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Dune top romantic solitude & awe-inspiring panoramic Lake Mich views

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


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full & 1 half bath, max 4 adults

Nestled alone atop a 4 acre sand dune with panoramic views of Lake Michigan, this highly unique, contemporary, clean, fully equipped, artistically decorated cottage is an out of this world experience. Couple the cottage and the almost surrealistically beautiful, completely private site that includes trees, woods, & dune scape, and it is impossible not to fall in love. Private 400-ft association sandy and shallow beach on the big lake is an easy walk on our private path, as are two other public beach sites (one at warm and shallow Stony Lake, the other on Lake Michigan). If you ever want to leave the wonderful cottage, fabulous deck & breathtaking views, the area abounds with wonderful orchards, farm markets, state parks, lighthouses, hiking trails, cultural attractions, arts performances, live music, dune buggy rides, golf, boat rentals, biking paths, & antique stores.

Site features: Parking for your vehicle is at the bottom of the 100 + stairs (w/3 built-in resting benches) that you climb to access the cottage & the four acre site. No worry, as a motorized tram pulls all your gear to the top. The partly wooded & partly open dune scape is truly the ultimate private, romantic setting. Once on this perch, the diverse views are so awe-inspiring that you may never want to move. Plenty of freighters on the horizon, stars in the domed night sky & wildlife on the dune to keep you interested. Wildlife includes bald eagles, pileated woodpeckers, hummingbirds, deer, squirrel & fox: get up in the morning to spot their tracks on the dune. A trail behind the house leads to the tip top of the dune for even more magnificent views. Follow the beach path to our beautiful private association Lake Michigan beach (shared by only a handful of families) which is sandy & shallow.

Cottage features: The newly stained, unique, nearly round, 15-sided wooden hurricane style cottage has 6 sliding glass doors allowing stupendous lake, dune & wooded views from every room. The afternoon sun is so bright that you'll need your sunglasses in the kitchen! The wooden 100+ stairs, 2,000 sq. ft deck (also newly stained), & circular 4 ft walkway around the cottage provide easy access to/ from each room as well as lots of extra living space. Little private niches with furniture, plantings & views allow you to follow the sun around the decks all day & evening in any season.

Amenities: We call it luxury camping! Our modern, clean & well organized cottage has oak floors throughout (except carpeted bedrooms), new stylish furniture, large sisal floor rugs, colorful artistic decor, nice bedding & towels, ceiling & standing fans, quality kitchen tools & Fiesta dinnerware, stack washer & dryer, & elect baseboard heat. The huge multilevel decks are furnished with comfy chairs & cushions, a dining table w/ sun umbrella, gas grill, an outdoor hot shower (truly sublime), clothesline with a view, day lilies & loads of beautiful potted flowers ... which all make it hard to come inside to enjoy the highly cool cottage interior!

More Details

Doreen Meffert
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 31, 2018


Shelby Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Garbage removal procedure is strictly enforced, no humans, boats, or bikes on motorized tram
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Hot water outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Linens provided for all beds
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Steam Shower
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Beach toys


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Dune top romantic solitude & awe-inspiring panoramic Lake Mich views
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews
St. Louis

Beautiful cottage on Lake Michigan. Expensive deck with beautiful views everywhere. House well-maint

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage on Lake Michigan. Expansive deck with beautiful views everywhere. House well-maintained and well stocked.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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More than expected!

  • 5 of 5

My wife & I stayed here for our 19th anniversary. What a wonderful place to escape to! The view is simply incredible, and the cottage is lovely. The owner was easy to work with and we had such a wonderful time while staying there. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Climb to the top and then relax

  • 5 of 5

It may take a bit of work to climb the stairs to the top but if you're looking for a special place to unwind this cottage will be your reward. The interior is full of light and character and looking out over the dunes and lake from the decks is like being on the prow of a sailboat. We traveled up and down the coast, visiting farmstands, harbor town cafes, and street festivals, but always raced back in time for the sunsets at our secret retreat.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Charlie - you were a pleasure to host! Come back again. The Mefferts
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Solitude with a spectacular view

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is very neat and clean and the views are spectacular! We enjoyed beautiful sunsets every single night, walks on the beach, a campfire / stargazing on the public beach, early morning fishing on Stony Lake, Michigan’s Adventure, charter fishing out of Pentwater, the Silver Lake sand dunes, Little Sable lighthouse, and, of course, the Cherry Point fish boil – that’s a long list! I guess we were very busy! But most of all, we enjoyed the solitude, quiet and isolation of being on top of the world at your cottage!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Honeymoon get away!

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful and clean cottage with spectacular views to go with it. My wife and I watched the sunset every night from the upper deck, the weather was perfect!

When we first arrived we noticed how clean this cottage was and the amount of space there is to relax and cook. The kitchen was fully stocked with any cooking utensil you could need, living room was very comfy and the bathrooms were big enough to fit both of us. This cottage has the perfect location and I will recommend it to my friends and family and I will rent this property again in the future.Who knows maybe a 1st year anniversary trip will be in store for the Meffert cottage.

P.S. Doreen was very friendly and helpful throughout our entire stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lansing, MI, USA

Location, location, location

  • 5 of 5

Descriptions given at HomeAway were accurate. The property is well managed and the owner provided careful and detailed information. The whole thing was a really pleasant experience. The cottage is situated on the top of a sand dune and accessed through a 120 step staircase. This provide a unique location with a supreme sunset view of Lake Michigan and total isolation and privacy. Stony Lake runs into Lake Michigan right at the beach and provide an excellent basis for swimming and playing in the water. My nice and nephew absolutely loved that part. A stay in this cottage is definitely recommendable and I would love to go back another time.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
US 31
Car: recommended

Oceana Co. features miles of open Lk Mich beach dunes to hike & explore. This Michigan fruitbelt has many farm markets & festivals w/ seasonal produce like asparagus, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, apples & moral mushrooms. Visit Silver Lake State Park (6 miles), & Ludington State Park (20 miles) for natural wonders, historic light houses & a pioneer village. The Montague Bicycle Trail State Park winds through villages, farms, & a dairy. Nearby Pentwater & Ludington are quintessential harbor towns w/ freighters & good eats. Muskegon is an historical lumber era town w/ an art museum & symphony orchestra. Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp (10 miles) offers many professional arts performances. Week-night concerts in Pentwater & Montague town squares entertain. Silver Lake offers dune rides, para-gliding, boat & go-cart rentals & putt-putt golf and video arcades. Michigan Adventure Park (@15 miles south) is a large water & amusement park. Your choice of public golf-courses.

Other Activities: Tubing, public boat launch, dune buggy rides and rental, light house, mushrooming, go cart rental, Mich Adventure Amusement Park


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $250

Additional charge of $40 per person per night if over 4 adults in house

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.