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Romantic Paw Paw Lake Area Vacation Home

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,650 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps up to 6, see notes in the Rate section)

Welcome to our romantic... all season... completely furnished... Paw Paw Lake area vacation home! Rekindle the romance... gather your friends for a harvest festival and celebrate life... or just get away for a long romantic weekend. Celebrate that special occasion... a promotion... a milestone birthday... a special anniversary... a honeymoon...

This lovely... romantic... 3 bedroom home, is equipped with high quality furnishings and antiques. The home is located on one acre of well maintained grounds with mature trees, 3 perennial gardens and a one acre pond.

The large Great Room has a 12' cathedral ceiling, a large stone (gas) fireplace, solid oak flooring, ceiling fan, plush sofa, love seat rocker, lazy boy style recliner, entertainment center with CD, DVD, player and video library. The Great Room has partial views of Paw Paw Lake and the large backyard.

The large Master Bedroom has a 12 foot cathedral ceiling with ceiling fan, his and hers closets, a high quality memory foam-pillow top Queen size bed and plenty of dresser space. The large Master Bathroom has a Jacuzzi, custom tiled shower with rain head, separate toilet closet and his and hers sinks and vanities. The Master Bedroom opens onto a large deck overlooking the scenic back yard, pond and wetlands area.

The second bedroom has a Queen size bed, closet and a partial view of Paw Paw Lake straight out over the front deck.

The third bedroom is small, but has a Bunk Bed (recommended for teenagers or children) with a pull out trundle bed (twin) under the lower bunk that makes 3 single beds (see restrictions under the RATE section). The second full bathroom is in close proximity to both 2nd and 3rd bedrooms.

The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, electric stove, microwave and is complete with cookware, cutlery, dishes, toaster, electric can opener and coffee maker.

Our home is the perfect getaway from the busy city.... in a relaxing lake area atmosphere.

Kids will love the large backyard and pond.

We are located just off Paw Paw Lake in Coloma Township, between St Joseph and South Haven. This area is very quiet, especially after Labor Day, and is perfect for a couple (or small family) that wants a nice quiet, relaxing 'get away' from the every day stresses of life. The Master Bedroom/Master Bathroom w/Jacuzzi is perfect for a couple... Our home is a great place to spend a week, or a few quiet days, relaxing and enjoying your honeymoon.... The Great Room is very cozy with a nice stone fireplace, cathedral ceiling, beautiful hardwood flooring, entertainment center and comfy furnishings.

The Coloma/Watervliet area is in the heart of Michigan's fruit belt region along the shores of Lake Michigan. In the spring, stroll along the shoreline and see the flowers in bloom, stopping to browse at unique shops along the way. In mid to late summer, and early fall... visit the many area orchards that offer a variety of fruits and vegetables. Pick your own peaches, apples and pumpkins and take a hayride through an orchard at Harvest Festival time. Winter time offers snow skiing, ice skating, cross country skiing and other cold weather activities... Or, just cozy up to the Great Room fireplace and relax.

Nearby Coloma and Watervliet offer local dining, movie theaters, antique shops and small town charm. Unleash your adventurous spirit and take a short drive on scenic Lake Michigan Circle Tour Highway, M-63, hugging the Lake Michigan shoreline, north to South Haven and south to St. Joseph. There you will find good food, live music/theater, unique shops, museums and art galleries. Each town has individual charm with it's own lighthouse, boat filled harbor and unique attractions -- an experience you will not soon forget!

Short term rentals only.

Please note... this home is available from May to September only.

Keywords: Single family home

More Details

David Cerney
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2018

About David Cerney

Born in Oak Park, IL... raised in LaGrange Park and Naperville. Moved to Naperville in 1961 when the town was just a sleepy farming community... with family in the Michigan City, IN area going back to the late 1800s. Our family has been coming to SW Michigan since the early 1900's. I spent most of my (summer) childhood years on the beach in Stevensville, where my grand parents had a home on Lake Michigan. That's when I fell in love with the area and I've been coming back ever since.

David Cerney purchased this house in 1988

Why David Cerney chose Paw Paw Lake

Familiarity and proximity to Paw Paw lake and Lake Michigan... and the love of the area! Love the laid back atmosphere, lack of traffic and abundant of outdoor activities the area provides!

Paw Paw Lake is great for water skiing and spending a leisurely day on the water. Lake Michigan is close... with several beach access parks nearby. The harbors, shops, restaurants and beaches of St. Joe, South Haven and Saugatuck can't be beat and have some of the best fresh water beaches in the world! Check out my favorite restaurants... Schu's, The Buck and Clementine's Too in St Joe, and Clementine's in South Haven and The Friendly in downtown Coloma!

What makes this house unique

Antique shopping... sampling the various restaurants... boating the lakes... vineyards, winery's and orchards... scenic traffic free country roads, and the Dunes are fantastic! Charming St. Joseph and South Haven, both 15 minutes away. All less than than two hours from Chicago...St Joseph, South Haven, Saugatuck/Douglas have some of the finest fresh water beaches in the world!

Fine restaurants in all these towns... Fishing Charters, Championship Golf at Hawkshead (South Haven), Harbor Shores (St. Joe), Paw Paw Lake Golf Course (Watervliet). Silver Beach Carousel and the Whirlpool Compass Fountain/Splash Pad for the kids in St. Joseph. Various local Vineyards and MUCH, MUCH more! Visit the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven and sail aboard the Schooner "Friends Good Will" ... available for sightseeing and charters.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dave, I wanted to reach out and thank you again for opening your home up to our families. We enjoyed your home as it had everything that we needed to enjoy some time away from our homes. The house was very clean and neat. We had everything we needed to make our meals and even cook out. Sadly I forgot to sign your guest book before we left. You are a terrific host and everything was perfect. Feel free to add this to your book if you'd like. - I'm still mad at myself that I forgot. Thank you again!
Jul 2017
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Paw Paw Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , His/hers sinks, toilet closet, walk-in shower, jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Toilet, shower, sink
  • Large MASTER BATH adjacent to Master bedroom. His and hers sinks. Private toilet closet. Walk-in shower, Jacuzzi. 4 sets of towels and washcloths. Second FULL BATHROOM shower, sink, toilet. 2 sets of towels and washcloths. Bath soap, shampoo, extra towels etc. are NOT provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Bedroom has a Pillow Top Queen mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Front Bedroom has a Standard Queen mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Trundle under lower bunk, Upper Bunk 200 Lb weight limit
  • Queen size Beds (2) One memory foam, pillow top Queen size bed in the Master Bedroom. One Queen size bed in second bedroom, Bunk Beds (1) 3rd bedroom is small but has upper and lower bunk beds. The lower bed has a pull out trundle unit that makes 3 beds total. Bunks are sturdy but upper bunk has a 200 lb weight limit. For comfort... they are are recommended for children... or teens and young adults under 200 lbs
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
St Joseph, South Haven, Saugatuck/Douglas have some of the finest fresh water beaches in the world! Fine restaurants in all three towns. Fishing charters, Championship Golf at Hawkshead (South Haven), Harbor Shores (St. Joe), Paw Paw Lake Golf Course (Watervliet). Silver Beach Carousel in St. Joseph. Various local Vineyards and MUCH, MUCH more! Visit the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven and sail aboard the Schooner "Friends Good Will" ... available for sightseeing and charters.


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Romantic Paw Paw Lake Area Vacation Home
average rating of 4.5 based on 55 reviews

Beautiful Home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and my cousin's family stayed here for a long weekend and we could not have been more impressed by the location and what the house had to offer. The house was extremely clean and it had everything we needed to cook meals and just enjoy the peace and quiet. Dave was a terrific host; very thorough. We will definitely consider staying here again. Thank you, Dave!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jonathan, I do appreciate the kind words and the great review! I try and do my best to make my guests feel comfortable. I have to tell you, the lady who cleans my house, Terry... is the best! She is very detail oriented and has been with me for a number of years now. I can always count on her to do a stellar job of keeping the house in great shape and squeaky clean. She deserves most of the credit for that! You guys were great guests as well! Folks, such as yourselves, that respect other peoples property and treat my home well are always welcome! You are welcome back anytime! Thanks again!
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Cute little house

  • 4 of 5

Our experience was overall pretty good. There are some things in the house that could use attention..The front bedroom (closest to the street) needs a ceiling fan because the air circulation is not the best in there. There is also a very large hornets nest on the street side of the small building behind the house (visible from the living room window), that is a danger to anyone outside. Other than that, it's a cute and comfortable house.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! Your suggestion concerning the ceiling fan will be taken into consideration. In regards to the Hornets nest, it was eliminated. Guests should contact me promptly... when situations like this occur...
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  • 5 of 5

This house is delightful, with lots of modern touches to compliment its old-style comfort. A large yard is perfect for little ones to wear off excexx energy, while the Jacuzzi tub is perfect for their parents.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Linda, Glad you enjoyed the home and the backyard! Kids like it a lot, especially with the large pond and wetlands area... as you said, big enough to let them burn off some energy :)
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Property met our expectations--nice place!

  • 5 of 5

Would recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review! Glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Comfortable and relaxing cottage across from the lake

  • 4 of 5

I took my daughter and her family here for some family time. The house served this purpose very well. It was very comfortable for the 4 of us. All the necessities were provided. We even found a crockpot in the cabinet, which we put to use to cook the beef for a big pot (also provided) of vegetable soup while we enjoyed our time at the beach. The master bedroom was spacious and had a good mattress.. It had sliding doors leading to a nice back deck overlooking the large yard and pond. I enjoyed watching the blue herron that made a visit each day. The master bedroom has a very nice attached bath that has a large Jacuzzi tub, a walk-in shower with 2 shower heads. A separate toilet closet with a pocket door for added privacy. The kitchen was small but quite functional. A small dining area had a 6 person table for meals with the family. We all enjoyed the coziness of the living room that had a large tv, fireplace, dual reclining loveseat and plenty of other seating. It also overlooked the beautiful back yard. The home sits on a quiet highway with large hedges that provide privacy. During our stay we spent time at St.Josephs, Holland, Saugatuck and my favorite, South Haven. We tend to stay very busy on out trips.

Some of the things we did in the area are: Express Yourself Art Barn (great for a rainy day) we all made projects that we got to take home, a nice souvenir of our trip, Critter Barn, in Zeeland, is a petting zoo on a farm near Holland that is free will donation. We all enjoyed this alot. Windmill Island is beautiful and only $9 adult admission. The carousel in St. Josephs ($3 per ride), blueberry picking is abundant in the area. We each picked a 3 gallon bucket full to take home. About $20 per bucket if you pick and depending on which patch you go to. We enjoyed a free concert in the park at South Haven one evening. The band even had drums set up for the kids and gave them a free mini drum lesson! South Haven has the best beach in the area in my opinion. We took the 6 year old to Hagar Park ( close to cottage) she enjoyed the playground. No beach here, but there are steps that take you down to the water. Most of the towns we went to are 20-30 minutes away from Paw Paw Lake Romance. Overall, a very nice trip! David, the owner, was nice to work with and even text me during a particular stormy morning that a squall line was nearing the area.

FYI: small qty of towels and washcloths but a washer and dryer is provided.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tamra, for the nice review! It sounds like you had a great time and stayed very busy. Glad you enjoyed the house and the backyard! The pond is a nice asset and that Heron is a regular visitor :) Your welcome back anytime! Thanks again!
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Nice comfortable home in a good location.

  • 5 of 5

The home was clean and neat and stocked with what we needed. I rented this home for our family of 6 to be close to our nephew's wedding venue. It provided the space we needed and we were very comfortable. I really wanted a home with 2 bathrooms and they were both very up to date.

Unfortunately, the weather didn't allow us to enjoy the property and yard.

It was well located near St. Joseph and the rental homes of the rest of the family.

The owner was very prompt with all communications. He gave very good and clear instructions about the home.

We really enjoyed the area and hope to get back.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Bonnie for your nice comments! Glad you enjoyed the home and the area! Sorry you didn't get to enjoy the yard much... but I wasn't able to get in touch with the guy who controls the weather. You guys were wonderful guests and your welcome back anytime!! Thanks again!!!
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Benton Harbor
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
The Bend... one block
Nearest Ferry
140 Miles
Ludington Car Ferry and Lake Express from Mantiwoc
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Watervliet Golf Club
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Amtrak in St. Joeseph, South Shore in Mich. City
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Interstate 94
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Bend, (1 blk), The Friendly (Downtown Coloma)
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Timber Ridge - Kalamazoo
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Hager Shore - Lake Michigan
Car: recommended


WINERIES - Wine Tasting at local Wineries, Tabor Hill, Lemon Creek, St. Julian just to name a few...

Open Air Concerts - in St. Joseph and South Haven thruout the summer

GREAT RESTAURANTS - and upscale dining in South Haven, Saugatuck, St. Joseph, & Coloma - Bucks, Clementine's Too, Schus, ReyBelles, Silver Beach Pizza, Bistro on the Boulevard, Tim's Too... Kilwin's Chocolate and Ice Cream and the Cabana have ice cream treats... all in St. Joseph. Clemetine's is in South Haven and The Friendly is in Coloma.

The SILVER BEACH CAROUSEL in St. Joe is a MUST SEE for young and old with a unique location and story.

The CURIOUS KIDS MUSEUM is in St. Joseph.

THE KRASL ARTS CENTER and the BOX FACTORY for the Arts are in St. Joseph.

BEACHES - Silver Beach County Park has been named one of the TOP TEN FAMILY BEACHES in the USA. South Haven's beaches are wonderful as well!

SPORT FISHING - Lake Michigan Sport Fishing Charters are available and depart from St Joseph and South Haven harbors.

LIGHTHOUSES - St Joseph and South Haven.

SOUTH HAVEN - Harborfest 2014 - 6/19 thru 6/22. The 51st Annual International Blueberry Festival 8/7 thru 8/10.

SOUTH HAVEN - Visit the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven and sail on the 'Friends Good Will' a restored Schooner originally built in 1810 and serving in the War of 1812.

FIREWORKS on the Lake - 4th of July weekend in St. Joe and South Haven.

CASINO'S - there are 3 Casinos within 1/2 hour to one hour driving time from this property. The Four Winds Casino in Hartford is just a few miles north of here. The New Buffalo Four Winds Casino is 35 minutes south of our property.

GOLF - The Watervliet Country Club is an 18 hole golf course that borders Paw Paw Lake on the Watervliet side. HARBOR SHORES Golf Club in Benton Harbor, is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design Championship Course... home to the 75th Annual Senior PGA Championship, May 20th thru the 25th, 2014.

BOAT RENTALS - for Paw Paw Lake, are available from GUY'S MARINE @ 269-468-3120, JD'S MARINE @ 269-463-6511, AND LAKE EFFECT POWER SPORTS @ 269-944-5577.

WATER PARK - Safari Joe's Indoor Wilderness Water Park and Arcade in Watervliet is 10 minutes away.

CAR FERRY'S - The SS Badger is a car ferry that sails from Ludington to Manitowoc WI, and the Lake Express is another car ferry that sails from Muskegon to Milwaukee.

ACORN THEATER in Three Oaks, live entertainment in a historic setting.

Our property is in close proximity to all these attractions and only 3 blocks from the Paw Paw Lake Marina - and one third mile to the public boat launch. While Paw Paw Lake is primarily a private lake... there is a small 20' "Fire Lane" at the end of Lake St. This provides access to the lake for some swimming. There is a larger (not huge) public beach on the opposite side of the lake, on the Watervliet side. St. Joseph and South Haven have some of the best fresh water public beaches in the Great Lakes region. There are also a number of smaller County Beaches and Parks all along the Lake Michigan Lakefront from the Indiana/Michigan State Line to Grand Traverse Bay.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

PLEASE NOTE: This home is recommended for a maximum of 6 occupants. Exceptions are possible, but the owner must approve any additional occupants over and above 6 adults. If approved a $75 fee will be imposed on each occupant, per night... over the 6 maximum allowed.

The two main bedrooms have Queen Beds in each room, to sleep a total of 4 adults. The third bedroom is smaller with a Bunk Bed and a pull out Trundle. While the Bunk Bed is sturdy enough to sleep 2 moderately sized adults, IT IS NOT normally recommended for 2 full sized adults. The bunks are recommended for children, teenagers, or young adults... primarily for comfort reasons. Because of the limited size of that bedroom, it is highly recommended that only young adults or children should sleep in the bunks... it would be a tight fit for more in that room with the trundle pulled out.

A standard Rental Agreement is required to rent this home. Any questions about this, contact the owner.
If additional occupants are approved (over 6 adults) there will be an additional charge of $75.00 per day, per person (no exceptions).
Exceptions can be made however, for smaller children, toddlers and infants... where parents bring their own crib. PLEASE CHECK WITH THE OWNER BEFORE BOOKING. Thank You!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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