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Pier Cove Farmhouse Near Saugatuck, MI, Private Beach, 6 Bedroom, New Kitchen/AC

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

6BR, 2FB/1HB, sleeps 11, New Kitchen '16, New Bathrooms, AC, Private Beach, Deck

Get away from it all at this private, classic farmhouse near Saugatuck/Douglas. Just two hours from Chicago, perfect for multi-family vacations. Enjoy relaxing on the beach (access across road) or walking on the 2+ miles of nature trails in the 75-acre dedicated ravine trust directly behind the house. This historic home was originally modeled after Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Illinois, and is undergoing a full renovation of the kitchen for the 2016 summer season. The newly designed kitchen will feature all-new stainless steel appliances, new lighting, flooring, and windows, a cozy gas fireplace, and a newly installed central air system. Other amenities include remodeled bathrooms, a first-floor laundry room, Wi-Fi internet access, and cable TV. The kitchen opens up onto a spacious wooden deck overlooking the wide lawn—perfect for cocktails, sunset dinners al fresco or morning brunches. Nearby tourist attractions include Fennville wineries, Saugatuck-Douglas dining and arts, Holland's Dutch Village, and South Haven.

Lee Curtis
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2017


Fennville Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , First Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Second Floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , First Floor off kitchen
  • All bathrooms newly remodeled.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 twin/ single
  • First floor east bedroom has one queen-sized bed; west bedroom has one queen-sized bed. Second floor south bedroom has a queen-sized bed and windows facing three sides; north bedroom has a queen-sized bed plus a twin bed in the same room, as well as an attached 'maid's room' with an additional twin bed--ideal for families with young children. Second floor west 'maid's room' has a twin bed, perfect for an older child or single adult who enjoys more privacy.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Ceiling fans are supplemented by an attic fan. House also has several space heaters for cooler weather. Long-term renters welcome during off-peak months.


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
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Pier Cove Farmhouse Near Saugatuck, MI, Private Beach, 6 Bedroom, New Kitchen/AC
average rating of 4.1666665 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful family experience in a comforta setting.

  • 4 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the farmhouse. It was clean and fresh-smelling on arrival, and we appreciated that the central air had been turned on. The renovated kitchen was very functional and we were very impressed with how well-equipped with cooking and eating equipment. Next time we can be bolder on our menu planning! Plastic bags and other everyday supplies were available. The large dining table was a joy. Linens, including beach towels were plentiful and good quality. All of us felt the beds were comfortable and only one couple of our large group complained about mattress quality. Bathrooms were clean and adequate. The beach was enjoyed and accessible to small children with their parents. The large lawn off the deck was a real bonus for children at play with a watchful eye. We all wanted to thank you for the wonderful weather that we enjoyed all week!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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NOT So Wonderful, Unfortunately

  • 2 of 5

I'm sorry to report we did NOT have a wonderful stay at the Farm House. I do not typically leave anything but positive reviews, but, as a service to others, I am writing one for this house.

Let me begin by saying, the best part of the house was it's proximity to the lake and kitchen. We certainly appreciated the convenience, but, be forewarned, the stairs down to the beach number nearly 100. So, this house may not be suitable for someone who is not physically fit and willing to hike up and down the stairs to enjoy the beach.

As far as negatives, we arrived at the house an hour after check in time to find the cleaning person still at work. When she left we were surprised to find that the floors were still covered in sand and dirt. Don't get me wrong, a little bit is fine, but this was excessive. A sweeping is the least you'd expect before receiving the house. Later that week we would also find an inordinate amount of dead insects throughout the house.

As an older home, the living room furniture is expectedly well worn, but unfortunately, it didn't get cleaned either. The couch, in particular, was full of sand, dirt, dead insects, and hair. I definitely didn't want to have my infant or toddler any where near the couch.

Needless to say, we ended up spending a good chunk of our time cleaning up, shaking out rugs, and covering furniture with clean sheets. Obviously, this was time that we would rather have spent with our extended family, but it was work that needed to be done to try and enjoy the rest of our week in the house.

The place has 2 window AC/dehumidifiers upstairs, but, unfortunately the dehumidifier function is poor. They fill up with water quickly and turn off after about 2 hours of use, requiring frequent, awkward emptying. Plan to sleep through humid summer nights in the upstairs bedrooms or expect to get up frequently to empty the dehumidifiers.

We did notify the owner about the condition we received the place in. He was apologetic, but strongly felt we ought to NOT be compensated in the least bit (perhaps part of a cleaning fee?) for receiving a dirty rental home and for the trouble we took to clean it ourselves. Sadly, he was also rude and extremely offended at the very idea of compensating someone in our situation..

There are many other, nicer vacation homes to choose from along the SW Michigan coastline. Unfortunately, I can not recommend this home and would suggest people look elsewhere too. Good Luck!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so sorry your stay was not what you expected! We make every effort to ensure a fun, comfortable vacation for all, but there is always room for improvement & we take all of your suggestions & comments to heart. Below are some clarifications/answers regarding your feedback. We hope this restores your faith in us & encourages you to give us another try! CLEANLINESS: We regret that your rental week began after the hours-late departure of renters who left the house in an unusually untidy condition. With a cleaning crew scheduled for a specific timeframe in which to work & unable to begin until the renters had left, they were in the unfortunate position of having to do twice as much work in half of the time. HOW WE WILL ADDRESS THIS: We currently have a check-out list on the premises for all renters, but as it is not being adhered to consistently, we will change this to a written agreement signed by each renter prior to arrival, detailing expectations for timing of departure & the condition in which they leave the house. AC/DEHUMIDIFIERS: Michigan has long been a favorite tourist attraction due to its cooler summers. Occasionally there is a heat wave or excessive humidity, & with a 150-year-old historic home, our goal is to make it as comfortable as possible within the confines of its original structure to preserve its integrity & charm. We recently added AC units & dehumidifiers for those rare weeks that are hotter than normal. We apologize that the weather did not cooperate on your week—high heat & humidity are definitely the exception, not the rule! HOW WE WILL ADDRESS THIS: We will continue to research/invest in safe, eco-friendly units to keep the house as cool & dry as possible. BEACH ACCESS: There are 25 steps down to the beach (though it can feel like 100 after going up & down multiple times per day!), with a dozen or so steps between the main staircase & the landings. You are correct, this would not be suitable for any beachgoer who has physical trouble going up or down stairs. Lastly, we apologize unequivocally for any communications that came across as rude. We pride ourselves on strong relationships with our renters & enjoy many repeat renters who come back year after year as a result. HOW WE WILL ADDRESS THIS: We will make an effort to better understand any renter complaints, & do everything we can to address them in a mutually satisfactory manner. Thank you for bringing these things to our attention--we greatly appreciate your feedback!!
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Gracious historic home in lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this historic home enjoying easy access to the beach and exploring the beautiful miles of trails behind the home. The house itself was clean, spacious and allowed our large group to spread out, with a large bedroom with a number of beds serving perfectly as a kids room. The house has updated bathrooms on the first floor but generally will appeal most to those looking for the character and charm of a family home that has passed down through the generations. Think tennis trophies, Dartmouth pennants and Adirondack chairs. The kitchen is fully functional and comfortable if a bit dated in style. The owner is responsive and gracious. We hope to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful, historic home!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this beautiful and interesting home for out-of-town guests for a funeral and could not have been happier with the home and location and owner! The Pier Cove area on Lake Michigan is very quaint and secluded and the large, adjacent nature preserve and private beach were great to explore and hang out. History, beach, nature, tennis - excellent!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Owners Response

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for your kind review. We have made a number of upgrades to the property since then. The musty odor has been eliminated with the removal of many old books and a full clean up in the basement. We have added three new portable a/c units which keep the kitchen and upstairs bedrooms cool in hot weather. There is a new 56' flat screen hd tv in the kitchen and Wi-Fi internet connection throughout the house. It is an ideal house for families with kids of all ages.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice Rental

  • 4 of 5

Rented house for a family reunion and we really enjoyed the house and grounds. Was directly across the street from Lake Michigan beach and had well-maintained walking trails behind the house. Owner provided croquet set for use on the grounds and tennis/basketball court was nice to have as well. There were plenty of linens, pots, pans, etc.

Owner was very nice - he promptly returned deposit and called during stay to make sure there were no issues.

Only real downside to house was that it was quite musty when we first entered until we had a chance to air it out.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2010
  • Stayed: September 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Grand Rapids, MI
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Saugatuck/Douglas, MI
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Saugatuck, MI
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Holland, MI
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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