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Perfect for Two! a Little Hideaway in the Woods. Tiny House / Romantic Getaway

(189 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

'The cutest getaway cottage ever'
That's what Better Homes and Gardens magazine called this little retreat when it was featured a few years back.
We call it the the perfect place for TWO Lovers, TWO Friends, Couples, Sisters, Brothers... Rediscover the bond that brought you close in the first place, connect like you've always wanted to, gain a new perspective with that special person in your life.
Celebrate? Escape? No matter where you are in life, some alone-time away can make all the difference in the world. Intrigued? read on...

TWO is located on a secluded 1 acre wooded property, on the northern end of Harbor Country in the town of Sawyer. The Warren Dunes 1900 acres is right next door, and the beach is about a four block walk. A produce market and butcher shop are on each corner, so fresh provisions are never far away. Oh, and the incredible sunsets... It might just be the best memory of your stay!

TWO is a special little place. It has a soulful feeling. Maybe it's the 100 year old trees surrounding the house, perhaps it's the original pine floors and architectural details that date back to the 1920's. Charm yes, but this is not your typical 'cottage.' The house had a complete architect-designed remodel in 1997 and has been kept true to its principles ever since. Private hot tub, screened porch, it's all here for you to enjoy. The moment you walk through the door, you'll be reminded of what a great little hideaway you have found!

Known as 'LePin Cottage' (cottage in the pines) this humble abode was built in the 1920's and was used as a grape pickers' shack for the seasonal harvest. The home had no running water or electricity, and occupants were resolved to use the (still on property) outhouse when nature called. As the area developed and the vineyards moved inland, the house was abandoned and remained an empty shell for many years. In 1995 the house was purchased by an architect and his wife, and they set out to make the 'Cottage in the Pines' their family retreat. The renovation was nothing short of amazing. The house was put up on stilts and a new foundation was installed. The entire roof and joists were removed to make way for the new second floor, and an accompanying shed was located in nearby Indiana and transported to the property. The original windows and pine floors were saved, as was the footprint of the structure. The results were stunning. So much so that the home caught the attention of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, which paid homage to the renovation with a six page feature in the July of 1998 issue. Today the story continues. Each and every weekend, new memories and stories are created, as couples, and friends relax and enjoy this special place.

Your heart will long for Harbor Country once you discover all her beauty. Breathtaking sunsets, pristine beaches, outstanding restaurants, art galleries, and shops. Whatever your passion, you’re sure to find refuge from the day-to-day grind. Each of the towns of Harbor Country feature unique qualities that create a carefree, relaxed lifestyle with a sophistication that cultivates culture and small town charm.

Keywords: Cottage, Cabin, Couples, retreat, hot tub, quiet, beach, dunes, cozy, quaint, charming, secluded
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum renter age - 25...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Well-behaved dog allowed-$50 pet fee each dog. (2 maximum) Please, no cats... owner is very allergic to cats....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Alternative Lifestyle

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

  • Loft: 1 queen, 1 double


  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 1 acre wooded property, fire pit, outdoor hot tub, screened-in porch, couples swing...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Flat screen TV in living room and flat screen SMART TV in bedroom. Digital Broadcasting in HD for both TVs....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric baseboard....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    compact - perfect for small loads or a quick wash....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wi-Fi ...moreless

  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker:

    12 cup Mr. Coffee brewer...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Assorted pots and pans, as well as cooking utensils....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for 4...moreless

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt/pepper, olive oil, some spices, coffee, coffee filters, tea, sugar packets....moreless


  • Deck / Patio

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Seats four. No children under the age of 16 allowed in the hot tub....moreless



from 189 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
In Season
May 26 - Oct 29, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Cleaning/linens fee per stay $99 + tax
  • Tax Rate 6%


Parties, camping, fireworks, or extra guests are not allowed at this property.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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  • Sawyer Garden Center

    "Shopping for local produce, fresh foods, beer/wine/spirits, or anything housewares and garde..."

  • Cafe Gulistan

    "Delicious food, local fare."

  • Fitzgerald's -- CLOSED

    "Pub and restaurant with eclectic menu and outdoor patio in summer."

  • Blueberry Patch

    "You pick, or already picked. "

  • Falatic's Meat Market

    "Our favorite local butcher with American and Swedish sausages, as well as prime cuts of beef..."

  • Dora Jane Clothing

    "Nearby in Harbert, dorajane boutique offers the latest in women's fashion."

  • Harbert Park

    "Perfect park for the kids. Also, the only Dog Park in the area, with 2 sections for differen..."

  • Marco Polo Art an Antiques

    "One of the best antique shops around, located in Harbert."

  • Greenbush Brewing Co

    "Good Beer Wins! That's the slogan at this local brew pub. Try a lab beer, or one of their tr..."

31 Miles
Nearest Airport
South Bend Int. (39 minute drive)
1.6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Greenbush Brewing Co.
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Whittaker Woods Golf Club in New Buffalo
8 Miles
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Mesa Luna (now in Sawyer)
0.4 Miles
Nearest Beach
Warren Dunes State Park

Car: Necessary

Walk to fresh produce/flower market (summertime) and butcher shop. The Dog Park is just minutes away in Harbert. Art Galleries, Wine Tasting, Greenbush Brewing Company, Lake Michigan Beach, Warren Dunes State Park, all nearby. A baseball diamond, pond and playground at Harbert Park; in winter there's an ice rink, too. Four Winds Casino and Hard Rock Café 10 min. drive. Acorn Theater, Vickers Theatre, and Journeyman Distillery/Staymaker in Three Oaks 9 min. drive south.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1997

About the owner: We love to travel; been all over the country. We consider ourselves to have a keen sense of what works. Also we often travel with our dog. While we have been to many places, we always love to come back to this this little cottage. It is a calming sanctuary, and we're sure after a stay here you will feel the same way.

Why the Owner Chose Sawyer, MI, USA:
Sawyer is one of those great destinations, that once you find it, you hope not too many others follow suit. The restaurants, shops, beaches, culture and all around vibe are unmatched. This little place in the woods has been described as being a storybook cottage, and we couldn't agree more. It oozes with cuteness and is the ultimate escape from the everyday.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The house is super clean and updated, not your typical musty cottage. The place is compact and efficient, but does not feel cramped. The property is a gorgeous one-acre secluded, wooded, property that is a very short walk to the Warren Dunes. It is the real deal when it comes to the Michigan cottage experience. The house has an antique wood burning stove that is perfect on those cool and winter evenings. To sum it up, the cottage is romantic, the perfect place for two! A great little hideaway!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • a great little hideaway!

    a great little hideaway!

  • Great private backyard

    Great private backyard

  • Just a few blocks away, the beach and breathtaking sunsets!

    Just a few blocks away, the beach and breathtaking sunsets!

  • Connect with nature, not the bugs in our great screen porch.

    Connect with nature, not the bugs in our great screen porch.

  • Relax by the fire or watch the flat screen TV

    Relax by the fire or watch the flat screen TV

  • Stairs to the sleeping loft

    Stairs to the sleeping loft

  • Sky view from the yard

    Sky view from the yard

  • Warren Dunes are steps away. Hike up high for this view!

    Warren Dunes are steps away. Hike up high for this view!

  • Private hot tub makes it perfect for TWO!

    Private hot tub makes it perfect for TWO!

  • Did we mention private?

    Did we mention private?

  • Cozy little cubby areas for sleeping.

    Cozy little cubby areas for sleeping.

  • Kitchen dining and more!

    Kitchen dining and more!

  • Cozy evenings by the fire are the best!

    Cozy evenings by the fire are the best!

  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • Swing in the yard

    Swing in the yard

  • Private fire pit

    Private fire pit

VRBO #322768

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 27, 2017

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