The Gauntlett House

The Gauntlett House

Beach Vacation Rental on Lake Michigan in Fennville, MI


The best of both worlds a beach and the woods. 

The Gauntlett Beach House is perfect for families, girl friend weekends, couples and friends wanting to do wine tasting or visit craft breweries or play golf at the 3 courses within a few miles of the house. 

Can you imagine the adventures you and your family can have at our family beach home?

Located right on Lake Michigan.


To Wander

The house has a large yard and is surrounded by woods with walking trails through the adjacent Pier Cove Ravine.

Additional trails and beaches nearby. 

To DayDream

It is only a few steps from the house to your private beach (beach chairs provided). Bring your towels and toys for relaxing days in the water and sand.  

To Cast

Fishing is plentiful whether from a boat, the shore and streams. Some of the common fish species such as coho salmonChinook salmonsteelhead trout, brown trout, lake troutyellow perch, catfish, freshwater drum, lake whitefish, smallmouth bass, walleye and various sunfish all contribute to the catch. 

Pier Cove Farm House W/ Private Beach & Wooded Trails
Near Saugatuck /Douglas

Please note that the shade shack was taken out by a storm and is no longer there

Vintage 1870 restored family farmhouse! Spaciously beautiful and right on the Lake Michigan shore of Pier Cove. Located five miles south of Saugatuck/Douglas and ten miles north of South Haven on scenic Lakeshore Drive. Home can sleep 8 adults in 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.

There is a large second deck on the bluff above the beach with more seating to enjoy the lake views and sunrise and sunsets.

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Why Book with Us!

Deal Direct with Owner

Family Run Business

No Booking Fee's

Shared Local Knowledge

15 Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 based on 15 reviews.
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Overall Satisfaction

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  1. Eileen L.

    Loved our stay here. The beach was a three minute walk from the front door and a special mile walk through the forest in the back also allowed us to enjoy nature and relax. The house has everything you could want and the owners (who live next door) were warm and welcoming.

  2. Andrew P.

    We had a great time, the beach was 100 feet away with easy access, paths winding through the forest to explore, wildlife at our door. Celeste and Dexter were wonderful hosts, very friendly and attentive.

  3. Peter C.

    The Gauntlett House was the ideal get away during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Set back about 100 yards from the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, the Gauntlett House provided a comfortable and homey summer retreat. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms fully sufficient (I think we used the outdoor shower far more than the one inside). While all of us are , ahem, adults, the house is clearly furnished with young children in mind. The highlight of each evening was watching the gorgeous Lake Michigan sunsets from the screened in front porch. Dexter and Celeste are consummate hosts, and we could not have been more pleased.

  4. Jane C.

    We had a fantastic time and the owners were wonderful. The location was great and the weather helped make it one of our best trips with family.

  5. Rachel W.

    Property is obviously well taken care of and in wonderful shape. It’s a great size for a party of 8 and is super kid friendly! Beautiful beach and great private access really makes the trip even more special. Only thing I would suggest is for the owner at some point to put a shower head in the upstairs bathroom so people have two indoor shower options. Other than that, it was perfection. Thank you so much for everything!

  6. ann h.

    Celeste always has the house sparkling when we arrive. Its very comfortable and we always enjoy our stay. The location is wonderful – able to see sunset from porch if we can’t get down to beach to do so. The yard is great for the kids to play in too.

  7. Amy G.

    Just stayed at this lovely home for my son’s wedding weekend in Saugatuck. The home is beautiful and the pics do not do it justice. Everything you need is there all you will need to bring is food, drink and your swimsuits☺ We had 2 deer visit us near the back porch, kids loved that and even though it rained most of our stay, we had a great time. Between the rain we did venture to the beach, a very short walk and you can see the lake from the front porch. Thank you Dexter and Celeste for a beautiful vacation retreat,we will be back!

  8. Annie M.

    We just returned home after spending four nights at Celeste and Dexter’s house and to say we had a great time is an understatement. The house is huge, even closer to the water than it looks in the photos, with a large backyard for the kids to run around. We had four adults, three toddlers, and a baby and had PLENTY of room. It was equipped with everything you would need to make breakfast, lunch and dinner. Celeste and Dexter live next door and are extremely helpful and friendly, and always available to answer any questions. The beach is clean and private, and like I said, very close to the house. We cannot recommend this house enough for your next vacation and will definitely be returning!

  9. Lynn M

    We stayed here for three nights and loved, loved, loved it! The house was immaculate, the beach was gorgeous and private (we loved the palapa!) and the owners were incredibly friendly and helpful. Saugatuck and Douglas are very close and fun towns to visit. While it sounded like there were several good restaurants for dinners in the vicinity, we enjoyed the house so much that we grilled out on the patio every night and then spent the rest of the evening gabbing on the very comfortable screened porch. This was a mini reunion for four University of Michigan women and we’ve decided that we want to come back next year!

  10. Kirsten G.

    My sisters and I had an amazing time together at this beautiful home. The home is much larger than it appears in the photos and if you love the farmhouse feel (as we do) you will throughly enjoy this home. The private beach and hut was so perfect we hated to leave. The town of Saugatuck and Douglas are so close with cute little shops and restaurants. The owners, Celeste and Dexter were so nice and a true pleasure to rent from. Dexter even made us a fire on the beach right before sunset that allowed us to spend the evening watching the beautiful sky. We definitely hope to rent again next year. Thank you!!!