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Magical Beach House & Private Beach On Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Classic 3 Bedroom Michigan Cottage

This historic, century-old cottage with a wrap-around screen porch and two level front deck boasts one of the most enchanting views of Lake Michigan on the Western Shore.

Just steps down to the boardwalk and about 15 stairs to the private beach you'll find sugar soft sand and rolling waves. Mornings and evenings on the deck are second-to-none with days spent playing, sunning or swimming on the shore or walking the private beach for miles. The channel to Pentwater lake is a short ten minute walk to the north.

This classic Michigan cottage sleeps eight (max) in three bedrooms -- two of which face the lake. The master (a queen and twin bed) has a full bathroom attached and the other two (one with two twins and the other with a twin and bunk beds) share a full bath. One more full bath is on the first level plus an outdoor shower. A cottage living room is the perfect indoor gathering spot and the dining room off the full kitchen also overlooks the lake. All towels and linens provided as well as kitchen necessities. TV, DVD, phone, Wi-Fi, games, gas grill, washer/dryer, dishwasher and much more all included.

The woods behind the cottage teem with deer, turkey and wildlife. Beyond that, the quaint town of Pentwater is filled with fun shops, tasty restaurants, ice cream parlors and a Farmer's Market twice a week on the Village Green. Boat and wave runner rentals are available in town. About 20 minutes away, Country Dairy offers super fresh milk, cheese, meat and ice cream; and, the area around Pentwater boasts some of the best golf around.

The sunsets from the deck are some of the most remarkable you can imagine and watching shooting stars in the night sky or Great Lakes tankers on the horizon complete the picture for the ideal location to get away and recharge.

This is a very special family cottage in a private association with two parking spaces in the private parking area beside it. We ask all guests to appreciate its legacy and setting. This isn't a "spring break party house" so please look elsewhere if that's what you're seeking. Thanks!

More Details

Peter Rexford
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 4, 2018

About Peter Rexford

Our family has been coming to Pentwater since the late 1800s! Our grandparents rented the original (and oldest) cottage on south beach. A photo in the cottage shows them on the beach as early as 1910. We were so fortunate to purchase this cottage 20 years ago.

Peter Rexford purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Peter Rexford chose Pentwater

Built around 1912, the cottage needed some care. When purchased it was truly a diamond in the ROUGH. After never-ending effort, countless upgrades and more money than we care to think about, it has become the premier destination for multiple couples and families year-after- year. All the wood and glass is original as are some of the furnishings. But, updates and modern conveniences abound. We are always updating and just installed new water heater and new fridge last year.

What makes this cottage unique

Precious few cottages have both a screen porch and a massive deck overlooking the beach and big lake. You have to see it to understand.


Pentwater Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Bath Upstairs - toilet , shower
    Bath Downstairs - toilet , shower , Located on first floor. GREAT shower (best in the cottage)!!
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Nice outdoor shower just off back porch.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Master bedroom facing Lake Michigan with full bath.
    Guest Room #1 - 2 twin/ single , Facing lake Michigan
    Guest Room #2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • New mattresses on all beds. Ceiling fans in front two bedrooms
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Magical Beach House & Private Beach On Lake Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
Bloomington, IN

Behold the beauty of the lake from a charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderfully quiet, relaxing and soul-refreshing week at this property. All the up to date amenities (kitchen, baths) with the charm that comes from this 100 yr old quirky, romantic cottage. A beautiful deck to watch the splendid sunsets each night. Great walks on the long boardwalk and beach. Couldn't get enough of it.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathy: Thanks SO much for the nice words. We're delighted you had a wonderful time in our "Fortress of Solitude." We're always looking forward to adding little touches and conveniences for everyone. You are especially gracious considering how much it rained during the week you were there. Imagine how wonderful it will be your next time when sunscreen and sunglasses will be the norm!
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Perfect place to enjoy Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

My family was able to gather from 3 different states for an infrequent reunion here. Ages 7 - 70 and the location was perfect to accommodate all different interests. The owner was very responsive. The house worked very well for us, providing both private spaces and gathering spaces. The Lake was gorgeous- easy to spend a lot of time just sitting on the porch and deck, enjoying the sound of the Lake and the surrounding trees. The beach in front of the house was small this year but perfect for early morning walks and the nearby beach at the State Park provided plenty of beach and playmates for the kids to build sand castles. The house is in a quiet, heavily treed area very conducive for nature walking. And nearby Pentwater is a delightful town. I highly recommend this place for anyone who would like to connect with the Lake for both fun and contemplation.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Lake Michigan Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband, dog, and I greatly enjoyed our week vacation at the Rexford Cottage. My husband grew up vacationing in Pentwater, and this cabin reminded him of the one he grew up going to. The view of the Lake is perfect, and we spent much of our time on the outdoor deck or screened in porch. The cabin is over 100 years old with lots of character, and has been updated with all needed modern day amenities. We will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely 100 year old home

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this Pentwater property. The screened in porch and deck was our favorite part of the home. The home has plenty of beds and three roomy bedrooms and two baths upstairs. The kitchen is big and so well equipped. I really didn't have to bring any kitchen items or spices. I was so surprised to find plenty of cooking utensils. I usually bring knives and cutting boards and that wasn't necessary at all this time.

The beach is beautiful and very private. Their are quite a few stairs leading to the beach so if you have problem with stairs that could be an issue.

I was also happy that their were beach chairs at the bottom of the stairs.

The town of Pentwater and Ludington is not far away and we really enjoyed visiting these small towns.

Overall, a great stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family fun and games at The Rexford Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had been renting a cottage along the Lake Michigan shoreline for several years, as a family reunion spot, and out grew it. We needed a larger Beach house and the Rexford cottage accommodated five adults and four grandchildren beautifully. We are so glad we found this gem!

The Rexford cottage is exactly what comes to mind when you think "cottage". It's quaint, with comfortable nooks and crannies to curl up in with a good book if it rains, as well as a large deck with stunning views of the lake and easy access to a beautiful beach when the sun is shining. Our large group appreciated all the bathrooms, the outdoor shower, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, integrated into an authentic turn of the century beach house.

If you're enchanted with bead board and antiques, love treading upon original squeaky old floors, and swinging on a breezy old three sided screened-in porch replete with ceiling fans, then you have an idea of the charm that oozes from every pore of the Rexford cottage and you'll adore it.

Suffice to say, our annual family scrabble competition couldn't have played out in a more comfortable and enjoyable spot. WiFi, TV, and a video collection were on hand, but largely ignored in favor of hikes, beach combing, castle making, and braving the Lake Michigan surf.

The town of Pentwater is minutes away, with lots of great shops, ice cream, a farmer's market, dining spots, and boat rentals. The Fourth Of July Celebration in Pentwater needs to be mentioned. The fireworks were phenomenal!

Finally, we appreciated our host, Peter Rexford. He checked in with us several times to make sure our accommodations were what we expected. A gift card to a nearby grocers was a very thoughtful gesture. He truly wants his guests to enjoy their experience at THE BIG LAKE, as we all did. We're keeping our fingers crossed to secure a few weeks next year at the Rexfords!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are SO happy you enjoyed our heavenly getaway! We've taken so much care to preserve the original cottage feel -- now over 100 years old -- while blending in important modern amenities. I know the weather was just a little cool some days while you were there so delighted you used some of the many games and video/DVDs we like to make available. We also make a point of updating things such as the water heater as we did this year. The town of Pentwater is truly a Great Lakes gem with a magical history (as seen at their historical society). We're happy you got a taste of all of it and would be thrilled to have you return!
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Saint Louis, Missouri

An Amazing Experience At The Rexford Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has been going to the Rexford Cottage in Pentwater for a decade, and it has become a summer staple for all of us. And for good reasons:

The Cottage. It provides the perfect balance between authentic charm and modern convenience. The amazing 100+ year old woodwork, the creaky oak floors, the wrap around porch…they all SCREAM “Michigan Cottage.” Couple this with three modern bathrooms, an amazing kitchen, TV, wi-fi, outdoor shower, etc. In short, you give up absolutely nothing, but you gain a ton!

The Beach. The dunes are breathtaking, the shoreline pristine (none of the rocks and gravel you find at most Michigan beaches) and you have miles of private beach to walk. Every night, I sit in stunned amazement at the beauty of those incredible sunsets over the lake.

The Town. We’ve been up and down the Michigan and Wisconsin shoreline. Pentwater has all the fun things you want in a coastal town: shops, restaurants, just enough souvenir stuff to satisfy this urge…but, thankfully, it hasn’t gone trashy like so many other vacation towns. Within ten minutes of the cottage, you can play golf, go boating, hit the go-cart track, go fishing or travel miles of bike trails. Double or triple that drive, and you can climb two lighthouses, tour a dairy, play disc golf or go horseback riding. Simply put, you will NOT be bored.

It is the little things that The Rexfords do that have made our vacations so great…and keep us coming back. In short, THEY TREAT US LIKE WE ARE FAMILY, NOT RENTERS. Many of the little things that other rentals keep locked up (towels, sheets, movies, spices, beach chairs, flashlights, REAL cookware and utensils, etc.) are ALL available for our use and enjoyment. In a way, we feel like it’s OUR cottage. I have never felt this way about any other rental place. Finally, the Rexfords are ALWAYS improving the cottage and each year the cottage is better than the year before.

We will never go anywhere else.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Boathouse
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Ludington, MI
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Golden Sands or Colonial
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
In front of cottage
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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