VRBO is part of the HomeAway family, the world leader in vacation rentals with over 1 million listings. We offer the largest selection of properties for any travel occasion and every budget. We’re committed to helping families and friends find a perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. Learn More

Relax in a Quiet Place Surrounded by Woods, and Play at the Beach

You sent a message to this owner.


Last updated: 08/26/2014
Check availability
23 Available
21 Unavailable
22 Today
23 Selected dates
  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Sawyer cottage description

Cozy one-floor cottage, with 2 bedrooms, one full bath, and full size eat-in kitchen. Large living room, dining room area with 2 French doors opening onto the deck. Can sleep 5 comfortably, with queen size bed, daybed and queen size pull out sofa bed. Wi-fi, good cell phone reception, 52 inch wall mounted plasma TV. Ceiling fans in all sleeping rooms. Cottage does not get too warm in summer due to large pine trees surrounding it. Stays warm in winter with electric floorboards. Kitchen has full size refrigerator, electric range, microwave, coffeemaker, blender, and full array of cookware including pots, pans, bowls, Corning ware and Pyrex casserole dishes, as well as new Ikea dishes and silverware. (I like to cook) Deck is a wrap around porch 6 feet wide, Weber grill, umbrella table and chairs. Additional Adirondack seating. Natural English ivy ground cover surrounding property, and many tall pine trees. Parking space just off Wolcot, with short path to porch. Lighting on porch to see at night. Pull out clothesline from eaves. Non-functional outhouse in back.
This property is located in a looped in area, with Wolcott as the only in and out road. Very quiet neighborhood, and people are friendly.

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 945 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome:

            Young children need to be watched carefully, the house is not child-proofed....moreless

          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            must lift up 2 steps, but all one floor...moreless

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            Large closet...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 twin/ single

            Day bed...moreless

          • Ceiling fans in both bedrooms

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Full eat-in kitchen with expandable table, sits 6 comfortably. All kitchen utensils, cooking tools included....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            A few staples for guest use - cooking oil, spices, condiments, coffee, tea bags...moreless

          • Dining:

            Dining room and living room adjacent in large room...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Place settings for 8 Pots, pans, casserole dishes...moreless


          • Living Room:

            Plasma wall-mounted TV, queen size sleeper-sofa, easy chair with ottoman, coffee table...moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            Bedding, bath towels. Bring your own beach towels...moreless

          • Towels Provided
          • Hair Dryer


          • Games:

            Some board games: Monopoly, Checkers...moreless

          • Television:

            52' plasma screen, wall mounted...moreless

          • DVD Player


              Outdoor Features


              • Romantic
              • Away From It All


              • Arboretum
              • Cycling
              • Swimming
              • Sailing
              • Kayaking
              • Golf
              • Laundromat
              • Hospital
              • Groceries
              • ATM/Bank
              • Horseback Riding
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Scenic Drives
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Bird Watching
              • Beachcombing
              • Restaurants
              • Winery Tours
              • Playground
              • Library
              • Churches
              • Shopping
              • Hiking


              Write a review 5
              from 1 traveler reviews
              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              May 16 - Sep 14, 2014
              2 night min stay
              My Standard Rate
              2 night min stay
              $150 $200
              Fri, Sat

              Changeover Day: Saturday

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Pet Fee $35
              • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
              • Tax Rate 6%


              Cancellation Policy

              For bookings cancelled up to 30 days before the start of the stay, traveler receives a 100% refund. You are not charged any booking fees.

              For bookings cancelled up to 14 days before the start of the stay, traveler receives a 50% refund. You are charged booking fees on any portion kept.

              Cancellation policy:

              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

              Please wait... Book with confidence

              Paying through this free service protects your payment up to $10,000 against listing fraud. If you are not paying through HomeAway Payments always call the owner at the number listed on our website and never use instant money transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram.

              Don't forget your vacation protection! Get protected now

              Adding our Vacation Protection services can make sure your getaway goes smoothly, no matter what. We offer Cancellation Protection, Carefree Rental Guarantee, and Damage Protection so you can truly relax.

              Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
              Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.
              Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


              Last updated: 08/26/2014
              Check availability
              23 Available
              21 Unavailable
              22 Today
              23 Selected dates


              32 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              South Bend Airport, IN
              162 Miles
              Nearest Ferry
              Luddington, MI, to Manitowac, WI.
              20.7 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Amtrak, Michigan City, IN
              1.3 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              0.5 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              Warren Dunes State Park, MI
              1.8 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              Fitzgerald's of Sawyer
              55.6 Miles
              Nearest Ski
              Swiss Vallley, Jones, MI
              5.1 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Lost Dunes Gold Club, Sawyer, MI
              1 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant

              Car: Necessary

              Sawyer is a low-key small town located in the heart of Harbor Country just 80 miles from downtown Chicago. Our own little cottage has the ambiance and charm of a place far from civilization, yet is situated just a half block off of Red Arrow Highway, and about 1 mile to the entrance of Warren Dunes National Park. Our Simple Life Cottage is surrounded by tall pine trees on 2 sides, that provide a sense of seclusion. The area is very quiet, and a variety of bird songs can be heard throughout the day and evening hours. Our cottage has easy access to local amenities such as the Sawyer Garden Center, 2 miles away, which carries fresh fruits and vegetables and a beautiful assortment of plants and seasonal flowers. While there, stop for lunch at Fitzgerald's, which carries specialty home brewed beers, and my husband's favorite, fish and chips. Sawyer is also home to several art galleries and antique shops along Red Arrow. This area also is home to several religious denominations such as Catholic, Protestant, and Unitarian.

              To stretch out a bit, you can walk down to the huge dunes and waterfront, which also has a lovely dog beach area. You have ample area to hike amid the dunes and wooded park in all seasons.

              Our cottage itself is situated all on one level, with a large screen plasma TV, and internet service. You can also enjoy reading and relaxing on our comfy couches and beds. You may feel like cooking in our full kitchen, complete with bowls, pots and pans, casserole dishes - most of the common cooking utensils used for everyday needs. We have a large refrigerator and electric stove as well.

              Outdoors, we have an open-wide-planked wrap around porch, ideal for grilling, with an umbrella table and plenty of chairs. The grounds are all natural ground cover, with ivy vines encircling the front porch area. The outhouse to the right of our place is actually used for storing our garden supplies.

              If you wish to take a scenic drive, it's fun to drive North on Red Arrow Highway to visit some other Lakeside towns. The first major area is Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. Please stop there and see the recently updated Silver Beach. Walk down to the water, and take a ride on the refurbished carousel. There is a nice Art Museum, the Krasl and many Street Fairs over the warmer months. A suggestion for gourmet deli dining is Caffe Tosi, located in downtown Benton Harbor. Take a leisurely walk among the many shops before you head back again.

              Several of Michigan's well-known vineyards are just a short drive away, too. Tabor Hills wine-tasting room is a short 5 minute drive; their luscious vineyards and upscale restaurant is located in nearby Buchanan, as is Round Barn winery.

              For shopping south of Sawyer, Michigan City's Light House Premium outdoor Mall, 21 miles away, has a huge selection of name brand outlet stores such as The Gap, The Loft, Burberry, Jockey, Eddie Bauer, J Crew, and more.

              Two large Cinema complexes are within easy driving distance - in Michigan city and the Celebration! Cinema in Benton Harbor.

              These are just a few of the many features that Harbor Country has to offer. What can be better than to spend a weekend or longer at our little cozy cottage right in the center of it all.


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2011

              About the owner: I am a teacher who lives on the South Side of Chicago. I enjoy coming up here on long weekends throughout the year with my husband and two dogs. We enjoy reading, going out to eat occasionally, and watching films. I expect to live here for many years to come in this unique community.

              Why the Owner Chose Sawyer:
              I love this area of the Midwest for many reasons. It has a history of being settled by ethnic groups from Eastern Europe such as Lithuanian and Bohemian; for example my Great Uncle owned a home in Union Pier and my family went blueberry picking every June right on his property. I have a close friend with property near my cottage. In the '80's when my children were little, we would come up here every summer and camp in her yard. We have great memories of going to Fernwood to see the cranes. When this property came up for sale in 2011, I had to buy it! I had looked at it from afar for many years and never dreamed that I could own it. Now I wish to share my experiences with others. I hope you will build pleasant memories of your own here.

              The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
              Perfect Location: Quiet, feels like you are hundreds of miles away from home, but really only 80 miles from Chicago's downtown. Worries drift away as you listen to the birds chirping or spot deers leaping across the fence across the road at sunset. Human company isn't far, either. Many restaurants nearby, Red Arrow Highway serves as the spine through Harbor Country. Tree Oaks, a nearby small town houses the Vic Theatre. Fitzgeralds, in Sawyer, is known for home brewed beers and good food, the Sawyer Market next door has abundant ingredients for preparing delicious meals, a gift shop, and lovely flowers and plants for sale.

              Contact us

              Speaks: english, french



              • View of deck, June 2014

                View of deck, June 2014

              • Living room - cozy armchair

                Living room - cozy armchair

              • Bedroom 1

                Bedroom 1

              • Kitchen table and chairs

                Kitchen table and chairs

              • Kitchen appliances

                Kitchen appliances

              • Looking outside French doors

                Looking outside French doors

              • View from bedroom 1

                View from bedroom 1

              • Bedroom 2 with quiet corner to write our novel

                Bedroom 2 with quiet corner to write our novel

              • White kitchen

                White kitchen

              • Bathroom


              VRBO #512341

              There have been  visitors to this page since the counter was last reset in .

              This listing was first published here in 2014.

              Date last modified - Sunday, June 29, 2014

              $150 - $200 per night (USD)

              2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
              Sleeps 5

              View calendar: Updated 08/26/14
              Minimum stay: 2 nights
              Dates are unavailable
              Please stay a bit longer. A stay of nights or more is required for these dates.
              This listing requires that rentals start on a .
              Book It

              Detailed Price

              Email owner


              Speaks: english, french
              Please wait... Book with confidence Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees Learn more
              Add vacation protection services to your booking

              Three services to protect your trip:

              Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.

              Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.

              Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

              Get it now


              Share this property

              Sharing makes you 30% cooler
                Please correct the following errors and resend:
              • Enter one or more valid email addresses separated by commas.
              • Enter a subject for your email.
              • Your message may not contain markup. Please remove the markup and try again.

              Hi, I'd like to share this property with you.