Little Blue Bungalow Gowen

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LITTLE BLUE BUNGALOW (Horseshoe Lake- Lower Peninsula) Gowen, MI: Sleeps 5. Nice for couples, fishermen & golfers

Pets Welcome







*LAKEFRONT (Horseshoe Lake, outside of Grand Rapids)
*2 KAYAKS INCLUDED (From Memorial Day - Labor Day)

This classic, old-school cottage is fun for small families, hunters, and fisherman. Located on the popular all-sports Horseshoe Lake about an hour east of Grand Rapids, the Little Blue Bungalow sleeps 5 guests in 2 bedrooms and has 1 bathroom. With a 24ft. private dock, you are able to bring your water vessels and dock them in view. And no worries trying to find a public launch, a private boat launch is just steps away. However, the property does come with 2 kayaks and a swimming raft! Although this property is located on Horseshoe Lake, you can access all 5 connecting lakes via waterway with a flat boat, canoe, or kayak, make a day's adventure for boaters!  

Having a 3-seasoned screened-in porch with furniture allows you to enjoy the view in comfort. This home wouldn't be complete without a fire pit, charcoal grill, and picnic table to embrace the lake front views. In addition, the Little Blue Bungalow comes with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, water toys, board games, books, Wi-Fi, and a smart TV including Netflix and Hulu. 

When it comes to suitability for multi-generational families, the area inside the cabin is absolutely ideal since it is a ranch setting, with just a few steps to reach the door facing the driveway.  Still, if you want to walk down to the water's edge/ dock there is a significant incline. While there are small steps leading down to the water, there is NOT a railing. Please use caution. This walkway isn't suitable for anyone with balance concerns.


A/C: There is an AC unit by the Master bedroom which circulates nicely throughout the home. In addition, there are also portable fans throughout the home.

Animals: Birds, Squirrels, and Deer are most common.

ATV/Snowmobiles:Allowed. Must be transported to nearby trails.

Bathroom: There is a ¾ bathroom, which has a walk-in shower, toilet and sink (no bathtub)

Beach/Swimming: 75-foot lake front. You can swim into the lake right from the property.

Bedroom Configuration:

Master Bedroom = 1 Queen bed

2nd Bedroom = 1 Full bed with Bunk (sleeping 3)

Boats: (SEASONAL) 2 kayaks are provided! A swimming raft is available for your use! Basic life-jackets are also provided. (From Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Bugs: Typical flies, mosquitoes, spiders, and ants.

Cable/Satellite TVs:  a smart TV including Netflix and Hulu

Cell phone service: Good with most carriers

Coffee Maker: Traditional coffee pot/carafe style.  Bring your own coffee.

Distances (approximately):

* Grand Rapids: 47 minutes
* Grand Haven (Lake Michigan): 1 hour 4 minutes

* Lansing: 1 hour 30 minutes
* Milestone Barn (Wedding Reception site): 1 hour
* Traverse City: 2 hours 23 minutes (131 miles)

Dock: New 24ft. roll-out private dock for your use.

Fire Pit: Yes.  Wood is provided.

Fishing: Bring your poles. Great fishing, either off the dock or at local holes.

Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online.

Grill:  Propane gas grill - New in 2023

Game:  Please enjoy yard Yahtzee during your stay! 

Grocery Store:  Approximate 10-minute drive into Greenville, MI.

Handicap Accessible: Must be able to navigate stairs and uneven terrain to enjoy this home and surrounding property.

Heat: Fireplace is the main source of heat. There is no furnace. A space heater is also provided! 

Hunting: This property has WONDERFUL hunting grounds within minutes from the home. Turkey, pheasant, and deer are the most popular things hunted in this neck of the woods.

Internet:   Wi-Fi included in your stay 

Linens:  Yes, we provide you with basic sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are particular about the thread count of your sheets, let us know, and we will make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets.

Parking:  Can park 4 cars comfortably.

Pets: Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/per pet for your entire stay. Yes, we do accept dogs, yet we do ask that you please clean up after them both inside and outside the cabin. Plus, if you allow them on the furniture, we do ask that you please bring your own linens/blankets for them to sleep on.  Just let us know which bed you will be using with them, and we’ll make sure it is ready for your sheets when you arrive. Plus, if the pet hair starts to build, we do ask that you please run the vacuum. Generally, dogs love the water and places to explore. Pet food does tend to attract mice, so vigilance is needed.

Privacy: Lake property with other homes in view.

Smoking: No smoking allowed of any kind, on the property. Due to the close proximity of the neighbors, it is strictly prohibited.

Space:  The lot is 180ft. deep and has 75ft. of waterfront

Closest Grocery Store:  There is a grocery store approximately 10 minute drive into Greenville, MI.  Meijer - 606 S Greenville W Dr, Greenville, MI 48838  

Towels: Yes, we provide towels.  Please bring your own beach towels to take to the water.

Washer and dryer: Yes.  Detergent is provided.

Water:  This cottage has simple well water. It is hard water.  There is NO water softener.  There is a lot of iron in the water as a result. It may have a sulfur smell, like eggs.  You may prefer to bring your own bottled water, as some guests find the taste in the cottage water to be too strong.

Wood: Wood for the firepit is provided.  


Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Acreage
  • Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Box Fans
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Fireplace- Gas
  • Firewood is Provided.
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Radio/CD Player
  • Screened-in porch
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Crockpot
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Firewood Provided for guests
  • Good Fishing
  • Grill-Propane
  • Kayak Included
  • Lawn Games
  • Patio Chairs
  • Picnic Table
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Sandy Beach
  • Snowmobile from Property
  • Swimming on Property
  • Walkway to Lake-Private Beach
Special Features
  • ATV allowed

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $199.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


Peace and Love
Another beautiful stay at “Little Blue”. Property was extremely clean. Views of the lake were peaceful. Lots of great memories made!!! 


We're so happy to know you had another great stay, and found the home to be very clean, Jodi!  We're so happy to have had a chance to host a second stay with you, and are truly grateful to know we could provide a peaceful environment to make  wonderful memories! Hopefully we get another chance to have you back! 
Oct 2023
Great little cottagw
My family was back in the area for a family reunion. The three-season porch was a great way to start the day with a cup of coffee and end the night.


Thank you for sharing your review, Jessica! We're so happy to know that you enjoyed your stay while in town for your reunion, and that the three season porch provided a memorable experience. Hopefully we can host you again! 
Jun 2023
Great views and a fireplace!
We were helping our family with a home project and enjoyed using the bungalow as our base. It was cool so we were thankful for the fireplace each evening. The washer was also great. A very nice stay

Cynthia, we're so glad that you stayed with us while you helped out your family members.  It's good to hear that the property worked out so well for you.  We hope to work with you again.
May 2023
The cottage was clean upon arrival. A couple of issues were quickly resolved when we contacted FWV Rentals. The water in the cottage is very hard and we were glad we took our own drinking water. A water softener would be a BIG upgrade for this cottage. We enjoyed the fishing, boating and swimming as well as the provision of wood for the fire pit. We did use the kayaks but both of them had broken seats, making them not very comfortable. The 2 provided beach chairs both had broken arm rests also. It was a relaxing and enjoyable week in a beautiful setting. 


Hi Allen, thank you for taking the time to review your stay! We are so happy to know you had a good time at the house and were able to make great use of the provided and natural amenities. We truly appreciate your recommendation of adding a water softener and you bringing to our attention the broken items, as we have since gotten those broken items fixed! Hopefully we can host another stay in the future!
Jul 2022
Great customer service
Even though mother nature had the best of the stay, Freshwaters were always there to answer any questions we had and was always quick with response time. Definitely booking with Freshwaters for our next getaway.

Koreen, we're sorry that mother nature wasn't on her best behavior!  Thank you for your kind words for the FVR staff.  It means a lot to us.  We look forward to your next booking with us.
Jun 2022
Little blue
Clean and cozy great place for a fishing vacation

Vicky, we hope that the fishing was good!  We'd love to work with you again.
Jun 2022
4 stars
Cute house on a quiet and beautiful lake

Carrie, we're glad that you enjoyed staying at Little Blue Bungalow, and we hope that you will come back again.
Sep 2021
Blue bungalow
Just so relaxing and a comfy little cottage!

Dennis, we're glad that you spent your getaway with us, and we hope to see you back again.
Sep 2021
Great lake cottage
45 minutes from Grand Rapids. Beautiful view, used the kayaks to paddle thru the 4 lakes. Amazing how quiet it is at night around the lake. Cottage clean.10 min to nice hiking.


Janet, we're glad that you enjoyed kayaking between the 4 lakes and found good hiking.  We'd love to have you come back again to enjoy the quiet.
Jul 2021
Little Blue Bungalow
Very nice and well equipped cottage. Beautiful view of the lake.


Ivan, we're glad that you enjoyed staying at Little Blue, and we hope to see you back again.
Jul 2021
Beautiful place to go ☺️
Will go back


Janet we'd love to have you come back!
Jun 2021
Blue Bungelow
It's just what i needed. Resting on the water relaxing!! If it had a gas grill it would get 5 stars but other than that i have no complaints!
Jun 2021
Beautiful setting
This is a small but cozy and well-appointed place. The lot and location are really nice with great lake frontage. We were only there for two nights and didn't spend time on the water but I could see that it would be great to get out and cruise the chain of five lakes. Not too sure how big a boat would fit through the underpass of MacClain St so you might be limited to just two lakes if you have a high profile on the water.

Thanks for sharing your experience and advice, Randy! This cozy little cottage is perfect for cruising around on the lake and spending quality time with family. You are welcome back any time!
May 2021
Need curtains or blinds on all of the windows. When the sun sets it shines right in your face. Would help keep it cooler inside. Had a great time while we were there. Thank you.

Ronald, thanks for your suggestion.We will pass it along to the owners.  We're glad that you had a  great time.  We enjoyed having you as our guests and hope to see you again.
Aug 2020
5 stars
Really enjoyed our stay will definitely be back.

Kristy, the best review a guest can give is when they say they will be returning, so thank you for that.  We look forward to working with you again!
Jul 2020
A perfect change of pace
The little blue bungalow gave me and my family everything we needed over an 8-day stay. We wanted a place where we could live on a lake for a week and the little blue bungalow is exactly that. Steps to your own private lakefront. A sandy-bottom lake that is clean enough to swim in. Fish that literally jump on your hook with no bait. It's small but you know that going in, plus it's well-kept. More than enough room for me, my wife and our two young daughters. Ample games/movie channels + Netflix and Amazon Prime TV access for when the sun goes down. Just what the doctor ordered.

Dan, we love being just what the doctor ordered, and the idea of fish jumping right on your hook even without bait!  Now that's something to brag about.  Little Blue Bungalow  is on Horseshoe Lake, is pet friendly and comes with 2 kayaks.  It's a great vacation property.
Jun 2020
Absolutely loved my time at the little blue bungalow. It's perfect for what i need and the people are soooo helpful with anything you need!

Dennis, thank you for taking the time to write this review.  We love hearing that a property is perfect or what a guest needs.  Little Blue Bungalow  is located on Horseshoe Lake and sleeps 5.  Dogs are very much welcome.  There is a 24' private dock, 2 kayaks and a swimming raft.  Perfect for summer days.
Jun 2020
Beautiful Lake and Lovely Cottage
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Little Blue Bungalow in Gowen Michigan. The weather did not cooperate every day, but we were very comfortable indoors, spending time catching up with our reading. Lovely place. I would visit again.

Michael, too bad the weather wasn't better, but we're glad that you could catch up on your reading at Little Blue Bungalow.  It sleeps 5 and your dog can join you.  What could be better than that?  The 3-seasoned screened-in porch is perfect for evening relaxation.  We hope to see you again!
Jun 2020
Little blue bungalow
Had a great time at this property. The fishing was great and the property was clean and quiet. We had everything we needed for a great vacation.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Vicky, thanks for this great review.  We hope that you caught lots of fish!  Little Blue Bungalow is the perfect place to go for a great vacation.  We hope you come back
Sep 2019
Nice place
A +

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Kristina and Ryan, we love getting A+s!!!!  Thanks for this one.  Little Blue Bungalow is a great vacation property.  The 3-seasoned screened-in porch is so relaxing, plus the cottage is pet friendly.  You can swim into the lake right from the 75 foot lakefront property, or go exploring the lake in the 2 kayaks.  We hope to see you back again
Sep 2019
Fun time
I enjoyed the cabin overall, I would have liked if you were able to swim in the lake but it's my fault for not asking about sand and how the lake was.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Rawad, we are glad that you enjoyed staying at Little Blue Bungalow.  The property comes with 2 kayaks, a swimming raft and a private 24 foot dock.  Although this property is located on Horseshoe Lake, you can access all 5 connecting lakes via water with a flat boat, canoe, or kayak.  We hope to see you again. 

Aug 2019
Weekend Getaway
It was so cute and had everything we needed. It was so clean. I would definitely come back! Loved using the kayaks!

Sara, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed Little Blue Bungalow.  The private dock is great, and with the 2 kayaks you can access all 5 connecting lakes via waterway making a days adventure!  We hope to see you back again.
Jul 2019
Very comfortable and pleasant. Perfect for two people and two dogs .
Freshwater Rental is very easy to rent through. Very attentive and responsive. One small hiccup on our arrival and it was resolved within 10 minutes (if that).

Janet, thanks for the kudos to FVR.  It is our #1 priority to make certain that our guests have the best stay possible.  Little Blue Bungalow on Horseshoe Lake is a cozy nautical themed bungalow that is perfect for small families, hunters, and fisherman.  There is a 24' private dock, a fire pit and the best is the 3-seasoned screened-in porch.  It's vacation perfection!
Jul 2019
Had a wonderful time perfect size for a couple, a few suggestions a gas grill would make it more appealing , charcoal grill worked but very time consuming, also better grade fans would help circulate air better throughout the cabin. Your staff was wonderful had a few questions and they responded in a very timely manner.

Rick, we are happy that you had a wonderful time at Little Blue Bungalow. It has a  24 foot private dock, which is great for fishing.  You have 75 feet of water front, and 2 kayaks to go exploring in.  It's also pet friendly.  Thanks for your suggestions about the fans and the grill - we'll let the owners know.
Jul 2019
Loved it!!
I loved the place it was perfect for what I wanted! Only thing i wished it had was a gas grill, waiting a hour for charcoal really stinks. Other than that I loved it!

Dennis, we are so happy that Little Blue Bungalow was just what you wanted.  The 3-seasoned screened-in porch is a bonus for looking out over the lake.  The fire pit awaits the s'mores!  We hope to see you again.
Jun 2019
Little Piece of Paradise
It is easy to stay here! All the comforts of home. Boat launch is 2 houses away with space on the property to store your boat trailer, plus your cars. Heated by a propane fire place makes it comfortable in the evening to enjoy a warm fire, with none of the mess. WE loved the fire pit at the waters edge. We booked again for next year.

Cindy, thanks for this great review.  We love that you had such a great stay at 
Little Blue Bungalow.  It is a great property.  The 3-seasoned screened-in porch allows you to view the lake in comfort.  We are glad that you are already on our 2020 schedule!
Cynthia (Cindy) And David
May 2019
The cottage is beautiful! It is clean, well supplied, has cable tv and WIFI. The screened in porch overlooking the lake is the perfect place to relax. It was too cold to swim but from the new dock the bottom of the lake looked nice and sandy. My husband caught 2 large catfish which made him want to come back here again. It's near the city of Greenville that has grocery stores and restaurants. It was very easy to find and would love to stay here again!

JK, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Little Blue Bungalow.  It is a great property, and the fishing is good!  The screened in porch is pretty fabulous.  We hope that you come back again!
Nov 2018
Beautiful cottage on the lake
We really enjoyed our time at Little Blue Bungalow cottage on Horseshoe Lake. The time we were there was very peaceful and relaxing. We really needed that. The cottage is spotless. The furniture is very nice and comfortable. We were impressed with how everything is provided. We just brought clothes and food. Greeneville is about ten minutes away. They have Walmart, Meijer, Walgreens, Dollar General, and several Famous restaurants. We were happy about that. We are glad we found this cottage.


Barbara we are glad that you found us also and hope that you come back again.  Little Blue Bungalow is cozy and relaxing.  The screened in porch is a great place to take late afternoon summer naps!
Jul 2018
Perfect Stay
We loved our stay at the Little Blue Bungalow on Horseshoe Lake. It was the perfect size for our family, toddler-friendly and the view of the lake was beautiful.


Ashley we are so happy that you ( and your toddler!) enjoyed the Little Blue Bungalow so much!  I hope that you had lots of time on the porch!  That view is pretty spectacular.  We hope to see you again in the future.
Jul 2018
The cottage is beautiful! It is clean, well supplied, has cable tv and WIFI. The screened in porch overlooking the lake is the perfect place to relax. It was too cold to swim but from the new dock the bottom of the lake looked nice and sandy. My husband caught 2 large catfish which made him want to come back here again. It's near the city of Greenville that has grocery stores and restaurants. It was very easy to find and would love to stay here again!

Sue, we are so glad that you enjoyed our Little Blue Bungalow, plus we hope that those catfish were good eating!  It is a sweet property and the lake is just great.  We're happy that you liked the new dock.  Please do come back and stay with us again!
May 2018
We loved everything about this little cottage. It could have used a few more very practical kitchen items like measuring cups and spoons, but otherwise a very lovely, practical place...also incredibly clean!!! We will return!


We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Little Blue Bungalow.  It is such a great location on Horseshoe Lake.  Did you take the boats through all five lakes - it's so cool that one can do that.  We hope that you had an opportunity to use the fire pit.  Thanks for the heads up about needing a few more kitchen items - we'll get right on that.  We'd love to work with you again, and returning guests get a 10% discount!
May 2018

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