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Saugatuck Riverfront Cottage,Amazing Views, Intown Location, small pets allowed

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Waterfront Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + sofa-bed (Sleeps 8), 2 Baths, Screened Deck

Special Spring/Fall Rate: $400 Off Weekly Summer Rate during Spring and Fall Seasons

Saturday to Saturday Rental Cycle for Weekly Rentals

We Only do weekly rentals during Summer Season: from Memorial Day Week through the Labor Day Week

Shorter term Nightly rates vary from $250 - $450 per night depending upon the number of people and the season. Call for a specific rate quote.

Historic, Riverfront Cottage sits high above the Kalamazoo River connecting Saugatuck to Lake Michigan. The cottage is a short walk (3-4 regular blocks) to Saugatuck's downtown attractions, shops and restaurants. A large screened porch overlooks the river and opens into the living room and kitchen creating a flowing indoor/outdoor life style. The view of the river boating traffic and wildlife from this porch is unbelievable. Recent remodeling upgrades include a cathedral ceiling in the living room, new carpeting and a large screened HD TV and a hot tub overlooking the river. Treehouse sleeps up to 8 people.

The ground level Master bedroom has a queen bed. There is a hide-a-bed sofa in the adjoining dining/living room. The lower level has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with a set of twin beds. The cottage has central air-conditioning throughout. The cottage is naturally cooled by the river/lake breezes and the over head fans throughout. There are bathrooms with showers on both levels of the cottage. There are also complete kitchens on both floors with a washer/dryer in the lower level. The lower level also has a covered deck spanning the entire width of the cottage which mimics the great views of the screened porch. There is a nice lawn on the river level that is ideal for lounging, games or enjoying the fire pit.

Fishing from this level is usually good and small boats or jet skis can be tied up to the seawall. Weekly rentals take priority. However, three to four day rentals are possible in the off season or on short notice as are rentals of just the upper or lower level units. Pets are allowed with the owner's approval and a small damage deposit/fee.

Keywords: Saugatuck Waterfront, Riverfront Cottage, Intown, Close to downtown, Boat dockage on seawall, Hot tub, River View, Vacation Rental, Nightly, Weekly and Monthly Rental

More Details

Janet and Gary Kemp
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Janet and Gary Kemp

Our names are Jan & Gary and we have been married over 50 years - a rare feat today it seems. We have lived in the Saugatuck area most of those years and know alot about what there is to do and see in the area. Gary's a former sales/marketing executive with a Fortune 500 office furniture manufacturer. Jan worked in sales for Xerox and the Avon Company and retired with 20 years of local real estate brokerage experience. We also own and operate Marywood Manor Bed & Breakfast during the summer season and spend winters on our 44 ft catamaran sailing in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. We promise an enjoyable stay in the Treehouse Cottage and will do everything we can to make it happen. Please call us if you have any questions about the Treehouse Cottage, Marywood Manor B & B, the Saugatuck area or sailing. We'd love to talk with you.

Janet and Gary Kemp purchased this cottage in 1990

Why Janet and Gary Kemp chose Saugatuck

We brought the 'Tree House Cottage' for our personal use because we thought we would live in it after we retired. We then brought the house next door when it came up for sale several years later as it had a much larger lot for Jan to enjoy her love of gardening. After remodeling the home we decided to live in it and to keep the cottage as a guest house and summer rental.

What makes this cottage unique

The view from the screened porch is spectatular. You can sit and watch boats come and go all day. It's just a nice walk to downtown for dinner or a specialty coffee at the local coffee house. The heavily forested property across the river gives you the feeling of real privacy as you watch deer drinking at the river in the early morning and evening. Throughout the fall the colors of the trees change and provide many beautiful scenes and reflections in the water. Early in the morning haze, while you sip your coffee, the charter fishing boats go out the river for a day of salmon and trout fishing. Sitting on the porch is truely a peaceful experience as is sitting in the hot tub on a cool evening as the boats return to their docks

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our family had a great stay in this lovely cottage. view of the river is unbeleivable. Beds are great!! House was remodeled last year. Its our favorite and we have stayed alot of places in Saugatuck. we will be back.

Jodi and Bob and family
Jun 2012
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Saugatuck Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Pets must be kept in a kennel/crate when left alone in the cottage. A walk through inspection will be done at check-out to determine deposit returned
  • Noisy parties/events are not allowed. Smoking is only allowed outside. Failure to obey either of these rules can result in eviction & loss of payments
  • There is only parking for 3 cars. RVs, motor homes and tents are not allowed on property. Additional parking is available on public streets
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Lower Level Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Main Level Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom on main level w/queen bed and adjoining bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2nd bedroom w/queen bed on lower level next to bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bedroom 3 on lower level has 2 twin beds and cable TV
  • Queen size Beds are in master bedroom on the ground level and second bedroom on the lower level. Two twin beds are in third bedroom on the lower level and has also has cable TV in a bedroom cabinet, A new Queen sized sofa-bed is locatedin the living room,
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Kalamazoo River frontage, Cottage sits 40 ft above river giving amazing view of boat traffic and wildlife, Large yard on river level great for playing lawn games, sunbathing, sitting around the fire pit or fishing. Large screened porch for enjoyable living and viewing river, Large deck on lower level also overlooks river, Large living/great room with charming electric fireplace, large screened TV and entertainment center, Fully equipped kitchen overlooks river, Short walk or bike ride to downtown shops and restaurants, Tie up a small boat or jet ski to sea wall in front of cottage,


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Saugatuck Riverfront Cottage,Amazing Views, Intown Location, small pets allowed
average rating of 3.0 based on 3 reviews

Weekend getaway

  • 4 of 5

4 of us needed a relaxing weekend and this cottage helped us achieve that. It was rustic enough to be charming with modern convenience. The views are amazing and the dog loved walking along the river, barking at the ducks. The owners provide a good number of dining and entertainment suggestions and could not have been easier to work with. We will definitely make a return visit.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Treehouse Cottage

  • 2 of 5

The views from the cottage were extremely pleasing from both levels of porches. The photos of the home were a little misleading; ie, the upper kitchen and the lower bedroom with twin beds. The queen bed mattress downstairs needs to be replaced. But for the most part, cottage was as described. The walk to town was more than the three blocks as described, but still do-able with smaller children. The cottage needs to be fully air conditioned and the owner said that may happen in the near future. Since it is an older cottage, some windows were painted shut so we couldn't take full advantage of the lake breeze. The owner recommended restaurants and sites to us which was helpful. It was a short drive to Oval Beach which was lots of fun. The WiFi worked on occasion, mostly outside . To be fair, the owner said we should have informed him, that he might have been able to correct the problem. The lower level was musty, but maybe that's due to the river location??? There is parking for 2 or 3 cars which is a plus... Bottom line, this property is overpriced for what you get inside, so you are paying for the beautiful location and views of all the boats passing into the lake. Very peaceful.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We want to thank these guests for their stay and for providing us feedback which we value and take seriously. We have now added central air conditioning to the cottage for those hot summer days and have solved the WiFi issue and it is working beautifully throughout the cottage. The walk to downtown is 3 - 4 regular city blocks as our information states. Most of the guests find it is just a nice walk. The cottage was rented extensively throughout the summer and all the other feedback we got was very positive.
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Authentic paddlewheel riverboat cruises are provided downtown, Family friendly dune schooner rides are close by, 3 local championship level golf courses including an Arnold Palmer Signature course, Lake Michigan charter fishing boats, Day or sunset sailing on Lake Michigan aboard several charter boats, Hike Saugatuck Dunes State Park with marked hiking trails through pristine woods to miles of sandy beach, Climb the 300 stairs to the top of Mount Baldhead for an incredible view of Saugatuck & Lake Michigan,


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Weekly Bed Linen Package $75
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 8.0%

If a cancellation is made less than 60 days before rental date and we are able to re-rent the property for the entire period and the new renter's payment has cleared, a refund will be made. Otherwise, the entire rent payment, less the refundable security deposit, will be forfeited. Transfers between weeks at this property are allowed up to 60 days prior to the existing reservation.

All cancellation and transfer requests must be completed by a personal phone call with property owner. Voice mail messages and/or emails are not sufficient notification to avoid cancellation or transfer fees. It is the renters responsibility to insure personal contact is made in a timely manner.

Off-season nightly rates are $250 - $375 per night. $250 nightly rate is for the main floor of the cottage only (4 people max). The nightly rate for the entire cottage (8 people max) is $375 per night. Tax is an additional 8%.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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