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Rustic Cottage on Lake Michigan: Awesome Beaches and Sunsets

Bedrooms 2
Space 300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 bedroom, 1 alcove with bed, plus sleeping porch, 1 Bath,

Rustic and charming cottage right on Lake Michigan. Sunsets in the evening, star gazing at night. Fires on the beach. Bike riding through the orchards and around the country roads.

If you prefer rustic, remote and quite, this is your place for respite.

The cottage comes with million dollar views although this is not a million dollar cottage. This is an old fashioned cottage with old cottage , not a posh & sterile condo. There are no TVs, although there is low-speed Internet. One sometimes has to walk 100 yards up the road to get cell phone connectivity.

Like many other teenagers, our children love their social media and Internet-based games. When they come to the cottage, however, they end up being outside all day and reading books in the evening. When they need the Internet they ride bikes (provided at the cottage) to a village 2 miles away that has a cafe and Internet.

Although the location is remote, the twin-towns of Saugatuck and Douglas are 8 miles to the North and South Haven is 10 miles to the South. In these towns, there are fantastic restaurants, dozens of art galleries, charter boating, film festivals, crowded beaches (if you prefer that kind of thing) and so much more.

The Wau-ke-na nature preserve is also close and provides a great place to hike in the forests when one needs a break from all the sun and sand. A few tents are available at the cottage. These are wonderful for camping on the beach up or on the bluff. Sometimes it's fun just to set up a tent for children to play in.

If you like wine tasting or cider tasting, there are a plenty of vineyards and a few open wine cellars where you can sample the products. Closest to the cottage are Fenn Valley Wine Cellar, and Virtue Cider.

The cottage has a binder with information and descriptions of many of the local attractions. We enjoy them all but most of all the cottage is about respite and doing little or nothing.

On a very different topic, it should be noted that in the rental agreement guests will be informed that they need to sort garbage for recycling purposes, including using a compost bin. If guests do not wish to sort garbage then they are expected to take garbage with them.

Keywords: Cottage, rustic, Lake Michigan, Saugatuck, South Haven, Fennville, lake house, lake front, beaches.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish, swedish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

About The Owner

We are a family of four plus two cats. We love the outdoors and we love the Great Lakes.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2009

Why The Owner chose Southwest

The location of the cottage is nicely located close to Saugatuck and South Haven. This is a relatively remote and undeveloped part of the Lake Michigan coastline.

What makes this cottage unique

Morning walks in the forest, afternoons lounging on the beach, grilling outside in the afternoon, sunsets, and star gazing at night.


Fennville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 small bathroom with shower. Additional outdoor shower next to the sauna.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 bunk bed
    Private alcove in main room - 1 twin/ single
    Sleeping Porch - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) This bed is located in an alcove in the living room. Privacy curtains close off this sleeping area from the main room., Bunk Beds (2) The bunk beds are suitable for children and youth.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Private 60 sq ft deck halfway down to the beach, great outdoor furniture, plenty of firewood, 4 bicycles and bike cart, 2 kayaks, 2 stand-up paddle boards, beach toys, boogie boards, extensive reading library, plenty of board games and lawn games. Portable professional massage table with linen. The kitchen is galley style. Indoor and outdoor eating areas. There are two electric heaters and a small hot water heater. Iron and Ironing board. A hammock is available near the edge of the bluff. Great binoculars to watch for ships. Inspiring art work, mostly specific to Michigan nature. Forests, orchards, beaches. This place is remote and charming. Sunsets every evening are amazing.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Perfect for peaceful family retreat to the Lake

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cottage last year and returned again this year and hope to return again. Gary and Anna are wonderful hosts that give an accurate description of the cottage. They were generous with check in and check out time, extending them whenever possible. The views from the bluff, especially the sunsets are beautiful. The sauna and outdoor shower are refreshing! The easy access to paddle boards, kayaks, beach chairs and toys right in your backyard is what really allowed our family to enjoy relaxing days together enjoying the Lake. Even with rain one morning this visit, we enjoyed the puzzles, games and books inside the cozy cabin. It was a great place to unplug and recharge.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family of two adults and four teenagers just concluded our vacation at the Rustic Cottage, and I can honestly say I miss it everyday. The view and beach are fantastic; one really can walk and walk and walk. Having the bikes was terrific as well as the other water sports equipment. We had a little glitch with a paddle board, but Gary could not have been more understanding... Thanks again, Gary. A short drive to South Haven and Saugatuck gave us the shopping experience and dining out that we wanted for a day but always looked forward to making it back to the cottage for cooking out and relaxing bluff-side. Fires on the beach and the tent made the trip complete. I only wish we could have stayed longer. See you next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Lake Michigan Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I had a wonderful time creating memories we will cherish forever celebrating our six year wedding anniversary at Gary & Anna's Rustic Lake Michigan Cottage. We visited in Early Fall September of 2015 and spent a relaxing 5 nights at the cottage. From my very first contact with Gary I just knew we made a great choice we would not regret. Gary & Anna were so helpful, welcoming us into their home & even their cottage lifestyle, I almost feel like we have made new friends through our correspondence. We even were blessed to be able to arrive a night early because the cottage ended up being available. Driving down the lane towards the cottage we could hear the sounds of the waves rolling into the beach & we could not get out of our car fast enough to take in our first views of the lake. Breathtaking is putting it mildy! The views from the bluffs are amazing! The tiered deck gives you a different view from every angle. The beach was like having our very own private beach to walk on for miles! Inside the rustic cottage we were greated with fresh flowers & a bottle of wine from the local winery. It was truly everything we hoped it would be and much, much more. We definitely hope to return again! If you are looking for a quaint quiet relaxing Lake Michigan getaway, but close to great small charming towns like South Haven, Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville this is a great place for a couple or small family!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic Cottage on Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

Gary & Anna have created such a wonderful retreat in their Rustic Cottage. You feel their love for the place from the first email you receive instructing you on what you will experience when you arrive. We arrived seconds before the final hint of light disappeared from the view from the bluff over Lake Michigan, and I fell in love at that moment. I am neither an artist, nor a writer, but I felt truly 'inspired' for maybe the first time ever while experiencing all their wonderful cottage had to offer. Peace, tranquility, grounded. Those are the words that come to mind when I recall how I felt during my stay. By far, the most difficult moment was the 'One Last Look' (come and stay, and you will understand) from the bluff. However, I know that I took with me from the Rustic Cottage, a changed spirit. One that will stay with me I hope, for the rest of my life.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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No place I'd rather be...

  • 5 of 5

Everything you would seek in a private get-a-way awaits. All your senses will be treated to an amazing experience; the smell of a beach fire, the sounds of the whispering silica sand, the taste of grilled foods and local fare, the feel of the water washing over your feet, and the sunsets can bring you to tears with their beauty. You will want for nothing, as every detail has been thoughtfully addressed by the proprietors. Mother nature provides the rest...and you literally have a front row seat to all that unfolds. This is

why there is no place I'd rather be. My thanks to the proprietors for sharing their amazing space.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic Cottage on Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

If you like Lake Michigan and long private walking beaches, the Morning Glory in Fennville is definitely perfect place to be…

We have stayed in the cottage 3 times already and still don’t have enough. I wish I can come back every summer to enjoy beautiful, unforgivable view from the bluff.

The owners always welcome us with a very good local bottle of wine and much useful information’s about the area. We love tiny little Kismet bakery, where you can go on bike - the breads and baked goods are just amazing. Dee's Farm is another place I like to go every day and bringing back fresh fruits and veggies. There are galleries around (Glenn) where you can find interesting local’s artists work and of course Saugatuck, South Haven and Holland if you feel to explore little bit farther.

For me and my husband and our two little dogs it is a best summer gateway ever, and very important - close to home where we live.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
2 Miles

Art galleries, local vineyards and wine cellars to visit, artisan farms, orchards, farmers' fruit and vegetable stands, bird watching. The best activity at this cottage is often just doing nothing.


Rates & Availability

Fennville Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
PEAK SUMMER - June - Aug
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
LOW SEASON - Oct & Nov
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 22 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110

We prefer to rent Monday to Friday (4-day block)
Max capacity is 3 adults OR 2 adults and 2 children. Exceptions can be considered; extra fees involved.
Check-in at 4 p.m. check-out at 11:00 a.m. We often extend check-in. & check-out time depending on cleaning schedule and other reservations.

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.
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