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Phoenix in the Dunes in Holland

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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
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
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
Large library of light (and heavy) reading material
Assorted games and puzzles
Three fireplaces (in living room, dining room and master
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:
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:
Horseback Riding
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

Elizabeth Gardner , owner

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traveler reviews for this holland house rental

Perfect private beachfront getaway for multiple families!

Review submitted: August 16, 2010   Date of arrival: July 24, 2010

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.

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers

Helpful votes: 5 / 5


A Perfect Vacation Home on Lake Michigan

Review submitted: August 2, 2010   Date of arrival: July 24, 2010

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.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, sight seeing

Helpful votes: 4 / 5


Very enjoyable Lake Michigan and Castle Park experience

Review submitted: July 12, 2010   Date of arrival: July 2, 2010

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!!!

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

Helpful votes: 4 / 4


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