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Private Beachfront Luxury On Lake Michigan - minutes from Saugatuck

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 6,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

6 EnsuiteBedrooms, 6 1/2 Bth, Elevator, Outdoor Shower, Low Lake Michigan Bluff



WESTWIND is a spectacular timber frame, located directly on private Lake Michigan beachfront. The home was designed by one of Michigan's premier architectural firms, constructed in 2013 by one of Michigan's premier custom builders. It's design combines great detail and careful craftsmanship, creating a rustic refinement that can come only with the use of the finest natural materials. Interior finishes, colors, and lighting were designer - facilitated. The home takes full advantage of its location, offering wonderful Lake Michigan views from nearly ever room. Despite the secluded feel of the property, it is less than ten minutes away from the shops, galleries and restaurants of Saugatuck/Douglas.

The south property line abuts the north boundary of Saugatuck Dunes State Park, featuring 41 miles of hiking trails interlacing 1000 undeveloped acres. The eastern border of the property meets with designated forest preserve. To the immediate west, 100' of private Lake Michigan beach. To the north, two other beach homes. As you descend the thirty user-friendly steps to the beachfront, you will see to your north a smattering of well - maintained lakefront homes. 3 miles further northward, conditions permitting, you can make out 'Big Red', the lighthouse that overlooks the pier of Holland, Michigan. To the south you will see only forested, unspoiled, natural bluff, rolling sawgrass-covered dune, and some of the world's finest beach meeting the water. This stretches 2 1/2 miles to the south, where the Saugatuck channel pierhead is visible.

Local maintenance and caretaker are available for any needs or questions that may arise.

WESTWIND's main level great room offers a stunning view of Lake Michigan as you enter the front door. Douglas fir timbers apex to a 30 foot lofted ceiling. An oversized fieldstone fireplace is surrounded by comfortable seating with great views of the beach and Lake Michigan. French doors open to a generous deck, part of which becomes enclosed by 'Phantom Screens' which descend at the touch of a button to create a screened - in covered porch with outdoor table and furniture. Beyond the deck is a short run of beachgrass followed by thirty steps descending to beach.

The home has four levels including a fourth - story crow's nest with balcony, and a walkout lower level. The goal of design was to eliminate trendiness and create a cozy feel despite a large overall size. WESTWIND fits into it's setting naturally, dwarfed by towering dunes on three sides.

The 1st master bedroom suite is located on the main floor and features beach and forest views, with french doors opening to it's own deck area. The 1st master also offers a large walk-in closet and a king bed. The second master suite is on the level above the main, with an old-fashioned metal queen bed and french doors opening to it's own private balcony, which directly overlooks Lake Michigan to the west, and forested dune to the south. Both master suites offer private quality appointments, heated floors, and commode rooms within private bathrooms. All cabinetry throughout WESTWIND is custom - designed specifically for WESTWIND, created by the finest local west-Michigan craftsmen.

On the lower level are two additional bedroom ensuites, also with heated floors. Each of these four bedrooms have full views of Lake Michigan. One of the lower level suites is fitted with a queen bed, the other with a twin-over-full bunk bed. These two lower-level suites flank the 'lake room' which features exposed timber frame, high-end audio / projection screen, eleven foot ceiling, it's own oversized fireplace, and french doors opening to the Lake. Also on the ground floor is the south beach entrance where towels and beach supplies are kept. A warm, outdoor body/foot shower is present on the small patio outside the beach entrance.

Lower level flooring is imported Indian slate. All other levels feature reclaimed oak flooring. On the second level, a cat - walk crosses over the great room below. To the south is the 2nd master. The north portion of the second floor houses the library, stocked with reading material, it's own remote controlled sound system,and a comfortable love seat positioned to take in the Lake view. The library is clad in custom - built walnut cabinetry and houses a five-foot circular window looking north, which is set behind a helical stair that rises to the fourth-floor crow's nest. The crow's nest offers more spectacular views and it's own fourth-floor balcony; another favorite spot to sit and read.

The library love seat opens to a full bed, converting the library-loft into a special sleeping suite, replete with it's own luggage and hanging closet, and a full bathroom all it's own.

A large, over-garage loft features rustic wide - plank oak flooring, exposed beams and knotty pine siding. The room features a massive oak bed and ensuite full bath with quality appointments consistent with the rest of the home.

Westwind's main floor kitchen opens to the great room in one direction and the dining room in the other. The kitchen is at once cozy, open, stylish, and a world-class culinary venue. The stove is a home centerpiece. It is a burgundy, stainless and brass custom 65" La Cornue Chateau range, hand - built in France. It features six high - capacity gas burners , two european dome ovens, and matching oversized Monsoon hood. The three kitchen sinks include a French farmhouse main sink by Herbeau, and a porcelain prep sink by La Cornue. An additional polished stainless prep sink is located within a dedicated coffee/cappuccino bar. The kitchen's island easily accommodates 4-5 eaters. The kitchen's breakfast nook seats 4. The contiguous dining room table seats 8. A peninsula between the kitchen and dining room houses a popup TV.


An elevator services the home's three primary levels.

The main laundry area is fitted with an over-sized porcelain sink, built-in ironing board and folding area. A second laundry area is located off the beach entrance.

Ample parking is on hand with a three - stall garage plus large outdoor parking area.

WESTWIND is a little over 6,880 square feet of highly detailed living space. No smoking please. You must be 25 or older to rent this property.

Bedding, bath towels, and beach towels are provided. Four additional folding chairs are available for deck or beach use, along with a cooler, two umbrellas, and beach blankets.

This is a quiet, peaceful location with enough space on three + floors to allow you and your family / friends to have both privacy and togetherness.

More Details

Paul Smucker
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

What makes this cottage unique

Lake Michigan is out your back door.


Our 'Guest Information' packet, supplied to renters contains tips on what to do / not to do, favorite restaurants, etc. Our Caretaker will introduce you to the features of the property.


Holland Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator ...
  • 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
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Powder Room - toilet , Off kitchen
    Bathroom 1st Master - toilet , shower , Private commode room. Multi jetted shower / rain head
    Bathroom 2nd Master - toilet , tub , shower , Steam shwr, Victoria + Albert tub/hand held shwr, comode rm
    South Bathroom lower level - toilet , shower , With suite,lower level bedroom south
    North bathroom, lower level - toilet , shower , With suite, lower level bedroom north
    Garage loft bathroom - toilet , shower , With garage loft suite
    Beach entrance outdoor shower - lower level - outdoor shower , Hot / cold overhead and foot shower outside beach entrance
    Library / loft private bathroom - toilet , shower , Combines with loft bedroom over great room - 6th suite
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 king , Suite. Opens to deck overlooking Lake Mich
    Master 2 - 1 queen , Suite. Private balcony overlooking Lake Mich
    Loft over great room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Features private full bath/perhaps WESTWIND's most elegant
    Lower level north - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Twin/full bunk + futon-Suite/priv full bath. Lake Mich view
    Lower level south - 1 queen , Suite. Full private bath. Lake Mich view
    Bedroom / Over garage loft - 2 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large bedroom. Suite with private full bath.
  • Five bedroom suites, each with full bath.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

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Private Beachfront Luxury On Lake Michigan - minutes from Saugatuck
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

The perfect vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I recently spent a week at this beautiful home and we could not have had a better experience! The house was perfect for our group which consisted of three generations, allowing plenty of room for all to enjoy. It is perfectly appointed with anything you should need during your stay and the attention to detail in every part of the house was amazing. The location and seclusion of Westwind made us feel like we were the only ones in the area and the private beach was the perfect way to spend the day. A short drive into Saugatuck was easy but we always found ourselves wanting to get back to enjoy the house. Sunsets from the beautiful deck were a nightly ritual as there is nothing quite like a Michigan sunset. The owners, Jay and Paul could not have been more accommodating and were there to help answer any questions we had. Our stat at Westwind far exceeded our expectations and we will hopefully get the chance to stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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  • 5 of 5

We chose this home for the view, the spaciousness, and the unique, functional design. The elevator served us well, as we were able to enjoy the media room on the lower level, the well-equipped kitchen on the main floor, and the library on the second floor. With bedrooms on each floor and an additional very private bedroom area at one end of the home, a large family can enjoy luxury, function, privacy, and enough space to comfortably gather together. I understand why visitors wish to return. The owners are quick to respond to questions and to check to make sure you have what you need during your stay. The property is immaculate.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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5 Stares is inadequate. 7 is more appropriate.

  • 5 of 5

Every sight, touch, smell, and emotion is overwhelmed with subtle elegance. Nothing is contrived as an overstatement or gaudy attempt to fake luxury. The home is right in every way. I wish I could buy it.

All amenities from the linens to the soaps, the world class kitchen to the state of the art Espresso machine, and the craftsmanship everywhere make you wonder how you ever deserve to live like this. I have never been in a home that was perfect. If you could stay in the Biltmore mansion you would miss this home.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
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Gorgeous home, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

An amazing visit, as the accommodations and location are perfect for the family that wants privacy, but still close to it all. The beach is as good as any we have been to in the world. This is truly a trip our family will not soon forget. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to create those picture perfect vacation memories.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2014
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Lake House Experience

  • 5 of 5

The weekend went great! The house had everything we needed for the weekend trip with designers from Chicago. It was great! Everyone had a great time. The views are spectacular and the sunsets all 3 nights were amazing. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect weekend in a great house. Close enough to Saugatuck, but away from it all. I would definitely rent this house again!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
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Westwind is lakeside luxury, beauty, and privacy!

  • 5 of 5

This impeccable home, offering gorgeous views of Lake Michigan, was just completed in 2013, and the owners clearly thought of everything to make this retreat sing with beauty and comfort. All the materials, appliances, and other features are first rate. Beach access is a key criterion for my family, and we have never experienced such an easy descent to the beach -- there is a wonderful stairway with landings (with benches!) to ease your path up and down. We hosted 3 generations of our family there for a week, and due to the size of the house and the bedroom/bath feature, each group had plenty of privacy. The eating nook in the kitchen is very convenient for feeding kids, and there are not one, but two, laundry rooms. The bathrooms are state of the art - with fantastic showers. The house was spotlessly clean, and all the linens were of high quality. The owners are gems - the most considerate landlords you will ever encounter. They even arranged for a catered dinner on our first evening; ours was a gourmet treat. Our toughest decision each night was which vantage point we should use to watch the sunset - one of the many balconies or the specially screened porch!!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $500
Refundable damage deposit $4,000

Please note: Our preferred method of payment is eChecking which typically requires up to ten days to process. Therefore, if paying by eChecking, please transact the fee ten days before due date in order to hit target date.

The Refundable Damage Deposit ($4,000.00) and non-refundable cleaning fee ($500.00) should be submitted at the time of payment.

Cancellation policy: Full refund of reservation deposit will be returned if notice of cancellation is given (3) months prior to occupancy date. No refund after that date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.