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Beautiful Country Escape with Modern Amenities and Private Pool!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 11 max

Allegan Gardens is your escape from every day life for every season! This charming 1910 farmhouse has been updated with every modern amenity to make for an enjoyable getaway for you and your family or friends. Located on 1.5 acres of lush property with a secret garden feel, this home is walking distance from the downtown Saugatuck shopping, restaurant and boating district. The heated pool is a private place for you and your guests to relax and enjoy your vacation!

Please feel free to reach out directly with any questions to Aaron.

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Aaron K. Heltsmith
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

Why Aaron K. Heltsmith chose Southwest

This was a well cared for property that unfortunately fell into disrepair for a number of years. We purchased this property in November 2012 and spent months bringing it back to life. We are very proud of the work we have done and would love to share our home with you and your family and friends.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Comfortably sleeps 11, private heated pool, lush landscaping, close to town hide-away with privacy, easy parking for multiple cars, boats and recreational vehicles, individually owned and managed.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Country Escape with Modern Amenities and Private Pool!
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

The Perfect Saugatuck Oasis!

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed here with 11 of my girlfriends for a long weekend and the house was PERFECT! I can't say enough about it--Aaron has thought of every little detail to make the house feel cozy and accommodating. The house and backyard are so amazing we actually never went to the lake! I would say the only downside is the house is on a country road so walking to town after dark made us a little hesitant because there are no sidewalks. Other than that there is absolutely nothing we would change about AG! We will definitely rent from Aaron again.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had wonderful stay at Allegan Gardens. Rooms are large and comfortable. Of special note are the very comfortable beds and fine linen! We would stay again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your time at our home and look forward to having you back soon!
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I Day Dream about Returning to Allegan Gardens....

  • 5 of 5

I'm almost scared to tell the world about our new favorite place in Michigan because when the secret gets out, I'll never be able to book our vacation here!

We spent the week here with two adults and two kids (16 & 20 year olds). The house and the entire set-up including the backyard, the landscaping, the pool, everything was just awesome. Maybe it's because I have a similar decorating style I just felt so at home but my biggest fear was absolved the moment I walked in the door.

Im super picky and a little weird about other people's places. I did NOT want to feel like a guest and be uncomfortable all week, but yet I also didnt want the place too feel too "lived in" where I might be grossed out by other people's bedrooms, kitchen, etc...

I know it sounds crazy but from the minute we walked in and I smelled the most wonderful smell like when I stay at the W Hotels in NY where their lobby smells tantalizing--that's exactly how I felt. I laughed to see it was just a Glade Plug-in but it smelled amazing!! (something else Im a little neurotic about--weird smells.)

The pool was clean, warm (heated) and the yard was gorgeous...I wish I could post pics from our stay here just for back-up because it was just so cool. The fire pit was away from the main deck which I loved. The backyard was completely fenced in and pretty large so it was the greatest gift we ever could have given our dog who came with us...he doesn't have a fenced in yard at home so this just alleviated so many potential headaches.

The bedrooms were impeccably clean and the mattresses and linens were excellent (ANOTHER thing I'm pretty picky

The kitchen was stellar and we cooked almost every meal there in order to save money. Plus we loved the HUGE dining room table. It just made it so much fun.

I kept thinking the whole time that I couldn't wait to write the review because Aaron was so cool to work with and responded to me immediately whenever I had a question. He never made me feel funny for bugging him a few times because I wanted to know a couple facts about the place.

I also kept thinking that if I dont say something as constructive criticism in my review that people might not believe me, but there really wasnt ANYTHING that was a problem.

If I had to mention a couple things that I wish were different it would only be that I wish we had negotiated a check out later than 11am because we didnt want to leave.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your beautiful description of your stay! Looking forward to having you back soon!
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Great family vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

House was great and the pool was beautiful. Lots of space for all of us (5 adults and 2 kids).

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Friends Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Every winter our group of college friends reunite for a weekend getaway and formal dinner. This year we had one of our larger groups with 10 adults and we choose Allegan Gardens because of the great central location for Detroiters and Chicagoans, the fact that it had 4 queen beds, and the great off-season rates. We were blown away by how well kept the house was, it was perfectly decorated straight out of a magazine! The pictures do not do this place justice for how spacious the main floor of the house was. There was plenty of room for us all to relax and play games in the living room and we found some extra chairs that fit the giant dining room table for all 10 of us to eat. Most of our trip was spent around the house and we never felt too cramped. The kitchen has pretty much any cooking utensil you could think of and so many spices which was a nice surprise. I was a bit concerned about their being only 1 shower in the main house but it actually ended up working out fine and wasn’t an issue at all. The downtown area is a short walk away and the Saugatuck Brewery is just a short car ride and had a great beer tour. We will definitely be back and we could only imagine how great this house would be once summer rolls around!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive feedback! We are so glad you and your guests enjoyed our home and had a great weekend!
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Great NYE Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Allegan Gardens this past New Years (Dec 31, 2014), and had a fantastic time! We were 4 families (each w/ 1 child, aged 2 & under), and we could not have thought of a better place to spend our New Years! The owners really care, and have created a wonderful vacation home. When we walked in, there was a little welcome gift of apple butter & jam w/ a personal note (great touch!), and they also had candy canes for us! The home itself is beautifully decorated, and has everything you would need (kitchen is stocked with plenty of appliances/tools if you're feeling ambitious and want to cook!), and the toiletries in the bathroom are great! My only comment would be about the heating upstairs - we found some rooms warmed up, while some were cold - just something to keep in mind if you're coming here in the winter. But I will say, it's not cold to the point where you're uncomfortable - but need to keep this in mind if you have young children. Overall, I echo what the other reviewers have said about this place! And we're looking forward to coming back again in the summertime!!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you and your guests enjoyed your New Years Eve at Allegan Gardens! Looking forward to having you back when you can enjoy the pool and yard!
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Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Douglas Beach Park
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Saugatuck Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2016/2017
Dec 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 4 2017 - Sep 10 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 11 2017 - Dec 3 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500

Rental Rates:
Half of the rental fee is required when reservation is made. Payment in full of the balance rental fee + $500 security deposit shall be due within 30 days of the Check-in Date:
- Half of Rental Cost due at reservation
- Half of Rental Cost + $500 due 30 days prior to arrival

Cancellation Policy:
If cancelled 60 days prior to arrival - 100% of rental fee refunded, including security deposit
If cancelled 30-59 days prior to arrival - 100% of rental fee refunded, security deposit not refunded.
If cancelled 30 days or less prior to arrival - Rental fee not refunded; security deposit refunded

Holiday weekend are subject to a premium fee. Policies may be subject to change.

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Saugatuck Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Bathroom in poolhouse
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Each bedroom offers a queen size bed with fresh linens, ample closet space, dressers, sitting chairs and lots of natural light. We have queen and twin fold out sofas in the downstairs living room. We have a washer and dryer in the cellar available for guests to use during their stay.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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