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Charming Lakefront Cottage in the Indiana Dunes

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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

More Details

Property Manager
Susan Brandstetter
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2017


Porter Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed in bedroom 2 Twin beds in the living room
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

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Charming Lakefront Cottage in the Indiana Dunes
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 23 reviews

Very clean with a spectacular view! Love it!!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edwardsville, Illinois

Great place for the money

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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.
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Michigan, USA

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

The property was a great place to start and end our days! It's comfortable, spacious, conveniently located, and very well equipped with not a single amenity overlooked. We'd definitely stay here again. Thanks

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice place on the beach

  • 4 of 5

Everything was great, especially the kayaks and other beach equipment. The twin beds in front room are not good, especially for someone with a bad back. Also, those stairs are killer!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning Birdseye Views!

  • 5 of 5

Even though the weather was at times stormy, breezy, rainy, sunny, bracing, we thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay at the Charming Lake Front Cottage nestled in the Indiana Dunes. Being on the 2nd story we had a great view of Lake Michigan's mood, and sometimes could see a faint outline of the Chicago skyline. We enjoyed watching boats and gulls sail past our window. Please not that in order to get the best views, you need to be standing or sitting on a bar stool as the windows are a bit high. We placed the daybed mattress onto the couch and that enabled us to see more while resting on the couch. :) The cottage was clean, neat, had everything we needed plus a nice kitchen area and little porch for enjoying outside when it wasn't raining. If you have trouble walking up/down stairs and hills, this is not the place for you. We are in our mid-sixties and it was a little bit of hike, especially with luggage. There may be a little over 60 stair steps involved, but it is well worth the effort. We walked the beach and saw the Dunes, and also walked the surrounding neighborhoods. We really enjoyed the 3 dinners we had out: Burgers at Octave, ribs at Wagner's and amazing Italian at Lucretia's. Our host, Susan, was very nice and responsive when making arrangements and upon our arrival, even helping us carry our first load into the cottage! We will definitely be back, hopefully when the weather is a bit better! We already miss the sound of the waves ever present during the day and lulling us to sleep at night!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
7.5 Miles
The Brassie Golf Club
Nearest Train
2 Miles
South Shore - Dunes Park Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US 12 US 20 I94 and I90
Car: necessary

Standup Paddle Boarding


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 5.0%

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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