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Speaks: english, spanish

Fire Place, Rocking Porch& Hot Tub. Walk to Ferry, River, Town & Beach

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Great vacation rental in best Saugatuck location! One of just a few private homes on the Oval Beach Road, this classic hundred-year-old cottage with guest house is nestled into the side of a wooded sand dune. In a great location surrounded by woods and walking trails, Oval Beach Cottage is steps from the Kalamazoo River, Saugatuck's chain ferry, and a 1/2 mile down the road from the beautiful Oval Beach.

Spread out over three floors, there are four bedrooms and 2.5 baths in the main house. A fabulous wrap-around screen porch offers tree-top views of the river and town of Saugatuck, and there is a hot tub to relax in at the end of the day. A large living/dining area with a cozy wood burning stove makes this a great house for entertaining, and country antiques add to Oval Beach Cottage’s warmth and rustic charm.

Guest House:

Just up a wooded path is the guest house (Acorn), a cozy one-room log cabin that is perfect for two. Acorn has barn-beam cathedral ceilings, a fireplace, small kitchen and bath, and a deck high up in the tree-tops.

This is truly a delightful spot


Sleeps 12

4 Bedrooms in main cottage (queen, 2 twins, 1 full, 2 twin + 1 full)

Guest house: King bed

2 Fully equipped kitchens


3 full bathrooms, 1 half bath

Wood stove


Gas BBQ Grill

Swing set

Picnic table

Stereo with CD player

Private Hot tub

Fabulous wrap around screened porch

3 TVs & 2 VCR/DVD's


Ceiling fans

Keywords: House with Guest Cottage

More Details
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mark (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish

About Mark

We love this very special area of the country.

The woods, the dunes, the beach, the farms, the antique stores, farmer's markets, light houses, fog horns, great restaurants, art galleries and the historical charm.

Mark purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Mark chose Michigan

Our family has owned cottages in Saugatuck for over 75 years! Wanted a classic summer cottage in a great location. We think ours is very special.

What makes this cottage unique

It is hard to beat the location of this property.

You can walk just a few steps to the Chain Ferry that crosses

the Kalamozoo River and puts you in the heart of downtown Saugatuck (beats the parking woes!). Wooded walking trails, views of the sailboats coming down the river and super close to the beach!

As the last house on Oval Beach Road, the beach is less than a 1/2 mile.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Fire Place, Rocking Porch& Hot Tub. Walk to Ferry, River, Town & Beach
average rating of 4.3076925 based on 13 reviews
Denver, CO

Fun family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Have been coming to your cottage every summer with my family and enjoy it more and more each year. I loved the bunk room & bathroom renovations. We had a stellar, family card game tournament on the beautiful porch nestled in the trees. My kids especially love the hot tub and close proximity to the ferry. This home is so inviting and cozy - can't wait until next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you HR for the kind review. We are glad your dates for next year will work out with your family. Cheers, Mark
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St.Louis, MO

Great cottage

  • 5 of 5

Family loved this cottage! Great location.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review & leaving the cottage in such nice shape, all the staff commented. Cheers, Mark
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Darn near rustic perfection

  • 4 of 5

You don't come to a lake cottage in Saugatuck for fancy modern bathrooms and sleek minamilst furniture. This cottage assures you a 'sense of place'. The wrap around porch surrounded by a canopy of 80+/- year old trees, a comforting fireplace, a rustic kitchen and an ideal location (stones throw from the towns 'action' but just an arms length away). This is not the W hotel in downtown Manhattan, it is the quintessential 'cottage'. I've read a few reviews of this place and can tell you that in my two week stay here I had zero, I mean ZERO issues w 'mold'. To be fair, I am not one of those ' there any dairy in it...was it farmed a 100ft away...what was the cows name...I'm allergic to air and water, so...' If you are THAT person, maybe I'm missing something?? Love this cottage. If you're coming to Saugatuck, be a part of Saugatuck. Perfection? Shoot, what the heck is that anyway?? Come and enjoy, we certainly did!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We truly appreciate when someone takes the time to write a review. Thank you, Mark
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Wonderful Four day weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 8 adults - we had a great time lost of fun - we had pletny of room - one couple even slept in the tree house. We were able to walk to Oval Beach - climb the 300 stairs to Old Baldy. We went for a Paddle boat ride, saw a comedien in town, walked the town, and our favorite played games on the wrap around porch - thanks for a wonderful weekend.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, Illinois

Perfect house for our family

  • 5 of 5

Dear Phillips family,

We just went to book our week at Oval Beach Cottage, and were quite surprised to see the latest review referring to mold/mildew. We have stayed in this cottage annually for five years, and never had a problem with this. In fact, every year the cottage has been improved, and you clearly try hard to make it comfortable for all. The staff has always been accommodating, and were quick to fix any glitch we may have encountered. We have stayed in many houses over the years, but Oval Beach Cottage captures the vintage summerhouse charm we are looking for. Not easy to find in rental homes (I also learned that the owner is a writer for Coastal Living magazine…which is obvious in the tasteful decor). Confused by the last review, but we will be back for our regular week in June! Counting the days…

--C. Marti

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very rustic

  • 1 of 5

This cottage has a great location, but that's about it. Very rustic. OLD. No AC so beware, everything feels damp. There are 30 narrow steps to shlep all your belongings up. Very dark and musty. We cut our stay short due to the conditions. We have rented variously places for over 20 years, this was by far the worst and most disappointing.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: No, we do not have A/C and we understand that a 100+ year old cottage is not for everyone. However, the cottage is not dark or musty. We take great pride in providing a clean & comfortable cottage for all. Mark
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Saugutuck Chain Ferry
Nearest Beach
0.49 Miles
Oval Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Chain Ferry
Nearest Point of Interest
Oval Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Kalamazoo River
Nearest Point of Interest
Lake Michigan
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Saugatuck / Douglas Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 25 2016 - Aug 13 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late August
Aug 14 2016 - Sep 3 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2016 - Nov 15 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $500

To confirm a reservation we normally get 50% down and 50%
no later than ninety days prior to arrival. That being said, I would
be willing to work with any reasonable payment schedule.
Our preferred payment method is by check.
We except credit cards through PayPal only. You are responsible for their fee.

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Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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