Fabulous Cottage & Guesthouse in L.Michigan Dunes-Wifi & Nightly Rentals(3 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Cottage, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10) Free Wi-Fi
Available all year long, experience all kinds of water activities in the summer, crisp fresh air and colorful leaves in the fall, sledding down the dunes in the winter (which can be breathtaking), wildflowers and delicate new leaves unfolding in the spring, and, of course, the Lake Michigan sunsets which are painted uniquely each evening, no matter which season you are at the cottage. You won't be the same when you go home from this quiet, uncrowded and peaceful place. This 1600sf cottage complex is situated in a small community of unpaved roads and is bordered on the south by a state park and backs up to undeveloped land on the north. Make this year the beginning of your family vacation tradition at this cottage in the woods.
It is the third cottage from the dunes and was renovated in 2008 with new bathrooms, kitchen, flooring, appliances, mattresses, paint, décor, etc. The cottage has three bedrooms, sleeping six with a queen bed in the master and twin bunkbeds in each of the other bedrooms. The bedrooms are very small which allows for plenty of common living space. The guesthouse is just steps away from the cottage and features one bedroom with a queen bed, bath, laundry facilities, family room and sleeps four when using the queen sized sofabed. It also has an outdoor shower with hot and cold water for rinsing off all that sand.
The town of South Haven is just minutes away, a great bike ride. There you will find many more people, the blue stairway to South beach, the lighthouse, concessions and the wonderful riverwalk along the channel, a great spot to sit and watch all the different boats coming and going. The downtown area has plenty of shopping opportunities, delicious restaurants, a bakery that can't be beat and a seasonal Farmer's Market which overflows with fresh local produce and flowers. The Good Ship is docked at the Maritime Museum and can be booked for sailings; jet ski, canoe and kayak rentals can also be found downtown. The Kal-Haven trailhead begins in South Haven and the Black River is ready for canoe and kayak use.
Life along Lake Michigan is an unforgettable experience, to say the least, but to have an opportunity to actually live amongst those pristine sand dunes along the Lake is beyond comparison with in town rentals. This is the ninthyear this rental property has been offered, so don't wait too long to make your plans to spend a week or more in the summer or even just a couple of days in the other seasons. Your time here can make a world of difference when you go back home to your everyday life. We are sure you will want to come back year after year to climb the dunes, roast marshmallows over the fire in the firepit, play in the woods, walk the beach, hike area nature trails, and whatever else you enjoy. Just imagine the memories!
It takes approximately 4-5 minutes to get from the cottage to the beach through the stunning dune area. Most of us have to climb, rest, climb, rest, etc. to get to the top of the dunes. (My 87 year old Mother climbed to the top of the dune the summer of 2016!) The exhilarating effort involved is well worth it once you get to the top, see the magnificent view and then get to go down the other side! The path around the dunes through the woods takes about 6-7 minutes to get to the beach (See note above about the end of this path.). The times given above are based on my walking and I am 65 years old. Two other options to get to the Lake are South Beach which is just a few minutes' drive away in town and Van Buren State Park which is just down the road from the cottage and there is a paved path that goes right down to the beach.
Our other cottage in this same neighborhood is VRBO #168621. They are about a 3 minute walk from each other. Consider renting both of our cottages for larger groups providing a sleeping arrangement for 16-20. What fun that would be!!
Check out the link to our website at the bottom of this listing.
Keywords: Cottage, Plus Guesthouse, air conditioning, fire pit, washer/dryer, wooded acre, walk to beach, Cable TV, free wi-fi
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Member since: 2007
- 1600 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 10
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
- Queen size Beds (4) One is in the cottage, one is located in the guesthouse bedroom, and the 3rd is the sofabed in the cottage and the 4th is the sofabed in the guesthouse.., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) There is one queen sized sofabed is located in the guesthouse family room. There is one queen sized sofabed in the living room of the cottage., Bunk Beds (2) There is a twin/twin bunkbed in each of the other two bedrooms in the cottage....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Our 'mountains' are made of sand! You can see the sand dunes from the cottage. There is also a great fire pit with seating to enjoy. The cottage is equipped with family books to read and indoor games to play, along with tetherball and horseshoes outside for some good old fashioned fun!There is also a small cooler and 9 folding chairs (one is child sized) you may take to the beach....moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 10 people
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided:
- Parking Off Street
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 6 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
Memorial Day Week-end
May 26 - May 28, 2017
3 night min stay
May 29 - Jun 8, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 9 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Friday
Labor Day Week-end
Sep 1 - Sep 3, 2017
3 night min stay
Sep 5 - Jun 7, 2018
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $300
During the off-season, there is a 3 night minimum stay for all holiday week-ends.
We do sometimes split an in-season week at the rate of $400/night.
During the in-season, our change over day is Friday.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: My husband, Alan, and I have five children, four sons and one daughter. We recently have increased the daughters to four since our three older sons are now married. We have taught all our children at home all the way through high school, except for our fifth who is just 15 years old and currently working diligently at his school work. We love traveling as a family and have covered a good part of the United States over the years. We also had the opportunity to go on a family missions trip to Moscow, Russia.
Why the Owner Chose South Haven, MI, USA:
We choose to purchase this property in South Haven for several reasons. One is the proximity to Chicago and the main one is that we absolutely love Lake Michigan. As I grew up, my family went regularly up to Pt. Betsie, MI each summer and that cottage was right on the Lake. Since that location is too far for week-end trips, we decided on South Haven. The downtown area is lovely and it is not very touristy which we really appreciate.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
We enjoy being away from the bustle of downtown, yet being close enough to make quick trips for dining or shopping. We always use the fire pit!
- Primary: (630) 876-8699 (Illinois, USA) land line - please leave message
- Secondary: 630-742-1591 (Illinois, USA) cell phone - you can call, text, or leave message
Quaint Cottage in a wooded setting, steps from the dunes and Lake Michigan!
Living room surrounded by extra large windows makes it seem like you are outside
A cozy little reading corner.
Seating for 4 at the counter.
Delightful master bedroom in the main cottage with a queen bed.
Full bathroom in the main cottage.
Fabulous walkway from the main cottage to the guesthouse.
Family room in the Guesthouse with a queen size sleeper sofa and 8' sliding door
Our awesomely fun 'hammock grove' - 3 large hammocks in which to relax.
A table for comfortable outdoor dining or playing games - right by the fire pit.
Awesome sunsets across the pristine sand dunes of Lake Michigan!
Looking to the south on our wide, private sandy beach.
Lovely porch to sit and relax and watch the tetherball players.
The fireplace room with comfy leather furniture and a wood burning fireplace.
Beautiful kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances.
Beautiful yet sturdy custom made farmhouse table that seats lots of folks.
One of the three delightful cottage bedrooms
Half bath in the main cottage.
The awesome Guest House is just a few yards away from the cottage.
Guest house bedroom with a queen bed, door to the bathroom & faces a wooded dune
The large fire pit is a favorite spot at Dune Daze with plenty of seating.
Surrounded by dunes
In amongst the dunes, looking across the Lake before reaching the beach.
Looking to the North toward downtownn South Haven.
This listing was first published here in 2007.
Date last modified - Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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