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Bluewater - Breathtaking Lake Michigan Views and Direct Beach Access!

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 1 Convert Qn Sofa, 2 Baths (Sleeps 9 comfortably or 11 w/sofa)

Comfortable and well-maintained, Bluewater is situated on Lake Michigan, with direct Lake Michigan private beach frontage and access to nearby Pigeon Lake docks for fishing, boating and water sports. Ideal for extended or 2 families (not to exceed 11, please), Bluewater has 2 private levels and comfortably sleeps 9 (or 11 w/sleeper sofa) with 5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a living room, dining/kitchen area (fully-equipped, but no DW), deck/dining area overlooking Lake Michigan, an enclosed screened porch perfect for watching sunsets. Also an additional outdoor patio with gas grill. Three short flights of stairs lead to the base of the dune with walking boards traversing the path over the dunes to the private Lake Michigan beach front.

Saturday to Saturday ONLY during Peak Summer season. Rates include complete cleaning fee, high speed wireless internet and local phone calls, 2 cable TVs, laundry, all linens/towels, beach chairs/umbrellas and numerous books, games, puzzles and toys - just bring bathing suits and groceries! Upper level wheelchair accessible (but not full ADA accessible. . . ). No weddings, pets or smokers, please.

Bluewater is part of a private cottage association surrounded by unique turn-of-the-century classic cottages, rolling dunes and wooded trails, with access to Pigeon Lake, docks, newly-surfaced tennis courts, beach volleyball, superb hiking and bike trails, children's play areas, beachfront fire pits (stacks of wood provided) and picnic tables. Walking distance to Sandy Point Beach House and 15 minutes to loads of other excellent dining options, breweries (New Holland, Big Lake, Odd Sides, etc.), antiques and art galleries, Holland Farmer's Market, blueberry picking and quaint shopping in nearby Holland, Grand Haven, Saugatuck and Douglas. 45 minutes to Grand Rapids dining, breweries (Founders, The Mitten, Brewery Vivant) and exceptional cultural offerings (Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids Museum, Ford and Grand Rapids Children's Museum, etc.).

More Details

Kim and Eric
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

About Kim and Eric

Eric and Kim live in Evanston, IL (near Chicago) with their 3 children, but consider Bluewater and a second cottage, Bluegill their second homes.

Kim and Eric purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Kim and Eric chose Port Sheldon

Since 1908, many generations of Eric's family have owned and still own cottages in this association.

What makes this cottage unique

Nestled in the dunes with views of Lake Michigan and access to Pigeon Lake, Bluewater cottage is a special place for families to relax and make lasting memories. The beachfront is spectacular and clean, with nearby private tennis (2 newly-surfaced courts), 2 children's play areas, fishing, biking, hiking, windsurf and kayak opportunities, U-Pick blueberries, Holland’s bountiful farmers' market, and the restaurant and shops in quaint downtowns of Holland, Saugatuck and Grand Haven.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"One of the best houses on the beach. Everything including the weather was awesome!"
May 2016
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Port Sheldon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen convertible sofabed
  • Queen Bed (1- lower level). Double/Full Beds (2 - upper level). Twin/Single Beds (3 - lower level). Convertible Bed (1 Queen Sofabed - upper level). Sleeps 9 comfortably and 11 with the use of a convertible queen sofabed in the living room.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Sand Box
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Handicapped Accessible/Wheelchair Accessible (may have limitations). Beachfront: Cottage located directly on Lake Michigan, Lakefront.


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Bluewater - Breathtaking Lake Michigan Views and Direct Beach Access!
average rating of 4.9375 based on 28 reviews

Great location in wonderful neighborhood directly on Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

There are few true communities in the US like Port Sheldon let alone a community with so much history and amazing views of Lake Michigan. House has a nice cottage feel to it which is a perfect fit for a house on the big lake. Communication was perfect from the time we booked all the way up to the departure instructions. Affordable price compared to other homes in the area. Would recommend to others and would stay again!

One great plus that wasn't mentioned in the Ad is the community fire pit and volleyball court on the beach right where the waves crash on the beach. Made for a great evening bonfire with family and friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments! We are so glad you all enjoyed Bluewater and our treasured association! Looking forward to your next visit. Kim and Eric
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Great Place right on Lake MI!!

  • 5 of 5

Great for big families in that there are separate sleeping areas. Charming private beach with fire pits, etc. Very clean and the owners are nice and hospitable. We will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Saint Joseph, Michigan

Great location with a beautiful view of the water and sunsets!

  • 5 of 5

We rented Bluewater to stay in while in town for a nearby wedding and enjoyed the cozy cottage immensely. The deck and screened in area were great for enjoying the weather and view and a short walk down to the beach for an afternoon in the sun was great. The only surprise was that there are no interior stairs connecting first and second floors but it wasn't a problem and could be ideal for 2 families looking for a little privacy. Thanks Kim and Eric!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having your group as our guests! Happy nuptials!
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Great weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Four friends and myself stayed at Bluewater for an early fall weekend. Kim and Eric were very accommodating with fast responses to any questions. The cottage is part of an association with shared beach, beach volleyball court, rings for a campfire all on the beach. The sunsets were amazing, and even though we stayed when the days started getting shorter and weather cooler, we still had a great time on the beach. We chartered a salmon fishing trip out of Grand Haven, 15 minutes away. The cottage is in a great location - 15 minutes north to Grand Haven, 15 minutes south to Holland, both cutsey towns with lots to do, breweries, wineries, good restaurants, and both have weekend farmers markets ( the one in Holland is better but Grand Haven is good too). It is near u-pick blueberry farms too if in season. Expect a very comfortable cottage that is clean and well cared for. It is not a "luxury" house on the beach, but was everything we expected. One thing to note - and it wasn't a problem for us - is that upstairs and downstairs do not connect. You have to use outside stairwell in either the front or back. I could foresee it being an issue in incliment weather, especially if there is any mobility issues with any of the guests. It is also a lot of steps down to the beach, but that's how it is pretty much anywhere along the Lake Michigan coast. It is definitely a place I'd consider returning to. It is a good value for the price.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Wayne, Indiana

Wonderful property overlooking Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I have made a tradition out of spending Memorial Day weekend on Lake Michigan. This year the property we have typically used was unavailable. After searching for a new property, we found this wonderful location. Kim and Eric did a great job providing necessary information to our inquiries in a very timely manner and have a beautiful property with a wonderful private beach access.

Below are comments from some of my other guests:

"Memorial Day Weekend 2016! We had so much fun! The house is lovely and the beach was perfect. An awesome weekend with friends! Thank you! Hoping to come back soon! Taylor L. and Vicki L., Indianapolis"

"Just what I needed to escape from reality for a weekend. The beach was awesome and we got lucky and had great weather almost the whole time! I definitely want to come back here. Travis W. Michigan"

"One of the best houses on the beach. Everything including the weather was awesome! Jordan B, Fort Wayne"

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location.

  • 5 of 5

Overall experience was good. Beautiful view of the lake. One downside is there is no inside stairway to lower level. Would recommend.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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New Holland Brewing Company
"Excellent local brewery offering tours and endless varieties of your favorite craft brews."
Farmers' Market
Sandy Point Beach House
"Excellent restaurant just walking distance from Bluewater"
Port Sheldon Party Store
Reenders Blueberry Farms
Gold Coast Outfitters LLC
West Ottawa Golf Course
Kirk Park
Pigeon Lake
Pigeon Lake Public Access
Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Muskegon or Grand Rapids Airports
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Holland Brewing Company
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
West Ottawa Golf Course, numerous others
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US 31 and Port Sheldon Road
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Numerous on US 31, Holland, Grand Haven, Saugatuck
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Lake Michigan and Pigeon River
Car: necessary

Numerous paved biking paths to Grand Haven/Holland, hiking trails in 2 State parks, nature centers, golf courses, blueberry farms, watercraft (stand up paddle board, kayak and jet ski) rentals in Holland/Grand Haven, and award-winning restaurants, superb museums, breweries and Meijer Botanical Gardens in Grand Rapids.

Other Activities: Shuffleboard, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Shopping, Kayaking, Miniature Golf, Blueberry picking

Golf: Numerous excellent and well-priced golf courses nearby.


Rates & Availability

Port Sheldon Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Indian Summer/Fall 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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