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Historic Home in Town. Walk to All the Shops & Galleries.

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)

PLEASE CONTACT ME DIRECTLY KARENW41352@GMAIL OR 843 301 2802. Join us at Captain Elliott's 1896 Victorian Italianate home. Completely remodeled in 2005, the home retains it's historic charm while providing a modern kitchen and 4 full bathrooms. Located on "The Hill" in downtown Saugatuck, it is a short two block stroll to Butler Street, the Village Green, the many restaurants, shops and galleries, and the Saugatuck waterfront. Park the cars and let everyone come and go as they please. Perfect for family vacations, multiple couple and family get togethers,singles, reunions, weddings, etc...Lake MIchigan beaches (award winning Oval Beach) are just a short drive or ferry ride across the river and through the woods.

The home has 6 bedrooms with reproduction beds and Beautyrest pillowtop mattresses: 2 Kings, 3 Queens, 1 twin with trundle plus an upstairs den with a small sleeper sofa, which can function as a private bedroom.(suitable for children and teens only--it's a double sized pull-out)). The first floor has 10 foot ceilings, a formal parlor with gas fireplace and tin ceiling, a large, modern eat-in kitchen with a table that extends to seat 14, a family room with sectional sofa and an entertainment center, a Queen bedroom, a full, modern bath with walk-in shower, a screened porch, patio, laundry room with large capacity washer and dryer, mud room, and two car garage. The yard is professionally landscaped and provides space for outdoor games (croquet, bocce, etc..on the premises). Also included are lots of beach chairs and toys, gas grill, etc... Tennis and ball courts are 2 blocks away. The town has a super playground, also about 2 blocks away.

The second floor houses 5 additional bedrooms and 3 newly updated bathrooms: the Master Bedroom (King) with en suite bath and Jacuzzi tub, 2 Queen bedrooms,with a large hall bath with tub and double sinks , a large King bedroom with rice-carved bed, and a room with one twin bed and a trundle. These two bedrooms are in their own wing and share a modern bath with tub. Also upstairs is a spacious Den with a sleeper sofa and large TV including built-in DVD player and an additional back entrance. All rooms have multiple, large, windows with wonderful light and cross ventilation to catch the lake breezes if you choose to turn off the central AC!

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Karen Wilber Wessel
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

About Karen Wilber Wessel

The Wessel family at our daughter's wedding at Belfair Plantation, SC.

Karen Wilber Wessel purchased this house in 2006

Why Karen Wilber Wessel chose Michigan

My husband and I were looking for a vacation home a short driving distance from Chicago, Detroit, and Lansing. After loads of research, we visited towns on the Lake Michigan coast and fell in love with Saugatuck. Its lively arts scene plus waterfront and world class Oval Beach were deciding factors.

What makes this house unique

Our home is in an historic neighborhood known as 'The Hill'. We are located just 2 blocks above the main streets of town and so it is easy for everyone in the family to come and go as they please, without cars. We can take the Chain Ferry across the river to the Lake Michigan side or elect to drive, bike, or run there. Service is also provided by the Interurban Bus for a very small fee. Saugatuck homes are mostly a mixture of Victorian, Federal, and Bungalow design and there is plenty to admire as one walks around town. Another plus is the close proximity to Holland, MI (about 12 miles). Here one can visit the Barnes and Noble and all the other national chains if a 'fix' is needed. UPick Farms and Wineries are also close by and there are tons of family type activities. Late evenings, the bar scene is lively with the added bonus of being able to walk home! The Center for the Arts (SCA)presents plays and concerts and the parking lot hosts the twice weekly farmer's market during the growing season. Sledding and cross country skiing are popular in the winter. There is a small ice rink across from the town square in the winter. In the summer, there are plenty of places along the Kalamazoo River to rent boats, kayaks, canoes, etc...Oh, and did I forget the shoppping? Saugatuck has an array of unusual shops....just walk down to town anytime and pop in. And, of course, don't forget to visit the many art galleries in Saugatuck and its sister town, Douglas.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"This is my second time renting this home for our annual Mom's getaway weekend. We have tried other locations in the past and decided that we no longer want to go anywhere else than this home. Karen (the owner) is so fantastic to work with. The house is absolutely gorgeous. There is so much character and charm to this home that it's impossible to mention them all. We arrived to a bottle of wine and chocolates, we hired her house manager to come in each morning and clean up any untouched dishes and get the coffee started for us. Her house manager brought fresh baked muffins. We felt so pampered and "at home" in this rental. I have already booked for our rental next year and can't wait. Highly recommend!"
Apr 2010
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Saugatuck House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Town
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Gas Heating
  • 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
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Split-System Heating
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • First floor bath has a walk in shower and also serves as the powder room. The other three baths are upstairs. All have tubs (the MBR is a Jacuzzi).
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , first floor with adjoining bath with walk in shower
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , one twin with a pullout trundle underneath
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , This King and the twin room share a hall bath with tub.
  • King size beds (2) MBR black four poster; 2nd King is canopied four poster, Queen size Beds (3) Two queen bedrooms have new metal beds, one brass, one nickel. 3rd queen is cottage style., Twin or Single Beds (2) Cute, sturdy cottage style sleigh bed with trundle., Baby Crib is a pack n play crib with linen. Also, high chair and stroller. Sleep Sofa:Full size sleeper in upstairs den, which can be closed off for privacy.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
High-Speed WIFI, Central Air Conditioning and heat, Cable TV (3), Screened porch, large yard, well behaved dogs okay with possible additional cleaning charge of $50, please inquire.


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Historic Home in Town. Walk to All the Shops & Galleries.
average rating of 4.96875 based on 34 reviews

Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I rented this house for a weekend reunion. It was in perfect condition and spotless when we arrived. There are many common spaces to enjoy and every room is decorated in a lovely way.

The owner was extremely prompt in correspondence and gave us a lot of helpful information about the area. The area itself is also very charming, even in the winter. The local businessowners were all very friendly and kind and we had delicious meals at several restaurants.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2008
  • Stayed: Jan 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Home for Large Group in Saugatuck! Will definitely return!!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 11 stayed here last weekend and we absolutely loved this house. Very close to town - we walked to and from town each day. Would absolutely stay here again without question. We each had very comfortable sized rooms. There is a large upstairs King Master bedroom w/ it's own bathroom, 2 good sized Queen rooms that share a large bathroom, and a King Room on the first floor w/ a main floor bathroom. The kitchen is large and served as a great gathering point, but there is also a living room, and parlor/sitting area to spread out. My brother and sister-in-law have 2 children, so the upstairs "suite" was perfect for them: large King Bedroom w/ adjoining twin bedroom, their own bathroom, and small den with TV/DVD for the kids to watch their own shows. Really a perfect set-up for them. I don't think the pictures of this house do it justice - we really enjoyed the homey decor - felt right at home. Weather unfortunately did not allow us to use the outdoor space - but there is a great enclosed porch and also a patio for use in warmer weather.

For dinner, we highly recommend Marro's - the exterior is deceiving - this was a highlight dinner for us - really great food, and an overall fantastic dinner experience. Also enjoyed Phil's but may be a bit harder to get in there as it is very small.

Thanks for letting us enjoy your wonderful home - we had a great and memorable stay!!!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home! Our group had a wonderful time.

  • 5 of 5

This is a great property. Highly recommend. The owner is wonderful to work with. I rented it for an annual girl's getaway, and everyone had such a nice time. It is a close walk to town. Hope to stay here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bingham Farms, Michigan USA


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this for my 60th birthday celebration. Nine friends accompanied us.

The home was a perfect location for my gathering. It was spacious and offered so much privacy.

In fact, it is almost too lovely to rent to tourists! We have been staying at vacation condos/homes for many years and this was, by far, the nicest place we have ever rented.

The home is nicely furnished with beautiful decorations. All of my guests applauded the comfort of the mattresses (I am very picky about mattresses!). The kitchen area was the main gathering for our guests along with the 10 additional people who joined us for cocktails Saturday night. All were amazed with the home, and those not staying with us insisted on a complete tour. They were stunned by its beauty.

When we weren't in the kitchen area, we were in the adjoining family room watching football (it was a very rainy day). The sectional in that room was beyond belief; so supple and relaxing.

On that late October Friday afternoon, a few of us gathered on the pretty screened-in sun porch to have cocktails and enjoy the afternoon sun.

The home is located just two blocks from shopping in a quiet pretty neighborhood.

The kitchen is completely stocked with every kind of gadget you could possibly need.

I couldn't have chosen a better location for my 60th birthday and feel lucky to have stayed in this home. We are already planning a girl's escape for summer 2016.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Munich, Germany

Lovely home with all the amenities!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this lovely home two weeks ago with a large group of friends. We all agreed that this is one of the nicest places we've stayed over the 25+ years we've been meeting. Not only is the house tastefully decorated and in a prime location, but the hosts provided all sorts of extras like plenty of toilet paper, soap, dish washer tabs, laundry detergent and even toiletries, so that we only needed to buy food. Being able to have the entire group at the table at once was also a big plus. We also really enjoyed the screened-in porch. And one thing deserves special mention - one of our party loves to cook, and brings his own knives everywhere. Unfortunately he forgot one at the house, and the owners sent it back to him at no extra charge. Should we go back to this part of the country for future reunions, we would gladly return here.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review. We just repainted the porch floor so it is better than ever!
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Great location and charming spacious well-equipped house.

  • 5 of 5

So convenient, both in the house and the charming town of Saugatuck. We had three generations there, and there was plenty of room for everyone to spread out. The temperature was in the 70's; the screened porch was perfect, and enjoyed by all. The first floor bedroom and bath were much appreciated by me, who can no longer do flights of stairs. Thanks, Karen, for a memorable week.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Holland or Grand Rapids
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Wicks Park, Phils, Woodys, Butler
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Oval Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Chain Ferry
Nearest Point of Interest
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Nearest Point of Interest
Town Square and Playgrounds
Nearest Point of Interest
Road to Lake MI
Nearest Point of Interest
Star of Saugatuck
Nearest Point of Interest
High School Tennis Courts
Nearest Point of Interest
Oval Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Town of Douglas
Nearest Point of Interest
Demond's Grocery Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Antique Pavillion and Brew Pub
Nearest Point of Interest
Kewatin Historic Steam Ship and Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Coral Gables Restaurant and rentals
Nearest Point of Interest
Seasonal ice skating rink
Nearest Point of Interest
Chicago Institute of Art Summer Camp
Nearest Point of Interest
Mt. Baldhead Park and Trails
Nearest Point of Interest
Marro's Italian Grill/Pizzeria
Nearest Point of Interest
Uncommon Grounds Coffee Shop
Car: recommended

Beach, Playground, Water Park (Holland),Dutch Village (Holland) Vineyards, Orchards, antiques,live music, festivals. In town ice skating in winter.


Rates & Availability

Saugatuck House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Weekly rentals only June 18 through Labor Day. Deposits of 1/3 are due when rental form is completed or January 31 of the year in question. Payment schedule is flexible. Multiple cards, checks are okay. MASTERCARD AND VISA OR CHECKS ONLY. Cancellation Policy: up to one month ahead: no charge. Less than one month notice of cancellation: no charge if owner can re-book. Cancellation at day of check in and up to 29 days ahead if owner can not rebook: deposit kept at owner's discretion.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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