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Adorable Honeymoon Cottage by the Lake

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

This vintage summer cottage is across the road from the lake bluff, and offers a quiet getaway for newlyweds or young families with one or 2 small children. The deck provides a place to grill your dinner as you sip a cool chardonnay from the nearby winery as you watch your children playing on the swingset. The small but serviceable kitchen has everything one would need, including coffeemaker and microwave, pie plate and rolling pin! The beds are comfortable, and linens are provided. The beach access is just a short walk away. (one quarter mile) and features a creek which will delight the little ones. Glenn is situated between South Haven and Saugatuck, making it ideal for shopping excursions, wine tasting, brewery hopping, or for renting a boat or wave-runner. Great restaurants are within 10-15 minutes in 3 directions. This is a cottage for those who want to get away from it all, but want to be within reach of all the action.

Check out our history: The Kerr family has been vacationing on Fabun Road since the early 1900's when my great grandmother, Henrietta, came from Chicago to spend summers here, playing organ for the local girl's camp. She subsequently bought the property next door to the camp. To get here every summer, she had to take a boat across the big Lake, land in South Haven, where she would get on a horse drawn hay wagon with her trunk full of her summer clothes, and once she got to the cottage, she stayed for the whole summer. Her house still stands at Fabun Road. My father spent summers here as a boy, and so did I. We didn't have a phone in the old days, or a TV, or even running water! We played Monopoly or Sorry, and card games, and built fires on the beach. When we kids would get bored, my mom would just send us out for a walk in the woods. It helped me learn how to enjoy my own company, and be creative. I think every child should spend summers on Fabun Road!

More Details

Patricia Kerr
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

About Patricia Kerr

Longtime Glenn summer resident, I decided to live here year round. The lake is the big draw--swimming in the summer, beach wlaks in the fall and s[pring, and big ice on the big lake in the winter. I love it here!

Patricia Kerr purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Patricia Kerr chose Southwest Michigan

My folks bought this property as a place to put extra guests in the summer. As they got a little older, they wanted to downsize, but I couldn't bear the though of sellingthe property to anyone else, so I bought it!

What makes this cottage unique

This little adorable cottage is perfect for young families. It's cozy and affordable and provides a peaceful setting where kids (and parents) can get away from the constant din of electronic media. A wonderful opportunity to teach children about the joys of entertaining yourself.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful cottage. We had a wonderful time.
Jul 2016
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Fennville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Small but comfortable, the bedroom has a double bed and a good sized closet.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Raft
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • 3 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a quaint, cozy cottage that will make you feel as if you went back in time, to a life that runs at a slower pace. The deck is perfect for enjoying a glass of the local chardonnay from Fenn Valley winery, or for watching your little ones playing on the swingset.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


4.2/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Adorable Honeymoon Cottage by the Lake
average rating of 4.2 based on 9 reviews
East Lansing, Michigan

Charming and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed in the Gingerbread Cottage for 3 nights, and we had an excellent time! It is a good choice for honeymooners or a couples weekend. The property is right across the street from Lake Michigan, and the beach is a 5 minute walk from the cottage. Keep in mind that this particular beach is not soft sand; it is more rocky- bring water shoes if you plan to spend a lot of time there (and bug spray!). Everything was very clean and comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked with cookware and silverware, and there were many blankets and a heater for the one chilly night we had. The location is perfect for people wanting to experience the area- it is a 10 minute drive to South Haven (where there is a Meijer) and 15 minutes to multiple wineries and Saugatuck. There is a corner store with groceries, liquor, and souvenirs which is less than 5 minutes driving from the cottage. Patricia is lovely and accommodating, and promptly answered any questions we had. We hope to return someday! Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Small, but pretty, quiet and convenient

  • 4 of 5

This is the perfect cottage for a couple on a quick getaway, possibly with a small child, as it just consists of a comfortable living room with a small bedroom and kitchen off the living room (bathroom with a stall shower is off the kitchen). The cottage is very comfortable and sits on a very nice piece of property shared by two other cottages. It is within a 1/2 mile easy walk to the small public beach down their very quiet road.

We were lucky enough to be there for the Labor Day pancake breakfast at the firehouse (which was actually very good). And don't forget to put an order in for the great ribs at the corner store in the small town of Glenn.

Saugatuck and other destinations are only a short drive away.

The owner is very nice and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dearborn, Michigan

Peaceful, relaxing, perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My children and I have come two years in a row to the Gingerbread Cottage. They love it and so do I! The cottage is clean and simple with everything you would need. The location is outstanding. The beach and spectacular sunsets are a five minute walk away, or just a 30 second drive. The setting is incredibly peaceful. Morning coffee on the deck listening to the waves is a great way to start the day. Patricia is (the owner) to be friendly and very helpful, just like the other people in Glenn that we met. This cottage is a perfect getaway, but also a great place for kids to make memories and enjoy a slower pace! We plan to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not Lakefront, Beware of Renter

  • 2 of 5

I rented and stayed in the Gingerbread Cottage for a week during August of 2013. I will say that my stay was mostly pleasant, but I don’t see how any vacation with the company of my wonderful girlfriend could be tarnished. The cottage itself was adequate and well-kept but there are a few sour notes that I would like to warn future renters about.

Now if you’re like me, hoping to rent a small cottage on Lake Michigan, you’re probably hoping to enjoy the lake, its sandy beaches and the beautiful sunsets over the water. And if you’re like me, or any normal person, and you find a cottage like this one that advertises itself as, “Lakeview,” “Lakefront,” “Water View,” and having “views of the lake from the deck and living room” you’re probably hoping to be able to see the lake and have access from the property. But to my surprise when I arrived, the lake was nowhere in sight. To see the lake from the deck and living room you would need some pretty strong X-Ray vision, enough to see through another House, across a road and through 30 feet of thick brush. And although she will tell you it’s only a short walk to the beach, if you plan on bringing anything down with you it becomes quite the hike.

But that’s not even my biggest gripe. Be very careful with this renter as she completely stole my deposit. Upon making your reservation you will be required to pay a deposit which you will get back afterwards pending any damages. We used this cottage respectfully and politely and left with no reason to assume any damages were incurred. After almost two weeks of hearing nothing about my deposit, I contacted Patricia. She then decided to tell me there was a plumbing problem and I wouldn’t be getting my deposit back. Confused, having not noticed a problem and feeling like such a problem is more due to wear and tear on an old system I replied hoping to discuss the issue. Almost a week went by with no response and after emailing her again hoping for a resolution she was unwilling to negotiate the issue whatsoever. I still do not believe that we caused this problem and at no point did we ever receive an invoice quoting the repair cost. Be careful because this renter may decide to keep your deposit for anything she deems necessary, and may try to do so without even telling you.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always unfortunate when a guest is unhappy with our service. These guests admitted there had been a problem with water on the floor in the bathroom, but not until I advised them of the cost of getting it repaired--2 weeks after they left. I encourage my guests to let me know immediately if there are issues with the cottage, which would have made the repair less costly--plumbers charge double on Saturday, which is our change-over day. This is the obvious reason we keep a security deposit, as the guest admits, for any "pending damages". The toilet in question was less than 6 months old, so normal wear and tear didn't seem to apply. There are many other things in this review that are untrue or exaggerated, but I'll leave it at that.
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Cozy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The property was exactly what we were looking for, a small yet cozy cottage near the lake. The private beach area was gorgeous and we were alone nearly every time we ventured to the beach. The living room is surrounded by windows so you can set up the perfect cross breeze. The house is serviced by well water, so plan on bringing bottled water if you do not like the taste of well water. If you are looking for a place to sleep that provides a beautiful view from the deck and within walking distance to a beautiful secluded beach, then this is the place. I am planning my next trip back here this summer! Also, Patricia was super nice and helpful. She made sure we had everything we needed!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Association Beach Access
Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
What Not Inn
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Blue Star Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Glenn Restaurant
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.03 Miles
Glenn Beach

The Gingerbread Cottage is located in Glenn, Michigan--The Pancake Town! Glenn is situated on Lake Michigan between Saugatuck, to the north, and South Haven to the south. Glenn offers a well stocked convenience store--they also make a mean pizza--a nice restaurant, and an adorable old-time hardware store. This charming 'honeymoon' cottage has a deck to enjoy as you sip wine from the local vineyard. The cottage sits back from a quiet country road that parallels beautiful Lake Michigan. Take a short walk to the corner, and then down a grassy slope to find a lovely sandy beach. The area is full of opportunities for antiquing, boat rides, fine dining, window shopping, quaint country roads, and farmers markets that feature all the fresh local produce. Within a 10 minute drive, you can also enjoy pie and ice cream at Earl's, or Crane's Orchards, or the Dutch Farm Market, which features the best homemade doughnut I've ever tasted.

Other Activities: Berry picking, fresh water swimming, boating, fishing, star-gazing, winery tours, farmer's markets, quiet walks along the beach, antique shopping, flea markets, sunsets to die for!

Golf: There are at least 3 golf courses nearby: Hawkshead, which has a great resturant as well--10 minute drive. To the north, a 15 minute drive will get you to the golf course in Saugatuck, and going south about 15 minutes will take you to the South Haven public golf course.


Rates & Availability

Fennville Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until the deposit is received.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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