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1 Blk to 2 Beaches; Price Reduced $2,300 : August 17 & Aug 31, 2015

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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:N/A

Property description

2 wks left: Price reduced to $2,300 for Aug. 17 & Aug 24, 2015

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 a TV 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 6 to 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

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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • 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

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

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

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    3 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

  • Television:

    3 TV's in cottage...moreless

  • Video Games:

    Not video games, but 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

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • 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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining table seats 8 and outside on deck is a second table and chairs that sits at least 8 more. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Air conditioning ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    In Laundry Room, no picture...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

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

  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone:

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

  • Parking Off Street:

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

  • Towels Provided:

    Both bath towels and beach towels are provided. You are asked to wash these before you leave. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    In Laundry Room, ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

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

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

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

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Well equipped ...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • 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

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Check the office cabinets for more pots and pans and the pantry in the laundry room ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    There are two refrigerators in the cottage. One in kitchen; one in laundry room for your use...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Many public golf courses in the area. Google them....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lovely shade gardens...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
 

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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
4th of July week
Jun 29 - Jul 6, 2015
7 night min stay

$2,550
August 17-24
Aug 17 - Aug 24, 2015
7 night min stay

$2,300
Aug 24-31
Aug 25 - Aug 31, 2015
7 night min stay

$2,300

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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

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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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within a few days
  • Response rate 85%
  • Calendar last updated 04/24/2015
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