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Waterfront House in the center of the village

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Before you enter the 1830's door at 11 Water Street in Douglas you will be on the front porch and can rock on one of the rocking chairs and watch the neighborhood. When you do enter you will be in the high ceilinged dining room of this new, luxurious 3500 square foot home with an antique dining room table with seating for 8. Bayou House won a Heritage Preservation Award in 2006.

The three Baker davenports in the adjoining living room face the water and a large gasburning fireplace; they open through French doors to a screened porch overlooking the water and the park next door. This leads to the large deck with a gas grill off the kitchen, also overlooking the water. The kitchen, upstairs, is pictured with its charming all glass eating area, granite counters, stainless appliances and bar.

There are three bedrooms and three bathroom on this level, two with king sized beds and one with two queens. Only the bedroom with the queen size beds does not face the water. All other bedrooms and rooms have the wonderful view.

Downstairs you will find 10 foot ceilings and all but one bedroom overlooking the waterfront. You will enter the second kitchen in the large glass room with a pool table. Adjoining this room is a large downstairs living room with the second TV area, a large sectional and the second gas burning fireplace. This house is designed with the idea of a large family get-together, a large family, two families, or for corporate groups. On this level you will find the computer with hi-speed internet.

The downstairs kitchen also has a double door refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, gas stove, compactor, and stools for four at the granite counter.

Upstairs has a large deck with gas grill, downstairs has patios, swings, furniture and a charcoal grill.

Bayou House is ideal for families, business groups, and reunions but is not suitable for weddings as we are located in a downtown area.

On the lower level there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one with a king size bed and one with two twin beds.

There is tie up space on the boardwalk for several shallow draft boats and there are five kayaks, a row boat, and two paddle boards on the dock. There is a firepit and seating near the waterfront.

It is one short block to two major restaurants, galleries, and downtown Douglas. The well-known Lake Michigan Oval beach and Douglas Beach are a short-beautiful drive.

For additional or alternative rental see: vrbo #444711 or vrbo#410920

The City of Douglas does not permit weddings at this location. You may check out the J Petter Gallery, wine Bar and Gallery Barn for wedding venue.

Keywords: Waterfront House

More Details

Joyce Petter
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Joyce Petter

I have been in business in Saugatuck/Douglas since 1973 when I first opened my art gallery - it is still just up the street. It now includes a wine tasting and is operated by my daughter-in-law. I grew up in Chicago, lived in Michigan cities, moved to Cincinnati, and finally moved back to the big Lake. We have had property on the lake since the 60's and were pleased to add Bayou House to our business. All the art in the house is from my gallery. And, it was a necessity that Bayou House had to be on water!

Joyce Petter purchased this house in 2005

What makes this house unique

April 28, 2017 - Just added - 3 more kayaks and 2 more paddle boards. The benefit of this house is that you can use boats on the lake, 5 kayaks, row boat and 2 paddle boards, and still have the advantage of the beach at the Oval. There are no places to stay at the Oval so everyone comes from some part of the community. There are well over 200 acres of dunes to explore as well as the wonderful beach. And you can return to watch the birds, the boats, and have a fire in the fire pit.


Douglas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5 custom tile bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 king - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 queens 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 5 single 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 king - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 king - 1 king
  • King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) Pack N Play
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Three Kayaks, one row boat, fire pit, some beat up bicycles No wedding festivities permitted. Check the JPetter Gallery and wine bar with Gallery barn for venue


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(12 traveler reviews)

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Waterfront House in the center of the village
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful home with everything you could want!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay! Our large family needed a large house with lots to do and this home certainly delivered! From the moment we opened the front door we felt at home -comfortable, well-appointed, clean, and with a beautiful yard on the lake. The pool table, kayaks, bikes and paddle boards made it easy to keep everyone entertained. Fast and friendly communication from Joyce made everything easy and enjoyable and we really appreciated the surprise treats she left for us. This will go down as one of our favorite spots yet!!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Spacious!

  • 5 of 5

Joyce was not only responsive but her property was impeccably decorated and roomy with every amenity you could think of. It was an amazing long weekend in such a cute quaint town. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely the Best

  • 5 of 5

My family of 11 totally enjoyed the Bayou House for the week of the 4th this summer. I can't think of a thing that was missing nor was there any lack of things to do at the house. We grilled, had smores around the fire pit, kayaked, paddle-boarded, row-boated, biked, cooked great meals, relaxed in the fantastically decorated and comfortable rooms and slept in after late night movies on the TVs. This is probably the best equipped home we have ever rented and i speak from may years of experience. Thanks to Joyce and Marta for everything.


  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect fit for our family!

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely beautiful house! Well equipped inside and out. We had the best time using the paddle boards, kayaks, and row boat and caught several nice sized fish right off the dock area. A few family members used the ample supply of bikes to go to Oval beach and into Saugatuck. There are some fantastic places to eat/drink right up the street in Douglas and the grocery store is really close too. We made good use of the screened in porch in the evenings as the bugs do get a little thick, although we did enjoy the fire pit a few evenings.

The only thing we felt was missing was an easy way/place to recycle all the bottles, cans, jugs, etc. that we collected throughout the week. All in all, our family of 10 had an absolutely marvelous time here and the owner was very responsive and lovely to deal with throughout the booking process. Hope to go back someday!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing home

  • 5 of 5

We just got home from this amazing property celebrating my mother-in-law's 90th birthday. She had all her children and spouses and had so much room. One of the things that sold us is we would all have our own bathrooms which is very hard to find. Everything was top-of-the-line quality and very homey. Joyce had every detail covered. The linens and towels were fabulous and there is no shortage of anything. The welcome basket was greatly appreciated and very nice touch. Everything was top-of-the-line quality and very comfortable. The last day we were there it was kind of chilly so we went outside to use the fire pit. We ended up staying out there and till 11 o'clock at night. The view of the lake was amazing from the entire back of the house. We also love the screened in porch which we used in the morning with our coffee. The appliances were top notch and the lower level had a full kitchen as well. It also was a nice quiet property with no other houses on either side of us so we have complete privacy. It is a two minute walk into town to Douglas and only a couple miles from Saugatuck. I would highly recommend this property to anybody that likes great quality and comfort. We were all impressed and hope to come back next year. Thank you Joyce for everything.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Wonderful!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I can not describe how exquisite this house is, it was furnished with high end furniture and appliances, I have never stayed at hotel this nice. We were there for my husband's birthday with his family and everyone was is awe of this house. From the welcome basket to the towels everything was first class. The location was perfect and the house had plenty of activities itself from the pool table, bikes, kyaks, canoes, fire pit, and swings. The owner was superb and said just bring yourself and she was right. My family wants to come back to the same place next year! It was one of our top ten vacations destinations. Thanks Joyce!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Petter Wine Bar
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Everyday People Cafe
Nearest Beach
1 Miles

Charter Fishing, Art School of the Chicago Art Institute, 25 Art Galleries, Dune Schooner Rides, swimming in Lake Michigan, dune climbing, beach walking, golfing, , kayaking, paddle boarding, toasting marshmallows over the fire in the fire pit, relaxing in the swings, shopping, wine tours, make beer in the brewery




Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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