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Large house on Lake Michigan with dramatic views. Pier House sleeps 16 plus.

Montague, MI, USA
  • House4300 sqft
  • Bedrooms7
  • Sleeps16
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Lake Michigan retreat, call owner @5082989992 prior to booking for information

New house construction was completed June, 2014. This house has many features and is about 4300 square feet on four levels. The main level features a foyer that opens to a large open area which includes the living and kitchen area. The well appointed kitchen opens to the dining room. The kitchen also includes access to the enclosed four-season porch. The second level includes the master bedroom with en suite bathroom. A second bedroom shares access to the en suite bathroom and perfect for small children. The upper level includes three guest rooms with one en suite bathroom. A second bathroom on this floor supports the other two bedrooms. There is an open lounge area the connects all the bedrooms on this floor. The lower level includes two guest rooms, one bathroom, the media room with a wet bar and a laundry room.

The kitchen features two dishwashers, a six burner gas range, a second oven, a microwave and a built-in refrigerator. Also available are spices, plates, cutlery and cooking utensils.

The dining room can seat 10 and has access to the four-season porch. The enclosed porch features table seating for 16 with both south and east views of the surrounding woods and a west view of Lake Michigan. Also, there is access to the outdoor grilling and picnic area as well to the steps down to the beach.

The living area features a dramatic view of Lake Michigan and access to the three tiered deck that faces west. The foyer entrance includes a guest bathroom, guest closet and the open staircase that connects the multiple levels of The Pier House.

One level down from the main living area is the entrance to the game room. This fun area of the house includes several choices of activity including a ping pong table, pool table, foos ball and a game table. The game room has a screen facing east and a second refrigerator for the house.

The lower level of the house includes two guest bedrooms, a full bathroom and the media room. The media room features a 65 inch flat screen TV, surround sound and a wet bar. The laundry room is located on this level as well.

The front of the house faces east and features a large covered porch which includes multiple seating options and views of the surrounding woods. Below the porch is a large enclosed storage area for bikes, golf clubs, etc.

The Pier House sits on a low bluff over looking Lake Michigan including a view of the White Lake Channel to the southwest. The west views are enjoyed from a spacious three tiered deck which is a primary feature of The Pier House. South of the house features a picnic area including a fire ring with access to the outdoor natural gas grill and the entrance to the enclosed porch.

The Pier House includes a private set of stairs (30 steps) which leads down to the beach. A short walk south takes you to the White Lake Channel including the Pier for fishing and boat watching. There are multiple kayaks to be used for water adventures as well as three flat boards. Life vests of multiple sizes are available. Beach chairs are provided along with beach toys for the children. There is a picnic table with a large sun umbrella on the beach.


Stan Allison

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Feb 25, 2018
About Stan Allison

We live in a cottage nearby and our proximity allows us to be available for assistance during your stay. Please call/ text the owner at 508 2989992 to discuss rental details, special pricing options and "returning guest" policy prior to booking. This communication process has proven very successful during our six years of renting our properties on Lake Michigan. It allows us to answer any of your questions, set expectations for your family vacation and discuss our payment process and refund policy. Thank you, Stan & Linda Allison

Stan Allison purchased this House in 2012

Why Stan Allison chose White River

The purchase of this property allowed for a building site that would capture the beauty of Lake Michigan as well as embracing the surrounding woods. Access to both White Lake and Lake Michigan provides many options for water fun including fishing, kayaking, boating and just sitting on the Pier watching the boat traffic glide through the White Lake Channel. We look forward to sharing our home with those guests that visit us during the summer season. We recently purchased the vacant parcel south of the Pier House adding 150 feet of Lake Michigan frontage (total of 300 feet) and an additional three acres of private, pristine woods that make The Pier House so very unique.

What makes this House unique

First and foremost is Lake Michigan with 300 feet of private beach. Additionally, there is near by access to White Lake and the White Lake Channel Pier. The Old Channel Pier House is an outstanding example of what west Michigan has to offer as a summer vacation destination. Pure Michigan at its best!


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


      • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
      • Bedroom 2 upper level guest
        1 king, 13x 15 w/ en suite, west view and balcony w/ large closet
      • Bedroom 3 upper level guest
        1 queen, 13x 13 w/ west view and balcony
      • Bedroom 5 lower level guest
        1 queen, 12x 11 w/ west window and access to full bath
      • Bedroom 7
        1 sleep sofa /futon, 10.5x 14 area w/west view and TV, access to full bath
      • Bedroom 8
        1 twin/ single, 10 X 12 bedroom with east window. Access to full bathroom.
      • Bedroom 6 lower level guest
        3 twin/ single, 14x 12 w/ east window, access to full bath
      • Bedroom 1 Upstairs master family suite
        1 king, 1 twin/ single, 19x15 master w/ en suite & balcony, 12x9 annex w/ east view
      • Bedroom 4 upper level guest
        4 twin/ single, 12x 13 with east view, bathroom access next door
      • All bedrooms feature new mattresses with quality sheets, pillows and plenty of blankets. Most bedrooms have views, three have access to balconies facing Lake Michigan.


      • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1 upper master en suite
        toilet, shower, 2 sinks, over sized shower with rain shower
      • Bathroom 3 upper level guest
        toilet, combination tub/shower, access to upper level guest rooms
      • Bathroom 4 lower level guest
        toilet, combination tub/shower, access to lower level guest rooms
      • Bathroom 5 main level guest
        toilet, access to main level living areas
      • Bathroom 2 upper guest with en suite
        toilet, shower, features rain shower
      • Bathroom sundries include towels, paper and cleaning supplies. Plenty of storage space as well.

      Location Type

        • Beachfront
          Enjoy the unobstructed view of Lake Michigan as well as the White Lake Channel Pier. The property sits on 300 feet of private Lake Michigan frontage and White Lake access is close by.
        • Lakefront
          Lake Michigan is the largest body of fresh water in the U.S.A. White Lake is over five miles long. The White Lake Channel connects White Lake to Lake Michigan.
        • Waterfront
          This retreat will provide the perfect vacation for your family and friends. Enjoy the soft sand, swim in clear water and enjoy the view of the boat traffic entering and leaving the Channel.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      The homes features central air conditioning which compliments the ceiling fans on the main level, porch and upper level guest rooms plus master suite.
                    • Fireplace
                      Gas fireplace
                    • Garage
                      Garage is used as a game room featuring a pool table, game table, foos ball and a ping pong table. Board games available as well.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      Wi-Fi available throughout the house. Sonos music system available in the kitchen, living room, dinning room and the porch.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Located in the lower level laundry room.
                    • Linens Provided
                      All linens are provided for bedding. Maid service is not provided during the week but a laundry room is available located in the lower level.
                    • Living Room
                      Dramatic view of Lake Michigan and access to the three tiered deck and picnic area/steps to the beach.
                    • Parking
                      Designated spaces for 5 vehicles. Parking for additional vehicles and boats/trailers need to be arranged in advance of arrival with the owner.
                    • Telephone
                      Free U.S.A. long distance service is available to our guests. Be aware some cell phone service may not be available depending on the service provider.
                    • Towels Provided
                      A large supply of towels and wash cloths are provided in each of the bathrooms. We also provide a limited number of beach towels for our guests.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Located in the lower level laundry room.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Two coffee makers available and a large supply of coffee choices as well.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Dishes, utensils and kitchenware to support 16 guests.
                        • Dishwasher
                          2 in the kitchen
                        • Kitchen
                          High end appliances, 2 dish washers, 6 burner gas range. Plenty of utensils and supplies, pantry for storage. Seating for 4 at the large island. Access to the porch and adjoining dinning room.
                        • Microwave
                          1 in kitchen
                        • Oven
                          Second oven available
                        • Pantry Items
                          Spices, paper goods, garbage bags and other misc pantry items available including cleaning supplies and dishwasher detergent.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Second refrigerator available in the game room, beverage center available in the dining area. Second beverage center available in the media room in the lower level.
                        • Stove
                          6 burner gas range
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Dinning area accesses the kitchen and features a wet bar with table seating of 10. Enclosed porch features seating for 16 with access to the kitchen and outside picnic area.
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Foosball
                                • Game Room
                                  Game table along with bar height table with seating
                                • Games
                                • Music Library
                                  Sonos system is available with several speakers available in the living areas as well as the media room in the lower level.
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Pool Table
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  DVD capability in the lower level media room.
                                • Television
                                  Large flat screen TV's are available in the lower level living area, the lounge area on the upper floor, the master bedroom and the living room.
                                • Toys
                                  A selection of beach toys are available


                                    • Balcony
                                      Three balconies are featured on the west side of the house
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Adult/teen bikes in good condition. Bike helmets also provided.
                                    • Boat
                                      Pontoon rentals are available from a vendor in the area. Charters are available for both Lakes. Discuss with owner if a boat is being brought including lake access and rental of a nearby boat slip.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Multiple decks are a primary feature of the house with great views of Lake Michigan
                                    • Golf
                                      Numerous golf courses are available in the area including the Old Channel Golf Course about 3 miles up the road.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      5 kayaks and 3 flat boards are available for use on White Lake as well as Lake Michigan.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Natural gas Weber grill is available.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Kayaks and 3 paddle boards are available along with paddles and life vests of multiple sizes.


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • library
                                            • churches
                                            • coin laundry
                                            • festivals
                                            • forests
                                            • cinemas
                                            • live theater
                                            • marina
                                            • playground
                                            • theme parks
                                            • water parks

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • We are here to assist your family as well as your guests in having a memorable vacation at The Pier House. Please contact us if there are any questions regarding the property.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 5:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

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

                                                              16 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Breathtaking views, Beautiful home, Great hosts

                                                              Kathy C.

                                                              The Old Channel Pier House provided a relaxing and fun vacation home for our gathering of grandparents, adult children, and grandchildren. Please take time to read all the five star reviews for this property: if anything the reviews understate how very nice this property is. The gourmet kitchen and eating areas are well equipped for large groups, including two dishwashers, inside seating for 16 and two large picnic tables on a deck for al fresco dining. There are large comfortable spaces both inside and on the many decks for groups to gather as well as quiet spaces for reading and naps. Included in the ample seating are a swing and rocking chairs on the front porch and chaises and Adirondack chairs on the decks, and beach chairs for the beach. The kayaks and paddle boards, complete with life jackets, added a lot to our fun. The setting was beautiful and private. We saw more deer than neighbors. Stan and Linda were gracious hosts--always helpful and available but never instrusive. We look forward to our return stay at the Pier House next year and would highly recommend this property to others.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for visiting The Pier House this year for your family vacation and we look forward to your return next season.

                                                              Stan & Linda

                                                              Wonderful location and amenities on Lake Michigan!

                                                              Charlotte W.

                                                              This well appointed split level home comfortably housed our family of 11 with room to spare! Full kitchen, tv lounging area on each floor, multilevel decks, fire pit, easy access to the beach with numerous paddle boards and kayaks. For rainy days a screened garage room with pool table, ping pong table and foosball. And entirely air conditioned! A slice of heaven with breathtaking sunsets!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for your kind words describing your recent stay at The Pier House on Lake Michigan. We are delighted you are returning for a third season in 2018!


                                                              Stan & Linda

                                                              Better than we could have imagined!

                                                              Carol S.

                                                              This was our first time renting a home on the shores of Lake Michigan and I am happy to say that the Old Channel Pier House greatly exceeded our expectations! It was beautiful in every respect, bigger than we imagined, and suited our family perfectly. Celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary with a special family trip, our 4 children, their spouses, and 7 granddaughters joined us. There was more than enough space for everyone, the fully equipped gourmet kitchen accommodated multiple cooks, and we were all able to eat together on the sun porch. If we weren't down at the lovely beach playing with all the "toys" we were in the game room playing with those toys. Stan and Linda included everything in the house (and outside of the house) to make us feel completely at home - and then some! Thank you Stan and Linda - you do your guests right! And now we can never think of staying anywhere else!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We enjoyed hosting your family during your visit to Lake Michigan and The Pier House and we look forward to your return next season.

                                                              Thank you,

                                                              Stan & Linda

                                                              First Home Worth Returning To

                                                              Amy B.

                                                              My family has stayed in an ample number of vacation rentals over the past 12 years and this is the first home that we have strongly considered returning to. Stan & Linda have gone out of their way to make this home a true "home away from home!" They have attended to the smallest details and incorporated relaxation & fun into all amenities available. The watercraft, fire ring, bicycles, shark-free waters really contribute to an overall wellness of body and soul. Thank you for being truly dedicated, mindful, and thoughtful vacation homeowners! We hope to return!

                                                              We've found our yearly vacation house!

                                                              Caitlin C.

                                                              We've just returned from a week at the Pier House and it was perfect for our extended family. The main floor was a great space to cook, eat, play games and hang out. The game room and the basement were perfect for the kids to play and watch movies. With only a short set of stairs up to the master bedroom, my grandmother had a quiet place to go and watch TV. The beach was beautiful and the waves were amazing. The location was ideal with a short walk to the pier or a long walk down the beach. We had lots of fun with the kayaks and paddle boards. The house included everything we needed and more including a slow cooker and popcorn maker. Thank you Stan and Linda for a wonderful week! Go Green!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We really enjoyed hosting your family this summer at The Old Channel Pier House. We look forward to your return next season.

                                                              Thank you,

                                                              Stan & Linda

                                                              Your search ends here!

                                                              Sandra H.

                                                              If you are looking for the ideal Lake Michigan beach rental property, you can stop looking, because here it is. We've just returned from our fabulous week at the Pier House (for the third year) and it was awesome. Everything was exactly as described and more. Stan and Linda have taken care of every possible detail and have spared no expense to provide a fun and comfortable stay. They are always available to quickly answer questions or address concerns. The house is beautiful, clean, and full of amenities. The kids loved the game room and the "Man Cave" on the lower level. The decks provide wonderful views, with amazing sunsets. Days were spent either playing in the water (kayaks and paddle boards provided) or golfing nearby courses. It was a wonderful week and we are already looking forward to next year! Phil & Cindy

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We really enjoyed the opportunity to host your family again this year at The Old Channel Pier House. We look forward to your return next summer.

                                                              Stan & Linda


                                                              Montague, MI, USA

                                                              The charming lake towns of Montague/Whitehall are 10 minutes away with a farmers market, small shops, weekend events throughout the summer and access to White Lake marinas. There are also weekly live music concerts at the Montague Bandshell. Boating enthusiasts have a number of options. You can bring your own boat and launch nearby on White Lake or rent various watercraft by the day or week through several local vendors. If fishing is your interest, charters are available on Lake Michigan as well as White Lake. You can also fish off the White Lake Channel Pier or the Lifeguard bridge. Both are short walks from the house. For the golfers in the group there are many options in the area. The Old Channel Golf Course is up the road about 3 miles. If you expand your options by 20 to minutes you can play Grand View Golf Course in New Era as well as the challenging Thoroughbred Golf Club in Rothbury. To the south, is the Stone Gate Golf Club located in Twin Lake. And finally for those golfers who truly want to experience the best golf in Michigan, Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club is two hours north near Manistee. This beautiful course sits on Lake Michigan and is a challenging links style design. Additional fun for the entire family is a visit to Michigan Adventure Park which is 25 minutes to the south. Bring you own bikes or rent from local Montague shops. A water park and dude ranch at the Double JJ Ranch is 15 minutes away in Rothbury. About 30 minutes north is the Silver Lake Dunes area and the picturesque town of Pentwater. You can also canoe or kayak down the White River (visit the Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery website for more information). The kids will enjoy a visit to the Country Dairy In New Era as well.

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              Changeover is Saturday to Saturday. Check in is 5:00 p.m. and check out is 11:00 a.m. The owner, Stan Allison, requires a phone call conversation before the rental reservation can be confirmed at 508 2989992. This allows Stan to answer any questions, set expectations for your rental experience and detail his "returning guest" policy. This call is very helpful to you the perspective guest and to your host. Owner prefers personal checks as form of payment. Security deposit is waived for returning guests. Cancellation Policy: First payment deposit refunded if owner can rebook (less 15% administrative fee) up to May 1st. No payment refunds after May 1st with the exception of cleaning fee, sales taxes and security deposit. Maximum capacity of The Pier House is 16 people including children and infants. $250 per person for the week over maximum capacity up to 18 people. Discuss with the owner for further detail.

                                                              16 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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