3 Bedroom + Loft, 2 Bath House With Lake Views
About Dean Westlund
I am Dean Westlund and my Wife is Rory. We live in Lockport, IL. I have been going up to Paw Paw Lake my entire life and my Father Milt was Born just a few miles away in 12 Corners just west of Coloma on Red Arrow Hwy. I am a Sales Engineer selling industrial and commercial HVAC equipment in the Chicago area. I go up to the lake on most weekends usually arriving on Thursday night. My wife Rory stays up most summers to help with her grandkids who live nearby.
Dean Westlund purchased this Cottage in 1976
Why Dean Westlund chose Paw Paw Lake
My father Milt bought this property over 40 years ago when it was just two shack cottages with grass up to your knees. My father and I have spent 40 years rebuilding 'The Westlund Ponderosa' from the ground up to what it is today. We built two additions to 5446 while we rented what we call 'The Stealth Cottage' today. About 25 years ago I took over the 'Stealth' and rebuilt it room by room during the winters. The largest project was gutting the Living room, Kitchen, & Screen Porch and building the Great Room, Kitchen, & Loft we have today. I also converted a one car garage into a Master Bedroom and Bath. We then converted the front Utility room into a bar. My friend Todd and I built a Deck and Patio about 10 years ago. Several years ago we completely rebuilt the Lakefront adding a permanant pier, Large bolder seawall and the bar at the lake. This property has been a labor of love for my father and I. Unfortunately we lost my father several years ago at the ripe old age of 88. My mother passed away in 2017 so we are renting the Stealth Cottage to be able to keep it in the family. I have taken ownership of it now and am working on catching up with some work on the property. So its a win win in my opinion. I hope to meet new renters who may become friends and come back for years to come and you get to enjoy what is probably the most fun property in all the area!! This property is becoming rare on Paw Paw Lake as the old cottages are being torn down and replaced with giant over $1,000,000 fancy new lake houses but ours is old but rehabbed and rebuilt with 100 year old touches. Think of the TV show Restored.
What makes this Cottage unique
We have the rare combination of land and Paw Paw Lake. Most of the lake residents have small lots without much land. By being just across the road from the lake but with 115 feet on it we were able to aquire 2 + acres of land. So you have lots of room for your family and friends. No worries about parking or storing your boat trailer. All in a historic cottage with all the anemities of a modern house. We have hosted weddings, receptions, pizza partys, graduations, birthday partys, girls & guys weekends out, winery tour weekend, bike tour weekends, and golf weekends,and other events for up to 30 people. We rent for full weeks from Saturday to Saturday in the summer and weekends in the spring, fall, and winter. You will not be disapointed.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
We have hosted events for up to 75 people.
Smoking is allowed only outside on the deck.
There is a $100.00/week or $20.00/ night premium
Both older and younger children love Paw Paw Lake.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:12 (sleeps up to 12 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Dean was very easy to communicate with and answered all of our questions quickly in the renting process. We went over labor day and the weather wasn't great so we didn't get to be on the water as much as I would have liked. Check in was easy. Upon arrival it seemed like the floor wasn't mopped or swept before we arrived so we all wore our shoes around the house. Another issue we had was that there wasn't enough paper towels or toilet paper, even though it was listed on the page as provided. Double check with the owner before you go. Other than that, everything was there that we needed, cups, plates, utensils, cooking items, linens, extra towels. We had a good time and enjoyed the house. You do have to cross a fairly busy street to get to their docks, but the front yard is huge and perfect for playing yard games. Thanks Dean!
The property was great, Dean was super helpful and we had a ton of fun staying there! We will be back!
Awesome family vacation.
It was great . There was a volleyball net and the kids and adults enjoyed that. The access to the lake was also a plus. I would recommend this for a family vacation and your dog.
Thanks for loss of precious memories.
Perfect place for our gang plus kids to reunite. Everything was lovely and easy. Many wonderful conversations had at the Rocking Chair Lounge. Whole lake explored by kayak.
Always a great experience at the Stealth Cottage
This was our family's fifth stay at the Stealth Cottage, and we had a great time yet again. Great location enables us to use PawPaw Lake across the street, plus a variety of beaches on Lake Michigan with a short drive. My 8 and 10-year-old grandsons love playing games in the Party Barn and sleeping in their own private loft. Wifi, as usual, was a bit sketchy, but they've made some improvements to the home, and it's always a pleasure to stay there.
Just bring your food!
Great place to get away to. Dean was responsive, friendly and made the rental an easy process
The stealth cottage is located on historic Paw Paw Lake in southwest Michigans beautiful wine country. Paw Paw Lake is the largest inland lake in southwest Michigan. It is a over 900 acre all sports lake with several channels that some call the Venice of the midwest. For golfers we have many courses around. The sporty over 100 year old Paw Paw Lake Golf Course is closeby. The challenging Lake Michigan Hills has had qualifiers for the Western Amateur is 5 miles away. And the Jack Nicholas designed Harbor Shores which just hosted the Senior Open Championship is a short drive away. If you know a member, Point O Woods Country Club, the home of the Western Amateur, is also near. For those that enjoy tasting of Michigan wines, beers, & spirits you will find over 30 winerys, brewerys, and distillerys within a half hour drive. Karma Vista, Contessa, 12 Corners and the new 2121 winerys are right in Coloma. Arclight Brewing is over in Watervliet. Live entertainment is offered on weekends in Coloma, Watervliet, St. Joseph, & Benton Harbor. The Livery in Benton Harbor has nationally known acts. The fall scenery in the area is unsurpassed. And for winter sports we are a short drive from Bittersweet, Timber Ridge, and other ski areas. For those who like to snowmobile we have direct access to the Michigan snowmobile trail system without trailing your sleds to a trailhead. We recieve over 100 inches of Michigan powder snow per season.
We are just 10 minutes from Four Winds Casino just east of Watervliet. For the little ones there is a water park the next town over in Watervliet. You will enjoy the many restaurants in the area from the casual Friendly Tavern, The Bend, Easy Street, Cozy Corner to the upscale Waterfront are a short drive away. We are just a short under two hour drive from Chicago so you can spend your time relaxing instead of driving.