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Windhaven on Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 4
Space sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


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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James Johnstone
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)


Spectacular views in a charming cabin

  • 5 of 5

We had a blast staying at Windhaven. Our kids are ages 4-16 and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful views and immaculate home. The house is private with a large yard and a sun porch perfect for reading. Having two bathrooms was a huge plus with all of our kids plus the bedrooms were quiet and beds very comfy.

We've rented homes through this site previously and Windhaven was by far the cleanest and most enjoyable one we have visited. Did I mention movies? Each night, we had such a great time choosing a DVD or two to watch. There are literally hundreds provided for you to choose from.

We can't wait to return to Windhaven. It's truly a home away from home.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I love it when our guests enjoy their time at Windhaven as much as my own family does. I know that there are a lot of choices out there so, it is a good feeling to know that we have a place that stands out. Thank you again and please keep us in mind for your next vacation.
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Yampa, Colorado

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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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

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

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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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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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
Seasonal Rate
May 27 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Off Season Fall/Winter
Sep 9 2017 - Dec 31 2017
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $150

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Muskegon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 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
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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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