House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 10
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 Muskegon
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.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great vacation on the Big Lake!
We had the BEST time at the Windhaven cottage! The property description was spot on and suited our family perfectly. Loved the screened in porch and, of course, the direct Lake Mich frontage. Great communication with James and absolutely no problems before or during our stay. The fire pit on the beach was a nightly must! Private and QUIET! Love this vacation week at Windhaven. Thank you!!
Beautiful and peaceful
The location is wonderful: there are huge trees providing a LOT of shade, there is no road noise at all. While the descent to and ascent from the beach is intimidating, we managed just fine, even with a two year old. The beach and water have NO rocks -- just smooth sand. Altho erosion is evident, most days we were able to have a nice walk on the beach. As for the inside of the house: the fridge is newer, clean, quiet and COLD (many rental houses don't have fridges this good); the AC was quiet and made good, cool air; the laundry was clean and in working order; newer pans and sufficient cooking utensils were available, as well as plenty of dishes and silverware. The house was clean -- no dust, no sand on the floors when we first walked in. Bathrooms were clean too, and beds nicely made up. The only thing we were a bit disappointed in was the mish-mash of furniture, but that did not really impact our enjoyment. We did have to rewash a couple dishes, which is common for us to do when we rent. The homeowner was available via texting, was helpful and not intrusive. All in all, a good vacation, and a good house.
Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write a detailed review. Please keep us in mind for your next vacation. Take care.
Our family and friends loved our stay at Windhaven!
This is a great place for families! It is close to horseback riding, water parks, parks, great fishing, and much more!!!!
Great beach side family get away
Amazing place for families to stay. Our family of 7 had more than enough room and things to do. Beach is wonderful and if the weather isn't good there are plenty of movies. It was nice to have all the beach gear at the location so there was less packing.
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. I'm glad that you enjoyed your week and please keep us in mind for next time.
Amazing Memorial day weekend
We had a great time at Windhaven - the location and beach are breathtaking! The owner (James) was very responsive and flexible. The porch was wonderful with beautiful views and we ate all of our meals out there despite it getting chilly outside.
The only downside is that the 4th bedroom in the basement is not usable - bunk beds were uncomfortable, basement had a musty smell, no doors. Although we were able to push through this by having part of our group sleep on the porch (which she enjoyed), we didn't really appreciate this from the listing.
We would definitely come back (the beach and sunsets make this place amazing!), although we would make sure to only have enough people to use the 3 bedrooms upstairs and possibly on the porch.
Everything was clean and comfortable. Linens were clean but for 7-9 people it was sparse. No beach towels available so if you plan to lay out on the beach or use a different towel than your bath towel make sure to bring some extras.
This area is gorgeous. The furnishings are quite old and dated but the photographs are accurate and the price for the accommodations is good. The bedroom with bunkbeds is really just open room in the basement and not appropriate for young kids.
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