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The Captain's Cottage

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,880 sq ft
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 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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

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 Grand Haven

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Grand Haven in Grand Haven Charter Township

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2880 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:30 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 11 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , Studio with bathroom and kitchenette
    Alcove - 2 Single Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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.


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The Captain's Cottage
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 14 reviews

Charming Victorian in Grand Haven

  • 4 of 5

On a quiet residential street, just three blocks from the channel in Grand Haven sits the quaint and homey Captain's Cottage. You will fall in love with the house and all its turn of the century appointments including wooden door casings and pocket door divided the dining room from the living room and huge wrap around porch. This place is perfect for family reunions, sleeping at least ten people! The house kitchen has everything you need plus a gas grill for renter's use. Linens and towels are provided. And best of all it is in walking distance of downtown for excellent dining and shopping, there's a wonderful playground for the kids and the beach at Grand Haven State Park on beautiful Lake Michigan is gorgeous. I highly recommend this property for its reasonable rates, atmosphere and location.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Huge, Colorful, Beautiful Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our Grand Haven Vacation. Our family of 11 all had plenty of room- lots of beds and it worked out to where there was a room for each family that was staying. Also, a downstairs living area with a TV and an upstairs living area too- just tons of space for everyone to either be all together or do their own thing. They had tons of kitchen items to use, so we cooked our own meals almost every night we were there and ate at the super long table in the dining room. Lots of extra bath towels, really everything you would need at home! We loved the huge front porch to hang out for coffee in the morning, and ice cream at night, and just to hang out! We loved the neighborhood for walking and riding bikes, it was so close to downtown and the beach- just a perfect location. Plenty of parking in the back- we had 4 cars (3 of which were SUVs) so that was perfect too. The owners were very helpful, responsive and friendly! We had the best vacation and hope to go back next year!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

My husband, children & grandchildren enjoyed our stay at the Captains Cottage. The house is large and easily accommodated all 9 of us. Spacious parking lot behind the cottage for all three of our vehicles. The large wrap around porch was nice in the evenings as well. We were literally just a 5-6 minute walk from downtown Grand Haven or the Dairy Treat around the corner for ice cream and just a 15 minute walk to the beach & boardwalk!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great location and convenient!

  • 5 of 5

The house overall had plenty of room and was convenient to downtown and the boardwalk!! Love the charm and uniqueness of the house but the best part was the front porch!! Many family gatherings took place there❣️

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location; room enough for everyone'

  • 5 of 5

Great location, marvelous front porch where we spent lots of time. We could walk almost everywhere. Nicely appointed kitchen with plenty of pots , kitchen gadgets, well functioning stove and refrigerator. We wished it had a dishwasher but we used lots of disposables and everybody helped with the cleanup. Wonderful dining room table with room for all 10 of us for meals and games. Grill was great too.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice Victorian home.

  • 3 of 5

Loved the location, within walking distance of town. Favorite thing was the dining table, as we could all eat together. Kitchen is small and no dishwasher, but we took turns! Had a great week at Captains Cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Grand Haven, Michigan

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £190.67

Weekly Rate: $2,450
Coast Guard Week: $2,550 (July 27 - Aug 3)

* $2,450 for the entire house.
* $2,550 for 4th of July Week (June 30 - July 6) and Coast Guard Week (July 27 - August 3)
* $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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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