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1 Block from Lake Michigan, Traditional Michigan Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4) + 1 bedroom Guest Cottage

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, basic cable, 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 has a queen-size bed in the bedroom and a full-sized fold-out futon on the enclosed sun-porch. The pink cottage 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 week long blocks (4 PM ET Friday to 11 AM ET the following Friday)

A week in the 2-bedroom is $800 and the 1-bedroom rents for $550 for the week.

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

Keywords: Housekeeping Cottage

More Details

Gaylon Emerzian
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 12, 2017

About Gaylon Emerzian

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.'

Gaylon Emerzian purchased this cottage in 1990

Why Gaylon Emerzian chose Southwest

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Fennville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeper sofa in living room
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

1 Block from Lake Michigan, Traditional Michigan Cottage
average rating of 4.611111 based on 18 reviews

Secluded cozy cabin, in the woods near lake Michigan - serenity

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a weekend away from the busy Chicago. We were hoping to find a place away from people and noise, change the pace and enjoy the nature and each other company. This was the perfect place for it. I did not realize at the time of booking that the cabin was exactly what we were looking for. We were staying in a smaller of the two cabins, with one bedroom. It is clean and has everything. Surrounded by the woods, so we woke up to the sounds of rain, birds, crickets (no sirens, wow). Saugatuck, Fennville and other towns are very close - ~15 minutes - are busy (by local standards) and full of good restaurants (measure up to Chicago), wineries, cider breweries etc. We spent time on the semi-private beach, were drinking tea and watching sunset. Imagine a small beach all to yourself (well, maybe with 5-6 more people).

So, if you are looking for some peace and serenity - this is a place for you.

Enjoy. We will be back for sure.

PS. The owner, Gaylon, was very responsive, we got the paperwork, keys and clear instructions and directions.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis

Such a nice place - cozy, pretty, gorgeous back yard, sweet neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a lovely week here and we loved it. We come up to Saugatuck every summer and this year stayed in Glenn. The house is so so so pretty - just charming and warm. We had two adults and two kids ages 10 and 12 and even they loved it. They particularly loved having a room sufficiently off to the side that we couldn't hear them in the morning. And the house worked terrifically for our needs - the dining table is large; the patio is gorgeous and it was great eating outside; and we really loved walking to town for breakfast or sandwiches at the two places there. Our kids are still ok sharing a bed, and did so, but next year they'll probably reject that and we'll figure out how to make that work if we can - the couch is a fold away bed, which will probably be a fine solution. The walk to the private beach is super pretty - lots of trees and shade and fun houses to admire and wildflowers all over. And the backyard is wonderful - private, green, with woods in the background. It's a wonderfully quiet area too, which was very nice.

The kids have asked to go to this same house next year!

Thank you for a lovely time!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and Secluded Cottage - Perfect for Family Time!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on our vacation here! The cottage was well-maintained and provided everything we needed. The backyard was just big enough for our 2 young kids to run around in, while providing the privacy of a secluded cottage in the woods. We enjoyed the short walk down a wooded dirt road to the lake, and while the Glenn beach was covered with a rocky bottom, it was a short 10-minute drive into Saugatuck and South Haven, which both feature clean and sandy shorelines with playgrounds for the kids. Our host was an excellent communicator and answered all questions we had before booking our stay in a prompt and professional manner. Most importantly, this cottage was the perfect escape and allowed us to focus on spending time together as a family.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great place. We have a family of 4 that stayed here. Nice to getaway from most of the city life. Great woods surroundings. May come back again.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Gem of a Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

The location was perfect. To be nestled in a serene, plant filled wooded lot so close to the Lake was an absolute treat. I found the cottage to be perfectly comfortable, clean and stocked with all the basic necessities. It truly made for a relaxing and memorable weekend! I hope to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Nature Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Each year I choose a spot in Michigan where I can celebrate another year of life and reflect. The pink cottage nestled in the woods and close to the walks on the beach was perfect for me. Close to many State Parks with plenty of beaches to walk, and woods to explore, as well as small villages with lovely food. I especially enjoyed the deck where I could lounge morning or night with a cup of java.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Holland Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Saugatuck and South Haven have bars
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Glenn Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Fennville Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

A week in the 2-bedroom cottage is $800. A week spans 4PM Friday to 11 AM the following Friday.
A week in the 1-bedroom cottage is $600. A week spans 4PM Friday to 11 AM the following Friday.

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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