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Stunning Country Retreat for Couple or Family

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Living Room looking out onto prairie and lotus pond


Last updated: 08/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Lakeside farmhouse description

This is an extraordinary home, designed by noted chicago architect larry booth, and recently renovated in 2012. It features a pool with built-in grill and alfresco dining, hammock, trampoline, woods, ravines, prairie with wilflowers. There are 57 acres to explore, and no one to bother you. The main house sleeps 2 in a king bed, and up to 4 kids in the sleeping loft. There is also a toilet, large bath, and large shower. There is a 2 story guest house that can sleep 4, with 2 separate entrances for each bedroom. On one floor is a toilet, sink and shower, and on the other a toilet and sink. There is a second guest house, behind the main house, that sleeps 4, in 2 queen beds. There is a shower and sink, but no toilet. Additionally, there is a full outdoor shower by the pool that we use as a full-service shower. Find yourself by the pool during the day, grilling at night, having a glass of wine in the screened porch while listening to the frogs in the lotus pond. There is an outdoor fire pit with gas for easy on. This home is fabulous, and will be sure to make you happy you came to harbor country! This home is also available for events such as weddings. Please contact owner for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT offer less than 7 day stays in the summer as this is high season. Thank you.

Also, if I send you a quote to book the property and you do not book right away, there is a chance that someone else may book it, as I check rental requests once a week and email quotes out at that time to any interested parties. Essentially, first come first serve! Thank you!

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 2800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome:

            There is a pool, hot tub, small sandy beach on one side of frog pond for sand toy play, trampoline. ...moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Dogs okay with permission from owner...moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            25. ...moreless

          • Events Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            Main bedroom with gorgeous master bath attached...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

            In sleeping loft in main house, sleeps 3 -4 children...moreless

          • Bedroom 3/Upstairs Guest House: 1 queen

            Shower and toilet...moreless

          • Bedroom 4/Guest House Lower: 1 double

            Toilet and Sink...moreless

          • Bedroom 5/Pool House: 1 queen

            In sleeping loft in Pool guest house...moreless

          • Bedroom 6/Pool House Lower: 1 queen


          • Please note that the main house is quite intimate, and has a master suite with sleeping loft above. There are 2 guest houses, one with Queen bed and full bath, second floor full bed with 1/2 bath, and other guest house has sleeping loft with queen bed. ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

            This is in the main house...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

            Upstairs Guest House...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: toilet

            Downstairs Guesthouse...moreless

          • Pool area: outdoor shower


          • Bathroom 5: shower

            Pool House: We will have this in by summer 2014...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Stove
          • Oven
          • Microwave
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 8 people


          • Air Conditioning:

            Everywhere except main house which does not need it due to cool weather...moreless

          • Fireplace:

            Wood burning, also has fire pit outside with gas starter...moreless

          • Wood Stove
          • Heating
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Parking
          • Living Room
          • Hair Dryer


          • Television
          • Satellite / Cable
          • DVD Player
          • Stereo
          • Games


          • Internet
          • Telephone

          Pool & Spa

          • Private Pool
          • Hot Tub
          • Heated Pool

          Outdoor Features

          • Outdoor Grill
          • Deck / Patio
          • Lawn / Garden

          Location & View

              • Rural:

                This property is 2 miles from Lake Michigan, yet situated on 57 acres of gorgeous prairie and ravine, completely private....moreless


              • Winery Tours
              • Jet Skiing
              • Sailing
              • Golf
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Massage Therapist
              • Hospital
              • Swimming
              • Groceries
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Bird Watching
              • Beachcombing
              • Restaurants
              • ATM/Bank
              • Fishing


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              from 3 traveler reviews
              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Jun 2 - Sep 21, 2014
              7 night min stay


              Changeover Day: Friday

              Sep 22 - Dec 21
              2 night min stay
              Dec 22 - Mar 31
              2 night min stay
              Apr 1 - Jun 1
              2 night min stay

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees and Rental Conditions:

              • Property Damage Protection $89
              • Cleaning $250
              • Taxes Not included


              Our home is a perfect location for a country wedding... We hosted our own wedding here, and are happy to assist with all details. Please contact for more information.

              Cancellation policy:

              Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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              Last updated: 08/22/2014
              Check availability
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              21 Unavailable
              22 Today
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              3 Miles
              Nearest Train
              New Buffalo
              1 Miles
              Nearest Motorway

              Car: Necessary


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2011

              About the owner: This is our vacation home, and we live in Chicago. With 7 children between us, we unfortunately do not get to use it as much as we would like to, so we have decided to allow others to use it in our absence! This home was lovingly restored by us: We put in the pool and outdoor deck and dining areas, redid the landscaping, remodeled the interiors, converted the external shed into an office and sleeping loft. We love our home, and hope that you do too!

              Why the Owner Chose Lakeside:
              Living in Chicago, this is the area where many Chicagoans find themselves coming to in the summers, as it is only an hour away. You are close to home, but feel a world apart. It has the best of everything: land, close to the beach, pool, woods, wildlife, room for the kids to run around and explore. It is just enchanting...

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              Speaks: english



              • Living Room looking out onto prairie and lotus pond

                Living Room looking out onto prairie and lotus pond

              • Master Bath

                Master Bath

              • Master Bedroom view to Master Bath

                Master Bedroom view to Master Bath

              • Lotus Pond home to hundreds of frogs!

                Lotus Pond home to hundreds of frogs!

              • Prairie grasses and main house

                Prairie grasses and main house

              • Kitchen


              • Master Bedrooom

                Master Bedrooom

              • Living Room Fireplace

                Living Room Fireplace

              • Main House

                Main House

              • Pool


              VRBO #484266

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              This listing was first published here in 2013.

              Date last modified - Monday, July 07, 2014

              $450 - $643 per night (USD)

              6 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 14

              View calendar: Updated 08/22/14
              Minimum stay: 2-7 nights
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