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DOUGLAS BOATHOUSE TWO HOUSES, Prime Week Specials Ask for details.

Bedrooms 9
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Two Houses, 9 bedroom, 6 bath Comfortable, Relaxed and Memorable

We have TWO HOUSES on the property. In the summer we only rent them as a pair. In the spring and fall we rent only the larger Boathouse which sleeps 16 in comfort. Home Away listing #448157. We are right in the village walk or bike to most everything.

The two houses are located on a quiet side street in Douglas. We are closer to the beach than most houses in Saugatuck or Douglas. The houses were specifically built for large reunions and have large group gathering spaces. Six of seven bedrooms in the main house are all furnished with queen beds, the seventh bedroom the children's crew quarters will sleep four in bunk beds. The Keeper's house has two more bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and living room.

The Main house has a dining table with seating for 14 and a large living room which make sure that no one will be left out when gathered around the fire place. The sun porch, library and small office offer more intimate spaces. The fire pit with free wood, outdoor dining area and the private patios all offer great spaces on warm summer nights.

New yet warm. Everything was new in 2014. The building has been completely rebuilt with quality materials by a Architect/Builder. The furnishings were specifically selected for the house from Ikea and Crate and Barrel. The wood ceilings, floors and trim make the house warm. Craftsman style mosaic work, original art and creative details add character and charm.

Centrally located between downtown Douglas and Lake Michigan. Shopping, dining and entertainment options are just minutes away. We have parking for six cars in our drive and an additional parking just a short walk away.

For more photos, floor plans, pictures, and a better description of all the different rental rates over the season visit our web site When you compare rental costs note that we do not charge a cleaning fee for our cleaning crew.

We rent the two houses as a pair for a week at a time in the summer.

Our weekly rentals run from Friday at 5 pm to the next Friday at 11 am. The daily rates are for the Boathouse only. The weekly rate is for both houses.

More Details

Joanie Hollowell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2017

About Joanie Hollowell

Joanie and I restore and manage historic buildings in Ann Arbor, Michigan and we use the Boathouse as our vacation home for friends and family. We each grew up in Michigan and feel the draw of Lake Michigan and the small town charm of Douglas. We spend a lot of time at the Boathouse and are always making improvements.

Joanie Hollowell purchased this house in 2011

Why Joanie Hollowell chose Michigan

Location, Location, Location A short walk to Douglas. Ride your bike to the beach yet we are located in a quiet residential side street. Saugatuck and Douglas are quaint small towns. We spent two years driving the west coast of Lake Michigan to find the perfect spot.

What makes this house unique

The Boathouse is unique in that it was purpose built by a Architect/Builder as a vacation spot and gathering place for large groups. It not a vacation home furnished with left over furniture. Large gathering spaces make the house comfortable and flexible. We remember being a kid and have built the puppet theater, crew quarters and engine room all for the kids. The buildings have eight matching bedrooms all with queen beds. The ninth bedroom is a bunk room for the kids with two bunk beds.


Saugatuck House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4446 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 20
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , A bathroom for the kids right next to the Crew Quarters
    Bathroom 6 in Keeper's House - toilet , shower
  • Five bathrooms are in the Main House. Two on the second floor, two on the main floor and one in the lower level. Two with tubs and two with large showers. The fifth bathroom is set up for children.Bathroom 6 is in the Keeper's House Subway tile and creative ceramic accents. Craftsman style details and wood ceilings. State of the art big water heater and all new plumbing.
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 2 bunk bed , The Crew Quarters
    Bedroom 8 Keeper's House - 1 queen
    Bedroom 9 Keeper's House - 1 queen
  • Four bedrooms with queen beds on the second floor, two more queen bedrooms in the lower level and a kids bunk room on the lower level located in the Main House. Ikea and crate and barrel furnishings. Each room has a theme and are the same size. Bedroom walls have soundproofing. The home theater has five twins built into a huge sofa. The room includes a puppet theater as well. Two more matching bedrooms in the Keeper's House.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Just ask us if you need any thing. We can help you find it.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

DOUGLAS BOATHOUSE TWO HOUSES, Prime Week Specials Ask for details.
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

A+ rental- pictures don't lie.

  • 5 of 5

I can not find one thing to complain about! This home was CLEAN! Plenty of towels, kitchen tools, and seating.

The beds were comfortable, we had plenty of hot water and fire wood for the fire pit.

We loved the big kitchen table for gathering with plenty of chairs. Anything you needed was close (walking distance if needed) take out food, ice, groceries.

We rented the house to celebrate 12 women turning 50 years old this year.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible Houses

  • 5 of 5

My extended family just ended a week at the Douglas Boathouse. It met all of our expectations and exceeded most of them.

Our group included my mom, my siblings, our spouses, and our kids. Nine adults, eight kids. The houses had room for all of us.

Beyond having room for us, the houses were renovated, decorated, and furnished with a great deal of care and attention to detail, and are maintained in exactly the same way. I could mention numerous details, but I'll stick to just a few: 1) the kitchen has enough silverware, utensils, pots and pans, and other hardware to cook almost anything you can think of; 2) there are five bathrooms, and when we had multiple people taking post-beach showers at the same time, nobody ever ran out of hot water; and 3) the backyard includes kindling, small logs, and huge logs, plus an incredibly full-designed fire pit, which made evening bonfires easy to make - we had one every night.

As another reviewer said, a great experience from start to finish.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX


  • 5 of 5

Our family just had the pleasure of staying at the Douglas Boathouse. There are 11 of us in all including 4 young children. We have rented vacation homes before and have found the furnishings to be rather an eclectic combination of odds and ends. Not so at the Boathouse. This home is decorated with great care. Everything is coordinated in a very attractive style. It felt like we were really in someones home. We all love to cook and we were not disappointed at the wide selection of pots, pans, serving bows, knives, you name it. There was even a 4 slice toaster. :) Clean up was aided by two dishwashers in the kitchen and we made really good use of them!

There is a great outdoor sitting area in the back of the house that everyone seemed to gravitate to when we weren't out enjoying the area attractions. One of our favorite spots was the Oval Beach. Only 5 minutes away it is a super clean beach.

We all loved our time at the Boathouse and highly recommend it if your looking for a place in West Michigan.


  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous House - Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

The Douglas Boathouse exceeded all of our expectations! We were 4 combined families of 14. We also rented the Captain's Quarters, so that Grandma could have a quiet space to relax away from the noise and it was absoltuely perfect. We even had bedrooms that went unused because there was so much space. The kitchen was a perfect gathering space for the entire family for meals with tons of cooking utensils and spices, while the basement kept the kids busy with the large TV and puppet theatre. We enjoyed smores and cocktails around the firepit every night, played bag-o and relaxed. The location was a short drive to both Douglas Beach and Oval Beach as well as both downtown areas for restaurants and activities. Highly recommend the Dune ride, Kayaking on the Kalamazoo and renting jet ski's. We LOVED this house. The only suggestion we have is to put a TV on the main floor in the family room so that the adults can catch up on news or watch a movie, otherwise everything was perfect! We are already talking about returning. Thanks for sharing your home with our family!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Howell, New Jersey

Great Family Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Boathouse for our Family Reunion and Mothers 75th Birthday Celebration. We were a family of 5 (10 adults and 9 teens) and this home accomodated all of us. We loved the spacious kitchen. The long table accomodated all of us for all meals. Two dishwashers was a great idea when planning out the kitchen appliances. Loved it that they had two refrigerators. The whole house was clean and up to date. Enough bathrooms for all. Loved that all the bedrooms were the same size (no fighting on who gets the master bedroom). The fire pit in the backyard was well liked by all (we had many of hotdogs and smores over the fire). Even though there was a tv in the basement, we did not use it once. With all of the fun family functions (Christmas in July, Birthday Celebration, Hawaiian Lua) and all of the near by places to go ( Dune buggy rides, Bike rides, Sun Bathing at the Beach, Brewery tours, Boat rentals,Paddle boarding rentals and shopping in Saugatuck) there was no time to watch. I also loved the early morning coffee clutches near the gas fire place in the living room. Nice place to relax. Thank you so much for a wonderful week at your home. We had a blast!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wheaton IL

A unique and nice vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 3 generations, including 8 adults and 16 kids. The kitchen table accommodated all of us! We liked the decorating and attention to detail, the plethora of places to sleep (used them all). We liked the well equipped kitchen, the two-area living room, the many bathrooms (there were so many showers available we were able to use one for the pack'n'play for a baby to sleep in), the firepit. We liked the location, the quiet streets to walk, the beach nearby. We liked the upstairs screened porch, the bunk beds to play on, the big tv room. We like Saugatuck and Douglas a lot.

The internet was spotty. If we don't return, it won't be because of anything about the house, which we liked a lot, but only because we all want king size beds!

We bowled, rode bikes, took a dune buggy ride (one baby loved it and one hated it), rented 2 hours on a pontoon boat that held all fourteen of us - a really lovely time- and we played on playgrounds, ate ice cream, picked blueberries, ate a LOT of blueberries, baked with blueberries, tried out some restaurants (still love Everyday People in Douglas) and played on the beaches. The perfect Lake Michigan vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everyday People Cafe
"Creative, tasty, sophisticated food in a understated, comfortable setting. The wait for a t..."
Oval Beach
"Large beach, great for people watching ,swimming, snack bar and parking right at the beach n..."
Crane's Pie Pantry
"The pies are great! To really experience this place come and pick raspberries!"
Back Alley Pizza Joint
"The best Pizza fresh, creative and a pie for all palate's "
Ida Red's Cottage
"Best Breakfast in town. Clean and cosy interior"
Saugatuck Brewing Company inc
"A good brew pub lots of diverse fresh beer. Great hard cider"
Phil's Bar & Grille
"Is it the relaxed funky understated building? or The chef and his sur..."
M & M Ice Cream Treats
"A quick breakfast or lunch, always good !"
Elbo Room -- CLOSED
"Good food, great view of the marania"
Marro's Italian Restaurant
"A Saugatuck tradition. Traditional Italian food"
Red Barn, The
Uncommon Coffee Roasters
"Addictive......My daughter in Boston asks for their coffee"
Saugatuck Brewing Company
The Dining Room at Clearbrook
"A traditional Golf Club with very good food. Sit under the tent and watch the golfers while..."
Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruises
"The trip is better than you might think. The tour is informative and fun. It really helps ..."
Fenn Valley Vineyards
"Close local vineyard visit the tasting room or the vineyard"
Saugatuck Chain Ferry
"A hand pulled ferry across the river to Mt.Baldhead dune climb."
Saugatuck Dune Rides Inc
"Quick, fun ride on the dunes. "
Mt Baldhead Park Trail
"a great walt through the dunes"
Saugatuck Dunes State Park
"A little north of town this might be the best beach in the area the only downside is that yo..."
Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Saugatuck Brew Pub
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Chain Ferry
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Commuter Michigan City Ind.
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Every Day People Cafe, Zing, M & M cafe
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.7 Miles
Douglas Beach
Car: necessary

We are on a quiet side street 438 Fremont, two blocks off the Blue Star Highway. It is a five minute walk to down town Douglas. The Lake Michigan beach is a ten minute walk. Oval beach in Saugatuck is within biking distance or five minutes by car. We are closer to the beaches than most houses in Saugatuck or Douglas. The Saugatuck shopping district is just on the other side of Kalamazoo lake about five minutes by car.

Boat tours of Saugatuck and Lake Michigan in a paddle wheeler complete with a bar. Dune rides on the dunes of Saugatuck. Berry picking, winery tours, comedy club, piano bar, preforming arts center. Vintage baseball at berry field, brew pub up the street, sailing charters, bike trails, the list goes on.

Saugatuck and Douglas are Michigan's answer to Cape Cod. Quaint villages with a lot of natural beauty, historic buildings , and friendly locals.


Rates & Availability

Saugatuck House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 9 2017 - Jun 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
June last week 2017
Jun 23 2017 - Jun 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
4th of July week 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer Peak
Jul 7 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2017 - May 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

VISIT OUR WEB SITE FOR A COMPLETE RATE SCHEDULE click on the availability page.

During the summer we rent the two houses as a pair at $ 6,800.00 per week . In the spring and fall We rent only the Boathouse.

Weekly rentals run Friday to Friday

Security deposit due at reservation $750.00. Payment due 60 days before stay. Credit card charges add 3%

We do not charge a cleaning fee. We will return your deposit in 7 days when you leave the house in good condition.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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