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Elegant Family Home on Lake Michigan

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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

Owner
Rhonda
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Big Blu exceeded all expectations!



Lake Michigan exceeded all expectations - it was different every day and night - calm and water as clear as glass, walking, swimming out far from shore in shallow waters - stormy & wavy!



Our family photos continue to “choke-me-up.”



Our only ventures out were half-day trips to Silver Lake Sand Dunes and Lewis Farm - both worthwhile family adventures, and the grocery store!



Congratulations to the owners, property manager and housekeepers for a business well-done.
Jul 2017
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Amenities

Montague House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
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

Reviews

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Elegant Family Home on Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 20 reviews
5

Great Lake House!

  • 5 of 5

Every year or two we have a family reunion of sorts that includes my family of 6 (4 kids ages 8, 6, 4, 2), my parents and my sister's family of 4 (2 kids ages 6 and 2). This house was perfect for this group! 3 master suites so each couple could have their own. There were three rooms for cousins to bunk and have sleepovers, including a crib for the littlest. Each room was well appointed and there was plenty for the kids to do. The ravine was initially a concern as another reviewer mentioned, but the kids never went near it. The landscaping makes it hard to get to the edge, and there are great pathways with railings and the stars to the beach are well built and easy to navigate. The water was very high this year so the beach space was tiny, but it was enough for our crew and we found more open beach by walking down a bit. We did the beach every day and the kids enjoyed the swing set and playhouse. This was an expensive rental, but you get what you pay for. We will definitely rent this house again for our next Michigan reunion!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Big Blu is as advertised, would rent again.

  • 5 of 5

Big Blu

We rented Big Blu for a three-generation, family vacation. We had 6 adults, and two kids, ages 1 - 64. There were more beds than we needed, but each child had their own room and each family had a private bath. We wanted to be close enough to extended family in the area so they could come visit us. Big Blu is well cared for and in excellent condition. This isn’t your standard cottage, it’s a lovely home. As such, there are some strict rules, but nothing we couldn’t live with. One must treat a rental as if it were your own.

Big Blu was clean and shiny upon check in with all beds made and a welcome bottle of wine! The amenities are above and beyond including some you would not expect to be provided for the whole week: toilet paper, paper towels, foil, plastic bags, trash bags, basic spices. There was nothing that we needed that wasn’t there. They even provide beach towels. The swing set and play house were fun for the kids. The basement game room was great for the adult kids. It was nice not having to bring beach chairs with us. They are provided as well.

The 75 stair walk down to the beach was good exercise. There is a landing half way for a rest stop. There are several locations to view sunset which was always different. The covered wrap around porch was the best “room” in the house - for coffee, cocktails, dinner, or watching the one storm roll in. The beach on this part of Lake Michigan varies depending on water levels. We lucked out with a nice roomy shore.

This is not a critique of the house, just helpful info to pass on. Cell service near the lake is spotty, but the house wifi worked great and there is a house phone with free long distance. Hint: beware picking up Wisconsin satellite and your phone adjusts to Central Time Zone.

Many thanks to Rhonda (property manager), who always responded to my questions promptly. In addition she provided lots of extra information - things to do, local calendar and activities, restaurants, grocery stores and fun places to visit nearby. We know the area well, but it is great to have all the information in one place.

We do not come to Lake Michigan every year, but we all agreed, we would rent Big Blu again.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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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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:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Late Summer
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$500
$3,500
 
 
Fall 2017
Oct 3 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$400
$2,700
 
 
Early Summer 2018
Mar 3 2018 - Jun 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
$500
$3,500
 
 
Summer 2018
Jun 16 2018 - Sep 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
$7,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $375
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
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
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

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