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This 1890's Cottage Has A Panoramic View Of Lake Macatawa and the Holland Harbor

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom 1 Bath Has Exceptional Lake View and 5 Minute Walk To Lake Michigan

This charming turn of the century cottage has a spectacular view of Lake Macatawa, the Holland Harbor, marinas and all the water activities. These can be enjoyed from the large screened-in front porch that extends across the entire front of the cottage. It is in a resort community of historic cottages established in 1886 and is on both the Michigan and National Historic Registry. As you enter the cottage, you are immediately transported back to the late 1800's resort community atmosphere by the original wood interior and much of the original furniture. The views of Lake Macatawa from the wicker furnished porch, the living room, the dining room and each bedroom further support the feeling of a unique, relaxed, casual and winsome atmosphere.

Of course, modern conveniences including WiFi, TV/cable, DVD, grill, washer and dryer are included for your connectedness, entertainment and convenience.

The owner has just added a new heating and air conditioning system to the cottage so that you can enjoy its charm and comfort no matter what the weather offers. The Four Season opportunities are great for long weekend getaways, family reunions, and holiday celebrations.

Your strolls down the walks and the boardwalks, while enjoying lake views and the 1890's cottage architecture surrounding you, will again be a reminder that you are experiencing a resort community with a rich historic past. The lovely sun, beaches and water of Lake Michigan are only a five minute walk from the cottage. Immediate proximity to bike paths, waterfront walks and steps up Mt. Pisgah provide multiple opportunities for exceptional views and exercise activities.

More Details

James Piers
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 3, 2018

About James Piers

Jim and Dee Dee have spent the majority of their lives in the Holland and West Michigan area. Dee Dee taught in the Holland Community Schools for many years prior to her recent retirement. Jim has just retired after his 42 years as a professor at Hope College. While their adult children are no longer living in West Michigan, they have spent their young lives in this community and consider the lake and this historic area their roots and visit as often as possible. Through their extensive travel, Jim and Dee Dee have come to realize that this historic resort area is extraordinary and a wonderful little piece of paradise.

James Piers purchased this cottage in 1984

Why James Piers chose Ottawa Beach

Both Dee Dee and Jim grew up spending many of their summers at the Holland State Park beaches. Each time they entered or left the State Park, they noticed the group of historic cottages perched on the bluff, overlooking Lake Macatawa. Those cottages were part of their childhood memories and experiences. So, it was no surprise that when one of the eight cottages became available, they jumped at the opportunity to acquire it.

What makes this cottage unique

As you walk into the cottage, you will immediately relax and realize you are now on vacation. The pace has slowed and it is time for sitting on the front porch and beginning that book you have been wanting to read. Or maybe, you want to take a short walk to the beach to soak up the sun's rays, splash in the water, take a stroll, fish on the pier, or simply view, paint or take a picture of the iconic Holland Harbor Lighthouse.

You may want to take a bike ride along our bike paths to nearby marinas, the city of Holland, Port Sheldon or even Grand Haven (a 20 mile bike ride away). Maybe a climb up the Mount Pisgah dune steps followed by an ice cream cone at the General Store, a hot dog at Dune Dog's or a hamburger and drink at Ottawa Beach Inn will pique your interest? All of these are within a five minute walk. If you are willing to drive five minutes, the Itty Bitty Bar or DeBoer''s Bakery are also favorites for locals.

For you history buffs, imagine being transported back to the 1890's. From your porch, you would have looked over the Holland Harbor, seen a large hotel, Hotel Ottawa, below you. Steamers full of summer guests were filling the Harbor on their way to the Hotel Ottawa and other resort hotels on the bay. Trains of hotel guests also were arriving from Grand Rapids and areas east.

Learn more about this resort history by taking a leisurely walk down the newly erected boardwalk in front of the cottage. You will encounter several interpretive kiosks including pictures and text outlining the unique history of this resort community, the Ottawa Hotel, Mt. Pisgah, the Pump House and the State Park. Also take an opportunity during the day and in the evening to walk through the historical cottage association, noting the 1890's cottage architecture and the friendliness and charm of the neighborhood.

But however you wish to enjoy the area, you will realize you have found a unique and wonderful spot loaded with history, current activities and relaxation.


Ottawa Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 bathroom with shower tub. Located on first floor with access from kitchen and first floor bedroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single
  • Four bedrooms. One on first floor and three on the second floor
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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This 1890's Cottage Has A Panoramic View Of Lake Macatawa and the Holland Harbor
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Wonderful sister trip

  • 5 of 5

Very quaint cozy cottage with magnificent views of the harbor! Within walking distance to the beach, general sore and Mt. Pisgah! Jim was an excellent host and very accommodating to our needs! I look forward to coming back again with my four sisters!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Incredible view of Lake Macatawa. Great neighbors.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First Time Holland Renters

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time my family and I decided to rent a cottage in Holland for the week.

The location of the cottage, on the northern bluff overlooking Lake Macatawa and walking distance to Lake Michigan, is very convenient. One can walk to the beach, the General Store, nearby restaurants, and to a boating dock down the road for kayaking or paddle boarding. The bike trail passes in front of the cottage if you want to bike around the area.

The cottage itself is very clean and stocked with almost everything you will need. The decor and look of the 1890's-built house adds to the feel of "going back to a simpler more relaxed time". The view from the screened-in porch is perfect for morning coffee.

Jim (the landlord) is only two doors down and always available if we had any questions or needed anything. I would definitely stay here again and may consider this the start of an annual tradition.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Ford International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Ottawa Beach Inn
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
West Ottawa Golf Club
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Holland Amtrack
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Ottawa Beach Inn
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Holland State Park
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.