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Near Downtown Bay City, On Saginaw River. Shipping channel with ships and Barges

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,250 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Baths Fully furnished for 6-8 People, Family Friendly

Less than 3 miles from Downtown Bay City, Enjoy the quiet of the water and the feeling of being out in nature. Sunsets are spectacular. Freighters come right by the rivers edge and it is a thrill to see! Large windows face the river and overlooking a sundeck and fishing platform. A full patio is in back with grill all set up for outdoor dining with table and chairs for 8. Living room has comfortable seating for 8 plus with HDTV, **NEW**25 Channel Satellite** TV & Wireless WiFi, and Wii. DVD's and games. Books. Kitchen is fully equipped for enjoying a great meal with family and friends. Kurieg Coffeemaker with assorted tea and coffees. Blender, Mixer, Toaster, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Range all cookware, and bakeware are furnished.

Main Bedroom with Queen Bed has adjoining full bath. Bedroom 2 has Twin Bed and pullout Twin bed in Loveseat. Bedroom 3 has double bed with cot in closet. Main Bath has Tub/shower. Towels, Bedding, and Soaps, are provided. Close to shopping and all the area has to offer. Food deliveries are available to this address. Boating to downtown is our favorite summer pastime and the evenings are a pleasure. Watching the fireworks from the boat is family treasure! Listening to a concert in the park from the boat is something to look forward to. docking at the restaurants downtown is available, also. (Boat not Included) A marina is near to launch your watercraft. Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Jetskiing, are popular right out in front! Bay City is known for it's walleye fishing tournaments. Ice fishing is popular also.

More Details

Clint or Sally Vansickle
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Clint or Sally Vansickle

Love this Place! The ever changing water scene while watching the sunset is our favorite! Please send an inquiry online, the calendar is up to date, ask any questions. I will respond within 12 hours. That helps me track info and keep bookings for clients so there are no problems.

Clint or Sally Vansickle purchased this house in 2001

Why Clint or Sally Vansickle chose Portsmouth charter Township

Close to Downtown where there are many little shops, unique places and eateries, nightspots, parks, and a new Family Y for exercise and indoor water slides etc. Register for a full day for family $20.00!!

What makes this house unique

We love to cruise the river and this part of the river has the best sunsets and views of the freighters passing! Set off the road, on the rivers edge, the view is up and down the federal waterway! it is like a private retreat!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our family had a great time! We used our jet ski's and it worked just fine.
Jul 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Portsmouth charter Township

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Off Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , Main Bath in Hallway Double sinks
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Main Bedroom with full Bath
    Bedroom 2 - 3 single bed , 3 Singles: Twin Beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , 1 bunk bed , 1 double and i single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Croquet Set


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Near Downtown Bay City, On Saginaw River. Shipping channel with ships and Barges
average rating of 4.5789475 based on 26 reviews

Nice waterfront home. Very comfortable. Definitely will be back!

  • 5 of 5

Such a memorable weekend. First time in Bay City and we loved it! Really enjoyed the house. Clean, comfortable and homey.

  • Review Submitted: 08/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. Glad you like the place as much as we do. Hope to see you back next summer.
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Westland, NI

Wonderful spot

  • 5 of 5

We were attending a conference. It was so much better than renting 3 hotel rooms! we are looking into renting a house at every conference. Many colleagues were jealous.

  • Review Submitted: 08/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very homey, welcoming and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We would recommend as a nice family vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 10/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Spot for a Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I took our two kids and their friends up to Bay City for a little break. The house slept all 6 of us quite nicely and could have added a few more too. Within 15 minutes of being there a freighted passed by and blew its horn at us. We were close enough to wave to the crew! The sunsets are beautiful and the kids spent hours upon hours fishing. We enjoyed sitting on the fishing dock and watching the boats go by and the planes fly around (very close to Bay City airport). If you are looking for a quiet spot to reside this may not be for you as there is always some ambient noise either from the planes or the nearby road. Although not quiet, it was extremely peaceful and we would go back again.

  • Review Submitted: 16/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! The sunsets are spectacular. Besides all the boats and small planes passing by it has won our hearts. The wildlife on the edges of the river and fish jumping add a pleasant touch. Thanks for taking time to fill this out.
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Amazing sunsets, likely best patio view in a VRBO in a 20 mile radius.

  • 5 of 5

It is a hidden treasure of a location as it is just a few miles off of I-75, last exit right before the Zilwaukee Bridge when heading north. Grew up in Flint and live in Dallas now and wanted to get a nice little getaway place to take my parents who are in their 80's that are in the Flint area and this was less than 30 min from their home and yet has the feel of an "up north" getaway. It is a short drive from a great State Park beach and Bay City has a lot of fine dining and out door concerts that are ridiculously reasonable.

The cottage looks across the widest section of the river in the area, so you almost feel like you are on a lake, and straight across is an amazing view of state CORE land, dense woods, as far as you can see both ways. They have a beautiful backyard and yachts regularly pass by heading to the Saginaw Bay which is a few miles away.

The cottage is very modest and should not be oversold. It is a basic manufactured house but my parents just fell in love with the place and I will send them back. It was very clean and had very comfortable lounge chairs and sofa in the family room with a large TV with all the channels. It comfortably held my parents, my wife and I, and my two daughters that flew in from TN and are in their 20's. We spent so much of our time not just on the back patio but they have a massive wooden platform deck that you can move the lawn chairs out to that is right on this amazing river. It was truly one of the best locations I have ever been to in MI with a VRBO and especially at the very reasonable price range.

It is air conditioned by window unit air conditioners with a unit in the main family room and one in the master bedroom. I would encourage the very nice owners to invest in AC window units in the other 2 bedrooms. Until they do that, just make sure you leave the other two bedroom doors open at night and all is fine. If you do not do that, the floor fans are not enough on a hot summer night but once we figured out to just leave the doors half open, all was fine.

They provide two grills that run off propane which they provide and have a very good outdoor table that seats 8 just as they have in the house and it is great for cooking out with the nice boats passing by and the sunsets. You will not have any regrets about this place and will refer friends to it as I have. To the owners, I would say that the wallpaper is coming off in the hall bathroom and I did not care. It was PERFECT!

  • Review Submitted: 17/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this secluded, quiet, and beautiful home. The view from the house on to the river is something you never get sick of. The house was very clean and the kitchen was fully equipped with everything our family of 6 needed. My only advice for the home owners is to fix the locks on the bathroom doors, my baby brother kept walking in on me while I was in the restroom. Other than that I would definitely recommend this rental for anyone who is sick of the traditional hotel setting.

  • Review Submitted: 07/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
0.1 Miles
James Clement Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several nearby, Bay has a choice of everything!
Nearest Ski
Water Ski, Jet Ski, Snowmobile,
Car: recommended

Downtown Bay City is minutes away!! Weekly entertainment and outdoor concert stage during the week. Weekends are packed with activities to Art Festival, Tall Ships Celebration, Fireworks Festival, River Roar Boat Races. A full calendar is available online and on site.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Insurance AU$79.75

Rates are subject to change until confirmed reservation. No Refunds after confirmed.
In some instances I have refunded money if there is a cancellation and the unit rents during those dates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made