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The Captain's Cottage

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 11 Sleeps

Old Victorian Home With Lovely Wrap-Around Porch for Relaxing and Entertaining

4 bedrooms, 1 sleeping alcove, 3 full baths, sleeps 8-11

Enjoy a beautiful turn-of-the-century home built by a Lake Michigan Merchant Marine Captain. The house is located three blocks from downtown shops, galleries and restaurants and the same distance to the boardwalk leading to beautiful Lake Michigan. The Captain's Cottage sleeps up to eleven and has three separate living areas -- main floor, second floor and a studio apartment. While you can enjoy each others company for meals and interaction, you can also have privacy when desired.

The main floor of the Captain's Cottage, decorated in costal eclectic style, has a spacious kitchen, large dining room seating eleven, living room with gas fireplace, master bedroom with queen bed, and second bedroom with a queen and daybed. The kitchen is well-stocked with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and toaster (sorry, no dishwasher). The second floor has a bedroom with a queen, a sleeping alcove with two twin beds, a living room, kitchen and full bath. The studio apartment has a double bed, full bath and combination refrigerator/stovetop burners.

While other cottage advertisements mention porches and sundecks, the Captain's Cottage wrap-around covered porch is one of the amenities guest enjoy the most. One section is large enough to gather all guests together for conversation and refreshments, another section has an octogonal picnic table and the third section has a comfortable wicker sofa for quiet reading or napping.

Saturday to Saturday rentals.

Older home with lots of folk art in quiet area of town so requires 'gentle' use.

No smoking or pets.

More Details

Todd and Patti Johnson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 3, 2017

About Todd and Patti Johnson

We live in the Grand Rapids area about 40 miles from Grand Haven. We purchased the property so we could spend time with our family at Lake Michigan. We use the cottage about 10 weeks a year and rent it out another 5-6 weeks.

Todd and Patti Johnson purchased this house in 1982

Why Todd and Patti Johnson chose Western Michigan

We were drawn to the Captain's Cottage because of the large wrap-around porch. We and our guests spend lots of time out there morning, afternoon, and evening. We also like that the house is large enough so that if you want some privacy you can go to one of the many rooms and be by yourself when needed.

What makes this house unique

We are located in a quiet part of town about 1/3 of the way between downtown and the lake. If you enjoy folk art, you will enjoy the way Patti has decorated the house.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed our time at the Captain’s Cottage and hope we can do it again another year.
Jul 2016
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Grand Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Studio with bathroom and kitchenette
    Alcove - 2 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
* Five window air conditioners strategically placed throughout the house. * WiFi, basic cable and DVD player. * Laundry on first floor with washing machine and dryer. * Vintage bicycle built-for-two for riding enjoyment. * Large parking lot in back of the house for off street parking. * Choose between a gas or charcoal grill. * Full kitchen with basic cooking utensils. Sorry, no dishwasher. * Basic staples are provided so you can leave all of those little bottles of condiments and spices at home. * Electronic piano for those who want to entertain the group by playing tunes. * Linens and Towels are provided. If you want to bring your own linens and towels, you can reduce the weekly rental rate by $75. .


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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The Captain's Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Great Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a big family group with my husband and me, our grandkids ranging from 4th grade through high school and college, and their parents. This is the perfect house for a family reunion by the Lake. We all walked the few blocks to town, explored the safe neighborhood, hiked the 20 minute boardwalk to the swimming beach, stopped daily at Pronto Pup, took in the musical fountain, grilled our suppers out on the gas grill, and all watched the Democratic Convention on TV and hung out with games and visitors. There was room for everyone, yet privacy for those who needed down time. We had a birthday party on the big front veranda which can seat a whole gang at once. Even if someone just wants to sit and stare and rest, there are a lot of fun furnishings and artwork to delight the eye in this wonderful Victorian home. It is a place to savor being together.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great family home-two blocks to beach and town!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! This house was fantastic. Loved everything about it to the front porch (which was our favorite for breakfast lunch and dinner! ) to the back yard which had a back porch as well as a large area for parking. This home is perfect for a large family gathering. The inside was warm and cozy. The owners were fantastic and very accommodating.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and delightful

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at The Captain's Cottage with two other couples, old friends we hadn't seen in a while. We had a wonderful time. The cottage is ideally suited to this sort of thing: there is ample room for everyone to be together, or for a little private time. We spent most of our time gathered on the porch, with the main floor living room as fallback in the cool evenings. Some of us cooked or grilled, and we all enjoyed dinner in the large dining room. The decor is delightfully eclectic. The neighborhood is quiet and excellent for walks. Downtown is two or three blocks away, and the pier only a little farther. The property is well equipped and well maintained. We were all very happy with our stay and would gladly come back again. It's almost too bad all our kids are grown-- there was plenty of room and they would have loved it, too!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Exceptional Rental!

  • 5 of 5

This rental is absolutely charming! Location alone makes this rental perfect for your stay in Grand Haven, but the decor, the front porch, and the space of this home are so comfortable you may do more relaxing than sight seeing. Perfect for a large family or group. I highly recommend this rental and we'll no doubt be back again!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind response and recommendation to others. We're glad you and your family had a good time.
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Perfect spot for a large family

  • 5 of 5

We love staying at the Captain's Cottage. It has become a family tradition and is the highlight of our summer. The location is perfect for walking downtown or to the beach and the size of the house is great for our kids to explore and to invite friends to stay with us. Everything we need is provided on site or just a few blocks away.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay and found our place convenient and spacious.
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Great house for a large family

  • 5 of 5

This house was a perfect fit for our family of 13 (we had 8 adults, 3 kids and 2 babies under 1). The house was divided nicely so if we wanted to be together we could, but we also had space to get away. It was a little walk to the beach and we could walk with some of the kids, but we also would drive. The house is located in a nice quiet neighborhood. Todd was always very helpful when we had questions. I would definitely recommend this house to anyone that wants to stay in the Grand Haven area.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Muskegon Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Five or six bars within walking distance
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Grand Haven Golf Course
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Amtrak that runs from Chicago to Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Eight to ten restaurants within walking distance
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Grand Haven State Park
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Sunbathing on white sandy beaches.

* Boating, fishing, biking, hiking and swimming.

* Shopping and art galleries.

* Walking on the boardwalk and pier.

* Great restaurants. coffee shops and bars.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Walking and biking.

* Musical fountain.

* Sunbathing.

* Reading and relaxing.

* Sitting on pier watching boats go in and out of the channel.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Swimming in Lake Michigan.

* Michigan Adventure -- Amusement Park.

* Miniture golf.

* Playscape and parks.

* Ice cream or corn dogs while watching the musical fountain.

* Swimming and sunbathing at Lake Michigan

* Shopping and antiquing in downtown Grand Haven and surrounding area

* Farmer's market on Wednesday and Saturday.

* Charter fishing.

* Amusement and water park 30 minutes away.

* Excellent restaurants and bars downtown and on the beach

* Library and local museum

* Playscape for children only five blocks away

* YMCA day camp activites available

* Board walk to Lake Michigan three blocks away

* Large indoor shopping mall 20 minutes away

* Cinema 15 minutes away


Rates & Availability

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

Weekly Rate: $2,250

* $2,250 for the entire house.
* $2,350 for 4th of July Week (July 1-8) and Coast Guard Week (July 29 - August 5)
* $250.00 refundable cleaning deposit required
* Saturday to Saturday rental
* 100% Refund of deposit on cancellation made 60 days of more from scheduled stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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