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Gowdy Shores Beach House - Private Beach!

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

The private Gowdy Shores beach is just 5 houses away from this Union Pier home. With a large screened in porch featuring generations old wicker furniture seating - including a chaise lounge perfect for reading a book and a long couch, great for afternoon naps! There is also a small table, great for small meals or serves perfectly as an outside office.

Step into the great room you are greeted by a recently refurbished home, features include an open post and beam floor plan, including a great room with vaulted ceilings, fireplace and gourmet kitchen. The kitchen was renovated in 2012 and now includes a Viking cooktop with griddle, double oven, microwave, Cuisinart, stand up mixer and many kitchen utensils. The large kitchen island features a bi-level granite counter top and seating for four, stainless steel dishwasher, double basin stainless steel sink with a restaurant style sprayer faucet. In the dining area you will enjoy meals on the 12 foot long custom made cherry table. The living room has a fireplace, complete with granite surround, gas starter, ample wood storage. Enjoy a fire and great conversation in the oversized Restoration Hardware leather couch with matching ottomans. The room also has a 42' Samsung Smart TV complete with a Netflix subscription for your use. The house sound system has an axillary cable to allow you to plug in your music via your player.

Beyond the great room there are 4 bedrooms (three queen beds and a twin trundle bed), including a second floor sleeping loft with skylights. There are two bathrooms - one with a bathtub and the other with a walk-in shower.

Keywords: Cottage

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2017

Why Chris chose Southwest

We love the location, only 75 minutes from downtown Chicago, yet a world away from all that noise and hustle. The area has chosen to keep the immediate area less developed so we still have gravel roads. A 4-minute walk down a wooded path leads you to a semi- private beach where you can soak up the sun or enjoy a glass of wine at sunset. Another favorite is sitting on the screened in porch talking and laughing the night away. The architecture of this home is unique amongst all area homes. Its great to see a first timer enter the great room. Their 1st word is usually "Wow!"

What makes this cottage unique

A couple things you'll LOVE about the cottage are:

The screened in front porch. You can easily seat 8 people. It's cozy day or night and we provide a soft-sided cooler on the porch so you won't have to go too far for your next beverage. At night the porch is lit with dimmable white Italian (christmas style) lights so it never too bright or too dark!

Inside the architecture is one of a kind with true open bean construction. The beams are actually reclaimed wood from a Sears and Roebuck warehouse that was torn down decades ago. The 4'x6' skylight above the hallway and loft assures the interior never feels dark during the day and allows you to stargaze indoors at night.

The kitchen is what makes the great room. Featuring a dark granite countertop and a "funky" corrugated metal front wall you and your guests will find yourselves gathering at the island constantly. The double basin stainless steel sink, restaurant kitchen style faucet along with a Viking 4 burner cooktop and griddle plus all the kitchen tools and gadgets you'd ever need make the kitchen a great place to have cheese, crackers and glass or wine or cook a full gourmet meal.

The decor. From the kitchen island, the 14' natural edge cherry wood dining table, custom made fireplace, open beams and metal turnbuckles, unique artwork, natural stone bathroom floors, bedroom drapes and pillows made from antique dish towels, Huge leather sofa and antique tables and cabinets all come together perfectly to make an eclectic yet, warm & homey, environment.

Plus the semi-private beach is only a 4-minute walk down a gravel road and wooded path. Perfect!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Ann

Just wanted to let you know that we had a great time at your house for the week. I'll contact you about next year in Jan.

Jul 2015
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Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 beach chairs
  • botanical garden
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Beach Chairs & umbrella, Fire Pit, screened in porch


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Gowdy Shores Beach House - Private Beach!
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Perfect Cozy Fall Getaway

  • 5 of 5

After renting Four Seasons several times in the summer, we came back in the fall for a weekend with friends. We took a walk on the beach, and when the weather turned rainy and windy, retreated to the sofa for cards. cocktails, magazines and board games in front of the fireplace. It was a perfect fall getaway!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Vacation in Wonderful House

  • 5 of 5

Our family (Grandparents, Parents and 3 small children) stayed in the Gowdy Shores Beach House over Labor Day weekend. It is ideal for all ages with plenty of room to spread out. The screened porch was a great added feature. There were games and videos for the children. The kitchen was well equipped and part of the great room so the whole family could be together. The private beach was a short and easy walk away. Chris was very responsive to our needs - he called the first day to make sure everything was OK.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Beach House in Gowdy Shores

  • 5 of 5

This charming beach house is ideally located within walking distance to a private beach. The home has everything that you need for your stay with a fully stocked kitchen, W/D, updated kitchen and bathrooms. Reading a book on the screened in porch was absolutely delightful. I look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy, Thank you and I'm glad you had such a nice time. Reading on the porch is my 2nd favorite thing to do. ( having wine with friends is #1) . Hope to see you and your family again next year. Chris
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Great beach house in Harbor Country

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and location. Close to the beach and the cabin had a great feel. The beams from the Sears store in Chicago were very cool.

The house had everything we needed and fit our group of 7 very well. We spent a lot of time on screened porch. Clean, well maintained and Chris was great.

We will return next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jim and family thanks for your kind and positive comments. And for anyone reading tjis and wondering what Jim meant by the beams form the Sears store. The cottage is made of reclaimed floor beams from an old Sears and Roebuck warehouse from the south side of Chicago. Again Jim, thanks for the comments and I look forward to seeing you and your family next year! Chris
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Our favorite cottage in Union Pier!

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth time staying at The Four Season Bungalow and again it exceed our expectations. Chris is such a lovely host who truly cares about your comfort and enjoyment of his home and the surrounding areas. I probably emailed him 5-6 times prior to our arrival with silly little questions and he was very quick and gracious in getting back to me. Once we arrived, we were very pleased to see how well maintained the house is...and we were thrilled with all of the upgrades including a new island and beautifully expanded screened in porch.

We lazed our days away on the beach, napping on the screened in porch, visiting the local micro-distillery The Journeyman and hitting our fave spots including: Red Arrow Roadhouse and The Whistlestop. Our children played in the sand and we enjoyed stunning sunsets.

Pure Michigan indeed.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Paige, Thanks for your comments and compliments on the cottage. Glad you had such a great time again this year. Also glad you liked the new kitchen island and expanded porch. Hope to see you all again next year ! Chris
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Amazing Getaway Home

  • 5 of 5

Our Family of 7 plus Grandpa and family dog, had such an amazing time !! Being able to bring our dog was a huge plus as it gave us priceless time with her( as she didn't make it too long after the trip). There was plenty of room to fit us all comfortably and everything we could want or need to make us feel at home. The decor was so fun and inviting. The kitchen was incredible to cook in with the whole family. Having the screened in porch was perfect for anyone needing to relax or have a quiet moment. The beach was very close and allowed time to chit chat with each other walking to & from. As soon as we pulled away, we were thinking of when we could go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Beach
Gowdy Shores Beach - Semi private!
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Union Pier Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer Season
May 1 2017 - Jun 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer Season
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50

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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