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Saugatuck Riverfront Cottage,Amazing Views, Intown Location, small pets allowed

Saugatuck, MI, USA
  • Cottage2400 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

Waterfront Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + sofa-bed (Sleeps 8), 2 Baths, Screened Deck

Special Spring/Fall Rate: $400 Off Weekly Summer Rate during Spring and Fall Seasons

Saturday to Saturday Rental Cycle for Weekly Rentals

We Only do weekly rentals during Summer Season: from Memorial Day Week through the Labor Day Week

Shorter term Nightly rates vary from $250 - $450 per night depending upon the number of people and the season. Call for a specific rate quote.

Historic, Riverfront Cottage sits high above the Kalamazoo River connecting Saugatuck to Lake Michigan. The cottage is a short walk (3-4 regular blocks) to Saugatuck's downtown attractions, shops and restaurants. A large screened porch overlooks the river and opens into the living room and kitchen creating a flowing indoor/outdoor life style. The view of the river boating traffic and wildlife from this porch is unbelievable. Recent remodeling upgrades include a cathedral ceiling in the living room, new carpeting and a large screened HD TV and a hot tub overlooking the river. Treehouse sleeps up to 8 people.

The ground level Master bedroom has a queen bed. There is a hide-a-bed sofa in the adjoining dining/living room. The lower level has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with a set of twin beds. The cottage has central air-conditioning throughout. The cottage is naturally cooled by the river/lake breezes and the over head fans throughout. There are bathrooms with showers on both levels of the cottage. There are also complete kitchens on both floors with a washer/dryer in the lower level. The lower level also has a covered deck spanning the entire width of the cottage which mimics the great views of the screened porch. There is a nice lawn on the river level that is ideal for lounging, games or enjoying the fire pit.

Fishing from this level is usually good and small boats or jet skis can be tied up to the seawall. Weekly rentals take priority. However, three to four day rentals are possible in the off season or on short notice as are rentals of just the upper or lower level units. Pets are allowed with the owner's approval and a small damage deposit/fee.

Keywords: Saugatuck Waterfront, Riverfront Cottage, Intown, Close to downtown, Boat dockage on seawall, Hot tub, River View, Vacation Rental, Nightly, Weekly and Monthly Rental


Janet and Gary Kemp

Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Janet and Gary Kemp

Our names are Jan & Gary and we have been married over 50 years - a rare feat today it seems. We have lived in the Saugatuck area most of those years and know alot about what there is to do and see in the area. Gary's a former sales/marketing executive with a Fortune 500 office furniture manufacturer. Jan worked in sales for Xerox and the Avon Company and retired with 20 years of local real estate brokerage experience. We also own and operate Marywood Manor Bed & Breakfast during the summer season and spend winters on our 44 ft catamaran sailing in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. We promise an enjoyable stay in the Treehouse Cottage and will do everything we can to make it happen. Please call us if you have any questions about the Treehouse Cottage, Marywood Manor B & B, the Saugatuck area or sailing. We'd love to talk with you.

Janet and Gary Kemp purchased this Cottage in 1990

Why Janet and Gary Kemp chose Saugatuck

We brought the 'Tree House Cottage' for our personal use because we thought we would live in it after we retired. We then brought the house next door when it came up for sale several years later as it had a much larger lot for Jan to enjoy her love of gardening. After remodeling the home we decided to live in it and to keep the cottage as a guest house and summer rental.

What makes this Cottage unique

The view from the screened porch is spectatular. You can sit and watch boats come and go all day. It's just a nice walk to downtown for dinner or a specialty coffee at the local coffee house. The heavily forested property across the river gives you the feeling of real privacy as you watch deer drinking at the river in the early morning and evening. Throughout the fall the colors of the trees change and provide many beautiful scenes and reflections in the water. Early in the morning haze, while you sip your coffee, the charter fishing boats go out the river for a day of salmon and trout fishing. Sitting on the porch is truely a peaceful experience as is sitting in the hot tub on a cool evening as the boats return to their docks


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Master bedroom on main level w/queen bed and adjoining bath
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 2nd bedroom w/queen bed on lower level next to bathroom
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, Bedroom 3 on lower level has 2 twin beds and cable TV
      • Queen size Beds are in master bedroom on the ground level and second bedroom on the lower level. Two twin beds are in third bedroom on the lower level and has also has cable TV in a bedroom cabinet, A new Queen sized sofa-bed is locatedin the living room,


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Lower Level Bathroom
        toilet, shower
      • Main Level Bathroom
        toilet, shower
      • 2

      Location Type

        • Lake View
          Sits on the Kalamazoo River connecting Saugatuck and Lake Michigan. Wonderful views of boats going to and from Lake.
        • Lakefront
          Sits on the Kalamazoo River connecting Saugatuck and Lake Michigan. Wonderful views of boats going to and from Lake. Small boat tie up at seawall. The fishing is great.
        • Water View
          Amazing north & south views of the river that joins Saugatuck and Lake Michigan. Boat traffic provides hours of interesting viewing. The heavily forested woods across the river contains deer that come to the river throughout the day to drink.
        • Waterfront
          Cottage has fantastic river views from almost every room. There is a large lawn on the river level that contains lounge seating and a large fire pit. Small boats can be tied up on the seawall and good fishing is possible from this lawn.


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Air Conditioning
                  There is new central A/C throughout. Additionally, the cottage is naturally cooled by the river/lake breezes and overhead fans throughout the interior and on the screened porch.
                • Clothes Dryer
                  There is a washer/dryer on the lower level
                • Fireplace
                  Small electric fireplace is in living room of upper level
                • Gas Fireplace
                  Romantic electric fireplace in livingroom.
                • Heating
                  The central furnace will keep the cottage toasty on the coolest days or nights
                • Linens Provided
                  Comforters, blankets, bed pads and pillows are provided. A linen package is available for an additional $75. Beach towels are not provided
                • Parking Off Street
                  Parking is provided for three cars. Additional cars may have to park on the street with a short walk to the cottage.
                • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                  Parking for boat, motorcycle and other small trailers must be arranged in advance with owner. RV or Motor Homes may not be parked at cottage.
                • Washing Machine
                  There is a washer/dryer on the lower level.
                • Wireless Internet
                  WiFi broadband internet is provided free on main floor of cottage


                    • Kitchen
                      (2) There are complete kitchens on both levels of the cottage. Dishwasher is in main level kitchen.
                    • Catering Available
                      Catering for large or small events is available locally
                    • Cooking Utensils
                      All common cooking utensils are provided with the cottage. An assortment of pots and pans for cooking most foods are supplied.
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                      Dishes and cooking utensils are provided in the kitchen on both levels
                    • Dishwasher
                      Dish washer in main ground level kitchen only
                    • Ice Maker
                    • Coffee Maker
                    • Microwave
                      (2) Microwave is contained in each kitchen
                    • Oven
                    • Refrigerator
                      (2) There is a full sized refrigerator in both kitchens. The primary kitchen refrigerator has an ice machine in the door.
                    • Stove
                    • Toaster


                        • Dining
                          There is indoor dining area which will seat eight. The screened porch has another dining table and is a wonderful place to eat.
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 8 people


                            • CD Player
                            • DVD Player
                            • Satellite / Cable
                              (2) Large screened cable TV, DVD player, VCR with many movie tapes and a CD player are in living room. Large TV is also on lower level in third bedroom.
                            • Stereo
                            • VCR
                            • Video Library
                              Cottage contains a large number of movies that can be played on the VCR player. Renter should bring own DVD's for HD movies.


                                • Balcony
                                  Screened porch on ground level sits 40 feet above the river level. It contains a dining table, sofa and other seating options for watching outside happenings
                                • Bicycles
                                  None are provided however, bring your own or rent them locally. There is a paved bike path to Saugatuck Dunes State Park that also goes through the country all the way to Holland.
                                • Deck / Patio
                                  Covered wood deck runs the entire width of the cottage lower level and contains a dining table, chairs and other seating options for watching boat traffic
                                • Golf
                                  3 Championship courses are just minutes away. The Ravines is an Arnold Palmer Signature course. Clearbrook is a challenging course with a great restaurant. Hawkshead in an Arthur Hill design.
                                • Lawn / Garden
                                  There is a large lawn on the lower river level that is ideal for lawn games, fishing, sun bathing and sitting around the fire pit, at night, telling ghost stories.
                                • Outdoor Grill

                                  Pool / Spa

                                    • Hot Tub
                                      Hot tub is for use of a maximum of 4 adults. No excessive partying or noise will be allowed. Tub may not be used after 12:00 midnight.


                                        • churches
                                        • cinemas
                                        • health/beauty spa
                                        • library
                                        • live theater
                                        • marina
                                        • museums
                                        • playground
                                        • restaurants
                                        • zoo

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • antiquing
                                            • beachcombing
                                            • bird watching
                                            • boating
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • miniature golf
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • shopping
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • wildlife viewing

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • fitness center
                                                • groceries
                                                • laundromat
                                                • massage therapist
                                                • medical services

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • basketball court
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • jet skiing
                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • cross country skiing
                                                    • pier fishing
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • snowmobiling
                                                    • surfing
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • water skiing
                                                    • wind-surfing


                                                        • Kalamazoo River frontage, Cottage sits 40 ft above river giving amazing view of boat traffic and wildlife, Large yard on river level great for playing lawn games, sunbathing, sitting around the fire pit or fishing. Large screened porch for enjoyable living and viewing river, Large deck on lower level also overlooks river, Large living/great room with charming electric fireplace, large screened TV and entertainment center, Fully equipped kitchen overlooks river, Short walk or bike ride to downtown shops and restaurants, Tie up a small boat or jet ski to sea wall in front of cottage,

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          2 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Weekend getaway


                                                          4 of us needed a relaxing weekend and this cottage helped us achieve that. It was rustic enough to be charming with modern convenience. The views are amazing and the dog loved walking along the river, barking at the ducks. The owners provide a good number of dining and entertainment suggestions and could not have been easier to work with. We will definitely make a return visit.

                                                          Treehouse Cottage

                                                          bbcGlen Ellyn, IL

                                                          The views from the cottage were extremely pleasing from both levels of porches. The photos of the home were a little misleading; ie, the upper kitchen and the lower bedroom with twin beds. The queen bed mattress downstairs needs to be replaced. But for the most part, cottage was as described. The walk to town was more than the three blocks as described, but still do-able with smaller children. The cottage needs to be fully air conditioned and the owner said that may happen in the near future. Since it is an older cottage, some windows were painted shut so we couldn't take full advantage of the lake breeze. The owner recommended restaurants and sites to us which was helpful. It was a short drive to Oval Beach which was lots of fun. The WiFi worked on occasion, mostly outside . To be fair, the owner said we should have informed him, that he might have been able to correct the problem. The lower level was musty, but maybe that's due to the river location??? There is parking for 2 or 3 cars which is a plus... Bottom line, this property is overpriced for what you get inside, so you are paying for the beautiful location and views of all the boats passing into the lake. Very peaceful.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          We want to thank these guests for their stay and for providing us feedback which we value and take seriously. We have now added central air conditioning to the cottage for those hot summer days and have solved the WiFi issue and it is working beautifully throughout the cottage. The walk to downtown is 3 - 4 regular city blocks as our information states. Most of the guests find it is just a nice walk. The cottage was rented extensively throughout the summer and all the other feedback we got was very positive.


                                                          Saugatuck, MI, USA

                                                          Authentic paddlewheel riverboat cruises are provided downtown, Family friendly dune schooner rides are close by, 3 local championship level golf courses including an Arnold Palmer Signature course, Lake Michigan charter fishing boats, Day or sunset sailing on Lake Michigan aboard several charter boats, Hike Saugatuck Dunes State Park with marked hiking trails through pristine woods to miles of sandy beach, Climb the 300 stairs to the top of Mount Baldhead for an incredible view of Saugatuck & Lake Michigan,

                                                          Rates & Availability

                                                          Additional information about rental rates

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                                                          Pet Fee
                                                          Tax Rate

                                                          If a cancellation is made less than 60 days before rental date and we are able to re-rent the property for the entire period and the new renter's payment has cleared, a refund will be made. Otherwise, the entire rent payment, less the refundable security deposit, will be forfeited. Transfers between weeks at this property are allowed up to 60 days prior to the existing reservation. All cancellation and transfer requests must be completed by a personal phone call with property owner. Voice mail messages and/or emails are not sufficient notification to avoid cancellation or transfer fees. It is the renters responsibility to insure personal contact is made in a timely manner. Off-season nightly rates are $250 - $375 per night. $250 nightly rate is for the main floor of the cottage only (4 people max). The nightly rate for the entire cottage (8 people max) is $375 per night. Tax is an additional 8%.

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                                                          For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

                                                          Property # 351455vb