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Private Cottage w/Wood-Burning Fireplace, WiFi, and Lakefront Access
If you've ever imagined having your own low-key cottage on the lake, Beach Cottage is a great place to live out that dream. Tucked away in a vibrant woodland, this wonderful cottage is a perfect escape from the day-to-day. Dine-in on the four-season porch with views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding trees. Gather with your group by the fireplace to enjoy a nice chat with them as you plan tomorrow's adventures. Enjoy days at the beach and nights around the firepit or grilling in the gas grill available. The views from the top of the bluff are priceless and the sound of the waves makes this home a very relaxing getaway.
What’s nearby: You’ll find Saugatuck and Douglas less than six miles to the north or South Haven 15.6 miles to the south. There you can enjoy the shops, restaurants, art galleries, and more. Douglas and Oval beach are also within six miles.
Things to know: Free WiFi Full kitchen Full sofa bed
This property is managed by Vacasa Michigan LLC.
No pets are allowed at this vacation rental.
This rental is located on floor 1.
Parking notes: This property offers parking for up to 4 vehicles. Please park 2 vehicles side by side on the south side of the home. A third vehicle will park in the driveway and the fourth vehicle park in the space in front of the home when you first pull in the driveway. Please do not park on the lawn. Unauthorized parking can result in property damage, frustrated neighbors, and in some cases revocation of rental certificate. For these reasons, it's paramount that you follow the parking instructions at all times or you will be towed.
You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.
Washer/dryer : Private
Heating & cooling
Kitchen & dining
Internet : Xfinity
Cable : Xfinity
Gas grill : Private
Safety & accessibility
Karla C.May 2022
The house was amazing. It was beyond our expectations: well stocked with dishes, towels, supplies, etc. And very clean, and right on the bluff. We would suggest the driving directions be revised and let the guests know to bring good bug spray as the ticks were very hungry. Thank you for the wonderful vacation home.
Francesca R.Mar 2022
The pics are a little dated but the house is still very much what you see. Absolutely a great location and the property has a wonderful set up. They do need to update a few items (the dishwasher needs to be replaced and the fireplace definitely needs to be chimney swept) but the house is as advertised. We have visited this same house now in the months of January, March and August. Summer is definitely the best because of the location/beach/water but we have really enjoyed it every time thanks to the property and location. Will likely pick a new house next time as our family is growing but 6 will work very comfortably, 8 is a stretch due to the sleeper sofa being right in the middle of the house.
Darcy S.Nov 2021
THE VIEWS! Lake Michigan never disappoints, and this property’s location is outstanding.
Elaine B.Sep 2021
The location of this house is great and we thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor space: firepit, chairs, picnic table and stairs down to the beach. We also liked the many windows in the back porch and the large table and sitting area. The house itself is pretty basic/small. Rooms are as shown in pictures. There is minimal furniture in the bedrooms and no closets in 2 of the bedrooms. The listing states 3 queen beds, but it seems that 2 of the rooms’ beds are only full size. Plus, the beds are very soft, so you tend to roll to the middle. I brought this to Vacasa’s attention. They stated that they measured the beds as 80x60. We find that very hard to believe. Lastly, when we arrived, the house was very clean except the wood floors, which had many sticky spots and were very dirty.
Thomas L.Aug 2021
Loved the view and the "private" beach. Very serene and beautiful. Beach House is rustic and unassuming.
Erin C.Aug 2021
The view of the lake is immediate and incredible. The location of the house is wooded enough to feel private, but not too much to feel isolated. Close to town for last minute purchases. The stairs to the beach are in great condition, maybe needing a little weed-whacking. The house was in great condition. Very relaxing vacation.
Brad M.Aug 2021
Needs a hose to wash your feet before coming back into the house with sandy feet.
keith b.Jul 2021
We have rented homes from St. Joseph, Mi to Holland on the lakeshore. ; great things about this home:
1. Very isolated; you feel like you are the only family in the area
2. Cozy little home, great for one family of 4 or 5. Three bedrooms and two well appointed bathrooms. Very functional kitchen, large great room and very nice enclosed porch for dining with views of the lake.
3. Lots of steps to the beach, but stairway is new and well built and easy for this 66 year-old to negotiate.
4. Nice beach (increasingly rare for southwestern Michigan these days due to extensive erosion). We saw only two other people while down there.
5. Vacasa does an excellent job of managing the place: clean and stocked with quality linens and towels.
Lisa F.Jun 2021
It's definitely a cabin in the woods. The price is a little high for the dwelling. The backyard consists of weeds, tall grasses and sand. The inside is pretty good. Definitely needs an update. Toaster is. yucky, chairs are well-worn. I gave it a 4 because of the location and it has A/C. You literally have your own private beach with a walk down about 70 stairs. After you eat ice cream at Kilwin's nightly, you can work it off coming back up the stairs. I left my Apple Watch there so still waiting on it's return. Let's hope someone finds and returns it to me.
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us, Lisa. We are glad you enjoyed this location and we appreciate you letting us know there is room for improvement. We are happy to learn that your watch was found and you were able to pick it up. We hope to have another chance to impress you in the future!
kate c.May 2021
The Beach Cottage is ideally situated up on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. It is well stocked and provides most amenities; maybe a small bundle of kindling would be helpful to start the fire in the fireplace. It was welcoming, incredibly clean, and the porch was a big plus: it allowed us to hear the waves and experience the outside even though we had a light rain for a bit. I don't think it's a good place for little kids, however. While there's a fence, I would worry about someone falling and it would take constant supervision. The 3 bedrooms are cozy but on the small side; perfect for three friends to have a getaway. I'd recommend bringing portable soccer chairs to sit on the beach as none are provided. Fennville had a great coffee shop and gallery combined - we also drove the short distance to charming Douglas which was less hectic than I imagine larger Saugatuck would be.
All in all, I'd definitely recommend the Beach Cottage!
Hello, Kate! We're delighted to hear that you had a wonderful stay in this charming beach cottage! We appreciate this valuable feedback and your suggestions and have passed them to the local manager for review. We look forward to hosting you again, in the future, for another memorable getaway!
Brian C.Apr 2021
The property is facing west and the sunsets are marvelous. There are about 70 stairs to access a beach where erosion has really affected the area. When it’s high tide, there may be challenges accessing the sandy shore. The home is as advertised and comfortable. We had some challenges with checking-in and there wasn’t any outdoor chairs for us to hang around the fire pit. Our 7 and 4 year olds had a great time wading in Lake Michigan and that’s all that mattered to us.
Charlotte C.Mar 2021
Lovely house with amazing views! Super quiet and relaxing place to unwind. Great even in the winter!
Mary Ellen S.Feb 2021
The cottage was just what we wanted for our winter getaway! It was comfortable, not just physically, but atmospheric as well. The views of the sky at night, the lake, the property itself. Our dog loved running in the snow and then curling up inside. The biggest delight was the porch...all the windows and it was warm on very cold days. Can't wait to book it again!
Emily D.Jan 2021
We stayed here for a few nights with our dog in early January (brrr) just for a change of scenery and the quality of the heating and insulation was fabulous given the time of year. Despite it being windy and cold at the shoreline, the house could not have been more comfortable. The heated 4-season room on the lakeside of the house is really wonderful and the fireplace was great. Location could not be more convenient and easy to find. It's a super quick little drive to Fennville, Douglas and Saugatuck for anything you need and there's a gas station with supplies and firewood less than a mile from the house. Beds were surprisingly comfortable and everything seemed very clean. A few good-to-knows: The nextdoor neighbors are very close, like within 50 yards and they do have two dogs who we only saw once and they were supervised but off leash in their yard with no boundary between the properties. Was not an issue at all, but important for anyone with one or two dogs to know that you don't have a lot of space in that regard. Other noteworthy thing is that the cliffside/stairs down to the shore is not for the faint of heart, especially when it's windy. The owners clearly take exceptional care of everything and make sure things are secure and safe. But anyone with height or vertigo issues or instability on their feet will likely struggle. Overall, great place for a beach getaway at any time of year.
Francesca R.Jan 2021
The rental property was even nicer than the pictures in the as (the lake view and clear weather/sunrise and sunset didn’t hurt!!), the place was clean and well cared for. Everything was well stocked: plenty of pots and pans, sundries and general house supplies. The only request I would have is maybe a later check out on Sunday as it was a bit difficult to get everything packed and leave, mostly because we had such a good time the night before. We certainly hope to book again soon.
KAY R.Oct 2020
This beach cottage sets on top of a hill with fabulous lake views. There is plenty of room for a family to spread out and offers all the comforts anyone would need.
Joseph H.Aug 2020
The view alone is worth it- amazing sunsets. We loved relaxing in the Adirondack chairs on the deck below. We loved eating dinner at the picnic table and having bonfires as well.
Amy W.Aug 2020
Really cute house right on the lake. It was perfect for a pandemic-friendly group getaway. The house is definitely cozy for 8 adults but the outdoor space is wonderful. Stairs down to the lake have a small private landing—not exactly a "beach" but perfect for watching sunsets and quick swims when the water isn't too choppy.
Kim M.Jul 2020
This house was very clean and good size. The lake view was awesome and it did have lake access. There are 60 steps, when you get to the top you can feel your thighs burn. It gets better after you do it a couple times or if you are in shape! When you get down the steps there is a nice deck with 2 chairs, looks like this was just completed and is very well done. You can get into the lake at the end of some concrete steps, I would recommend water shoes as there are rocks where you get in. There is sand when you get further into the lake. My 13 year old son did get in without shoes and it wasn’t too bad. All in all this house was a great place to stay. Loved the fire pit and they even provided wood.
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, Kim. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit! The homeowners enjoy receiving guest’s feedback in order to continue to deliver excellent service. This home’s kitchenware and beach amenities have recently been upgraded for our guest’s enjoyment. We look forward to your next stay, thank you!
Colleen M.Jun 2020
The beach cottage was everything we were expecting and hoping for plus more. The property provides the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the lake!! We enjoyed sunset while relaxing at the fire pit. The house had everything we needed for our stay. You know it is good when people start planning to do it again. Thanks
Beautiful house and amazing location. The beach house was perfect. We had an amazing view over Lake Michigan with a different sunset view each night while we were there. The house was perfect and we loved grilling and enjoying fires in the fire pit. We loved our stay at the Beach Cottage. It was a very nice cottage and the views of the Lake Michigan sunsets were amazing and different each night. The cottage was centrally located between South Haven, Douglas, Saugatuck and Holland. We had a great time! Thanks so much.
Dennis Filby .Jul 2017
Cottage was as described. My wife & I were pleasantly surprised on how clean & well maintained the property was.We will be returning to the Beach Cottage. Alyssa was very helpful & was able to answer all of our questions. The private beach was wonderful.
Jacquline Jeffery .Jul 2017
It was amazing - Everything was perfect and the views were spectacular