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

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


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!

More Details

The Gale Cottage
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Whitehall Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master 1 - 1 queen , New gel memory foam mattress!
    Master 2 - 1 queen , New gel memory foam mattress!
    Bunk Room - 1 bunk bed , 2 Twins
    Upstairs Adjoining Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Upstairs Adjoining Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 double
    Wherever you want - Twin Air Mattress & Pump
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Charming Frank Lloyd Wright Gale Cottage-Private Dock, Large Beach, Yard, & Deck
average rating of 4.84 based on 25 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I can easily rate this stay as one of our Best. The owner of the property was super helpful. Our kids had a blast. The property has everything thing that you need for a perfect vacation. I would highly recommend this cottage. I am for sure going back :)

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the high praise! Opening up one's home and sharing it with strangers can be a bit unsettling! But - it's so worth it - time and time again when we hear of the positive experiences had by our lovely guests such as you!
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Great location, exactly as described.

  • 5 of 5

We had a terrific experience. The house has a great location and there was plenty of space for our group of 12.

The house had everything we needed to enjoy our long weekend. Towels, linens, firewood, etc. was all there and in great shape. I would highly recommend this home and location.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you!! We do try to treat our guests to a carefree experience that is truly memorable! Thank you for taking the time to share your recommendation of our unique place. :-)
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A classic lake cottage

  • 4 of 5

We rented this cottage to enjoy family while my daughter was married nearby. The owner was communicative and pleasant to deal with. We had no issues. The porch is a wonderful location for enjoying company, the water, and playing cards. While it rained for most of the time there, we enjoyed a couple of moments of lakeview and a nice sunset. The rooms were well equipped and the bathrooms quite sufficient for our needs. One of the bedrooms is only accessible through another which I didn't realize until we got there, but we made do quite nicely with other rooms. The cottage is very close to the neighbors so privacy could be a challenge. Were it not for feeling like everything we said was overheard, this property would have five stars.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review Karen. I am happy we could be an enjoyable home base for the event weekend! I sure wish you had had better weather!
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Gale Cottage review for the Mast family, late August 2016

  • 4 of 5

Our family shared a week together and it was a really great time.

The home was very nice, older but in great shape, and kept up very well.

With a large living room, covered porch, and large deck, we all could sit wherever we wanted.

Lots of bedrooms, and relaxation. Very nice grill also.

No air conditioning, but normally you don't need that so near to Lake Michigan.

Nice beach area, and good for swimming, but there were some weeds towards the end of the dock.

Also, super nice beach at Duck Lake state park, 10 min away.

We all loved it, thanks much!! Dave

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! You and the rest of the Mast family are welcome any time!!
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Grand Rapids, Michigan

Great spot for families!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time with our family of 10 adults and 2 kids at the cottage. We enjoyed lots of fishing and time spent outside on the deck. There was plenty of space for us all to eat together on the porch when we set up tables. The lake was weedy off the dock but the kids had fun in the shallow area and we went out to Lake Michigan to swim most days. There's also a nice sandbar in White Lake. The girls enjoyed a day of shopping in Petoskey while the guys headed to Thoroughbred for a round of golf. We also did some blueberry picking at Palmers and got ice cream at Country Dairy. The cottage was clean with plenty of kitchen devices and utensils. The owner was great work with before and during our stay. I forgot some thing there and they immediately offered to send it back to me at home. We'd definitely consider staying here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your experience Katie. :-) You are very welcome to stay again any time!
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Lyndhurst, Ohio

Very family friendly vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

This property is exactly as pictured on VRBO. So beautiful with wonderful cool breezes blowing through even on 80+ degree days. There were plenty of areas for the members of our large family to choose from if they just wanted to get away on their own for a bit. The kids loved the swing set right in the yard and all the adults loved the rope swing bed on the porch! It is very easy to get to Muskegon where we went a couple days for the farmers market and a flea market and of course got lunch at a diner and played in the splash pool/fountain. We all enjoyed poking around in the shops in Whitehall and an ice cream treat after lunch at Pekadill's.

Having the sand and water just outside the house and such close proximity to Lake Michigan and sandy beaches made this a memorable relaxing family vacation for my husband and myself as well as our grown children, their spouses,and young children. We definitely would recommend Gale Cottage to others. We found pretty much everything we could need including cookware, linens, etc and even a basket full of beach towels!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Karen - it was a pleasure communicating with you from start to finish. :-) We have been so blessed with such wonderful families this year! Thank you for being one of them and for the recommendation!
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Pub111 & Fetch Brewing, downtown Whitehall
Nearest Ferry
21 Miles
Lake Express, Muskegon
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Old Channel Trail Golf Course, Montague
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Amtrak, Holland
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Pekadill's (soup, sandwiches, ice cream, garden)
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
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 ******


Rates & Availability

Whitehall Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 18 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 9 2017 - Aug 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Wknd.
Aug 28 2017 - Sep 7 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

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

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