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Charming Frank Lloyd Wright Gale Cottage-Private Dock, Large Beach, Yard, & Deck

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Wow! What a view... White Lake is waiting for you!


Last updated: 03/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:6
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Comfortable 6BR, 2 Bath Lakefront Retreat with Panoramic Views, Prime Location

Welcome to the Gale Cottage!
This unique piece of history is now available for weekly rentals.

This inviting retreat has everything you need for making memories with your loved ones.

The Gale Cottage itself offers plenty of areas to relax and play, but it’s also a perfect home-base for the Whitehall/Montague area providing easy access to Lake Michigan and close proximity to all other points of interest, activities, and conveniences.

If you are looking just to chill, look no further than this peaceful place. Read that vacation novel, while enjoying the cool lake breezes in one of our 6 bedrooms. Take a snooze under the beautiful tree canopy in the outdoor hammock, or on the enclosed porch’s rope swing. Or grab one of the provided beach towels and head to the beach to lounge by the water to enjoy the sunshine, the sound of the lapping waves, and maybe some unhurried conversation.

Everyone will love this spot on White Lake for its gorgeous panoramic view of the blue (not actually white!) waters, which are often remarkably un-crowded. The ever-changing view is so pleasing. It is a delight to see the many types of sailboats glide by and watch the White Lake Yacht Club’s larger sailboats race by on the weekends. The sunsets are beautiful every day of the week!
At night, build a bonfire - have s’mores and tell stories. And don’t forget to stargaze!

Since the whole property is situated on a low grade – it’s easy for your whole group to gather and enjoy each other together. The driveway is flat. And it’s only a few steps down to the large deck where there is seating for 12, and only a few steps further down to the yard, beach, and dock.

Please note that children are very welcome at the Gale Cottage and, hopefully, will be quite entertained. At the beach, kids can dig or build castles with our sand toys, swim, float, or use our row boat. The yard has a large swingset and is plenty big for any number of games (badminton and wiffle ball are in the boat house). Inside, there is a small collection of DVDs and in the bunk room, there are toys, books, & games.

The Gale Cottage is easy to get to – a short 10 minute drive from US-31. It is 3 hours away from Chicago and Detroit, and 55 minutes from Grand Rapids.
The home is ideally located to enjoy the best of each lake:
White Lake’s warmer, calmer waters for water sports like skiing, tubing, fishing, and swimming (or you can just lounge in one of our inflatables!)
Lake Michigan’s immense waters & wonderful beaches with soft sand and waves –
3 miles away via boat (via channel access with its great view of the White River Light Station & Museum)
and car (convenient parking is available at Duck Lake State Park Beach, where you can enjoy Duck Lake, the warm, shallow waters of the channel – a big hit with the kids- and the “big lake”).

When it’s time to eat, you will find everything you need to prepare meals for 12 and serve meals for 24 (who wants to do dishes every day on vacation?), or to call for takeout or delivery (a phone and menus).

The Gale Cottage will be stocked with some starter supplies such as coffee, filters, sugar, salt, spices, paper goods (towels, tissues, toilet), soap (hand, dish, dishwasher, laundry), garbage bags, propane, roasting sticks, and firewood.

Food, beverages, and extra supplies needed can be purchased nearby. The sister cities of Whitehall and Montague are only 3.5 miles away. Montague Foods has a large selection of high quality groceries, beer, and wine. Check out the World’s Largest Weathervane before going in! Also take advantage of the Farmers Market (and Artisan Market) across the street on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
If you choose to dine out, there are several great options in the area. One you can’t miss is Montague’s classic Dog ‘n Suds Drive In. Enjoy a real draft root beer and coney dog via car hop service.

For finer dining, try Crosswinds On the Lake or Harbor View Grille in Whitehall. Then go to Dairy Treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. Please ask us for additional recommendations. We know where to find the best Michigan Blueberries and Cherries too!

Check out the White Lake Area’s Visitors site at for a wealth of information, including a downloadable Visitor Guide. There are many special events throughout the year, such as the Cruz’In Classic Car Show, the Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Wine and Jazz Festival. But, you can easily spend any day just in the walk-able picturesque towns of Whitehall and Montague with its many unique shops and attractive places to get some tasty food and drinks. If you are into beer, stop by the area’s very own craft brewery – Fetch Brewing – in downtown Whitehall!

Take a look at our “Other Attractions and Activities” section for web addresses to some of the other popular places near the Gale Cottage. There is so much to see and do in the White Lake Area, you will want to stay longer than a week! (Ask us about discounts for longer stays).

The Gale Cottage makes it easy for your vacation to be what you want it to be – a memorable fun-filled escape!
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/26/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be at least 23 years old to rent the cottage....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Two of the bedrooms with Full sized beds are adjoining - great for putting the kids to bed in a quiet place, then parents can come to bed later and be close by. Kids also enjoy sleeping in the bunk room. There is a tub in the downstairs bathroom for washing off all the sand after a fun day at the beach!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, shower


  • Downstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


Other Amenities

  • The maximum occupancy of the property is 12 (at any time), including children of any age. No exceptions. If you book your vacation at the Gale Cottage, but later discover you must cancel - if you notify us in writing, and we are able to rebook, you will receive your deposit back (minus a $50 processing fee). See the rental contract for details. Check in time is 4:00. Check out time is 10:00....moreless


  • Books:

    We are glad to share our adult and children's books, if they are treated gently....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    The Gale Cottage has a small library of DVDs for mostly children....moreless

  • Games:

    Badminton, wiffle ball, croquet, board games, & card decks....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    6 CD changer/radio player, along with a small library of CDs. Additional Receiver can play your music via a Bluetooth adapter....moreless

  • Television:

    Large flat screen in Living Room w/dvd player. Smaller flat screen in Master 2 w/dvd player....moreless

  • Toys:

    The Gale Cottage has sand toys, a puppet theater, electronic piano, pretend camping set, balls, etc....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Kitchen Dinette seats 4. Enclosed porch table also seats 4. Two portable tables in the closet seat 6 each. The picnic table on the deck seats 6....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    No need to worry about linens at the Gale Cottage. Just relax and have fun!...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    4 cars and a trailer can fit comfortably....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Free local and long distance (U.S.)...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    There are plenty of bath and beach towels at the Gale Cottage!...moreless

  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    Row Boat. Note: The lift can handle up to 5,000 lbs. (if you bring your own power boat)....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 person canoe....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Our new propane powered grill is cleaned after every rental period....moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 23 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 2017
May 19 - May 21, 2017
2 night min stay
Early Summer
Jun 4 - Jun 17, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

Summer 2017
Jun 18 - Jul 1, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Sunday

July 4th
Jul 2 - Jul 8, 2017
7 night min stay

Jul 9 - Aug 27, 2017
7 night min stay

Labor Day Wknd.
Aug 28 - Sep 7, 2017
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $250
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 11%


Frank Lloyd Wright designed the cottage for excellent cross-ventilation. Most people find the cooling air coming off the lakes to be refreshing and stay plenty cool, even on the hottest days in town. The mature trees on the property also provide shade over the home, however, know that the Gale Cottage does not have central air conditioning. There are large multi-speed fans in each bedroom.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 03/26/2017
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65 Miles
Nearest Airport
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Pub111 & Fetch Brewing, downtown Whitehall
21 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Lake Express, Muskegon
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Old Channel Trail Golf Course, Montague
60 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak, Holland
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Pekadill's (soup, sandwiches, ice cream, garden)
9 Miles
Nearest Ski
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Michigan

Car: Recommended

Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast is Lonely Planet's #1 U.S. Destination for 2014! ****************

Michigan's Adventure - Michigan's Largest Amusement Park and Water Park:7 Miles ******

Mac Wood's Dune Rides near Silver Lake Sand Dunes:

29 Miles ******

Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery (kayak, raft, tube the White River):

10 Miles ******

White Lake Yacht Club (swimming and sailing lessons):

2 Miles ******

Duneshore Boating (Boat and Kayak rentals delivered to the cottage):

Municipal Boat Launch - 8500 Ramp Road, Montague.

Small craft boat launch at W. White Lake Dr. and Lake St. 3.5 Miles ******

Charter Fishing:

White Lake Excursions (Kayak, Stand Paddleboard, Bike Rentals):

3 Miles ******

Hart-Montague Bicycle Trail (35 miles of paved, scenic trails):

3 Miles ******

Whitehall's Historic Theater:

3 miles ******

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (classes and performances):

9 Miles ******

Northstar Theater - 1st Run Movies:

5 Miles ******

Country Dairy Family Farm (tours and unlimited chocolate milk):

15 Miles ******

Lewis Farm Market and Petting Farm:

15 Miles ******

Double JJ Ranch (Rodeos, Horseback Riding, Golf, Indoor Waterpark, etc.):

13 Miles ******


Owner info

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The Gale Cottage (1897) is believed to be Wright's first residential work in board-and-batten siding. Its woodsy simplicity foreshadowed other recreation structures Wright designed after the turn of the century. The Oak Park Vindicator, July 2, 1897, called Mr. Gale's cottage as being built 'in the happiest style'. One of the 3 nearby rental cottages, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built for Mrs. Gale, is located next door.

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  • Wow!  What a view...
White Lake is waiting for you!

    Wow! What a view... White Lake is waiting for you!

  • The living room is cheery and comfortable.

    The living room is cheery and comfortable.

  • Take a break and relax in the rope bed!

    Take a break and relax in the rope bed!

  • The main floor bedroom is a quiet retreat.

    The main floor bedroom is a quiet retreat.

  • A place to rest!
Master Bedroom 2

    A place to rest! Master Bedroom 2

  • Both Master Bedrooms have a lovely view!

    Both Master Bedrooms have a lovely view!

  • Rejuvenate in the adjoining bedroom!

    Rejuvenate in the adjoining bedroom!

  • Welcome to the Gale Cottage!

    Welcome to the Gale Cottage!

  • The Gale Cottage is a great place for your gathering!

    The Gale Cottage is a great place for your gathering!

  • The large porch invites you to share a morning coffee with family and friends!

    The large porch invites you to share a morning coffee with family and friends!

  • Our kitchen is stocked with everything you need to enjoy your stay.

    Our kitchen is stocked with everything you need to enjoy your stay.

  • A place to unwind!
Master Bedroom 1

    A place to unwind! Master Bedroom 1

  • The Bunk Room has lots of books and games.

    The Bunk Room has lots of books and games.

  • Upstairs bath

    Upstairs bath

  • The sunny rear adjoining bedroom has a peaceful view of the property's treescape

    The sunny rear adjoining bedroom has a peaceful view of the property's treescape

  • Our huge yard and playset offer hours of fun!

    Our huge yard and playset offer hours of fun!

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Sunday, March 26, 2017

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