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Halloween Weekend is Open--Famous Parade, Apple Picking, Colors--2 Nights-$600

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Saugatuck - Big Blue

Charming Cottage With 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 3 Outside Decks, Screened in Porch

Book now!! Big Blue is a charming refurbished vintage cottage on the Hill. There are three large bedrooms, 2 queens and 1 set of twins, all with lovely wooden floors. The upstairs bathroom has a whirlpool tub/shower and tile floors. The brand new bathroom on the first floor has a step-in tiled shower and tile floors. The large living room/dining room has the original walnut paneling, with antique oak dining table and chairs, a fireplace and comfy wicker and rattan couch and chairs. There is a screened in porch through the sliding glass doors in the dining room where you can sit and have your morning coffee and listen to the birds. The kitchen is huge with lots of counter space for cooking or projects. There is a flat screen tv, dvd, and internet access. Outside are 3 different decks, all attached with different seating options. The huge back yard has mature trees and plants and is so peaceful. Big Blue comfortably fits 6 people with plenty of space to do your own thing. There is a washer, dryer, and high chair. Small dogs up to 10 pounds are allowed and there is a $50 pet fee per dog. There will be a $25 charge if you do not pick up your dog's waste.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Chris Peterson
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
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24 October, 2016


based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

Halloween Weekend is Open--Famous Parade, Apple Picking, Colors--2 Nights-$600
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews

Great old house! Plenty of space in a walkable location.

  • 5 of 5

Big Blue was a great house for our family. We biked Saugatuck, and both Oval and Douglas beaches. We were able to walk from the house to go out to breakfast in town easily. There was plenty of room to lounge inside the house and out.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice size house walking distance from town

  • 4 of 5

Good size 3 bedroom house, sleeps 6 comfortably. Large kitchen and eating area, bbq, internet,and television. Very quiet and still 5 minute walk to downtown, which is a charming area with restaurants and shops, not to speak of scenic view of boats and water. Owners very helpful. Only negatives were lack of central airconditioning (only window airconditioners), slight musty odor probably due to age of home, and undersupplied kitchen.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank your for your observations. As I'm sure you were aware when you rented, we do not have central air. Yes, the house was built in the 1930's but we have never had an issue with an odor, nor has anyone mentioned that. We will check the room deodorizers to make sure they are still working. As to the undersupplied kitchen, we wish you had brought this to our attention. As we stated in our email to you, if you have ANY concerns, let us know immediately and we will do all we can to fix it. We would gladly have supplied what you felt was lacking. We will certainly look through our drawers and see what is missing.
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Cute cottage in a perfect quiet location just a few mins walk from downtown

  • 5 of 5

We've been coming to Saugatuck for years. This year, we had a plus one (our nine month old baby), and had some guests come up for the day to celebrate the Fourth. We had a great time at Big Blue.

The location is great. It's on a quiet street just up the hill from downtown - 5 to 10 min walk to anything you might want to do in downtown Saugatuck.

The house has a lovely wraparound deck in the backyard with plenty of seating, surrounded by a good-sized, well-landscaped lawn. There was also a screen porch which was great for the baby and avoiding bugs at night.

The kitchen is pretty decent size for the cottage.

The stairs up to the second floor (where two of the three bedrooms are located) are a bit steep. If one of your party doesn't move around that well, you might consider locating them in the first floor bedroom, which is very nice in its own right.

Owners are very nice. They both stopped by once over the course of the week and were very communicative and available to address any questions.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. We were pleased to host you. Big Blue is a 1930's cottage and the steps are the original ones. When the upstairs was remodeled, the owners at that time kept them. There is a lovely bedroom on the first floor along with a brand new walk-in tile shower. We loved meeting you and your family and hope we have the opportunity to host you again.
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Wonderful weekend getaway at Big Blue

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Big Blue! The house was so perfect for our family of five, including three young kids. And Chris, the owner, was friendly and prompt in her communications. She even let me text her! Loved the close proximity to downtown and the great yard/deck/screened in porch. And the basket of toys for our kids was definitely the icing on the cake!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review and for choosing Big Blue. We are so glad that your stay was wonderful. Ernie and I want to have it all go "your way", so we always give our phone number to text or call ANY TIME if something is not to your satisfaction. Again thanks for choosing Big Blue. Chris and Ernie
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Charming but lacking...

  • 3 of 5

This is a charming property with a great layout. We loved the screened in porch which was perfect for sitting out and enjoying the evenings without worrying about the bugs. This house is in the perfect location, the street is quiet but still very close to town. I give my rating 3 stars because I feel this property could use an overhaul with the cleaning... When we arrived, I had to clean the kitchen cabinets as there was food splattered all down the fronts. There was moldy coffee grounds left in the coffee pot. The bathroom was another area of concern as the shower curtains were old and very dirty. The bathroom sink had toothpaste on the faucet and more mysterious spots on the walls. The washing machine also had dirty rugs and towels left in it. I just wish this property would have been cleaner and better maintained, as I didn't enjoy having to clean the kitchen and bathrooms prior to my family feeling comfortable using them for the week.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sorry that we did not do a better job with the cleaning. I have refunded your cleaning fee times 2. We have also compiled a check list for each time we clean to make sure that we catch everything. We just started managing our property ourselves this summer and we will make sure that we do better. As you can see from our other reviews, we are very conscientious and want your stay to be wonderful.
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Charming Cottage in a Great Location

  • 4 of 5

Big Blue is a charmingly decorated cottage located in an almost perfect spot in Saugatuck, Michigan. It is a short walk from Lake/River Kalamazoo and all the great shops and eateries in downtown Saugatuck. The kitchen is a good size with the basic pots and pans, plus utensils, that you need for cooking. The bedroom arrangement, with two upstairs and one down, made for good privacy between the grandparents and young family in our party. A huge plus are the outdoor spaces--the gardens are lovely and there are three separate seating areas in the backyard. In addition, the cottage boasts a screened-in porch at the front of the house, which was so nice at all times of day and night, including when it rained. I highly recommend Big Blue to future visitors. One thing to be aware of is that the stairs to the two upper bedrooms are very steep. Also, the downstairs bath is very small, though it was adequate for a week's stay. All in all, we loved our time in Saugatuck and would enjoy staying at Big Blue again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay at Big Blue!! She is one of the older cottages on the Hill. When we remodeled, we redid the downstairs bathroom and put in a tile floor to ceiling shower; perfect for coming in the back door and rinsing off the sand from Oval Beach. The original steps to the attic were kept when the upstairs was remodeled into two bedrooms and a lovely bath with tub/shower combination. Thank you and we hope to host you again in lovely Saugatuck.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Saugatuck, Southwest Michigan

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Fall Season
8 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £247
Pet Fee £41
Cleaning & Laundry Fee £62
Tax Rate 6.0%

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.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saugatuck, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • resort
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The upstairs bathroom has a tub/shower combination and tile floors. The downstairs bathroom has a step-in tiled shower with tile floors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The upstairs bedroom has a queen bed and sliding doors overlooking the front yard. The 2nd upstairs bedroom has 2 twin beds. Both are large with wooden floors and large windows. The downstairs bedroom has a queen bed, a bar sink and sliding doors to the outside deck.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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