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'It's a Dog's Life" - Unleash Your Fun Here!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to Harbor Country and my woodsy cottage set on a 2 acre lot; just a short drive, walk or bike to several pristine beaches. Bike through wine country, enjoy local restaurants and stroll through the best of Michigan antiquing.

The cottage is in top condition, all one level, with a doggy door accessible through the screened-in porch leading to 3/4 acre picket fenced yard.

This cozy, colorful house is fully equipped with quality linens and kitchen accessories.

Enjoy rocking on the front porch or gather on the rear deck for a bbq, croquet and marshmallow roast over the fire pit.

Lots to do in the area...or just 'be'.

Join my Facebook Page to view many more pictures of cottage and become a 'Fan': Itsa Dogslife

Keywords: Cottage, wooded,dog friendly, lake michigan

More Details

Owner
Pam Lynch
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About Pam Lynch

I live in downtown Chicago and I love the energy and everything the city has to offer; however, I live for the moment I can escape to Harbor Country in Southwest Michigan. Within an hour and a half I'm here...all the stress of everyday life melts away and I feel on 'vacation' even when I'm here less than 24 hours. I also experience great joy in sharing my home with family and friends. And now that I'm renting my home, I feel the same happiness as my guests report in and recount how much they enjoyed the home, the nearby beaches and the country setting. I feel very lucky to be the owner of 'It's a Dog's Life Getaway'.

Pam Lynch purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Pam Lynch chose Southwest

I purchased this home because of it's easy access from the highway, yet you feel completely removed and isolated. I also wanted a home that was set back from the road, had a large yard for my dogs, offering them freedom in a secure environment. I love the open floor plan with high ceilings, yet feels cozy and warm. I also always wanted to 'rock' on a front porch and have a screened in porch...I never tire of relaxing in these areas with a magazine, cup of coffee and dogs under foot.

What makes this cottage unique

Although I seek the feeling of being 'remote' while here, I love that within minutes you can be at the beach, satisfy a 'purchase' urge at one of the many boutique style shops, and find a good meal at a small restaurant for breakfast. lunch and dinner. I don't feel the area is 'touristy' or commercial, even though most people here are enjoying a vacation. A recent surprise was how fun the wineries are to visit...especially on bikes. The area is enjoyable each season and by no means is just 'a summer home'.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Pam,

I'm a big fan of a local (with broader following) dog blog - two pitties in the city - they do a feature on being a tourist with your dog, and I submitted our July getaway. The feature ran today:



http://pittiesincity.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-be-tourist-with-your-dog-series_19.html
Jul 2011
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Amenities

Harbert Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1) The third bedroom has a day bed that pulls out to a queen size., Twin or Single Beds (1) There are two twins in the 2nd bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 1 single blow up mattress available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Dogy door through screened in porch. A large portion of the backyard is fully enclosed with a picket fence so dogs are secured on property.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

'It's a Dog's Life" - Unleash Your Fun Here!
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
5

Long Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long weekend at It's a Dog's Life. The cottage was adorable with a large fenced backyard for our 2 dogs. Unfortunately the weather was rainy so we didn't get to use the fire pit or the patio. However, we did spend some evenings on the screened porch. The cottage is well equipped and has an authentic lake cottage feel. One room has pictures of all of the dogs that have stayed at the cottage. We were able to visit several wineries on the Wine Trail, Four Winds Casino, Silver Beach and lots of restaurants.

Pam was great to work with. When she returned our deposit it came with a postcard picture of the cottage and a picture of our dogs with the dates of our stay. We will definitely visit again hopefully when it is a little warmer.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful kid and pet friendly home with all the special touches

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to It's a Dog's Life and this visit was even better than our first. This home has all the little things that you don't think to bring on vacation already there so no worries about forgetting something. Loved sitting around the fire pit with our three little kiddos roasting marshmallows after grilling out hamburgers for dinner. Our pup loved roaming the fenced in backyard, sniffing everything in site and coming in and out his own doggy door. Warren state park is only 7 minutes away and the little village of Three Oaks is fun to explore. We spent hours playing family games (already provided at the house) when the rain hit on our third day. The beds were comfy and everything was spotless. Wireless internet and Netflix were also a blessing during the long, rainy hours. The kids loved the deck, the backyard, the twin day bed that transforms into a king, soaking in the jetted tub and the huge porch that we could sit on and watch the rain. My husband and I loved the openness of the house and that we could hear the kids and the dog no matter where they were. Thanks, Pam, for another great visit! Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A Restful Stay at a Charming Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we've been to It's a Dog's Life cottage and we'll be back. Pam's home is perfect for a weekend or week long stay. It is quiet, peaceful and has everything you need for an enjoyable time away from the hustle and bustle. We love the screened porch and had breakfast here each day. Outside there is a fit pit and lots of seating. The beaches are close, though driving distance and we frequented them twice a day even in March. The beds are comfortable and the linens even more so. Our favorite place to eat on the way is Buffalo Bill's Wood Fire BBQ. We also like Red Arrow Roadhouse. Stay with Pam....you can't go wrong!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Palos Park, IL
5

Spring Break 2017

  • 5 of 5

We spend our 2017 at "It's a Dog's Life" and it was perfect. Pam couldn't have been flexible with this trip. Our family enjoyed it completely. The house was so cute and we loved that the theme was throughout the whole place. Our family dog Tucker felt right at home and it was nice to be able to travel with him so my daughter could relax knowing he was with us. The weather was very rainy so we just switch to making a fire in the fireplace instead of sitting on the screen porch or relaxing by the fire pit. The location was perfect also. Right in the heart of "Wine County" and close to some Breweries . All in all I would highly recommend this rental for families, girls weekends, people traveling with pets. Don't miss breakfast at Luisa's on Red Arrow Highway it was amazing!! Thanks again Pam.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mishawaka, IN
5

Terrific family get away and very pet friendly!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time at "It's a Dog's Life". The cottage was very clean, cozy, and cute. The kitchen is well-stocked with all the things needed to cook for a family. It's very pet friendly, and our dogs had a great time there and at Weko beach. I highly recommend this rental!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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5

Wonderful For Dogs and Humans!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, our dog, and I just took our third trip to It's a Dog's Life.

I cannot recommend this gem highly enough.

Just a quick trip from Chicago, Pam's lovely cabin seems a world away.

The huge yard is beautifully landscaped and can be enjoyed from a rocking chair on the covered front porch, a cozy seat on the screened-in porch, or from the large back deck.

My husband and I enjoyed fires in the outdoor fire pit at night (the stars are amazing!), and our dog Tommy enjoyed chasing balls in the huge back yard.

There's also a fireplace inside for chillier nights.

The cabin itself is scrupulously clean. The kitchen is well stocked, the couch is perfect for lounging, and the beds are super comfortable.

Cherry Beach is a quick drive away, as are many local restaurants and wineries.

I'm so grateful we discovered It's a Dog's Life and look forward to many future visits!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Harbert Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring
May 1 2017 - Jun 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
 
Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
6 night minimum stay
$295
 
 
4th of July Holiday
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 6 2017
6 night minimum stay
$2,100
Flat fee
 
 
Fall
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
From
$245
Fri,Sat
 
 
Winter
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$165
From
$190
Fri,Sat
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
$800
Flat fee
 

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping Fee $100
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposi $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE BRINGING MORE THAN 1 DOG PLEASE DO NOT SELECT "MAKE ONLINE RESERVATION" BECAUSE QUOTE WILL BE INCORRECT AND AN INCORRECT HOLD WILL BE PLACED ON YOUR CREDIT CARD. VRBO QUOTE DEFAULTS TO 1 DOG ONLY; NOT MULTIPLE DOGS. PLEASE REQUEST QUOTE AND I WILL RESPOND PROMPTLY SO THERE IS NOT AN ERROR ON CREDIT CARD HOLD.

Holiday rates may apply during certain seasons and may require a 3-4 night minimum; as these dates change from year to year, they are not always noted on above pricing. Pet fee is $50 per dog. A $200 returnable damage fee is collected. If there is no damage, it is returned within two weeks of departure.

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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