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Windhaven on Lake Michigan

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Overview

Property Details

Updated: Feb 20, 2017
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 10

As you turn off the main road onto the 500 foot long winding wooded

lane, your anticipation grows. When you pull up to the back of the

house, you can already smell the fresh, clean breeze coming off of

Lake Michigan. And, when you open the car door, you can hear the

waves. You rush toward the front yard and as you walk to the edge of

the 50 foot bluff, overlooking your private beach, you are

overwhelmed by the beauty of this place. You don’t wait to unpack

the car. You rush down the 60 steps to the beach. You kick off your

shoes and run to the waters edge. You only intend to test the water

but, before you know it you’re in up to your knees, your pants are

wet, and you don’t even care. And, so begins one of the most

memorable vacations you’ll ever experience.

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Recent Review

About the Owner

James Johnstone
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
40%
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2017

About James Johnstone

I'm a Manufacturing Engineer for a company that makes liquid filters for Caterpillar. I live in Urbana, IL and I have two grown children and five grandkids. My grandkids are now the sixth generation in our family to make Lake Michigan our vacation destination. My great grandparents had a cabin in Muskegon in the early 1900's near mount Garfield. My father and his parents vacationed near Pentwater and, when I was growing up we rented a cabin about two miles south of Windhaven, every summer. In the early sixties, my parents were fortunate enough to meet a kindly old fisherman who happened to own quite a bit of beach front property. They bought the lot from him and that was the start of their dream. They were working people so, it took them almost 20 years to scrape together the money to build the house but, in 1981 they completed Windhaven.

James Johnstone purchased this house in 1962

Why James Johnstone chose Western Michigan

We always loved the Muskegon area and this has been my vacation home since I was old enough to walk. Our family has put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this place and I can't imagine a more beautiful setting or any place I would rather be.

What makes this house unique

A beautiful beach, clean clear water, incredible sunsets, and lots of other things to do in the area make this a great vacation destination.

9 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Yampa, Colorado
5

Great Beach Cottage,Great Memories & affordable!

  • 5 of 5

All 10 of us enjoyed our stay at Windhaven. The beach is so nice and quiet. The cottage offers a very comfortable stay--rain or sun. Everything is clean and as described. The tandem bike needed a little maintenance but that aside very honest and accurate description (watch YouTube description). Jim was very easy to work with and even allowed us to have a small graduation party. The screened porch worked perfect for the occasion --Thank you! We'd ask to book it again this year but will be staying home in Colorado this summer. Thanks again for allowing the use of your cottage during this precious vacation time with our children.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences. I love to hear when other families share the same feeling we get, every time we visit Windhaven. Enjoy your summer and hope to see you again next year -- Jim
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5

Carefree, comfortable & relaxed if a bit rundown.

  • 5 of 5

With 4 kids under the age of 10, I steered away from the perfect looking properties. Windhaven had almost everything we wanted: a great private beach, sand toys provided, comfy beds, clean showers, kitchen, laundry room, grill and plenty of movies. The kids were excited about the bunk beds but didn't like the basement. We had to set up a roll away bed in the living room every night. Also could have used a paved driveway for roller skating and skate boarding. Otherwise, the perfect summer vacation spot for families!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us and for taking the time to write a review. It's tough to please all of the people all of the time and kids, especially, can be pretty tough customers. We try to focus on making sure the house is a clean and fun environment and we try to make some improvements to raise the bar a little bit every year. I hope you enjoyed your stay enough to consider coming back again next year and I do offer an unadvertised discount for returning customers. Thank you again for staying with us and hope to hear from you again.
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delphos, ohio
5

Beautiful private beach!

  • 5 of 5

Our family just spent a week at Windhaven and it was just wonderful. We normally go to Florida but decided to stay close to home due to a recent addition to our family.....our first grandchild!

If we didn't know better we would have thought we were at the ocean. The house was clean and the beach was perfect.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us Terri and congratualtions on your grandchild. My son got his toes dipped in Lake Michigan for the first time at three weeks old (He's 34 now) and my first grand daughter at five weeks. As you may have seen on our facebook page our family has been vacationing on Lake Michigan for over 100 years so we make a big deal over that first dip because we know it will be the start of a life long destination with many happy memories. Take care and please keep us in mind for next year.
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Grand Rapids, MI, United States
5

Perfect Home for a Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My Husband, Mother, and I rented this home during the week of July 13-20. We were absolutely thrilled with how lovely and comfortable the home was as well as the spectacular beach. The view was gorgeous, and we literally had the beach to ourselves for a majority of the week! There was plently of room to accomodate the occasional friend or family member that would visit us for a day or a night, and it was an extra bonus having those extra amenities (washer and dryer, air conditioning, plenty of beach chairs, etc) available to us. The owner was very kind and offered a list of attractions in the area that might be of interest to us. We had dinner at the Lighthouse one evening which was fantastic, and made the occasional pit stop at the Red Rooster for a nightcap and some good music if you're lucky to catch a good band that night. :) We would recommend this property to anyone who is looking for a quiet and relaxing getaway. My family plans on coming back to Windhaven next summer, and could quite possibly turn into a family tradition!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I appreciate your taking the time to share your experiences with others. After doing this for a few years, I think we have a pretty good system in place and it always makes me happy when our guests like it well enough to return year after year. Thank you again and, I'll look forward to hearing from you in the spring.
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Chicago
5

Perfect Lake Michigan vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

Watch the owner's YouTube videos - Windhaven is exactly as advertised: It's a really nice cozy cottage on a wooded lot with fantastic views from atop the dune bluff. Windhaven has a large deck with a screened-in porch. Amenities include washer/dryer, grill, parking for 5+ cars, and plenty of beach toys, chairs, umbrellas, etc. The secluded, undeveloped beach is spectacular and stretches for miles. And the cottage is withn a few miles of three great public parks: Duck Lake State Park, Pioneer County Park and Muskegon State Park. We stayed the last week in August 2012 and had amazing weather. The owner was responsive to all our inquiries and provided excellent customer service.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always great to get comments like this. Windhaven isn't just a rental property, it's our family vacation home and it's a wonderful feeling when our guests enjoy the experience as much as our own family does. Thank you for your feedback and we hope you'll keep us in mind again for next year.
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penfield illinois
5

Wonderfull

  • 5 of 5

windhaven is a great place for a family getaway. The house is clean and comfortable with everything you need. The location is secluded but still close to shopping, tourist attractions, and city life. The real jewel is the beach. You may be walking along the shore or sitting in the sand but you can always see,hear and feel one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in the world.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, Larry. From the number of times you've visited Windhaven, I'm sure you appreciate the beauty of this place as much as our own family does and, I know you're looking forward to your visit later in September. Enjoy the time with your family and, let's hope the fishing is good.
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Location

From the Owner

We always loved the Muskegon area and this has been my vacation home since I was old enough to walk. Our family has put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this place and I can't imagine a more beautiful setting or any place I would rather be.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Muskegon at 10 Miles Nearest Barpub : Red Rooster Tavern at 0.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Muskegon, MI at 9 Miles Nearest Golf : 3 courses nearby at 7 Miles Nearest Train : Holland, MI at 45 Miles Nearest Motorway : Rt 31 at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Red Rooster Tavern at 0.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Right out the front door at 0.1 Miles Car: recommended

I addition to swimming and sun bathing on your own private beach,

you’re just minutes from Michigan Adventure, one of the largest water

and amusement parks in the upper Midwest. There's the USS

Silversides, a World War II era submarine that’s open for daily tours

during the summer and dune scooter rides at Silver Lake, near Shelby,

just an hour or so north. And, there are numerous antique shops in

the Muskegon area and along US 31, between Muskegon and Holland.

There is also a high speed ferry that crosses Lake Michigan to

Milwaukee in just two and a half hours. For the golfer in the family

there are several golf courses within convenient driving distance and

for the history buff there's the White River light house along the

channel from White Lake to Lake Michigan and the Hackley and Hume

homes near downtown Muskegon. And, just a half mile north on Scenic

Drive is the historic Red Rooster tavern. Check out their wet

burritos.

Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
off Season Spring
Feb 18 2017 - May 26 2017
1 night minimum stay
$750
 
 
Seasonal Rate
May 27 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,825
 
 
Off Season Fall/Winter
Sep 9 2017 - Dec 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
$750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Weekly Rate: $750 - $1925


Rates range from $750 per week during the off season to $1925 per week during the holiday week of July fourth. All taxes and fees are included. A complete week by week rate schedule is available on request. A $250 deposit is required to secure your reservation. Check in is 3:00 pm and check out is 10:00 am, on Saturdays.
Our home is non-smoking only, please.

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Amenities

From the Owner

A beautiful beach, clean clear water, incredible sunsets, and lots of other things to do in the area make this a great vacation destination.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront

Attractions

  • museums
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, Located off of the master bedroom
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, combination tub/shower, Located off the bedroom hallway and accessible to all

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Notes:

  • With three bedrooms upstairs and a children’s dorm in the basement, there’s plenty of room for large families and small reunions. The screened in porch is a perfect place to curl up with your favorite book, write a letter, build a puzzle, or challenge the kids to a game of gin rummy. The home is air conditioned for those rare occasions when the cool breeze coming off of the lake isn't enough to maintain your comfort. And, the living room features a gas fireplace that can take the chill off of cool, off-season, evenings. The kitchen is fully equipped and features two microwaves to handle the rush to "eat fast and get back down to the beach". Two bathrooms, one with a shower and the other with a tub/shower combination, handle the call of nature. For those that can't miss their afternoon soap, even while on vacation, there are three televisions, all with basic cable, throughout the house. There is also a fairly extensive library of DVDs. If you forgot to pack enough socks, have no fear. A washer and dryer reside in the basement. Search Windhaven on Lake Michigan on Youtube to take a walking tour of the home or the grounds or Facebook to see additional photos. "Like" Windhaven on Lake Michigan on facebook for a discount and tag Windhaven on Lake Michigan on your photos to share your wonderful vacation with everyone who visits our page.

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