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Shavehead Lake. Lakefront 2 BR/1BA Cottage Sleeps 4-6

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a view from the lake


Last updated: 06/24/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Three Rivers cottage description


Dear Vacation Hopeful Reader, Please understand it's out of our control when other vacation rental sites post our cottage information. We only have a subscription with VRBO. Our calendar IS accurate, we are not renting it out this year. We wish you much luck in finding the perfect place for your vacation.

--The Dieners

Welcome to Shavehead Lake. Here is where you'll find your home away from home in our cozy, two-bedroom cottage in southern Michigan.

The Diener Cottage is completely renovated, and with the 17 windows surrounding the cottage you're guaranteed an abundance of waterfront views and ample sunlight.

The open floor plan of the cottage allows the conversation to easily flow from the fully-equipped kitchen to the living and dining areas. French doors open wide into the spacious sunroom situated along the lakeside with table tennis, upright piano and a big comfy chair where you can finally catch up on that good book you've been meaning to read.

Outdoors you can sit back and watch the sunset while you roast a marshmallow or two over the fire pit located just a few feet from the water's edge. By day, you might enjoy some waterskiing or tubing in your own boat, dock provided, or perhaps, you'll just sit out under the tall willow tree and watch the swans swim by. And if none of that suits you, relax on the hammock inside the screened gazebo located perfectly to enjoy the gentle breezes and view the lake.

Shavehead Lake is the perfect location for your getaway as it's nestled in the woods that surround a 250 acre, spring-fed, all-watercraft lake. And for those who require more than just peace and quiet, the lake is only a short drive to a myriad of attractions sure to satisfy every member of the family.

So what are you waiting for? Isn't it time you booked your stay at the Diener Cottage? We'd love to have you visit.

Please Note: We give Saturday-to-Saturday/ 7 night rentals priority in our booking process. If we're within 30 days of a desired rental date and our calendar is still open, then we will fill it in with shorter rentals. We also limit stays to a single week. Answers to many FAQ's are listed on our website.

Keywords: Cottage, Shavehead Lake, Vandalia, Michigan, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, open floor plan, sleeps 4-6, no pets, no smoking

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Cottage
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Limited Accessibility:

            the cottage is all one-floor, no raised thresholds between rooms, but the doors are a standard 33' width. there is a raised threshold at both the front and rear entry doors. there is a wide sidewalk and large concrete patio. the driveway is limestone and the grass/beach is not level. ...moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            decorated with little ones in mind, no worries about glass table-tops or breakables. booster seat & pack n' play available upon request....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            no renters under 25 without prior approval, if you're inquiring and you're under 25 you must state this when you inquire. ...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            no smoking allowed in the cottage. if you do smoke outdoors, all waste must be disposed of properly. ...moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed:

            No pets allowed at any time. No exceptions....moreless

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 1


          • Bedroom 2


          • Convertible bed(s)


          • Bedroom 1: queen bed Bedroom 2: 2 twin beds -or- a single twin with twin-size pop-up trundle -or- a converted king size bed The living room: Full-size sleeper sofa Pack N' Play available upon request...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1


          • Tub/Shower Toilet Sink with large cabinet with drawer space on both sides large medicine cabinet...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Pantry Items:

            salt, pepper, cooking oil, non-stick spray, a few herbs/spices, sugar, flour (located over stove)...moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            12 cup drip, auto shut-off (coffee in cabinet above coffee maker with dry creamer/sugar/sweetner)...moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            cooking utensils from corkscrews to bbq tongs and an ice cream scoop, it's all there...moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Full-size kitchen, plenty of room to work, even with a few people helping...moreless

          • Dining:

            Dining area with table & chairs. Booster seat available upon request....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Toaster
          • Ice Maker
          • Seating for 6 people


          • Linens Provided:

            basic bedding provided (blankets, pillows, kitchen linens), and for a $10 fee, guests can rent sheets and bath towels for their stay....moreless

          • Living Room:

            Loveseat, recliner, and side chair. TV for watching dvd's. DVD player. Small DVD collection....moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            limestone driveway, up to 4 vehicles (boat/jetski trailers count as 1 vehicle)...moreless

          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

            Parking for your own boat at the dock and room for a trailer in the driveway....moreless

          • Air Conditioning:

            central air/heat throughout cottage with programmable thermostat...moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            stackable washer/dryer in the cottage...moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            $10 sheet/towel rental (bath towels)...moreless

          • Heating:

            central heat...moreless

          • Clothes Dryer
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Other Amenities

              • large patio, fire pit, sand beach, beach-side deck, gazebo, boat dock, high chair, pack n' play, booster seat, large sunroom with table tennis, games, upright piano...moreless


              • Games:

                classics for kids & adults (Candy Land, Monopoly, Chutes n Ladders, Scrabble, Uno,& more)...moreless

              • Books:

                If there's an interest in this, we are glad to put a small library together....moreless

              • Television:

                there is a tv, used for watching dvds or playing video games...moreless

              • Music Library:

                small CD collection/jack on radio to plug in your mp3 player...moreless

              • Stereo:

                cd/radio/mp3 player...moreless

              • Video Library:

                small DVD library...moreless

              • Ping Pong Table
              • DVD Player
              • CD Player

              Outdoor Features

              • Lawn / Garden:

                large lawn between cottage and shore. plenty of room to stretch out. do not leave children unattended, no barriers between lawn and lake....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                gas grill, feel free to use what's in the tank- any refills required during stay are up to the guest to supply...moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                there is a concrete patio adjacent to the three-season room, and a wooden deck next to the beach...moreless

              • Gazebo:

                There is a screened gazebo with a view of the lake and the channel, under a shady pine tree....moreless

              • Boat:

                Paddleboat for up to 4 adults provided...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Single person kayak provided ...moreless


              • Away From It All
              • Family

              Location & View

              • Lakefront:

                property is located on a water/lakefront corner, the channel for the lake on its Southside and the lakefront along its Westside, the property does have its own small beach and deck on the lakeside ...moreless

              • Waterfront:

                Our property is doubly-blessed wih water. Not only does the lake border the north side of the property, but the channel borders the west side. It is a corner, water lot property....moreless

              • Beachfront:

                Our cottage has its own small beach on the lake....moreless


              • Restaurants
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Snowmobiling
              • Swimming
              • Hiking
              • Fishing
              • Cycling
              • Mountain Biking
              • Kayaking
              • Groceries
              • Water Skiing
              • ATM/Bank
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Shopping
              • Boating
              • Antiquing
              • Sledding
              • Zoo
              • Live Theater
              • Cinemas
              • Museums
              • Sight Seeing
              • Jet Skiing


              Write a review 5
              from 4 traveler reviews
              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Base Rate
              3 night min stay
              $120 $120
              Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
              Summer II
              Jul 6 - Aug 28
              3 night min stay
              $120 $120
              Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
              Labor Day
              Aug 29 - Sep 6
              4 night min stay
              $150 $150
              Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
              Summer III
              Sep 7 - Sep 28
              3 night min stay
              $120 $120
              Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
              Memorial Day
              May 23 - May 31
              4 night min stay
              $150 $150
              Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
              Summer I
              Jun 1 - Jun 29
              3 night min stay
              $120 $120
              Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Rent Linens (opt.) $10 + tax
              • Cleaning Fee $50 + tax
              • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
              • Tax Rate 6%


              We give 7-night (Saturday-to-Saturday) rentals a priority in our booking process. If you would like to book less than a 7-night rental, the reservation will not be made until 30 days before the desired starting date.

              Cancellation policy:

              Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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              Last updated: 06/24/2014
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              21 Unavailable
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              25 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              South Bend Airport
              9 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Interstate 80/90
              0.18 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              100 feet from the cottage
              4 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Roscos (Pizza)

              Car: Necessary

              2.5 hrs from Chicago, 45 min from South Bend/Notre Dame


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2006

              About the owner: Hello, we're Lynn and Daniel Diener. We're co-owners and managers of the Diener Cottage. We love offering our family's cottage as a vacation-rental and we really love it. It is so fun meeting all the guests that have come our way, and we are looking forward to meeting this season's guests. This venture allows us to exercise our hospitality muscles; it's something we both enjoy. Daniel tends to be the maintenance guy and you might see him at the cottage on a Saturday, between guests, out mowing the lawn. Lynn is the one you're most likely to meet as she coordinates the rentals and often greets the incoming guests. When we're not at the cottage, we're at our home 30 minutes away caring for our three children and working at our 'real' jobs.

              Why the Owner Chose Three Rivers:
              We chose Shavehead Lake (in Vandalia, Michigan) because it's a short drive from our house. It's close enough to get to in an afternoon but far enough that it feels like a getaway. It's a short drive to Chicago and other Michigan cities which makes it accessible to our guests. It really is an ideal location.

              The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
              The Diener Cottage has some lovely qualities. It is located on a lake where most properties are owned by folks that live there year-round. This means the property is quiet. It's a little oasis nestled in the woods and on a lake, and while it feels very secluded, there are restaurants and theaters only a few minutes away. It's a very nice balance.

              Contact us

              Speaks: english

              Links to more information:



              • a view from the lake

                a view from the lake

              • The living room

                The living room

              • The first bedroom (queen-size bed)

                The first bedroom (queen-size bed)

              • The second bedroom (beds can also be configured as a king-size bed)

                The second bedroom (beds can also be configured as a king-size bed)

              • The second bedroom (beds can be configured as 2 twins or 1 king-size)

                The second bedroom (beds can be configured as 2 twins or 1 king-size)

              • fully-equipped kitchen

                fully-equipped kitchen

              • The living room

                The living room

              • The first bedroom (queen-size bed)

                The first bedroom (queen-size bed)

              • The second bedroom (beds can also be configured as a king-size bed)

                The second bedroom (beds can also be configured as a king-size bed)

              • sunroom w/ table tennis and piano

                sunroom w/ table tennis and piano

              VRBO #189840

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              This listing was first published here in 2008.

              Date last modified - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

              $120 - $150 per night (USD)

              2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
              Sleeps 6

              View calendar: Updated 06/24/14
              Minimum stay: 3-4 nights
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