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Lake Michigan Year-Round Home Sleeps 24 Near Warren Dunes Park, Sawyer,Michigan

Bedrooms 7
Space 5,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful home just steps from Lake Michigan, 7 Bedrooms,5 Bathrooms,2 kitchens

Get away from it all and enjoy top notch quality living with your family and friends. Five full bathrooms, central air conditioning, plenty of parking, high speed free internet, flat screen TV's with cable TV, beautiful linens and towels, toys for the kids, and 2 kitchens with everything you need for quantity cooking. Now taking reservations for full weeks in Summer 2019! Make memories in our backyard while enjoying the firepit edged with tall pines. Under a starlit sky, be a part of Pure Michigan. Enjoy the seasons of Lake Michigan year-round at our home in Sawyer, Michigan - 20 minutes north of the Indiana state border. Just minutes from downtown Chicago is our large vacation home named Dunehaven. This four season retreat nestles amidst towering pines just steps from the world's largest freshwater sand dunes located in Warren Dunes State Park, Sawyer, Michigan. The lovely white sands and family friendly waters of Lake Michigan are a short walk from our vacation home. Gather your family together to experience the best that Pure Michigan has to offer with fun activities nearby, quaint towns, and a lovely home for a night time retreat.

Walk out the backyard right into the park and an adventure awaits! Cross country ski amidst moonlit skies, hike along a forest path, or enjoy the many shops, wineries, breweries and restaurants around and along Red Arrow Highway. Gather around the outdoor fire pit after an exhilarating hike through the woods.

At night, enjoy a movie on one of our four large TV screens with DVD players or watch a sporting event on cable TV. Free internet/wifi keep you connected to the outside world. in the surrounding area known as Harbor Country in southwest Michigan, enjoy shopping at boutiques, unique home furnishings stores, art galleries and antique shops along Red Arrow Highway.

This spacious home, known as Dunehaven, with over 5,400 square feet will pamper you and your family with quality furnishings, large screened porch, beds to sleep 24, a stone fireplace, a gourmet kitchen,plus a kitchen in the lower level, and all the fun of Harbor Country along Lake Michigan just 20 minutes from the Indiana border.

Enjoy the white sand beaches, fruit stands, fishing, 7 nearby wineries and 3 microbreweries within a 20 minute drive, pick your own blueberry patch, amusement park, golfing, bicycle trails and the antiques and unique shopping along Red Arrow Highway.

At night, gather together on the large screened in porch and play cards and games while listening to the night sounds of an owl hooting in the trees or enjoy a campfire beneath the starlit skies far from the urban noise and hassles of life. Life is always good at Dunehaven.

Whether you're a group of friends looking for a getaway weekend, or a family wanting to rent a large home for a reunion, Dunehaven will exceed your expectations.

Located a little over an hour from Chicago, this new home offers the flair of the city and the flavor of the country.

Keywords: Large, new,sleeps,24, Lake, Michigan,Harbor Country, Warren Dunes, Sawyer, vacation, home, winter, fall, Wooded, beach, getaway,

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Joy Boruff
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2018

About Joy Boruff

We'd like to share our beautiful home with you. Talk to me directly to get quality customer service. I know our home with all of its amenities and the surrounding area. My husband and I love everything about Michigan and the special atmosphere that defines Harbor Country. We both grew up in the Midwest and enjoy this special part of the world with fresh water, beautiful beaches, and the peace and calm of a woodland getaway just steps from the beach. Just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Midwestern cities, our home known as Dunehaven has provided us with a relaxing getaway. This special home is a sanctuary for family fun partnered with quiet moments amidst the towering pines. The white clean beaches bordered by sparkling blue water, outstanding restaurants, antique stores, unique shopping, winery tours, and blueberry picking are just a few of the things we enjoy at Dunehaven. In the fall, we like to take hikes through the woods in our backyard amidst the colorful leaves. The sparkling snow of winter and the lure of a cozy night around the fireplace mark the days of winter. And spring means hundreds of wildflowers offering a carpet of color to our walk to the beach.

Ah, Pure Michigan....we know you will love it as much as we do.

Joy Boruff purchased this house in 2009

Why Joy Boruff chose Sawyer

Be careful of all of the listings that are supposed to be in "Sawyer, Michigan." We are genuinely Sawyer with a backyard that opens onto Warren Dunes State Park with over 1,200 acres of white, sandy beaches, spectacular dunes, and miles of woodland trails.

For years our family had vacationed in Harbor Country starting with tent camping in Warren Dunes State Park. We now can share our beautiful vacation home with other families and guests who enjoy the wooded land and beaches along Lake Michigan. All four seasons beckon you with a winter wonderland (we supply the sleds and toboggan!), walks in the woods to admire the fall splendor, exploring the spring with wildflowers, butterflies and golden sunsets, and celebrating summer with walks on the beach and building sand castles. At night, enjoy a marshmallow s'more around the fire pit in our backyard.

What makes this house unique

Enjoy the luxury of a newer, quality-built, top of the line home with all the comforts of home including four flat screen tv's with cable tv and DVD/BluRay players, seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, 2 gourmet kitchens, wood burning fireplace and jacuzzi tub. Yet, just steps away, the adventure of a walk in the woods beckons you to peacefully step through the canopy of the forest out our back yard. With a ten minute walk, you will see the magnificent Lake Michigan with its white, clean sandy beaches and inspiring sunsets. During the winter, snowshoe through the woods to the dunes to coast down the snow-topped peaks of frosty fun just a few feet away at the dunes. My favorite place is on the screened in porch listening to the waves, the birds and the peace and calm of the tall pines and wooded wonder. On a rainy or cool evening, we love to gather around the wood burning fireplace to tell stories, play games, or play charades. (Board games and charades games are in the house) Life is instantly calmer and more peaceful when you are spending time at Dunehaven. Explore the woods, hike the dunes or just enjoy nature at its best during the day. At night, gaze at the starlit sky amidst the glow of the moon. Our firepit is the perfect gathering place for your family and friends. We even supply the roasting sticks, firewood, benches and seating around the fire in our back yard bordering the state park. Young children enjoy the wonder of nature right outside their back yard. Inside, Dunehaven is a chlld's delight with a large playroom, secret closet, video games, toys, a play kitchen, board games, puzzles, bicycles, and even a large red wooden wagon to take our sand buckets, toys and shovels to the beautiful white sand beach. The nearby attractions of Bridgman, New Buffalo and St. Joseph are wonderful tourist communities to explore. In downtown St. Joe, visit the chocolate cafe, old fashioned five & dime store, fudge/ice cream shop, toy store, bookstore & pet shop.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dunehaven is a special place to gather with generations of family, offering so many extra amenities and space to spread out. Together with it's close location to the lake, completely stocked kitchen and various restaurants and shops, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The children loved playing in the basement and upstairs playroom. We spent much time on the screened porch as well. An a+ home!
Jun 2010
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Sawyer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Parking is limited to six cars in the driveway. No weddings, receptions, business or youth groups or special events are allowed on or in our property.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • First floor Master bath - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    First floor bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    First floor bath - toilet , shower
    Second floor bath - toilet , shower
    Lower level bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • First floor master is ensuite. Each of the five full bathrooms has its own hair dryer, hand soap, kleenex, shampoo, bath soap, conditioner and towels
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Lake Erie Room - 2 twin/ single , Named after the five Great Lakes. On the first floor
    Lake Ontario Room - 1 queen , Bedrooms are named after the five Great Lakes. First floor
    Lake Huron Room - 2 queen , 1 baby crib , On the second floor adjacent to playroom with bunk beds
    Lake Michigan Room - 2 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , On the second floor adjacent to playroom with bunk beds
    Uncle Jean's Room - 2 queen , In the lower level w/ large walk in closet
    Aunt Toots' Room - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed with pullout twin mattress in lower level
    The Sandbox - 1 bunk bed , On second floor in playroom with TV, sofa, toys & play area
    Lake Superior Room - 1 king , Named after the five Great Lakes.Master bedroom-1st floor
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (7), Twin or Single Beds (7), Baby Cribs (1) 2 sets of baby linens provided
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Experience our home in Sawyer, Michigan with the flavor of the country and the flair of the city.Walk from our backyard into Warren Dunes State Park with the world's largest freshwater sand dunes, 1900 acres of woods and trails, and 7 miles of white, sandy beaches. In the cooler months, enjoy hiking, biking,and exploring the many shops, restaurants, wineries and breweries within 20 minutes of Dunehaven. St. Joseph Michigan is 15 minutes north and offers a top ten family beach, interactive play water fountain, restored indoor carousel, children's museum, arts center, and quaint downtown with a chocolate cafe, fudge/ice cream shop, toy store, boutiques, and five and dime old fashioned variety store.


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Lake Michigan Year-Round Home Sleeps 24 Near Warren Dunes Park, Sawyer,Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Wonderful choice for a family gathering!

  • 5 of 5

We knew that this rental would have the bed space we would need to bring our far flung family together. But we were delighted at how spacious and lovely it really was. This is relatively new construction that is well built and well maintained. There were open areas that were so comfortable for gathering and visiting. The screened porch got a lot of use from first coffee in the morning into the night. We were lucky with weather and were able to have a bonfire almost every evening in the yard. Lots of wood was supplied. The bikes in the garage got used regularly. There was nothing that we wanted for. We did find the walk to the beach was too much for many family members, a combination of age and heat, but with purchase of a state park pass we used cars to shuttle people back and forth. If the opportunity arose we wouldn't hesitate to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that you and your family enjoyed staying at our home in Harbor Country, Michigan (actually Sawyer, Michigan!) Beach access is especially nice as Warren Dunes State Park with seven miles of white sand beachfront is right out our back door. The porch is one of our favorite spots too with seating for 12 people at tables plus the lounge area. We enjoy cards, board games, Yahtzee or just sitting still late at night listening to the waves of Lake Michigan in the distance, or the crickets in the trees. Everyone who stays at our home always comments on its cleanliness, and attention to detail with lots of kitchenware and plates/silverware for 26 people plus! Thank you for noticing the little touches that have made our house a home. It is such a pleasure to be able to share with families like yours that appreciate it like we do. Please return anytime to enjoy a getaway year-round at our vacation home, known as Dunehaven.
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The Perfect Getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has a winter getaway every year which includes 10 adults and 13 children ages 10 mo. to 16 yrs old. It can be challenging to find a home with enough bedrooms and space for our group but Dunehaven was perfect for our gathering. From the lovely gift basket in the foyer to the warm and welcoming rooms we immediately felt relaxed and comfortable in this home. The house was immaculate and beautifully decorated. Joy & Chet have thoughtfully labeled light switches throughout the house which was a great help when trying to familiarize ourselves when going from room to room, as well as the inside of the cabinets for easy access to what was within. The house has lots of well thought out floor space on all three floors which the kids really enjoyed exploring. The kitchen was the best equipped that we have every encountered in our 15 years of renting homes with more than enough dishes, glasses, mugs, silverware, pans, cooking utensils, etc. The seven bedrooms are all large with comfortable beds and sitting chairs in each bedroom. The little ones loved the playroom and had plenty of toys to play with. We all loved the comfortable furniture in the family room and living rooms. Overall we rate this lovely home as a 10++. Thank you Joy & Chet for sharing your home! Your thoughtfulness and concern for your guests is seen throughout your home. The best house we've stayed in so far!!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Iowa City, Iowa

Fabulous house for a reunion

  • 5 of 5

My husband's college friends gather every year for a reunion. There are five couples. We usually travel to Chicago. We decided to stay at Dunehaven this year and everyone raved about this house. It is truly a luxury resort, only in a home. With all the bedrooms, we all spread out. However, we all enjoyed our company together-- including cooking in a kitchen equiped for everything. We did go out for wine tasting and beer tasting-- all in close distance.

You can tell that Joy and Chet have incredible taste in decorating. The wives kept exclaiming about all the details which added to the charm of the house.

It was a wonderful weekend and we would higly recommend Dunehaven.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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College Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from 3 wonderful days at Dunnehaven that 10 of us rented for a college reunion. It was a perfect setting for what we were looking for. Getting 10 women of a certain senior age to be happy and content is not always an easy task , however I scored with this choice!! We arrived to a beautifully decorated house with a welcome basket from Joy and Chett. There was all anyone could want in this fabulous house. It was spotless and well cared for.We especially appreciated the labeling of light switches and cabinets which made living in a strange place so easy. We had terrific October weather and enjoyed the short drive to the beach which was a big hit with those from the west coast.Went over to the Sawyer Market where you can shop for almost anything from a purse to a basket of apples. Lovely dinner down in New Buffalo at Bentwood Tavern and trips through the many antique shops in the area.

The best part was the house and sunny porch to snack and reminisce for hours on end. Never even tried the many TV's cause there was too much to catch up on. I would highly recommend this house for a wonderful place to relax and be together. Perfect for families and the owner is very thughtful and understnding. I hope to return with my whole family of about 25, as I think we could all be together easily in this lovely setting. All in all a real winner!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate you as guests in our home and enjoy sharing the beautiful fall and many things to do in Harbor Country (southwest corner of Michigan). Spectacular sunsets along the beach, campfires around the firepit, walks among the leafy wonder, and apple picking, eating, and cooking are all hallmarks of a fall getaway at Dunehaven! Thank you for your kind words and we hope you are able to return again and stay even longer.
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Aurora, IL

Fantastic Home!

  • 5 of 5

We had 17 family members stay for a reunion weekend in Oct 2011. It was an ideal house for all of the people ranging from age 3 to 78 yrs old. It has such an inviting and cozy decor all of us wished we could move in forever. The house was very clean and organized and tastefully decorated. We were able to feel at home in the large lower level family room and play cards and relax on the spacious sun porch. To top it off we were able to roast marshmellows at the backyard fire pit. We highly reccommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is so wonderful to see families with all ages in all seasons enjoying our home nestled in the woods near the sand dunes and beach of Lake Michigan.
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Bolingbrook, IL/USA

Just Like Home!

  • 5 of 5

This home was the best! Better than we expected. My family from Michigan, Illinois and Indiana were really impressed with this home. It's very close in driving distance and is so beautifully decorated and cozy just like home. Our family of 18 just wanted to spend some time together to rest and to enjoy each others company. We had everything we needed and more at Dunehaven and we felt that the owners added personal touches in every room. We didn't do much on the outside, but found everything we needed to keep us busy on the inside. We have found the perfect home for our family and plan to return often. We recommend it to anyone who is looking for the perfect home away from home. And thanks Joy for the beautiful gift basket. It was a nice touch.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We enjoyed having you as our guests and look forward to your return to our home, known as Dunehaven, in Harbor Country, Michigan. It is always a special memory-maker when we make time to be together as family.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
South Bend, Indiana (SBN)
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Greenbush Brewing- unique craft beers, great food
Nearest Ferry
110 Miles
Ludington, Michigan
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Lost Dunes, Bridgman, Michigan
Nearest Train
15 Miles
New Buffalo, MI (south) or St. Joseph MI (north)
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 94 We're at Exit 12
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Mesa Luna, Sawyer, Michigan Excellent local food
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Swiss Valley, in Jones, Michigan
Nearest Beach
Warren Dunes State Park - 10 minute walk
Nearest Point of Interest
Concession stand/showers for Warren Dunes Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Hiking Trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Park/Beach Access
Nearest Point of Interest
Warren Dunes State Park Entrance
Nearest Point of Interest
Captain Mike's Go Karts
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Sawyer Garden Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Cafe Soe
Nearest Point of Interest
Falatics Meat Market
Car: recommended

Enjoy a getaway year-round in luxury living with Sawyer, Michigan just a four minute drive away. Shop on Red Arrow HIghway, explore 11 wineries and 5 micro-breweries within 30 minutes of our vacation home.

Do you ever dream of having your whole family in one place to enjoy cooking together, card games late at night on the big screened in porch, roasting marshmallows among the pines over a firepit, or kids playing kickball in a big grassy front yard? Our vacation home, known as Dunehaven, is still available for a few dates in Summer 2018 and is also available year-round. Beautiful, white sand beaches. No hills to climb. Level beach from parking area. Twelve wineries within a 40 minute drive, adventure hikes through the woods, art galleries, golf, biking, art galleries, antiques, shopping, fine dining, and big sand dunes to climb, marked nature trails, and Harbor Country small towns full of charm, shopping, and great restaurants. There is always something to see and do in this wonderful area of southwest Michigan. Warren Dunes State Park is Michigan's most popular park with seven miles of white sand beaches and clear water. Pure Michigan indeed!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $250

Book now for Summer 2018! One week minimum rental from Memorial Day to Labor Day (summer rentals). Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Credit cards and personal checks are accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.