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Woodland Retreat with Private Beach

Woodland Retreat with Private Beach

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Dec 4, 2014
House, 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, 12 Sleeps

Our house in Castle Park, Michigan, is the perfect setting for large gatherings of family or friends. On the shores of Lake Michigan, it's just a 2.5 hour drive from Chicago or about 3 hours from Detroit. Begun in 2005 and completed in 2006, its location, 700 feet from a large private beach shared by just ten houses, is remote enough to give that 'get away from it all' feeling, yet just a short walk or ride from the quaint charm and unparalleled amenities of Castle Park, including eight green-clay tennis courts, swimming pool, community library, Saturday night dances, Thursday bingo, and other pleasures of a bygone era.

Bedrooms: 5 (1 king, 1 queen, 2 with 2 twin beds each, 1 with

bunk-beds, daybed and sleeping loft). Sleeps 12. (Up to 2 overflow

guests can also be accommodated on 2 sleeper couches in the living

room.)

Bathrooms: 3 1/2. Master bath has two-person whirlpool tub.

Downstairs bath (adjacent to queen bedroom) has walk-in shower with

grab-bars, seat and hand-held shower, plus rain-head. Second upstairs

bath has kid-depth bathtub with shower. Extra upstairs powder room

means no one ever has to wait to brush their teeth.

Kitchen: State of the art gourmet kitchen and adjoining pantry with

soapstone countertops, hickory cabinets, propane gas cooktop, electric

oven, microwave, french-door refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage

disposal, and all standard countertop appliances. Kitchen window

seat and farm table look out on deck and wooded ravine.

Dining room: Farm table seats up to 12.

Living room: Comfy couches, fireplace, TV with DVD player and gaming

system.

Outdoor living: Back deck and patio overlooking a wooded ravine put

you in the treetops, with excellent morning sun and terrific

bird-watching. Charcoal and gas grills, adirondack chairs, and dining table

and chairs. Another deck wraps around the house on the upper level,

with a bump-out overhanging the hill--spectacular yet peaceful.

Note: Our beach is the only dog-friendly beach in Castle Park, and we accept well-behaved dogs as guests. Cats and other pets are not allowed.

More Details
  • Sleeps 14
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided

Recent Review

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Woodland Retreat with Private Beach
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7034507
- (708) 442-1377 (Illinois, USA)
Holland Western Michigan
New Jersey
5

Wonderful house!

  • 5 of 5
What a great house for a big family or extended family!
Bedrooms: 5 bedrooms, including the great kids' room, complete with loft. Master bedroom is large and very comfortable! There is a second smaller master bedroom downstairs as well. The other 2 bedrooms both have twin beds.

Bathrooms - 4 bathrooms - 2 with showers (one with a wonderful rain shower head) One bathroom has a very nice Jacuzzi, which got a lot of use!

Kitchen - the kitchen is very nice; upscale appliances, any dish, pot pan, utensil, etc. that you can think of. A nice table that holds around 7-8 people comfortably plus some bar stools by the counter. The kitchen opens into the...

Dining Room - large table that holds 12 people. A must for a large family vacation. Fireplace.

Living room - comfortable with large tv and gaming system. Fireplace in living room. 2 large couches, perfect for chatting or playing games on the coffee table.

Upstairs family room area - we loved this room!! Books and games, just a great casual area, has window seat that easily accommodates 2 adults, with their tea and books. Also has two comfortable chairs for sitting as well. A nice place to be by yourself but because it's right above the living room, you still feel like you are part of the "action."

Beach - the beach is wonderful! There were 4-5 beach chairs in the living room closet. We loved the "singing sand" of Lake Michigan and what a nice beach to just relax and enjoy the view. The water temps were very cold, but that didn't stop my 12 yo from going in. The sand is very soft and the views are beautiful.

The Castle - small lending library open to guests. Plus it's a Castle, how cool is that? A nice walk from the house.

The house is not close to any other homes, which gives you great views and a lot of privacy.

The owner will email you a large document of directions, instructions, etc. Any question we had about anything that week was answered in there. Especially pay attention to the directions; it's a little tricky at the end and her directions were invaluable. Do NOT plan to arrive after dark; you don't want to be driving that road for the first time at night.

The owner was also very responsive throughout the whole process. If we were ever back in the area we would love to come back!
  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
Woodland Retreat with Private Beach
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7034507
- (708) 442-1377 (Illinois, USA)
Holland Western Michigan
New Jersey
5

Great house!

  • 5 of 5
What a great house for a big family or extended family!
Bedrooms: 5 bedrooms, including the great kids' room, complete with loft. Master bedroom is large and very comfortable! There is a second smaller master bedroom downstairs as well. The other 2 bedrooms both have twin beds.

Bathrooms - 4 bathrooms - 2 with showers (one with a wonderful rain shower head) One bathroom has a very nice Jacuzzi, which got a lot of use!

Kitchen - the kitchen is very nice; upscale appliances, any dish, pot pan, utensil, etc. that you can think of. A nice table that holds around 7-8 people comfortably plus some bar stools by the counter. The kitchen opens into the...

Dining Room - large table that holds 12 people. A must for a large family vacation. Fireplace.

Living room - comfortable with large tv and gaming system. Fireplace in living room. 2 large couches, perfect for chatting or playing games on the coffee table.

Upstairs family room area - we loved this room!! Books and games, just a great casual area, has window seat that easily accommodates 2 adults, with their tea and books. Also has two comfortable chairs for sitting as well. A nice place to be by yourself but because it's right above the living room, you still feel like you are part of the "action."

Beach - the beach is wonderful! There were 4-5 beach chairs in the living room closet. We loved the "singing sand" of Lake Michigan and what a nice beach to just relax and enjoy the view. The water temps were very cold, but that didn't stop my 12 yo from going in. The sand is very soft and the views are beautiful.

The Castle - small lending library open to guests. Plus it's a Castle, how cool is that? A nice walk from the house.

The house is not close to any other homes, which gives you great views and a lot of privacy.

The owner will email you a large document of directions, instructions, etc. Any question we had about anything that week was answered in there. Especially pay attention to the directions; it's a little tricky at the end and her directions were invaluable. Do NOT plan to arrive after dark; you don't want to be driving that road for the first time at night.

The owner was also very responsive throughout the whole process. If we were ever back in the area we would love to come back!
  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers
business
Woodland Retreat with Private Beach
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7034507
- (708) 442-1377 (Illinois, USA)
Holland Western Michigan
New Jersey
5

Wonderful house!

  • 5 of 5
What a great house for a big family or extended family!
Bedrooms: 5 bedrooms, including the great kids' room, complete with loft. Master bedroom is large and very comfortable! There is a second smaller master bedroom downstairs as well. The other 2 bedrooms both have twin beds.

Bathrooms - 4 bathrooms - 2 with showers (one with a wonderful rain shower head) One bathroom has a very nice Jacuzzi, which got a lot of use!

Kitchen - the kitchen is very nice; upscale appliances, any dish, pot pan, utensil, etc. that you can think of. A nice table that holds around 7-8 people comfortably plus some bar stools by the counter. The kitchen opens into the...

Dining Room - large table that holds 12 people. A must for a large family vacation. Fireplace.

Living room - comfortable with large tv and gaming system. Fireplace in living room. 2 large couches, perfect for chatting or playing games on the coffee table.

Upstairs family room area - we loved this room!! Books and games, just a great casual area, has window seat that easily accommodates 2 adults, with their tea and books. Also has two comfortable chairs for sitting as well. A nice place to be by yourself but because it's right above the living room, you still feel like you are part of the "action."

Beach - the beach is wonderful! There were 4-5 beach chairs in the living room closet. We loved the "singing sand" of Lake Michigan and what a nice beach to just relax and enjoy the view. The water temps were very cold, but that didn't stop my 12 yo from going in. The sand is very soft and the views are beautiful.

The Castle - small lending library open to guests. Plus it's a Castle, how cool is that? A nice walk from the house.

The house is not close to any other homes, which gives you great views and a lot of privacy.

The owner will email you a large document of directions, instructions, etc. Any question we had about anything that week was answered in there. Especially pay attention to the directions; it's a little tricky at the end and her directions were invaluable. Do NOT plan to arrive after dark; you don't want to be driving that road for the first time at night.

The owner was also very responsive throughout the whole process. If we were ever back in the area we would love to come back!
  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers
business
Woodland Retreat with Private Beach
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7034507
- (708) 442-1377 (Illinois, USA)
Holland Western Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
5

Perfect private beachfront getaway for multiple families!

  • 5 of 5
We booked this outstanding vacation home for a reunion of close college friends + families and kids and it was the perfect venue! The house itself is situated high on a hill and offers nice views as well as a charming forest location. A brief and exciting (but doable) hike across the bluff and sand dune brings you to a private beach where the sand is pristine and the crowds non-existent. Ample kitchen and dining space meant that we could stay in the house all week and never really have to venture out of Castle Park. There is also a terrific kids play area down the hill that is perfect for kids ages 0 - 8.
  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
Woodland Retreat with Private Beach
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7034507
- (708) 442-1377 (Illinois, USA)
Holland Western Michigan
San Juan Puerto Rico
5

A Perfect Vacation Home on Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5
I stayed here as part of a group of 15 7 adults and 8 kids ranging from 1 year to 7 years old. What a wonderful vacation. The owner is incredibly well organized and the house which was just rebuilt/remodeled in 2006 is fantastic not just because of the great amenities, kitchen, flat screen, BBQ, games, etc. but also the artchitecture of the hosue is wonderful, it is at the top of a hill at the end of the road on castle park, with its wonderful location you feel surrounded by nature, and are completely isolated from any other man made noise. The house itself has a wonderful, layout, open kitchen, cathedral ceiling many windows to give great light and wonderful reading nooks, and outdoor balconies, plus a great room with bunk beds where you can pack all the kids. The walk to the beach is wonderful, a few hundred feet through a wooded ridge and down a sand dune, for the kids this in itself was a wonderful adventure, and what a beach totally private, fine white sand and the lake in summer was great. Castle park is a very well to do private area, with Sagautuk nearby a wonderful quaint town for a daytrip. kids really enjoyed the go kart, bumper boats in Maine, I would highly recommend this home for a good clean family oriented vacation to get it away from the rat race for a week. There is a reason that every review is a 5!!!! Enjoy.
  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
Woodland Retreat with Private Beach
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7034507
- (708) 442-1377 (Illinois, USA)
Holland Western Michigan
Goshen KY
5

Very enjoyable Lake Michigan and Castle Park experience

  • 5 of 5
We just got back from our first vacation on Lake Michigan and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The house was exactly as described, if not a little understated!!! Six of us (parents and four young adults) lived very comfortably in this well appointed house. The owner was a great communicator throughout. Without her directions I don't think we would have found the house when we first arrived!!! The private beach was a short walk away and was never crowded, even over the July 4th holiday weekend. We appreciate that Castle Park and the home were dog friendly. We enjoyed the beach, golf, on-site tennis, downtown Holland and all the amenities in the home. Thanks for a wonderful experience!!!
  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers

Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Train : Holland at 10 Miles Nearest Motorway : I-196 at 5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Piper at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Deeded private beach at 300 Metres Car: necessary

Within Castle Park:

Beach

Tennis

Swimming pool (open approximately June 20-Labor Day)

Half-day children's 'play class' July through mid-August for nominal

fee per day

Community activities: Bingo, Saturday night dances

In Holland/Saugatuck area:

Golf

Fishing

Horseback Riding

Sailing

Theater

Shopping (Holland and Saugatuck)

For activities not listed, please inquire--they are probably available!

Availability

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Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring
Apr 1 2015 - May 29 2015
2 night minimum stay
$395
$2,200
 
 
Shoulder season
May 30 2015 - Jun 19 2015
7 night minimum stay
$3,300
 
 
High season
Jun 20 2015 - Sep 1 2015
7 night minimum stay
$5,000
 
 
Fall
Sep 2 2015 - Nov 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
$475
$2,400
 

Additional information about rental rates

  • cleaning/damage $500

Guests pay $500 cleaning and damage deposit with signed agreement, and full rent no later than three weeks before the start of the rental. Payment may be made by check, Chase QuickPay, or Paypal (bank payment only; no credit cards).

Cleaning fee and any damage charges are deducted from $500 deposit; balance is refunded to guest within 7 days of returning the key. Cleaning fee minimum is $165, plus $1.50 per pound for laundry. Cleaning service reserves the right to impose a pet charge if the presence of pets results in extra cleaning time.

Amenities

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Family

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 3200 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master bath - toilet, jetted tub, En suite to master bedroom
  • Downstairs bath - toilet, shower, ADA height toilet, walk-in shower with seat and hand spray
  • Kids' bath - toilet, combination tub/shower, Shallow tub, good for small children.
  • Half Bathroom - toilet
  • Slate floors provide good traction.

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master - 1 king
  • Downstairs bedroom - 1 queen, Adjacent to bath with walk-in shower
  • Twin room 1 - 2 twin/ single
  • Twin room 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Kids' room - 4 twin/ single, Daybed, bunk beds, sleeping loft (accessed via top bunk)

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Notes:

  • Basic cable TV Playstation 3 Wireless Internet access Unlimited domestic local and long distance calling Phone and cable jacks in all bedrooms Piano Large library of light (and heavy) reading material Assorted games and puzzles Three fireplaces (in living room, dining room and master bedroom) Kitchen with ample equipment and counter space for the creation of large, elaborate meals Gas and charcoal grills Views of sunset over Lake Michigan Parking lot that holds up to four cars Easy access to beach Proximity to the longest undeveloped stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline, with two miles of pristine duneland to the south. Baby equipment, air mattresses, and miscellaneous other items available for rental through our cleaning service.
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