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Bluewater - Breathtaking Lake Michigan Views/Direct Beach Access

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


About the property

Quintessential Cottage w/Views; 5 BR/2 BA (Sleeps 9)

Now booking 2018. Comfortable, well-maintained quaint summer cottage directly on Lake Michigan, with dual waterfront access - direct Lake Michigan private beach frontage as well as access to nearby Pigeon Lake and Pigeon River waterfronts. Includes access to private Association tennis courts, beach front fire pits (firewood provided), beach volleyball, children's play areas, Pigeon Lake docks for fishing and a public access boat ramp for all watercraft. Ideal for extended or 2 families, Bluewater has 2 private levels, 5 BR, 2 BA and comfortably sleeps 9 (with a comfortable gel queen sleeper sofa for 2 additional overflow guests) , 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. No A/C, but lots of windows, fans and cross breezes. Three short flights of stairs lead to the base of the dune with walking boards to a private Lake Michigan beach front. An additional outdoor back patio, gas grill, Association fire rings and picnic tables at the water's edge (along with fire wood!) complete your stay.

Saturday to Saturday ONLY during Peak Summer season. Apologies, but ABSOLUTELY NO large, loud, raucous gatherings, weddings, pets or smokers. We are part of a charming, tightly knit and very closely-situated community of small cottages (where noise travels easily) with close neighbors who enjoy this quiet beach-front setting. We wish to preserve their goodwill. We are looking for guests who will be respectful of these parameters. Thank you for your understanding.

Rates inclusive of complete cleaning fee, high speed wireless internet, 2 cable TVs, W/D, linens/towels, beach chairs/umbrellas and numerous books, games, puzzles and toys - just bring bathing suits and groceries (and bikes for fantastic trails)! Upper level wheelchair accessible (but not full ADA accessible. . . ).

Bluewater is part of a historic private cottage association (since 1906) surrounded by unique turn-of-the-century classic cottages, rolling dunes and wooded trails, with access to Pigeon Lake, docks, newly resurfaced 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' drive 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:
March 17, 2018

About Kim and Eric

Eric and Kim live in Evanston, IL (near Chicago) with their 3 teen/adult 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 1906, many generations of Eric's family have owned cottages in this Association, which provides added community amenities such as tennis courts, children's play areas, volleyball and fire pit/picnic areas along the lake front.

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Absolutely NO Events/Weddings/large noisy gatherings, please. Quiet hours must be strictly honored given the close proximity of nearby cottages.
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 9
  • 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/Direct Beach Access
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 29 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: June 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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Perfect week at the cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at the cottage. Our family of five had plenty of room. Everything we needed was there, Kim and Eric were so helpful. If you are looking for a quiet week at a cottage, we would definitely recommend staying at Bluewater.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sarah, We enjoyed having your family! Thanks for staying at Bluewater! 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: June 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: September 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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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 Club
Kirk Park
Pigeon Lake
Pigeon Lake Public Access
Fredrick meijers gardens
Stunning sculpture and children's play areas. Worth a 45 minute drive on an overcast day!
Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Muskegon or Grand Rapids Airports
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Beach House
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
1 Miles
The Beach House
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.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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