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Quaint Cottage in a wooded setting, steps from the dunes and Lake Michigan!

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Last updated: 03/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • 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

Why settle for just any beach cottage? Experience the best of both worlds: A very private little cottage in the woods on an unpaved road, nestled in the beautiful critical sand dunes of Lake Michigan and yet just minutes south of downtown South Haven. You have almost an acre to yourself, a quiet place where families and husbands and wives can unwind from over-busy schedules, reconnect with each other, read stories together, roast marshmallows or pop popcorn over the campfire, play hide and seek in the woods or just swing in the hammock. You can climb over the unspoiled dunes or take a stroll on the meandering path through the woods around the dunes to get to that unsurpassed view of Lake Michigan where you can play in the Lake, on the beach or walk along the uncrowded, wide sugar sand beach. (Due to our severe winters in 2014 and 2015, the erosion by the Lake shore has been quite extensive. Thus, the decline at the end of the path through the woods is fairly steep at this time and hiking through the dunes may be an easier alternative to get to our beach.)

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.
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Keywords: Cottage, Plus Guesthouse, air conditioning, fire pit, washer/dryer, wooded acre, walk to beach, Cable TV, free wi-fi
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Owner

Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1600 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    We prefer not to rent to singles under the age of 25....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 bunk bed

    One bunk bed set of twin beds....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 bunk bed

    One bunk bed set of twin beds....moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

    This bedroom is in the guesthouse, connecting dr to bathrm ...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 2 sleep sofa /futon

    One queen sleeper in cottage, one queen sleeper in guesths...moreless

  • 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

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    In the guesthouse...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet

    In the cottage....moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    In the cottage....moreless

  • Bathroom 4: outdoor shower

    Outdoor shower has hot and cold water....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    This is in the living room with the DVD player...moreless

  • Television
  • Toys

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Free Wi-Fi...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    We pay close attention to the condition of all of our linens and towels and they are replaced right away when necessary....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Wonderful, large brick fireplace. Some firewood is supplied to get you started on your stay. There is additional firewood to purchase just down the road. We request that you do not bring your own firewood....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    All equipment was new in 2008. Quality stainless steel and glass, no plastic or aluminum. There is a family size electric griddle....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, sugar...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Has an outdoor table and chairs....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    There is a Weber charcoal grill provided. You will need to bring your own charcoal and lighter....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off-season
Sep 6 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
$300
$1,200
Memorial Day Week-end
May 26 - May 28, 2017
3 night min stay
$350
Off-Season
May 29 - Jun 8, 2017
3 night min stay
$300
$1,500
In-Season
Jun 9 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,200

Changeover Day: Friday

Labor Day Week-end
Sep 1 - Sep 3, 2017
3 night min stay

$1,200
flat fee
Off Season
Sep 5 - Jun 7, 2018
2 night min stay
$300
$1,200
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$300
$2,200

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300

Notes:

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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Location

Car: Recommended

Lots of seasonal festivals, many featuring the local produce from the area. Bowling is nearby and in the winter there is a wonderful outdoor ice skating rink in downtown South Haven.

 

Owner info

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!


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

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  • Quaint Cottage in a wooded setting, steps from the dunes and Lake Michigan!

    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

    Living room surrounded by extra large windows makes it seem like you are outside

  • A cozy little reading corner.

    A cozy little reading corner.

  • Seating for 4 at the counter.

    Seating for 4 at the counter.

  • Delightful master bedroom in the main cottage with a queen bed.

    Delightful master bedroom in the main cottage with a queen bed.

  • Full bathroom in the main cottage.

    Full bathroom in the main cottage.

  • Fabulous walkway from the main cottage to the guesthouse.

    Fabulous walkway from the main cottage to the guesthouse.

  • Family room in the Guesthouse with a queen size sleeper sofa and 8' sliding door

    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.

    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.

    A table for comfortable outdoor dining or playing games - right by the fire pit.

  • Awesome sunsets across the pristine sand dunes of Lake Michigan!

    Awesome sunsets across the pristine sand dunes of Lake Michigan!

  • Looking to the south on our wide, private sandy beach.

    Looking to the south on our wide, private sandy beach.

  • Lovely porch to sit and relax and watch the tetherball players.

    Lovely porch to sit and relax and watch the tetherball players.

  • The fireplace room with comfy leather furniture and a wood burning fireplace.

    The fireplace room with comfy leather furniture and a wood burning fireplace.

  • Beautiful kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances.

    Beautiful kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances.

  • Beautiful yet sturdy custom made farmhouse table that seats lots of folks.

    Beautiful yet sturdy custom made farmhouse table that seats lots of folks.

  • One of the three delightful cottage bedrooms

    One of the three delightful cottage bedrooms

  • Half bath in the main cottage.

    Half bath in the main cottage.

  • The awesome Guest House is just a few yards away from the 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

    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.

    The large fire pit is a favorite spot at Dune Daze with plenty of seating.

  • Surrounded by dunes

    Surrounded by dunes

  • In amongst the dunes, looking across the Lake before reaching the beach.

    In amongst the dunes, looking across the Lake before reaching the beach.

  • Looking to the North toward downtownn South Haven.

    Looking to the North toward downtownn South Haven.

VRBO #161098

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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