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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Fennville Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 7

Cozy Cottage in the Woods along glorious Lakeshore Drive. Lake Michigan beach access and wifi. Quiet cottage in the woods with all the comforts of home provides a peaceful base from which to explore the Arts Coast of Michigan! Enjoy lazy mornings watching for deer and other curious 'neighbors', then explore nearby orchards, vineyards, farmers' markets and antique shops; galleries, performing arts, film festivals of Saugatuck and Douglas; Tulip Time events in Holland; unique shops, fine dining and much more.

Located 5 miles from Saugatuck/Douglas, 8 miles from Fennville & 8 miles from South Haven. Access to Lake Michigan beach across the street at lovely West Side County Park. We're sure you'll agree that the Owls' Nest provides great value for your vacation dollar - just take a look at our reviews!

Vacation Property Rental: All bedding/linens, beach towels and some beach gear provided. As with most vacation rentals, supplies are not provided. Typically, you will find adequate basics to get you through your arrival. Please feel free to contact us with any specific questions you may have.

Our reviews speak volumes or you can find us on Facebook! Look for the Owls' Nest Saugatuck Cottage Rental.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Susan Heitkamp (owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2016
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Why Susan Heitkamp (owner) chose Southwest Michigan

Michigan holds a special place in the hearts of my family. My great-grandmother grew up in Michigan and we've spent many summers camping throughout the state. We came across this area in 2006 and knew immediately this was where our cottage should be. We're delighted to be able to share it with others who know how special western Michigan really is.

What makes this cottage unique

Once we decided to buy in this area, we looked at dozens of properties. But when I looked down the sandy lane that leads to the Owls' Nest, I knew this was our cottage. More than anything, this wooded setting so near Lake Michigan, was the deciding factor!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Such a wonderful long weekend. The weather was great. The fireplace was so welcoming at night.

Families are held together by special memories - the "Owls' Nest" will always be one of our families treasured memories.

Skipping stones on the beach, studying the moon through our sons telescope, hard fought games of beanbags in the driveway, my first bike ride in 20 years, countless card games on the magical porch.

Thank you for all of these -

The Scotts

PS the WiFi enabled our son who is studying for the US Medical Licensing Exam to join us! Thank you so much!!
Sep 2009
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See you in September! Fall Foliage Rates Available Now
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Peaceful quaint everything you need. Close to the beach

  • 4 of 5

Peaceful quaint everything you need. Close to the beach I had a lovely time they're very peaceful got to relax. Lovely area. So close to the beach. Walked there are multiple times a day spent hours picking rocks and daydreaming on the beach. I enjoyed the last week of September.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful and relaxing

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our visit at this clean, spacious, and relaxing property. Love the screened in porch!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Clean and Cozy

  • 4 of 5

We stayed the first week in June (right before the busy summer season) with our two kids (who are both under two ) plus our dog. The house met all of our needs for a 4 night stay in Michigan. We spent a couple days at Oval Beach which is only a 10-15 min drive.

Pros: Very clean, all necessities provided to cook/grill/head to the beach, serene setting in the woods, great screened in porch, close to park/playground, accepts well behaved pets.

Cons: Beach within walking distance is clean but rocky, nice for a walk but not conducive for a full day with kids; restaraunts/shopping is not within walking distance (10 min drive).

Overall, we were happy with our stay and would recommend the Owls Nest if you are looking for a quiet, off the path place to rest and relax.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Wonderful property for a fall getaway.

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing and enjoyable vacation at the Owl's Nest in October. The home is very clean and well-appointed. Located away from the hectic activity of nearby towns but close enough to enjoy shopping, restaurants, and the lake. Our dog enjoyed the walks in the woods and loved seeing all the squirrels. We even saw some deer the night before we left. Hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Our 7th Year to Stay at this Property

  • 5 of 5

We love the days we spend at the Owl's Nest. It is quiet and relaxing. We take long walks on the beach every day which is a good thing since we seem to end up having cherry pie at Crane's every evening. The owner is the best! Thanks for another great getaway.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Initially we almost missed the drive as the cottage cannot be seen from the street.

  • 4 of 5

Very homey, we felt comfortable. Spent a long weekend with my adult daughter, the men in our lives and two (2) well trained and well behaved dogs.

We all enjoyed the screened in porch. You are surrounded by the woods. It was quiet and peaceful.

We breakfasted at Ida Reds and had dinner at Salt of the Earth. Visited Holland's Farmer's Market.

Visited a number of wineries. It was a picture perfect fall weekend.

The cottage has everything that you need - we made breakfasts and dinners there.

I would recommend staying there. The location was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Gerald Ford Intl. Airport - Grand Rapids, MI
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
What-Not Inn
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Holland, MI
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
I-196 exit 34 (M-89)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
What-Not Inn
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Westside County Park
Car: necessary

Location just off I-196 & M-89 means the Owls' Nest is only a two-hour drive from Chicago.

More to do than a week allows! Needless to say, the beach and Lake Michigan are the big draws but there's so much more! Orchards, boutique shops, fine dining, hiking, canoeing, fishing, live performances...and then there's the peace and quiet of the woods. Check our reviews and you'll find that everyone gravitates to the screened porch. It's a great place for coffee in the morning, a book (read 'nap') in the afternoon or a glass of wine at dusk. You'll find really great restaurants that focus on fresh, local produce supplied by many of the area's organic farmers/producers. Vineyards and fruit plantations provide the opportunity to pick your own or purchase a peck! Not fancy or showy, but homey & cozy. The Owls' Nest is truly our home away from home and we hope you're as comfortable there as we are - enjoy!

Only five miles from Saugatuck/Douglas, the 'Arts Coast of the Midwest' and designated a 2009 Distinctive Destination in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Dozens of art galleries and studios; one of the top ten annual film festivals in the US; live theater and music options abound; wide variety of bars, restaurants and clubs; and home to Oval Beach. Recently rated 'Best Beach in the Midwest' by the Chicago Tribune; 'one of the 25 best shorelines in the world' by Conde Nast's Traveler; and 'one of the top five beaches in the US' by MTV.

Golf: You'll find a number of golf courses throughout the area. Brochures are available in our guidebook at the cottage or online.


Rates & Availability

Fennville Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall Foliage
Sep 4 2016 - Nov 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
Spring Fever
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Pet Fee $105 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates subject to change. No bookings accepted with less than one week notice. PET FEE: $15 PER PET/PER DAY. $400 booking deposit & signed Rental Agreement required within seven days of booking to reserve dates. Balance of rental fee & refundable damage deposit due 45 days prior to arrival. Please review details carefully and feel free to contact us with questions.

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Fennville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Heating
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2nd Bath includes full-size washer & dryer. Washer requires high-e detergent.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Or two extra-long twin beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Sleeper Sofa/Futon - 3 sleep sofa /futon , queen sleeper sofa & full size futon
  • Two Bedrooms, sleeps 6-8 Bedroom 1: Can be arranged as King or two extra-long Twin beds. Bedroom 2: 1 King w/master bath Great Room: Very comfortable Queen sleeper-sofa and Full-size futon All bedding/linens provided
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Great Room includes wood-burning stove and flat-screen LCD (cable) TV with DVD/CD player and docking unit/auxiliary for I-Pod/MP3/video game system. Selection of reading material, DVDs, CDs (primarily adult/some family), board games, etc. Spacious screened-porch provides additional lounge/dining area (seasonal). Well-equipped kitchen includes grill utensils, barware and beach cooler. All bedding/linens/towels provided. Newer washer/dryer requires low-e detergent. Two adult bicycles available; helmets not provided. Some beach equipment available. Please call to discuss suitability for elderly/infirm. Pets considered with additional fee. Please note: Original sand driveway does not provide access for boats/RVs. Local options for marinas/docking available.

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