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Fall Foliage Will be Here & Gone Before You Know It!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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.

I'm a lousy photographer, but our reviews speak volumes or you can find us on Facebook! Look for the Owls' Nest Saugatuck Cottage Rental.

More Details

Susan Heitkamp (owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

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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Fennville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Cancellations made more than 60 days prior to the arrival date are subject to a 5% cancellation fee or $75, whichever is greater.
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
  • 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. 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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Fall Foliage Will be Here & Gone Before You Know It!
average rating of 4.755102 based on 60 reviews
Chicago, Illinois

secluded and peaceful haven

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were looking for a quiet and secluded place to rest, read, and relax, and the Owls Nest did not disappoint. Surrounded by trees and away from the road, it provided a restful and comfortable haven. We could walk across the road for amazing views and a walk on lake Michigan. It is also a short drive to Fennville, Douglas, and Saugatuck so we had good choices of restaurants and things to do. The directions were easy to follow and the owner was responsive to all our needs.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to hear you were pleased with your stay and the many options the area provides. We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

Loved the property. Had everything you need. Nice quite area. Love the screen porch. Used every morning and evening. Close to Saugatuck, Holland, and South Haven. Close to beach. Cottage is stocked with everything you need. Will definitely be back again.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re so delighted that you enjoyed your stay & look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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Extremely relaxing beautiful Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful cottage, very relaxing. We really enjoyed our stay! Already planning on another vacation in the area. Will definitely consider staying in this cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. - Susan
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Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our visit at the Owl's Nest. So peaceful and a nice place to get away from it all. We explored the area and loved how close we were to Lake Michigan. We were celebrating our 32nd anniversary and couldn't have been more romantic and special. It was easy to work with the owner, Susan. The cottage had so many nice touches. The bed was so comfortable. We slept til 830 everyday which is not like us! We were so relaxed, we didn't want to leave. Hope to go back someday. The Owl''s Nest doesn't disappoint nor does the area!

Diane and Marc

Aug 25-29, 2017

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so delighted that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back soon! Happy Anniversary!
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Batavia, IL

The beach vacation that wasn't

  • 2 of 5

The cottage is roomy and well maintained but the photos are out of date. The beach and cottage exterior look nothing like the photos on the listing.

The public beach is completely eroded. The closest beach is in Saugatuck. So if you're looking for leisurely walks on a sandy beach at dawn and dusk, this is not the spot for you. Susan left a note on the refrigerator about the beach situation but we would have preferred she had told us in advance. If we had wanted to drive 20 minutes to the beach, we could have stayed anywhere.

The exterior shot doesn't represent how dark it is. The cottage is overgrown and surrounded by dense woods. It's very dark inside the cottage all day long which can be depressing. The screen porch is lovely but it would be nicer with a little sunlight.

We saved up all year for our one week on Lake Michigan and we were greatly disappointed.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: While Lake Michigan's eastern shoreline in this area has experienced some erosion this season and the beach is not as deep as in previous years, the beach has been open and accessible all summer. This was reconfirmed by the Allegan County Parks Department when we received your request for a refund following your week at the cottage. We very specifically identify the cottage as being located in the woods - that's part of its appeal to us and most guests as the setting provides a cool and tranquil retreat. The scenery is constantly changing with the seasons and it's simply not realistic to post exact conditions on a weekly basis. We're glad you enjoyed your stay in the area, and to have the opportunity to share what life on Lake Michigan is like.
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Cozy, quaint and private!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 7 throughly enjoyed our vacation to this area of Lake Michigan. The home was great and the location allowed us to enjoy both Sourh Haven and Saugatuck.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $105 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $400
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 60 days prior to arrival. Cancellations more than 60 days prior to scheduled arrival will incur an administrative fee as per signed Rental Contract. Please review details carefully and feel free to contact us with questions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.