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OVERLOOKING THE KALAMAZOO RIVER IN SAUGATUCK, MI IS HISTORIC TONAWANDA COTTAGE

Richard Doherty

Advertiser since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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OVERLOOKING THE KALAMAZOO RIVER IN SAUGATUCK, MI IS HISTORIC TONAWANDA COTTAGE

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Saugatuck / Douglas Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Private, 3 stories, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 riverside porches

This historic 3-level home with dock is nestled on the Kalamazoo River between Lake Michigan and downtown Saugatuck. Tonawanda, an Indian word meaning “bend in the river,” has large 2-story windows with magnificent views of the Kalamazoo River and Saugatuck’s Lake Michigan harbor entrance to the west and a wooded lot to the east.

Bask in the afternoon sun watching the sailboats and yachts slowly entering and leaving Saugatuck’s harbor. Wind down at the end of the day gazing at beautiful sunsets over the river and Lake Michigan on the open deck perched out over the bluff, or in the cooler screened porch.

Relax on our sea wall. Fish, canoe, or kayak the river. Better yet, dock your boat at our pier after a day on the water. You may dock for touring the harbor and channel or riding out to Lake Michigan. Your friends may dock while visiting you during your stay.

At night, the fire pit by the river’s edge is the perfect place to roast a marshmallow and enjoy the night skies.

See our website for even more information and views

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Richard Doherty (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 2012
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Speaks: english

About Richard Doherty

My husband fell in love with Tonawanda at first sight and we bought it in 1996. We loved its cozy, comfortable, spacious feel with its warm overtones and were intrigued by its history.

Through the years we have tried to respect the original design, intent, and integrity of the structure.

We hope you will enjoy staying in this architectural gem as much as we have.

Richard Doherty purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Richard Doherty chose Saugatuck / Douglas

Tonawanda was designed and built by Florence Ely Hunn. Known locally as Dannie Hunn, she was born in 1887 and died at 98 in 1984.

Following is a brief excerpt about her and this house from “A Pier Cove Designer and Architect Re-discovered” by Dr. James Schmeichen, 2010.

'In many of her works, interior and exterior, she made extensive use of various kinds of tiles... ...her genius with tiles is best seen in her most accomplished design, the Jordan-Porter “Tonawanda” cottage in Saugatuck, in 1927. This is probably the most radically designed cottage of the age in this area. Using dark brown glazed brick as structural blocks, this unusually tall cottage with gigantic windows, is perched high on a bluff overlooking the Kalamazoo River and Saugatuck’s Lake Michigan harbor entrance.

'The structure is interesting because it merges a rather traditional Arts and Crafts cottage with a historic English Tudor style, but with a modernist use of glazed bricks, oversized divided-light iron casement windows, and an open plan interior.It has been described by its present owner as having a rather monastic feel. Today it remains a seasonal structure because the owner does not want to disturb the original scheme.

'...We may say that Florence Dannie Hunn was truly an extraordinary woman. There is no doubt that she was a remarkable interior designer as well as a very interesting architect in an age when men controlled both professions...she managed to fashion an interesting and productive non-conformist private life for herself...Pier Cove (located a few miles south of Saugatuck) was her sanctuary.'

What makes this cottage unique

It's an incredible place to relax and enjoy the views, and it's just minutes to downtown Saugatuck shops, art galleries, restaurants, etc. Every day tension just melts away when you are staying at 'Tonawanda.'

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful time at TONAWAND! Thank you for the TERRIFIC accomadations OUTSTANDING!
Aug 2014
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Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Overlooking the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck, MI is historic TONAWANDA COTTAGE
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
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Overlooking the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck, MI is historic TONAWANDA COTTAGE
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10 out of 10

  • 5 of 5
All three couples loved TONAWANDA COTTAGE! The house was a 10 out of 10 and we really liked the warm feel of the house and the magnificent location.
  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing
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Overlooking the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck, MI is historic TONAWANDA COTTAGE
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p419445vb
+1 -(312) 560-3377
Saugatuck / Douglas Southwest Michigan
Chicago, Illinois
5

10 out of 10

  • 5 of 5
All three couples loved TONAWANDA COTTAGE! The house was a 10 out of 10 and we really liked the warm feel of the house and the magnificent location.
  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing
business
Overlooking the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck, MI is historic TONAWANDA COTTAGE
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p419445vb
+1 -(312) 560-3377
Saugatuck / Douglas Southwest Michigan
Carmel, IN
5

Great experience

  • 5 of 5
Loved the cottage and the setting. Would highly recommend.
  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Overlooking the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck, MI is historic TONAWANDA COTTAGE
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p419445vb
+1 -(312) 560-3377
Saugatuck / Douglas Southwest Michigan
5

Tonawanda Cottage

  • 5 of 5
The house is charming, in good condition and well-appointed. It would be helpful to know that there are many steep stairs to the water, as that may be a hindrance for some, but it's a lovely spot, very accessible to town, and it was great having the canoe and fire-pit at the dock side.
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Overlooking the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck, MI is historic TONAWANDA COTTAGE
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p419445vb
+1 -(312) 560-3377
Saugatuck / Douglas Southwest Michigan
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5

A Dream Come True

  • 5 of 5
My family and I spent a week at Tonawanda Cottage this past summer and it was perfection. Warm, inviting, and views that took our breath away. Staying in a historic site was a dream come true and my family and I plan on making this a yearly ritual. Thanks for making us feel at home and always being around when needed. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Marcos Sarris
  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.

Map

Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Tulip City Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.9 Miles
Phil's Bar and Grille
Nearest Ferry
0.8 Miles
Saugatuck chain ferry
Nearest Golf
1.3 Miles
Clearbrook Golf Club
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Holland Amtrack Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
I-96
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many Restaurants
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Oval Beach (by road)
Car: necessary

Nestled on the precipice of a tall sand dune near the mouth of the Kalamazoo River is an historic cottage called Tonawanda. Tonawanda is an Indian word meaning “bend in the river”. From this unique perch high above where the river turns, you can relax on the open deck, bask in the afternoon sun, and enjoy watching boat traffic up and down the channel from what locals call “The Big Lake” (Lake Michigan) to the quaint little towns of Saugatuck and Douglas. A long flight of stairs takes you down to the river’s edge.

The drive to downtown Saugatuck is about 5 minutes.

Oval beach is about 12 minutes away.

Chicago is 2 ½ hours to the loop.

Detroit is a little over 3 hours.

Saugatuck is titled by leading travel magazines the 'Art Coast of Southwest Michigan', the 'Cape Cod of the Midwest,' and is home to 'One of the Top 10 Beaches in the Country'. The Lake Michigan waters at Oval Beach are surrounded by sand, rolling dunes, and miles of stunning lakeshore.

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Rates & Availability

From $400 Per night

Saugatuck / Douglas Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring
May 1 2015 - May 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
$400
$2,800
 
 
Summer
May 22 2015 - Sep 8 2015
3 night minimum stay
$500
$3,500
 
 
Fall
Sep 9 2015 - Nov 2 2015
2 night minimum stay
$400
$2,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes 50% payment due at the time of booking with signed contract.
Contract may be sent electronically or by mail to:
Tonawanda Cottage
1000 Mason Street
Saugatuck, MI 49453

Balance due 30 days before arrival.
Payments can be made by check, credit card (MC/VISA), or PAYPAL.
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Amenities

Saugatuck / Douglas Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Clawfoot tub
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Clawfoot tub
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Outdoor Changing Room - outdoor shower
  • Three bathrooms with claw-foot tubs or walk-in showers.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Upstairs Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Shared bathroom
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master Bedroom with private bathroom, screened in porch.
    Downstair Bedroom - 1 queen , Private bath with walk-in shower, screened in porch.
    Upstairs Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Shared bathroom, tiny deck
  • King size bed (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 25 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Decks, large hammock for relaxing or sleeping under the stars, screened porch, dock, canoe (for adults only), fire pit by channel, gas grill, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, TV.

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