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Historic Sea Captain's Home best location downtown

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Heathcote is an 1870 Italianate home built by Captain George Crawford . This home is ideally located in the quiet residential neighborhood called 'the hill' , but is steps from the main street of Saugatuck.

The view from the beautiful backyard overlooks the park, tennis court , and basketball court below, and looks across the Kalamazoo River to Mt. Baldhead .

Known as the house with the porch , Heathcote has a beautiful front porch complete with table and chairs off the kitchen for your morning coffee, and an incredible screened in porch for cocktails, eating, reading , or just relaxing .

Heathcote has two bedrooms upstairs, one with a queen bed and one with two twin beds. These bedrooms share a full , remodeled bath complete with original claw foot tub and walk in shower.

Off the kitchen is an additional bedroom know as the bunky , with a queen bed and detached bath with shower. This section of the house is cottage quirky ( but most guests love it ) . This bedroom is not for small children because it is far from the master .

The living room, dining room and kitchen are remodeled , and all the original wood floors redone .

Heathcote's porches and yard are great for summer enjoyment. There is even a separate beer fridge ! Great location for kids with the tennis court , basketball court , and park steps away.

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More Details

Bill Bleeker
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 13, 2018

About Bill Bleeker

My family has been in Saugatuck since 1835 . My great , great , great Grandfather was one of the first founders of Saugatuck . I am the 6th generation in Saugatuck.

Bill Bleeker purchased this house in 1870

Why Bill Bleeker chose Saugatuck

Saugatuck has been a summer home for our family for 6 generations . This is not just a rental but our home.

What makes this house unique

Heathcote has the best location in town , a private setting but right downtown , and it has the best porch you'll find - featured in Lake Magazine ! In 2009 we won the Heritage Preservation award from the Saugatuck Douglas Historical Society .

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you very much for a lovely stay in your beautiful house. Everything was perfect . Hope to come back to heathcote soon.
Jul 2009
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Saugatuck House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • occupancy is firm --no more than 6 people
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Upstairs bathroom is newly remodeled . The bathroom near the bunky bedroom is detatched and very quirky and has an old Michigan cottage vibe
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • 2 upstairs bedrooms , one with a queen bed, and one with two twins. The third bedroom(the 'bunky) is in a separate part of the house , great for privacy but not for small children . It has an old Michigan cottage vibe--- there is a new queen bed in the 3rd bedroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Heathcote has an incredible location; the park and playground, the tennis/pickleball courts, and the basketball court are all within steps of the beautiful big backyard. You can walk to all the shops and restaurants, as well as to the ferry that takes you across to the Oval Beach road. As the 6th generation of my family who helped found Saugatuck, I am proud to be restoring this beautiful historic house, and we hope you will enjoy and respect the history of it as well.


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Historic Sea Captain's Home best location downtown
average rating of 4.923077 based on 36 reviews

This property was perfect for our family of six.

  • 5 of 5

The house was charming and functional. The location was ideal for enjoying all that Saugatuck offered. We would love to stay longer and again!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Wonderful home!

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location and beautiful house. The only critique would be the attic bedroom. It does not could down, even with an air conditioner, when the weather is warm. Loved our stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely old home looking down on the sweet town of Saugatuck.

  • 5 of 5

It's a big family owned home with a wrap around porch and screened in porch to enjoy the evenings. We have stayed here three times and have always had so much fun with our friends. Beautiful kitchen, beautiful location!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

We didn't plan to use the house much, as we had a ton planned. But the rain had other plans for us. We couldn't have lucked into a more perfect house for this. Not only did the owner supply umbrellas that we forgot to bring, they also had games and a beautiful patio/screened in porch for us to still be outside during the rain. It was the most relaxing stay we could have imagined.

The location was just a few steps from downtown and had a sidewalk going through the back so that we didn't have to go all the way around the block.

This really was the perfect place!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Great stay in an historic home

  • 5 of 5

We had a great long weekend at the historic sea captain's home. The location is perfect--steps away from the heart of downtown Saugatuck. The home has a modern kitchen, but it maintains its cozy, historic charm. The upstairs bed was comfortable, and the upstairs bathroom was large and well equipped. The screened porch was a relaxing place to read in the afternoon. The private backyard was great for hanging out with the dog. We hope to return to this home for another stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Beautiful historic home close to everything. Every possible amenity included.

  • 5 of 5

This is such a wonderful place. We immediately felt relaxed and enjoyed every room in this historic family home. Evenings on the porch and mornings in the back yard were great. A short walk to everything Saugutuck has to offer. There were beach chairs and a cooler for our afternoon at Oval Beach and board games to play late into the evening. The owners have truly thought of everything including menus from all the local restaurants. The house was very clean and the beds cozy. This would definitely be our top choice in Saugatuck.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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There is something for everyone in Saugatuck: there are the many incredible art galleries and interior stores of Saugatuck and Douglas, there is the Oval Beach, rated as one of the top ten beaches, and there are the abundant local wineries that can be toured. Check the Saugatuck websites for all that you can do.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Pet Fee $100 + Tax

no winter rental

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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