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Lake Michigan Waterfront~Gorgeous Vintage Cottage~Sunsets, H2O & Sand

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,375 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Private Beach! Beautiful, 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths. Prime Weeks Available!

Memories Are Made Here..! This amazing arts & crafts era cottage has only been made better with time. All the warmth and charm of a vintage cottage coupled with modern amenities and conveniences make this cottage truly special. Once you visit you'll want to keep coming back!

Prime beachfront - on Lakeshore Drive in Douglas.

Newer Listing, In fact, Whispering Winds has been rented to the same 3 families for more than 25 years. They've just now outgrown it so now it's available to share.

2 Prime July Weeks Still Available - Great Rate - 2 week Special Rate!

Sleeps 10: 5 Bedrooms featuring a 1st floor Master with king plus a twin. 2nd floor: Queen, Double, 2 Twins (or King), twin-bunk beds, plus; a youth bed. 2 1/2 Baths.

Large open living and family rooms, great dining room, perfect for family meals, games and conversation. Comfortable kitchen with updated appliances. Large screened porch overlooking the lake and beach is the best place on the planet to relax and enjoy!!!

Gorgeous hardwoods throughout, beamed ceilings, updated vanity in main bath. 2nd full bath on lower level updated with fabulous new porcelain and pebble tile shower.

Every room is comfortable and inviting...

Imagine warm silky days at the beach, cocktails on the deck, a relaxing dinner with those you love, then sitting back and watching one of Lake Michigan's spectacular sunsets... ribbons of color across the sky. That evening under the stars a bonfire on the beach. Then, the end of a perfect day, you fall asleep listening to the waves lapping against the shore.

More Details

Kathy Sarkisian ~ The Cottage Concierge
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About Kathy Sarkisian ~ The Cottage Concierge

We bought this cottage in 1960 after having spent summers here every year for decades. It was a dream come true for our family. 4 generations of our family have been blessed to enjoy this beautiful place.

For a few short weeks each year we share our cottage home with others that they might experience and come to love this area and our, 'Whispering Winds' as we do.

This is such a special place that many of our family members and friends now live in the area year round.

Kathy Sarkisian ~ The Cottage Concierge purchased this cottage in 1960

Why Kathy Sarkisian ~ The Cottage Concierge chose Douglas

Because Whispering Winds is special. It has a rich history of laughter and love. Wonderful, rich memories that last a lifetime.

If you're looking for someplace to share with those you love, to create lasting memories, that's warm and wonderful, yet stimulating and rejuvenating all at the same time... Then join us. Come, relax and appreciate all that surrounds you, the best life has to offer!

What makes this cottage unique

Spacious vintage cottage. All the amenities. Rich history and character. Prime location, close to everything.

Lakefront, Private Beach!!!

Favorite pastime: relaxing on the old porch swing, listening to the waves along the shore and watching the sunshine dance upon the water ~ doing anything ~ reading, talking with friends, playing games, listening to the laughter of children on the beach and in the water, appreciating the beauty which surrounds me.

What a gift, a true blessing. I am filled with joy, peace and a deep sense of gratitude.


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Grand Rapids - Gerald Ford Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
multiple bars/pubs in area
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Saugatuck Chain Ferry
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
The Ravines - Arnold Palmer Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
US I-196
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Numerous fine and casual dining choices nearby
Nearest Beach
Private Beach + Douglas Beach .25 ml, Oval 1.5mls
Car: recommended

Picturesque Saugatuck and Douglas are located in western Michigan on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. The area offers spectacular natural amenities: walking/hiking along the shores and in the dunes, all sorts of water activities both on the big lake and on Kalamazoo Lake and River. Fantastic specialty foods shops and eateries ~ local orchards and vineyards ~ wonderful restaurants ~ excellent cuisine, from casual to fine dining.

Enjoy a day at the beach, shopping boutiques, local wares or for art or antiques (loads to choose from), check out local and Lake Michigan history: visit the Saugatuck Douglas Museum, Old Schoolhouse, take a ride on 'The Duck' and more!

And the night life... why not dinner and drinks, try our local award-winning micro brews, go dancing at the Gables or take in a play at the SCA or Red Barn Theater... or maybe a moonlight stroll along the beach!

Whether you're looking to relax and unwind, spend time with those special people in your life, soak up the sun and water or meet new people and dance until dawn, Saugatuck Douglas is a place that you'll come back to time and time again. It's Special!!!


Douglas Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2375 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large main floor bath offers tub / shower.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Downstairs bath, large shower, vanity-dressing area.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Upstairs: 1/2 Bath, Vanity and toilet. (Linen storage)
  • Great cottage detail - true to the era. Each large with very nice amenities. 1 bath on each floor.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Master Bedroom - 1st Floor - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Lovely, large lakefront 1st floor master.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Lakefront single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Large lakefront bedroom - 2 twins could be king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 child bed , comfortable and roomy bedroom - queen and youth bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 bunk bed , Great kids room: Bunk beds, always a favorite
  • Sleeps 8, 10 or 11 possible with right configuration of guests. 1st floor master, 4 bedrooms up. 3 lakefront bedrooms. Nice dresser and closet space in every bedroom. *Sleeping arrangements nicely accommodate multiple generations / more than 1 family. Good sleeping arrangements for children too. *Rates are based on an occupancy of 8. An additional per person charge applies to guests exceeding 8.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Gorgeous private beachfront on the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Michigan. Prime, pristine location!


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Lake Michigan Waterfront~Gorgeous Vintage Cottage~Sunsets, H2O & Sand
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

Beautiful and gracious home right on the lake

  • 5 of 5

We just had a wonderful and too short family reunion in this house and the house across the street, and could not have been happier! We fell in love instantly with the house, which is an absolute gem, and clearly has been lovingly and carefully maintained over the years. You really do feel transported to an earlier time, in the best possible way. Breezes off the lake, a long, sweet screened in porch across the entire lake side, pretty landscaping, a gorgeous view, and plenty of room for everyone to spread out. It is charming and comfortable, and full of nooks and crannies and chairs you just want to curl up in with a good book, and has a deck that is great for both sunsets and any other time of day, plus it's just a short walk to the beach and you can grab one of the several sand chairs on your way. The large frig was a terrific modern amenity, as was the large gas grill, and the kitchen was was stocked with all the utensils and bowls/glasses/etc we could need. My 85 year old mother told me she'd never been at a more beautiful location on Lake Michigan for sunsets (agreed!) , and she was able, even with her cane, to go up and down multiple times on the steps to the deck and lake. Thanks so much for a perfect stay and we will definitely be back! P.S. Kathy, the owner/agent for the house (and for the one across the street too), was a real pleasure and extremely helpful with any questions.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend at the Lake

  • 5 of 5

As I walked down the ramp to Whispering Winds I felt a keen sense of anticipation and excitement and I was not disappointed. The cottage provided a welcome environment designed for relaxing and enjoying the spectacular view of Lake Michigan. Whether it is sitting in the screened porch or lazing on the lower deck Whispering Winds offers a one of a kind experience of one of the most beautiful areas of Michigan. It is truly a Pure Michigan experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Judith, It was a joy to have you and your family stay with us. So happy that you enjoyed your stay. You are so right, Whispering Winds is a special place, perfect for creating wonderful, lasting memories. Enjoying all the amenities and charm of the cottage along with the unique beauty and atmosphere of one of the most lovely stretches of shoreline anywhere makes for a very special experience. Looking forward to your next stay with us!
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Davisburg, MI

Perfect for a beach stay, but strong mold smell

  • 3 of 5

The house is setup great for hanging out on the beach and great sunsets on the deck half way between the house and the lake. There are not too many steps to the water and that was a plus for my elderly father. The caretaker met us there and later brought a large box of blueberries which was very nice. The weather was perfect for the beach as it was in the 90's everyday. The house does not have air and most of the bedrooms are upstairs,so it was really warm at night even though we did get a nice breeze off the lake and had fans running. The one concern was the strong musty smell in the house. We had all the windows open and it still effected most in our group. People with asthma or other breathing problems might have a difficult time staying there. It took 6 weeks to get our security deposit check back, but we did, so that worked out. I did leave a pair of shorts at the home and the owner was kind enough to ship them to me free of charge. The kitchen is very small, but we made do and it was not a show stopper. Lots to do in the area and beautiful scenery.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I wanted to respond to alleviate any concerns one might have regarding this guests comment regarding a musty smell. The cottage is truly spectacular, aunique and very special place with a strong on the lakeshore that simply can not be topped. Regarding the comment; we did find a leak which caused some damage and created a bit of a musty smell. The leak and damage was repaired. I addition we remediated the cottage to insure the cottage would be fresh and healthful for all. Any questions please feel free to call. Thank you
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Pontiac, Michigan

Great place to get away from it all!

  • 5 of 5

I loved the peace and quiet at Whispering Winds! What an apt name; the cool breezes coming off Lake Michigan kept the temperature 5 to 10 degrees cooler than just a half mile inland. The Saugatuck area has many good places to eat, but it was hard to top the great steak dinner my family enjoyed, cooked on the barbecue grill at the cottage. For those like myself, who like to burn off some of those calories with a good hike, you can take as long a walk as you like on the beach. We also enjoyed a beautiful hike in the dunes of Saugatuck State Park. If you really want some exercise, climb Mt. Baldy. There was plenty to see and do at the area's many shops and attractions, but my favorite part of the day was sitting on the deck overlooking the beach, with a cool drink in hand, and watching the sunset.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Wonderful Fall Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed in this gracious old home for a long weekend to celebrate some milestone birthdays. The home is clean, well kept, and has everything you need. In addition, it exudes a spirit of warmth and love. Weather was a bit chilly, making the fireplace the source of gathering in the evening. we loved sitting on the porch, morning coffee on the deck and just relaxing in general. We've been vacationing in this area for 15 years, and have stayed at a number of places. Whispering Winds is one of our favorites. Kathy could not be more gracious and welcoming - hope we get to return soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Jersey and Michigan

amazing location

  • 5 of 5

This home is a beautiful, well maintained, historical cottage on lake Michigan. It has an amazing beach location. It has far fewer steps to the beach than many other rentals, only minutes from Saugatuck/Douglas, immaculate landscaping, in a home that will transport you to a simpler time. Only limitation is that the kitchen is small. However, other than it's size, it is better stocked than any other rental I've ever used.

This is a historic home that has been loved for decades and you can see it in every aspect of the home. If you are looking for a classic Lake Michigan vacation, you will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee > 8 guests $295
Extra/Person/Nt Fee > 8 $15
Refundable damage deposit $1,000

*Rates and cleaning are based on an occupancy of 8 persons or less. Additional guests considered depending on ages/configuration of guests. An additional fee of $15.00/guest/night (non peak) or, $105.00/week (peak season), exceeding 8 will apply, along with an additional cleaning fee for larger groups.

Rates / Availability subject to change until reservation is confirmed by receipt of signed contract. Payment must be received within 7 days of date of contact to secure reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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