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Murray C. Swiftney

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Slice of Life Cottage Make Family Memories That Last a Life Time

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Western Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-14)


Welcome to My personal Slice of Life Estate the cottage on Pottawatomie Lake.

Grand Haven, is on the Lake Michigan Coastline, known for its summer Coast Guard Festival and quaint, relaxing and fun town.

Now that you have picked the right town, pick the perfect vacation home!

You will be so pleased and happy with the Vacation House!

Looking for a charming getaway?

Then the Slice of Life Cottage

is just what you’re looking for! My private Vacation House has everything you need plus more. 2,100 sq.! So much to do! You'll never want to leave!

Your only 100 yards away to Slice of Life's own private sandy beach from your relaxing patio furniture and stainless steel gas grill! With a gradual sloping sandy bottom good for swimming and great for kids. A day of pontoon boat when you book a full week, kayaks, paddle boat, 10’ plastic fishing boat with trolling motor. SEA DOO available for up-charge. Fire pit on the beach for bonfires and smores! Ladder ball, Horseshoes, Big Birdie Golf, Bean Bag toss, Croquet, bikes, 80’ dock and much, much more.

If you do decide to go into our quaint town,(and leave the private gated property, which by the way is very secluded, yet close to everything) you will find the worlds largest musical fountain, boardwalks, lake Michigan, the annual coast guard festival and parade. Downtown there is plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, movies; just down the road about 5 minutes.

Just(2.6 miles) is breath taking Hoffman Park, gorgeous year round, paths to walk, floating bridge over the Bayou. There is Central park in down town Grand haven. Pottawattomie Park is just across from my private beach, a fun quick paddle boat or kayak ride. At the park you will find Picnic shelters, play ground, fishing dock, and swimming beach.

Now for the house please see the pictures and video. A picture is worth a thousand words, and even the pictures can not say enough! You won’t be disappointed.

On the main floor there is 2 king bedrooms.

Both bedrooms have there own T.V and D.V.D player. Beautiful electric fireplace in

living room. Large picture window to look out. WII with WII fit, D.V.D player and Onkyo dual source stereo, with Bose surround system. Kitchen is complete with everything you will need, including a T.V.

The covered hot tub is just outside the back door. The front foyer door leads out to a cement patio, perfect for entertaining, meals on your stainless steel gas grill or just relaxing.

The lower level of the Slice of Life Guest House is full of fun!

Bar complete with refrigerator, microwave, and sink. Air hockey, exercise area with treadmill.

1 lower level bedroom with the new pirates bedroom sleeps six! family room with gas fireplace, tanning room with lay down tanning bed.(new bulbs)

Most of the bedding is high quality 100% Egyptian Cotton for your comfort.

There's a Wesco convenience store / gas station 1.6 miles down the road. Public boat launch is just 1.9 miles down the road. 10 minutes to Lake Michigan.

No bachelor or bachelorette parties.

We also have The Slice of Life Master house available. See listing number 251371.

The owner is affiliated with M.c.S. Realty Inc.

Equal Housing Opportunity

*** Absolutely NO EARLY Check ins, Check in time is 4:00PM!!

Keywords: Sandy Beach, Swimming, Jet Ski, pontoon boat, Lake, Fire-pit, Horse Shoes, Big Birdie Golf, Fun, Relaxing, Dock, Calming.

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Murray C. Swiftney (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Why Murray C. Swiftney chose Western Michigan

I live in the Master-house when it is not rented, and if it is I stay in the Guest House, I am doing upgrades all the time, which gives you the best too! I enjoy and care for my property and strive to make your Vacation one that will fill you with happy memories for years to come! I look forward to meeting you!


What makes this house unique

I live in the Master-house when it is not rented, and if it is I stay in the Guest House, I am doing upgrades all the time, which gives you the best too! I enjoy and care for my property and strive to make your Vacation one that will fill you with happy memories for years to come! I look forward to meeting you!



based on 10 traveler reviews

Slice of Life Cottage Make Family Memories That Last a Life Time
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews

best family gathering place

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at the Slice Of Life Cottage. My family really loved the nice sandy private beach, hot tub and abundance of activities we could do. The house was cozy and very close to the lake. There were enough bikes for our big family, so we explored trails nearby. The host was very accommodating and we were well taken care of.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Slice of Life has it all

  • 5 of 5

The home is appointed with everything. You don't run out of anything as Murray and Hope keep the home well stocked. There is something for everyone. We had eleven people (6 adults and 5 children) stay here and there was plenty of room. The children enjoyed the vacation house so much that they never wanted to go to town or to Lake Michigan. The property is well maintained and clean. Book here for your next vacation. You won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great seeing you and your family for a 2nd visit to the slice of life! We loved the tee shirts! Hope to see you all again! "Uncle" Murray & Hope
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Great place but........

  • 2 of 5

This review is to provide just an honest assessment of our experience at Life's a Slice. The property is amazing and comes with all the toys you could ever hope for. In spite of what you will read later in this review the property really is amazing and our kids had a blast!! The real problem is with the ownership, talk about uptight! The list of "rules" is offe charts. Then when we arrived we had to take a seat by the fire pit so Murray and Hope could read them to us, all in all you were made to feel like a child, but I guess they have had some bad guests in the past so we just moved on. It really started to turn for us when we noticed that someone from ownership was there everyday, you always felt like you were being watched, which is far from the relaxing experience they advertise. Then it happened! While out tubing with there Big Mable water tube, with two kids on it, the tube simply came apart. Is pulled by a pontoon boat so you really aren't going very fast. We called Murray to let him know and to our surprise all he was focused on was that we had to replace it. No consideration at all that our day on the water ended early because his three year tube came apart, just that we must replace it. This blewor minds. This was so obviously a general maintenance item. I suppose if the toaster or oven breaks down while you are there you will have to pay for it. Even when we tried to be reasonable and offer to pay for half of a brand new one, that wasn't good enough. Murray basically held our security deposit hosage. He told us if we didn't replace it he would have to pay his guy to go get one and he would take all costs, labor as well out of our deposit. No way we were going to trust him to do that so we found one on amazon and had it shipped. This was so unethical, he took complete advantage of the situation. Then to top it off, one of the "rules" was you had to call him one hour before leaving so he could do a walk through. So we did this, after waiting an hour and a half we called him only to have him inform us he wasn't even coming! What a joke! This is an expensive property but good value based on the amenities, but you must do laundry and clean. Rules state bed sheets to be washed and towels to be started, BBQ cleaned, countertops all wiped, not sure why he has a cleaning crew. Like I said this property is great but the ownership is uptight and looks to pass costs onto the guests. Ownership monitors reviews so I check back to see their respon

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to hear you had a blast, we are sorry to hear that you felt we are at our personal estate too much…. As you seen and said the property is amazing, but it takes maintenance for us to keep it amazing, the over 50 plus hanging flowers need water everyday so the vacationers coming in next, will be able to enjoy them too! We keep up on raking the waters edge so kids of all ages can enjoy the sandy beach. We do a welcome tour when you arrive so you know where everything is, and you do not miss out on using all we offer, we do have some rules, but we have never sat anyone down during a welcome tour. Rules are read during boat lessons, which is normally 10 am on Monday morning. Each rule we have comes from a previous vacationer. (The rules is in the contract that you review before you decide to send back to us) We do not ask you to “clean” the house although we do ask that you start laundry, wipe down counter tops, and check the grill, we need cleaning staff to get it all put back together for the next family coming. They have 6 hours to get it amazing again! The “Big Mable” tube was only two years old and all our beach toys are stored inside during off-season, we do hold guest responsible if they damage items. This particular item is in high demand and most everyone looks forward to using it. With all this said we enjoyed meeting your family and hope you rebook soon! Murray & Hope
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North Haledon, NJ

Winter rental

  • 5 of 5

We rented the guest house for two weeks including Christmas, the grandkids really enjoyed visiting and using the game room and basement. Even used the hot tub a couple times while it was snowing! Thanks Murray for adding the heater to the game room, we were able to warm it up and use it on Christmas day and have all 15 of us at the same table. Would have been fun to get a fire going in the fire pit, but it was a bit too cold to get everyone down there.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review! come see us again!
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Slice Of Life

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated our parent’s 50th wedding anniversary with a weeks stay at the “Slice of Life”. We had eight adults and 10 children with ages ranging from 4 months to 80 years old. We Rented Both Houses. We all had an amazing time and spent almost the entire week right there on the premises. Murray truly has thought of everything, and obviously enjoys stocking his rental with more toys than one can possible imagine. It was the perfect location for all of the kids and adults to play and relax at the same time. We also got very lucky with the weather. But even if you don’t, there are plenty of inside games and activities to keep everyone happy. This was one of our best family vacations ever!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: it was a joy to meet you all, thanks so much
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Northwest Ohio

A Great Place To Vacation.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Slice of life guest house. It is even more beautiful in person and there is so much to do just on the property! We went into town twice. We didnt come close to doing everything we wanted to in town or at slice of life! We had a great week and my grown kids declared they could vacation here every summer! We will definitely go back! Murray is very available to help you out but does not intrude.It is an awesome place!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review! You have a nice family and you all took care of our home! We hope to see your family again next year.
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Grand Haven
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Highway Inn
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Muskegon, Lake Express
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Grand Haven Golf Course
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
US-31 at Comstock
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Clover Bar
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Slice of Life
Car: recommended

Paddle boating, small Bass boat with trolling motor, Croquet,canoe, several tubes.


Rates & Availability

Grand Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 8 2016 - Sep 24 2016
3 night minimum stay
Coast Guard
Jul 31 2016 - Aug 6 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
off season
Sep 25 2016 - May 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

4 nights in season $3200.00 spring & fall $1800.00 plus 1000.00 deposit
3 nights in season $2400.00 spring & fall $1350.00 plus 1000.00 deposit

***For Event or Holiday rates and if less than 7 days please call us***
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Western Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Has hair dryer and all supplies you need.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Has hair dryer.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Has hair dryer and all the supplies you need.
  • 2 and half both rooms all have have hair dryers.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Other Sleeping area's - 1 sleep sofa /futon , We have Pac n Plays (2) and Queen air bed (1)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Flat screen with DVD.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Flat screen and DVD
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , Bunkbeds have queen on bottom and twin on top & flat screen.
  • 2 King beds, 2 sets of bunk beds with Full beds on the bottom, 1 Twin Futon, 2 Pac n Plays, 1 Queen tall Air Bed
  • Air Hockey
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Raft
  • Sand Box
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Skis
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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