Great Lakes Manor

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Historic 5BR Home with Hot Tub in beautiful Saugatuck/Douglas

Rental Property

Rental Summary

Formerly known as Deer Creek Cottages and Guest House, the property changed hands in late 2011 and underwent a total refurbishment to be opened in Spring 2012 as Great Lakes Manor & Cottages. With 5 bedrooms in the Manor House, and three individual cottages each with full baths, kitchenettes, and cable TV, the property also includes a rec room for entertainment, as well as an outdoor hottub.

Nearest Beaches : Oval Beach - 1.5 Miles; Douglas Beach - 1.5 miles
Nearest Ferry : Saugatuck Chain Link Ferry across the Kalamazoo River into Downtown Saugatuck - 0.5 Miles down Ferry Street, a short walk or bike ride
Nearest Highway : Blue Star Hwy - 0.75 Miles
Nearest Marina :  Tower Marine - 300 yards - boat slips, sales, service and storage
Nearest Grocery Store :  Demond's Super Value, Center Street @ Blue Star Hwy
Nearest Ski : Bittersweet Ski Resort, Otsego - 35 Miles
Nearest Golf : Clearbrook Golf Club - 2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant : Everyday People Cafe - 1 Mile
Nearest Post Office : Douglas, MI - 1.1 Mile
Nearest Hospital : Holland Hospital - 15 miles


*=Room Configurations:  

Upstairs King Suite with Private Bath and fold-out Queen Sleeper (max 4)

Upstairs Queen, with shared bath (max 2)

Upstairs Bunk Beds (2) with optional trundle (max 3)

Downstairs Queen Suite with Private Bath (max 2)

Downstairs King Suite with fold-out Twin Sleeper (max 3)


· Badminton
· Basketball
· Bicycles Available
· Board Games
· DVD Movies
· Deluxe 650 TC Egyptian Cotton Sheets & Towels available
· Fireplace
· Foosball
· Game Room
· Gas BBQ
· Heating / Air Conditioning
· High Speed Internet
· Hot Tub
· King-sized Westin "Heavenly Beds"
· Laundry Facilities
· No Bed Linens or Towels provided with basic rental
· Satellite/Cable TV
· Take-one / Leave-one Library
· Water View

Rental Description

Relax and enjoy your carefree and elegant vacation rental in Saugatuck / Douglas Michigan, near the shores of Lake Michigan with a view of Saugatuck harbor. This historical home, built in the 1870's by shipbuilder James Tisdale, has been painstakingly restored to its former grandeur while providing modern conveniences and classic surroundings for today's vacation traveler.

Situated on the "dunes side" of Saugatuck and nestled in a wooded area shaded by 100-year-old oak trees, the stately vacation rental home is lavishly bordered by lawn, bushes, and lovely flower gardens.  Until recently the property was operated as a B&B (known as Deer Creek Cottages). Newly reinvigorated, Great Lakes Manor and Cottage Rentals will operate as a five-bedroom historical home with three one-bedroom fully-equipped cottages each with its own private bath, kitchenette, deluxe bedding and amenities. The informal country retreat is suitable for couples, families with children, and seniors.
The historic Manor House has been lavishly appointed in muted hues, with a comfortable mix of antiques and traditional comforts in all living areas.  The modern kitchen is fully-equipped to satisfy the most discriminating culinary talents.  And the five guest rooms, named for each of the five Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Erie, Huron and Ontario) feature plush bedding and deluxe furnishings, and some feature personal TV's and/or fireplaces.
Close to the world-famous Oval Beach (rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 10 beach towns and top 25 shorelines in the USA (2008)) and within walking distance of the oldest operating chain ferry in the US, Great Lakes Manor is your perfect family vacation destination.
Great Lakes Manor and Cottages is a retreat for naturalists of all ages. It sometimes feels like a family reunion among perfect strangers. Children spy on deer, rabbits and turtles or play hide 'n seek with frogs in the garden pond. Parents relax in the backyard hot tub while steaks sizzle on the grill. Others read quietly on the Manor's front porch while a perfectly content guest takes an afternoon nap in a tree-hung hammock.

Rates & Rental Policy

Now accepting 2018 seasonal rentals!

Additional information about rental rates

  • Due to the historic nature of the property, NO pets or smoking is permitted inside or anywhere on the premises.
  • Flexible accommodations - with four rental units, we can accommodate groups from two to twenty-four
  • Includes shared use of all outdoor facilities including Hot Tub, Gas BBQ, Laundry facilities, Sporting Equipment and Rec Room area with Fooball and Game tables.


Dates  Sun-Thurs  Fri - Sat  Weekly
 Peak  N/A  N/A  4750
Basic  625  775 4500




SECURITY DEPOSIT: $3000 OR $69 Accidental Damage Policy


    • Linen Package: no linens are typically provided but may be added to your reservation for $15 PER GUEST per stay.  Beds will be made up for your arrival with deluxe sheets and pillowcases, and kitchen & bath linens (incl.shower mat) provided
    • Romance Package: Flowers, Champagne and Chocolates for someone special
    • Special Occasion Package: Gourmet Cakes and other goodies custom-baked for your occasion


Rental Reservation Policies


We are a 100% pet-free property, not only for your convenience and enjoyment, but for the enjoyment of all our guests and to preserve the historic quality of our home.  We do not make exception to this policy under any circumstance.


Within five days of a booking confirmation, a Reservation Deposit (equal to 50% of the Gross Rent, plus 100% of all taxes due under the Agreement, plus 100% of any optional services requested by Tenant) is due.  Payment may be made by check, U.S. money order, or credit card. If good funds are not tendered by the fifth day, the Reservation may be cancelled without notice. The balance of the Gross Rent, plus the applicable cleaning fee and Security Deposit (if any), is due not later than thirty days prior to scheduled arrival.

You may cancel your reservation at any time up to and including the Rental Term, however no refund will apply unless and only if we are able to rent the same number of units for the same dates. In that event, if we are successful in doing so, we will refund all monies received less a $250 cancellation fee if you notify us at least 90 (ninety) days prior to arrival.  A $500 cancellation fee will apply if notice received by us within thirty days, and a $1000 cancellation fee will apply if you notify us within 10 days prior to arrival.  No refunds for no shows. If the cancellation fee exceeds the amount(s) you have deposited, there will be no refund and we may bill your credit card on file for the net amount, and your acceptance of these Terms specifically authorizes us to do so.

Rental Reservation Policies

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"The cottages have everything needed and the kitchen was well suited to accommodate all our needs with every possible supply thought of."
"Enjoyed a wonderful stay at Great Lakes Manor. The house and the grounds are beautiful and immaculately kept."
"We love the location of your place...close to downtown Saugatuck and Lake Michigan but off the busy streets tucked away in a peaceful setting."
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