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Create amazing family memories 200 yards from Lake Michigan!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 full Baths, (Sleeps 16+)

New owners, same great location! We're working on updating our look to add even more value to this beautiful, family friendly property. We rented Painted Sky last summer and loved it so much, we bought it! :)

Super easy and convenient access to Lake Michigan, Buchanan Beach is just 200 yards (NO stairs!!) to the most beautiful stretch of sugary sand beach that Michigan has to offer. Stroll along the beach, soak up the beautiful sunsets, enjoy campfires around the fire pit, and sit back in the comfy Adirondack furniture or a nap in the hammock all on the large, private wooded lot.

Indoors your family will enjoy a NEW kids bunk room, ping pong table, foosball table, large selection of games, books, movies, Legos and plenty of other little touches that will make it feel like home. Swimming, boating, biking, walking, shopping, beaching, golfing, great restaurants - just to name a few of the local activities.

Painted Sky Cottage is just a few miles south of Grand Haven's famous Boardwalk. Enjoy the musical fountain in the summer time, along with great local shops and restaurants and lots of places to get ice cream. Don't forget to grab a Pronto Pup too!

Enjoy your choice of several beaches. In addition to Buchanan Beach, Grand Haven State Park is a great, lively beach offering volleyball, sandcastle competitions, and lots more. Rosy Mound Natural Area is great for hiking and gorgeous beach/dune views, within a couple of miles. Travel south about 15 miles and you'll come across Holland State Park, Tunnel Park, and the lovely downtown Holland shopping area. Drive or enjoy a gorgeous bike ride along the paved path at the end of the road that connects Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Holland (over 25 miles of trail)!

If you don't want to pack your bike, rent ours! Over 15 available in all sizes for you and your kids to get wherever you want to go or just explore the area. We also have wagons, beach towels, beach mats, beach toys and lots of other little extras to help make your vacation a breeze. Enjoy a swing and play set in the shady, large backyard, hoping to add a zip line this year too! :)

The public boat launch at Pigeon Lake is less than a one mile from the cottage as well as ample parking for your Jet Ski or small boat. Nearby Grand Haven Golf Club is one of the top rated courses in the area.

Grand Haven hosts the Coast Guard festival in August, attracting boaters of all kinds. Grand Haven offers a thriving downtown complete with art galleries, casual and fine dining, sporting good shops, book stores and farmers market; something for everyone. Pick blueberries in July, August and September also apple and peach groves nearby. Wineries also offer tours and tastings.

Keywords: House, cottage, Lake Michigan, beach house, lake access, family friendly, nature, beach, bunk room, Grand Haven, biking, campfires, private

More Details

Mindi Freng
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Mindi Freng

This is us...Kevin & Mindi Freng and our four kiddos...Kira, Audri, TK and Gavin. We rented Painted Sky Labor Day weekend and fell in love with it, and now, only a few months later, it's ours! We are super excited to share this space and create family memories for years to come. We live in Grand Rapids, less than an hour away, and plan to "get away" here as often as possible.

Our unique family size and age span remind us of how important it is to have things for everyone to do. We strive to make this an easy family vacation and will provide many of the extras to make it relaxing for you. Things like a pack n' play, high chair, Legos, books, movies, beach towels and mats, on-site bike rental options are all provided and designed to assist with the ease of a great family vacation.

We are committed to providing our guests with a spotless and comfortable cottage with many amenities to make your vacation the best it can be. Painted Sky has operated as a rental for the last 10 years and has been booked solid every summer. We look forward to continuing that tradition!

Mindi Freng purchased this house in 2017

Why Mindi Freng chose Grand Haven

Location, location, location!!! We've spent the last 15 years of our marriage making trips and renting properties along Michigan's west coast. We've stayed in MANY towns along the lakeshore and have come to really love and appreciate this area specifically and all it has to offer. Gorgeous beaches, several quaint beach towns nearby, a quiet neighborhood and large yard, short walk to the beach, quality golf courses, trails to bike, sleeps a ton so we can invite friends and family to join for a few all adds up to our ideal family vacation spot!

What makes this house unique

Sunsets...your private "painted sky" to enjoy nightly just a short walk away. Leave the windows open at night if you want to fall asleep to the sounds of Lake Michigan!

We love the lower level space for kids, and so do they! Ping pong table, foosball table, tons of games and kids bunk room make this a perfect place to hang out with cousins and friends alike. Walkout to large backyard complete with private, park-like play area.


Grand Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 19
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs bath - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Upstairs bath divided with sink/toilet separate, shower and extra sink in other room. Very handy for two couples sharing upstairs level
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sized sleeper sofa (new 2018)
    Breezeway - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Loveseat that pulls out, best for child or teen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , 4 bunk bed , Triple bunk, daybed with trundle, full & twin bunks (13)
  • 2 Queen size Beds (4) 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa (2) 1 Daybed with Trundle (2) 2 Twin bunks (4) 2 Full bunks (4) 1 Triple bunk (3)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 15 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
We are located about a half mile from the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds, a quick bike ride away. An annual membership to the grounds runs $35 and can be applied for by sending in this form. The grounds include a beautiful beach, rentals of paddleboards & kayaks, kids crafts, beach volleyball, basketball & tennis courts, shuffleboard, horseshoes, playground, mini golf, ice cream and candy store, pool... Some of these activities (pool, rentals, crafts) require an additional fee while you're there but all very reasonable. You can see more about what's offered at if you're interested.


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Create amazing family memories 200 yards from Lake Michigan!
average rating of 4.6875 based on 32 reviews

We absolutely loved everything about the cottage, property and short walk to the water. So homey.

  • 5 of 5

A group of eight ladies all related spent our girls weekend celebrating several birthdays in the Painted Sky Cottage. We all loved the home - so inviting, cozy and loved the idea that we all had our own beds and even had a few to spare. We just loved the way it was decorated and had everything you could ask for. The property is beautiful and we enjoyed the outdoors especially after dark sitting out front and relaxing. We also loved the short walk to the beach each day. We were able to visit Saugatuck, Grand Haven and Holland with their close proximity to the cottage. We all agreed this would be a place to visit again, but for a little bit longer of a stay. None of us were ready to leave and wished we could have stayed longer.

Thank you Theresa for renting your charming and very welcoming home to us for a very memorable girls weekend.

Valerie Reinwand

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for girls weekend.

  • 5 of 5

Host exceptional!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Theresa, Thanks so much for the use of your cottage. It was beyond perfect. The slumber party bedroom downstairs was priceless! We had so much fun that everyone wants to make it an annual event. The bar has been set very high though and may be difficult to match. Being able to stay later on Sunday was also very appreciated. Thanks again for your wonderful hospitality!! Sincerely, Carolyn-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Carolyn, You are so welcome! Thanks for sharing 😊 Jane and I appreciate knowing you all had such a wonderful time at Painted Sky Cottage. We have and continue to work hard at making Painted Sky Cottage a relaxing old fashioned vacation spot. That's what it's all about! Theresa
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  • 4 of 5

House was great and in a wonderful location with plenty of privacy and close proximity to the water. Very comfy and inviting home. Close enough to Grand Haven to go any time.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute cottage with all you need

  • 4 of 5

Cute cottage on quiet street just down from a small beach. Plenty of space for 2 families easy drive to grand haven and holland. Lots of state parks close by as well.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Vacation 2016

  • 5 of 5

Painted Sky was a perfect cottage for our whole family (6 adults, 3 small boys). Very clean, cute decor, and wonderfully filled with everything you need. They go above and beyond with beach towels, sand toys, Tonka trucks, bikes, play gym, towels, outdoor furniture, and plenty of supplies. It is close to many of the fun activities if you wanted to venture beyond the beach and cottage. We would highly recommend it and hope to come back. The owners were great to correspond with and prompt.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet getaway

  • 4 of 5

Painted sky cottage is perfect for a quiet getaway with your family. My whole family (11 ppl) enjoyed this ranging from 1yr old to 63!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

On Site Bike Rentals Available: Two bikes or all fifteen of them would be $150.00 - 25 mile Bike path at the corner linking Grand Haven with Spring Lake and Holland.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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