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Charming Frank Lloyd Wright Gale Cottage- very few steps-Beach, Yard, Dock& Deck

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Comfortable 6BR, 2 Bath Lakefront Retreat with Panoramic Views, Prime Location

Welcome to the Gale Cottage!

This unique piece of history is available for weekly rentals.

This inviting retreat has everything you need for making memories with your loved ones.

** 2018 additions: Air conditioning in every bedroom - quiet and

energy efficient!

New kitchen appliances!

2 new kayaks!


The Gale Cottage itself offers plenty of areas to relax and play, but it’s also a perfect home-base for the Whitehall/Montague area providing easy access to Lake Michigan and close proximity to all other points of interest, activities, and conveniences.

If you are looking just to chill, look no further than this peaceful place. Read that vacation novel, while enjoying the cool lake breezes in one of our 6 bedrooms. Take a snooze under the beautiful tree canopy in the outdoor hammock, or on the enclosed porch’s rope swing. Or grab one of the provided beach towels and head to the beach to lounge by the water to enjoy the sunshine, the sound of the lapping waves, and maybe some unhurried conversation.

Everyone will love this spot on White Lake for its gorgeous panoramic view of the blue (not actually white!) waters, which are often remarkably un-crowded. The ever-changing view is so pleasing. It is a delight to see the many types of sailboats glide by and watch the White Lake Yacht Club’s larger sailboats race by on the weekends. The sunsets are beautiful every day of the week!

At night, build a bonfire - have s’mores and tell stories. And don’t forget to stargaze!

Since the whole property is situated on a low grade – it’s easy for your whole group to gather and enjoy each other together. The driveway is flat. And it’s only a few steps down to the large deck where there is seating for 12, and only a few steps further down to the yard, beach, and dock.

Please note that children are very welcome at the Gale Cottage and, hopefully, will be quite entertained. At the beach, kids can dig or build castles with our sand toys, swim, float, or use our row boat. The yard has a large swingset and is plenty big for any number of games (badminton and wiffle ball are in the boat house). Inside, there is a small collection of DVDs and in the bunk room, there are toys, books, & games.

The Gale Cottage is easy to get to – a short 10 minute drive from US-31. It is 3 hours away from Chicago and Detroit, and 55 minutes from Grand Rapids.

The home is ideally located to enjoy the best of each lake:

White Lake’s warmer, calmer waters for water sports like skiing, tubing, fishing, and swimming (or you can just lounge in one of our inflatables!)


Lake Michigan’s immense waters & wonderful beaches with soft sand and waves –

3 miles away via boat (via channel access with its great view of the White River Light Station & Museum)

and car (convenient parking is available at Duck Lake State Park Beach, where you can enjoy Duck Lake, the warm, shallow waters of the channel – a big hit with the kids- and the “big lake”).

When it’s time to eat, you will find everything you need to prepare meals for 12 and serve meals for 24 (who wants to do dishes every day on vacation?), or to call for takeout or delivery (a phone and menus).

The Gale Cottage will be stocked with some starter supplies such as coffee, filters, sugar, salt, spices, paper goods (towels, tissues, toilet), soap (hand, dish, dishwasher, laundry), garbage bags, propane, roasting sticks, and firewood.

Food, beverages, and extra supplies needed can be purchased nearby. The sister cities of Whitehall and Montague are only 3.5 miles away. Montague Foods has a large selection of high quality groceries, beer, and wine. Check out the World’s Largest Weathervane before going in! Also take advantage of the Farmers Market (and Artisan Market) across the street on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

If you choose to dine out, there are several great options in the area. One you can’t miss is Montague’s classic Dog ‘n Suds Drive In. Enjoy a real draft root beer and coney dog via car hop service.

For finer dining, try Crosswinds On the Lake or Lake's Edge in Whitehall. Then go to Dairy Treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. Please ask us for additional recommendations. We know where to find the best Michigan Blueberries and Cherries too!

Check out the White Lake Area’s Visitors site at whitelake.org for a wealth of information, including a downloadable Visitor Guide. There are many special events throughout the year, such as the Cruz’In Classic Car Show, the Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Wine and Jazz Festival. But, you can easily spend any day just in the walk-able picturesque towns of Whitehall and Montague with its many unique shops and attractive places to get some tasty food and drinks. If you are into beer, stop by the area’s very own craft brewery – Fetch Brewing – in downtown Whitehall!

Take a look at our “Other Attractions and Activities” section for web addresses to some of the other popular places near the Gale Cottage. There is so much to see and do in the White Lake Area, you will want to stay longer than a week! (Ask us about discounts for longer stays).

The Gale Cottage makes it easy for your vacation to be what you want it to be – a memorable fun-filled escape!

More Details

The Gale Cottage
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

What makes this cottage unique

The Gale Cottage (1897) is believed to be Wright's first residential work in board-and-batten siding.

Its woodsy simplicity foreshadowed other recreation structures Wright designed after the turn of the century.

The Oak Park Vindicator, July 2, 1897, called Mr. Gale's cottage as being built 'in the happiest style'.

One of the 3 nearby rental cottages, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built for Mrs. Gale, is located next door.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our family had a lovely week on White Lake at the lovely Gale Cottage. We were pleasantly surprised how well this Frank Lloyd Wright cottage blends its character and history with the quiet and comforts of a new home. The cottage was well equipped with everything we needed, including washer/dryer, dishwasher, etc. The owner was terrific and made everything easy, even with a last-minute rental. In early fall, it felt quiet and secluded even with other houses nearby . . . having year-round neighbors helps gives both the cottage and the whole area a feel of “home” rather than a tourist destination. Our kids were on the lake every day enjoying the canoe and rowboat, and Gale Cottage has the most comfortable hammock around, with a beautiful view of the lake. We drove 15-20 minutes to Lake Michigan beaches most afternoons, and enjoyed sunsets over White Lake, and even experienced a “moonbow” one night as the full moon shone through a light mist falling over the lake!
Sep 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Whitehall in Fruitland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Absolutely no fires are allowed in the fireplace. It will be a fire hazard since the chimney is NOT lined!
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Downstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bunk Room - 1 Bunk Bed , 2 Twins
    Upstairs Adjoining Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Wherever you want - Twin Air Mattress & Pump
    Master 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Cooling gel memory foam mattress!
    Master 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , New cooling gel memory foam mattress!
    Upstairs Adjoining Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Cooling gel memory foam mattress!
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Pillow top mattress!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
The maximum occupancy of the property is 14 (at any time), including children of any age. No exceptions. If you book your vacation at the Gale Cottage, but later discover you must cancel - if you notify us in writing, and we are able to rebook, you will receive your deposit back (minus a $50 processing fee). See the rental contract for details. Check in time is 4:00. Check out time is 10:00.


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Charming Frank Lloyd Wright Gale Cottage- very few steps-Beach, Yard, Dock& Deck
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  • 5 of 5

I can easily rate this stay as one of our Best. The owner of the property was super helpful. Our kids had a blast. The property has everything thing that you need for a perfect vacation. I would highly recommend this cottage. I am for sure going back :)

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the high praise! Opening up one's home and sharing it with strangers can be a bit unsettling! But - it's so worth it - time and time again when we hear of the positive experiences had by our lovely guests such as you!
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Charming home, perfect for families

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Gale Cottage with a group of friends and all of our children (6 adults, 6 kids). The house was adorably charming with nearly all the luxuries of a modern home. The cottage accommodated our large group without any trouble. The outdoor space couldn't have been more perfect. The children loved the beach, fishing off the dock, playing on the swing set, and exploring the woods. We had a sunset campfire every night, and the adults enjoyed playing games on the porch after the kids went to bed. Gale Cottage exceeded our expectations! We hope to make it back again soon!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your consideration and sharing your thoughts Amy! You are absolutely welcome back any time!!
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Beautiful setting, very peaceful, truly paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We took our daughter and her family. Such a beautiful cottage, filled with great history. It had everything we were looking for, plenty big enough and very comfortable for a big group, waterfront, with a stunning view, kids loved the sandy beach area and water. The sunsets were awesome! Very clean and It was furnished with absolutely everything you need. The personal touches were so heartwarming❤️. A big thank you to LuAnn, the owner, who went above and beyond to be able to accommodate us on such short notice, she is an angel. It truly was home-away-from-home!!!! The Fullers.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please do - consider this your home-away-from-home!!! The Fullers treated the cottage better than family. ;-) You were a pleasure to have & communicate with! Thank you for the review, especially the kind personal comments. <3
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Charming Vintage Cottage in a Great Relaxing Location

  • 5 of 5

Our family really enjoyed staying at the Gale Cottage. The house was clean and lovely (and as described) and the setting was relaxing and beautiful. Something for everyone if you take advantage of the boat dock and rent a boat to use on the lake for the kids. Main attractions included Lake Michigan, Michigan Adventure Park yet still close enough (2 hour drive) to Silver Lake and the sand dunes. The owner was super responsive and helpful all along the way. Thanks for the great stay.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The White Lake area and the Gale Cottage do make for a great vacation! Thank you for sharing your experience Lisa. I really hope you can come stay with your family again sometime soon. :-)
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Charming Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Great location for our family vacation - while we didn't feel the need to venture out much, it was easy to get to Michigan Adventure Park and we had fun at the dunes. Most of our time was spent at the cottage fishing, playing games, doing crafts and just plain hanging out together!

There was plenty of space for play and sleep - a family favorite area was the enclosed porch. It was well stocked for our family of 11 ( plenty of towels, beach towels, seating areas, bedding, and kitchen supplies.) We appreciated it being clean. Keep in mind the age of this historical home ( 5 bedrooms together upstairs with the floor boards being the ceiling of downstairs rooms - made it a little more challenging for little ones during naps and evening adult conversations) - using the outer porch area for nighttime 'fun and games' was a great solution for us.

The owner is amazing at communicating quickly and made this experience simple and straightforward. The lake view was enjoyed by all -

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your feedback is appreciated! We're glad you chose the Gale Cottage and that it worked so well to get in so much fun family time!
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Great location, exactly as described.

  • 5 of 5

We had a terrific experience. The house has a great location and there was plenty of space for our group of 12.

The house had everything we needed to enjoy our long weekend. Towels, linens, firewood, etc. was all there and in great shape. I would highly recommend this home and location.

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you!! We do try to treat our guests to a carefree experience that is truly memorable! Thank you for taking the time to share your recommendation of our unique place. :-)
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Pub111 & Fetch Brewing, downtown Whitehall
Nearest Ferry
21 Miles
Lake Express, Muskegon
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Old Channel Trail Golf Course, Montague
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Amtrak, Holland
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Pekadill's (soup, sandwiches, ice cream, garden)
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: recommended

Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast is Lonely Planet's #1 U.S. Destination for 2014! ****************

Michigan's Adventure - Michigan's Largest Amusement Park and Water Park:7 Miles ******

Mac Wood's Dune Rides near Silver Lake Sand Dunes:

29 Miles ******

Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery (kayak, raft, tube the White River):

10 Miles ******

White Lake Yacht Club (swimming and sailing lessons):

2 Miles ******

Duneshore Boating (Boat and Kayak rentals delivered to the cottage):

Municipal Boat Launch - 8500 Ramp Road, Montague.

Small craft boat launch at W. White Lake Dr. and Lake St. 3.5 Miles ******

Charter Fishing:

White Lake Excursions (Kayak, Stand Paddleboard, Bike Rentals):

3 Miles ******

Hart-Montague Bicycle Trail (35 miles of paved, scenic trails):

3 Miles ******

Whitehall's Historic Theater:

3 miles ******

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (classes and performances):

9 Miles ******

Northstar Theater - 1st Run Movies:

5 Miles ******

Country Dairy Family Farm (tours and unlimited chocolate milk):

15 Miles ******

Lewis Farm Market and Petting Farm:

15 Miles ******

Double JJ Ranch (Rodeos, Horseback Riding, Golf, Indoor Waterpark, etc.):

13 Miles ******


Prices & Availability

Ask Owner a Question

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £186.13
Pet Fee £111.68
Damage Deposit £372.25

Please enter your dates for accurate pricing and to see discounts!!

Email or call prior to booking if you are interested in a discount for paying via check.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the cottage for excellent cross-ventilation. Most people find the cooling air coming off the lakes to be refreshing and stay plenty cool, even on the hottest days in town. The mature trees on the property also provide shade over the home, however, know that the Gale Cottage does not have central air conditioning.
**** But, each bedroom has it's own remote controlled quiet and efficient air conditioner - just in case! ****

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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