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Lakefront House- Secluded, Hotub, Firplcs- Award Winning-90 min frm Chicago!

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Private Wooded Lakefront SFH- Celebrate! Unique- Fireplaces, Hotub, WIFI-Explore

- - Featured in New York Times' Escape Section - -

Secluded Year Round LakeFront Retreat located outside of Union Pier in in the Heart of the Southwest Michigan's Wine Country. Newly Remodeled in 2017! Connect, Indulge & Celebrate! Explore limited special offers- inquire within with occupancy and occasion.

SECLUDED & PRIVATE LAKEFRONT Retreat. Award winning and Located 90 minutes from Chicago in the Heart of the Wine Country in SouthWest Michigan. ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES!

• 2000 Square Feet

* LAKEFRONT with 200 feet of private lakefront footage

• New 25K Hot Tub- open year round and professionally serviced 3x week

• Gorgeous Lake Views Throughout- with two wood burning fireplaces

• Entry Level Den with Wood Fireplace and 40'' Flat-screen TV with 900 HD Chanels - Also, Wood Loft Fireplace near Master bedroom

• 2 full bedrooms, plus Loft, togetther 1 small exercise room and 2 full baths

• Private Floating Dock plus stationary pier off shoreline

• Boats

• Private Pier

• FREE HI Speed WIFI

• Easy Access to Apple Century BikePath

** Fully equipped kitchen with new appliances

• Conceirage servces ( extra charge)

• Wrap around decks both at house and separate around Hot Tub Floating Dock

• Private and Quiet With your own private lakefront, beautiful spacious interior and breathtaking 180º views. Inquire about "Couples Specials" together with nurses and teachers discount.

It is the perfect place for your next getaway! Inquire about "Couples Specials"

Sanctuiare is a Secluded Year-Round luxury Lakefront Get-Away with incredibly pristine natural surroundings, large wrap around decks, 47 inch plasma TV, Bose surround sound, BBQ and deluxe lakefront near Union Pier. Spectacular 25k Hot tub..... with crib and highchairs...

The location of this house in the valley on top of a small knoll overlooking a lake, will take your breath away. The home sits on a full acre providing lots of privacy and quiet. Sit back, relax and enjoy the lake views from the expansive living room windows or on a lounge on the sunny deck. Sanctuaire encompasses the home inviting you to enjoy hiking, biking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing right out the front door. The yard is large (not fenced), landscaped with native plants and in the heart of wine country.

Inside this home all the walls are cedar and there is a striking stone fireplace making the ambiance warm and cozy. The kitchen is open to the living and dining area and is fully equipped for any family meal.

Architecturally exciting and beautifully furnished the ultimate in privacy and luxury. 'Sanctuaire” offers a spectacular retreat with 2 BR, 2 BA, a *loft, with a 3rd small bedroom that contains a small gym/exercise room.

The loft is a partial second floor, reached by the staircase, with a wood-burning fireplace, all leading to an incredible view of the lake. This area provides a comfortable viewing area of the lake as well as the third sleeping space with two twin beds. The kitchen has with every convenience. The house is replete with cedar wood paneling, hardwood floors, oriental rugs, and original art.

One Queen floor futon and Queen roll out bed in the loft allow sleeping for an additional two people, so the house can sleep 8 at capacity ( with extra charges). Also- the house comes with two high chairs and a crib!

'Sanctuaire' with approx. 2000 square feet of living space provides for an open and airy retreat, three skylights, and a panoramic view through walls of glass, all giving a tree house ambiance. This exceptional home also features wool carpeting, a beautiful stone fireplace in the living room, and a variety of first class amenities. Be surrounded by fine bed linens.

The master bedroom, with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the lake, has a King-sized bed with Sterling and Foster mattress, and a magnificent master bath with tub. There is a separate guest room with a queen bed and its own bathroom.

A secret path from the house to the lake leads to your use of own pier (and the use of your own 2 boats) and the lake frontage.

On more than a forested acre surrounded on two sides by the bohemian groves, with extensive decks, and landscaping designed for year-round beauty. This unique retreat features a spectacular hot tub/spa for 8 that overlooks the lake. This hot tub is state-of-the-art with fiber optic lights surrounding the entire spa that light up the steam and the water in a variety of different colors for your complete relaxation and enjoyment.

The lake, when frozen, can be wonderful for snow shoeing and/or skating.

Canoe and rowboat are available, free of charge. FREE WIFI, LONG/Local Calls, and Laundry are FREE (includes laundry soap) for all our guests. This beautiful home is secluded, yet only minutes drive to the local wineries, Lake Michigan, Union Pier, St. Joseph, Warren Dunes, Grand Mere State Park, Public Golf courses and bicycle and hiking trails and 45 minutes to Saugatuck! The decks have an abundance of outdoor furniture, an outdoor fireplace, and lots of sunshine.

'Sanctuaire' is spectacular in its variety of landscapes and recreational opportunities. Enjoy the breathtaking lakefront views with your own private sanctuary away from the traffic, stress, noise, safety problems, and the noisy tourists..

We invite you to visit and share in the historic magic. Be captivated by the warmth of 'Sanctuaire'!

More Details

Owner
Mona Dajani- Owner
Member since: 2002
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About Mona Dajani- Owner

Hello and thank you for looking at our property! Over the years we have used this house for our family and extended family so it feels like our HOME away Home. We give you, our guests, the personal touch from the moment you make your reservation. Renting our vacation home has been a fantastic experience—largely because of all the interesting guests we’ve hosted! How else would we have met famous authors, sommeliers, not to mention the dozens of other families and friends who have made 'Sanctuaire' their home away from home for many years? We bought the property many years ago as a 'retreat' from the grind of being big-law lawyer in Chicago. We extensively renovated the house to feel like our family home in Aspen, Colorado- yet closer to Chicago. We are blessed with the property and has been a direct positive correlation between our personal and professional lives.

Our family of four lives in Chicago and your contact, Mona, works as an attorney (the nice kind). We enjoy renting vacation homes ourselves.

We’re avid outdoor family of hikers, swimmers, sailors,snowboarders, skiers and kayakers! Mona, a former Chef in France, loves to cook and invite family and friends to share in her fresh farm to table food and wine pairings!

Over the many years, our family and friends simply cherish, love and enjoy 'Sanctuaire' and we offer it to select guests. It has very positive energy. We are meticulous about its maintenance, appearance, and appeal. We have both legal and business experience representing hotels all over the world. Through our commitment, legal & business experience, Sanctuaire has established a business relationship with our guests that will last a lifetime.

Mona Dajani- Owner purchased this house in 2001

Why Mona Dajani- Owner chose Union Pier

We love the location- very close to Chicago and our extended families in Michigan! Its quiet, secluded and private. Away from the tourists in Union Pier and New Buffalo. There is a cleansing energy about the place. Simple, So peaceful and in connection with nature. Feels far away from urban life. We live in the city of Chicago- a concrete jungle with little privacy and small yards. We fell in love with Sanctuaire since it is blessed with magnificent natural beauty and located in the one most popular and desirable locations in Southwest Michigan, Sanctuaire is surrounded by clear spring waters with towering dunes and wineries are a sight to behold!

Sanctuire is nestled in the heart of the Michigan's wine country . Sanctuaire is home to some of America’s favorite vacation and recreation locations. Enjoy world-famous beaches, wineries, hiking, biking trails, water sports, skiing, dining, shopping, and more! With so many activities to choose from, there is something to keep everyone in your group entertained! At Sanctuaire, we recommend fun things to do with your days and to arrange special ventures (from dinner reservations to personal helicopter rides). Whatever you desire, we are here to assist you!We want to make sure that you have everything you need to fully enjoy your dream vacation. One of things that sets us apart is our Concierge Services. If you are interested in any of these added amenities, please reach out to us prior to your stay.

What makes this house unique

We truly want our guests to love Sanctuaire and the surrounding Southwest Michigan area as much as we do! As we are both skilled chefs, we equipped the kitchen to feature everything you would need to prepare a great meal. We even offer wonderful recipes, easy meals that will delight your taste buds and give you energy for days' activities!. We also love our private and clean hot tub overlooking the lake!We have guests who have never traveled to Southwest Michigan and are sometimes a little nervous and so I try to make them familiar before they arrive by knowing what to expect. Also- When you book with us, you will receive more than just a great house however, you will receive customized service tailored to your specific desires. Lastly, please know all utilities, TVs, the hot tub, etc. will be checked-in 24 hrs prior to your arrival; and the porch light will be turned on so you will be welcomed by a warm and inviting environment. So, we welcome your inquiry and invite you to ask us all your questions and express all your vacation wishes so we can make your experience in Sanctuaire perfection! Also know that Mona is a big law attorney with many years experience in renting luxury vacation rental properties. You can trust that Sanctuaire will be exceptionally clean, welcoming, with top of the line accommodations. You do get what you Pay for!

Guestbook comments from the owner

HI Mona- I'm back in Afghanistan. Thank you for a wonderful stay at Sanctuaire. My family loved it!



The house was wonderful, a dream come true. I set up the camera one morning in the rain and pointed it at the lake to capture the peace and serenity of Sanctuaire, just so I could have a piece of it to take back here with me.





Thank you for allowing my family and I to share your little piece of heaven!

https://www.homeaway.com/haod/121.304919.409433/reviews/list.html#!



Paul
May 2013
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Map

Round Barn Winery
Warren Dunes State Park
Wheatberry Restaurant and Tavern
Greenbush Brewery
Round Barn Winery
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail
Silver Beach County Park
Lemon Creek Winery
Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant
Domaine Berrien Cellars
Shawnee Road Antiques
Tabor Hill Champagne Cellar
Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Southwest Michigan Airport
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Tabor Hill Winery restaurant
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Weko Beach
Car: necessary

Amenities: Whisper soft Central Air conditioning, DIRECT TV (satellite), Large Plasma 47 inch TV, 1-mid size TV upstairs, 2 DVD/VCRs, work-out gym, canoe, row boat, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, blender, 2-door refrigerator, outdoor hot tub, indoor Jacuzzi tub, outdoor furnishings, (Maytag, new) washer/dryer, electric air heat, outdoor gas BBQ, telephone, dishes/utensils, 3 Ceiling-Fans, 3 skylights, 1 Wood-burning Stove Fireplace, 1 stone fireplace, 1 outdoor fireplace, 3 season room, fully equipped Kitchen, iron/ironing board, bath-linens, bed-linens, alarm-clock, radio, stereo, fax-machine, with Exceptional Views!

Activities: Fishing, swimming in the lake!, White water kayaking, Antique shopping, Theme parks, Outlet Shopping, Boating, Wine-Tasting, Winery Tours, skiing, Bike Tours, Outlet Shopping, Sight-seeing, Golf, Tennis, swimming, hiking and more!

Area: Less than 5 miles to the the local wineries and Lake Michigan, quick car ride to Union Pier, St. Joseph, Warren Dunes, Grand Mere State Park and Public Golf courses, bicycle and hiking trails on site, 45 minutes to Saugatuck.

Ski: Minutes to Union Pier, St. Joseph, Warren Dunes, Grand Mere State Park and Public Golf courses, bicycle and hiking trails on site, 45 minutes to Saugatuck.

Amenities

Union Pier House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 1. Prior written approval for exceptional dog guest with extra charges 2. We screen our guests 3. 25 yr min age. of lead guest 4. No parties
  • What brings you to area? Who are you coming with? You will need to sign the House Rules and Rental Agreement prior to your stay
  • Check in is at 4 pm and Check out is by 10 am Check out list should be followed We only want guests who are respectful of the rules and house
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Dialup Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gym
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • fax
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 full bathrooms.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , loft
    Living Room - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 Queen Futon plus Crib ( if needed)
    Gym - Small Gym with weights and equipment/( Former bedroom)
  • Master Bedroom overlooks lake with floor to ceiling french doors. Luxury Stern & Foster KIng Mattress. Master bathroom has indoor Jacuzzi Bath. Second Bedroom has Queen Bed with full bath Loft space has 2 single beds with Queen Sofa Bed plus queen futon on first floor for extra sleeping spaces. Third Bedroom is used as GYM with equipment and yoga ball/matt.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We are so enthused you are looking at our listing! Rate is based on number of people and specific dates. We accept an exceptional dog guest upon prior written approval. Pet rental agreement, Dog fee together with Pet Security deposit required. Inquire with age, breed, and other relevant information. Also note that the 'Book it Now' feature may not capture accurate quotes so we encourage you to call with specific dates and occupancy for entire time. Finally- please note this house is not suitable for parties ( including bachelor parties). We look forward to hearing from you!

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average rating of 4.970588 based on 41 reviews
5

Very nice - will come back

  • 5 of 5

Very fun time and beautiful

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  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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5

Beautiful area!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay! The adults, kids & dogs all enjoyed the beautiful lake & house.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dayton (Centerville) Ohio
5

Beautiful on a small clear lake in the woods.

  • 5 of 5

Sanctuaire was a beautiful lake house in the woods. It was perfect for our family because it was secluded, quiet and private. The lake was small but private and clean so swimming was wonderful. The house was a home with everything you could ever think of to need at a lake. Fishing poles, rafts, swim toys, beach chairs and umbrella and much more. It was also perfect because it was close to many winery's with one right down the street which my children enjoyed. Close to St. Joseph which had cute shops, ate at a restaurant overlooking Lake Michigan. The beach was incredible in St. Joseph. My children and grandson went for the whole day and watched the sunset. Went to Saugatuck for a dune buggy ride and went to the beautiful town for shopping and dinner below the yacht club. Perfect day. So much to do in the area very close by but return to peace and tranquility. Thanks to Mona for a beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pontiac,Michigan
5

Extended family trip

  • 5 of 5

We brought children and grandchildren here for a week- from Portland, OR, and a group from Chicago. Could not have worked out better. Mona is an awesome hostess- from the personalized welcome gifts of wine,chocolates , s'more fixins to local gladiolas and dog treats. Very secluded lake, great to enjoy with our family- swimming and fishing. Great location to Lake Michigan beaches and antique shopping. My daughter said the hot tub was a "game changer" from our other rentals. Allowed for great adult time at days end. This was definitely a 5 in out book.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Trudy- We appreciate you sharing your kind words with us. While our secluded location and premium amenities set the stage for a memorable vacation at Sanctuaire, it is the unrivaled service of our dedicated team that truly allows for an unforgettable getaway. It was a pleasure having you, and we hope that you and your family will be joining us again soon. Kindly, Mona
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5

Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

Really good time

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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5

Beautiful setting, private, clean and minutes from everything

  • 5 of 5

You won't find a cleaner rental! The location is perfect, close to everyhing, golfing, shopping, antiques, Lake Michigan beaches,Warren Dunes, Chicago, and the property grounds here are just like you see in the pictures, absolutely beautiful! We enjoy our privacy, which is hard to find if you want to be close to everything at the same time, but you have it here. With all the surrounding trees, you don't see neighbors and they don't see you. Even if you don't wish to leave Sanctuaire, there is so much to do right here, from the hot tub to boating on Spring Lake, which is just down the steps from your enclosed porch. The owner is great to work with. We would love to stay at the Sanctuaire on our next trip to the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $89 + Tax
Cleaning & Spa Cleaning $99 + Tax
Tax Rate 18.5%

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date. Otherwise, based on best efforts to relet with administrative fee.

Rates are based on occupancy and specific dates. Seven night minimum stay in the summer. Saturday to Saturday booking encouraged during the high sesasons.The "Book it Now" feature may not capture all fees and occupancy rates so we encourage you to call or email before you book. Also- note that Rates are higher for holidays. We're very proud to offer a travel discount to active military, police/firemen, nurses and teachers subject to certain restrictions. We'd love to welcome you to Sanctuaire!

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.

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