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Woodland Retreat with Private Beach--Castle Park

(12 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:14
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)

NOTE: While we have a "Book it" button on our listing, we strongly recommend that you contact us first via phone or the "Send e-mail" button. We want all our guests to love staying in our house as much as we do, and to that end, we'd like the opportunity to answer all your questions and make sure the Phoenix is the best fit for your party, before you make any monetary commitments.

Welcome to Phoenix in the Dunes, a luxury home completed in 2006 with all the amenities you seek, just 2.5 hours from Chicago and 3.5 hours from Detroit. It's perched on a wooded dune 700 feet from a large private beach shared by just ten houses--easy to get away from it all, yet a short walk or ride from the center of Castle Park, a historic 19th century resort community. There's a pool, eight green-clay tennis courts, half-day 'play class' for the kids from July 4 to mid-August, and lots more.

Bedrooms: 5 (1 king, 1 queen, 2 with 2 twin beds each, 1 with bunk-beds, daybed and sleeping loft)

Sleeps: 12 in beds. Overflow guests can also be accommodated on 2 sleeper couches in the living room.

Bathrooms: 3 1/2. Master bath has two-person whirlpool tub. Downstairs bath (adjacent to queen bedroom) has walk-in shower with grab-bars, seat and hand-held shower, plus rain-head. Second upstairs bath has kid-depth bathtub with shower. Extra upstairs powder room, too!

Kitchen: State of the art gourmet kitchen and adjoining pantry with soapstone countertops, hickory cabinets. Kitchen window seat and farm table look out on deck and wooded ravine.

Dining room: Farm table seats up to 12.

Living room: Comfy couches, fireplace, TV with DVD player and gaming system.

Outdoor living: Back deck and patio put you in the treetops, with excellent morning sun and terrific bird-watching. Gas grill, charcoal grill, Adirondack chairs, and dining table and chairs. Another deck wraps around the house on the upper level, with a bump-out overhanging the hill--spectacular yet peaceful.

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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/18/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 3200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 14
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Person signing lease must be 24 or older....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Well-behaved dogs are welcome, as long as they are completely housebroken, stay off the furniture, and chew only things that belong to them. No cats or other pets allowed....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Limited Accessibility:

    Ground floor bedroom has French door to outside, and adjacent bathroom with shower seat, handheld shower, and ADA-height toilet. Good for people with limited mobility. Entire ground floor is free of thresholds except at outside doors....moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 12-14

  • Kids' Room: 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon, 2 bunk bed

    Futon in sleeping loft...moreless

  • Twin Room #1: 2 twin/ single


  • Twin Room #2: 2 twin/ single


  • Downstairs Bedroom: 1 queen

    Adjoining bath with walk-in shower...moreless

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    Connecting bath with whirlpool tub...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 2 sleep sofa /futon

    Comfortable pull-out couches in living room...moreless

  • King size beds (1) in master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) in downstairs bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) two rooms with two twin beds each, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) two sleeper sofas in living room, Bunk Beds (1) 'kids' room' has bunk beds, daybed, and sleeping loft...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Master bath: toilet, jetted tub

    Jetted tub has hand shower...moreless

  • Downstairs: toilet, shower

    Walk-in shower with seat, grab-bar, handheld shower...moreless

  • Kids' bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Kid-depth tub--great for bathing little ones!...moreless

  • Powder room: toilet

    Second floor. Eases morning and bedtime crowding....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Baby equipment and other large items available for rental through our cleaning service. Charles Walter console piano. Not your usual vacation home piano! Highly playable, tuned annually....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Game Console:

    Playstation 3...moreless

  • Video Games:

    Miscellaneous family-rated games available...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    Dining room farm table seats 12. Additional kitchen table seats 6, and kitchen peninsula sits three....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance:

    Free domestic long distance....moreless

  • Heating:

    Separate zoned heating for up and downstairs....moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking lot can hold up to four cars...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    (2) fireplaces in living room and dining room. Master bedroom also has fireplace, though not currently set up for use....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    Fisher-Paykel Dish Drawers...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Electric oven...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Second-floor balcony has lake view....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Back deck and patio overlook wooded ravine....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal and gas grills....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Eight Har-Tru courts available in community....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Pool is open June 20-Labor Day....moreless



Write a review 5
from 12 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
spring 2017
Apr 1 - May 29, 2017
2 night min stay
$360 $410
Fri, Sat
shoulder season 2017
May 30 - Jun 16, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

High season 2017
Jun 17 - Sep 4, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Fall 2017
Sep 5 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$400 $475
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning/damage deposit $750
  • Taxes Not included


There is a $750 cleaning and damage deposit, due with the signed agreement, that guests will get back, less a cleaning fee, after returning the key (assuming there is no damage). The minimum cleaning fee for 2015 was $185. The cleaning fee may exceed the minimum if there are dogs in the party, if there is excessive mess, laundry, or trash, or if guests depart after the check-out time of 11 am. The full rent is due three weeks before the start of the rental. In the event of a cancellation we will make our best effort to rebook, but there are NO REFUNDS unless we have a replacement booking. If we are able to rebook the time, we will refund any payments made.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 04/18/2017
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5 Miles
Nearest Golf
The Links at Rolling Meadows, 9 holes, par 3
5 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
500 Metres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: Our family has owned the site of Phoenix in the Dunes since 1960, when the previous generation built their dream Castle Park cottage out of picturesque but highly flammable old barn wood. After the original house burned in 2003 due to carelessness on the part of a power company work crew, we rebuilt, aiming to preserve the cozy charm of the original while making the additions we had always wanted (including a gourmet kitchen and lots more bookshelves). The Phoenix that arose from the ashes is one of our favorite places in the world, and many of our guests feel the same. We hope you will, too.

Why the Owner Chose Holland, MI, USA:
If you have found our listing, maybe you have some connections to Castle Park yourself, or know someone who does. The community has many families that have been here for generations, ever since the Castle was acquired by the Reverend Parr more than a century ago to be a summer camp for boys. The campers' families bought building lots and built quaint cottages. CP has grown modestly over the years but still has only about 100 homes, and though the hotel that used to be in the Castle is now gone, the common areas retain their old-fashioned air.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The Phoenix is especially popular for small-to-medium sized family reunions. Our dining table can accommodate pretty much everyone, but after dinner (or anytime really) you can curl up with a book, get a game of dominoes going, or watch a movie, and no one gets in anyone else's way. We have several different outdoor spaces as well, so you can socialize or not as the mood takes you. Our deeded private beach is often deserted, especially on weekdays, and you can walk for miles in either direction depending on the water levels in the Lake. We especially like spending long lazy afternoons on the back deck that overlooks a ravine, chatting, sipping iced tea, and watching the birds zoom around.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/18/2017

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  • Cooking area

    Cooking area

  • dining room

    dining room

  • downstairs bedroom

    downstairs bedroom

  • Twin room #2

    Twin room #2

  • hammock area

    hammock area

  • view over ravine from back deck

    view over ravine from back deck

  • second floor balcony

    second floor balcony

  • beach path #2

    beach path #2

  • Entrance to historic Castle Park

    Entrance to historic Castle Park

  • Living room

    Living room

  • kitchen table

    kitchen table

  • window seat

    window seat

  • Twin room #1

    Twin room #1

  • kids' room (with sleeping loft above top bunk)

    kids' room (with sleeping loft above top bunk)

  • back deck

    back deck

  • House mascot

    House mascot

  • lake view from window seat

    lake view from window seat

  • community pool

    community pool

  • master bedroom

    master bedroom

VRBO #233115

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Friday, April 21, 2017

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