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PRIME DATES STILL OPEN-- Charming cabin within walking distance to beach

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, Sleeps 10

Fern Hollow was designed and built in 1980 in traditional Michigan-cottage style. Taking cues from old summer camps, Fern Hollow creates an atmosphere where guests can return to their youth and a time when they enjoyed 'camping out' with family and friends. Whether sitting around the campfire or the fieldstone fireplace, enjoying an outdoor shower, sleeping in the open air of the bunkhouse, or strolling the trails to the beach and playground, time spent at Fern Hollow is sure to relax the mind, sooth the soul, and return you to a time and place once cherished but not forgotten.

Worried about not having air conditioning? There are tall trees surrounding the cabin so it's shaded. If you have the ceiling fans on, the double doors open and floor fans on, that really helps move the air with the screened in porch and makes it very comfortable.

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to do check-in/check-out on Saturdays as it's a very busy day for our cleaning crew. It is possible to make an exception if someone has already rented Saturday to Saturday and we need to fill in those dates. When requesting to book, please do not leave a night or two in between that will not be filled.

Fern Hollow was built by a seasoned local contractor who was nearing retirement and who welcomed the opportunity to build a replica of the building style he claimed 'he cut his teeth on' in the 1930's as a young carpenter. His experience and attention to detail show throughout the cottage in authentic elements such as a hand stacked fieldstone fireplace, French-doors, open-shelving, single-timber-hand-cut beveled window sills and a center-floor radiant furnace ideal for cool Michigan mornings.

Fern Hollow rests on 13 wooded acres and is perched on the highest ground. The cottage is nestled at the center of what was nine 100-yr old white (self-trimming) pine trees. In order to created what is traditionally referred to as the Seven Sisters that surround and protect a cottage, two of the old trees were removed, one of which was already broken in half. This stand of evergreens provide a unique 'whooshing' sound as the winds move through the pine boughs. This can be enjoyed by opening the 4 sets of French doors inviting the surrounding porch to become a part of the house creating the feeling of an open camp in the woods.

Fern Hollow has served as the epicenter for over 30 years of family reunions and many annual gatherings of old friends. Our cottage is being offered as a rental for the first time in its history.

We invite you to join in our history of spending summer days with loved ones, nature, and time.

More Details

Property Manager
Ali Keag
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About Ali Keag

The owners of Fern Hollow have been part- and full-time residents of the Saugatuck area for over 25 years. Until they built their dream house in 2006, Fern Hollow served as their weekend and vacation cottage, escaping from busy work schedules and big city life. Life partners for over 28 years, the couple has shared Fern Hollow with three generations of family members and has introduced numerous friends to the Saugatuck area. Active in the community, the owners participate in and support numerous local non-profit organizations and causes.

What makes this cottage unique

Walking distance to Lake Michigan beach! Roughly a half mile total.

-It is a path walk until a gravel road which you take to cross Adams Road and continue on in through the park. You go by the playground and parking and then head down the beautiful newly done stairs complete with a handicap ramp as well for easier access.

Feel free to goggle 'West Side County Park' for images and to get a better feel of the establishment.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Starting with the home. Such a wonderful and lovely place! Unique in so many ways. The outside bedroom, the outside shower stall. That may have been my favorite part! I showered outside everyday. What a treat to be in the middle of the woods and be outside showering :) Even in the heat, the house remained cool as its comfortably nestled in the woods and you can open the entire place up on all sides. The porch was one of our favorite spots. Games at night and quite contemplation on the swing in the morning with the soft sound of rustling leaves and that sound I havent heard since I was a child in the mountains of the trees snapping and settling. I loved it. Just a short walk and you are in another world with Lake Michigan and sandy beaches. I would stay here again in a moment. It has everything. If you want to do some shopping Saugatuck is just a a short drive away. Thanks so very much for have a place I could create memories with my family and my father at. I haven't spent quality time with my dad in almost 16 years. It was wonderful.
Jun 2011
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Fennville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Small but efficient. Also a fantastic outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The main bedroom has a queen bed and french doors to porch.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , The bunk room is a small room with two full bed bunks.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , A full bed is on the screened porch. Canvases for privacy.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , A stand alone sleeping pavilion with queen bed.
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
private wooded location, a short walk through the woods to beautiful West Side County Park and Beach on Lake Michigan, outdoor shower, separate sleeping pavilion with queen bed, wood burning fireplace, outdoor fire pit, double bunk beds, sleeping porch


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PRIME DATES STILL OPEN-- Charming cabin within walking distance to beach
average rating of 4.8 based on 18 reviews

Rustic cabin for nature lovers

  • 4 of 5

This cabin is pretty much as described. Located on a wooded lot and about an 1/8 th of a mile from West County Park and beach.

We arrived to a rustic cabin, that was clean. The wrap around screened in porch is lovely.

Everything’s provided in the kitchen though it is tiny. Towels and bedding are also provided.

There isn’t AC but our week was cool and we used the heat (which worked well).

Ali was accommodating before and after our stay.

Bird watchers, wildlife watchers, and asylum seekers will find this place right up their alley.

Just some minor downsides. Bath is very very small. No space for bathroom articles, or hooks to hang wet towels.

Lighting is poor, with many lights just not working. Definitely need an upgrade there(especially for older eyes).

Not sure how ten people would fit. I would say 5 max.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Rustic "Camp-Like" Cottage in the Woods

  • 4 of 5

We LOVED this property! It’s just RUSTIC, fun, beautifully designed and VERY unique! A true Michigan experience “adult camp”:) It has LOTS of great outdoor and screened-in spaces, and the walk to the nearby public beach was easy and a delight walking through the woods. We watched the sunset every night! Park is also quite nice. It is a great location equidistant from Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville and very quiet and peaceful. Our only comments were the following:

- It was missing some light bulbs in some of the lamps/lights or a couple of lights didn’t work

-Could probably use more hooks throughout as there are no dressers (you pretty much live out of your suitcase--part of its charm)

- Could use a small floor mat inside entry to cut down on tracking in sandy dirt from outside (especially if you bring a dog or children)

- Needs a good tea kettle for serious tea drinkers who don’t like to microwave:)

- We didn’t think it would be comfortable to have 10 people, even though I think it lists that it can technically sleep 9-10. The cottage is small, so may depend on the group and who needs to be able to get up and use the bathroom in the night!!! Our group had 5 adults and was comfortable.

- Kitchen is doable and cute, but also small with limited work space if you love to cook in and stay home. It’s pretty well equipped:) It does have a really nice grill.

- Table space is limited to a 4-top on porch and a standard size picnic table outside (just a heads up depending on how large your group is and if you plan to have large dinners)

HomeAway management and home-owners were very friendly, accessible and responsive (had one small issue with stove that they addressed:) Overall, would definitely recommend this property to others!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pure Michigan vacation for 11!

  • 5 of 5

We did it -- 2 parents, 8 kids, and a mother-in-law! We loved our time at Fern Hollow. We made it work -- we all had comfortable beds to sleep in (2 babies in pack-n-plays that we brought), we shared that 1 bathroom (efficient!), and we used the picnic table and all chairs outside for meals. The bedrooms are walled off for privacy, but they are open to each other at the ceiling, so it was helpful to have fans to help provide white noise (there was at least one box fan there, but we brought a few of our own). Our teens loved having the sleeping pavilion to themselves, and our little girls loved the bunk beds. While it was challenging with so many little kids, we were grateful for no TV to actually unplug as a family for a week. The screen porch was fantastic, and the outdoor shower was a hit. The forest looked like something out of a movie (our kids pretended it was Endor from Star Wars), and we walked to the beach at least 2-3 times a day. The playground at the county park was fantastic for our kids as well. Another reviewer mentioned the charm of the cabin being straight out of Pinterest and we agree -- photo ops from every angle. Fern Hollow was the absolute perfect location -- short drive to either Saugatuck and Douglas or down to South Haven, and the proximity to the lake and county park was perfect. We caught the sunset every night from the boardwalk. Salt of the Earth in Fennville is a MUST VISIT restaurant. Thank you so much for letting us stay -- we hope to come back again sometime!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It's a nice place but smaller than appears...

  • 4 of 5

We liked the property, the owners / rental agent, the setting. Lots of character have gone into it. That said, should be clear this is a "cottage" not a home. And although you can find places for 8-10 people to sleep you will have some logistics issues around cooking and bathroom access. The kitchen is really "kitchenette". There is one "half bath". There is no real convenient place for a common meal for more than 4 or so people. And some of the beds are in pretty constrained places. Overall recommend it, just don't plan on more than 4-6 staying here in a practical sense.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great place to get away!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this property for a bachelor party thinking it would be a "summer camp" feel, and boy were we right. Bunk beds, a bunk house, a fire pit, nature trials, it had everything we were looking for. We very much enjoyed the character and charm of the property, and appreciated that the "little things" were well taken care of. This is an excellent property, we would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

We do not do check-in/check-out on Saturdays as it's a very busy day for our cleaning crew.

May require more than 4 nights, example: if we have a 5 night slot open.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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