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Rhonda

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Elegant Family Home on Lake Michigan-DISCOUNT 8/20-8/27 50% off!!!

9 Reviews
Sleeps14
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Western Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

3 Full Master Suites, (1 on each floor) 3 Guest Bedrooms, 4-1/2 Baths. Sleeps 14

Come and be our guests in this exquisite home for the vacation of a lifetime! Once here, you will quickly understand that this place was never meant to be rented and has the deliberate feel of a cozy family retreat. Our 5,000 sq.ft. beach house is nestled on a wooded dune with 100' of secluded sandy Lake Michigan beach (private). Enjoy relaxing, socializing or private time on the the oversized, wrap around front porch and watch the sunset. This will probably be the place that you spend the most time. There are 3 Master Suites, 1 on each floor for maximum privacy. Each has it's own full bathroom. There are also three additional bedrooms with a shared bath for more guests. Main floor has an open, well stocked, gormet kitchen, a dining and living room with gas fireplace. The lower level has a brand new (2012) Media/Game Room with a large flat screen tv, Professional ping pong table and a Golden Tee Video game.

**This is a custom built home with many high end amenities, therefore, we would prefer certain clientele who will appreciate the amenities and care for them as if they were their own. The Security Deposit will be strictly enforced for damage & excessive cleaning. We do not allow pets or fireworks and smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property. Thank you.**

Walk across a ravine by foot bridge on the property, go down 75 steps and you are on beautiful Lake Michigan. An outdoor shower is on the beach with a deck & many chairs.

The western Michigan town of Montague -- which shares the shores of White Lake and Lake Michigan with the Whitehall township -- offers plenty of outdoor tourist attractions; these include numerous lakeside beaches and parks. Montague traces its history to 1812, and hosts a selection of cultural artifacts and oddities. Travelers might visit numerous additional attractions in Whitehall, about a mile away.

Those looking for lakeside activities -- such as boating, fishing, hiking and water sports -- need look no further than Maple Grove Park, sunbather-friendly Medbury Park or the municipal boat-launch on Ramp Road. Meinert Park offers 67 campsites overlooking Lake Michigan and the Little Flower Creek. The inland Montague Township Park provides a quiet place for baseball games, picnics and family activities. Golfers can tee off at Montague's Old Channel Trail Golf Course, a 27-hole public venue with an on-site driving range and golf shop.

Culture and Entertainment

The Montague City Museum on Meade Street displays local cultural artifacts and relics from the logging industry. Also included is a dress worn by Nancy Ann Fleming, a former Miss America born in Montague. Dowling Street hosts the world's largest weathervane, which stands 48 feet high, spans 14 feet and weighs 4,300 lbs. On Ramp Road, the Montague Band Shell is home to free live concerts every Tuesday evening from June through August.

Dining

Montague's dining scene skews toward locally owned establishments, such as the casual Dog 'n Suds Drive-In, Book and Nook Java Shop serves a quick cup of coffee or lunch. For more extensive dining options, travelers must turn to Whitehall. The town hosts about a dozen restaurants that feature entrees ranging from barbeque to seafood.

Montague/Whitehall: Downtown Montague and Whitehall is a short 15 minute drive and offers the following: Coffee Shop/Book Store with Wi-Fi Yoga and Massage Studio Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Grocery Store Arts Council Farmers Market (Wed & Sat) Dog n’ Suds Drive In Ship Store Camp Ground Mini Golf Ice Cream Bakery Natural Foods Store Restaurants Antique Stores Library City Parks & Marina Boat Rentals Cocerts at the Band Shell on Tuesday evenings Michigan's Adventure (Amusement & Water Park) Double JJ Ranch Horseback Riding

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Rhonda (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent a few wonderful days here and hate to leave. The kids loved the beach, fishing on Stony Lake, the hammock and the bridge. Mom and Dad enjoyed the view with a relaxing drink after the kids were tucked in their beds. Speaking of beds, our daughter (4) loved the princess bed! Thanks gain for sharing your beautiful home with us.
Jun 2013
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Reviews

4.4
based on 9 traveler reviews

Elegant Family Home on Lake Michigan-DISCOUNT 8/20-8/27 50% off!!!
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 17 reviews
4

Amazing House

  • 4 of 5

The house was perfect for the three families that were spending the week together. Each couple had their own room and bathroom, the male children had a room, and the female children had a room, and there was still an extra room for their "kids club." The house was beautifully appointed and had everything we needed. It was very clean and well taken care of. We only left the property once. There was plenty to do on site with the game room, play house, swingset, beach, and of course the porch where we could sit and drink our coffee while listening to the birds or watching the sunset. The only think that was disappointing was that the beach was almost nonexistant. Due to high water levels the wide beach shown in the pictures of the property was all underwater. If we had known the beach would be so small we might have chosen a different property for our gathering. If the beach returns, however, we would definately go back another year.The kids want to make it an annual tradition!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect Michigan Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We traveled from California to meet my family who still lives in Detroit for a week at Big Blu. The house is immaculate, and very well done. It has everything you could ever want or ask for. The kids (we had 5 in total) made a non-stop loop from the back porch to the awesome beach below.

House - Perfect. Out of a magazine.

Beach - Excellent. Nice and sandy (no rocks)!

View - Tremendous. Different amazing sunset each night.

You have to be prepared to make a trek into town if you want to go to dinner or the store. You are out a ways, but that really only makes the setting all the better. So beautiful. Make me proud to be from Michigan.

Lastly, I must mention the house manager, Rhonda. She is the sweetest and most professional person I have ever met in this business. She was ready and willing to help with any questions or smallest of problems. She and her daughter actually drove me back to the Muskegon airport on Saturday morning. That is service!

Thanks Rhonda!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Paul, We are so happy you and your family had a wonderful stay at Big Blu. We really try to exceed your expectations of a vacation rental and it sounds like we hit the mark! It was a pleasure meeting all of you! We would love to have you back again next year :) - Rhonda
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Ada, Mi
5

Great week and wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

We actually stayed here in 2012 prior to the new owner taking possession. We had a great experience and can see that the house has been upgraded since we were there. The house and location is excellent. My sons golfed every day of the week at close by affordable great courses. We jogged, biked, and beached all week. We had two families with 11 of us and were extremely comfortable. Beach is beautiful and private. The steps to the beach were a bit of exercise but actually fun. The vista from the porch and deck was wonderful. Enjoy.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike, So happy you enjoyed your stay with us! We hope to welcome you again in 2014 with all our wonderful additions :)
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5

Breathtaking Views, Sure to Make Many Memories

  • 5 of 5

From the moment of driving down the lane of Big Blue through the tall grasses and seeing the house, I knew I had chosen the perfect house for our family vacation. The home was well laid out with more than enough space for our family of 10. With the three master suites, bunk room and Cinderella Bed (a favorite hangout spot) we all had perfect choices. The home had all the amenities needed and more. The kitchen was great to fix large breakfasts each morning. Walking out back on the wrap around porch was priceless. The view of the lake was breathtaking. We so much enjoyed the hammock for reading, relaxing, and taking naps (although often interrupted by the little ones who wanted to join). The play set and play house was a place our children spent much of their time while not off seeing the sites. We enjoyed a ride on the dunes, visiting the petting farm, eating and drinking the unlimited chocolate milk at the dairy farm, jumping at Kangaroo Jump House and dining at Harborside Grill (which had fabulous food), playing golf, and touring historic homes. We also found road side stands to purchase fresh eggs. I don't believe we missed a single night of the unimaginable sun sets. Each one was more beautiful than the one before and right out the back door. On the deck or at the beach the view was great for our group pictures. The children swam everyday no matter the temperature of the water. We built sand castles, played Frisbee, football and flew kites. The steps to the lake were even well navigated by the little ones. We did feel however that the kids in our group were too young for the house (2,3,4&4) We weren't able to relax like we might have liked because we were worried that something might get damaged, stained or broken. The house was a little fancy for our rambunctious group of youngsters. Some items of value were worrisome to us. It was sometimes stressful to adhere to the rules of no eating outside of the kitchen and dining room. The only adult criticism would be that we were not able to have drinks in the basement game room. Overall, the house was amazing and the location was nice and quiet. We would highly recommend Big Blue for a luxury get away for families with kids ages six and up (or a baby who can't yet make messes). Rhonda met us at the time agreed upon and was very helpful in showing us around before leaving us to enjoy the week. Big Blue is a place we will always remember and would love to revisit.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Iowa City, IA USA
5

A week of fun, a lifetime of memories!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house so that our children, their spouses and our grandchildren could all be in one place for a week of family fun. We numbered 15, and ranged in age from 2 to 64, and this spot was perfect for all of us! It was hard to tell who enjoyed the game room more, the kids, or the Dads supervising them. The large porch was perfect for relaxing, and for eating outside (even on rainy days). We spent many fun hours on the beach, and the shallow water was great for our younger kids. The proximity to outside activities allowed us to ride the dune buggies, canoe the White River, visit the petting zoo, horse back ride, go cart fun, and lots of trips to the produce markets. The home is very well appointed. We were especially happy with the kitchen, as we are a family of cooks, and enjoyed preparing all of our meals there. Everything we needed was right at hand. Rhonda was very helpful. She answered all our questions, and when we had a problem with the grill she was quick to see that it was fixed for us. We really wouldn't change a thing (unless you can figure out how to regulate the lake water temperature)! Everything was as promised, and we thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your gracious review...you were a delight to have at Big Blu! It looks like you took advantage of all the amenities of the home and activities in the area. Please come back and stay with us again! - Rhonda
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Chicago
5

Stunning, pure Michigan experience!

  • 5 of 5

What a breathtaking house and environment! I am still talking and thinking about my weekend at Big Blu and recommend this rental to anyone heading to Michigan for the summer.

Between all of the activities around the house and on the beach and the farmer's market in town, we were never bored.

Such a relaxing and enjoyable house and the upkeep of the residence is stellar. We love Big Blu and will be back very soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Erin, we'd love to have you again as a guest at Big Blu!
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Muskegon County Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Rothbury Tavern
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Muskegon
Nearest Golf
5.4 Miles
Old Channel Trail Golf
Nearest Train
54 Miles
Amtrak Grand Rapids or Holland
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
State Road 31
Nearest Restaurant
7.2 Miles
Old Channel Inn
Nearest Ski
194 Miles
Boyne Mountain
Car: necessary

The western Michigan town of Montague -- which shares the shores of White Lake and Lake Michigan with Whitehall -- offers plenty of outdoor tourist attractions; these include numerous lakeside beaches and parks. Montague traces its history to 1812, and hosts a selection of cultural artifacts and oddities. Travelers might visit numerous additional attractions in Whitehall, about a mile away.

Outdoors

Those looking for boating, fishing, hiking and water sports -- need look no further look than Maple Grove Park, sunbather-friendly Medbury Park or the municipal boat-launch on Ramp Road. Meinert Park offers 67 campsites overlooking Lake Michigan and the Little Flower Creek. The inland Montague Township Park provides a quiet place for baseball games, picnics and family activities. Golfers can tee off at Montague's Old Channel Trail Golf Course, a 27-hole public venue with an on-site driving range and golf shop.

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Rates & Availability

Montague House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2016
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 3 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$7,500
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
$1,000
$5,500
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
$1,000
$5,500
 
 
Early Summer 2017
May 5 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
$720
$5,000
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
$7,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning Fee $375
Tax Rate 6.0%

$1,000 Security Deposit is Due Upon Booking
Final Payment for Rentals during Summer 2016 will be due by May 1, 2016
We accept Checks only

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Western Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 6 - 4 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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