"Annie's Cottage in the Woods"
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Harbert house description
Annie's Cottage is a serene oasis located in Harbert Woods, a private residential area, part of renowned Harbor Country. A pleasant three-minute walk through the woods leads you to a fabulous private association beach and carefree days in the sun and sand. Although still quaint and cottage style, Annie's now enjoys a fresh coat of paint and a journey into the 21st century with cable tv and internet access. If you want to enjoy the sunset, take a peaceful stroll along the shore, or just prop your feet up and read a good book and If peace and quiet and long stretches of sand and water are your goal, this is where you need to be. The cottage has a cheery, sun-lit, eat-in kitchen which leads out to a small wooded backyard perfect for grilling out or just communing with nature. Let yourself go back to simpler times and share a quiet moment chasing fireflies with your kids.
Our fully-furnished cottage is a short walk or quiet bike ride to the famous Harbert Swedish Bakery , Cafe Gulistan, Luisa's Cafe and an array of antique shops, art galleries and fun boutiques,along with a picnic park and children's playground. The town of Sawyer is a ten minute ride north and includes the famous Sawyer Garden Center and a selection of shops and restaurants and just a bit further up the road is Warren Dunes State Park. Continue driving north for 30 minutes and experience St.Joe,famous Silver Beach and our newest area attraction, the Jack Nicklaus Golf Course part of beautiful Harbor Shores Resort on the shores of Lake Michigan in Benton Harbor. Benton Harbor is enjoying a resurrgence with the Arts District featuring a number of art galleries , restaurants and the Livery, a popular music venue and brew pub.
If wine tasting is your forte, take an afternoon and experience the many well known local wineries found nestled among the winding country roads and featuring many award winning wines and restaurants.
Annie's cottage offers you hard found serenity , but convenience to an abundance of varied and family friendly activities.To our return guests, we can't wait for you to see the changes and we thank you for your loyalty and to our new guests, we look forward to sharing our much loved cottage and beach and hope you'll come to find it as special as we have for many years. Enjoy our continued affordable rates for 2012 and come and experience Harbor Country at it's best!
- Vacation Rental
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
- Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Parking Off Street
- Wood Fireplace
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Broadband Access
- Outdoor Grill
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Live Theater
- Fitness Center
- Jet Skiing
- Miniature Golf
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
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Lovely Vintage Beach Cottage
Lovely Vintage Beach Cottage
I've stayed at Annie's Cottage 3 times in the past year. Most recently for a week in July. I've already made plans to come back for a weekend this Fall and a week next summer! I first stayed here in July 2012 and chose the cottage based on its location and price. Trust me when I tell you that a better deal cannot be found, I’ve looked all the way from Michiana to St. Joe. The cottage is the perfect size for a small group. Last year it was my family of 5 for a week and most recently I stayed with 3 of my girlfriends. It’s clean, has all the linens and bath towels you would need. The shower is a bit small, which was only a slight issue for my Dad and brother who are both over 6ft tall. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes, pots and pans and we greatly appreciated the bottle of wine Annie left for us! It can get hot if there is no breeze, but if you leave the air conditioner and ceiling fans on during hot nights it will cool down. The neighborhood is quiet and not at all crowded. The walk to the beach path and stairs only takes a minute or two. The climb back up those stairs can be tiresome, but after a few times it gets easy. In the 3 times I’ve stayed here I’ve never thought the beach was crowded. On the weekends there might be 4 or 5 families spread out and the beach for this association is quite large. On weekdays we are usually the only ones on the beach. Plus there is a public beach only a minute away that we use before and after we check in and out of the cottage. There is a fee to drive into the Warren Dunes if you prefer to use that beach. Another bonus, the cottage is down the street from the Swedish Bakery (open Fri-Mon at 7am!) which makes the best Danishes I’ve ever had. It’s about 20 minutes to Meijer’s in Stevensville and 15 minutes by the Red Arrow Highway to New Buffalo. On the most recent stay we drove back to Chicago for a Monday night concert at Soldier Field and it only took an hour each way. I love this little beach cottage and can’t wait to go back!
- Guest Betsy (Chicago, IL)
- Date of stay 07/20/13
- Review Submitted 07/31/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway.
A great place
A great place
I stayed with my son and daughter last June, and had a wonderful time there. It is a gem of a place, especially for the price. This was the second year in a row, and truthfully I'm reluctant to write a review, because I don't want anyone else to know about it! There is plenty of room, a cute little kitchen, a separate bedroom for the kids, and it is literally just steps away from the beach, which is the best thing about it, of course. I also appreciate the bottle of wine we receive as a welcome gift.
- Guest Lotus Inkster (Chicago)
- Date of stay 06/18/12
- Review Submitted 09/01/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.
Had a great time! Walk to the beach was short and pleasant and the beach was great..Cottage was cozy,clean and comfortable and had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. Would return here again and hope to have a longer time to stay.Owner was friendly and helpful.
- Guest debbie (michigan)
- Date of stay 06/10/12
- Review Submitted 06/17/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.
Not so nice....
Not so nice....
Not as nice as the pictures show. Very old & could have been cleaner. We walked in to a musty smelling home. The futon in the living area is very uncomfortable, you can feel the frame under you as you sit. The mattresses in both bedrooms are also very thin & not very supportive. We had no TV for most of the week because we could not get a signal & when we did, we only got 1 channel. We were not told where the instructions to the older microwave were until the day before we left, so that was useless to us. The kitchen lacked a few utensils such as a vegetable peeler. There also are no large pots to boil water in.The best thing was the beach. The surrounding communities were very nice as well.
- Guest sand (Clinton Twp, Mi )
- Date of stay 07/15/11
- Review Submitted 07/26/11
Owner response: I am so sorry you were disappointed in your stay. Due to a family emergency, I was out of town and unable to check the cottage. The tv issue has been addressed with the installation of cable and a new microwave as well as new mattresses have been added. I do feel the pictures are representative and the cottage is old and has been much enjoyed. I try to price it as such and advertise no modern amenities. I thank you for your comments and am glad you could enjoy the beach
Wonderful Place close to the beach!
Wonderful Place close to the beach!
So far my family and I have stayed here twice and plan on coming back again! The location is wonderful, close to the beach, Swedish Bakery and not a bad drive to Chicago on a rainy day. We also love going into New Buffalo for dinner at several of their amazing restaurants. I also always stop at Barney's grocery to stock the fridge! The beach is clean and quiet even during peak season and so is the neighborhood. The cottage has everything you need for a relaxing Lake Michigan beach vacation, no need to bring a lot of extras!
- Guest tclark (Danville, IN)
- Date of stay 07/29/10
- Review Submitted 12/30/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
Owner response: I really appreciate your repeated visits,positive comments, and look forward to your upcoming stay. Hope you find your 2011 stay just as pleasant. Annie
A very nice cottage
A very nice cottage
The cottage is located in a very nice private setting - heavily wooded, and a short walk to a beach. Two cosy bedrooms, and a spacious kitchen with all amenities. Harbert is a beautiful community. We loved Gulistan reataurant (mediterrian) and pies from the Swedesh bakery. The owner is wonderful - we recieved a bottle of local vine as a welcome gift. Also, the owner sent us some items that my 4 y.o. daughter left behind. We were very pleased with the owner's polite and freindly nature. We would love to come back and stay here again!
- Guest Elena (Indiana)
- Date of stay 06/18/10
- Review Submitted 07/31/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and glad you received your items. Thanks for taking the time to give a review and hope you can visit again. Annie
My two daughters and I have stayed in this home three times over the last five years or so. We love the quaint feel of this cottage so near Lake Michigan. Well kept, well stocked and in a beautiful private beach association. This place is just a short walk to a beautiful private beach association. Staying here is a step back in time...no phone, no washer/dryer...but oh so relaxing and cozy. (laundromat close by in Sawyer, if you need to do laundry...this is also where you rent videos/dvds) We loved the location to the beach, the bakery and all the other quaint towns besides Harbert. We enjoy Capozios for dinner, Redamaks in New Buffalo anytime, and shopping in nearby Michigan City, Indiana. Great rental...
- Guest Deb4 (Ada, MI)
- Date of stay 07/07/06
- Review Submitted 07/07/06
Owner response: Thank you so very much for taking the time to tell us that you enjoyed the cottage,Deb.It was really nice to see that you had a good time and enjoyed all the surrounding area.We really appreciate you as our guest and hope to see you in the future.Ever so grateful for the time you took to comment!! Connie
Peak Season..May 01-Sep 30..$300/Weekend..$650/Week..$2200/Month. Off Season...Oct 01-Apr 30..$250/Weekend..$700/Month. Memorial Day/Labor Day......$350/weekend. Checks or Cash Only Accepted. Minimum Stay 2 Nights. Security Deposit: $200 ($150 Returned within 30 days, if all is intact). $50 Retained for Cleaning Fee. Extended monthly rates (6+) may be reduced.Security is higher for monthly rental. Security payable at time of booking.Cancellation policy available.
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Why the Owner Chose Harbert:
Has been a family cottage for over 40 years.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Peace and quiet and a fabulous beach
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Entrance to Harbert Woods
Front bedroom-full bed
Back bedroom-twin beds
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