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This Small Cottage Has A Big Yard And Is A Short Walk To Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom/2 Bathroom With Lower Studio Flat(Next Door To Our Property #114779)

Summer 2017 will be our 14th year hosting travelers. Our Pedler's Paradise Cottage is very cozy and less than a 5 minute walk to award winning, uncrowded Pere Marquette Beach on Lake Michigan to watch some of our fabulous sunsets. The sunrises each morning over Muskegon Lake are also less than a 5 minute walk with your coffee in hand. The large, well kept yard is perfect for families with small kids needing room to play close-by safely and within view. Your visit will be peaceful and relaxed in this very clean cottage dressed up with lots of antique furniture and tastefully decorated. We take a lot of pride in how well we can do our part to make sure all our guests have a wonderful vacation with lots of good memories.

Our two side-by-side cottages are located on a beautiful sand-duned peninsula and are also surrounded by decades old beech, oak, and maple trees in the historically famous Bluffton neighborhood. The yard is one of the largest in the historic Bluffton Neighborhood. 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. Sit outside in the morning and watch the sun 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 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 stereo below the TV is also a docking station for you to charge your unit while playing your very own tunes. The 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. The is a queen bed in the master bedroom and a wood 1920's antique dresser/mirror & bedside table. A student folding desk seat is nice for getting dressed or ready for bed. The 2nd upper level bedroom has a large closet and dresser along-side adult sized bunk beds. The bath has a shower/tub, along with the sink/cabinet & toilet. A list is on the fridge of all the items in the kitchen & where they are located. Everything needed in a kitchen is there or handy to get from the kitchenette in the lower level. Also, a nice table with 3 cushioned chairs in the kitchen looks over the back covered part of the patio. The 4 burner stove/oven is gas. It is not a large refrigerator, but ample enough to hold plenty of needed supplies. The small refrigerator on the lower level gives enough space for the overflow.

Lower Studio Amenities: This Area could almost be known as a 'Home within a Home' . Technically, it is considered what's known as a "Daylight Basement". The east side facing the yard is about 1/2 below grade & 1/2 above grade. The entry to the front apartment area is four steps, as is the entry in the back to the laundry room. The back entry also can access the kitchen on the upper level. The lower level is a small, but nice secluded getaway for adults or kids. The easily accessed area from inside or out would not be very good for children that can't be left alone. It is carpeted in the sitting/sleeping area. For those taller than 5'7", there are a couple lower archways that require bending over to not make contact with. This is not a big problem, but necessary to be aware not hit your head. There is also a slight step-up from the sitting area to the Kitchenette. 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 with it's side to side swivel is easily viewed in the sleeping/sitting areas. A portable stereo/CD player is also provided. The privacy this space can provide for another guest or two to retreat to is handy. The queen bed is also a comfortable place to watch your favorite, late night TV programs. It's also a nice area for the older kids to watch their own tv shows. It's not advisable to leave young 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 under the stairwell, and a large shower, and the clothes washer & dryer.

Landscaping/Yard: We do some things to make the yard area better each year. We would like to add more annuals & perennials, but the voracious deer make it a real challenge. A wooden fence along the back border is great for helping provide privacy. The bamboo plants that fill in along the back border also give a natural privacy feel. The yard is one of the largest in the neighborhood. There is another area 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 provide a close-up view of the abundant 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. Our yard maintenance service does stop by around mid-day to water and refill the wildlife feeding stations if needed. Wood stove ashes are properly disposed of for your convenience. This is all done with minimal intrusion. You might not see anyone unless you spend all your time at the cottage. An awning covers a large area of the patio off the back of the cottage. Off street parking for 2 cars. Street parking is legal and safe.

More Details

Stan Denman
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, Minimal Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2017

About Stan Denman

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 and Stan have been together for almost 30 years.

They live only 1/2 mile from both cottages.

Stan Denman purchased this cottage in 1986

Why Stan Denman chose Muskegon

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 Cottage.

What makes this cottage unique

The one characteristic that is most redeeming for this cottage, especially in the warm part of the year, is the large, side yard. Lots of room for kids to play and 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.


Beachwood-Bluffton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Sink w/cabinet & medicine cabinet included
    Bathroom(lower level) - toilet , shower , Toilet is sitting only-double laundry & kitchette sinks
  • The bathroom in the upper level has the tub/shower, toilet, & sink. The lower level has a sit-down toilet beneath the stairs, a shower, and a double laundry sink in the Laundry room area. Another sink is located in the Kitchenette. It is like having another full bath in the lower level. The ironing board & iron can be left up in this area without being in the way.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • The Master Bedroom has a Queen bed. Second Bedroom has a large bunk bed. These are located on the upper level along with a Full Bathroom & Kitchen. The Laundry Room is in the lower level in the back of the house. The back outdoor entrance goes up to the Kitchen or down to the Laundry Room(toilet, shower & double laundry sink). The front part of the lower level is similar to a studio apartment. It can be entered from the outside by a covered entry-way near the front & side of the home. The lower apartment can also be entered from the Laundry Room inside. The U-shaped finished/mostly carpeted area has a bed, chair, tv, chifferobe, & small bench seat. The knotty pine Kitchenette has a sink, microwave, & small fridge/freezer. Kitchenette also has a table & 2 chairs. The upper level knotty pine Kitchen has a table with 3 chairs. The Living Room has a table with 4 chairs overlooking the side & front yards. TVs are in upper & lower level. Several antique furnishings.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
There are beds to accommodate 6 people. The lower level is like a separate living quarters, such as a Studio Apartment. It has it's own separate entrance, yet it is still part of the upstairs & can be accessed easily enough from the inside.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

This Small Cottage Has A Big Yard And Is A Short Walk To Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.793103 based on 29 reviews

Above, & Beyond all expectations AAA+++ A jewel.

  • 5 of 5

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!

Warmest regards,

The Prairie Shire

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A true gem!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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  • 5 of 5



  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Relaxing and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Cozy home near amazing beach

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Great location and friendly owners

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Anonymous Thank you for all the wonderful compliments regarding our cleanliness, friendly service, and extra amenities. The large yard & close proximity to Lake Michigan is a wonderful asset. As I said before your stay, our cottage would not be a good fit for 3 Adults and 4 Children. You insisted that this would not be a problem for all of you. Your cleanliness, good communication, and remodeling suggestions were appreciated. It is very satisfying to know you felt your money was well spent and you would consider us for another stay.
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Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Beachwood-Bluffton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 2 2017 - May 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 25 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 16 2017
5 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $75
Tax Rate 5.0%

Total amount due when reserving less than 2 months before stay.
Property Damage Protection is refundable or nonrefundable through HomeAway/VRBO/VacationRentals.
The cc fee for the weekly stays will be $60.00. Shorter term will be less.
We encourage the use of E-checks, instead of a credit card to save money.
It is necessary to let us know ahead of making a reservation if you want to use a credit card.
The 5%(of rate) Muskegon County Room Tax is applied to stays less than 30 nights.
We request light cleaning before departure.
We are very sorry we can't refund any money you pay and decide not to stay with us.
Please understand our position on this because of so many problems with rebooking a time having been reserved.
If there is a chance you might have to cancel, it is worth purchasing Cancellation Protection Insurance.
HomeAway offers this insurance at a very reasonable rate.
Rates may change, but have no effect on a signed lease.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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