Rustic Cottage on Lake Michigan: Awesome Beaches and Sunsets

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Last updated: 10/12/2016
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  • Minimum stay:Contact owner
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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 smell until the windows are opened. There is no internet and no TV. One sometimes has to walk 100 yards or more 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.


Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, spanish, swedish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 10/12/2016

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking, thank you. No smoking....moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Parents should know that the cottage is on a steep bluff. There are 3 to 6 ft drop offs at a few sections along the edge of the lawn with no railing. These areas can be roped off, but this is not a railing. The stairs to the beach have limited railings. It is not easy to relax with small children running around the yard, so we advise against this....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • 1 small bathroom with shower. Additional outdoor shower next to the sauna....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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. ...moreless


  • Books:

    A large collection of books, especially picture books related to art, national parks, and nature in the Great Lakes region are available....moreless

  • CD Player
  • Games:

    Several classic board games are available in cupboard. A few yard games are also available....moreless

  • Music Library:

    A stereo system with tuner and CD player. Close to 100 music CDs. The sauna also has a sound system that plays CDs plus ability to connect to your devices via Bluetooth or USB....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Toys:

    A box of beach toys is available at bottom of stairs to the beach. Two kayaks and two stand-up paddle boards are also available....moreless

  • Video Library:

    A stack of DVDs and a library of digital movies on a external hard drive are available that can be played on one's laptop computer. There is no TV at the cottage....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    The views are amazing. Sunsets stunning. Access to the beach is provided with private 60-step stair system. For those who need to rest, there are 2 landings with seating. ...moreless

  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront

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


  • Dining:

    Indoor dining table seats 4 and can be expanded to seat 6. Outdoor dinning table can be configured to seat 6....moreless

  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:

    Window mounted air conditioner...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Woodstove insert with glass viewing door in the main room that heats the space. Very cozy. Firewood is provided for evening fires on the beach....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Woodstove insert installed in the fireplace....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    A French Press is available for making coffee. A drip coffee machine in available in the closet....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    There is a small galley kitchen indoors, with electric stove, oven and refrigerator. No machine dishwasher. Outside gas and charcoal grills as well....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    3 adult bikes, 1 bike for 8-12 year olds, plus 1 bike cart. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Simple outdoor patio with comfortable teak table and chairs. Hammock. Adirondack chairs along the bluff. Private seating on deck built into the bluff. Four beach chairs available at bottom of stairs....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two sit-on-top kayaks available. Two stand-up paddle boards available for adults. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large outdoor gas grill with side burner. Charcoal grill is also available....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna:

    A wood-burning sauna is available for limited use if conditions are not too dry....moreless



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June,July,Aug,Sept M-Th:$200/nt, Fri&Sat:$265/nt, Sun:$230/nt _Weekly rate:$1,425
May and October    M-Th:$135/nt, Fri&Sat:$165/nt, Sun:$155/nt  _ Weekly rate: $925
E-mail for holiday rates                     Cleaning fee $90 for all rentals.    
These rates already include sales tax.
--- We prefer to rent Sun to Sun (weekly block) or Sun to Fri (5-day block).
We prefer minimum 3-day stay. Check-in at 4 p.m. check-out at 11:00 a.m.  We can 
extend check-in & check-out time depending on cleaning sched & other reservations.
_Our calendar will likely open up additional days closer to summer so check back.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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Last updated: 10/12/2016
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2 Miles
Nearest Motorway

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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

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

Why the Owner Chose Fennville, MI, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Morning walks in the forest, afternoons lounging on the beach, grilling outside in the afternoon, sunsets, and star gazing at night.

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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 10/12/2016

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  • Adirondack chairs on the bluff

    Adirondack chairs on the bluff

  • Uninterrupted beach to the south

    Uninterrupted beach to the south

  • Galley kitchen

    Galley kitchen

  • Bunk beds.

    Bunk beds.

  • Queen size bed on the side porch.

    Queen size bed on the side porch.

  • Parking on the forest side of the cottage

    Parking on the forest side of the cottage

  • Early snow

    Early snow

  • Sauna interior (seats 5 comfortably)

    Sauna interior (seats 5 comfortably)

  • Private access to beach.  60 steps with 3 landings along the way.

    Private access to beach. 60 steps with 3 landings along the way.

  • Uninterrupted beach to the north. Walk all the way to Saugatuck.

    Uninterrupted beach to the north. Walk all the way to Saugatuck.

  • Another stunning sunset!

    Another stunning sunset!

  • Knotty pine. Spacious windows.

    Knotty pine. Spacious windows.

  • Stand-up paddle boards, two kayaks, and plenty of beach gear included.

    Stand-up paddle boards, two kayaks, and plenty of beach gear included.

  • Bed in alcove with new artwork 'Cosmic Deer on the Bluff'

    Bed in alcove with new artwork 'Cosmic Deer on the Bluff'

  • Outdoor dining in the Spring

    Outdoor dining in the Spring

  • Life in a hammock.

    Life in a hammock.

  • Bikes plus kid cart provided

    Bikes plus kid cart provided

  • Winter view from sauna

    Winter view from sauna

  • Catch the dazzling daily display.  Times may vary depending on season.

    Catch the dazzling daily display. Times may vary depending on season.

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Fennville, MI, USA #412733

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