Douglas Boathouse and Keepers House Walk to Douglas or the Beach

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Main House with red Keeper's house in rear


Last updated: 10/25/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

We have TWO HOUSES on the property. In the summer we only rent them as a pair. In the spring and fall our caretaker lives in the Keeper's house and we rent only the larger Boathouse which sleeps 16 in comfort.

The two houses are located on a quiet side street in Douglas. We are closer to the beach than most houses in Saugatuck or Douglas. The houses were specifically built for large reunions. Six of seven bedrooms in the main house are all furnished with queen beds, the seventh bedroom the children's crew quarters will sleep four in bunk beds. The Keeper's house has two more bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and living room.

The Main house has a dining table with seating for 14 and a large living room which make sure that no one will be left out when gathered around the fire place. The sun porch, library and small office offer more intimate spaces. The fire pit with free wood, outdoor dining area and the private patios all offer great spaces on warm summer nights.

New yet warm. Everything was new in 2013. The building has been completely rebuilt with quality materials by a Architect/Builder. The furnishings were specifically selected for the house from Ikea and Crate and Barrel. The wood ceilings, floors and trim make the house warm. Craftsman style mosaic work, original art and creative details add character and charm.

Centrally located between downtown Douglas and Lake Michigan. Shopping, dining and entertainment options are just minutes away. We have parking for six cars in our drive and an additional parking just a short walk away.

For more photos, floor plans, pictures, and a better description of all the different rental rates over the season visit our web site When you compare rental costs note that we do not charge a cleaning fee for our cleaning crew.

We rent the two houses as a pair for a week at a time in the summer. The Keeper's house is occupied by our caretaker in the fall and spring.

Our weekly rentals run from Friday at 5 pm to the next Friday at 11 am. The daily rates are for the Boathouse only. The weekly rate is for both houses.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 4446 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    The house has a puppet theater, lawn games, wood toy trains, a children's bunk room and the engine room all for kids. Bring your bikes and ride to town and the beaches....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, Beds for 20

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 6: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 7: 2 bunk bed

    The Crew Quarters...moreless

  • Bedroom 8 Keeper's House: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 9 Keeper's House: 1 queen


  • Four bedrooms with queen beds on the second floor, two more queen bedrooms in the lower level and a kids bunk room on the lower level located in the Main House. Ikea and crate and barrel furnishings. Each room has a theme and are the same size. Bedroom walls have soundproofing. The home theater has five twins built into a huge sofa. The room includes a puppet theater as well. Two more matching bedrooms in the Keeper's House....moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 5: toilet

    A bathroom for the kids right next to the Crew Quarters...moreless

  • Bathroom 6 in Keeper's House: toilet, shower


  • Five bathrooms are in the Main House. Two on the second floor, two on the main floor and one in the lower level. Two with tubs and two with large showers. The fifth bathroom is set up for children.Bathroom 6 is in the Keeper's House Subway tile and creative ceramic accents. Craftsman style details and wood ceilings. State of the art big water heater and all new plumbing. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Just ask us if you need any thing. We can help you find it.


  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic cable...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Living room ...moreless

  • Television:

    60 inch smart flat screen with surround sound. Located in the Engine Room home theater room. Second flat screen in Keeper's House...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village:

    The Boathouse is on a quiet street mid way between Douglas and Lake Michigan. We are next to the main roads to Oval Beach and Douglas Beach. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Large dining room seats 14 or more. Opens to big patio with seating for 14 Two picnic tables seat 16...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central state of the art A/C with Honeywell whole house make up air....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Two Large gas fired fire place with remote. Fire pit on patio with free firewood. Second fireplace in Light House....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central energy star rated gas heat....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wifi ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Large, Wood Ceilings, Fireplace, A gathering space that will seat 16....moreless

  • Parking:

    Up to six cars in drive Public parking lot a short walk away....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Does not include beach towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Two Washer/Dryers...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Two for large gatherings...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for 22...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    Large full kitchen. Ikea cabinets, granite counters, subway tile splash, farm house sink. Second kitchen in Keeper's house. Outdoor kitchen/dining area with tables, grill, smoker....moreless

  • Microwave:

    (2) Second Microwave in lower level of Main House and third Microwave is located in the Keeper's House....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Blender, Food Processor, Crock pot, A fully equipped kitchen form Crate and Barrel and Ikea....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    (2) in Main House. One located in the lower level. Third refrigerator located in the Keeper's House. New for 2016 a refrigerator on the rear patio. Four total!...moreless

  • Stove:

    Two one in main house other in Keeper's House....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Beautiful bluestone patio with chairs, a fire pit with free firewood and two picnic tables The patio is a private outdoor room in a quiet residential neighborhood. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    A huge maple and large basswood offer shade. The owner a Landscape Architect designed the yard to be colorful, comfortable and fun. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Big Webber charcoal grill, Smoker, and work table create a informal outdoor kitchen. Two picnic tables seat 16....moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    Second story south facing sun porch with chairs for 9...moreless



Write a review 5
from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 9 - Jun 3, 2017
3 night min stay
Summer Peak
Jun 4 - Sep 9, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Friday

Sep 10 - May 7, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 6%


VISIT OUR WEB SITE FOR A COMPLETE RATE SCHEDULE click on the availability page.

During the summer we rent the two houses as a pair at $ 7,100.00 per week . In the spring and fall the carriage house is rented to our care taker and only the Boathouse is available for rent. .

Weekly rentals run Friday to Friday

Security deposit due at reservation $750.00. Payment due 60 days before stay. Credit card charges add 3%

We do not charge a cleaning fee. We will return your deposit in 7 days when you leave the house in good condition.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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Last updated: 10/25/2016
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Grand Rapids
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Saugatuck Brew Pub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Chain Ferry
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
23 Miles
Nearest Train
Commuter Michigan City Ind.
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 31
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Every Day People Cafe, Zing, M & M cafe
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
0.7 Miles
Nearest Beach
Douglas Beach

Car: Necessary

We are on a quiet side street 438 Fremont, two blocks off the Blue Star Highway. It is a five minute walk to down town Douglas. The Lake Michigan beach is a ten minute walk. Oval beach in Saugatuck is within biking distance or five minutes by car. We are closer to the beaches than most houses in Saugatuck or Douglas. The Saugatuck shopping district is just on the other side of Kalamazoo lake about five minutes by car.

Boat tours of Saugatuck and Lake Michigan in a paddle wheeler complete with a bar. Dune rides on the dunes of Saugatuck. Berry picking, winery tours, comedy club, piano bar, preforming arts center. Vintage baseball at berry field, brew pub up the street, sailing charters, bike trails, the list goes on.

Saugatuck and Douglas are Michigan's answer to Cape Cod. Quaint villages with a lot of natural beauty, historic buildings , and friendly locals.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: Joanie and I restore and manage historic buildings in Ann Arbor, Michigan and we use the Boathouse as our vacation home for friends and family. We each grew up in Michigan and feel the draw of Lake Michigan and the small town charm of Douglas. We spend a lot of time at the Boathouse and are always making improvements.

Why the Owner Chose Saugatuck, MI, USA:
Location, Location, Location A short walk to Douglas. Ride your bike to the beach yet we are located in a quiet residential side street. Saugatuck and Douglas are quaint small towns. We spent two years driving the west coast of Lake Michigan to find the perfect spot.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The Boathouse is unique in that it was purpose built by a Architect/Builder as a vacation spot and gathering place for large groups. It not a vacation home furnished with left over furniture. Large gathering spaces make the house comfortable and flexible. We remember being a kid and have built the puppet theater, crew quarters and engine room all for the kids. The buildings have eight matching bedrooms all with queen beds. The ninth bedroom is a bunk room for the kids with two bunk beds.

Contact us

Speaks: english



  • Main House with red Keeper's house in rear

    Main House with red Keeper's house in rear

  • Engine Room home theater with 60' TV

    Engine Room home theater with 60' TV

  • Kitchen


  • One of five bathrooms

    One of five bathrooms

  • Douglas Beach within walking distance

    Douglas Beach within walking distance

  • Crew Quarters bunk beds with individual lights and curtains sleeps 4

    Crew Quarters bunk beds with individual lights and curtains sleeps 4

  • Stardust Puppet Theater, with 12 assorted puppets

    Stardust Puppet Theater, with 12 assorted puppets

  • Fireplace main house

    Fireplace main house

  • bedroom


  • road to beach

    road to beach

  • Keeper's House

    Keeper's House

  • Bathroom Keeper's House

    Bathroom Keeper's House

  • Main Kitchen, Table will seat 14 with extension

    Main Kitchen, Table will seat 14 with extension

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Sun porch second story

    Sun porch second story

  • Lower Level Bath with kids sink

    Lower Level Bath with kids sink

  • Back Stairs to first floor

    Back Stairs to first floor

  • second floor hall

    second floor hall

  • Fire pit and back yard

    Fire pit and back yard

  • Laundry wet bar lower level

    Laundry wet bar lower level

  • Picnic tables, grills

    Picnic tables, grills

  • living room keepers house

    living room keepers house

  • Kitchen in Keeper's house

    Kitchen in Keeper's house

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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Saugatuck, MI, USA #448157

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