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1 Block from Lake Michigan, Traditional Michigan Cottage

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Path to the garden and the woods beyond

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Last updated: 07/19/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Peace, quiet and plenty of bird song! Homey interiors and a large vine-covered deck. A perfect homebase for exploring Fennville, Allegan, South Haven and Saugatuck, Michigan's answer to Cape Cod. Hillby Thatch Cottage's environs are a delightful mix of forest, rural, and artist colony.

Surrounded by woods on three sides and just a 5 minute walk to Lake Michigan and a semi private beach. The cottage has a wood-burning fireplace, central heat, ceiling fans (No AC), fully equipped kitchen, and full bath. There's a big covered deck and a Weber kettle in the backyard. Large lending library and board games. One bedroom has a queen-sized bed and the other a full-sized bed.

Our 2-bedroom cottage now has a 1-bedroom guest cottage right next door. It can be rented as a stand alone. It has a queen-sized bed in the bedroom and a full-sized fold-out futon couch in the enclosed sun room.

The two cottages are great for family groups of 6-8.

Sorry, no pets. The cottages may not be suitable for children. There is no perimeter fence and no life-guard at the beach. Parents, you will need to be on alert.

We rent the cottages in blocks weekends (4 PM Friday to 11 AM Monday), weeks (4 PM Friday to 11 AM the following Friday) or midweeks (4 PM Monday to 11 AM Friday). The new layout for VRBO doesn't allow me to make note of that distinction and it's causing havoc with my cleaning crew who have been on that Monday or Friday schedule of 17 years!

'A great place for a personal retreat. Letters were written, books read, art created.' - A satisfied customer.

Keywords: Housekeeping Cottage

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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Sleeper sofa in living room...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic cable....moreless

  • Television

Theme

  • Away From It All

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street:

    Room for 3-4 cars...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

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

    Updated kitchen with plenty of storage....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Spices and a few other essentials....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large deck with lattice pergola, covered with vines. A shady spot to dine or read....moreless

  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals in Saugatuck 7 miles north....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Surrounded by lovely gardens....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

Write a review 4.6
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$95 $135
Fri, Sat, Sun
$600

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Weekends 4PM Friday through 11 AM Monday $400

Midweeks 4PM Monday through 11 AM Friday $375

Weeks 4PM Monday to 11 AM the following Monday $600

Deposit of $100 is due to hold dates. It is not refundable but it is transferable to another stay. That deposit becomes the damage deposit and is refunded when the cleaning crew goes through their check list. Rental fee is due before keys change hands.


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Last updated: 07/19/2016
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Location

2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-196
0.25 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Michigan

Car: Necessary

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1990

About the owner: Writer and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Gaylon Emerzian would rather be outdoors than sitting in the editing room. She's a consummate foodie, cooking or baking daily, and tending to a large kitchen garden in the summer. She runs the James Beard Award winning website, Spatulatta and blogs such as 'Pinch of Reasoning.'

Why the Owner Chose Fennville, MI, USA:
I fell in love with Glenn, Michigan when visiting a friend. It is a place where time is suspended. The beach goes on forever and at night the Milky Way stretches overhead. My husband, Roger and I like lie on on the deck before the leaves pop out and watch our resident pair of red-tailed hawks wheel overhead. We've seen wild turkey, grouse, pheasants. And yes, Bambi. We see the deer standing on their hind legs to reach the pears on our neighbor's trees. I also love the history of the area. Glenn used to be a stop on the Underground Railroad and that non-judgmental, welcoming attitude survives.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
U-pick! Nothing makes me happier than harvesting fruit and vegetables. From June to October there's always something coming off the farm. I freeze enough berries to get me through the winter. Plus there's farm stands and little stands by the side of the road. I feel like Lady Bountiful coming home and unloading the car. If I want to shop or have a nice dinner out, it's just minutes to Saugatuck. We love doing the gallery openings then having a glass of wine at one of the riverfront restaurants.


Contact us

Speaks: english
 

Photos

  • Path to the garden and the woods beyond

    Path to the garden and the woods beyond

  • Lovely sunny dining room

    Lovely sunny dining room

  • Lattice pergola covered with vines for dining al fresco

    Lattice pergola covered with vines for dining al fresco

  • Queen size bedroom off living room

    Queen size bedroom off living room

  • 2-bedroom cottage kitchen. Kitchen has pots, pans, and lots of kitchen tools.

    2-bedroom cottage kitchen. Kitchen has pots, pans, and lots of kitchen tools.

  • The beach stretches for miles and the sunsets are gorgeous!

    The beach stretches for miles and the sunsets are gorgeous!

  • Living room of the guest house, looking through to the sun enclosed porch.

    Living room of the guest house, looking through to the sun enclosed porch.

  • 1-bedroom sun porch with full-sized fold-out futon couch.

    1-bedroom sun porch with full-sized fold-out futon couch.

  • Dining area of 1-bedroom guest cottage.

    Dining area of 1-bedroom guest cottage.

  • Ceasar's Brother iris, just off the deck.

    Ceasar's Brother iris, just off the deck.

  • Goats Beard growing under a huge maple tree.

    Goats Beard growing under a huge maple tree.

  • Living room with wood burning fireplace

    Living room with wood burning fireplace

  • Built in 1929 by the man who invented Miracle Whip

    Built in 1929 by the man who invented Miracle Whip

  • Enter the 'Green Room.' Perfect for dinner al fresco.

    Enter the 'Green Room.' Perfect for dinner al fresco.

  • Full-sized bedroom in 2-bedroom cottage.

    Full-sized bedroom in 2-bedroom cottage.

  • Other side of kitchen with lots of room for storing your supplies.

    Other side of kitchen with lots of room for storing your supplies.

  • This is the one-bedroom guest house next door, great for extended family.

    This is the one-bedroom guest house next door, great for extended family.

  • Queen-size bed in guest house bedroom.

    Queen-size bed in guest house bedroom.

  • Kitchen of the 1-bedroom guest cottage

    Kitchen of the 1-bedroom guest cottage

  • 1-bedroom cottage bathroom.

    1-bedroom cottage bathroom.

  • Clematis on the arbor.

    Clematis on the arbor.

VRBO #246352

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Thursday, July 28, 2016

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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Speaks: english
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  • Calendar last updated 07/19/2016
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