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Bailey Sands: Adorable Vintage Beach Cottage, steps from Lake Michigan beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 bath beach cottage, just off the beach on Lake Michigan!

Bailey Sands is an adorable cottage on a private drive, just across the street from the beautiful Pere Marquette Beach, the large public beach in Muskegon, Michigan. Walk the beach to the beach BBQ restaurant, or down the wooded trail just behind the cottage for a nature adventure. Beach has playground equipment and vendors that sell ice cream and drinks. There is a dog beach down the way, and dogs are allowed in the wooded sand dunes as well. Short drive to Michigan Adventure Amusement Park, or the many breweries and wineries located in this part of West Michigan. Bailey Sands has 2 bedrooms-1 queen, 1 full/twin bunk, and pull out couch. Bath includes bathtub shower. Fully furnished kitchen, gas grill, fire pit, all the items you'll need for the beach, sand box for the kiddies, extended back private deck, and large 3-season front porch. Cottage has high speed internet, an antennae for local channels, and smart tv with Netflix. Cottage has central heat and a large window air conditioner. Parking for two standard vehicles right at cottage, space on nearby street for others. Please ask about the discount for any stay that is booked offline with a contract through the mail.

The cottage is all season; this area has amazing winter outdoor activities including a public luge, nearby excellent sledding, and ice skating as well as cross country trails.

Summers starting in 2018 will be week to week, from Sunday to Sunday (Mid June-Labor Day).

More Details

Tara Merlo
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 11, 2017

About Tara Merlo

Peggy Kleinert and Tara Merlo are the mother / daughter co-owners of Bailey Sands and Savannah Sands Beach Cottages. The twin beach cottages are named after Peggy's 2 grand-daughters. Tara does the booking online and peggy has a house nearby and helps manage them.

Tara Merlo purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Tara Merlo chose Muskegon

These cottages were built in 1930's as a collective of 5 cottages with a bathhouse in the middle...much has changed since then. What has not changed is the absolute beauty of this area...a very large, extremely clean beach with wooded areas too. One beach restaurant and ice cream shop, but otherwise quiet and spacious area. A place to decompress.

What makes this cottage unique

This is a true getaway, yet everything you may want or need is just a short drive away....


Beachwood-Bluffton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • Bath gel and hand soap provided. Has blow dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Second bedroom has bunk bed with full on bottom and twin on top. Also, pull out couch in living room.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...


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Bailey Sands: Adorable Vintage Beach Cottage, steps from Lake Michigan beach
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 12 reviews

Cute, awesome location, everything you would need plus some you didn't think of!

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minuite of our vacation. Our family of four stayed 8 nights and wanted more. Lots of things to do in and around area. But the location is the best because it is on one of the prettiest beach I've ever been on.

House is small cozy and well taken care of. The property was very well maintained and had great outdoor room too!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute, very close to beach and very relaxing cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very easy process the owner Tara was great. The cottage was clean and had promised in the listing. Our dogs loved the beach (dog beach right down the road). The cottage was right across the road from the beach. Beautiful sunsets. Fenced patio. Comfortable main bed. Fantastic shower!! Close to places to eat (drive). Near the USS Silversides WW II Submarine museum. Note no washer and dryer (there is a laundry close) and no cable TV (has a smart TV) and limited parking (shared drive), all these points are clearly noted in the listing. Great service, enjoyed our stay. We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute cottage

  • 4 of 5

Cottage was cozy, decorated nicely and clean. Proximity is very handy to the beach. Sound carries clearly between rooms.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Lake cottage

  • 5 of 5

Cottage is very clean and well furnished. Fans, blankets, coffee pot and other small appliances and items are provided by a very thoughtful owner. View to lake is great. Walking distance to many great businesses.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very nice & comfortable. Had everything you needed for a beach side vacation. We enjoyed the beach and the kids loved body surfing in the waves. Great location and easy to get to different attractions easily.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Perfect location but more dirty than I would like

  • 3 of 5

My family stayed at Bailey Sands for a few nights while we were in town visiting family. The location was perfect! It was so nice to have the beach only a few steps away. The owner was good to do business with. She answered emails in a timely fashion and seemed friendly.

The cottage is old (which we knew when renting). I wish it was cleaned better. A deep cleaning once a month is necessary. Light fixtures, upper shelves, top of fridge and ceiling fans should be cleaned. The shower curtain was cloth without a liner. The curtain was stained and looked quite dirty. The wall next to the toilet had what looked like urine splattered on it. (Boys!). This sort of detail to cleaning is necessary when renting a home out.

The wifi shut off half way through our stay. Thus, the TV would not work either. One might say "who cares, you're on the beach!" I would agree except for at night time when my husband has insomnia and can't sleep. He depends on TV to keep him company.

The furniture and beds are old and not comfortable. One of the rocking chairs has the seat bottom broken out and a piece of vinyl siding there for support. I know this because I'm a little chubby and heard a little 'crack' when I sat down.

The oven and stove were dirty. Luckily, I didn't need to cook while there.

Overall, it was ok. My suggestion is to upgrade a bit, keep it cleaner and provide more shower towels. You probably could charge a little more if you did these things.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: wow. I will alert our trusted housekeepers to your comments. And, I wish I would have been notified that there were technical difficulties, so they could have been immediately rectified. We want all our guest to fully enjoy.
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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