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Back of the cottage deck facing the gardens

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Union Pier cottage description

“Far Niente,' taken from the Italian phrase 'Dolce Far Niente.' meaning 'sweet to do nothing.' And also referencing the Far Niente Winery founded in 1885 in California.

It’s the perfect description for this perfect cottage, available year round for romantic getaways or a fun-filled family vacation. See yourself enjoying care-free days on the beach, or a quiet nap in the hammock or sunroom. Plan an activity, like a round of golf or a tour of a local winery. Or, better yet, plan on 'doing nothing.'

With 2100 square feet, “Far Niente” has an open floor plan, 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, living room, kitchen, office space, dining area and a beamed-ceiling three-season sunroom. The sunroom, the dining room and the master bedroom all access the large back deck. The deck itself overlooks a blooming perennial garden and shady yard , enclosed by a crisp white picket fence. The cottage features skylights, a gourmet kitchen area and a harvest table that seats at least 8. The deck features seating, a dining area and a state-of-the-art Weber gas grill. Freshly painted and decorated, “Far Niente” is waiting for your family to come and enjoy.

Far Niente is just a three minute walk to 2 of Lake Michigan’s finest beaches--beaches voted #1 place to watch a sunset in Midwest Living Magazine poll in 2003

One beach has a gradual sandy slope down to it the other has a set of stairs. Your choice.


In the evening, after you stroll back from the soft-sand beaches you can cuddle up with a book, or play a family game.

The home also has a new 47” flat-screen television, Comcast cable, a DVD library, and internet service. With aTV in Master Bedroom and the queen guest room.

Other activities: Art Fairs, Children’s Museum and carousel (St. Joseph, Michigan to the north) Michigan Dunes State Park (8 miles north of Union Pier). Fishing in the Galien River. (New Buffalo) Hesston Steam Train Museum (in near LaPort, IN) and smaller train museum in Chamber of Commerce, New Buffalo. Or just do the Red Arrow Highway ramble and see it all.


Outdoor Features:

BBQ Grill with gas and electric starter. Perennial gardens, back deck, small front porch and stone patio, outdoor fire pit for s’mores and story telling , 3-season porch—with another dining table--overlooking the garden and the deck.


Accommodations: The cottage sleeps 7 people. The Cottage was completely remodeled in 2005 into a 2,100 square foot, open-plan without losing the cottage feeling. It has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths (2 with showers and the 3rd bath has a tub with shower inside it.), living room, kitchen, office space and dining area and porch. The three-season porch, the dining room and the master bedroom all open through sliding doors to the back deck. The deck in turn overlooks a blooming perennial garden. The cottage has skylights in the gourmet kitchen area. The harvest table seats at least 8. There is a second and third dining area on the deck on the porch. It is a neighborhood of similar cottages, but this one has perhaps more amenities and gardens than some of the others.

Location: Cottage is in Union Pier, MI. Union Pier is 4 miles north of New Buffalo, MI. It is 50 to 75 miles from Chicago (depending where in Chicago you are coming from). It takes 1 ½ to 2 hours to drive from the city or from any of the western Illinois suburbs. The AMTRAC train leaves Chicago twice a day and returns the same.

The cottage is between Lake Michigan and the Red Arrow Highway—that most desirable peninsula of cottages that are treasured for their closeness to the beaches. Other nearby towns in what makes up Harbor Country include: Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer, New Buffalo, Three Oaks and St. Joseph and Benton Harbor.



Keywords: Cottage, cottage-in-a-garden, 1 .5 blocks walk to two of the finest Lake Michigan beaches

Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Limited Accessibility:

                The cottage is all on one level, but there are three front porch stairs to navigate. Once inside the house, everything is open and available--even the back deck....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

              • Master bedroom: 1 king

                Master bedroom has a private full bath, opens out to deck ...moreless

              • 1st guest room: 1 queen

                1st guest room has a queen bed, desk and cabinets...moreless

              • 2nd guest bedroom : 2 twin/ single

                ...moreless

              • Master bedroom, King 1st guest bedroom, Queen 2nd guest bedroom, 3 twin beds...moreless

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

                Master bathroom is private to the master bedroom...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

                1st guest bathroom is between the two guest rooms...moreless

              • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

                3rd bathroom serves guest rooms and up from the beach sh...moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                Sky lights bring sun into the center kitchen. Granite counters, all cooking utensils , silverware, serving pieces and dishes you would ever need. Dishwasher, microwave, coffee-maker, ice-maker. . ...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Basic supplies: ketchup, salt, pepper etc. Basic paper products i.e. toilet paper, paper towels, napkins ...moreless

              • Dining:

                Dining table seats 7 to 8 and outside on deck is a second table and chairs...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:

                7...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Pantry Items
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Ice Maker
              • Dishwasher
              • Refrigerator
              • Microwave
              • Seating for 7 people

              Amenities

              • Parking Off Street:

                1 car in drive, and 1 car carefully parked on street --off road. No more cars allowed than that....moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                •All linens provided: sheets, bath towels, beach towels, soaps...moreless

              • Wood Fireplace:

                Fire place cannot be used in the summer...moreless

              • Heating
              • Towels Provided
              • Living Room seats 6
              • Hair Dryer

              Entertainment

              • Satellite / Cable:

                2 flat-screen TVs all cable with free on demand movies. Internet connection, WI FI, DVD & CD players, Board games, books, puzzles, some toys and dolls ...moreless

              • Video Library:

                Instead and better it comes with free on demand movies and a small selection of DVD’s and CD’s ...moreless

              • Video Games:

                Not video games, but board games, books, puzzles, some toys and dolls ...moreless

              • Television:

                3 TV's in cottage...moreless

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player

              Communications

              • Mobile Phone:

                There is no telephone in the cottage. Please bring your cell phones. Reception is good most of the time....moreless

              • Wireless Internet
              • Internet

              Outdoor Features

              • Outdoor Grill
              • Deck / Patio
              • Lanai / Gazebo
              • Tennis
              • Golf
              • Kayak / Canoe

              Location & View

                  • Beachfront:

                    Cannot view the beach from cottage at all, but it is only 1 1/2 blocks walk to the entrance of Goodwin Beach and 2 blocks to McKinnley Beach both in Union Pier. off Lakeshore Road...moreless

                  Activities

                  • Cinemas
                  • Hiking
                  • Golf
                  • Kayaking
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Swimming
                  • Shopping
                  • Antiquing
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Zoo
                  • Restaurants
                  • Live Theater
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Museums
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Tennis
                   

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                  Last updated: 07/31/2014
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                  Location

                  Distance to beaches:

                  The beach is easily walking distance. You can think of it either as a 3-minute walk or 1as a 1½ block saunter. You actually have a choice as you are very close to three of the finest beaches. The two closest beaches (1 1/2 bks, and 2 blks one) have set of stairs down to them. The third beach entrance (3-4 blocks away) has a gradual sandy slope from the road to the shore. The Michigan Dunes State Park is just a-6 mile drive north on Red Arrow Highway

                  Two bikes, one with child seat on back are available for renters use. Very child friendly cottage and neighborhood.

                  Activities and resources: Walking the beaches, antiquing, hiking, biking, sailing, kayaking, shopping, foreign film theater and live theater (Acorn Theater in Three Oaks.) sunsets, golf—many courses, delicatessens and farmers’ markets, garden centers, ice cream shops and restaurants in Union Pier Village within walking distance from cottage. More excellent restaurants, full service grocery st

                   

                  Manager info

                  Year Purchased: 2010


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                  Photos

                  • Back of the cottage deck facing the gardens

                    Back of the cottage deck facing the gardens

                  • Masterbed room, private bath with shower, TV, sliding doors to decks & garden

                    Masterbed room, private bath with shower, TV, sliding doors to decks & garden

                  • 3-Season Porch over looking gardens and deck, table and chairs for breakfast

                    3-Season Porch over looking gardens and deck, table and chairs for breakfast

                  • The great space you see as you enter the front door of the cottage

                    The great space you see as you enter the front door of the cottage

                  • The front of the cottage on Nolan Ave in Union Pier

                    The front of the cottage on Nolan Ave in Union Pier

                  • Hammock:  Far Niente means it is 'sweet doing nothing' in Italian. Do it here

                    Hammock: Far Niente means it is 'sweet doing nothing' in Italian. Do it here

                  • Guest bath shared by two bedrooms. 3 full baths in total.

                    Guest bath shared by two bedrooms. 3 full baths in total.

                  • Two or three choices of beaches 1 t0 1 1/2 blocks away

                    Two or three choices of beaches 1 t0 1 1/2 blocks away

                  • Weber Gas Grill--top of line New in 2013

                    Weber Gas Grill--top of line New in 2013

                  • Living Room with Flat Screen TV and fireplace. Vacation Cottage in Union Pier

                    Living Room with Flat Screen TV and fireplace. Vacation Cottage in Union Pier

                  • Second Guest Room with twin beds.

                    Second Guest Room with twin beds.

                  • Third bedroom with queen bed

                    Third bedroom with queen bed

                  • Kitchen lit by skylights, granite counters, fully equipped

                    Kitchen lit by skylights, granite counters, fully equipped

                  • The green chairs are beckoning you to get a good book and stay

                    The green chairs are beckoning you to get a good book and stay

                  • One side of the dining area, doors out to deck; back gardens; 3 season porch

                    One side of the dining area, doors out to deck; back gardens; 3 season porch

                  • Map showing where Far Niente is  1 1/2 block from beaches of Lake Michigan

                    Map showing where Far Niente is 1 1/2 block from beaches of Lake Michigan

                  • The potting shed in the corner of the back gardens

                    The potting shed in the corner of the back gardens

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                  Date last modified - Thursday, July 31, 2014

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