This time we stayed, we had friends staying in the house right across the street (same owners rent the house across the street too, so it's great for big groups who want to stay near each other but can't all fit in one house). Staying in the house this week were four couples and six kids from 2-6. We all had space to spread out if we needed to. Some of the friends across the street even came over a few nights for drinks and to sit around the fire on the back patio, and we didn't feel cramped at all!
On rainy days the kids had fun with the air hockey table downstairs and watching movies on the huge tv downstairs as it got dark.
Yes, there is only one shower, but the 14 of us have never had a problem all getting our showers in without any frustration. (And we've stayed there before with more adults--still no problem). Plus, the big tub upstairs is great for giving the kids a bath if someone else is in the shower downstairs. While the kids play in the water, parents can enjoy the lovely view of lake Michigan through the window above!
The picnic table outside is huge and can fit most of our group, plus there is another table on the deck which seats four, a kitchen table inside that can fit 4-6 (although we've often fit more people for poker games!), AND a big table in the basement.
While the kids played I loved sitting on the deck, reading a book in the sun. Later, we rented a Jeep at Parrot's Landing and drove around the dunes. Staying at Sahara Sands is the perfect combination of relaxation and fun!
We really had a wonderful time. I just got home yesterday and I can't wait to go back!