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Gowdy Shores Beach House - Private Beach!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

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

More Details

Owner
Chris
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 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.



Thanks!
Jul 2015
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Amenities

Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 beach chairs
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Beach Chairs & umbrella, Fire Pit, screened in porch

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Gowdy Shores Beach House - Private Beach!
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
5

Excellent Long Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two kids and my husband's sister, her husband and three kids enjoyed a wonderful time at the Four Seasons Bungalow. (Kids all under the age of 5) The home was perfectly stocked! The kitchen was excellent. We even made pies while we were there. The beach is the perfect distance with kids. Chris was very helpful. He called to check-in on us. Would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We loved everything about the house!

  • 5 of 5

We found this to be perfect for our needs. We loved the screened in porch, the beds were great, and the kitchen was fun to cook in! The space was excellent for 8 adults and 3 kids.We will definitely come back for the next time all our family is together.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our large family (8 adults & 1 teenager) loved our experience at the Four Seasons Bungalow. Chris was a great host and was very communicative with us. The house itself has lots of room and is really open which was great for our family to mingle. We loved the long dining room table which allowed all of us to eat together (it easily could fit a dozen people on it) and play games without huddling around a small table. The three seasons room was constantly being used by someone and allowed members to get away from the large group from time to time. The private beach access really did steal the show though. We used it almost every day we were there. Before 11 and after 6, you're able to bring your dogs (if you have them) to play fetch and run on the beach. Our furry friends thoroughly loved their vacation too. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who's looking to have a nice family vacation in lakeside Michigan.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome

  • 5 of 5

Great place!!! It was perfect for our family vacation. We would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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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5

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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Map

Nearest Beach
Gowdy Shores Beach - Semi private!
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

Union Pier Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Late Summer Season
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
From
$475
Thu,Fri,Sat
$2,475
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$2,975
 

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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