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Wooded Serenity & Short Drive to Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-7)


Follow the winding driveway up the hilly ridge and you will find peace and serenity at this quaint Lakeshore Drive home hidden within 2.5 wooded acres with great inside and outside living spaces. You can relax on the deck or take a stroll on the Lake Michigan shoreline which is a 3 minute drive away. Or simply relax indoors as you take in the beautiful wooded views from every room.

This remodeled 2 bed/2 bath home has one bedroom/one bathroom on the main level and a second bedroom/bathroom on the lower level. Each bedroom features a queen bed and a wall of windows to bring plenty of sunlight and nature in. A cozy upper loft has a twin sleeper as well as a window seat ideal for napping or reading a book. The open kitchen/dining/living room area on the main level is surrounded by windows. The dining area has a sliding door wall that opens to a two level deck which features plenty of built-in seating as well as two tables with chairs ideal for outdoor dining/relaxing. The gas grill is easily accessible, as is a fire pit (with wood provided) so you can enjoy an evening toasting marshmallows with the family. Walk the deck path to the screened in porch/overlook which is a great place to relax (or sleep here with twin cot provided). Feel free to take the stairs down to enjoy the creek running through the rear of the property--older children will love this!

The home also features wifi, a surround sound stereo system complete with eclectic CD selection, plenty of books to read and a DVD library for your viewing pleasure.

For great evening strolls and an opportunity to catch one of those unforgettable sunset views, West Side County Park is a short drive away. Here you will find a playground, restrooms, covered picnic areas , a place to sunbathe and 630 feet of public beach to enjoy.

Saugatuck/Douglas (a 10 minute drive) and South Haven (a 15 minute drive) which are close by, offer incredible art galleries, many dining venues, and great shopping.

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John Risko
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 25, 2017

Why John Risko chose Fennville

The peace and quiet of a secluded, wooded location, moments away from Lake Michigan and Saugatuck/Douglas. Unlike any home in the area!


Fennville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (2) pack-n-plays available, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 beach chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Wifi now available, Walk to Lake Michigan (no stairs), huge deck, screened porch, outdoor firepit


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Wooded Serenity & Short Drive to Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.8125 based on 32 reviews
Fairhope, AL

Secluded and serene

  • 3 of 5

We stayed at Serenity Ridge for almost two weeks. The inside of the house was very clean and well stocked. Our Michigan family came to visit and we had plenty of room for everyone. The outdoor area provided plenty of space for BBQ's and camp fires. We could easily walk to the park to enjoy beautiful sunsets over Lake Michigan, or picnic, but the beach has eroded so much and most of it is marked private that we were not able to use it much. The exterior of the house needs a lot maintenance. The windows were very dirty, the gutters full, spiders webs were everywhere. We had to clean everything outside before we could use it. The sliding glass door was extremely difficult to open and close and the screened in porch was unusable in it's condition. The grill was left dirty and one tank of propane was empty. There is a musty smell under the kitchen sink and most of the outlets need replaced. While there was internet available, it would have been nice to know ahead of time that there is very TV stations available. We could have brought our Apple TV.

All in all, we were satisfied with Serenity Ridge, but it is just a little too wooded and in need of some serious exterior work.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Privacy and great location.

  • 4 of 5

Great place, location and lots of privacy.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highland Park, Illinois, USA

Fabulous Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating stay at Serenity Ridge! It was a magical place. Every evening we went down the road to the beach and experienced a glorious sunset. The house, which is tucked away into beautiful woods at the top of a ridge, is lovely and takes full advantage of the wooded setting. There are large windows, spacious rooms, updated baths and kitchen and a fabulous deck with a fire pit to enjoy! It is secluded, yet within an easy drive to Saugatuck, Douglas and Holland. Wonderful restaurants and shops, natural beauty and majesty. We highly recommend this lovely spot in breathtaking Southwestern Michigan.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Serenity Ridge. The bedrooms are very spacious and on separate floors. The living room and kitchen are large and have all the amenities. The best part is the location right in the middle of the woods with a huge back deck, a firepit, a screened-in porch, and steps that will allow you explore the woods even further. The nearby lake access allows you to walk along the lake and swim. You are not permitted to put down towels or chairs but you can do that at a nearby public park or Oval Beach in Saugatuck. The owner is extremely responsive and helpful in making sure your stay is what you expect. Be sure to explore Fennville, Douglas, Saugatuk, Holland and South Haven.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly serene

  • 5 of 5

Loved the place, it was so beautiful surrounded by so many lush tall trees, and so close to the beach. It was one of our best gateways. So relaxing yet so many things to explore. You would instantly feel a connection to nature when you arrive and you cannot help feel a little sad when you leave. The owner, John Risko was very helpful and responded quickly to my queues. I would highly recommend this place for all those who love nature.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia, PA

Pretty much perfect

  • 5 of 5

This was a GREAT place to stay--the secluded wooded setting with HUGE deck was amazing, it's super close to two beaches (that are a bit rocky but they don't get as crowded as Oval), and close to Saugatuck/Douglas, South Haven and Fennville. I was looking for a nice break from the city, and this was EXACTLY what I was looking for. I have friends in the area and it was the perfect homebase for people to come hang, bbq and chill on the beach.

The house itself was well-stocked with all the pots, pans and prep tools for cooking/grilling, a stash of kids toys and even some shampoo/conditioners under one of the bathroom sink left by other guests. While not overtly "fancy", everything was high quality--which makes a huge difference in how comfy a place feels. Often vacation rentals have the cheapest imaginable bedding and mishmash furnishings--here all of the finishes, linens, furniture and everything else were really nice. The new carpet was so plush it made me want to carpet my own house! The layout works well for privacy--there's a bedroom suite downstairs with a bed and pull-out couch and a second bedroom upstairs close to the hall bath. Finally there's an adorable loft--a friend came up for one night and all three of her kids slept up there.

Tips: You're definitely in the woods, so bring plenty of bug spray. They ask that you don't wear shoes inside (which is keeping that awesome carpet so nice), so you want to be sure to have something to easily slip on and off when you're going in and out from the deck.

I'll definitely rent this home again next time I'm back in the area. All in all, it's one of the nicest rentals I've ever stayed in and I would most highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Beach
1 Miles
West Side County Park

sand dune buggy rides, fruit and berry picking (in season), beach access, winery


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

Memorial Day/Labor Day...$275/night (3 night minimum)
During summer season (July-August) home is available as a weekly rental only (Saturday to Saturday).

50% of fee required to reserve...balance due 30 days prior to arrival
No refunds given 30 days or less before first rental date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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