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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.

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More Details

Susan Heitkamp (owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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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average rating of 4.8292685 based on 52 reviews

Felt at home, great vacation!

  • 4 of 5

Stayed one week in late June with my wife, two kids (8 year old boy, ten year old girl) and our 3 year old black lab.

We all really felt at home here. We enjoyed the privacy and thought the house was very neat, clean and comfortable. The location was good, you can walk to the local park/beach in five minutes. The beach is not the greatest because it is small and rocky but we walked over several times and had fun there. We also visited our usual favorite beaches which are Saugatuck Dunes and Douglas Beach. We made good use of the bikes, fire pit and charcoal grill which were all provided.

This was our third straight summer staying in the Saugutuck area and it was our best time so far.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Very nice place, loved the screened in porch.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place. Close to saugatuck, across the street from the county park for beach access. We spent most of our time on the screened in porch. The beds are comfortable. We recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

'The Owls Nest' was a perfect, secluded retreat. It is well-maintained, well-stocked, and charming. I always have very high expectations, and this home was even better than described. We enjoyed long walks along Lakeshore Dr. The beaches were lovely. We found a nature preserve with an unpeopled beach. The screened in back porch was very cozy.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Get away in this charming home

  • 5 of 5

The property is very well furnished. Everything we needed was available. It's close to a nice beach which is clean and easily accessible. The location is lovely- woodsy and remote, but close to town. We had a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall Foliage
Sep 3 2017 - Nov 4 2017
3 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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