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Soeding's Sandcastle on Beautiful Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (max. 8)

In 4 1/4 hours from Detroit you can enjoy this tranquil beach home on top of a dune overlooking Lake Michigan, watching the sea gulls, the swans, the gold finches and hummingbirds, also deer and even bald eagles and in the evening - breathtaking sunsets.

Because the house is located on Lower Shore Drive there is not much through traffic, it is ideal for biking and walking.

It is a true paradise.

Keywords: Beach Home

Otto or Erika Soeding
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2018

About Otto or Erika Soeding

In 1967 we moved to the USA from Germany and in 1994 we made a dream come true and purchased our beach home on Lake Michigan. We enjoy spending time there and appreciate nature with woods, water, wildlife and tranquility, sitting on one of multiple decks.

Otto or Erika Soeding purchased this house in 1994

Why Otto or Erika Soeding chose Harbor Springs

The setting is unique, with 140' on Lake Michigan, the house sits on a dune, overlooking the beach and the water.

What makes this house unique

The serenity with beautiful surroundings make it possible to relax and enjoy nature and fresh air in the privacy of this setting.


Harbor Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Shower and jetted tub in main bathroom, shower in upstairs bathroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (2) 2 King size beds, Sealy Posture Pedic, Twin or Single Beds (4) 2 bedrooms with 2 Twin size beds each
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
enjoy beautiful sunsets, walk for hours on the beach along Lake Michigan, ideal for walking, jogging or biking on Lower Shore Drive,


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Soeding's Sandcastle on Beautiful Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time. House was centrally located to all the places we wanted to go. Superb views, walks on the beach and sunsets. Lots of stairs were a challenge for my husband that uses a cane, but not limiting. Soeding's are very responsive and pleasant. Beautiful!!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We appreciate it. Have a great summer!
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Harbor Springs is Home Away From Home

  • 4 of 5

Our family has vacationed in Michigan for the past nine years with the last five years being in the Harbor Springs, Good Hart area. We absolutely love this little piece of Paradise! This year four generations of our family, six adults and one toddler, stayed at the Soeding's Sandcastle in August. The Sandcastle is located on a prized piece of property, that is for sure! The water here is amazingly beautiful, clear and turquoise blue. The beach at this particular cabin is quite rocky, but we could still play in the sand with our one year old granddaughter and walk the beach just about as far as you want to in either direction. We rented kayaks for the adventurers in the group to explore the shoreline from The Outfitters in Harbor Springs, whom we highly recommend. They offer a really convenient service with drop off and pickup right at your rental property. The views from the Sandcastle are absolutely stunning in any direction. There is a lot of steps in the interior and exterior of the home. There is two parking areas which are very nice with plenty of room. We cooked most of our meals during our stay with the exception of a visit to Turkey's Pizza (yum) and Douglas Steak House (Always a Hit!). The kitchen is tiny, but very well stocked. It has just about anything you would need to cook a meal. The beds were comfortable and there is adequate seating inside and outside. The house wasn't as clean as I would prefer. Most days there is a nice breeze off of the Lake with the exception of a few hot humid days. This house has a nice fan for visitors to use; however, you may want to take an extra fan for those hot humid nights. The homeowner requests recycling to be dropped off at IGA in Harbor Springs. It can be inconvenient making special trips to IGA to recycle and the recycling adds up especially when you cook every meal and have several guests staying with you. We did the best we could making several times during our stay. This isn't an unusual request during your stay in this area, which I commend them for, but usually the homeowner has recycling bins available at the home for the convenience of the visitor and they normally dispose of the plastics, etc. themselves. We enjoyed our stay in Harbor Springs very much! Thank you Otto and Erika for sharing your Castle with our family. We wish you the very best with your future endeavors.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Great place. Needs a little outside maintenance

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A perfect beach house, which we've now enjoyed several years running. We got lucky with the weather this year, too -- nothing but beach days and beautiful sunsets, with a perfect deck to enjoy them. Can't do better for an up north vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your nice review, which is much appreciated. It was great to have you stay at our cottage for the third time, Erika and Otto
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A Perfect Getaway at the beach!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our girls week at Soedings. This is the best appointed rental we’ve ever stayed at. The owners have thoughtfully provided all you need to enjoy the beautiful setting and rocky beach. Comfortable beds, a nice large seating area in the living/dining room and a lovely large deck overlooking the beach. Nicely maintained steps to the beach where there are beach chairs and toys provided for your use. Close to Harbor Springs and Petoskey.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear ladies, Thank you so very much for the wonderful review. We appreciate it. It was a pleasure working with you and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay, Otto and Erika.
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Great Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay tremendously. Very comfortable and clean house with a wonderful view. Loved the beach walks(rock shoes are helpful for swimming unless you walk 5-10 minutes north up the shoreline). Enjoyed biking and running on the quiet local road. Great whitefish meals at Teddy's Roadhouse and Legg's Inn(Cross Village).Definitely want to come back as soon as possible!

Dan & Kathleen, Ohio

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kathleen and Dan, Thank you very much for your Wonderful review, we certainly appreciate it. The autumn is also a beautiful season to be in Harbor Springs with all the changing colors. Thank you again and enjoy the summer, Erika and Otto.
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Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
downtown Harbor Springs
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
downtown Harbor Springs
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

end cleaning $250

There is a $300.00 refundable security deposit. Payment is due at time of commitment.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.