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waterfront in the village center

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 6 nights

About the property

Lovely Waterfront Retreat5BR/5BA

The moment you step from the front porch through the hand carved door from the mid 1800's you will be bathed in light from the wonderful windows, high ceilings and brand new Greek Revival touches to this executive retreat on the waterfront of Saugatuck/Douglas harbor.

The main entrance hall provides the first glimpse of the water. Immediately you will notice the high ceilings, the wonderful views, real wood trim and fine art. The dining room features an antique table and seating for 8-10. The dining room opens into a large living room with fireplace, three comfortable Baker sofas and rocking chair. French doors open off the living room on to the screened porch with more seating to relax or dine. The screened porch has wonderful view of the expansive lawn and waterfront. It opens to a large wooden deck for relaxing, grilling, and entertaining while enjoying the views. Downstairs is a new computer with hi-speed internet.

The house features a gabled tin roof which sound excellent in the rain!

The upstairs kitchen features cherry wood cabinets, granite counters, under-counter sink, gas stove and electric convection oven, refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher and all the right equipment for a gourmet cook. Service is provided for 16 for family entertaining or a business retreat. The breakfast room features a vaulted ceiling and windows on three sides. It is the retreat to watch the waterfowl float by, to enjoy breakfast or to play cards.

The upstairs features 3 large bedrooms and baths. Bedroom #1 features 2 queen beds and attached stone bath and granite counters. Bedroom #2 features a king size bed and sliding door to deck overlooking the deck, lawn and waterfront. The guest bathroom in the hall features tumbled stone shower and granite counters. Bedroom #3 features a king size bed, attached bath with shower and tub (for those who like to soak).

All bedrooms have closets and plenty of space to store belongings. There is a full size washer and dryer upstairs and another downstairs.

A gradual flight of steps downstairs opens into another complete kitchen, living room, and dining room. The downstairs kitchen is light maple with granite counters, under-counter sink, gas stove with electric convection oven, compactor, dishwasher, refrigerator with ice maker, microwave. The downstairs is light colored with quartzite stone floors and oriental rugs. It has high ceilings, tall windows in every direction to benefit the great view of the yard and waterfront. The dining room features seating for 8 to 10. The living room has another gas fireplace and comfortable sectional sofa, seating for 12. Sliding doors open to the expansive patio with comfortable outdoor furniture for dining or lazing.

The downstairs has two cheerful bedrooms. Bedroom #4 has a king size bed and attached bath. Bedroom #5 has matching twin beds.

It shares a large stone guest bath with shower. There is a full size washer and dryer located downstairs.

All beds are new pillow-top with full linens, pillows and big fluffy towels.

Stroll down the lawn to the boardwalk, dock and patio where you will find 4 person gliders, perfect for cocktail hour, reading a book, or enjoying a waterside meal. Two martin houses keep the yard virtually bug free. The entire yard is fenced for one dog.

Stroll a short block to the quaint downtown for coffee, fine dining, art galleries, shopping. Or you are minutes away from award winning Lake Michigan's Oval Beach.

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Joyce Petter
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 4, 2017


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

waterfront in the village center
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Absolutely the Best

  • 5 of 5

My family of 11 totally enjoyed the Bayou House for the week of the 4th this summer. I can't think of a thing that was missing nor was there any lack of things to do at the house. We grilled, had smores around the fire pit, kayaked, paddle-boarded, row-boated, biked, cooked great meals, relaxed in the fantastically decorated and comfortable rooms and slept in after late night movies on the TVs. This is probably the best equipped home we have ever rented and i speak from may years of experience. Thanks to Joyce and Marta for everything.


  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect fit for our family!

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely beautiful house! Well equipped inside and out. We had the best time using the paddle boards, kayaks, and row boat and caught several nice sized fish right off the dock area. A few family members used the ample supply of bikes to go to Oval beach and into Saugatuck. There are some fantastic places to eat/drink right up the street in Douglas and the grocery store is really close too. We made good use of the screened in porch in the evenings as the bugs do get a little thick, although we did enjoy the fire pit a few evenings.

The only thing we felt was missing was an easy way/place to recycle all the bottles, cans, jugs, etc. that we collected throughout the week. All in all, our family of 10 had an absolutely marvelous time here and the owner was very responsive and lovely to deal with throughout the booking process. Hope to go back someday!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing home

  • 5 of 5

We just got home from this amazing property celebrating my mother-in-law's 90th birthday. She had all her children and spouses and had so much room. One of the things that sold us is we would all have our own bathrooms which is very hard to find. Everything was top-of-the-line quality and very homey. Joyce had every detail covered. The linens and towels were fabulous and there is no shortage of anything. The welcome basket was greatly appreciated and very nice touch. Everything was top-of-the-line quality and very comfortable. The last day we were there it was kind of chilly so we went outside to use the fire pit. We ended up staying out there and till 11 o'clock at night. The view of the lake was amazing from the entire back of the house. We also love the screened in porch which we used in the morning with our coffee. The appliances were top notch and the lower level had a full kitchen as well. It also was a nice quiet property with no other houses on either side of us so we have complete privacy. It is a two minute walk into town to Douglas and only a couple miles from Saugatuck. I would highly recommend this property to anybody that likes great quality and comfort. We were all impressed and hope to come back next year. Thank you Joyce for everything.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Wonderful!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I can not describe how exquisite this house is, it was furnished with high end furniture and appliances, I have never stayed at hotel this nice. We were there for my husband's birthday with his family and everyone was is awe of this house. From the welcome basket to the towels everything was first class. The location was perfect and the house had plenty of activities itself from the pool table, bikes, kyaks, canoes, fire pit, and swings. The owner was superb and said just bring yourself and she was right. My family wants to come back to the same place next year! It was one of our top ten vacations destinations. Thanks Joyce!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This Vacation Home is a Heavenly Private Resort

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed the last week of July with another family and the entire week was absolutely perfect! The pictures do not really depict this majestic home and property--you are truly in your own private resort. The "back yard" is enormous and leads down to your private dock with comfortable lawn furniture and a fire pit. There are kayaks, paddleboards, life jackets, bikes, fishing poles, beach chairs and a pool table in the downstairs. The house is magical as we had 3 teenage girls and didn't hear one complaint about anything the entire week. As everything is at the house everyone could easily pick their activity- loved going paddleboarding and kayaking a couple of times a day, fishing off the dock, bonfires w/smores and playing pool. There is so much to do without ever leaving the grounds. That being said, you can walk down the street for dinner in Douglas, a longer walk or short ride into Saugatuck. We kayaked into Saugatuck for for lunch one day; went to Holland and rented a boat to go tubing, loved going to Oval beach for swimming and the sunsets (8 minute drive to beach), awesome bike path for bike rides. Every aspect of this home is magnificent. Every room is so beautifully decorated it is difficult to pick a favorite; though the gourmet kitchen with floor to ceiling windows and a view of the Bayou and the amazing screened in porch were hard to beat. It is luxurious while still being incredibly comfortable. The owner, Joyce, could not be more responsive. As your every need is anticipated in this home, you sense that she truly wants your family and friends to have all of your expectations not only met, but exceeded. I would recommend this property without hesitation to any group wanting to have a fantastic week and hope that we have the opportunity to return in the near future. My only complaint is that none of us wanted to leave!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superb location and amenities

  • 5 of 5

It's really hard to find an up-to-date property that offers an in-town experience (steps from shops/restaurants), on the water (with kayaks to use!), near good side streets (for running and walking), and just a short trek to the beach (for sunsets) and Saugatuck (for shopping). Bayou House has it all. We used the extra bikes. It was very relaxing to enjoy dinners on the deck. The screened in porch is a must to avoid mosquitoes.

Joyce was very easy to work with and even helped us swap weeks with another family. We appreciated the CSA basket and welcome goodies, too.

The house is in great condition and has all the extras you need when it comes to kitchenware, linens and outdoor seating. It's really set up like a two-family upstairs/downstairs house. We had 10 people and didn't use the downstairs except for sleeping and an extra fridge.

The water level was pretty low in 2013. We quickly learned to avoid the shallow spots and had no problems getting in/out of the dock.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Golf: Amenities: New construction, 2 laundries, outdoor grills, 2 kitchens - granite counters, top of the line appliances including dishwashers, disposals, gas stoves, refrigerators with ice makers, stainless steel sinks, compactors, all linens and towels, dishes, silver, TV's, bedroom fans, air conditioning, docks for boats, fenced yard for one dog, gourmet kitchen accessories, next door to kayak and canoe rental, screened porch, deck, patios, waterside patio with seat-swings, antique furniture - hot tub.

Ski: Activities: 1 short block to two best restaurants, coffee shop, art galleries, shopping, minutes from two greatest Lake Michigan beaches in the dunes, next door to kayak and canoe rentals, great walking area, space for shallow draft boat tie-up with electricity, many, many outstanding restaurants in the two communities of Saugatuck/Douglas, theater productions in the summer, film festival in early June, art classes at Ox-Bow school of the Chicago Art Institute, shopping in downtown Saugatuck as well as Douglas, Chamber Music performances through the summer, and an ideal place to stroll with an ice cream cone on a summer evening.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

All rentals add 6% sales tax
May 30 to June 19 $6200.00 per week
May 30 to June 19 $1000.00 per night with 6 night minimum
In Season $1100.00 per night 6 night minimum
Memorial Day to Labor Day weekly rentals $7500.00 per week
Off Season 2 night minimum $800.00 per night
Off Season $5000.00 per week
Rates subject to change based on availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Douglas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Lake
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Cooler
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 20 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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