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The Captain's Cottage

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)


Property Details

Updated: Nov 10, 2016
House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 11 Sleeps (Weeks still available: July 16-23)

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
  • Sleeps 11
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

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.

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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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7 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler 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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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Muskegon Airport at 20 Miles Nearest Barpub : Five or six within walking distance at 0.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Grand Haven Golf Course at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Amtrak that runs from Chicago to Grand Rapids at 40 Miles Nearest Motorway : US 31 at 1.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Eight to ten within walking distance at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Grand Haven State Park at 0.5 Miles Car: necessary

* 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

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From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • house


  • 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


  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Downtown


  • 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


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • * 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. .

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