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Elizabeth Gardner

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

Woodland Retreat with Private Beach--Castle Park

11 Reviews
Sleeps14
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Western Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)

We're all booked up for this summer--sorry! But we're accepting reservations for fall. We are also accepting reservations for 2017. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Through Labor Day, guests who reserve dates in 2017 with a signed rental agreement and a deposit will pay the rates in effect for 2016. We will post 2017 rates after Labor Day. As usual, we have a one-week minimum in the summer, Saturday to Saturday, and a two-night minimum at other times. Now is your best chance to get your pick of dates!

NOTE: While we have a "Book it" button on our listing, we strongly recommend that you contact us first via phone or the "Send e-mail" button. We want all our guests to love staying in our house as much as we do, and to that end, we'd like the opportunity to answer all your questions and make sure the Phoenix is the best fit for your party, before you make any monetary commitments.

Welcome to Phoenix in the Dunes, a luxury home completed in 2006 with all the amenities you seek, just 2.5 hours from Chicago and 3.5 hours from Detroit. It's perched on a wooded dune 700 feet from a large private beach shared by just ten houses--easy to get away from it all, yet a short walk or ride from the center of Castle Park, a historic 19th century resort community. There's a pool, eight green-clay tennis courts, half-day 'play class' for the kids from July 4 to mid-August, and lots more.

Bedrooms: 5 (1 king, 1 queen, 2 with 2 twin beds each, 1 with bunk-beds, daybed and sleeping loft)

Sleeps: 12 in beds. Overflow guests can also be accommodated on 2 sleeper couches in the living room.

Bathrooms: 3 1/2. Master bath has two-person whirlpool tub. Downstairs bath (adjacent to queen bedroom) has walk-in shower with grab-bars, seat and hand-held shower, plus rain-head. Second upstairs bath has kid-depth bathtub with shower. Extra upstairs powder room, too!

Kitchen: State of the art gourmet kitchen and adjoining pantry with soapstone countertops, hickory cabinets. Kitchen window seat and farm table look out on deck and wooded ravine.

Dining room: Farm table seats up to 12.

Living room: Comfy couches, fireplace, TV with DVD player and gaming system.

Outdoor living: Back deck and patio put you in the treetops, with excellent morning sun and terrific bird-watching. Gas grill, charcoal grill, Adirondack chairs, and dining table and chairs. Another deck wraps around the house on the upper level, with a bump-out overhanging the hill--spectacular yet peaceful.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Elizabeth Gardner (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

About Elizabeth Gardner

Our family has owned the site of Phoenix in the Dunes since 1960, when the previous generation built their dream Castle Park cottage out of picturesque but highly flammable old barn wood. After the original house burned in 2003 due to carelessness on the part of a power company work crew, we rebuilt, aiming to preserve the cozy charm of the original while making the additions we had always wanted (including a gourmet kitchen and lots more bookshelves). The Phoenix that arose from the ashes is one of our favorite places in the world, and many of our guests feel the same. We hope you will, too.

Elizabeth Gardner purchased this house in 2006

Why Elizabeth Gardner chose Western Michigan

If you have found our listing, maybe you have some connections to Castle Park yourself, or know someone who does. The community has many families that have been here for generations, ever since the Castle was acquired by the Reverend Parr more than a century ago to be a summer camp for boys. The campers' families bought building lots and built quaint cottages. CP has grown modestly over the years but still has only about 100 homes, and though the hotel that used to be in the Castle is now gone, the common areas retain their old-fashioned air.

What makes this house unique

The Phoenix is especially popular for small-to-medium sized family reunions. Our dining table can accommodate pretty much everyone, but after dinner (or anytime really) you can curl up with a book, get a game of dominoes going, or watch a movie, and no one gets in anyone else's way. We have several different outdoor spaces as well, so you can socialize or not as the mood takes you. Our deeded private beach is often deserted, especially on weekdays, and you can walk for miles in either direction depending on the water levels in the Lake. We especially like spending long lazy afternoons on the back deck that overlooks a ravine, chatting, sipping iced tea, and watching the birds zoom around.

Reviews

5
based on 11 traveler reviews

Woodland Retreat with Private Beach--Castle Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
5

A wonderful week on Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and in a lovely wooded setting. Everything is there to make life easy for the week, and enjoyable for the occupants. We had a marvellous time, and felt comfortable and pampered--just right for a holiday. There were easy day trips, and opportunities for beach walks, walks in Castle Park, enjoying the pool and just relaxing on the deck at the end of the day, enjoying the human and machine silence, and the lovely sounds of nature.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't show how beautiful this home is. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Holland.The area was very interesting.Lots of cute shops in Holland and Saugatuck. The home met all our needs with my elderly father and plenty of room for all 9 people.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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New Jersey
5

Wonderful house!

  • 5 of 5

What a great house for a big family or extended family!

Bedrooms: 5 bedrooms, including the great kids' room, complete with loft. Master bedroom is large and very comfortable! There is a second smaller master bedroom downstairs as well. The other 2 bedrooms both have twin beds.

Bathrooms - 4 bathrooms - 2 with showers (one with a wonderful rain shower head) One bathroom has a very nice Jacuzzi, which got a lot of use!

Kitchen - the kitchen is very nice; upscale appliances, any dish, pot pan, utensil, etc. that you can think of. A nice table that holds around 7-8 people comfortably plus some bar stools by the counter. The kitchen opens into the...

Dining Room - large table that holds 12 people. A must for a large family vacation. Fireplace.

Living room - comfortable with large tv and gaming system. Fireplace in living room. 2 large couches, perfect for chatting or playing games on the coffee table.

Upstairs family room area - we loved this room!! Books and games, just a great casual area, has window seat that easily accommodates 2 adults, with their tea and books. Also has two comfortable chairs for sitting as well. A nice place to be by yourself but because it's right above the living room, you still feel like you are part of the "action."

Beach - the beach is wonderful! There were 4-5 beach chairs in the living room closet. We loved the "singing sand" of Lake Michigan and what a nice beach to just relax and enjoy the view. The water temps were very cold, but that didn't stop my 12 yo from going in. The sand is very soft and the views are beautiful.

The Castle - small lending library open to guests. Plus it's a Castle, how cool is that? A nice walk from the house.

The house is not close to any other homes, which gives you great views and a lot of privacy.

The owner will email you a large document of directions, instructions, etc. Any question we had about anything that week was answered in there. Especially pay attention to the directions; it's a little tricky at the end and her directions were invaluable. Do NOT plan to arrive after dark; you don't want to be driving that road for the first time at night.

The owner was also very responsive throughout the whole process. If we were ever back in the area we would love to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Jersey
5

Great house!

  • 5 of 5

What a great house for a big family or extended family!

Bedrooms: 5 bedrooms, including the great kids' room, complete with loft. Master bedroom is large and very comfortable! There is a second smaller master bedroom downstairs as well. The other 2 bedrooms both have twin beds.

Bathrooms - 4 bathrooms - 2 with showers (one with a wonderful rain shower head) One bathroom has a very nice Jacuzzi, which got a lot of use!

Kitchen - the kitchen is very nice; upscale appliances, any dish, pot pan, utensil, etc. that you can think of. A nice table that holds around 7-8 people comfortably plus some bar stools by the counter. The kitchen opens into the...

Dining Room - large table that holds 12 people. A must for a large family vacation. Fireplace.

Living room - comfortable with large tv and gaming system. Fireplace in living room. 2 large couches, perfect for chatting or playing games on the coffee table.

Upstairs family room area - we loved this room!! Books and games, just a great casual area, has window seat that easily accommodates 2 adults, with their tea and books. Also has two comfortable chairs for sitting as well. A nice place to be by yourself but because it's right above the living room, you still feel like you are part of the "action."

Beach - the beach is wonderful! There were 4-5 beach chairs in the living room closet. We loved the "singing sand" of Lake Michigan and what a nice beach to just relax and enjoy the view. The water temps were very cold, but that didn't stop my 12 yo from going in. The sand is very soft and the views are beautiful.

The Castle - small lending library open to guests. Plus it's a Castle, how cool is that? A nice walk from the house.

The house is not close to any other homes, which gives you great views and a lot of privacy.

The owner will email you a large document of directions, instructions, etc. Any question we had about anything that week was answered in there. Especially pay attention to the directions; it's a little tricky at the end and her directions were invaluable. Do NOT plan to arrive after dark; you don't want to be driving that road for the first time at night.

The owner was also very responsive throughout the whole process. If we were ever back in the area we would love to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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New Jersey
5

Wonderful house!

  • 5 of 5

What a great house for a big family or extended family!

Bedrooms: 5 bedrooms, including the great kids' room, complete with loft. Master bedroom is large and very comfortable! There is a second smaller master bedroom downstairs as well. The other 2 bedrooms both have twin beds.

Bathrooms - 4 bathrooms - 2 with showers (one with a wonderful rain shower head) One bathroom has a very nice Jacuzzi, which got a lot of use!

Kitchen - the kitchen is very nice; upscale appliances, any dish, pot pan, utensil, etc. that you can think of. A nice table that holds around 7-8 people comfortably plus some bar stools by the counter. The kitchen opens into the...

Dining Room - large table that holds 12 people. A must for a large family vacation. Fireplace.

Living room - comfortable with large tv and gaming system. Fireplace in living room. 2 large couches, perfect for chatting or playing games on the coffee table.

Upstairs family room area - we loved this room!! Books and games, just a great casual area, has window seat that easily accommodates 2 adults, with their tea and books. Also has two comfortable chairs for sitting as well. A nice place to be by yourself but because it's right above the living room, you still feel like you are part of the "action."

Beach - the beach is wonderful! There were 4-5 beach chairs in the living room closet. We loved the "singing sand" of Lake Michigan and what a nice beach to just relax and enjoy the view. The water temps were very cold, but that didn't stop my 12 yo from going in. The sand is very soft and the views are beautiful.

The Castle - small lending library open to guests. Plus it's a Castle, how cool is that? A nice walk from the house.

The house is not close to any other homes, which gives you great views and a lot of privacy.

The owner will email you a large document of directions, instructions, etc. Any question we had about anything that week was answered in there. Especially pay attention to the directions; it's a little tricky at the end and her directions were invaluable. Do NOT plan to arrive after dark; you don't want to be driving that road for the first time at night.

The owner was also very responsive throughout the whole process. If we were ever back in the area we would love to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, MI, USA
5

Perfect private beachfront getaway for multiple families!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this outstanding vacation home for a reunion of close college friends + families and kids and it was the perfect venue! The house itself is situated high on a hill and offers nice views as well as a charming forest location. A brief and exciting (but doable) hike across the bluff and sand dune brings you to a private beach where the sand is pristine and the crowds non-existent. Ample kitchen and dining space meant that we could stay in the house all week and never really have to venture out of Castle Park. There is also a terrific kids play area down the hill that is perfect for kids ages 0 - 8.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Links at Rolling Meadows, 9 holes, par 3
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Holland
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I-196
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Private
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Holland House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High season 2016
Jun 19 2016 - Sep 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
$5,100
 
 
fall 2016
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$475
$2,400
 
 
spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
$410
 
 
shoulder season 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,400
 
 
High season 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$5,100
 
 
Fall 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$475
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$500
$3,500
$10,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/damage deposit $750

There is a $750 cleaning and damage deposit, due with the signed agreement, that guests will get back, less a cleaning fee, after returning the key (assuming there is no damage). The minimum cleaning fee for 2015 was $185. The cleaning fee may exceed the minimum if there are dogs in the party, if there is excessive mess, laundry, or trash, or if guests depart after the check-out time of 11 am. The full rent is due three weeks before the start of the rental. In the event of a cancellation we will make our best effort to rebook, but there are NO REFUNDS unless we have a replacement booking. If we are able to rebook the time, we will refund any payments made.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Western Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master bath - toilet , jetted tub , Jetted tub has hand shower
    Downstairs - toilet , shower , Walk-in shower with seat, grab-bar, handheld shower
    Kids' bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Kid-depth tub--great for bathing little ones!
    Powder room - toilet , Second floor. Eases morning and bedtime crowding.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Kids' Room - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 bunk bed , Futon in sleeping loft
    Twin Room #1 - 2 twin/ single
    Twin Room #2 - 2 twin/ single
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , Adjoining bath with walk-in shower
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Connecting bath with whirlpool tub
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Comfortable pull-out couches in living room
  • King size beds (1) in master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) in downstairs bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) two rooms with two twin beds each, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) two sleeper sofas in living room, Bunk Beds (1) 'kids' room' has bunk beds, daybed, and sleeping loft
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Baby equipment and other large items available for rental through our cleaning service. Charles Walter console piano. Not your usual vacation home piano! Highly playable, tuned annually.

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