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Emma's House-Historic House 'On the Hill' in Saugatuck

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 12-13

Welcome to Miss Emma's house! This house offers a taste of history with the amenities of a modern home. Miss Emma, my great, great aunt bought the house in 1888 and the house has remained in the family since that time. Originally built in the 1860's, the house has been renovated, but retains the flavor of the original home. It is furnished throughout with many family antiques. Walk three blocks from the house and you will be in the heart of downtown Saugatuck. Restaurants, art galleries, shops and the harbor are all within walking distance. Saugatuck's Oval Beach, which has been listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, is a short drive from the house. Or you may also take a ride across the river on the chain ferry and walk to the beach.

Enter the front hall and step into the original front parlour. Through the pocket doors you enter the family room with a dining area that overlooks the back yard.

A wood-burning fireplace adds to the cozy atmosphere of the room which also houses the TV, DVD player and the sleeper sofa. A new kitchen adjoins the family room and is fully furnished should you want to create a gourmet meal or cook up a quick treat. A washer, dryer and 1/2 bath line the back hall. On the back porch you will find a spray hose with warm water for a quick rinse after a trip to the beach.

Three bedrooms and a full bath are on the second floor. Two bedrooms are furnished with new, Queen-size reproduction beds and family antiques. The third bedroom is furnished with a double bed and the original Art Deco furniture of the 1920's (new mattress, of course).

The attached apartment is where the last bedroom and full bath are located as well as a fold out queen sofa, living room, spacious kitchen, and its own washer and dryer.

The apartment is conveniently all on one level. It does not have a ramp, but is handicap friendly with large doorways and a step in shower with grab bars.

Also please note that Frank's Apartment though connected to Emma's House, has its own two entrances and exits, parking area, heat and air conditioning and connecting door which can be locked or unlocked on either side for privacy.

*If you are interested in just renting the main 3 bedroom side of the house, please contact me here as well. It rents for $290/night $1740/week Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend & $225/night $1350/week the rest of the year.

*If you are interested in renting Frank's Apartment only, please see our listing for that property #4683749 and/or contact us. It rents for $185/night Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, $1110/week. $150/night, $900/week the rest of the year.

More Details

Property Manager
Aron Lowe
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018


Saugatuck House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor
    Half 1 - toilet , 1st floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Frank's Apartment Bathroom
  • Towels and extra towels are provided. Guests should bring their own beach towels.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Miss Emma's room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Leah's room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Edythe's room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Frank's Bedroom
  • Bed linens are provided for beds and sofa beds/fold down beds. There is a queen sleeper sofa on the main side of the house and on the apartment side as well as a fold down single bed upstairs.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Emma's House-Historic House 'On the Hill' in Saugatuck
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

A true Saugatuk gem

  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not do this beautiful historical home justice. It is in pristine condition (updated and immaculate), a very short walk into town and Aron was fabulous to deal with. Plenty of towels, clean linens, the water pressure was excellent, community pantry, board games, washer & dryer, etc.... We stayed here for a girls getaway and was impressed with the amentities, all the information provided on what there is to do around town and how much room there was to fit six people comfortably to chat together in each room. This was our first visit to Saugatuk and will not be our last. This is definitely the perfect place to stay!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you found everything you needed and had plenty of room for socializing. It really is ideally situated close to town but still in a quiet area with a nice backyard to socialize in too. I hope you at least got your feet in the water at the beach, it was such a hot weekend!
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Saugatuck girls weekend

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do this house justice. The rooms are very spacious and stocked with everything you need. Everything was clean and bright. The neighborhood was quite and very close to downtown. This was a great place for our girls weekend and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kristi! I'm glad you found everything you needed and appreciated how clean we keep the place. Thank you for starting the laundry and leaving the place quite clean yourself!
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Wonder historical property

  • 5 of 5

This was a great house for our girls getaway weekend. So close to shopping and restaurants that the car was never needed. The property is very clean & has everything you need in a great quite neighboorhood. The beds are very comfortable and the shower has fantastic water pressure. We could not have found a better place to stay. We will stay here again next year for our getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Emma's Place

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful historical home in downtown Saugatuk MI. We loved out stay and will requst again!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vacation at Emma's House

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Emma's House very much. Everything was fine and efficient. We enjoyed the antique furnishings and lovely house. Our young adult grandchildren enjoyed the house and especially the apartment. The hydrangeas were beautiful!! We loved walking and riding bikes through the neighborhood and the village. Thank you for letting us stay!

Debby and Winston Hatcliff

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome house, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

My family (8 adults, 4 kids) had a great stay at this place. The house and apartment were well-equipped with everything you could ever need - it was clear they know what they're doing.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Annie. We're so glad you had a nice time. The weather seemed great. Glad you found everything you needed. Sorry about the freezer going crazy while you were there. We're having it fixed. And thanks for leaving the place in such great shape!
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Sand Bar
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Miles
The Chain Ferry
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Holland, MI
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
I-196 & Blue Star Highway, exit 41
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The Mermaid
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Saugatuck's Oval Beach
Car: recommended

Nearby fun all year round. Seasons of fun include beaches, boating, fishing, water sports, snow skiing, snowmobiles, shopping, galleries, art fairs, parades, fireworks, Venetian and Historic Festivals, 'Saugaduck Tours', dune schooners, nature trails, golfing, films, music, community and professional theaters, and dining choices for any taste.

Other Activities: Shopping, Boating, Snowmobiling, Health/Beauty Spa, Basketball Court, Miniature golf, Hot Air Ballooning


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

We require a deposit of $400 to reserve the house. This deposit is refundable if renters have to cancel atleast 60 days before the reservation.

Manager'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.