Beautiful Lakefront Home Right in the Middle of the Best Harbor Town Area!
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Paw Paw house description
Family built with love and attention to every single detail. Our four bedroom home with 75' of lake frontage offers our guests spectacular water views. Our home is situated on an acre of land so you can take advantage of the space by playing games -- we have provided beanbag games, badminton, softball, bocce ball and bonfires. You can really create lasting family memories here!
Our lake, Van Auken, is a semi-private lake so it's never overcrowded and everyone is friendly! It is well known for its great fishing as well for crappie, bluegill, bass, pike, perch, sunfish and pickerel. As it is a 244-acre all-sports lake with a maximum depth of 46 feet, speedboats, jetskis, kayaks, canoes and sailboats all coexist peacefully and everyone enjoys the water in their own way.
Our home is designed with an open concept -- soaring ceilings, two pairs of french doors, spacious entertainment loft and large family room. There is a large farmhouse dining table in the front sunroom to accommodate large families. The family room is furnished with a beautiful gray sectional with a large screen TV, dish satellite, DVD player, Nintendo Gamecube and a karaoke machine. Set back in the nook is a chess/checkers table with two antique side chairs. The kitchen offers large counters with ample prep space, oversized refrigerator stocked with condiments and ice, LP stove with pots/pans and cooking utensils, microwave, popcorn maker, toaster, and a blender for icy margaritas! There are also plates, cups and silverware.
The beautiful bathroom has a large granite sink and a slate stone shower. All towels, washcloths and handcloths are stocked in the adorable linen cabinet.
The four bedrooms have brand new mattresses -- two queen sized beds and two full beds -- all with beautiful new coastal bedding.
The loft sports another television with DISH satellite, Nintendo Wii and a selection of board games. There is also a combination poker/bumper pool/dining table with four antique wood chairs for evenings of fun and games.
Outdoors, there is a beautiful Trex deck for enjoying morning coffee and evening sunsets. We have provided 10 bag chairs for sitting by the bonfire at night. There is equipment for playing softball, playing catch, and games of bocce ball, badminton, croquet and beanbags. There is also a telescope in the sunroom for stargazing at night.
In relation to enjoying the water, our 100' pier offers plenty of parking for watercraft. Bring your speedboat, fishing boat or jetskis and have a blast! The boat launch is a two-minute drive away. We have provided four lifevests if needed. Also, we offer a rowboat and paddleboat for rent.
So after a day enjoying the sun and the water, fire up the grill and play some lawn games while the steaks are cooking. Play cards and games at the farmhouse table, sing some karaoke together and make lasting fun memories for your family!
- 1700 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Four bedrooms, two with queen size beds and two with full size beds.
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- One bathroom with granite and slate appointments.
Kitchen & Dining
- Pantry Items:
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- This rental is limited to one family per week. One/two adults and children. Manager on property. We have tried to provide all amenities possible to make your stay more enjoyable! We'd like you to just unpack your suitcases and enjoy yourselves. Linens, beach towels, shower towels, etc. are provided. Everything you need to cook and store food is provided. Our family is sharing our home with you so that you can create fabulous family memories too :) ...moreless
- Pool Table
- Game Room
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Video Games
- Video Library
- Water Sports Gear:
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
- Mountain Biking
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Hunting Small Game
- Fly Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Ski Lift Privileges
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Roller Blading
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Rock Climbing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Live Theater
- Scenic Drives
- Gambling Casinos
- Winery Tours
- Water Parks
- Recreation Center
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Miniature Golf
- Bird Watching
- In beautiful Southwest Michigan and all the harbor towns in the area there is an unlimited number of both indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family! Up and down the lakeshore from Grand Haven all the way down to South Haven there are events and attractions all year round. Music festivals, fairs, fests, farmers markets, concerts, and water activities abound! South Haven is the closest harbor town and offers beautiful clean beaches, awesome restaurants such as Clementines, tons of cute shops and antique stores, winery tours and cool bars/nightclubs -- including the Idler which is a large sightseeing boat moored to the pier which offers mouthwatering food and good entertainment....moreless
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We (3 couples and a 6 month old) spent three nights at the house and enjoyed every minute of it. The house is terrific, easily accommodating our group, and we could not have asked for anything more in terms of extras--water toys, bean bag set, kitchen extras, etc. The owners were very helpful and gave us everything we needed to know about the area. The back yard is huge with a great firepit area where we hung out each night. While we were unable to secure a boat for the lake itself, it was only a short drive to South Haven, where we spent time on the Lake Michigan beaches. In terms of a reliable stay at a great price, this unit cannot be beat.
- Guest Martin M.
- Date of stay 08/07/13
- Review Submitted 08/14/13
Recommended for: People with disabilities, girls getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Owner response: Thank you so much! You are one of the best groups we've had :) I had to search for evidence that you were there because you left it so clean! You even built up the firepit for the next group -- who does that? And my neighbors had nothing but good things to say too. I'm so happy you had a great time -- there's so much to do in the area. We hope you stay with us again next year!
Not As Listed!!!!! Do Not be fooled by the photos
Not As Listed!!!!! Do Not be fooled by the photos
This owner is renting her place "while under rennovation" to pay for her rennovations". Despite the fact that the owner claims to "inspect the property prior to guests arrivals", we arrived to standing septic water with wooden horses over the area permeating the grounds, and were unable to even open windows due to the stench. When we went to use the one toilet, the seat was broken. When a guest tried to wash her hands at the sink, her feet were washed as well, as the sink trap was not hooked up! The chenille bedspread left on the couch for a throw (?) had a huge yellow stain on it, and the carpets needed cleaning. The dock is sketchy and leans about 25 - 30% and is definitely not safe for children. We took out the little paddle boat, dragging it through the lilly pads it was docked in, only to be stranded in the middle of the lake by a broken rudder! The fire pit was actually a pile of yard waste and rennovation garbage - there was everything from ply wood, to particle board, to (No I'm not kidding) drawers from a chest. The grass, leaves, etc made it difficult to burn due to the winds. It was actually quite comical to watch someone climb the pile just to roast a marshmellow! After our first dinner, we loaded the dishwasher, only to find when finished, that it wasn't hooked up. You will see the property is now listed as sleeping 6, but when we rented it was listed as sleeping 10. Don't be fooled by this property. This is simply an owner trying to fund her rennovation with your money! When we contacted the owner, she put all of the problems back on us, saying we should have called when we got there to report the problems. In our attempts to speak to her we were hung up on, not once, but twice! We did stay and make the best of it, and managed to have a great time with eachother, as there were a number of people coming from all around the state - as far as 7 hours away. We simply want to prevent this from happening to any other families in the future. It will indeed be a stay to remember, and fodder for many stories and jokes in the future.
- Guest Linda T.
- Date of stay 07/26/13
- Review Submitted 08/04/13
Just what we needed!
Just what we needed!
I had been looking for a place to take my teenagers on vacation for months, and thank goodness we booked this place!! We got to the cottage Tuesday 7/23/13 and Renee was there waiting to give us some helpful information about where the boat ramp is, stores in town and how to hook things up etc..which was a time saver and exremely helpful! Beautiful house on a nice size lot was my first impression. The second day there we blew a tire on the road to launch the wave runners, and Renee gave me the number to Rudell Repair shop in Hartford. I called and a guy there came out and towed my trailer in and fixed the tire within 1 hour. That never happens!! Fred and Joan (great neighbors) took us out on their pontoon and gave us the history of the lake and people that lived there. They ended up getting us 10 lbs of blueberries before we left. South Haven is a delightful town with charming personality and we hope to book here in the future!!
- Guest Jill S.
- Date of stay 07/23/13
- Review Submitted 07/31/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, age 55+.
Owner response: I'm so happy I met you -- you are the nicest family! I'm so glad you had a great time and enjoyed the house. My neighbors loved you too :) I hope you can stay with us in the future!
We loved this lake house
We loved this lake house
Some friends and I rented this property for a girls weekend and loved it!! The cottage is very clean, cute and has everything you would need. I would defiantly recommend renting the row boat as well, so you can paddle out and swim in the lake where there are less Lilly pads. The water in the lake was clean and warm we loved it. Also only about 15 min from lake MI I would definitely recommend renting this property.
- Guest Megan F.
- Date of stay 07/19/13
- Review Submitted 07/25/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thank you! We're so happy you had a great time. I had to search for evidence that you stayed there -- thank you for cleaning up so well! I hope you stay with us again soon :)
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|Fourth of July
Jul 3 - Jul 10, 2014
7 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Use of fishing/rowboat and paddle boat available for $50 for stay.
A cleaning fee of $75.00 and 6% tax will be added to the rental rates. A $250.00 security/damage deposit MAY be due at time of booking, which will be fully refunded within 10 business days after your stay provided there has been no loss, damage or additional cleaning fees. A 3% credit card processing fee will be added to rentals.
- Cleaning Fee: $75 + tax
- Tax Rate 6%
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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- Nearest Airport: Watervliet Municipal Airport at 4 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Ludington at 135 Miles
- Nearest Train: St. Joe or Dowagiac at 20 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: I94 at 10 Miles
- Nearest Beach: South Haven at 15 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Rookies at 10 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Timber Ridge at 30 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Paw Paw Lakes Golf Club & Lake Michigan Hills Club at 10 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Board of Trade in Watervliet at 10 Miles
About the owner: My father bought the property back in 1969, long before lakefront properties were popular. My grandfather, an avid fisherman, had retired there for the plentiful and varied varieties of fish and my father fell in love with the beauty, peace and tranquility of the lake. As kids, we went there every weekend during every summer and had so many awesome experiences! My Dad's favorite thing to do after a day on the lake was to spread a blanket and take a snooze in the shade on the hill. My Dad passed 20 years ago and it's the only place I feel a connection to him. I grew up with all of the other kids on the lake -- roaming the countryside, skiing, sailing. Now it's my two children growing up the same way I did -- with my friends' children -- learning to wakeboard at age 4, going fruit picking, exploring through the weeds for turtles and frogs, making s'mores at the bonfire. Life is good when you're at the lake :)
Why the Owner Chose Paw Paw:
This property appealed to my Dad because it was the last in a line of cottages, which offered more privacy as the property to the east has remained undeveloped for 100 years. The property is just under an acre and we've enjoyed huge games of softball, relay races, obstacle courses and just room to run!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our home has the unique benefit of being on a semi-private lake, so that it's never as busy as Paw Paw Lake or any of the Sister Lakes. 90% of the homes on the lake have been owned by the same people for two generations or more so there aren't too many strangers around. There are no resorts on the lake and very few people rent their homes. Also, we are right in the center of all of the activities that the Harbor Towns area have to offer. There's everything within about a 30-mile radius to do, including zoos, beaches, hot air balloon rides, rafting, winery tours, etc.
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Family room, big TV, satellite, DVD player, Nintendo Gamecube, karaoke
Lots of windows :)
Beautiful lakefront :)
Family room, looking outside with thrown-open french doors.
Large sunroom with farmhouse table for dining and playing games.
Beautiful kitchen with counter bar.
Full size bed in second bedroom on ground floor.
Fourth bedroom done in coastal blue and red.
Granite vanity in bath with tilt mirror.
Tubing fun on the lake!
100' of pier for plenty parking. Kids will love exploring for turtles & frogs!
Awesome rainbow over the lake.
Family room kitchen, loft, staircase and canned lights everywhere!
Beautiful girl with a airy sunroom.
Large one acre lot for plenty of activities.
Family room from above.
So many windows for lots of sun!
Master bedroom on ground floor with queen size dream mattress.
Third bedroom done in hues of violet.
Combination poker/bumper pool/dining table in loft.
Awesome slate shower and stocked linen cabinet.
Tubing fun on the lake!
Plenty of open space for softball games and anything you can imagine :)
244 acre all-sports Van Auken Lake. Bring your boats and jetskis!
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