|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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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.
The king bed is in the basement. The owner calls it the lower level as it's a walk out basement. We found the property to have a musty smell. Our clean clothing in the suitcases had to be washed after arriving home as they had that odor. We found old wrappers and earplugs on the floor under one of the beds, dirty. We left early, only staying 4 of 6 nights. I would never stay here again.
Great location, nice yard. But you can find much better for your money.
It is not often I take the time to write a review, however we had to after our stay at this jewel of a property! We have traveled the world from five star exclusive resorts to other high end $3000.00 HomeAway properties, and they all lacked the level of care, kindness, beauty, personalized attention we found at Denman’s Beech Grove Cottages in Muskegon, Michigan.
From the back yard birds and squirrels to the care and kindness shown to our children as well as us, this is truly a cozy jewel of a property. This slice of heaven is tucked in solitude yet a stroll from excellent beeches ,lighthouses, restaurants , museums and more. The owners are extremely kind, warm, and caring yet so respectful it was amazing.
The property was immaculate, the cottage had everything including some amazingly unique trademarks! We will be recommending this property to all our friends and family. All our family could say about Denman’s Beech Grove Cottage was at the end of the week ………LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
The Prairie Shire
My family really liked this cute cozy cottage. The cottage was clean, comfortable, and stocked with everything we needed, even spices, flour, and cornmeal to cook the fish we caught in Muskegon Lake. Out teenage son liked having his own private living space in the finished walk-out basement. The yard is pretty big and full of squirrels and birds to watch while relaxing. Pere Marquette beach is just a 3 minute walk away and is one the nicest beaches we've been to. We could tell that Stan really wants his guests to have a great vacation. He takes excellent care of the property and was always ready with suggestions and information every time we asked. We would definitely rent this property again.
The property was clean, well kept and had all of the amenities you could ask for. The cost was a little steep, but the access to Lake Michigan made it worth every penny. We enjoyed a BBQ, fire pit, chairs and beach toys. Stan helped with attractions and even provided coupons to some of them. All in all, we had a wonderful week on Plum street.
We are a family of 4 and were very happy with our stay at the Denman's cottage. Everything was as described and we were really comfortable especially with the AC! The backyard is a bonus and our boys (ages 2 and 4 yrs) fully enjoyed the deer, squirrels and birds that visited. The AWESOME beach (Pere Marquette) is a short walk and is the best in the area (we explored many during our stay). So many easy to get to parks and dune adventures made our boys quite happy. A favorite treat was soft serve at the local "Cove" stand. We even managed a trip to close-by Michigan Adventures and blueberry picking. This was our first time vacationing with the boys without extended family and it was truly a delight. The Denmans do an excellent job with maintaining their property and you can tell they really care and want you to have a great time away from home.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
LATE FALL 2016
Oct 5 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
|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.