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Cozy sleeps 5-6. Spacious sleeps up to 14.

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,090 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Small group of 5 or larger group of up to 14 for a private, quiet retreat.

This cozy, rustic home sleeps up to 8 people. The Beech Barn sleeps 4 and the Artist's Cabin sleeps 2. All close to each other. The property is focused on sustainability and creativity (art inside and out) in the middle of 20 acres of a beautiful old forest. Quiet, private and rustic setting with the owner on site for your convenience. No sirens or traffic noise, no people noise. Just the music of peepers, birds and comfortable breezes. 5 minutes from Lake Michigan.

There's a fire pit and grill near the cabin deck, a campfire nearby just to remind you that you're in the country and a hammock for watching the universe of stars at night.

Bonus: you can enjoy the best homemade Michigan fruit pies you've ever tasted waiting for you when you arrive.

Catlin, a terrific masseuse, will come and pamper you if you like, too.

Located 8 minutes from Saugatuck, 12 minutes from South Haven and 5 minutes from Lake Michigan.

More Details

Karen Duffin
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 June, 2018

About Karen Duffin

I've had various careers over many years in the Midwest but this place has been in my heart since the 60's. I love the energy of this forest. I also love sharing it with others so they can also experience the insights that this peaceful forest brings. People claim my fruit pies are the best they've ever tasted. I can bake one for you, if you like.

Karen Duffin purchased this cabin in 1994

Why Karen Duffin chose Fennville

People love this property for the quiet, peaceful privacy, the good energy of the land and the nearby beaches just minutes from Lake Michigan. There's a number of trails through the woods, herbs in the garden, a pond for finding all kinds of frogs, salamanders and other fascinating creatures. A variety of trees (beeches are my favorite) grace the rolling terrain, feed the wildlife, and cool and shelter the facilities. Historically, Native Americans made their home here. You can experience the same feeling of spiritual renewal with nature here.

What makes this cabin unique

There are walking trails, benches to meditate, a large pond, herb and flower gardens, a large campfire setting nearby, art work and more. This is not like a motel/hotel or anything like most rentals. It's not only a rustic extension of a large, tiny home with space for larger groups, it's the connection with this land that my guests all talk about. I love that. It's what we all need to be happy.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Fennville in Ganges

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1090 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Guests must separate trash and compost. Park in designated areas. Respect the accommodations.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Cabin Bathroom next to bedroom with queen bed - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Beech house bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Composting toilet for sustainability
    Cabin Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , between 2 bedrooms
  • In addition to the 3 full bathrooms, there's an outhouse, built by Troop 205 from Kalamazoo. It's very special. :)
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Cabin Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Cabin Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , Trundle bed with 2 single mattresses
    Cabin Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , trundle bed with 2 single mattresses
    Cabin living room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Cabin living room has new fold down sofa/bed
    Artist's cabin - 2 Single Bed , Separate cabin nearby with trundle bed
    Cabin Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , private single room
    Barn porch - 4 Single Bed , Four twins beds on porch
    Cabin Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Barn Beech House space is used for scheduled workshops when not rented to vacationers. Walking trails through the woods. Bird watching, including wild turkeys. Little studio guest(s) receive continental breakfast if not with a cabin rental group.


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Cozy sleeps 5-6. Spacious sleeps up to 14.
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
Trenton MI

Quiet, woodsy get-away location.

  • 5 of 5

Our family reunion group of 10 adults and 4 children found Karen's property to be a great location for various kinds of family fun. Plenty of space, well-stocked kitchen and nice large dining room table to seat us all. Both kids and adults enjoyed exploring in the woods and around the pond and we loved the closeness to Lake Michigan and the many wonderful activities the Allegan Co. lakeshore area presents. Karen was helpful with questions we had, and her homemade pies were a lovely way to welcome us!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little Heaven on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first family trip with just our kids and grandkids. The Red Spirit was the perfect place to have it. It is the most peaceful place we've been ever, but so much fun. Our grandkids loved being able to walk the trails and sitting around the fire pit at night. The accommodations were more than enough for our group of 15 and we had everything we needed to make this home feel like home. Karen and Zeppy made us feel so welcome. We went to Saugatuck to visit the beach, which was the highlite of our trip, along with the fabulous firework show. Bring an avid gardener myself, I loved the beautiful flower garden and just the whole ambiance at Red Spirit. This may have been our first trip there but it definitely will not be the last. Thank you Karen for being a blessing to our family. Looking forward to next year!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! It was so much fun having you here, getting to know your family, having some good conversations and watching the kids play. It's so important to know that we are all One on this earth. Making others happy makes me happy.
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Writer's Retreat in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

A few friends and I rented out the Red Spirit for a relaxing weekend of writing and it was wonderful. In fact, much progress was made by all and new friendships were forged. The garden is beautiful--full of poppies, irises and my personal favorite, peonies. There was ample room in the cabin and we had everything we needed to feel at home away from home. Karen is a gem and her dog, Zeppy, is a sweetheart. If you're looking for a quaint and relaxing place surrounded by nature, I would recommend The Red Spirit. Hoping to go back next year!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! My place is meant for writers, crafters and artists as well as groups who just want a quiet getaway. I look forward to seeing you again, Kerri!
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Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time here. This place is clean, well maintained and in a lovely setting! And, Karen is interested in everyone having everything they need, as well as a good time at her wonderful get-away. While we were all doing different adventures during the day -running, biking, going to the beach or shopping in Saugatuck, eating out in Fenneville, Douglass or Saugatuck, we all came back together at the end of the day and Karen brought us games she thought our diverse age group would enjoy playing. That evening time was the best part of our day! THANK YOU KAREN!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Karen's hospitality was warm & welcoming, the accommodations were most comfortable, and our time at the retreat was just as expected from reading previous reviews... perfect! My husband & I were there over the July 4th weekend with grown sons & significant others, and I just may plan a trip back this fall with my lifelong girlfriends. It's the perfect proximity to Lake Michigan & Saugatuck with the peacefulness we love for the mornings... especially in the screened porch with coffee:)

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Fun Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family travels annually to Saugatuck for relaxation and a time to have fun together. This year we did something different, and stayed outside the village limits at The Red Spirit Retreat. It was quiet and peaceful. The owner was gracious and welcoming upon arrival. Everything we needed was there. She even made us a warm and delicious cherry pie!! It was definitely the break we all needed before heading back to city life.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tulip City Airport in Holland
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: recommended

10 minutes from Lake Michigan beaches, farm markets and local artists, property is very private and quiet for relaxing and walking trails. Saugatuck, South Haven and Fennville offer wonderful restaurants, shopping, activities and events.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Fennville, Michigan

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £37.68 + Tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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