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Charming Lakefront Cottage in the Indiana Dunes

Porter Beach, Westchester, IN, USA
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

This charming lakefront cottage is located on three hundred feet of private beach. The gradual sandy beach is excellent for swimming and the sunsets from the south shore of Lake Michigan are incredible.

Porter Beach is a small beach community located on the borders of the Indiana Dunes State Park and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and just one hour from downtown Chicago. The beautiful beach stretches in either direction for miles and within minutes you can get to wonderful nature trails, excellent restaurants, quaint shops and many interesting cultural attractions.

The trails vary in length and difficulty but are all wonderful for both hiking and cross country skiing. There are also some excellent sledding hills nearby. Other close by sights include historic Chelberg Farm, Westchester Township History Museum, Zao Island Amusement Park, Taltree Arboretum, Calumet Bike Trail, Imagination Glen with a BMX race track and a 10 mile Outback Mountain Bike Trail and Broken Wagon Bison Farm and many more wonderful places to explore and activities to delight.

Keywords: Beach Front Bungalow Beach House Beach Cottage Indiana Dunes House Indiana Dunes Cabin Weekend Getaway Spot Vacation Rental Summer House Winter Cabin

Property Manager

Susan Brandstetter

Member Since 2010
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • Queen size Bed in bedroom 2 Twin beds in the living room


        • 1 Bathroom

            Location Type

              • Beachfront
              • Lakefront


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Parking Off Street
                        The rental comes with 2 parking spaces. If you need additional parking let us know in advance. Parking is off street. You walk down a set of wood stairs and a sandy foot path to the rental.
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                        Cell phones do not work in this area. Calls need to be made over a voip (voice over internet protocol) service like Facetime or Skype.


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area


                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • cinemas
                                              • live theater
                                              • museums
                                              • restaurants
                                              • theme parks
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • boating
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • sledding
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • rafting
                                                      • cross country skiing
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • hunting
                                                      • kayaking
                                                      • mountain biking
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • sailing
                                                      • snorkeling/diving
                                                      • surfing
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • water skiing
                                                      • wind-surfing

                                                        House Rules

                                                        Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                        Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                        Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                        26 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        Spotless property with a very impressive view.

                                                        Kirk J.

                                                        This cabin exceeded all my expectations. A stunning view of Lake Michigan. Just steps from the water. The property was clean and well maintained. Susan met us when we got there and walked us down to the cabin showed us around and made sure we were comfortable I look forward to renting this cabin again. I just can’t get over the view. 🤙

                                                        Peaceful and quiet

                                                        Eric C.

                                                        This little cottage is very nice, has everything and is right on the beach. The view is breathtaking and even though it was really really cold outside we enjoyed the peace and quiet. Ericka, one of the owner, helped us to carry things and walked us to the cottage when we arrived. She was very helpful and made sure we were settled.

                                                        If anyone is looking for a great gateway give it a try.

                                                        Great owner. Amazing view. Extremely clean.

                                                        Sungho S.

                                                        Highly recommend this place to stay for a great getaway. Only thing can be improved is a bed frame making some squeeking noises even with a minimum movements.

                                                        Very clean with a spectacular view! Love it!!

                                                        Stacy W.

                                                        Susan was very friendly and easy to work with. Perfect house for our weekend Anniversary getaway!

                                                        Great place for the money

                                                        David K.Edwardsville, Illinois

                                                        Clean, nice location, nice owners. Nothing fancy but good price and location with pretty views. Enjoyed hiking trails in park, beach walks and using the free kayaks.


                                                        Amy W.

                                                        Great location right on the beach. However. Not friendly for families with kids. Teenagers used kayaks provided by rental. Very shortly after getting out of the water was visited by Susan who very nicely complained that the boys had tipped not the kayaks overto empty water. I hadn't really had a chance to go down and check on this as we are talking about 17-year-olds who had been out of the water five or 10 minutes but I was OK with her asking that they take better care of the equipment. Shortly following her sister Erica came down and accused us of using house towels on the beach which we had not even though we had never been told we could not. She then reprimanded me for hanging towels out to dry on the porch railing as she said this would leave rust stains and she was not very nice about this. The very next day she came over and explain to me that she was very agitated that she had found a piece of wooden roofing shingle near one of the fire pits and felt that the teenagers have used her private property for a fire. Very confrontational. Walks around drinking on the property. So I would say it's OK if you like having a crazy neighbor that is also one of the owners. very stressful experience overall and we left early.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        Amy, I appreciate you leaving such a colorful and imaginative review. I’m glad you (and all the additional guests you didn’t mention when making the reservation) enjoyed the location. As you can see by our ratings, we offer a 5 star accommodation to most of our guests. It seems a 5 star accommodation may not fit your needs. Our property is nice and clean and we do have certain values that we bring to it and vandalism is not accepted here. I’m delighted you made use of the kayaks and fire pit however, we are adamant that these amenities remain safe and intact for our other guests. I apologize for any inconvenience caused by asking you to be responsible for the actions of your teenage sons and their friends. Once again, glad you enjoyed the location. Have a wonderful rest of your summer.


                                                        Porter Beach, Westchester, IN, USA

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                                                        Rates & Availability

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                                                        Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. All adult guests must sign a Duneland Rentals, LLC Waiver and Release of Liability Form. The maximum occupancy is 4 people (adults and children). Additional day guests and visitors are not permitted without expressed written consent. There is a charge to change reservation dates. Guests wanting to change reservation dates or reduce the number of nights staying are subject to a reservation change fee.

                                                        26 Reviews
                                                        Wonderful 4.8/5
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