"Our family group of 14/15 people, including six children ages 1 to 11 stayed for a week in mid-August and found a very welcoming environment for a family retreat. There is room for everyone to be together and to separate into the various rooms if they wish. It is a quality-built house on a large and beautiful propery and nicely furnished. There is a huge outdoor dining table and chairs. The pool chairs are a nice quality and the property is fully stocked with outdoor games, plenty of pool equipment, a cook's kitchen, endless towels and pretty much anything else that comes to mind. We bought some wood and enjoyed s'mores sitting around the outdoor fire pit, and the huge barbecue was more than adequate for our group. The pool is large and well-maintained, as is the hot tub. I am glad we opted for the warmer pool temperature: no one ever felt chilled.
Jayne, the house manager, greeted us on our arrival and came to clean the pool again during our stay. She was very pleasant and immediately responsive when the propane tanks became empty.
We went peach and berry picking a short distance away and gorged on the best store-bought pies we ever had from Cranes down the road. There was a dune buggy ride, a Critter Barn in Zeeland, free concerts in the parks, plus many other activities in addition to the beaches at Saugatuck and South Haven. The house and the area were excellent choices for us.
The bathrooms were all in excellent condition and pretty. There isn't one in the basement and the one off the kitchen is small so the master with the jacuzzi and walk-in shower was in great demand. It didn't matter at all.
The one negative would be the air circulation when the air conditioner is on.
The basement has no vents and is frigid, although we managed to play ping pong often and the children ran around a lot down there. There were blankets enough so that everyone was warm for sleeping.
The second floor, with 8 people couldn't be properly cooled. I closed all first floor vents, covered them to force the air upstairs and kept a large fan at the top of the stairs to bring up the cool air. There are also ceiling and portable fans. To keep the second floor cool enough for sleeping, the main floor had to be set at 69 degrees at all times. I couldn't not mention this but don't want it to be over-emphasized because this really is a lovely property and I would would not hesitate to use it again and to recommend it to our friends.
A wonderful choice!"
Guest: Paulette M.
Date of Stay: August 2016
Review Submitted: September 1, 2016