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Property Details

Updated: Aug 23, 2016
3 Bedroom/2 Bathroom With Lower Studio Flat(Next Door To Our Property #114779)

It was this cottage(of our 2) that got the most attention last year with extensive remodeling. The new Shower Room in the lower level turned out very nice. New windows on both levels and some more paint dressed up the interior as well as outside. The outbuilding that we use for storage is sporting a new roof and front French door. Your visit will be comfortable and relaxed in this clean cottage dressed up with lots of antique furniture and is tastefully decorated.

Located on a beautiful sand-duned peninsula only a few yards from Pere Marquette Beach on Lake Michigan. About the same distance the other way are beaches on Muskegon Lake. Surrounded by decades old beech, oak, and maple trees in the historically famous Bluffton neighborhood. The yard is one of the largest in the vicinity. Perfect for kids to run around in view away from traffic. A partially covered patio in the back allows outdoor seating during the warm, summer rains. Have your morning coffee outside when the sun is first peeking through the trees. Coming home from the beach in the later afternoon is perfect with more shade & cool summer breezes off the lakes. Dinner inside, out, or at a nearby restaurant and seeing another awesome sunset ends a perfect day. Hi-Speed Wireless Internet. LED HDTV's in the Upper & Lower Levels. Central Air Conditioning keeps the cottage as comfortable as you want, no matter how hot it is outside. We're sorry for our potential guests that want to bring their family dog. We have a very strict policy of ABSOLUTELY NO PETS on our properties. NO EXCEPTIONS. Hopefully, you can find someone to keep an eye on them at your home. We can only accommodate our SUMMER Season guests from SATURDAY TO SATURDAY. It's very important that any guests or visitors SMOKE OUTSIDE ONLY.

Upper Level Living Area: Harvest Oak simulated wood flooring is in the living area & master bedroom of the Upper Level. Two antique, matching swag stained glass hanging lamps are at each end of the living room. An HDTV is mounted out of the way on the wall next to the couch & easy chair. The Flat Screen TV can be seen from any angle with it's 4 Way Mount. A Blu Ray DVD Player can provide your own personal movies. A nice stereo below the TV is also a docking station for you to charge your unit while playing your very own tunes. A desk with easy access plugs as your Charging Station is convenient in the Living Room. An antique quarter-cut oak pedestal table/4 chairs faces the yard & wildlife feeding stations. New windows have been added all around. The queen bed in the master bedroom has a nice wood headboard to match the 1920's antique dresser/mirror & bedside table. An antique student folding desk seat is nice for tying shoes or changing clothes. The 2nd bedroom has a large closet, dresser along-side adult sized bunk beds. The bath has a shower/tub, along with the sink/cabinet & stool. A list is on the fridge of all the items in the kitchen & where they are located. Everything needed in a kitchen is there. Also, a nice table with 3 cushioned chairs . The 4 burner stove/oven is gas.

Lower Studio Flat Amenities: This Area could almost be known as a 'Home within a Home' . It's a nice secluded getaway for adults or kids while having all the amenities of a much larger apartment or flat. The newer carpet is top quality. A beautifully finished antique chifferobe(chest of drawers with clothes hanging area & mirror) is our nicest antique furnishing. There are many more top quality antique furnishings throughout the cottage. The TV/Stereo cabinet area is located more out of the way and more visible on it's side to side swivel. A portable stereo/CD player is also provided. We also added new carpeting in the entrance area steps. The privacy this space can provide for that extra couple or In-laws to retreat to is handy. It could also be used as a 'master suite' with all the extra space besides the sleeping area. Another use could be as a separate area for the kids to watch their own tv programs. It's not advisable to leave kids in this area that need to be watched more closely. It has it's own private entrance from outside or can be accessed inside through the laundry room. Along with the sink in the kitcehette, there is a double laundry sink, a sitting only toilet/stool, large shower(newly remodeled), clothes washer & dryer.

Landscaping/Yard: We do some things to make the yard area better each year. We add more annuals & perennials. A wooden fence along the back border is nicely stained & looks great, while providing privacy. The rest of the plant life that fills in along the borders also give a natural privacy aspect. Although, the yard is one of the largest in the neighborhood , people walking by hardly notice it's being used with the greenery border growth. There is another area farther away from the cottage with a 2nd picnic table. We call this 'Boston's Nature Preserve'. Tiger Lillies surround this setting. Two bird feeding stations, corn holders for squirrels, & hummingbird liquid holder brings in an abundance of wildlife for some outstanding outdoor entertainment. The yard has sunny areas throughout the day, but is mostly shaded with the surrounding beech, oak, maple, & pine trees. An awning covers a large area of the patio off the back of the cottage. Off street parking for 2 cars.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Growing up in Speedway, IN and attending Ball State University was Stan's background before coming to Muskegon in 1968. After teaching, coaching, part time administrative duties at the High School & Middle School for about 30 years retirement came along.

Annie grew up in nearby Whitehall and graduated from Western Michigan University. She travelled all over the world spending most of her time in the Caribbean and ski areas out west in Colorado & Utah. She has been with Stan for over 2 decades.

They live only 1/2 mile from both cottages.

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Speaks: english, Minimal Spanish

27 Reviews

based on 27 traveler reviews


Truly Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Stan and Annie have made their cottages a home away from home. We had both cottages for our family of 10. Flowers, muffins and cherries greeted us. Our 3 year old granddaughter Abby said "I have flowers in my room cause I'm a girl..she loved it. The cottages are well represented by the photos -- the yard was terrific for the kids-13, 10 7 and 3. Stan had boogie boards and an inner tube for the kids and LOTS of beach toys. We had fire for smores at night in the fire pit..enjoyed the squirrels coming for their corn. Flowers in pots everywhere were lovely. Stan nicknamed us KC (for Karolyn and Carlo) and the Sunshine Family--we truly enjoyed the area. So much to do -- and Muskegon has made their city family friendly with parks parking at the beach too. We did the dunes, the amusement park and celebrated a 13th birthday at a terrific pizza restaurant that Stan recommended. He is available for advice at all times. I would come back here again--we loved it all.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This house has a very big and well-kept yard. The 100+ year house is very comfortable. Owners are very detailed and conscientious with the house as well as they want to make sure the renters feel at home. We were even given a bowl of cherries! It was nice to stay close to family and the lake.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy home near amazing beach

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean and my kids and I felt very comfortable there. The hosts were very accommodating. I packed way more than I needed; the house had all the extras from beach toys and chairs and towels to a blender, Keurig and spices. We especially loved how close it was to the beach, we spent hours there, it was never crowded. The sunsets were amazing.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and friendly owners

  • 5 of 5

We stayed there for a long weekend. The owner is very friendly and available as he lives just a few blocks away. We got locked out after a day at the beach and he was there to let us in quickly. Short walk to the beach. Great yard. Everything was clean. Freshly laundered towels and linens. House is a bit cramped, especially the kitchen, but it is a cottage. Overall it was a great value and we would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Anonymous Thank you for all the wonderful compliments regarding our cleanliness, friendly service, and extra amenities. The large yard & close proximity to Lake Michigan is a wonderful asset. As I said before your stay, our cottage would not be a good fit for 3 Adults and 4 Children. You insisted that this would not be a problem for all of you. Your cleanliness, good communication, and remodeling suggestions were appreciated. It is very satisfying to know you felt your money was well spent and you would consider us for another stay.
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You can do much better elsewhere

  • 1 of 5

The king bed is in the basement. The owner calls it the lower level as it's a walk out basement. We found the property to have a musty smell. Our clean clothing in the suitcases had to be washed after arriving home as they had that odor. We found old wrappers and earplugs on the floor under one of the beds, dirty. We left early, only staying 4 of 6 nights. I would never stay here again.

Great location, nice yard. But you can find much better for your money.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Frequent Renter You were our first guest of the season. Our deepest apologies if our new cleaning helper missed seeing a couple items under a bed. We always expect the cottage to be thoroughly clean when our guests arrive. The days you stayed were very hot & humid. We always recommend that the air conditioning & dehumidifier be used instead of leaving the windows open. Your arrival was over a day late. Our policy is to not refund any money for coming late or leaving early if we are not at fault. Your demand that we pay you for two nights rent was unacceptable. All our guests have enjoyed the separate living space with windows overlooking the yard. The queen bed, sitting area with tv, and kitchenette give the option of being self-sufficient or being conveniently connected to the rest of the cottage. Our rates fluctuate throughout the year. You waited to reserve till just before the season. Booking earlier would have saved you some money. It is of utmost importance to us that each one of our guests has a wonderful experience during their stay. During the past 13 years while operating our vacation rental we ask all our guests to communicate any problems immediately. We always take care of any issues right away. Our goal is always making sure our guests have a perfect vacation.
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Above, & Beyond all expectations AAA+++ A jewel.

  • 5 of 5

It is not often I take the time to write a review, however we had to after our stay at this jewel of a property! We have traveled the world from five star exclusive resorts to other high end $3000.00 HomeAway properties, and they all lacked the level of care, kindness, beauty, personalized attention we found at Denman’s Beech Grove Cottages in Muskegon, Michigan.

From the back yard birds and squirrels to the care and kindness shown to our children as well as us, this is truly a cozy jewel of a property. This slice of heaven is tucked in solitude yet a stroll from excellent beeches ,lighthouses, restaurants , museums and more. The owners are extremely kind, warm, and caring yet so respectful it was amazing.

The property was immaculate, the cottage had everything including some amazingly unique trademarks! We will be recommending this property to all our friends and family. All our family could say about Denman’s Beech Grove Cottage was at the end of the week ………LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Warmest regards,

The Prairie Shire

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

After 14 years of living all around the Muskegon Area Stan got his chance to buy a home in area that felt the most like home than anywhere else. Stan saw this property for sale & wanted to buy it, but it was already sold to someone else. Fortunately, Plum Hollow(next door) was put up for sale a few months later. That was in 1982. This cottage(Pedler's Paradise) was again put on the market and Stan didn't miss out this time in 1986. We spent several fun filled years living in Plum Hollow while having a son & his wife, as well as many other wonderful guests, stay in Pedler's Paradise.

Activity and Interests

Car: not necessary

A few steps out the door are nature trails through the dunes. The paved bicycle/walking trails are for easier going. The paved trails also link to the extensive Shoreline Trail System. A neighborhood walk or a little further stroll to Lake Michigan/Muskegon Channel can also prove relaxing. The most scenic is always a sunset walk on the Pere Marquette Beach or the boardwalk that borders it. Also, within walking distance are two beach & water front restaurants. The nicest is Dockers Fish House & Lounge that overlooks the Harbour Towne Yacht Basin. There's seating inside or out and an outdoor tiki bar. Beach volleyball leagues & open play most every weeknight along the beach. Events are held most weekends on or near the beach. Sailing races during the week and on many weekends are held on both lakes. Kite Flying or the more exhilarating Kite Boarding are done regularly.

Other Activities: Beach Volleyball, Miniature & Frisbee Golf, Batting Cages, Rollerblading & Skateboard Park, LST Ship night movies & Drive-in Theater, & Kite Boarding

Golf: Muskegon's 'Water's Edge' Visitor's Guide provides the most extensive list of area golf courses. We can familiarize you with the most popular or widely used links.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 5 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

Total amount due when reserving less than 2 months before stay.
$75 Cleaning Fee
Property Damage Protection is refundable or nonrefundable through HomeAway/VRBO.
Payment terms will vary when paying by credit card. No extra charge if paying by e-check.
We request light cleaning before departure.

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From the Owner

The one characteristic that is most redeeming for this cottage, especially in the warm part of the year, is the large yard. Lots of room for kids to play or not feel your neighbors are on top of you. Other wonderful benefits would be it's close proximity to Lake Michigan and/or Muskegon Lake. It's very convenient to have both houses as an option for large or multiple families to stay at the same time and have lots of extra room inside & out. Having so many large trees(mostly Beech) around both properties provides lots of shade with lake breezes on hot summer days & nights.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Budget
  • Family


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • 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
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • 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


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

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Lake


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

Leisure Activities

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

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
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1500 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom - toilet, combination tub/shower, Sink w/cabinet & medicine cabinet included
  • Bathroom(lower level) - toilet, shower, Toilet is sitting only-double laundry & kitchette sinks
  • The bathroom in the upper level has the tub/shower, toilet, & sink. The lower level has a sit-down toilet beneath the stairs, a shower, and a double laundry sink in the Laundry room area. Another sink is located in the Kitchenette. It is like having another full bath in the lower level. The ironing board & iron can be left up in this area without being in the way.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • The Master Bedroom has a Queen bed. Second Bedroom has a large bunk bed. These are located on the upper level along with a Full Bathroom & Kitchen. The Laundry Room is in the lower level in the back of the house. The back outdoor entrance goes up to the Kitchen or down to the Laundry Room(toilet, shower & double laundry sink). The front part of the lower level is similar to a studio apartment. It can be entered from the outside by a covered entry-way near the front & side of the home. The lower apartment can also be entered from the Laundry Room inside. The U-shaped area has a chair in the sitting area, along with the queen bed in the sleeping area. The knotty pine Kitchenette has a sink, microwave, & small fridge/freezer. Kitchenette has a table & 2 chairs. The upper level knotty pine Kitchen has a table with 4 chairs. The Living Room has a table with 4 chairs overlooking the side & front yards. TVs are in upper & lower level. Several antique furnishings are throughout.


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • There are beds to accommodate 6 people. The lower level is like a separate living quarters, such as a Studio Apartment. It has it's own separate entrance, yet it is still part of the upstairs & can be accessed easily enough from the inside.

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