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Best Front Porch In Macatawa Park - Private Lake Michigan Beach

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

On a Private Beach of Lake Michigan by the Historic "Big Red" Lighthouse.

Our Lake Michigan beach front home is located in the historic Macatawa Park neighborhood. The beach is just steps away from the front porch... an incredible view of the sunset!

Originally built in 1924, this home was nicely renovated in 2010. The update included many modern amenities, such as Viking Professional appliances in the kitchen.

This home is located in a private, gated community of turn of the century cottages and new luxury homes. There is really no place like it!!

Originally called the Chicago Cottage, we have renamed it Kirkwood Cottage. It is our home away from home! Come see the best Macatawa has to offer.

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 4, 2017


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Best Front Porch In Macatawa Park - Private Lake Michigan Beach
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews

Beautiful views; less comfortable home

  • 2 of 5

The home, "Chicago" is located on a beautiful beach, and nestled in a picturesque community of cottages, and enjoys awesome views of the lake and the famous "big red" lighthouse. Unfortunately, the home is not furnished comfortably. One lakefront bedroom, with the twin beds, had spring coils under the mattress that was very uncomfortable to sleep on. (I ended up placing the mattress on the floor...). The fireplace did not work (despite the fact that the evenings were quite cool and would have been used. A mouse ran across the kitchen floor in the afternoon, suggesting that the house is not necessarily cleaned as well or frequently as optimal. I would not rent this house again.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Timothy. I am sorry to hear that your stay was less than perfect! All of our guests have my personal cell and email, when unexpected issues arise. Regarding the fireplace, a quick call to let me know could have fixed the issue. The fireplace works well, but the gas may not have been turned on. I have a handyman on call, available to come by for any issues our guests have. As for the mouse, we have never had an issue in the summer. We could have had pest control there quickly, if I would have known.
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Pure Michigan!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend at a wonderful cottage. We are now spoiled because this was the best place we had ever stayed!

Perfect for 6 adults and 3 young children. We used the beach daily. We used the barbecue nightly. We read books and played games and worked puzzles. (I need to find the "Big Red" to give as Christmas presents!) We will be back!

Ann (Chicago)

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful time in the special Macatawa community where your beach home is located. The last three days of August Lake Michigan was inland lake warm and just a delight for the kids to swim and play in. The expansive beach right outside the door, the wonderful sunsets, and one day the rolling waves coming in making for Michigan surfing on the paddle boards. The kayak was very stable and fast in the water too. All five family's that came and went during our week had a great time. The living room/dinette was great family space and the bedrooms were big enough for all. And there is a special charm to the community and "the Chicago" house. Thanx for the delightful stay, and arranging the extra parking space.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you want!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful! This is our 2nd year renting and we absolutely love this home and location! The area is so unique, and has such a warm feel. If you understand the beauty of West Michigan beaches, you will Feel as if you are in Heaven. Most homes on Lake Michigan require you to walk down a large bluff, this is not the case. This home offers what is a rare feature on Lake Michigan; walk right from your door onto the beach. The beach is absolutely beautiful and offers the opportunity to take long walks, play in the clean/shallow water or just sit and take it all in. The home has a charming feel, while being updated and extremely clean. The home was equipped with all the necessities and basics (towels, beach chairs, beach toys, paper products, etc…). With a quick drive to Holland, you can shop and eat at some great places. Shane has been extremely easy to communicate with and was there to address any possible question. We are very experienced and picky renters – we highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting, well appointed, everything you need to relax!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second visit to this property and we have already decided to return next summer. You can feel yourself relax as soon as you arrive. We ate all our meals at the cottage which had everything we needed for easy preparation. The beach is beautiful and the sunsets leave you breathless. Our family included 4 generations from 3-87 years old and we can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We booked this home for a week and it was absolutely perfect. The homes location feels like you are in a different world yet it is close to everything. The home is very nicely updated throughout and the Kitchen is beautiful. Perfect amount of old charm and modern amenities. We will definitely be booking again!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6.7 Miles
Tulip City (Regional) or Grand Rapids (41 miles)
Nearest Barpub
1.9 Miles
Black Sheep Baa & Grill
Nearest Ferry
42 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Clearbrook, Ravines, West Shore, Laketown
Nearest Train
7.2 Miles
Amtrack Station, Holland, MI
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
US-31 & I96
Nearest Restaurant
5.4 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Michigan


Rates & Availability

Holland Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2016-2017
Oct 30 2016 - Mar 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Standard pricing
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Pet Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

Please note, no smoking of any kind in the house or on the porch.
Also, no smoking fragrances or electronic cigarettes of any kind in the house.
Pets will be considered. $150 Pet Fee applied.

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Holland Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Upstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , 1/2 bath off the laundry room
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 child bed , Toddler Bed (No Closet)
  • 2 Pack and Plays Available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The Front Porch has one of the best views in Macatawa and is the perfect spot for evening people watching and sunset viewing. The beach is never crowded, there is lots of room to roam. You can walk the beach for miles to the south - all the way to Sautatuck.

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