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Historic Highland Park Cottage

Grand Haven, MI, USA
  • Cottage1800 sqft
  • Bedrooms6
  • Sleeps11
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Cottage, 6 Bedrooms, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 11)

Pine Lodge is in Highland Park a 100+ year old resort area in the city of Grand Haven. We are about 150 yards from the City beach which is adjacent to the State Park. It was our year around home for 26 years until me moved to a conventional home 1/2 mile 'in town' June 1, 2002. It has 3 parking spaces adjacent to it and sits on a small dune, so it's about a normal flight of stairs to get in (not handicap accessible).

The first floor has a half bath with laundry, a fully equipped kitchen with quarry tile floor and an eating nook that can accommodate 10 (if you squeeze). There is a large living room with hardwood floors and the screened porch off it has a narrow view of the lake. The second floor has a full bathroom plus with custom shower, separate claw foot tub, toilet and vanity. The master bedroom has a queen bed and large closet, the 2nd bedroom has a double bed with a trundle twin under it and the 3rd two twins trundle. The 2nd floor rooms are carpeted and the walls and ceilings are ¾” tongue and grove Brazilian hardwood. The third floor is rustic, but clean with pine floors and shiplap wooden walls. Two bedrooms with dormers that look out to the lake. One has a double bed, the other 2 twins trundle. The 3rd bedroom has a twin bed. We keep a TV with VCR and basic cable. The cottage is not air conditioned, but lake breezes and fans keep it comfortable.

We are about a mile walk to downtown and there are hiking trails nearby. Grand Haven has many nice restaurants a nice shopping district downtown, a wonderful boardwalk along the channel and a great playground. Charter fishing boats dock downtown. A 9 screen movie theater is just south of town. Michigan's largest amusement park is 25 miles north and one of USA's 75 best public golf courses just 5 miles south of town. Of course, Grand Haven hosts the world's largest musical fountain that gives nightly performances. If there are any other questions I can answer, feel free to ask.

Keywords: Highland Park



Jim Mathews

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Jim Mathews

We are a pharmacist/executive and a retired preschool teacher. We raised 6 children in this home before we converted it to a rental. 19 of our 21 grandchildren live in Grand Haven and love to visit the cottage.

Jim Mathews purchased this Cottage in 1975

Why Jim Mathews chose Grand Haven

This was our year around home for almost 30 years until we move to our 'favorite' 'normal' house 3/4 of a mile inland. We moved here when our oldest child was in kindergarden because we thought this would be a great place to raise a family. It was.


    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
        • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (6)


        • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
          • Full Bath on second floor with both a claw foot tub and a separate corner shower. First floor has a half bath.

          Location Type

            • Beach View
            • Lake View


                • Budget
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Spa
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking Off Street
                          Room for 3 vehicles maximum. Other parking on city street about 250 yards away
                        • Telephone
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wood Stove


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 10 people


                                    • Books
                                      A few novels, local history books and children's books
                                    • CD Player
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Television
                                    • VCR


                                        • Balcony
                                        • Boat
                                          A marina downtown and boat ramp close by
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Golf
                                          Many choices within 15 miles including a course previously voted one of america's top 50 public courses
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          Lake Michigan, Spring Lake and the Grand River are all nearby
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Tennis
                                          Access to two beautiful historic hard courts


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible


                                                • cinemas
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • museums
                                                • restaurants
                                                • theme parks

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • shopping

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • wind-surfing

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                              4 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Fantastic Week, Fantastic House, Fantastic Location

                                                              Susan C.

                                                              We loved, loved, loved spending the week and Pine Lodge. Plenty of room for the ten of us and lot's a space to be together or go off for some quiet time. The front porch is fantastic for hanging out and having dinner---loved the touch of the chandelier! Kids slept on the 3rd floor and have one of the best views you can get in Grand Haven. Truly a family home. Jim was great and we were happy to meet them in person! Understand why the house feels so warm and inviting---this is their home and they care about it. They want everyone to enjoy it as much as they clearly have!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Aww, Susan, you are making us blush. Thank you for the very kind words. We also thank you for taking such good care of the cottage. It was a pleasure to host you and get to meet you. We hope to see you again in the future.

                                                              For 2 weeks we are in heaven:-)

                                                              MurphySt. Louis, MO

                                                              Our family has been renting Pine Lodge for 11 years, we have nothing but rave reviews for the cottage and it’s owners Jim and Kathy! We enjoy our summers so much that we even rented the cottage for 4 days in 2011 to celebrate Thanksgiving, staying through that weekend. Our family of 4, our extended family (2 brothers and their families), cousins from IN, and friends from St. Louis have enjoyed the cottage. A cousin made the trek from NY this past summer based on our review of Grand Haven and Pine Lodge!

                                                              The owners have been nothing but accommodating, friendly and respectful of our family vacation. The cottage is the total package - can't think of anything it is missing. On the rare occasion that we have had any problems (we can only remember twice) they have addressed them immediately. The neighbors are all fabulous; we’ve been invited to parties at their homes including an impromptu visit at one of the cottages after enjoying one of the beautiful GH sunsets.

                                                              We can’t say enough good things about Pine Lodge, its owners and GH in general. It is a great family vacation made better by our renting of Pine Lodge each summer. We look forward to seeing all of the updates that have been made to the cottage each summer and the newest hot spots suggested on the greeting sheet. There are many cottage owners who do not put money back into their cottages, just collect the rent. Jim and Kathy make improvements each year that we have rented.

                                                              In general – we are in heaven when we are in GH, staying at Pine Lodge. Our grown children still enjoy and look forward to coming - even if only for a long weekend, they feel it is worth it! We are looking forward to the point when they have families who will join in the fun.

                                                              Thank you to Jim and Kathy for providing such a great house for us to enjoy.

                                                              Home away from home

                                                              Satisfied vacationer!!Metro Detroit, MI

                                                              July 2014 will mark our 13th summer in a row that we have stayed at Pine Lodge. At the end of each weeklong stay we ask the kids, "should we come back next year?" The answer is always a resounding "YES" (and a few tears from the youngest who doesn't want to go home.)

                                                              From the moment you walk in the door, this house welcomes you. With 7 bedrooms (we include the tiny 'closet' room that our youngest uses for her bedroom), 1.5 bathrooms, laundry room, fully equipped kitchen (including a dishwasher), L-shaped screened in porch with an awesome swing that hangs from the ceiling, and a dining room that seats 11 if you squish this "cottage" is perfect for our large family. The lake is close enough for the older kids to get to, but too far for the littles. The screened porch doors latch at the top to prevent little ones from getting out unattended. There is a swing and a bench on the property where young ones can play and still be seen from an adult on the porch.

                                                              With a house over 100 years old, there are bound to be issues. We've had a few over the years, but all have been taken care of quickly and with as little interruption to our peace and quiet as possible.

                                                              The house is always clean and well maintained. Jim and Kathy are very helpful with any issues we encounter or with questions we have.

                                                              We have and continue to recommend this property to relatives and friends.

                                                              There are lots of attractions near by and one of our traditions is a family lunch at The Kirby House.

                                                              We look forward to coming again this year!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thanks for the kind words. Families like this are what makes renting a pleasure. Over the 13 years, we have enjoyed watching their family grow. Kids who were young teens, or pre-teens when they first rented are now getting married. They, like some of our other long term renters become almost like family.

                                                              Great Cottage with a very disappointing owner

                                                              DisappointedGrand Rapids, Michigan

                                                              We have rented this cottage several times and it is a great location in the Highland Park neighborhood. We had a wonderful time each time we stayed, however the owner shows up without notice which is a bit disconcerting when you are on vacation. Our disappointment came this past summer when we arrived for a two week stay and after moving in sat down on the couch to the smell of vomit. We could not locate where the smell was coming from, but opened the windows and dealt with it. We had a wonderful two weeks, but upon our return home received an email from the owner accusing us of vomiting in a heat duct under a rug next to the couch and leaving it. He also accused us of playing music to loud, and that our children were saying some inappropriate things out in the street. They were, and we disciplined them for it at the time. This all came from a nosy neighbor (the cottages are all very close together in this area). The music was actually being played late into the evening by a cottage next to ours, and it was actually very nice acoustic guitar played by the person residing in that cottage. The owner also informed us he was keeping our security deposit to clean the carpet in one bedroom upstairs. A guest of ours accidentally walked onto a second floor deck that has a black rubber membrane roof and the black residue came off his feet on the carpet I guess. Never mind that they put chairs on this deck insinuating that you can sit up there. We did not see the stain when cleaning up before departing, and we spent several hours cleaning the cottage before departing. You also pay for cleaning as part of the rental, but we always have cleaned up after ourselves. We left the cottage cleaner than we found it. When we sent a reply to the owner explaining our side of the story we never received a response, nor did we receive any portion of our deposit back. You can clean a whole house of carpet for $200, and he need to clean a 6" footprint. Great location, but rent this place with no expectation of getting your deposit back. There are several year round residents living in close proximity to renters on vacation having fun and it can be a bad mix.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              These renters rented from us in 2012 and 2013, not "several times". We had some problems in 2012 as I believe they violated our max capacity rule and they certainly violated the parking restrictions. We received one complaint from a neighbor of too much noise after curfew. We also noticed an about a one sq. ft. stain on the carpet in one bedroom. They claimed it was there when they came in. However, they were our first renters of the season that year and the carpet was cleaned the week before they arrived. I considered retaining some of the security deposit that year, but we managed to make it presentable by spot cleaning ourselves. That year they got credit for their FULL deposit. I considered not allowing them back, but reemphasized the rules and gave them a second chance. In 2013, after their rental, our cleaning company found VISIBLE vomit on the floor and into a floor register. The company cleaned as best they could, but the vomit was also in a new couch. We had that couch professionally cleaned but they were unsuccessful in removing the smell. The couch will have to be pitched. They also kicked out two panels on a screen door, which they acknowledged. These costs far exceed the $250 security deposit. Also in 2013 we received complaints from 4 neighbors about the noise. Three of who have NEVER complained before. The "inappropriate things" involved shouting the names of reproductive organs. My rental agreement, which they signed, allows me access to the cottage with renter’s permission. I have NEVER entered the cottage without that permission. When I did stop by during their rental, I did not smell vomit, NOR DID THEY MENTION IT. Strange, if it was, as they claim, there when they arrived and caused them such concern. I did email them quickly to inform them of the problems and that they were not welcome to return. I did so to allow them time to find another rental for 2014. If their review gives you pause renting, most of our renters come back year after year, starting long before we used VRBO. Contact me, as I believe any of them would give an unbiased review of the property and the owners.


                                                              Grand Haven, MI, USA

                                                              Access to 2 historic tennis courts snuggled in the dunes. You can hear the waves on the lake,but the wind is never a problem, Pickleball courts less than a mile away

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              $500 refundable deposit with receipt of rental agreement. Balance due 60 days before arrival

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                                                              Property # 415140vb