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Book now for Fall - Cottage with lake views nestled among giant oaks.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cathedral ceiling,50' deck overlooking lake among giant oaks, 3 Bedrms,1.5 baths

You may have just found the perfect summer vacation cottage! You will enjoy views of Lake Michigan from the living room and deck. The cottage is also nestled among giant oak trees. Michigan cottages have names and this one is naturally called MidOaks.

The video included in this listing is about the Dune Sanctuary directly in front of our cottage. Enjoy a hike in the Sanctuary where you will see deer, raccoon, possum, beaver, cranes, swans, you name it.

The Dune Sanctuary is no longer in peril as it has been saved in perpetuity by the generous citizens of White River Township. The video is a bit long, but gives you the idea of what an incredibly special place this is.

MidOaks is located on a private road, yet close to many activities and only a 5 minute walk to miles of sandy Lake Michigan beach. No long steps to navigate. There is also a small parking area/drop off spot near the entrance to the beach. The beach is fine sand not rocks with crystal clear water.

The cottage is equipped with beach chairs, beach toys, bikes, indoor and outdoor games galore, books...everything you could want for a great vacation. If you are bringing kids, let us know their ages and we can set out appropriate toys.

One thing we don't have is a TV - but that's the whole point - to get away from the hustle and bustle. Of course we do have WIFI so you can watch pretty much anything you want. But we find not having that big screen staring you in the face encourage adults and kids alike to pursue other interests - including the wonderful pleasure of just hanging out and talking to one another.

We also do not have air conditioning, but have ceiling fans in every room.

You can enjoy a game of croquet in the large front yard. A rarely used tennis court is just a 5 minute walk. If you'd rather read a book there's a hammock for whiling away a quiet afternoon.

Special summer activities abound in Montague which is only 10 minutes by car. There is a supermarket, old fashioned ice cream parlor, gift shops, coffee house, book store, kayaking, restaurants, drugstore, gas station and farmers market, all within a 2 minute walk of each other. We have a jazz festival, chamber music festival and concerts at the band shell every Tuesday night. Plus fireworks on the 4th!

If you are a biker, you'll love the deserted roads that circle Lake Michigan. We have 4 very basic bikes available for you to use.

The cottage has a fully equipped kitchen for gourmet cooking or just reheating a pizza.

In the fall and winter, enjoy the warmth of a large wood burning fireplace after an afternoon of cross country skiing. If you're more inclined towards indoor activities, the cottage is stocked with books, games, puzzles and more. WIFI available.

The large living room has a vaulted ceiling and a wood burning fireplace. My husband chops and splits all the wood himself, so you'll never run out.

Sunsets are amazing in the winter, with an afterglow that fills the sky.

Lake Michigan freezes into a moon like landscape with 10 foot frozen drifts and a walk on the beach is actually quite remarkable.

If there is snow, which there usually is, you can cross country ski from your front door through the woods. There is also ice fishing on White Lake.

We have 4 sets of cross country skis, but you'll need your own boots.

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Pam Prosch
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017

About Pam Prosch

This was our personal vacation home for many years, It is in excellent condition with many recent upgrades. You will find indoor and outdoor games, beach chairs, bikes, books etc to enjoy a great vacation

Pam Prosch purchased this cottage in 1940

What makes this cottage unique

Just a 5 minute walk to the beach on the forest foot path. No long steps to climb. There is also a drop off place for cars to drop off kids and beach toys. On the way to the beach is the Old Channel Inn a great place for lunch and dinner.

The property overlooks the white lake area bird sanctuary. The area is filled with forest animals and is a great place to see great blue herons, eagles and more.

The town of Montague has one of the best small independent book stores with live entertainment and a full coffee service. Every amenity is available.

We are just a 10 minute walk to White Lake which is 7 miles long and home to national sailboat regattas. White Lake has a picturesque, navigable entrance into Lake Michigan.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This little cottage in the woods was amazing. It was well kept, clean,

thoroughly furnished and even had little extras. i.e. tin full of

hershey kisses, pantry with spices and herbs, games and outdoor

equipment for entertainment.

You were very kind and helpful. You were very willing to answer any

questions we had. Even the questions you had already answered in an

email you had sent days before I didn't read until half way through

our weekend. Sorry :)

I would and already have recommended this cottage to friends and family.

Thanks so much Pam and Tim for sharing your little piece of heaven

with us! We plan to be back again sometime.

> Tina

Aug 2012
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Montague Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Since we are in the middle of the woods, we don't have a fire pit. But you can build fires on the beach and we have wood for you to start it.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • River ...
  • Town ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Recently updated
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Queen Bed (1) Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Large grassy front yard perfect for croquet or other games with kids, separate horseshoe pit, small swing set, hammock


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East Lansing, Mihcigan

Beautiful Cottage in the Woods!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have been coming to Mid Oaks for the past four years, and we absolutely love it there - so much so, that my fiance and I will be getting married there this October! The house is beautiful and very well maintained, with three big bedrooms, a huge deck on the back that overlooks Lake Michigan beyond the dunes, and a big living/dining room with a lovely fireplace. The cottage feels very open and bright, even nestled as it is among the trees (which is fabulous, especially for birdwatching - we just saw a family of Eastern Screech Owls hanging out above the deck on our most recent visit). My favorite part of the cottage is actually the front sunroom, which has lawn chairs and a darts board up on the wall. The beach is just down the hill, and is soft and sandy - not at all rocky, with really clean, clear water. The twin towns of Montague and Whitehall are not far away (within biking distance, if you like to cycle) and are both really cute - I love taking my son to Lipka's Soda Fountain every summer for milkshakes. The towns are laid-back, not at all crowded or stuffy, and the people are always really nice. I would especially recommend Mid Oaks to anyone looking for a relaxing vacation with children - there's no TV, but with the beach just down the road, a swing set and hammocks in the front yard, and a big park with playground in town, my son has never wanted for screen time when we are there. Pam and Tim do a great job of keeping the place beautiful and well-stocked (begonias on the deck, firewood and charcoal ready in the pantry, etc.) Overall, we love Mid Oaks, and are looking forward to being back both this autumn and next summer!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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des moines Iowa

We loved it -beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Home was well equipped with anything we could ask for. Lovely view of Lake Michigan sunset from expansive deck. Wonderful north woods feel to entire property. Owners present next door to answer any question and give local advice

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place! Amazing scenery!

  • 5 of 5

Quaint place close to the beach. Although not on the beach directly the short walk through the woods was enjoyable. We stayed 3 nights with 4 adults and 3 kids (ages 8,5 &3). House has everything you need! Loved that there were no TVs and access to wifi/internet. We had a campfire on the beach with wood supplied by the owners.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. There is WIFI and internet so I will make sure that it's working. But glad you enjoyed the respite from technology. Best Pam
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Ann Arbor

cozy cottage, short walk to great (and not busy) public beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time with just us and our 2 kids in the forest by the beach. Classic wood paneled cottage interior with high ceiling great room. The kids loved the dart board and we loved the huge trees. Very helpful hosts right next door and an easy walk to the beach.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to hear you enjoyed the cottage. The forest surrounding the cottage is pretty amazing with giant oaks everywhere. Hope to see you again. Pam and Tim
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Perfect 4th of July vacation

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved mid-oaks! The cottage was perfect for our family of 5! The kitchen was well equipped and the deck overlooking Lake Michigan was incredibly serene. The walk down to the beach was easy but we chose to drive a couple times to bring our boat and beach toys/chairs. Carrying everything with a 6, 4 & 2 yr olds was a little challenging. Lol. We borrowed bikes and rode around the countryside and played tennis down the street. Building a fire in the fireplace was perfect on the chilly Michigan nights. It really was a fantastic vacation. Thanks Pam and Tim!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hard to believe it was cool enough to build a fire in July, but that's what's so enticing about Michigan vacations. So glad to meet you. Pam and Tim
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Peaceful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage is tucked away on a quiet street with just a short walk to Lake Michigan access. The deck with lake views and amazing mature oak trees was a favorite spot for morning coffee. The pictures and description of the cottage are accurate and the owners were prompt and friendly. We are already planning a return visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Laura, We are so glad you enjoyed the deck - it's one of our favorite parts about the house. We would love to have you back. Pam and Tim
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Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Old Channel Inn
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Old Channel Trail Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Old Channel Inn
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Lake Michigan Beach
Car: necessary

Cozy cottage with great views of Lake Michigan and breathtaking sunsets from living room and large deck. Over a mile of beautiful beaches. Near everything including tennis, golf, sailing, kayaking and bike trails. Great restaurant a five minute walk away. Just a short walk to 8 mile long White lake where national regattas take place. True locally grown fruit and vegetables at Farmer's market every Wed and Sat. Fishing for salmon on Lake Michigan with knowledgeable captain. Music in the band shell on the lake and live theater. Antique hunting. Lots of festivals during the summer and fall, pumpkin roll, fish boil, arts and crafts etc.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning - 3 night stay $60
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 11.0%

security deposit will be refunded if cottage is well maintained.
If contacting us within 60 days of arrival the total is due with the security deposit to reserve your stay. We must receive the total within 5 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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