Saugatuck / Douglas house rental - Built in the 1870's, the 5-bedroom Great Lakes Manor House.
Built in the 1870's, the 5-bedroom Great Lakes Manor House.
 
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps14
  • 4 Bathrooms
Minimum Stay 2 nights
 

Saugatuck / Douglas House Rental Photos and Description
5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, sleeps 14

Relax and enjoy your carefree and elegant vacation rental in Saugatuck / Douglas Michigan, near the shores of Lake Michigan with a view of Saugatuck harbor. This historical home, built in the 1870's by shipbuilder James Tisdale, has been painstakingly restored to its former grandeur while providing modern conveniences and classic surroundings for today's vacation traveler.

Situated on the 'dunes side' of Saugatuck and nestled in a wooded area shaded by 100-year-old oak trees, the stately vacation rental home is lavishly bordered by lawn, bushes, and lovely flower gardens. Until recently the property was operated as a B&B (known as Deer Creek Cottages).

Newly reinvigorated, Great Lakes Manor and cottage rentals operates as an five-bedroom historical home and three cottages with own private bath, kitchenette, deluxe bedding and amenities. The informal country retreat is suitable for couples, families with children, and seniors.

The historical manor house has been lavishly appointed in muted hues, with a comfortable mix of antiques and traditional comforts in all living areas. The updated kitchen is fully-equipped to satisfy the most discriminating culinary talents. And the five guest rooms, named for each of the five great lakes (Superior, Michigan, Erie, Huron and Ontario) feature plush bedding and deluxe furnishings, and some feature personal tv's and/or fireplaces.

Close to the world-famous Oval Beach (rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 10 beaches and top 25 shorelines in the USA ) and within walking distance of the oldest operating chain ferry in the us, Great Lakes Manor is your perfect family vacation destination available for year-round rental.

Great Lakes Manor and cottages is a retreat for nature-lovers of all ages. It sometimes feels like a family reunion among perfect strangers. Children spy on deer, rabbits and turtles or play hide 'n seek with frogs in the garden pond. Parents relax in the backyard hot tub while steaks sizzle on the grill. Others read quietly on the manor's front porch while a perfectly content guest takes an afternoon nap in a tree-hung hammock.

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Our family acquired this property in late 2011 and commenced a major renovation and refurbishment project in time to accept our first guests in late Spring 2012.

We operate a few other luxury rental properties in other parts of the USA, and specialize in delivering a first-class rental experience for our guests, young and old.

Todd Smith purchased this house in 2011

We love the Saugatuck/Douglas area because of its proximity to major metropolitan areas such as Detroit, St. Louis and Chicago, because of the many fine restaurants and shops in the community, and also because of its active lifestyle and performing arts opportunities.

4 Reviews of Property 917273 in Saugatuck / Douglas, Michigan

Historic Great Lakes Manor Home with Hot Tub - 20% off thru 3/1/13
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
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Historic Great Lakes Manor Home with Hot Tub - 20% off thru 3/1/13
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p917273
+1 888 458-1113
Saugatuck / Douglas Southwest Michigan
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Beautifully & Completely Restored Manor Home - Luxurious Quality Comforts

Beautifully & Completely Restored Manor Home - Luxurious Quality Comforts
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
Our stay at Great Lakes Manor during late September 2013 was amazing! The Manor House is beautifully restored and extremely well maintained. You will thoroughly appreciate the high quality of finish throughout the house - from the crafted woodwork, impressive furniture, luxurious baths and overall decor. The bedrooms have very comfortable beds, special cotton linens and color coordinated accents. The kitchen is extremely well stocked with quality cookware/appliances/settings. Every furnishing is in top level condition!

The backyard offers a relaxing patio table that easily sits 8-12 people, there is an extra large hot tub with jets everywhere - bar-bq and lots of space off the patio to enjoy the mature trees and bubbling water feature.

Saugatuck is minutes away by car (or an easy walk) and Douglas is a wonderful short walk with many art galleries and two wonderful restaurants - Wild Dog Grille and Everyday People Cafe - but you shouldn't miss Zing Eat Drink restaurant for fabulous food and knockout drinks, not to mention the fantastic decor!

One week is minimum for this delightful area - beautiful towns, wineries, beach walks, 30-45 minute drives up to Holland, MI and Grand Rapids, MI would be a must - and DO NOT MISS the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park - a 132-acre botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park located in Grand Rapids, one of the more amazing outdoor/indoor public botanical/art facilities we have ever seen.

We can't wait to return - and of course - stay at Great Lakes Manor!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, which are especially appreciated as you seem to have captured the "essence" of what attracted us to this area, and this property, in the first place. With an abundance of activities, not just in the peak seasons of Spring and Summer, but also year-round, it really is a magical getaway area of the country.

And of course, your thoughtful comments on our efforts to restore and equip a historical, first-class home (and cottages) speak volumes. We've tried to anticipate most every need...by actually enjoying it ourselves! Our guests who stay with us here at GreatLakesManor and at our other property in Delaware (SeahorseCrossing) understand and enjoy our philosophy of creating opportunities for familial fun, adventure, and relaxation amidst unique, comfortable surroundings. After all, you're on vacation, right?

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future, where you'll notice some improvements we're scheduled to make during the off-season!
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Historic Great Lakes Manor Home with Hot Tub - 20% off thru 3/1/13
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p917273
+1 888 458-1113
Saugatuck / Douglas Southwest Michigan
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Close to everything, but still away from it all

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
We love the location of your place...close to downtown Saugatuck and Lake Michigan but off the busy streets tucked away in a peaceful setting. We enjoy getting on our bikes and riding down the street to Lake Shore Drive where we can leisurely take in the coastline. This last time we stayed, the weather was so beautiful that we spent time each day sitting relaxing by the pond and enjoying all the birds singing. Our cottage was so clean and fresh. We are definitely coming back!
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Historic Great Lakes Manor Home with Hot Tub - 20% off thru 3/1/13
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p917273
+1 888 458-1113
Saugatuck / Douglas Southwest Michigan
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Charming and relaxed getaway

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
Enjoyed a wonderful stay at Great Lakes Manor. The house and the grounds are beautiful and immaculately kept. The main house is very warm, charming and inviting.

Loved the tiled bathrooms--they're beautiful. And loved the large shower in the bathroom. The beds are very comfortable and large. Enjoyed eating breakfast out on the screened porch.

Took a nice nap in the hammock out by the delightful little frog pond. Enjoyed sitting in the hot tub after a long day of sight-seeing in the beautiful town of Saugatuck. And later enjoyed relaxing in the rec room with its comfortable sofas and foosball table.

There's a nice view of the harbor right outside the front door, and a nice secluded back area of the house with just trees around.

Todd has done a wonderful job remodeling the house and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a wonderful place to stay for a couple of days or an entire week!
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Historic Great Lakes Manor Home with Hot Tub - 20% off thru 3/1/13
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p917273
+1 888 458-1113
Saugatuck / Douglas Southwest Michigan
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Our first guests provided these comments

  • Submitted: May 23, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
We spent 4 nights at the Manor and the cottages for a family reunion. There were 15 of us total. Three flew in from Europa;one from New Zealand. We had considered a hotel earlier, but when we checked it out, we realized there is no cozy and convenient way to meet, chat, hang out and relax with each other in a hotel. This place was the absolute best place we could have picked for our stay. While some of us liked the privacy, they stayed in the cottages; others were more attracted to the ornate and very accommodating bed rooms with gorgeous bathrooms. The cottages have everything needed and the kitchen was well suited to accommodate all our needs with every possible supply thought of. The grounds of the place is very attractive with plenty of space and ambiance for large or smaller parties to chat and enjoy the quietness. The decoration of the Manor is distinctly Victorian and gives it an ambiance of the past that made our stay so special. Each cottage has its own deck with chairs. The restaurants in the area are superb. We can especially recommend Fennville Station in Fennville, a mere 10 minute drive. We had a superb dinner there in a refurbished 1940s railroad car. The Dutch Chef, Hans Riem is par excellence. Don't forget the deserts. They are the best. Saugatuck has great shopping. The beaches are excellent and very nice for long walks.
Helpful votes: 5/6