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Luxurious, bespoke, eclectic & private. A vacation home your way.

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Secluded, original and carefully appointed. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, Sleeps 7

See the cottage video for even more detail. Thanks to all of new and repeat guests for staying at Fiddlehead Cottage. The greatest reward is knowing that the cottage is being filled with warmth, laughter, and memories. Your comments are a great source of pleasure!

March 20, 2015: A wonderful repeat guest sent this note today and I had to post it:

"Can't wait to get there. For me, it's turned into a sanctuary of laughter and healing and friendship and...ugh. I just love it there. It's a very special place...." Shannon S. - Seattle.

It's perhaps the "ugh" in that statement that best describes our Fiddlehead. It's hard to describe. For each of us, it's different. Many guests over the years have commented on healing and others on strengthening bonds, themes that are beginning to resonate. We could all use a little time away be it alone, with friends or family. Fiddlehead is a sanctuary for all that makes each of us unique. Whether you are purple, green, white, black, a little blue, female, male, somewhere in between, gay, straight, young, middle-age, old or ancient, 1 leg or 4 paws, you are a part of the growing Fiddlehead family the moment you arrive.

Fiddlehead Cottage is named for the abundance of natural ferns in the gardens & woods surrounding the cottage. Though its architecture is a nod to the past, the owner's renovation opened the layout and refreshed the decor with contemporary furnishings. The home features sumptuous furniture by Ralph Lauren, Room & Board plus original works of art, books and a high end kitchen. The 2000 square foot home is tucked into the woods in Union Pier on a private cul-de-sac, minutes from beaches.

Equipped with the latest technology including WIFI, HDTV 46' Sony Bravia w/ Blu-Ray & Bose surround sound, premium cable channel lineup & DVD library.

A 5-minute walk to the bakery and shops in Union Pier, just a few more minutes walk to the beach (3/4 mile), close to wineries, great restaurants, and antique stores. Private, yet close to everything...

Cottage Features: The first floor features; a large screened-in porch, living room/dining room with fireplace and vaulted ceiling, two identically bedrooms (both with queen beds) and separate screened-in porch, a full bath and washer/dryer.

Nestled into the forest for privacy and seclusion, the luxurious hot tub has an easy lift cover, 45 therapy jets and your choice of underwater LED lights adjustable at the touch of a button. Seats 5-6 adults.

The second floor consists of a secluded master bedroom (king bed) with attached full bath (shower). The master has a separate terrace overlooking a mature forest - perfect for morning coffee.

Your vacation home is thoughtfully furnished with custom finishes and furnishings, thick towels, custom bedding and high thread count sheets. All interior lighting on dimmers creates the perfect mood.

More Cottage Features: This three bedroom cottage will comfortably accommodate a family of seven. But it’s also perfect for three couples traveling together, or as a romantic and extra-spacious getaway for two, or even one looking for solitude.

All this in a private forest setting amongst century old trees wildlife, a bubbling fountain and naturalized gardens. Quiet and secluded, yet minutes to local shops, the Red Arrow Roadhouse and much more.

The cottage is located on a private cul-de-sac lane on the east side of the Red Arrow Hwy. It offers privacy and seclusion in a safe environment away from busy roads and far from train lines.

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More Details

Owner
Paul Somers
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2017

About Paul Somers

Expatting for 12 years: Paris, Dublin, London and now Singapore. The cottage is filled with interesting things and certainly not cookie cutter. I am guessing you don't do cookie cutter either. :-) Fiddlehead is expertly watched over by Shannon and has been for the past eight years. In addition to property management, Shannon is the owner of Ranebow Hills Farm in Buchanan's gorgeous wine country about 15 minutes from Union Pier. She produces the most delicious organic eggs anywhere used in some of the finest restaurants and homes in the area.

Paul Somers purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Paul Somers chose Southwest

It's about the ancient trees and the stories they tell; if you stop long enough to listen...

Map

Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Chikaming Woods
Nearest Train
3 Miles
New Buffalo Amtrak
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: recommended

Amenities

Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Great Room - 1 twin/ single , twin daybed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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Luxurious, bespoke, eclectic & private. A vacation home your way.
average rating of 4.9651165 based on 86 reviews
5

Wonderful time away

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Fiddlehead and certainly will not be our last! It is such a peaceful and beautifully appointed cottage. We love the screened porch and the wonderful great room. We grilled out, enjoyed the hot tub and loved the stereo system for playing music in the evenings. We enjoyed both Union Pier and New Buffalo and of course walks on the beach. We are so sad to leave!

Emily and Family (Evanston, Il)

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear EH, Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your time at Fiddlehead. It's folks like you that make Fiddlehead a place to come back to... Best, Paul
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5

One of the best

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here so much! Super clean, quiet, close to wonderful restaurants and beautiful state park areas. Only stayed for a long weekend but hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Return to fiddlehead

  • 4 of 5

This is our second visit to fiddlehead,we have made it our new family tradition to make it here during the summer.

Lovely house close to beach and in walking distance to coffee shops and small grocery store.

We hope to come back for many more summers.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for returning Louise. We were pleased to have you back and thanks for taking such good care of the cottage while you were there. See you next year! (we hope). Thanks again, Paul Somers
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4

Good location, not well cleaned

  • 4 of 5

The house was very nice and well located. The property manager was very responsive and helpful when we encountered issues. However, the house was not properly cleaned when we arrived. We found urine soaked sheets in the bedroom closet and remnants of prior guests which led us to believe that the house had not been thoroughly cleaned as warranted by the price. We washed all of the sheets and towels to make sure it was sanitary.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ms. Sullivan, Thank you for your stay. I completely understand how utterly horrifying it must have been to find "remnants of our prior guests". The odd thing is none of our previous guests are missing body parts so I assume you brought along the "remnants" as part of a scary pre-Halloween gag. This would also explain the ruined sheets someone removed in order to make a series of ghost costumes. Now all of our sheets have two eye holes poked in them! Considering is that you didn't contact anyone, take any photos or notify us until a month later, your review appears to be only a trick and not a treat. Our staff doesn't cut corners, our high standards of cleanliness can be attested to by our previous guests in the past 9 years. Thank you, Management
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5

Beautiful, clean, and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Fiddlehead this past weekend and I was truly impressed with the home and amenities. The house was super clean and very stylish and comfy. The beds were very comfortable. We enjoyed the hot tub and the beautiful landscape. It's in a great location. We were able to walk to the store and we were just a short drive to the beach and New Buffalo. We had an amazing time and we were all very happy with the home and it's good vibes. The only thing that I would change is the locks on the doors. They were very tricky and complicated. Other then that the home was a true gem and we were very happy.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Charming house with everything you need as a family!!

  • 5 of 5

Great location - we biked to restaurants and to the beach. Remote setting and public beaches are 1 mile away. The wood setting was great for kids to play outdoors. We used the hammock, hot tub, and fire pit daily. The house has everything you need from pots and pans - very functional to grill at home or use the oven. Very well kept house. The back porch is perfect to shield you from bugs. The kids loved the fish pond.

Highly recommend this spot to any family looking for a nice and relaxing vacation spot where you can bike to anything. Quiet and a get away from it all place.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

*****Seven night minimum stay from mid-June to the 3rd week in August***** If partial week is available due to previous customer taking more than 7 nights, the reservation must be book for the remainder of the week. Saturday to Saturday booking encouraged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.