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Sun and Sea cottage/Historic Ottawa Beach

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 12 Sleeps

Built in the early 1900's, this relaxing cottage is newly decorated. It has 4 bedrooms , 2 baths, full living room and dining room,kitchen, and glassed and screened in porch. It also has 3 outdoor decks. Located on the upper boardwalk overlooking the state park and Lake Michigan, it is away from it all. The beach is a 3 minute walk down the boardwalk (no steps).We have a private gate with 3 parking spaces and room for more.

Located On Historic Ottawa Beach,2389 Terrace Ave, Holland M

Directions : Ottawa Beach Road turn right on Auburn dead ends into parking lot. Cottage

2nd on upper boardwalk. An adventure to experience!

More Details

colleen rittersdorf
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 9, 2017

About colleen rittersdorf

I have owned this cottage for over 40 years. I continually keep it updated and cannot be there as much as I like.. I love meeting and having new and past visitors and enjoy

seeing them have a great time here. It is a pleasure to share this fantastic place and give

people great memories.

colleen rittersdorf purchased this cottage in 1971

Why colleen rittersdorf chose Ottawa Beach

This home offers a great experience being on a boardwalk and away from it all,

yet minutes from the beach and in the woods with the best of both worlds.

What makes this cottage unique

Peace and tranquility with a bit of walking excitement.


Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Ottawa Beach Inn
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Ottawa Beach Inn
Nearest Beach
Ottawa Beach
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Beachcombing.

* Biking.

* Hiking.

* see downtown Holland.

* Sightseeing.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Go to the beach.

* Grill out.

* Biking.

* Pier Fishing.

* Hiking.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* beach activities.

* biking.

* outlet shopping.

* hiking to Mt Pisgah.

* picture taking.

swimming, walking, biking, sailing, antiquing, fishing, golf, tennis

The Holland State Park adjoins our Beach, the lighthouse(Big Red) is on the Pier and an enjoyable walk. There is also a staircase to the top of Mt Pisgah which overlooks Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa, an awesome view.

outlet shopping, cinemas, library, churches, museums , winery


Ottawa Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lake View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
Kitchen is fully equipped, coffee maker, toaster, electric stove, refrig, microwave,blender, all utensils. Gas Grill , washer and dryer, dishwasher 1 bath with shower, 1 bath with separate shower and free standing tub with clawfoot legs Living room comfy seating and sofa bed, cable TV , Wireless internet, phone,DVD player Bedrooms: bedroom 1 - 2 doubles 1 single,bedroom 2 - 1 queen, 1 single, bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 single, bedroom 4 - 1 queen Pillows and light quilts provided. You will need to bring sheets and towels. New - AC


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Sun and Sea cottage/Historic Ottawa Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Our California to Lake Michigan Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our 10 member family traveled to Sun and Sea Cottage to give our kids and grand kids the experience they never had before moving to California when they were six and under. House was comfortable, well equipped for good cooking and sleeping our large group. The proximity to the beach was great, a quick 5 minute walk! Plenty to do in the area...walking for ice cream was one of our favorite daytime excursions. We were joined by our Michigan family who stayed in the nearby State Campground. The house has a lot of charm which made it homey and comfortable. We loved the decks for our extended large group visiting too. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint rustic cottage with all the essentials!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has the perfect location with easy access to both beach and parking and not too many stairs to enter the cottage. Cottage has two complete bathrooms with one of them located on the first floor- handy for showering right from the beach. Kitchen is fully equipped and having two full sized refrigerators was a huge help. Washer and dryer was also a tremendous help as was the dishwasher.

There were games, beach toys and beach chairs on hand which supplemented what we brought.

It was a great family vacation !

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Manz family enjoyed my cottage and found it very comfortable. I am glad to have responsible families find a summer cottage for their vacation getaway. There is one step into the back door and 7 steps up to the front deck or the deck can be reached thru the cottage. Also a side deck with 3 steps. This is a great place to make memories and experience Lake Michigan.
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Holland, MI, USA

A Great Time Was Had By All--Again

  • 5 of 5

Our whole family was able to enjoy another wonderful week at Sun and Sea. There was again so much to do and see. The older grandchildren were able to disc golf and kayak. The younger ones had fun pretending that the cottage decks were ships and they were hunting for sharks. All of us enjoyed games, puzzles, eating, and just hanging out, especially on the lovely porch and decks. Although Lake Michigan was a bit cool, that did not prevent swimming and at lest two trips to the beach each day.

Colleen was again a gracious host. greeting us with a welcome note and a jar of delicious jam. The week was the highlight of our summer as a family, and the cottage was the perfect place to reconnect before everyone returned to their homes--some very far away. We hope we can experience Sun and Sea again in a couple of years.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I hope this delightful review is what all my future renters will experience.
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Holland, MI, USA

Great Week at Sun and Sea

  • 5 of 5

Sun and Sea was the perfect place for our whole family to be together for a week. Colleen has thought of everything a family would need. Our grandchildren loved the swing and the decks, and, of course, walks to the general store for ice cream and candy. The adults loved time on the spacious front porch, and we all enjoyed climbing nearby Mt. Pisgah with its panoramic views from the top.

The walk to and from the beautiful private beach was pleasant and scenic, and Lake Michigan was, as always, fun for all ages. It was so good to be able to relax and share quality time as a family, a rare occasion as some family members live in Southeast Asia. We certainly hope we can enjoy Sun and Sea again sometime in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed the swing on one of the decks,the children especially loved it from the pictures. The cottage seemed to accommodate your family and everyday was a different adventure.
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Oakton, VA 22124, USA

Sun and Sea Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our three-generational family recently spent a memorable week at Sun and Sea Cottage on Lake Michigan. The cottage is wonderfully clean and fully equipped with every amenity we could wish for. It is spacious and its many windows and sliding glass doors capture views and breezes. We especially appreciated the large porch, three decks, and reliable Internet. The boardwalk out front led us on a short walk to the beach in one direction and to the General Store (ice cream) in the other.

The Lake Michigan beach was spectacular: acres of pure sand, lined with dunes, and affording one sunset after another.

There are hiking trails, dune climbs, and a neighboring state park or two (more beaches). Restaurants abound, although we chose to eat at home for the week. The City of Holland also affords many shops, restaurants, and attractions.

The owner is attentive and helpful, although there were no problems of consequence. In short, we are grateful for such a wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful write-up on the Sun and Sea. We appreciated having your lovely family stay with us and be so caring of our 100 year old cottage.
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Ann Arbor, MI

Wonderful beach experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at Sun and Sea Cottage! Colleen was very helpful from the get-go, and when we arrived the place exceeded our expectations. The location was fantastic: the cottage is located on a gorgeous elevated boardwalk just a few minutes walk from the beach. You feel like you're walking through the tree-tops to get there, which our toddler loved. The house itself felt spacious and well-equipped, with a few quirky touches, which suited us perfectly. Since it is up on a hill, we enjoyed constant lovely summer breezes on the decks and screened-in porch. The trees surrounding the house also helped to keep it cool, despite the summer weather. It was the ideal summer beach experience! And although there are only a few reviews online, the guest book is filled with positive experiences, including a few families who have visited every summer for 15-20 years. Since the only bad part was leaving, we hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed our large 100 year old cottage and the surroundings. The breeze is a wonderful change off the Lake compared to AC. The decks also provide lots of outdoor space to relax if not going to the beach.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $100

Rental is from Friday to Friday. Exceptions can be made.
Check in 1 pm- check out 10:30 am
Shorter stay $415 per night
Maximum people 12 - No additional people allowed
rates for Sept 1750 a week
or $275 a night - min 3 nights

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.