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Cozy Cottage, Dog Friendly! (No Pet Fee) Walk to the Beach from The Nutshell!!

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Cottage, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Cute, cozy cottage backing up to wooded dunes within walking distance of Mount Baldhead (10 min), Oval Beach (20 min), Saugatuck Chain Ferry (15 min), and Oxbow Art Institute (5 min).

Dock accommodations possible across the street depending on availability. Ten to fifteen minute drive to downtown Saugatuck or Douglas to enjoy quaint city parks, restaurants, shops, and art galleries. Twenty-five minutes to Holland to enjoy a Dutch Community including the annual Tulip Festival. A calm restful setting with plenty of outdoor activities to entertain the entire family or have a romantic weekend!

Keywords: Cabin, Summer Rental, Dock Rental Available, vacation rental

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Property Manager
Denise Reed
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

About Denise Reed

The Nutshell has been a part of our family for over 50 years. We love the area, and are excited for you to spend your time away in our little version of paradise!

Denise Reed purchased this cottage in 1950

Guestbook comments from the manager

My wife & I spent our 9th straight weekend along Lake Mi. We have visited a number of cottages and none are as 'cozy' as The Nutshell. We had a shortened stay due to my football teams game, but we were able to enjoy Mt. Baldhead Hike (yes there is a top!), Oval Beach, Downtown Saugatuck, Downtown Douglas, Holland, Mi, & the grill and picnic table at the Nutshell.

Thanks for the great place to stay and location! Other than us losing the keys for a couple hours, we had a great time!
Sep 2011
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Cozy Cottage, Dog Friendly! (No Pet Fee) Walk to the Beach from The Nutshell!!
average rating of 4.880597 based on 81 reviews

Perfect little shack!

  • 5 of 5

This is just the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Totally adorable, perfectly clean, wonderful location. We enjoyed breakfast in bed with a movie for the first time since our children were born. We even got to listen to the pitter-patter of rain on the tin roof. I can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming little cottage close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at the Nutshell! Small but this was not an issue for 2. Loved the location and enjoyed the bonfire pit out back. Will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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October relaxation.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights and it was great. We had our fur friend along so we shopped at the Super Valu and cooked on the gas grill. There is a fire bowl so we made a fire each night. A short walk up the hill is a nice trail through the woods. There is a nice dog park near Douglas and that was fun too. The cottage has a very nice bathroom and we enjoyed watching cable TV and reading. Several state parks nearby along with boat rides and shopping give you plenty of entertainment options. Just down the road is a museum but it is only open on weekends after labor day so we missed that. When you aren't busy the little cottage is a peaceful place to relax and unwind. In a nutshell we loved th "Nutshell".

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We stayed during the labor day weekend, which might not have been the best time to enjoy Saugatuck as it was extremely busy and we had to wait in line for everything. Due to this we spent most of our time at the cottage, which was perfect. It had everything we needed and then some. We even used the card games they had in the cottage. The bed was very comfortable and we had no problems with the wifi. My only complaint was the prior renters must have had fish as the refrigerator smelled strongly of fish even though it was very clean. My husband spent most of his time on the porch. It is a short walk, maybe 5-10 minutes to the chain ferry which we used to enjoy the downtown area. I will definitely return when the city slows down a bit and this cottage was perfect for the two of us, our 10 year old great niece and our dog Pudgy. I especially loved the large yard.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing and memorable getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice!! Has everything you need. Enjoyed our stay very much. Can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tiny Living at It's Biggest

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable cottage/tiny house with everything you need for a relaxing time close to lots of great venues. We had a wonderful, relaxing time with our two dogs.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

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Oct 1 2016 - Apr 1 2017
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $75

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Saugatuck Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2) 1 Queen Bed, 1 sofa that folds out to queen size bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Wooded Back Yard, Picnic Table, Boat Dock Available for additional charge

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