Woodland Retreat with Private Beach--Castle Park(12 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Property type:House
- 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
- 3200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome
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
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 12-14
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Lake View
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 12 people
- Air Conditioning
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer
- Free Long Distance:
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Parking Off Street:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Apr 1 - May 29, 2017
2 night min stay
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
Sep 5 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
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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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.
- Primary: +1 (708) 442-1377 (Illinois, USA)
Twin room #2
view over ravine from back deck
second floor balcony
beach path #2
Entrance to historic Castle Park
Twin room #1
kids' room (with sleeping loft above top bunk)
lake view from window seat
This listing was first published here in 2007.
Date last modified - Sunday, February 26, 2017
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