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Phoenix in the Dunes in Holland

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2015 AT 2014 RATES! Guests who book before Labor Day 2014 with a signed rental agreement and a deposit for anytime in 2015 will pay the rates in effect for the 2014 season. We are starting to book up for next year; check our availability calendar for open dates and reserve your time now! We will be setting 2015 rates in early September.

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.

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house rental amenities

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.

activities and attractions in Holland Michigan

Within Castle Park:
Beach
Tennis
Swimming pool (open approximately June 21-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!

vacation rental rates

Here are the rates for Phoenix in the Dunes for 2014:
High season (June 21-Labor Day)*: $4,800 per week
Shoulder season (May 26-June 22): $3,200 per week
Spring (April 1 through May 26) $385 per night**/$2000 per week
Fall (Sept 3 through Nov. 1) $450 per night**/$2200 per week
Winter (Nov. 1-March 31) Not available due to snow.
*High season includes all the amenities and scheduled community events
of Castle Park (pool, children's play class, Castle library, Thursday
Bingo, Saturday dances, etc.)
**Two-night minimum
Price includes all linens. There is also a deposit/cleaning fee of $500
due with each signed rental contract. The deposit will be returned,
less cleaning costs, within a few days after return of the key to the owner, assuming the house and its contents are undamaged when you leave.

Note:  We generally rent only by the week during the summer, though we make occasional exceptions if we have last-minute openings.  If you notice unbooked time on our summer calendar that's less than four weeks away, please contact us for rates for stays of less than a week.  We have a two-night minimum at all times. 


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Top things to do in Holland
  • Beach fun
  • Tennis
  • Sailing
  • Bicycling
  • Shopping
Top things to do with a family
  • Climbing dunes
  • Blueberry, peach or apple picking
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Boat rides
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Wonderful house!

Review submitted: June 2, 2014   Date of arrival: May 22, 2014

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!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly

Helpful votes: 1 / 1

 

Great house!

Review submitted: June 2, 2014   Date of arrival: May 22, 2014

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!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with teenagers, pet-friendly

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

 

Wonderful house!

Review submitted: June 2, 2014   Date of arrival: May 22, 2014

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!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with teenagers, pet-friendly

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

 

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