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Historic Ice House Cottage


Property Details

Updated: Sep 22, 2016
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 6 Sleeps

This quaint historic cottage,which was the original 'ice house' for the area sits on beautiful Lower Scott Lake on the grounds of the Echo Dell Castle.It is fully furnished and features over 100' of private frontage with private dock. The lofted two bedrooms offer breathtaking views of the lake. The walk out doors take you right to the waters edge. It has a large yard which offers plenty of room for children of all ages. The lake is an all sports/all seasons lake with plenty of fish and swimming.This cottage is very well suited for families or couples.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

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14 Reviews

based on 14 traveler reviews


Peaceful Setting

  • 5 of 5

Charming, lakeside cabin with all the amenities of home. I particularly enjoyed the rustic decor, especially the stenciled sayings, and the beautiful photographs. The freshly cut flowers and home-made cookies were very much appreciated. My daughter, who just turned 21 and was taking a mini break from Western Michigan, made full use of the canoe. The icehouse is a great place to unwind and get back to nature. You can also enjoy the nearby wineries and organic farms if you get bored, but you won't. A pilated woodpecker posed for us as did a family of swans. Fishing off the pier was fun even if we didn't catch anything. Gracious and accommodating hosts.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls weekend

  • 4 of 5

We had a very nice stay, place was clean, kitchen was well stocked and there were extra blankets for us as it was cold the weekend we stayed. We did not use the water "toys" as it was too cold. We used the grill, it had gas and worked well! The deck was dated. The homemade cookies were a nice touch! Overall nice place and I would recommend it to friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, quaint, wonderful cottage experience.

  • 5 of 5

I was very impressed with this little cottage. It was clean, quiet, beautiful, on a quaint little lake. I had read some reviews concerning the shower cleanliness and I will tell you, the bathroom was spotless. If you are looking for a cozy get away that is a friendly space for families, I would recommend this property. The owner is kind, accommodating, and leaves you fresh baked delicious cookies! I feel like they thought of everything we would need or have questions on and took care of those details.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Absolutely fabulous! Coming back again for sure.

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here for a few days. This cabin is gorgeous! Its rustic and cozy, loved the loft and family room. The owners couldnt have been nicer, very friendly. My children enjoyed fishing, swimming, and playing at the included play area. Perfect family get away!!!! Jennifer Paszczyk

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Very nice with a couple of problems

  • 3 of 5

This cottage is very attractive, unusual and in a peaceful setting. The decor is appropriate to the history of the cottage, very creative, and quite homey. I really thought I was going to love this place but a couple of things ruined it for me.

I am not a neat freak by any means, and I do as little housework as I can. So before reserving the ice house, when I read the review from the person who complained about the shower and the well water I thought she was being ridiculous. But not any more. The water is hard and there are the usual iron stains in the toilet and all over the tub surround. Now, the toilet is unattractive, but there's not too much you can do about iron stains and it didn't bother me. However, the shower was simply disgusting. In my opinion, you don't have a plastic tub surround with iron in the water -- of course it is going to be horribly stained. And it is. But I also believe it was dirty. I cannot say for certain as I did not try to clean it, but it had the appearance of soap scum that my shower gets. I also found someone's hairs in the shower when we arrived. There was one of those rubber tub mats on the bottom of the tub. In my experience, you put one of those down right before you shower and remove and rinse it when you are done. Otherwise there will be mold or mildew underneath. Since the mat was there when we arrived and the tub and surround were so horrible in appearance that I could barely manage to get in, I certainly wasn't going to look underneath the mat. I tried not to think about it. The other terrible thing about the shower was that there was no water pressure. It was pretty much a trickle. This was the only thing about the bathroom that really bothered my husband and kids. I am guessing that the hard water left deposits in the shower head, clogging it and preventing the water from flowing. Regardless, when you spend $175 per night you expect a halfway decent shower! Finally, there was a large patch of mold on the wall next to the sink. It appeared that that is a recurring problem, as the paint looked as though it had been bleached in the immediate vicinity of the mold. So this is a water problem in an exterior wall. Just imagine what is behind that drywall! Seriously, get a new tub and put in tile instead of a surround, get a new showerhead, and fix that water/mold problem!

I'd tell you about the dirty sponge and stained, wet dishrag left in the kitchen sink but I am out of space...

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: First, we would like to thank you for the nice things you said about the Ice House. Secondly, we would like to respond to your allegations that the shower had not been cleaned. We go through the Ice House between visitors and clean very thoroughly sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and sanitizing every surface as is appropriate. The bathroom is always thoroughly cleaned as we feel that it is imperative to provide our guests with clean and sanitary conditions. Yes, we do have hard water and we have added a filtration system to help control it. There are hard water stains in the shower but it is clean, always. We have plans to control the staining involving a new product from Rustoleum but, because the product is new, and the turnover in the Ice House rapid, there has not been time to apply it without disrupting a vacation. All linens are fresh and clean, bleached and line dried for each new guest. We would also add that we leave the guests with 3 phone numbers at which we can always be reached if they have any questions or needs during their stay at the Ice House, because we would like to address any problems or assist them in any way possible during their stay. Had these guests called us we would have addressed their difficulties immediately.
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Nice, quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Icehouse! We stayed with four adults and three young children and there was plenty of room for everyone. We were all able to sleep upstairs with the youngest in a pack and play. We cooked almost every night and everything we needed as far as cookware and dishes was available. The night we didn't cook, we ordered from Pizza Plus (the homeowners' pizza place) and we all loved it. The house is in a quiet area on a nice lake. When Doug saw my husband and five year old son fishing off the pier, he brought out some bait. The drive to the beach in South Haven was easy. We went twice since the lake by the Icehouse isn't really good for swimming.

I would highly recommend the Icehouse if you are looking for a quiet getaway. It is comfortable and clean and the owners are very thoughtful.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : PT on 109 at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Ludington at 100 Miles Nearest Golf : Beeches or Cheshire Hills at 12 Miles Nearest Train : Bangor at 15 Miles Nearest Motorway : I 196 at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Pizza Plus at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Bittersweet or Timber Ridge at 20 Miles Nearest Beach : South Haven or West Side County Park at 12 Miles Car: necessary

Located on the edge of the Allegan forest and 5 minutes from the Kal-Haven bike trail, this private spacious lake-front cottage is just the ticket to get away from the hustle and bustle.The sunsets are spectacular and the breeze is perfect.

Swimming, boating or sun bathing are at the top of the list. This quiet secluded lake cottage is great for relaxing and enjoying a lakefront vacation.The deck is just footsteps from the water's edge and the shore is sandy and shallow. The lofted bedrooms feature a queen bed and a full sized bed. Two trundles are located under the beds and pull out for additional sleeping space. There is also a day bed and sofa in the great room. Full service kitchen with large fridge, fully furnished with pots,pans and tableware.All linens and towels furnished. We are located 15 minutes from South Haven and 20 minutes from Saugatuck.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
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Dec 1 2016 - Mar 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Year Round
Mar 2 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150

Weekly rates seven days (Sunday to Sunday) are $1000 Check in is Sunday 4 PM EST, check out noon Sunday
Weekend rates (two nights stay) are $400 Check in Friday 4 PM EST, check out noon Sunday
Additional days can be added to weekend or weekly stays at the rate of $150 per night
Weekday nights (Sunday through Thursday)

10% down (nonrefundable) due when booked with balance due 7 days before your stay. Credit cards accepted!

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double, 1 twin/ single


  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Private lake frontage Private dock Deck with patio furniture Camp fire pit Air conditioning TV with DVD Stereo Paddle boat and canoe with life jackets Row boat with life vests Gas grill Large great room with wood fireplace Open layout with vaulted ceilings Free Internet available Coffee maker Full sized fridge Microwave Large kitchen and dining area, fully furnished All linens, blankets and pillows furnished 4 beds available and additional blow up mattresses

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