My 3 teenaged daughters, my husband and I stayed for 5 days. Wished it was longer but during high season you have to reserve for 2 weeks and this just worked out as they had a break between 2 previously booked reservations and we booked late in June.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom cottage. It had 1 bathroom, a living room with dining table, chairs, pullout couch and fireplace. There was a small kitchen with all you need if you wished to cook. We made a couple of breakfasts and made lunch every day. The bedrooms were good sized and had plenty of closet/and drawer space. The beds were comfortable -my husband & I had a king and the girls shared the two twins and the pullout. I had the best sleep of our 2 wk summer vacation during our stay there at the Dunes.
We also had a screened in porch, and on our lawn an umbrellaed table and chairs to enjoy meals, reading, etc. outside.
Our cottage was the first one in from the road and it did back the next property but it was quiet and didnt bother us at all. Our view was of the ocean dunes and tidal river and we enjoyed sunrises and sunsets each day. The pool was simple, but very enjoyable as a break from, or after a day at the beach. There were always fresh towels, lounges, chairs, and umbrellas and it was immaculately clean. Re. this is not a hotel so food, drink etc are not available to purchase ... no umbrella drinks but you can certainly bring your own.
The manager and asst manager were very helpful as to where to go, what to do and accomodating us. Early in the am we went to the office to get fresh coffee, a newspaper and reserve a row boat. There was an older woman with longer blond hair who opened the office a couple mornings who was not as accomodating as the other staff.
Learning the tides was important and confusing to us landlocked Ohioans, but we managed. There are 3 ways to get to the beach from the cottage; take the trolley to the footbridge at any time (trolley was very near our cottage just at entrance on the main road), or walk across the tidal river at low tide, or row across at high tide. We only took trolley once. Our treks across the tidal river took 5 minutes whether walking or rowing. Make sure you double check tidal schedule each day as the window of time allotted for the row boats depends on it. It is an adventure if you have lots of stuff or a party of 5 teenagers/ adults like us. We did take 2 row boats but we figured it out and had a lot of laughs about it. Once you get to the beach it is worth the effort as it is quiet and less crowded than the footbridge beaches on either side. And remember the trolley stop is right at the entrance to this development if you do not want to walk or row.
I was worried about staying at a cottage - unsure if we would be roughing it or the cleanliness of it. But there was no need to worry, it was a great trip and we definitely will return to the historic beautiful Dunes on the Waterfront.