About the property
- Cottage950 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1.25 Baths, (Sleeps 5)
A chance to cure your Nature Deficit Disorder at the 'Sandbox' a newer home fully air conditioned and heated . Very private and secluded located right next to State Park and surrounded by county land.You can walk to the Van Buren State Park, North Point Conservation area + Van Buren Bike/hiking trails. Experience the natural wonder of the MI dunes at your front door. Miles of Lake Michigan frontage located over the dunes in front of the Sandbox.Even when the wind is howling and the rain slashing, the dunes are stunningly beautiful.
They rise from the beach and run toward the interior in increasingly higher peaks and end at the Sandbox. Area is similiar to the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District(Cape Cod) created to protect not only the homes but also the way of life they enabled. The cottages at Peaked Hill attracted playwrights Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, and novelist Jack Kerouac all seeking space, solitude and beauty. These days you don't have to be an artist to enjoy the Sandbox-you just have to be lucky.
There are no concession stands here or noisey neighbors. Some come alone, others come with family and friends. Some come to write, paint, take pictures,others to heal, to think, to clear their heads, or to just enjoy a week by the Lake in a different latitude. Whatever they do here, whatever their reason for coming, the tracks they make should be their own!
One Bath plus an Outdoor shower( summer use )and wrap-around decks to enjoy the abundance of wildlife attracted to the Lake Michigan shoreline and the surrounding woods. View the deer, birds, fox and the famous 'Black Squirrels of South Haven.' Outdoor firepit located in the shadow of the frontal dune for privacy and seclusion.
This is a year round house available all year. It is an experience that few people have the opportunity to enjoy. Located in the 'Critical Dunes' section of the shoreline of Lake Michigan protected from developers. Home is just as spectacular in the winter as in the summer.Don't just rent a summer cottage-this is a pristine area to be preserved for generations to come.
A wonderful opportunity for someone seeking to experience childhood memories of the shores of Lake MI and the thrill of the ever changing wonder of the dunes. Not your 'typical' rental cottage. Learn what 'true' beach living is all about you are part of it!! Forget having to 'share' the beach, go hiking or skiing over magnificent ever-changing dunes with Lake Michigan and crystal-clear skies as your backdrop.
The 'Sandbox' will enable you to enjoy an area that has been saved for future generations. Sit on your deck in the privacy of your own dune and watch the children play in your front yard. No worry about automobile traffic at the Sandbox, road deadends at the dune where it is located. The dune is active and is always recreating a new dunescape. Your neighbors are the shifting, whispering sands!
Ideal for that romantic weekend get-away or a place to forget about the stresses of everyday life. Your closest neighbor is a magnificent dune!
Access to beach thru private wooded trails or hike thru dune area.
. NO STAIR ACCESS! Private community and private access for those living in and around the
'These dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Az-once lost, the loss will be irrevocable' Carl Sandburg
Borders the proposed West Michigan Water Trail- bring your non-motorized water craft and head North to Ludington or South to New Buffalo along the beautiful shoreline. Pilgrim haven Recreational Area North along the beach soon to become an incredible outdoor space highlighting this scenic area.
Sorry, NO PETS & NO SMOKING ALLOWED.
A secondary rental agreement may be required upon taking residency. This will cover incidentals, condition of home,etc.
Homeowner reserves the right to perform yard work, or check on property while rented,
Homeaway Booking on line 888-640-7927
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Homeaway Booking on line 888-640-7927
Retired real estate professional and carpenter contractor from the Western Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Grew up boating on Lake Michigan and visiting harbor towns in Il, Mi, In, Wis and Cn.
Homeaway Booking on line 888-640-7927 purchased this Cottage in 2004
Why Homeaway Booking on line 888-640-7927 chose South Haven Charter Township
Incredible frontal dune location. No neighbors to invade your space. South Haven is quaint you can do as much as you want or as little as you want truly the 'Nantucket of the Midwest'.Home is notba remodel. Was torn down and new home built keeping existing footprint per Critical Dune Regulations.
What makes this Cottage unique
Hike thur the dunes, North Point Conservation area(see website) Van Buren State Park ,bike on the nearby Kal Haven Bike Trail, Deerlick Park and beautiful new nature area Pilgrim Haven. The home is surrounded by the natural dunes. Private no traffic road with only 3 other homes sharing the roadway. The road deadends at the Sandbox and the dune situated in front of the home. Home featured in Coastal Living Magazine 2005 upon completion of the residence and is still listed as one of the preferred vacation properties.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great stay right at the beach
We recently stayed at the Dunes Cottage and it was perfect for us and our two kids. They enjoyed the 100 foot or so dune right behind the house and the seclusion. The dune is tough to walk up, but there is a path to a smaller hill that goes tot he same very private beach. We spent hours at the beach in the water and hunting for Petoskey stones. The house is perfect for a small family and well appointed. Thanks!
Awesome Girls Getaway
This gem nestled along the dune was perfect for our girls weekend. Close to wineries and downtown South Haven but private enough that you could feel secluded and away from it all. Awesome deck for lounging and dinners in. Owner was very nice and helpful with suggestions for the area. Property was clean and well maintained. We didn't mind the walk over the dunes to get to the lake but someone with small children (or a lot of stuff to carry!) may want to plan on driving to on of the nearby public beaches. Overall I'd definitely recommend this rental and will consider it for another stay in the future.
Thank U for being a guest at the Sandbox. Not your typical summer cottage rental. Is an experience of what living in the dunes along beautiful Lake Mi is like.. Hope to see U in the future.
Great house, very clean, awesome location, will be going again next year!
Wonderful time, beach was empty, super quick to walk to, last day of the South Haven Blueberry festival was only busy day, but the beach is large enough to find a spot, want to thank Maureen for a great time and stay. We will be staying again next year!
A great place for a get away!
Peaceful and calming. While not able to climb the dune (blew knee out a week before our stay) we visited the local beaches. House well supplied. The deck was used morning, noon and night. Will return!
Sorry to hear about your knee. Our beach definitely a challenge for you. We do have other not well known beaches nearby. Away from the City sea of umbrellas- the sand is where again? Our beaches are South Havens' best kept secrets. Thank you for being a guest at the Sandbox
The Sandbox is the perfect place to stay!
This is the second time my family has stayed there and we love it! The owners are nice to work with, the house is beautiful . Tthe deck is the perfect place to drink a cup of coffee in the morning.
My favorite thing to do there was to climb the dune in the evening and watch the sunset. I'm pretty sure it is the best place to do that on Lake Michigan.
We will be returning!
Thank you for your kind words. Always a pleasure to have you and your family return,. Thank you for leaving the home in such great condition as usual. Hope to see U next year!
Great for our young family
We had a fantastic time staying here. We have a 3 and 1 year old so having the dune right in the back yard was great for them to just play in the sand. Location was great. Minutes from south haven and a short drive to st joe. The house had everything we needed and was very clean and well kept. The hike to the beach from the house was a little much with our little kids but we did make it once. The private beaches were just a minute car ride away and we utilized those along with the beaches in south haven and st joe. Bring water shoes as the private beaches are nice but are a mixture of rock and sand. Highly recommend this place to those looking for a nice place to base a vacation out of.
Thank you for being a guest at the Sandbox. It is not your typical rental cottage and a way to experience life in the dunes here in Michigan. It is considered a critical dune area by the State of MI and efforts are being made to preserve for future generations.
Hope you come back to visit if your vacation plans bring you back to South Haven.
Borders West Michigan proposed Water Trail for non motorized crafts & Pilgrim Haven Recreational site currently under development
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Pets are not permitted. Housekeeping fee is charged at $135.00 do not supply beach or bathing towels is a washer/ dryer for your use. If cancelled $75.00 cancellation fee charged for any and all cancellations. Cancellations made within 60 days of arrival date, a forfeiture of the full advance payment will occur.If owner is able to rebook the property for all or part of the period, a refund will be issued minus the $75.00 cancellation fee