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Historic Great Lakes Manor Home with Hot Tub

3 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Douglas House Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, sleeps 14 MAX

Relax and enjoy your carefree and elegant vacation rental in Saugatuck / Douglas Michigan, near the shores of Lake Michigan with a view of Saugatuck harbor. This historical home, built in the 1870's by shipbuilder James Tisdale, has been painstakingly restored to its former grandeur while providing modern conveniences and classic surroundings for today's vacation traveler.

Situated on the 'dunes side' of Saugatuck and nestled in a wooded area shaded by 100-year-old oak trees, the stately vacation rental home is lavishly bordered by lawn, bushes, and lovely flower gardens. Until recently the property was operated as a B&B (known as Deer Creek Cottages).

Newly reinvigorated, Great Lakes Manor and cottage rentals operates as an five-bedroom historical home and three cottages with own private bath, kitchenette, deluxe bedding and amenities. The informal country retreat is suitable for couples, families with children, and seniors.

The historical manor house has been lavishly appointed in muted hues, with a comfortable mix of antiques and traditional comforts in all living areas. The updated kitchen is fully-equipped to satisfy the most discriminating culinary talents. And the five guest rooms, named for each of the five great lakes (Superior, Michigan, Erie, Huron and Ontario) feature plush bedding and deluxe furnishings, and some feature personal tv's and/or fireplaces.

Close to the world-famous Oval Beach (rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 10 beaches and top 25 shorelines in the USA ) and within walking distance of the oldest operating chain ferry in the us, Great Lakes Manor is your perfect family vacation destination available for year-round rental.

Great Lakes Manor and cottages is a retreat for nature-lovers of all ages. It sometimes feels like a family reunion among perfect strangers. Children spy on deer, rabbits and turtles or play hide 'n seek with frogs in the garden pond. Parents relax in the backyard hot tub while steaks sizzle on the grill. Others read quietly on the manor's front porch while a perfectly content guest takes an afternoon nap in a tree-hung hammock.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Todd Smith
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2016

About Todd Smith

Our family acquired this property in late 2011 and commenced a major renovation and refurbishment project in time to accept our first guests in late Spring 2012.

We operate a few other luxury rental properties in other parts of the USA, and specialize in delivering a first-class rental experience for our guests, young and old.

Todd Smith purchased this house in 2011

Why Todd Smith chose Michigan

We love the Saugatuck/Douglas area because of its proximity to major metropolitan areas such as Detroit, St. Louis and Chicago, because of the many fine restaurants and shops in the community, and also because of its active lifestyle and performing arts opportunities.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We love the location of your place...close to downtown Saugatuck and Lake Michigan but off the busy streets tucked away in a peaceful setting. We enjoy getting on our bikes and riding down the street to Lake Shore Drive where we can leisurely take in the coastline. This last time we stayed, the weather was so beautiful that we spent time each day sitting relaxing by the pond and enjoying all the birds singing. Our cottage was so clean and fresh. We are definitely coming back!
Jun 2012
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Historic Great Lakes Manor Home with Hot Tub
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
Chicago, Illinois


  • 5 of 5

This is our fourth fun weekend at Great Lakes Manor. And it won't be our last! We're spoiled! Have always gone in a group and taken over the compound. It's perfect for large groups, but I guess couples or small groups will love the coziness and charm as well. The manor house is restored to perfection. Magnificently Appointed. Comfortable. Beautiful. Affordable. The landscaping is absolutely done to perfection. The entire property is so well maintained; bedrooms and bathrooms are perfect. The kitchen has everything - and I mean everything you'll need.- just add food. This past weekend, we left our bikes in Chicago and used bikes at the manor. Staying at such a charming place in such a charming town as a joy. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We consider ourselves very fortunate to have loyal repeat guests like you. Thank you for taking such great care of our home. Since you've visited us at different times of the year we especially appreciate your comments about the gardens, which we spend a LOT of time making sure they are optimized for every season!
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Perfect, cozy cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a quick trip to the Saugatuck/Douglas area this past weekend and had the pleasure of staying two nights in the #2 Cottage "The Allegan". It was perfect for the 2 of us. Very comfy and quaint and extremely clean!! Every detail was well thought out. Appreciated all the "extras" that were found here that you would not typically get if staying in a motel. Loved our little deck and the grounds were beautiful. We did not have a chance to use the other amenities available to us (hottub, grill, firepit, rec room, etc) but all look very nice and hope to use them on our next visit. So glad we found this cottage, it will definitely be our first choice when in the area!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifully & Completely Restored Manor Home - Luxurious Quality Comforts

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Great Lakes Manor during late September 2013 was amazing! The Manor House is beautifully restored and extremely well maintained. You will thoroughly appreciate the high quality of finish throughout the house - from the crafted woodwork, impressive furniture, luxurious baths and overall decor. The bedrooms have very comfortable beds, special cotton linens and color coordinated accents. The kitchen is extremely well stocked with quality cookware/appliances/settings. Every furnishing is in top level condition!

The backyard offers a relaxing patio table that easily sits 8-12 people, there is an extra large hot tub with jets everywhere - bar-bq and lots of space off the patio to enjoy the mature trees and bubbling water feature.

Saugatuck is minutes away by car (or an easy walk) and Douglas is a wonderful short walk with many art galleries and two wonderful restaurants - Wild Dog Grille and Everyday People Cafe - but you shouldn't miss Zing Eat Drink restaurant for fabulous food and knockout drinks, not to mention the fantastic decor!

One week is minimum for this delightful area - beautiful towns, wineries, beach walks, 30-45 minute drives up to Holland, MI and Grand Rapids, MI would be a must - and DO NOT MISS the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park - a 132-acre botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park located in Grand Rapids, one of the more amazing outdoor/indoor public botanical/art facilities we have ever seen.

We can't wait to return - and of course - stay at Great Lakes Manor!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, which are especially appreciated as you seem to have captured the "essence" of what attracted us to this area, and this property, in the first place. With an abundance of activities, not just in the peak seasons of Spring and Summer, but also year-round, it really is a magical getaway area of the country. And of course, your thoughtful comments on our efforts to restore and equip a historical, first-class home (and cottages) speak volumes. We've tried to anticipate most every actually enjoying it ourselves! Our guests who stay with us here at GreatLakesManor and at our other property in Delaware (SeahorseCrossing) understand and enjoy our philosophy of creating opportunities for familial fun, adventure, and relaxation amidst unique, comfortable surroundings. After all, you're on vacation, right? We look forward to welcoming you back in the future, where you'll notice some improvements we're scheduled to make during the off-season!
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West Shore of Saugatuck, near Oval Beach


Rates & Availability

Douglas House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Cleaning $225 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 8.0%

3-nite minimum rental applies to Manor House; 2-nite minimum for cottages. Additional discount available for whole-property rental.

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Contact Owner for alternative configurations (ie if you only need a smaller # of units, with our flex-space setup we can adjust things to meet your needs.)

Individual cottage rentals include full use of all amenities.

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Douglas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Firewood
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The Upper Master and Downstairs Master have private deluxe bathrooms, with brand new fixtures and amenities, fit for a King or Queen! The additional two bedrooms upstairs in the Manor House share a full bath with tub/shower, and the downstairs Queen bedroom has a private full bath with tub/shower. As noted above, bring your own bed linens and bath/kitchen towels. Otherwise, we offer a linen package for your stay. Beach towels not provided. Contact owner for details.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Upstairs, Queen Sleeper sofa in sitting rm
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs, shared bath
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single , Upstairs, bunks + trundle, shared bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1st Floor, Twin sleeper sofa in sitting area
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 1st Floor, Private bath
  • The two Master Bedrooms in the main house, in addition to King beds, have fold-out sofa beds in their sitting areas: one queen, one twin. Two of the other rooms each have Queen beds, one also has a private bath. The fifth room in the Manor House has bunk beds plus a trundle, and sleeps three. The two Cottage Suites (not the Studio), also have fold out sofas and will sleep four total in each cottage. The Studio will sleep two. Bring your own bed linens and bath/kitchen towels. Otherwise, we offer a linen package for your stay. Beach towels not provided. Contact owner for details.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 28 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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