jet Skiing


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                      from 10 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Peak Summer
                      Jun 21 - Sep 6, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      Late Summer
                      Sep 7 - Oct 31, 2014
                      2 night min stay
                      Early Summer
                      May 9 - Jun 20, 2015
                      2 night min stay
                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Tax Rate 8%


                      We do not charge a cleaning fee. When you leave the house in good condition we will promptly return your deposit.

                      Ask for our three day discount for a long weekend. Add the second house The Keeper's House to your rental for $1,950.00 per week during the summer. See our web site douglasboathouse for more details

                      Weekly rentals run Friday to Friday

                      Security deposit due at reservation. Payment due 30 days before stay. Credit card charges add 3%

                      We do not charge a cleaning fee. We will return your deposit in 7 days when you leave the house in good condition.

                      This owner accepts: Credit cards.
                      Always make sure to call the number on the listing to confirm payment details. Only pay using credit card, PayPal, check or direct bank transfer. NEVER pay by cash or instant money transfer services such as Western Union or MoneyGram. Learn more

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                      Last updated: 07/23/2014
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                      • Everyday People Cafe

                        "Creative, tasty, sophisticated food in a understated, comfortable setting. The wait for a t..."

                      • Oval Beach

                        "Large beach, great for people watching, parking fee. I prefer the smaller Douglas beach eve..."

                      • Crane's Pie Pantry Restaurant

                        "The pies are great! To really experience this place come and pick raspberries!"

                      • Back Alley Pizza Joint

                        "The best Pizza fresh, creative and a pie for all palate's "

                      • Ida Red's

                        "Best Breakfast in town. Clean and cosy interior"

                      • Saugatuck Brewing Company inc

                        "A good brew pub lots of diverse fresh beer. Good bar food."

                      • Phil's Bar & Grille

                        "Is it the relaxed funky understated building? or The chef and his sur..."

                      • M & M Ice Cream Treats

                        "A quick breakfast or lunch, always good !"

                      • Elbo Room

                        "Good food, great view of the marania"

                      • Marro's Italian Restaurant

                        "A Saugatuck tradition. Traditional Italian food"

                      • Red Barn, The

                      • Uncommon Grounds

                        "Addictive......My daughter in Boston asks for their coffee"

                      • Saugatuck Brewing CO Incorporated

                      • Clearbrook Restaurant

                        "A traditional Golf Club with very good food. Sit under the tent and watch the golfers while..."

                      • Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruises

                        "The trip is better than you might think. The tour is informative and fun. It really helps ..."

                      23 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Commuter Michigan City Ind.
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      US 31
                      0.7 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Douglas Beach
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Saugatuck Brew Pub
                      20 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      0.5 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Every Day People Cafe, Zing, M & M cafe

                      Car: Necessary

                      We are on a quiet side street 438 Fremont, two blocks off the Blue Star Highway. It is a five minute walk to down town Douglas. The Lake Michigan beach is a ten minute walk. Oval beach in Saugatuck is within biking distance or five minutes by car. We are closer to the beaches than most houses in Saugatuck or Douglas. The Saugatuck shopping district is just on the other side of Kalamazoo lake about five minutes by car.

                      Boat tours of Saugatuck and Lake Michigan in a paddle wheeler complete with a bar. Dune rides on the dunes of Saugatuck. Berry picking, winery tours, comedy club, piano bar, preforming arts center. Vintage baseball at berry field, brew pub up the street, sailing charters, bike trails, the list goes on.

                      Saugatuck and Douglas are Michigan's answer to Cape Cod. Quaint villages with a lot of natural beauty, historic buildings , and friendly locals.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2011

                      About the owner: Joanie and I have restored several buildings in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We are currently working on a Prairie Style house built in 1930.

                      Why the Owner Chose Douglas:
                      Location, Location, Location A short walk to Douglas. Ride your bike to the beach yet we are located in a quiet residential side street. Saugatuck and Douglas are quaint small towns. We spent two years driving the west coast of Lake Michigan to find the perfect spot.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      The Boathouse is unique in that it was purpose built as a vacation spot and gathering place for large groups. It not a vacation home furnished with left over furniture. Seven bedrooms, bathrooms on all floors,a large kitchen, living room, home theater, patio and more intimate rooms including the sun porch, library and small office. We remember being a kid and have built the puppet theater, Crew Quarters and engine room all for the kids. The building is furnished with all new furniture specifically selected for the house. Add the Keeper's House for more room and comfort

                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english



                      • Main House with red Keeper's house in rear

                        Main House with red Keeper's house in rear

                      • Engine Room home theater with 60' TV

                        Engine Room home theater with 60' TV

                      • Living room Boathouse

                        Living room Boathouse

                      • Sun porch second story

                        Sun porch second story

                      • Lower Level Bath with kids sink

                        Lower Level Bath with kids sink

                      • Back Stairs to first floor

                        Back Stairs to first floor

                      • Crew Quarters bunk beds with individual lights and curtains sleeps 4

                        Crew Quarters bunk beds with individual lights and curtains sleeps 4

                      • second floor hall

                        second floor hall

                      • Fire pit and back yard

                        Fire pit and back yard

                      • Laundry wet bar lower level

                        Laundry wet bar lower level

                      • Keeper's House

                        Keeper's House

                      • Keeper's House living room

                        Keeper's House living room

                      • Main Kitchen, Table will seat 14 with extension

                        Main Kitchen, Table will seat 14 with extension

                      • One of six matching bedrooms

                        One of six matching bedrooms

                      • Kitchen


                      • One of five bathrooms

                        One of five bathrooms

                      • Douglas Beach within walking distance

                        Douglas Beach within walking distance

                      • library


                      • Hall to kitchen with Michigan landscapes

                        Hall to kitchen with Michigan landscapes

                      • Stardust Puppet Theater, with 12 assorted puppets

                        Stardust Puppet Theater, with 12 assorted puppets

                      • Fireplace


                      • Fremont Street

                        Fremont Street

                      • Keeper's House, picnic tables, grills

                        Keeper's House, picnic tables, grills

                      • Keeper's house kitchen

                        Keeper's house kitchen

                      VRBO #448157

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                      This listing was first published here in 2012.

                      Date last modified - Sunday, July 27, 2014

                      $700 - $895 per night (USD)

                      7 Bedroom / 4.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 16

                      View calendar: Updated 07/23/14
                      Minimum stay: 2-7 nights
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