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Cottage & Guesthouse in L.Michigan Dunes-secluded, free wi-fi, rents nightly.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


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.

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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

About Kathy

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.

Kathy purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Kathy chose Southwest

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a blessing this week has been! My family has gotten a chance to relax and spend time together in this beautiful home. Thank you.
Nov 2014
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South Haven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , In the guesthouse
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , In the cottage.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In the cottage.
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower has hot and cold water.
  • 2.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , One bunk bed set of twin beds.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , One bunk bed set of twin beds.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , This bedroom is in the guesthouse, connecting dr to bathrm
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , One queen sleeper in cottage, one queen sleeper in guesths
  • 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.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • 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
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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.


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Cottage & Guesthouse in L.Michigan Dunes-secluded, free wi-fi, rents nightly.
average rating of 4.6 based on 64 reviews

The Pohl family's stay

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stay, the private large yard was wonderful, the house was clean but both places smelled of mildew , the electric was A little shady, the property could be soo adorable if taken care of, but we ThankU for a week in your home, I know we left it even better than when we got there😊

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, Illinois

Excellent family retreat, well maintained hideaway Cottage with lots of Indoor & Outdoor Space

  • 5 of 5

Family enjoyed the indoor and outdoor space, the guest house was a huge plus. House has everything you need for a comfortable vacation and outdoor space has lots of outdoor areas and the hammocks are uber relaxing. The walk to the Dunes is not for the weak, kids climbed the wall of sand in minutes, the older folks either pulled back or and an extreme cardio workout; which I enjoyed each morning vs having to runoff the beach. Once you make it over the In other words if your looking for easy lake access you need to take a short drive to the Southaven beach.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indianapolis, IN

Always a great home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This was the fourth year we have spent a week at Dune Daze with our family. We are so grateful to Kathy and Alan for making this lovely cottage and property available. We are always greeted with a very clean and comfortable place to stay. Kathy and Alan not only maintain the property in top shape but have added improvements eacg year. My 89 year old parents start talking about going to lake and sitting arond the fire each year about Christmas time! And 2 and 4 year old grandsons love the sand and the beach. The guest house is perfect for our married son and his family. I cannot say enough good things about Dune Daze and the memories we have made there. Only 358 days or so before we return!!

The Dark family, Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, Indiana

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I must say this was one of the BEST, most beautiful, places we ladies have stayed!Everything about this home was perfect!The owners have gone above and beyond to make sure that they have not forgotten anything that you may need to start your vacation.Perfect spot for "girls" week-end,the cottage is very private and relaxing.Not sure what the highlight of the wk-end was 1- getting massages in the guesthouse or the beautiful sunsets each evening on lake michigan, or the nice path thru the woods to the beach or was it sitting around the bonfire with all my best girlfriends? I'm the one out of our group of ladies who book our trips and have never had a more awesome house and surroundings then staying here.We will be back that is a promise, and Kathy just can't Thank-you enough for letting us build beautiful memories with the use of your home! VERY RELAXING PLACE!! Loved the flip flops too!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indianapolis, IN

Lifetime Memory

  • 5 of 5

Our "Four Generation Vacation" was made perfect by this beautiful, secluded property with all the amenities of home. The house and guest house were immaculate and all we had to add was food and beach towels. The nearly private beach was a short walk away and was clean and pristine. The large areas for people to gather for meals and movies were fun. We kept a fire going in the outdoor firepit and sat around itin the evening sharing family stories. Everyone from my 86 year old parent to my 15 month on grandson had a great time. My children and husband want me to rent this property again next year, and that sounds like a great idea. The Grand Haven shops on Phoenix Street were attractive and fun, and places to buy groceries and fresh produce were very handy 5-10 minute drive away. This is a perfect setting for a family vacation with plenty of room to get together and plenty of space for that needed privacy at times. I look forward to going back.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

South Haven Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 9 2017 - Aug 17 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
special in-season
Aug 18 2017 - Aug 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Aug 25 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Week-end
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Off Season
Sep 5 2017 - Jun 7 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum 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 if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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