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September & October Will Be Just Like Summer This Year--Lower Rates/Fewer Nights

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Sep 1, 2016
3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 7(Next Door to #121177)

We have made a lot of major improvements in the recent years. Our biggest project is finished for the Summer 2016. We installed a new central air conditioning/heating system. Some remodeling, painting, more plumbing upgrades, and new windows in place of the old window ac units are done. Come check out these & other little details we have made better around the cottage for your convenience & enjoyment.

DON'T MISS OUT on staying in both our cottages that are only a few feet from each other. We have accommodated several large or multiple families that like the idea of having 6 bedrooms and room for 13 guests(more if any children are less than one year old). It's almost like having your own little vacation compound along Lake Michigan & Muskegon Lake's Bluffton Bay. The bonus is also having a lot of outdoor space around both cottages to call your own. Check out Pedler's Paradise(#121177) and see if it would be ideal for your large group along with this cottage--Plum Hollow.

This very clean and spacious home is located just a few yards from Muskegon's Pere Marquette Beach on Lake Michigan. The historic Bluffton neighborhood is surrounded by forested dunes next to the most beautiful and cleanest beach on Lake Michigan & Muskegon Lake's Bluffton Bay . Go to the beach from the cottage in only a couple minutes. Razed Bluffton Elementary across the street has now become a large grassy area that can be used to walk through on your way to Lake Michigan. Sitting around the wood stove outside is a perfect day's end after dinner is cooked on the grill. This cottage is laid out with plenty of room for all to gather and still have privacy. Sorry, ABSOLUTELY NO PETS on the property. Smokers are not allowed to do so inside the cottage. Access all around the cottage to High Speed Wireless Internet. Relax while watching the 42' Cable HDTV in the living room or stretch out on the new King Bed & watch the smaller HDTV. Our REVIEWS tell the whole story as to why this place and our care is well worth your choosing to stay here. ALL REVIEWS are submitted by GUESTS ONLY & NOT THE OWNERS. After reading our Reviews, we hope you will want to join us during 2016 and celebrate the start of another decade during our 13th Year Anniversary. During our Summer Season we only reserve the cottage for Saturday to Saturday. Annie & I feel we have gotten better each year at making your vacation a comfortable one. We continuously upgrade our furnishings and decor to make our guests feel very much At Home while Away.

Plum Hollow Amenities In Bluffton: The Bluffton neighborhood is safe, friendly, and quiet. Neighbors welcome visitors with open arms. Their friendliness is one of the many reasons people love living here. The easy access to both lakes & so many other valuable amenities are only a few of the many pluses. Both our side-by-side cottages are the closest rentals in the Bluffton Neighborhood to Lake Michigan. This 3 bedroom home features a sun-filled living room and dining room with table and chairs for 6-8 people. There is a full service kitchen with a small table and chairs. The Malt Shop(breakfast nook) with a booth provides more seating during meals or a place for the kids to play board games. The summer breezes off the lake wisp through this retro decorated area that overlooks the bird feeders. The basement is where the laundry area is located with a washer/ dryer & large double sink. The full bath has a tub/shower. The master bedroom has a king bed & includes a sink & private toilet. Old oak and beech trees are all around property.

Outside & In Plum Hollow: Ample parking for 3 large vehicles off the street and next to either entrance. Extensive library of novels with plenty of coffee table reading materials. Always the latest in current magazines. VHS movies, cassettes, DVDs, and CD's are also available. Volleyball net, lines, & ball are provided for your choice of any one of the 40 sand courts just around the corner. Lots of choices of recreational or beach toys. Some wood provided for a couple evening fires in the outdoor stove. Your choice of gas or charcoal grill. Picnic table, Adirondack style chairs, lawn swing, and other seating makes the yard a relaxing place to enjoy in sun or shade. A few beach chairs are available if needed. Very little automobile traffic flows by the cottage since it is just off the main artery to the beach(Lakeshore Drive). Abundant potted annual flowers compliment the established perennials. We are always proud of our configuration of plants we arrange surrounding the cottages for the Summer Seasons.

More Advantages To Enjoy: The bedroom that has the queen bed is quite large with an open ceiling & overhead fan. There is plenty of room to set up the roll-a-way bed and use the reading chair. The smallest bedroom utilizes the space well with a trundle bed and medium sized dresser. The living room TV area has plenty of seating with a large couch, matching love seat, and 2 chairs with footstools . A bench seat is handy for the 'out-of-the-way' traffic to use the front door to stop by for a quick glance at the exciting part of some sporting event. The Master Bedroom & 2nd bedroom are quite large & also include dressing chairs. This cottage is well laid out so our guests can feel like they can be inclusive or reclusive. Hopefully, you will feel like all our guests, and be so comfortable, you won't want to leave.

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Stan is a retired high school and middle school teacher, coach, and part-time administrator. Raised in Speedway, IN and attending Ball State University he chose to start a teaching career in Muskegon in 1968. Also, after retirement in 1995,

he substitute taught at many other area schools. Running many volleyball leagues and beach tournaments were a favorite pastime. Now, running & biking are his exercise passions.

Annie got her degree at Western Michigan University after being raised in nearby Whitehall, MI. Instead of teaching, she travelled the world and lived many years in the Caribbean and out west in Colorado & Utah. She settled back to her home area to be with Stan around 1990. Annie loves to cook for friends. Her exercise is pool aerobics & yoga.

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Speaks: english, Minimal Spanish

45 Reviews

4.9
based on 45 traveler reviews

5

Nice home and owners in a fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying at Plum Hollow. The home was clean, well-maintained, and the owners had thoughtfully provided what we needed along with extras we weren't expecting. When they noticed we liked birds, they brought over an extra book about birds in the area. It was nice to have them in the area just in case anything came up. The yard is also fantastic with plenty of parking and seating outside and the sunroom was much enjoyed. It's in a nice neighborhood, good for walking and admiring the neighbor's flowers. The Pere Marquette beach was a 5 minute walk, but you can also drive and park there easily. A smaller beach at Kruse park is only a 5 minute drive to the south. It has sand dunes and trails, while both have playgrounds for the kids. While we loved the sunsets, beaches, and deer walking near the house, others staying with us enjoyed the art, museums, and antiquing in downtown Muskegon and neighboring towns. OK, I enjoyed the wireless internet too. One day we visited New Era to the North and went on a fun tour at Country Dairy. If that's not your thing, we passed Michigan Adventure amusement park along the way. To sum it up, this property is a great home base from which to do a wide variety of activities. Thanks, Stan and Annie!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Best VRBO I've ever rented

  • 5 of 5

The owners are really dedicated to keeping this property very clean and groomed. He even provided us with a list of all the kitchen items and spices in the cabinet. Honestly this is the best appointed VRBO I've ever rented... extra pillows, towels, beach toys and chairs, firewood for the chimea, grilling utensils...

We were greeted and given a tour of the house so we knew all the ins and outs, and the owners even sent us a list of the local events. The house is just a great location for the beach on Lake Michigan and the restaurant there is great food and walk-able. We were even given a bowl of cherries in the fridge, fresh flowers, and muffins on the dining room table.

If you are staying in the area you should pick this place, preiod.

We had relative over and were able to just sit around and relax as well as head over to the beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Anonymous We are happy you and your family enjoyed our Plum Hollow Cottage and it's close proximity to our beautiful Pere Marquette City Beach on Lake Michigan. After living there for several years in the past that is why we miss it the most. Your review expressing the appreciation all you had for our effort is very rewarding. We truly believe our guests deserve all these things on their hard earned vacation. Stan & Annie
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5

Exceeded our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We expected, because of other positive reviews and then a great initial conversation with Stan, a wonderful stay at Plum Hollow.

It was better than wonderful! Stan and Annie take pride in their cottages and pleasure in fixing them up for their guests as evidenced by the many thoughtful extras. Plum Hollow was impeccably clean from the outside steps to the spic-and-span basement laundry area. We were greeted by fresh muffins and fruit and hand-written notes but, also, by birds feeding at multiple feeders, flowering hanging plants and an herb garden ready for picking. The cottage was furnished with all of the basics - plenty of linens thoughtfully laundered in skin-sensitive detergent; ample, comfortable seating; good quality mattresses on the beds and lots of closet and dresser drawer space; a kitchen well-stocked with serving and cooking dishes. Stan and Annie went above and beyond by adding lots of charm with a whimsical "malt shop" porch, art on the walls, books and games, and objects of interest like the kaleidoscope that fascinated my grandson!

These owners have a knack for quickly assessing how much to interact with guests, largely staying out of the way except for mysteriously showing up to empty the fire pit every day and make sure the trash gets to the curb. However, we were very grateful that Stan kept us informed of activities going on in the area; my son-in-law loved the stand-up paddle board that he would never have known about had Stan not knocked on the door one morning to tell us about it!

We went to Bluffton for Lake Michigan but loved exploring the history and charm of Bluffton and its neighborhoods. The beach was an easy walk, even for my two year old grandson, and we found another beach at Kruse Park that was an easy 5-minute drive away. We made a day trip to Holland where we enjoyed some parks and the shops there and there are other towns close by that are worth exploring.

Many thanks to Stan and Annie for all they did to make our vacation such a lovely and memorable one. We hope to return to Plum Hollow

and would enthusiastically recommend it to anyone seeking a great vacation by the lake!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: If staying in Vacation Rentals was an Olympic Event this family would be gold medalists. It was our lucky day when they decided to spend 2 weeks in our Plum Hollow Cottage and be the highlight of our 2016 Summer Season. All of them were a true delight, but the grandson was one of the cutest and smartest 2 year olds I have ever met. They made me feel comfortable to communicate about anything and help the flow of their stay be smooth and without any problems. It was very helpful to sit down the last evening of their stay & brainstorm some thoughts on how to keep improving the property. What a pleasure to be associated with such wonderful people.
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5

Best Rental Ever!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful vacation experience! From the day we contacted them, to the day we left their property, Stan and Annie made us feel like we were visiting family. Annie left cinnamon muffins, fresh local plums and flowers in the cottage for us when we arrived. Stan went out of his way to ensure we had everything we needed. He even provided chairs and sand toys to take to the beach and a pile of wood for the fire pit. How many people bother with details like that?! The cottage was charming, homey and very comfortable. It was loaded with interesting books and publications about the Muskegon area, as well as board games and cards, etc for the kids. The place was furnished to a point that it really felt like we were vacationing at our own property. The covered porch was amazing. Done in a 50's soda diner theme complete with a booth and mini juke-box on the wall, it was like taking a step back in time. Our kids ate breakfast there every morning after placing orders with "the waitress" (mom). Great people, a great place, and great memories - this place just feels right. Thanks so much for a fantastic week Stan and Annie, we will be back to stay again!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Home Sweet Home

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is in the perfect location. We were so happy with the cleanliness of the house. It was very welcoming and cozy. Stan met us and we walked thru...Annie had muffins in a cute basket on the table, and a bowl of fruit in the frig. We felt very welcomed by them both. The lake in near by which we loved. The wild animals were great entertainment on most days. The house is filled with history books and knowlege of the area and much more. My dad especially like the books and the comfort of the house. It was a wonderful idea, versus a hotel. It's going to surely be what we prefer from now on. We had everything we needed in the house. We would highly recommend this house to anyone who is staying in the area. We were just a short drive to my sister's home and other relatives. Thank you Stan and Annie for such a Great cottage.

Christopher and Carolyn

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beutiful weekend at Plum Hollow and Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

Stan (owner) was very professional during the booking process and met our family promptly when we arrived. He did a walk through to show the house. He also provided advice for dining, beach access, etc. We took his recommendation of the beachfront restaurant The Deck, great food, music and people.

We are from Chicago and we were impressed with the beach- our side of the lake is nothing like Pere Marquette.

We will be back and would deffinitlt stay at Plum Hollow. No need to drive to beach, just a short walk away.

Our family of 5 slept comfortably.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

Stan bought this property after living all around the Muskegon area. There's no other place in the area that comes close to how nice it is to live in the Bluffton Neighborhood. The neighbors are the most friendly ever experienced anywhere, plus the amenities outdoor are endless. Fate was on Stan's side the day he was able to buy Plum Hollow and live full time in the neighborhood. This will always be home for the rest of his life. Annie has grown to love it too. After building another home only 1/2 mile away for Annie's Mom it became imperative to live there 24/7. Although Crezens has passed, we stay in the house we built & keep providing the opportunity for others to stay in Plum Hollow Cottage and enjoy our beautiful area.

Activity and Interests

Car: not necessary

Just outside your door a nature trail leads to a secluded bench for watching another gorgeous sunset over Pere Marquette Beach on Lake Michigan. A short walk in the early morning along Edgewater St. affords you with a beautiful sunrise over Muskegon Lake. A few yards from your door is a bike trail that is part of the Shoreline Trail System. Walk to sailing regattas or volleyball courts hosting league play and tournaments. Stroll over with lunch and enjoy a top-notch view of Muskegon's harbor entrance. Just as close is Dockers Fish House & Lounge facing over Harbour Towne Yacht Basin. Hours could be spent watching the boat traffic going through the channel between Lake Michigan & Muskegon Lake. While there, a visit to the World War II submarine, Silversides, gives a peek in to our nation's naval history. Plenty of other playgrounds along the lake to enjoy after trying out all the ones by Plum Hollow. Your stay will be a memory you will cherish forever.

Golf: Let us suggest some of Muskegon Area's Best Offerings in Golf Courses & Driving Ranges.

Availability

Rental rates

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SUMMER-LIKE FALL 2016
Sep 7 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$190
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$210
Fri,Sat
$1,050
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 5.0%

ABSOLUTELY NO PETS. NO EXCEPTION.
SMOKING OUTSIDE.
PRIMARY GUEST/RENTOR MUST BE AT LEAST 25 YRS. OF AGE.
Total Amount Due for stays reserved less than 2 months prior.
$75 Cleaning fee.
Property Damage Protection can be refundable or non-refundable through HomeAway.
Rates will vary when paying by credit card. No extra charge if paying by e-check.
We request light cleaning before leaving.

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Amenities

From the Owner

Just look at Bluffton's history and it's no mystery why Buster Keaton and his family loved staying in the neighborhood over 100 years ago. It is not only ideally located on a peninsula with beautiful lakes on both sides, but it is relatively crime free. Neighbors know each other and not only look out for their welfare, but are genuinely friendly. At the same time, they are not nosy and intrusive in any one else's personal lives. The area is very unique in many special ways. The Plum Hollow property is the closest rental in the neighborhood to Lake Michigan. The yard is a good size for the area & off street parking is plentiful. House is well suited for a family of 6 to stay in comfortable beds with the privacy of their own bedroom. No hide-a-beds in the living area to cram all the guests in like sardines. There's room for a 7th guest with a roll-away bed that can be used in either of the large bedrooms. Since there are 2 large bedrooms, there is enough room to have an 8th guest, if it were to be an infant less than 1 yr. of age.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Lake
  • River
  • Town

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1500 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom - toilet, sink
  • The master bedroom, besides having a nice, big king-size bed & has the convenience of a 1/2 bath. There is a private toilet and linen storage area. A sink with a decorative cabinet is next to toilet. The full bathroom allows the option of taking a nice, warm shower or bath. There's a large double sink in the downstairs laundry room.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedrooms 1 & 2 have extra space for the roll-a-way bed if needed. Bedroom 2 has an open ceiling with a ceiling fan. Both bedrooms 1 & 2 have comfortable chairs & air conditioners added in 2012. Bedroom 3 also has a dresser & stool.

Outside

  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Notes:

  • 1 king, 1 queen, 1 trundle & a roll-away bed are available for sleeping. Iron & ironing board; fridge & freezer, shower and tub are included. Gas or charcoal grills available. Wheel Chair available and other elderly or handicapped equipment.

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