About the property
- House4500 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
3 Full Master Suites, (1 on each floor) 3 Guest Bedrooms, 4-1/2 Baths. Sleeps 14
Come and be our guests in this exquisite home for the vacation of a lifetime! Once here, you will quickly understand that this place was never meant to be rented and has the deliberate feel of a cozy family retreat. Our 5,000 sq.ft. beach house is nestled on a wooded dune with 100' of secluded sandy Lake Michigan beach (private). Enjoy relaxing, socializing or private time on the the oversized, wrap around front porch and watch the sunset. This will probably be the place that you spend the most time. There are 3 Master Suites, 1 on each floor for maximum privacy. Each has it's own full bathroom. There are also three additional bedrooms with a shared bath for more guests. Main floor has an open, well stocked, gormet kitchen, a dining and living room with gas fireplace. The lower level has a brand new (2012) Media/Game Room with a large flat screen tv, Professional ping pong table and a Golden Tee Video game.
**This is a custom built home with many high end amenities, therefore, we would prefer certain clientele who will appreciate the amenities and care for them as if they were their own. The Security Deposit will be strictly enforced for damage & excessive cleaning. We do not allow pets or fireworks and smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property. Thank you.**
Walk across a ravine by foot bridge on the property, go down 75 steps and you are on beautiful Lake Michigan. An outdoor shower is on the beach with a deck & many chairs.
The western Michigan town of Montague -- which shares the shores of White Lake and Lake Michigan with the Whitehall township -- offers plenty of outdoor tourist attractions; these include numerous lakeside beaches and parks. Montague traces its history to 1812, and hosts a selection of cultural artifacts and oddities. Travelers might visit numerous additional attractions in Whitehall, about a mile away.
Those looking for lakeside activities -- such as boating, fishing, hiking and water sports -- need look no further than Maple Grove Park, sunbather-friendly Medbury Park or the municipal boat-launch on Ramp Road. Meinert Park offers 67 campsites overlooking Lake Michigan and the Little Flower Creek. The inland Montague Township Park provides a quiet place for baseball games, picnics and family activities. Golfers can tee off at Montague's Old Channel Trail Golf Course, a 27-hole public venue with an on-site driving range and golf shop.
Culture and Entertainment
The Montague City Museum on Meade Street displays local cultural artifacts and relics from the logging industry. Also included is a dress worn by Nancy Ann Fleming, a former Miss America born in Montague. Dowling Street hosts the world's largest weathervane, which stands 48 feet high, spans 14 feet and weighs 4,300 lbs. On Ramp Road, the Montague Band Shell is home to free live concerts every Tuesday evening from June through August.
Montague's dining scene skews toward locally owned establishments, such as the casual Dog 'n Suds Drive-In, Book and Nook Java Shop serves a quick cup of coffee or lunch. For more extensive dining options, travelers must turn to Whitehall. The town hosts about a dozen restaurants that feature entrees ranging from barbeque to seafood.
Montague/Whitehall: Downtown Montague and Whitehall is a short 15 minute drive and offers the following: Coffee Shop/Book Store with Wi-Fi Yoga and Massage Studio Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Grocery Store Arts Council Farmers Market (Wed & Sat) Dog n’ Suds Drive In Ship Store Camp Ground Mini Golf Ice Cream Bakery Natural Foods Store Restaurants Antique Stores Library City Parks & Marina Boat Rentals Cocerts at the Band Shell on Tuesday evenings Michigan's Adventure (Amusement & Water Park) Double JJ Ranch Horseback Riding
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- Apr 09, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
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Our family vacations on Lake Michigan every summer. This is by far the most beautiful house we have stayed at. As you pull into the driveway you know you are in for something special. The house is huge and wonderfully decorated. It has a very cozy and homey feel to it. The covered porch is the best part of the house. There is enough seating out there for 14 or more people to comfortably sit. When the weather is rainy or cloudy you still get to be outside enjoying the view of the lake and the fresh air. The view of the lake from the back of the house is great. Although you cant see the beach from the house. The neighbors are very friendly and generous with their beach toys for kids.
The basement is where our 8 children spent most of their time. They have a full size ping pong table and multiple arcade style games down their with a huge couch and 60 inch tv with cable. We had multiple families staying with us and not once did we feel crowded. There is enough space to get away to a private area whenever you want.the kids also enjoyed the childrens outside play house and full size playset. There was not much beach this year but not many spots on Lake Michigan have beaches the last few years. This was not an issue as we still had enough space to sit back from the waters edge and enjoy.
We were very grateful that the house supplies you with all of the little things. Cleaning supplies, garbage bags, hand soap, toilet paper, paper towel. And there is enough for the whole week. We have never stayed in a house that includes all of this. They have plenty of towels and beach towels for the entire house. Also extra linens and blankets for the cold nights. You do have to wash anything extra that you use and put it away before you leave. I suggest starting laundry friday morning to get it all done. We had 14 people stay with us and it takes a lot of loads to get it all clean. The washing machine is not very big.
My husband is a chef and we cook very elaborate meals. There was nothing that we needed. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything and the grill outside is large and works great. Plenty of dishes and cups and silverware.plan your meals ahead as the grocery store is a full 20 minute drive. We brought most of our groceries with us before we got there and were thankful that we did.Our family cant wait to come back next year.
Big Blu is as advertised, would rent again.
We rented Big Blu for a three-generation, family vacation. We had 6 adults, and two kids, ages 1 - 64. There were more beds than we needed, but each child had their own room and each family had a private bath. We wanted to be close enough to extended family in the area so they could come visit us. Big Blu is well cared for and in excellent condition. This isn’t your standard cottage, it’s a lovely home. As such, there are some strict rules, but nothing we couldn’t live with. One must treat a rental as if it were your own.
Big Blu was clean and shiny upon check in with all beds made and a welcome bottle of wine! The amenities are above and beyond including some you would not expect to be provided for the whole week: toilet paper, paper towels, foil, plastic bags, trash bags, basic spices. There was nothing that we needed that wasn’t there. They even provide beach towels. The swing set and play house were fun for the kids. The basement game room was great for the adult kids. It was nice not having to bring beach chairs with us. They are provided as well.
The 75 stair walk down to the beach was good exercise. There is a landing half way for a rest stop. There are several locations to view sunset which was always different. The covered wrap around porch was the best “room” in the house - for coffee, cocktails, dinner, or watching the one storm roll in. The beach on this part of Lake Michigan varies depending on water levels. We lucked out with a nice roomy shore.
This is not a critique of the house, just helpful info to pass on. Cell service near the lake is spotty, but the house wifi worked great and there is a house phone with free long distance. Hint: beware picking up Wisconsin satellite and your phone adjusts to Central Time Zone.
Many thanks to Rhonda (property manager), who always responded to my questions promptly. In addition she provided lots of extra information - things to do, local calendar and activities, restaurants, grocery stores and fun places to visit nearby. We know the area well, but it is great to have all the information in one place.
We do not come to Lake Michigan every year, but we all agreed, we would rent Big Blu again.
Great Lake House!
Every year or two we have a family reunion of sorts that includes my family of 6 (4 kids ages 8, 6, 4, 2), my parents and my sister's family of 4 (2 kids ages 6 and 2). This house was perfect for this group! 3 master suites so each couple could have their own. There were three rooms for cousins to bunk and have sleepovers, including a crib for the littlest. Each room was well appointed and there was plenty for the kids to do. The ravine was initially a concern as another reviewer mentioned, but the kids never went near it. The landscaping makes it hard to get to the edge, and there are great pathways with railings and the stars to the beach are well built and easy to navigate. The water was very high this year so the beach space was tiny, but it was enough for our crew and we found more open beach by walking down a bit. We did the beach every day and the kids enjoyed the swing set and playhouse. This was an expensive rental, but you get what you pay for. We will definitely rent this house again for our next Michigan reunion!
The house was perfect for the three families that were spending the week together. Each couple had their own room and bathroom, the male children had a room, and the female children had a room, and there was still an extra room for their "kids club." The house was beautifully appointed and had everything we needed. It was very clean and well taken care of. We only left the property once. There was plenty to do on site with the game room, play house, swingset, beach, and of course the porch where we could sit and drink our coffee while listening to the birds or watching the sunset. The only think that was disappointing was that the beach was almost nonexistant. Due to high water levels the wide beach shown in the pictures of the property was all underwater. If we had known the beach would be so small we might have chosen a different property for our gathering. If the beach returns, however, we would definately go back another year.The kids want to make it an annual tradition!
Perfect Michigan Vacation!
We traveled from California to meet my family who still lives in Detroit for a week at Big Blu. The house is immaculate, and very well done. It has everything you could ever want or ask for. The kids (we had 5 in total) made a non-stop loop from the back porch to the awesome beach below.
House - Perfect. Out of a magazine.
Beach - Excellent. Nice and sandy (no rocks)!
View - Tremendous. Different amazing sunset each night.
You have to be prepared to make a trek into town if you want to go to dinner or the store. You are out a ways, but that really only makes the setting all the better. So beautiful. Make me proud to be from Michigan.
Lastly, I must mention the house manager, Rhonda. She is the sweetest and most professional person I have ever met in this business. She was ready and willing to help with any questions or smallest of problems. She and her daughter actually drove me back to the Muskegon airport on Saturday morning. That is service!
We are so happy you and your family had a wonderful stay at Big Blu. We really try to exceed your expectations of a vacation rental and it sounds like we hit the mark! It was a pleasure meeting all of you! We would love to have you back again next year :) - Rhonda
Breathtaking Views, Sure to Make Many Memories
From the moment of driving down the lane of Big Blue through the tall grasses and seeing the house, I knew I had chosen the perfect house for our family vacation. The home was well laid out with more than enough space for our family of 10. With the three master suites, bunk room and Cinderella Bed (a favorite hangout spot) we all had perfect choices. The home had all the amenities needed and more. The kitchen was great to fix large breakfasts each morning. Walking out back on the wrap around porch was priceless. The view of the lake was breathtaking. We so much enjoyed the hammock for reading, relaxing, and taking naps (although often interrupted by the little ones who wanted to join). The play set and play house was a place our children spent much of their time while not off seeing the sites. We enjoyed a ride on the dunes, visiting the petting farm, eating and drinking the unlimited chocolate milk at the dairy farm, jumping at Kangaroo Jump House and dining at Harborside Grill (which had fabulous food), playing golf, and touring historic homes. We also found road side stands to purchase fresh eggs. I don't believe we missed a single night of the unimaginable sun sets. Each one was more beautiful than the one before and right out the back door. On the deck or at the beach the view was great for our group pictures. The children swam everyday no matter the temperature of the water. We built sand castles, played Frisbee, football and flew kites. The steps to the lake were even well navigated by the little ones. We did feel however that the kids in our group were too young for the house (2,3,4&4) We weren't able to relax like we might have liked because we were worried that something might get damaged, stained or broken. The house was a little fancy for our rambunctious group of youngsters. Some items of value were worrisome to us. It was sometimes stressful to adhere to the rules of no eating outside of the kitchen and dining room. The only adult criticism would be that we were not able to have drinks in the basement game room. Overall, the house was amazing and the location was nice and quiet. We would highly recommend Big Blue for a luxury get away for families with kids ages six and up (or a baby who can't yet make messes). Rhonda met us at the time agreed upon and was very helpful in showing us around before leaving us to enjoy the week. Big Blue is a place we will always remember and would love to revisit.
The western Michigan town of Montague -- which shares the shores of White Lake and Lake Michigan with Whitehall -- offers plenty of outdoor tourist attractions; these include numerous lakeside beaches and parks. Montague traces its history to 1812, and hosts a selection of cultural artifacts and oddities. Travelers might visit numerous additional attractions in Whitehall, about a mile away. Outdoors Those looking for boating, fishing, hiking and water sports -- need look no further look than Maple Grove Park, sunbather-friendly Medbury Park or the municipal boat-launch on Ramp Road. Meinert Park offers 67 campsites overlooking Lake Michigan and the Little Flower Creek. The inland Montague Township Park provides a quiet place for baseball games, picnics and family activities. Golfers can tee off at Montague's Old Channel Trail Golf Course, a 27-hole public venue with an on-site driving range and golf shop.
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$1,000 Security Deposit is Due Upon Booking Final Payment for Rentals during Summer 2016 will be due by May 1, 2016 We accept Checks only