Summer 2019 will be our 16th 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 cottage is 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 and shade from large beech & oak trees 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 prefer to only accommodate our SUMMER SEASON guests from SATURDAY TO SATURDAY. We will consider week long stays from SUNDAY TO SUNDAY this year. We will also consider shorter stays of 5 or 6 days. For a stay to include Fri. & Sat. nights, it must be for, no less than, seven(7) consecutive nights. The best deal, economically, is to stay Sat. to Sat. The per night rate will increase with a request for different nights & total days.
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. 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. 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, antique styled table with 2 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(Mother-In-Law Apartment) 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. It is carpeted in the sitting/sleeping area. For those taller than 5'7", there are a couple lower archways that require bending over. 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, private shower area, and the clothes washer & dryer. Plenty of room for the ironing board to stay up continuously & not be in the way.
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 has stopped by around mid-day in the past years to water and refill the wildlife feeding stations when 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. Our plans for Spring 2019 is to install an automatic outdoor irrigation system for regular watering when needed. This will be less time needed to manually water the lawn and keep it green for all guests the entire Summer 2019 Season. 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, convenient, and safe.