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Quiet Vintage Cottage on the Lakeshore

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,250 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, Sleeping porch, sleeps 8

The White House offers a cozy screen porch, views and sounds of Lake Michigan, a quiet, country setting, and access to a scenic but little known public beach. We are located with 15 minutes of both South Haven to the south, and Saugatuck to the north. Inbetween, there are winery tours, antiquing, berry picking, beachcombing, restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, and of course, Kilwins famous fudge. The public beaches in Saugatuck and South Haven are sandy and inviting, but nothing is as private and as cozy as the Glenn Beach, just a short walk down the quiet country road. Horseback riding is available locally, as well as golf, boat rentals, and movie theaters. This charming, clean older cottage house is equipped with modern conveniences such as cable, internet, washer & dryer, microwave, coffee maker, making your stay carefree as you enjoy the privacy of this gentle 'Pancake Town' of Glenn.

Patricia Kerr
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2017

About Patricia Kerr

I grew up coming to the lake every summer, to my great-grandmother's cottage, which is just a short walk down the road from the White House. I fell in love with the area and bought the cottages in 1999, from my parents who had purchased the cluster of cottages in the 1970's. Having grown up spending summers along the lakeshore, I am completely taken with its joys, and you'll find me here every summer until my dying day.

Patricia Kerr purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Patricia Kerr chose Southwest Michigan

My mom had re-married and inherited 3 more children. She wanted to have room for the whole blended family to enjoy summers together at the lake, so she and my step-dad began to fix them up and rent them out in the mid 70's.

What makes this cottage unique

Location location location! There isn't a better beach than the Glenn Beach anywhere in the world, and the peaceful quality of life is refreshing. Yet, you're still only 15 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of 2 charming towns-- Saugatuck to the north, and South Haven to the south. The kids will love the swing set, and the teens may want to wander up to the Glenn school (the oldest continuously operating one-room schoolhouse in Michigan) for a game of basketball. In addition, the old hardware store, charming Glenn Restaurant and well stocked convenience store make Glenn feel like stepping back in time.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed staying at the White House, the moment you walk through the door, it feels so welcoming! The wrap-around porch was a wonderful aspect to the house. It provided lots of room for the kids to play games, for reading or whatever. The trip to the beach was a short distance, so we didn't mind. For the price, it's a great deal. Overall we had an awesome vacation at the White House.
Aug 2009
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Fennville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Corner shower with charming bench--a pew taken from an old local church.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Porch bedroom - 1 twin/ single
    Living room sofa - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • We accomodate up to 8 people, but will consider up to 9 people for an extra fee
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We also have a air purifier, for those with allergies.


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(4 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.0 based on 6 reviews

We had a very good time but we're disappointed with the condition the house was in. The kitchen was

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Kitchen lacking many things. A working toaster for one thing.We were expecting a view of the lake, but had to walk down the road and then that was posted no trespassing. The bed linens were very very old and thread bare.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was surprised by Judith's comments. In my own notes on her stay, I mentioned "no complaints or suggestions". She made no mention of the toaster being broken, and I rely on guests to keep me aware of problems so I can make improvements immediately. What other things was the kitchen lacking? I don't know why she thought the sheets were threadbare. Yes, there are "no trespassing" signs of late, due to increasing lack of respect for private property.
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We had a wonderful time! Definitely returning!

  • 5 of 5

Patricia made sure we were comfortable and happy even though the weather had turned very cold for mid-May. My wife and I didn't mind, as we hiked along the beach, visited South Haven and Saugatuck, and relaxed reading. The house was clean and welcoming and away from the hustle and bustle of most resorts. This is great for anyone who is looking for a peaceful, quiet escape!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Cottage! Quiet and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for an "off the beaten path" wonderful vintage Michigan summer cottage, this is the place to go. The walk down to the beach is on a quiet dirt road and the beach is lovely. We like the spaciousness of the cottage, the sleeping porch and sound of the lake. We still can't get over how quiet and peaceful it was in the cottage. We also loved how easy it was to get to restaurants and shopping. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our favorite summer vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 5th year to stay at the White House and we always enjoy it! The cottage is charming, comfortable, and works great for families -- lots of space, and a terrific yard for outdoor games like croquet and volleyball after a day at the beach.

The beach is only a short walk, and never crowded. One of our favorite things about staying at the White House is the view of the lake and the sounds of the waves. We love the wrap around screened in porch!

When you want a day in town, Saugatuck and Douglas are just a short drive. We also love the little town of Glen, and we were fortunate to happen upon the fireman's pancake breakfast one year!! If we miss that, the local Glen diner is a great choice too. We also do a fair amount of cooking and grilling and the kitchen is nicely equipped for what we need.

The cottage owner is very attentive and always available if we ever need anything. We look forward to going back again this summer, as the White House has really become our July "home away!".

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Crane's Pie Pantry
"A charming farm-to-table restuarant in Fennville"
Salt of the Earth
"A charming farm to table resturant in Fennville, about a 20 minute drive from the White House"
Crane Orchards U-Pick
"Come for apple picking, peaches, and other fruits in their seasons"
Virtue Farms
"Come visit a working cidery, about a 15 minute drive from the White House where they offer t..."
Earl's Farm Market Bakery and Ice Cream Shoppe
"Come for homemade pie and ice cream, or stock up on the local fruits and veggies in season. ..."
The Glenn Store
"At the corner of 114th and Blue Star Highway, this little convenience store has everything y..."
The Farmhouse Deli & Pantry
"Cutting edge deli provides yummy sandwiches, hip soft drinks, local bread, and losts of thin..."
Dutch Farm Market
"Come to the Dutch Farmer's Market for homemade pies and doughnuts, and fresh fruits and vegg..."
Gerstner's Hardware
"Sometimes when you're on vacation you need a post office, hardware store, or toy store. It'..."
At Last
"Right in the heart of Glenn, we have a darling gift shop full of adorable cottage-y items. "
Pizza Mambo
"The best pizza around--a thin crust that's also chewey. Perfect. Great salads too."
Nature's Country Cupboard
"Forgot your vitamins? Here's where to go, right in downtown South Haven, about a 15 minute ..."
"Meijer's has it all, about 15 minutes from the White House. Food, wine, beach toys, flowers..."
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Grand Rapids Michigan, or Kalamazoo
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
What Not Inn
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Saugatuck, MI.
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Bangor or Holland
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
196, or Blue Star
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Glenn Restuarant
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.04 Miles
Glenn Beach
Car: necessary

The White House is a vintage cottage (cerca 1920's) that has many of the modern conveniences--cable, internet, washer and dryer, etc. without losing the feel of charm of days gone by. Situated on a quiet country road

overlooking Lake Michigan, The White House is just a short walk to the beach access--a lovely, sandy beach that is never crowded, that offers not only the joys of swimming in the Big Lake, but also a jolly creek that the little ones will enjoy. The outdoor patio is a perfect place to watch the sunset while having a cool glass of chardonnay from the local Fenn Valley winery. The screened porch offers cozy nooks for quiet reading, or group areas for a friendly game of cards or monopoly. Located in the quaint 'Pancake Town' of Glenn, it is a short 15 minute drive to either Saugatuck --to the north--or South Haven--to the south, so you're close enough to the great restuarants, antique shopping, ice cream jaunts, berry picking, golfing, and any number of other summer delights.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Damage Deposit $200

$50.00 rebate if you bring your own linens

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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