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Family Friendly Home Away From Home

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bed 1.5 Bath With Additional Bunk Beds, Couches, With Extra Beachfront

4 bed (2 queen, 2 full) and Bunk Beds, 1.5 bath plus front porch has pull out couch (queen)

Great swimming in clear blue waters with sandy beach facing South and dock to lay out and soak up the sun in chairs provided. Feel free to bring your boat (launch at public launch around the corner) and anchor it out in front to enjoy tubing, skiing, and drives around the lake with wake hours of 11a-7:30p. Enjoy evenings around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and hotdogs right on the beach. Wood available for purchase at various locations around the lake. Canoe and rowboat available for fishing and playing in the water. **2 Fishing Kayaks ; and 2 lightweight Kayaks are also available for rent - ask owner for details ($50/kayak/week)

Kitchen has electric stove, 2 full size refrigerator, and Bosch dishwasher. Outside gas grill and small charcoal grill. Enclosed front porch with overhead fans, room fans (no A/C)

The cottage has fully updated with new paint, and flooring in all rooms in 2016

2 Outdoor picnic tables on cement patio, indoor dining tables seats 16.

Bath towels and linens will be provided. Prefer renters to use washer and dryer for linens only due to septic system, an additional load, ok.

Grocery store and gas station just minutes down the road for any last minute needs.

Jones Homemade Ice Cream downtown Baldwin is 10 miles away and always a hit!

Plenty of parking for you and your family.

Internet and Verizon wireless booster, and Roku TV

90 minutes from Grand Rapids, 45 minutes to Ludington and Lake Michigan, 1 hour to Traverse City for shopping and site-seeing. Nearby trails for hiking and biking through state forest. Walking distance to Big Star Lake Chapel.

We love our cottage and know you will too, it has been in the family for generations and we can't wait for you to experience the best of Big Star!

All we ask is that you respect our neighbors, enjoy responsibly, and take care of the place we love and cherish.

Check in at 3:00 pm, Check out 11:00 am

More Details


Baldwin Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 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 ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Enclosed Front Porch - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bunk Beds - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom (Master - Main level) - 1 queen , 4" memory foam on this bed
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
You will be responsible for bringing your own paper products (eg. tiolet paper, paper plates, etc) and personal care items.


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(7 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Very relaxing and fun for the whole family!

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and comfortable. Had a great time sailing the sail boat and swimming!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks - glad all of your family enjoyed our cottage!
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Great lakeside escape

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the cottage! Beautiful lake, clean home & lots of space!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice well kepted

  • 5 of 5

Great location

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks!
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Hudsonville, MI


  • 5 of 5

We spent 6 days this fall at this cottage with friends. It has lots of room and was very clean and well

supplied. The kitchen has plenty of dishes, casseroles, pans, glasses and mugs. We loved the

enclosed porch that looked out over the lake. The beds were very comfortable. I'm sure we will

be back again. We also did catch some fish. We have always loved Big Star Lake.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naperville, Illinois

Wonderful and beautifully scenic!

  • 5 of 5

We drove 5 1/2 hours from Illinois and when we arrived we were overwhelmed at how clean and spacious the cottage is. Huge 2nd floor windows reveal a gorgeous view of Big Star Lake. The beach area is also spacious and has a nicely located firepit. Grace was very helpful with whatever we needed. Thanks again Grace!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids

Awesome Cottage on Big Star Lake!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time staying at this cottage! Very clean with plenty of room for everyone to spread out and be comfortable. LOVED the enclosed front porch with a great view of the lake. Enjoyed the use of the rowboat and canoe. Great beach area with nice chairs for lounging in the sun. The owner (Grace) was awesome to communicate with! We hope to stay again!!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jack & Grace Datema
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018

Why Jack & Grace Datema chose Baldwin

Family owned for generations purchased during WWII era, built current cottage in 1980s, bi-level cottage with master upstairs. South facing cottage showcases the most of sunny Michigan days

What makes this cottage unique

Cottage is well supplied with Kitchen utensils, tools for outdoor cooking, linens, and personal care items. Easy travel - just bring your personal items, food, paper products, and beach towels!


Jones Ice Cream
"Homemade ice cream - area favorite ice cream"
Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Grand Rapids Airport (GRR)
Nearest Ferry
34 Miles
Ludington, M
Nearest Golf
3.4 Miles
Marquette Trails
Nearest Train
85 Miles
Grand Rapids, MI
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Car: necessary

Big Star, Hunting, Golfing and ORV Trails


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Check in time: 3 pm
Check out time: 11 am

No refund if cancellation less than 30 days prior.

50% of rent due upon booking reservation and the remainder is due 90 days prior to rental date and Security deposit of $200. Deposits will be forfeited if reservation is cancelled less than 30 days prior to reservation date or terms of lease are not met. Cash/Check - thanks!

Check; or paypal (information given when a contract is written)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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