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

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 4,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace


About the property

Lake Michigan family retreat north of White Lake channel sleeps 16 comfortabl

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 14 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 as well. There is a picnic table with a large sun umbrella close to the beach.

Contact the owner to review the check payment option to lower the overall cost of renting The Old Channel Pier House for your next family vacation.

More Details

Stan Allison
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

About Stan Allison

Please visit HomeAway listing # 3882195 (The Old Channel Beach House) to acquaint yourself with our sister property which is one lot south of The Pier House. We live in a cottage nearby and our proximity allows us to be available for assistance during your stay.

Stan Allison purchased this house in 2012

Why Stan Allison chose Western Michigan

The purchase of this property allowed for a building site that could capture the beauty of Lake Michigan as well as embracing the surrounding woods. Access to White Lake is very close and 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.

What makes this house unique

First and foremost is Lake Michigan. 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!


Montague House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 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.
  • 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 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
    Bedroom 8 - 1 twin/ single , 10 X 12 bedroom with east window. Access to full bathroom.
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Large house on Lake Michigan with dramatic views. House sleeps 16 comfortably
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

We've found our yearly vacation house!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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Your search ends here!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5

Our large extended family has gathered at Pier House more than once, and find it a lovely peaceful home. Travelers find the most comfortable home with every amenity. The amazing kitchen easily welcomes our large group for all meals of any type - with a view which can't be beat. Kids of all ages as well as parents find house games, beach equipment, top tier sound equipment, places inside and out for fun, reflection, family conversations. The stunning sunsets are a tradition as we all gather each night on the decks or stairs to the beach to settle the evening. A charming restaurant / tavern is within walking distance. This beautiful home and the Allisons's will provide any lucky family with a great Pure Michigan vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted your extended family had another enjoyable vacation at The Old Channel Pier House. We look forward to your return next summer. Thank you, Stan & Linda
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The Pier House is by far the nicest and best maintained home that we have rented on Lake Michigan.

  • 5 of 5

Our family has stayed at the Pier House each of the last two years, and all of us are looking forward to returning next summer.

This home is lovely and its design lends itself to multiple family stays. The bedrooms are comfortable and come equipped with nice linens. The kitchen is modern with high-end appliances, quality cookware, and small appliance amenities such as a blender, food processor, two types of coffee makers, and a waffle maker.

Stan and Linda Allison have thought of everything--wi-fi, sound system, game room, beach towels, kayaks, bicycles, standup paddle boards and a fire pit--all of which added to our enjoyment.

The view from the house is beautiful and the sunsets were breathtaking!

We found everything in the house to be clean and in good working order. We reported a glitch with the clothes dryer and within an hour Linda resolved the issue. The house bicycles didn't seem conducive to a lengthy ride. An hour after hearing about this, Stan appeared with three new bicycles.

We have rented homes on Lake Michigan for many years and the Pier House is by far the nicest and best maintained. Few rental properties are equipped with a full house generator in the event of a power outage.

Many thanks for another great week!

George and Ellen

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have enjoyed hosting your family at The Old Channel Pier House over the past several seasons and we look forward to your return next summer. Thank you, Stan & Linda Allison
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Fantastic location with a fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a week of vacation with the extended family. We found a place with all what is needed for a great family vacation. The house was in very good shape, clean and had all items you would ask for. That also included the beach toys, ocean kayaks etc. directly at the beach. We also enjoyed the spacious cut of the rooms, so that even with several families we had room to spend time together but also big rooms for each part of family if needed. Stan the owner of the house was also taking great care of us.

We can only 100% recommend that house for every family vacation. We are happy to come back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed your stay at The Old Channel Pier House and look forward to your return next summer. Thank you, Stan & Linda
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The perfect family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The Pier House was perfect in every way! We felt like we got our money's worth in the first half a day. Stan and Linda have thought through every little detail to make their guests feel comfortable. Our extended family of 14 spent a glorious week at the beach, and there was ample room for all of us to be together, or to find a quiet place to ourselves. The grandkids loved the game room, and a few adults were even allowed to participate. The beach toys were great, and we were lucky enough to have calm water to try out the paddle boards. We love to cook, and found the gourmet kitchen a delight to be in and it was especially helpful to have a large stove, and lots of refrigerator space to accommodate our needs for the week. No need to bring anything from home, as it is all provided for you (even the beach towels). This is truly a lovely home, and the pictures on the web site do not do it justice. The beds and bedding are top notch. The outdoor decks and fire pit were a big hit with our crowd (we only ate inside one time). This is the fourth place we have rented on the Lake Shore in recent years, and is easily the best for amenities and location. Thank you Stan and Linda for providing such a perfect vacation spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really appreciated having the opportunity to host your family on your recent vacation to west Michigan and The Pier House. We look forward to your return in future summers. Thank you, Stan & Linda Allison
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Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Muskegon Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
Old Channel Inn
Nearest Ferry
29 Miles
Lake Express Ferry Srvice
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Old Channel Trail Golf Course
Nearest Train
59 Miles
Amtrak service, Holland
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
U.S. 31
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Old Channel Inn
Nearest Ski
125 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Lake front property
Car: necessary

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

Montague House Rental Rates

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July 4th holiday week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
High season
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning/linen fee $425 + Tax
c card fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Changeover is Saturday to Saturday. Check in is 4:00 p.m. and check out is 10:00 a.m.

$3500.00 deposit (plus HomeAway/VRBO service fee, if any) holds the reservation for the following season. Remaining balance is due in full on May 1st.

Owner accepts checks in addition to credit cards/direct bank payment (eCheck). No credit card fee if direct bank payment. No credit card fee if payments are made by personal check. 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.

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