1 Block from Lake Michigan, Traditional Michigan Cottage
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
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).
Starting January 1, 2017 we will only be booking weeks (4 PM ET Friday to 11 AM ET the following 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
Member since: 2009
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
- Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Away From It All
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill
- Housekeeper Included
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $200
- Taxes Not included
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 for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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The property's calendar has not been updated in over 2 months. You can contact the owner for availability or look for properties with confirmed availability
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.
Links to more information:
Path to the garden and the woods beyond
Lovely sunny dining room
Lattice pergola covered with vines for dining al fresco
Queen size bedroom off living room
2-bedroom cottage kitchen. Kitchen has pots, pans, and lots of kitchen tools.
The beach stretches for miles and the sunsets are gorgeous!
Living room of the guest house, looking through to the sun enclosed porch.
1-bedroom sun porch with full-sized fold-out futon couch.
Dining area of 1-bedroom guest cottage.
Ceasar's Brother iris, just off the deck.
Goats Beard growing under a huge maple tree.
Living room with wood burning fireplace
Built in 1929 by the man who invented Miracle Whip
Enter the 'Green Room.' Perfect for dinner al fresco.
Full-sized bedroom in 2-bedroom cottage.
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.
Queen-size bed in guest house bedroom.
Kitchen of the 1-bedroom guest cottage
1-bedroom cottage bathroom.
Clematis on the arbor.
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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