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April, May, and June have openings Nearby wineries, restaurants, beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7- 8)

The house has a beautiful view of Grande Mere. In the Grande Mere area there are miles of clean sandy beaches, unique sand dunes and woodland areas for hiking and discovering. In Winter, you can walk to sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities in less than 5 minutes .

My house is a minute walk away from Lake Michigan with miles of public beach and dune area. Grande Mere has gorgeous sunsets and quiet mornings. You will find the peace and relaxation you are looking for, yet we are close to many Sunset Coast towns - 15 minutes to Bridgman, Sawyer, Baroda, and Harbert. Several award wining wineries, breweries, and great restaurants are close by. 20 minutes to New Buffalo and the 4 Winds Casino, also 15 minutes to the communities of Lakeside and Three Oaks. 15 minutes to St. Joseph, 20 minutes to Benton Harbor. We are located off of 1-94 exit 22. Close, but yet a world away.

Keywords: House/beach/wineries/casino/breweries

More Details

Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

What makes this cottage unique

I grew up in this house and have always loved the peace of the beach, woods and dunes. I had an opportunity to take my childhood home and make it a welcoming place for other families to enjoy the serenity of Grande Mere. I made several upgrades while continuing to have the charm that the house and yard can offer. People tell me they feel so at home and welcomed when they are here. My hopes is that you will feel the same way. Randi Wilhelmsen


Stevensville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Parking is on top of hill or past stone wall. Trash must be taken down to mailboxes Sunday night. Dishwasher must be run before leaving.
  • Shake out sand before using washer. Bonfire must be out before leaving area. Return key to same area as pick-up.
  • If you purchase a movie, it will be taken out of deposit, please inform me if you do purchase a movie. Try to water plants if we haven't had rain.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Village ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) 2 bedrooms (1 upstairs and 1 downstairs), Double Beds (1) 1 bedroom upstairs and sofa bed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Lazy-Boy Sofa Bed
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Beautiful large private landscaped yard on a hill overlooking Grande Mere area. Large spacious rooms with unique features. Two bedrooms have Queen Beds; one bedroom is a full bed. Sofa bed is a Full. All rooms have ceiling fans and there is central air conditioning. Fire pit area for bonfires.


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(29 traveler reviews)

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April, May, and June have openings Nearby wineries, restaurants, beach
average rating of 4.724138 based on 29 reviews
Minneapolis, MN

Great trip home for the Holidays!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for our family trip home for the holidays! House has so much character, very clean, and had everything we needed for our stay. Loved it!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review if the Grande Mere house . I am glad you found the house to meet all of your needs and had everything your family needed to enjoy the holidays there. I am sure you made good memories at the beach house! Thank you for your business.
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Chicago, Illinois, USA

Wonderful winter weekend!

  • 5 of 5

This lovely home was the perfect spot to celebrate the new year - immaculate, charming and tons of snow all around! We hope to stay there again

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at the Grande Mere house during the holiday weekend. I am so glad that you found the house cozy and charming during a wintery stay. We are getting lots of snow, but I keep the driveway plowed for my guests as much as possible. I hope that you will make a new reservation. Thank you Randi Wilhelmsen
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Schaumburg, IL USA

Was a great house with everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was great ! Great location and had a great time! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melissa thank you for staying at my house. It is close to so many wonderful activities but yet quiet and feeling like you are a world away. Hope to have you back again.
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Scenic area

  • 3 of 5

We recently stayed in Stevensville for our son's wedding. It was a beautiful area and the fall foliage was breathtaking! Rental home was close to some amazing beaches and both the wedding and reception venues. Very convenient location for shopping and restaurants, yet house was out of city a bit in a wooded setting. Pros: plenty of space for our family ; kitchen fully stocked with appliances, dishes, pots, pans etc.; nice big washer and dryer and all laundry supplies needed were provided.; deck off of the kitchen with a big patio set and a huge gas grill; fire pit area with wood supply for relaxing with family; the beds were very comfortable. Cons: Navigating narrow uphill driveway is tricky. It is very difficult to turn a vehicle around in the limited space there is for parking .We had 2 mid sized cars , and it was challenging to back out down the narrow drive. The house is very old with some nice antique furniture. Although it is charming it smells somewhat like an antiques furniture mall. If anyone in the family has asthma, allergies, or sinus issues this could be problematic, as it was for us.The bathroom on the main floor is very tiny. There are no exhaust fans in either bathroom . Opening the downstairs bathroom door after a hot shower sets off the bedroom smoke alarm; Cleaning service needs to step up their act. When we arrived the inside of fridge was not clean, spills and sticky stuff on shelves. Stove top clean but inside oven was not ; Smoke alarm in kitchen is missing ;Ceiling fan in kitchen covered in dust so we did not turn it on, dust on furniture as well. Spiderwebs. The house was quite populated with a collection of stink bugs, ladybug type bugs that bite ,elder box bugs and spiders. I understand that is is the time of year for these pests to make their way inside but there was a note on the fridge regarding the bugs that was dated from earlier this year so this may be an ongoing issue in this house? Flyswatters were provided but don't squish the stink bugs! Overall we did enjoy our visit but this home has a few issues that need to be addressed.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David thank you for taking your time and writing a response with pros and cons. The house is in a very unique scenic area of Southwest Michigan. I am glad you were able to take advantage of the local offerings. As far as the cons, yes the driveway is a smaller driveway going up do to the unique property that is over 80 years old, but on top I put in a large concrete pad to turn around on. Later this month I am putting in new smoke detectors alarms in a few of the rooms. In the bathroom there is not a vent but instead an awning window, I might look into installing a ceiling vent as well. I wish you would have called the housekeeping number that was located in the dining room and many of those issues could have been rectified. I was in the house on that same week and saw no insects, but the ones you described just seem to appear with no rhyme or reason. The stink bugs and lady bugs have become a nuisance to most homes in the area as has been documented in newspapers, news shows, etc. I appreciate your response.
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Perfectly charming!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a house to accommodate our immediate family (which currently consists of 7 adults, 1 toddler and 1 infant) being together for a wedding celebration in the area. We live from the west to the east and it is rare for us to have this opportunity so we wanted to be able to hang out in a relaxed atmosphere (no hotels or restaurants). This house met our needs wonderfully with adequate and flexible sleeping spaces, great big dining room table and well appointed kitchen. The family room was great also for games, reading and TV---sometimes all at the same time. Even though it was the end of October and the weather was rather rainy, we were still able to venture out for some hiking in the dunes nearby. We would love to take advantage of staying here during the summer and utilize the outdoor eating area and the fire pit. It is simply a perfectly charming house and area!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, I am so glad that your family could get together in Grande Mere at my house. I like that you wrote, even though the weather was rainy we could venture out and hike around the dunes nearby. There is so much to enjoy in the area around the house despite the season. I hope to have you back for summer!! Check out the availability on the web sight. Thank you Randi Wilhelmsen
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cute 3 br vintage house

  • 5 of 5

we had a great time, charming house, good instructions, great location.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your stay at my house. I am very happy you had a great time and enjoyed the charms of a vintage beach house.
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Car: necessary

The house is ready for you!! All you need to bring is clothes, food and beverages!! The house has a unique charm that is vintage, but with continuing updates. The house has a unique cathedral ceiling and a working stone fireplace in the living room. Beamed dining room with a working red brick fireplace and includes an antique dining room set. 3 separate bedrooms and an additional sofa bed. Two full baths with shower and tub. We have a large private yard, with a stone BBQ area, new deck area off the kitchen, and a sand fire pit area for relaxing. We are a 1 minute walk to the Grande Mere Beach, with a 5 minute walk to the Grande Mere State Park with its unique dunes and habitats.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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