|Minimum Stay||3 - 90 nights|
It was this cottage(of our 2) that got the most attention last year with extensive remodeling. The new Shower Room in the lower level turned out very nice. New windows on both levels and some more paint dressed up the interior as well as outside. The outbuilding that we use for storage is sporting a new roof and front French door. Your visit will be comfortable and relaxed in this clean cottage dressed up with lots of antique furniture and is tastefully decorated.
Located on a beautiful sand-duned peninsula only a few yards from Pere Marquette Beach on Lake Michigan. About the same distance the other way are beaches on Muskegon Lake. Surrounded by decades old beech, oak, and maple trees in the historically famous Bluffton neighborhood. The yard is one of the largest in the vicinity. Perfect for kids to run around in view away from traffic. A partially covered patio in the back allows outdoor seating during the warm, summer rains. Have your morning coffee outside when the sun is first peeking through the trees. Coming home from the beach in the later afternoon is perfect with more shade & cool summer breezes off the lakes. Dinner inside, out, or at a nearby restaurant and seeing another awesome sunset ends a perfect day. Hi-Speed Wireless Internet. LED HDTV's in the Upper & Lower Levels. Central Air Conditioning keeps the cottage as comfortable as you want, no matter how hot it is outside. We're sorry for our potential guests that want to bring their family dog. We have a very strict policy of ABSOLUTELY NO PETS on our properties. NO EXCEPTIONS. Hopefully, you can find someone to keep an eye on them at your home. We can only accommodate our SUMMER Season guests from SATURDAY TO SATURDAY. It's very important that any guests or visitors SMOKE OUTSIDE ONLY.
Upper Level Living Area: Harvest Oak simulated wood flooring is in the living area & master bedroom of the Upper Level. Two antique, matching swag stained glass hanging lamps are at each end of the living room. An HDTV is mounted out of the way on the wall next to the couch & easy chair. The Flat Screen TV can be seen from any angle with it's 4 Way Mount. A Blu Ray DVD Player can provide your own personal movies. A nice stereo below the TV is also a docking station for you to charge your unit while playing your very own tunes. A desk with easy access plugs as your Charging Station is convenient in the Living Room. An antique quarter-cut oak pedestal table/4 chairs faces the yard & wildlife feeding stations. New windows have been added all around. The queen bed in the master bedroom has a nice wood headboard to match the 1920's antique dresser/mirror & bedside table. An antique student folding desk seat is nice for tying shoes or changing clothes. The 2nd bedroom has a large closet, dresser along-side adult sized bunk beds. The bath has a shower/tub, along with the sink/cabinet & stool. A list is on the fridge of all the items in the kitchen & where they are located. Everything needed in a kitchen is there. Also, a nice table with 3 cushioned chairs . The 4 burner stove/oven is gas.
Lower Studio Flat Amenities: This Area could almost be known as a 'Home within a Home' . It's a nice secluded getaway for adults or kids while having all the amenities of a much larger apartment or flat. The newer carpet is top quality. A beautifully finished antique chifferobe(chest of drawers with clothes hanging area & mirror) is our nicest antique furnishing. There are many more top quality antique furnishings throughout the cottage. The TV/Stereo cabinet area is located more out of the way and more visible on it's side to side swivel. A portable stereo/CD player is also provided. We also added new carpeting in the entrance area steps. The privacy this space can provide for that extra couple or In-laws to retreat to is handy. It could also be used as a 'master suite' with all the extra space besides the sleeping area. Another use could be as a separate area for the kids to watch their own tv programs. It's not advisable to leave kids in this area that need to be watched more closely. It has it's own private entrance from outside or can be accessed inside through the laundry room. Along with the sink in the kitcehette, there is a double laundry sink, a sitting only toilet/stool, large shower(newly remodeled), clothes washer & dryer.
Landscaping/Yard: We do some things to make the yard area better each year. We add more annuals & perennials. A wooden fence along the back border is nicely stained & looks great, while providing privacy. The rest of the plant life that fills in along the borders also give a natural privacy aspect. Although, the yard is one of the largest in the neighborhood , people walking by hardly notice it's being used with the greenery border growth. There is another area farther away from the cottage with a 2nd picnic table. We call this 'Boston's Nature Preserve'. Tiger Lillies surround this setting. Two bird feeding stations, corn holders for squirrels, & hummingbird liquid holder brings in an abundance of wildlife for some outstanding outdoor entertainment. The yard has sunny areas throughout the day, but is mostly shaded with the surrounding beech, oak, maple, & pine trees. An awning covers a large area of the patio off the back of the cottage. Off street parking for 2 cars.
Growing up in Speedway, IN and attending Ball State University was Stan's background before coming to Muskegon in 1968. After teaching, coaching, part time administrative duties at the High School & Middle School for about 30 years retirement came along.
Annie grew up in nearby Whitehall and graduated from Western Michigan University. She travelled all over the world spending most of her time in the Caribbean and ski areas out west in Colorado & Utah. She has been with Stan for over 2 decades.
They live only 1/2 mile from both cottages.
Stan & Annie Denman purchased this cottage in 1986
After 14 years of living all around the Muskegon Area Stan got his chance to buy a home in area that felt the most like home than anywhere else. Stan saw this property for sale & wanted to buy it, but it was already sold to someone else. Fortunately, Plum Hollow(next door) was put up for sale a few months later. That was in 1982. This cottage(Pedler's Paradise) was again put on the market and Stan didn't miss out this time in 1986. We spent several fun filled years living in Plum Hollow while having a son & his wife, as well as many other wonderful guests, stay in Pedler's Paradise.
The one characteristic that is most redeeming for this cottage, especially in the warm part of the year, is the large yard. Lots of room for kids to play or not feel your neighbors are on top of you. Other wonderful benefits would be it's close proximity to Lake Michigan and/or Muskegon Lake. It's very convenient to have both houses as an option for large or multiple families to stay at the same time and have lots of extra room inside & out. Having so many large trees(mostly Beech) around both properties provides lots of shade with lake breezes on hot summer days & nights.
Stan and Annie have made their cottages a home away from home. We had both cottages for our family of 10. Flowers, muffins and cherries greeted us. Our 3 year old granddaughter Abby said "I have flowers in my room cause I'm a girl..she loved it. The cottages are well represented by the photos -- the yard was terrific for the kids-13, 10 7 and 3. Stan had boogie boards and an inner tube for the kids and LOTS of beach toys. We had fire for smores at night in the fire pit..enjoyed the squirrels coming for their corn. Flowers in pots everywhere were lovely. Stan nicknamed us KC (for Karolyn and Carlo) and the Sunshine Family--we truly enjoyed the area. So much to do -- and Muskegon has made their city family friendly with parks everywhere..free parking at the beach too. We did the dunes, the amusement park and celebrated a 13th birthday at a terrific pizza restaurant that Stan recommended. He is available for advice at all times. I would come back here again--we loved it all.
We have stayed at this property several times. Our family truly looks forward to our yearly visit. The house is clean and has all the amenities of home. The yard is wonderful for kids and the proximity to Lake Michigan is perfect. There is so much to do in the surrounding area from the Farmer's Market to mini golf, movies and Michigan Adventure. Stan and Annie do everything they can to make our trip a memorable one. The kids are already counting down the days until we return again this summer!
OUR 4 WEEK STAY AT DEMMAN'S BEACH GROVE COTTAGE WAS ABOVE OUR EXPECTATIONS. BOTH ANNIE AND STAN WERE GRATIOUS
AND ACCOMODATING. THE COTTAGE WAS VERY CLEAN AND WELL KEPT. WITHOUT QUESTION A PLACE WE WILL BE BACK TO STAY.
This house has a very big and well-kept yard. The 100+ year house is very comfortable. Owners are very detailed and conscientious with the house as well as they want to make sure the renters feel at home. We were even given a bowl of cherries! It was nice to stay close to family and the lake.
The house was clean and my kids and I felt very comfortable there. The hosts were very accommodating. I packed way more than I needed; the house had all the extras from beach toys and chairs and towels to a blender, Keurig and spices. We especially loved how close it was to the beach, we spent hours there, it was never crowded. The sunsets were amazing.
We stayed there for a long weekend. The owner is very friendly and available as he lives just a few blocks away. We got locked out after a day at the beach and he was there to let us in quickly. Short walk to the beach. Great yard. Everything was clean. Freshly laundered towels and linens. House is a bit cramped, especially the kitchen, but it is a cottage. Overall it was a great value and we would stay here again.
A few steps out the door are nature trails through the dunes. The paved bicycle/walking trails are for easier going. The paved trails also link to the extensive Shoreline Trail System. A neighborhood walk or a little further stroll to Lake Michigan/Muskegon Channel can also prove relaxing. The most scenic is always a sunset walk on the Pere Marquette Beach or the boardwalk that borders it. Also, within walking distance are two beach & water front restaurants. The nicest is Dockers Fish House & Lounge that overlooks the Harbour Towne Yacht Basin. There's seating inside or out and an outdoor tiki bar. Beach volleyball leagues & open play most every weeknight along the beach. Events are held most weekends on or near the beach. Sailing races during the week and on many weekends are held on both lakes. Kite Flying or the more exhilarating Kite Boarding are done regularly.
Other Activities: Beach Volleyball, Miniature & Frisbee Golf, Batting Cages, Rollerblading & Skateboard Park, LST Ship night movies & Drive-in Theater, & Kite Boarding
Golf: Muskegon's 'Water's Edge' Visitor's Guide provides the most extensive list of area golf courses. We can familiarize you with the most popular or widely used links.
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
ABSOLUTELY NO PETS. NO EXCEPTIONS.
PRIMARY GUEST/RENTER MUST BE AT LEAST 25 YRS. OF AGE.
Total amount due when reserving less than 2 months before stay.
$75 Cleaning Fee
Property Damage Protection is refundable or nonrefundable through HomeAway/VRBO.
Payment terms will vary when paying by credit card. No extra charge if paying by e-check.
We request light cleaning before departure.