experience rustic and luxury under one roof
A TASTE OF THE 1860's IN THE HERE & NOW
Need a getaway that’s both convenient and memorable? Golden Beams Barn gives you all the old world feels while being just minutes away from the vibrant downtown and beach.
Located on Saugatuck's "peninsula", Golden Beams Barn is nestled between Lake Michigan and Lake Kalamazoo. Its location makes it easy to access both Douglas and Saugatuck, as well as the beaches.
Named after its notable golden beams, the original 1860’s hand-hewn barn from upstate Michigan was dismantled and transported to Saugatuck on flatbeds in 2005. Over the course of a year, the materials were reassembled and transformed from barn to home.
The salvaged posts and beams, from both the original hay barn as well as donor barns, hold the ceiling aloft using hand-fabricated steel hangers. The barn features custom steel stair railings and a unique steel beamed bridge and elevated deck (“the catwalk”) that soars over a wooded ravine below. The mix of old and new materials creates a rustic, modern vibe.
The upstairs loft is spacious underneath tamarack rafters and a 42-foot beam salvaged from the old barn. The floating stairs leading up to the loft were built using thick planks once used for a horse stall. The builder, Larry Busscher, remembers the stairs smelling like horses for quite awhile; thankfully they have “aired out” over time. Once in the loft, you will notice a rather unique feature: a salvaged original hay trolley that hangs above the space.
Whichever way you turn, there is a mix of both old and new at Golden Beams Barn. Our goal is to make your stay as memorable as the building itself.