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S. HAVEN - Charming 6BR Vacation Home close to Beach & Town w/ Pool.

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps 16, close to our other listing 3540169

SOUTH HAVEN, MI - Charming home on a quiet, tree lined street, close to magnificent Lake Michigan & downtown. Perfect location for family vacations.

Need more room for your extra large get together? Our second home, listing 3540169, is a short walk away.

Sunny Side Retreat has 6 bedrooms, 3 full baths, fully equipped kitchen, and separate pantry with second refrigerator. Decorated in cottage style, with all the comforts of home, it is perfect for family reunions and gatherings. The dining room has a table that seats 6 and another table that seats 8, and another table can be brought in to seat everyone in the dining room. The bonus room on the second floor makes a great kid's hangout, while the formal living room is comfortable for T.V. and relaxing. Ample seating in both spaces with T.V., VCR, DVD, and cable. All the bedrooms have blackout curtains so guests don't have to wake up early and children find it easier to take naps.

Our guests adore the two large porches (one screened, one open with swing,) which are great for taking in the quiet tree lined street and kicking back. Guests have told us that they hate to leave!

The Kid's Park is just 3 blocks away with indoor bathrooms, water fountains, a huge wooden play structure, and baseball diamond. Steps to the magnificent, sandy south beach are immediately adjacent to the park. The quaint harbor town is just 4 blocks away.

The names of all persons staying at the property must be included in the completed Rental Agreement. Cribs to accommodate infants can be provided at no extra charge.

More Details

Property Manager
Carolyn Slone
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Carolyn Slone

This house compliments our other weekly rental at 620 Broadway.

Why Carolyn Slone chose Southwest

South Haven has an awesome beach and is only a 2 hour drive from Chicago. Metro Detroit are only 2-3 hours away, so it is a great midwestern resort location.

The harbor town is so close that we walk to everything once we are there and the City of South Haven has a great lineup of festivals and attractions happening all summer long. Golf is about the only thing we drive for and there are plenty of great courses right nearby.

What makes this house unique

The 2 porches are a magnet for people from the first coffee in the morning until late at night. Plus 2 bicycles and a basketball hoop in the driveway come with the rental!


South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 17 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub
  • The bathroom with tub & shower enclosure is off of the kitchen. The bathroom with the shower enclosure is off of Bedroom 2. The large bathroom with the old fashioned claw foot tub is at the end of the hallway upstairs.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , a pak 'n play fits here
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , a pak 'n play fits here
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • There is also a nice sized second living room upstairs with a single bed and a double size futon sleeper sofa. It has its own T.V. with DVD/VCR/cable. This room makes a great hangout for kids, and it neatly keeps all their paraphenalia from littering the rest of the house. Bedrooms 1 & 2 are downstairs, and the remainder are upstairs.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The kitchen has a separate pantry which is really great for storing all the food large parties require in an organized way. There is also a second full sized refrigerator there which works nicely for beverages and extra produce. We have a basketball hoop in the driveway and provide a basketball. We also provide sandtoys, 4 beach chairs, and a wagon to haul them to the beach. 2 adult bikes are available with signed waiver of liability. Bath towels, kitchen towels and all linens are provided. Bring your own beach towels, wash cloths, and hand towels. A Crib, pack 'n play, baby gate, and high chair available at no extra charge. Bring your own beach towels. We provide one roll of paper towels, and a roll of toilet paper per bathroom to get you started. We do not charge insurance fees, or rent for child equipment like local agencies do. We also charge only 6% MI tax, instead of 11% that rental agencies charge.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

S. HAVEN - Charming 6BR Vacation Home close to Beach & Town w/ Pool.
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews

Great bucket list vacation

  • 5 of 5



My only bucket list item was a vacation with ALL of our family together. Your Sunny Side Retreat home was a very special place for our Family to gather. We had a great time. It was nice to walk over to Lake Michigan and watch the sunsets. We walked to the pier and lighthouse several times. We really appreciated the extra refrigerator and pantry area for the extra food and drinks we brought. The large capacity washer and dryer helped a lot with all of our bath and beach towels. All 15 in our party were able to eat in the same room. It was also nice to relax on the screened in sun porch in the rockers. It was a vacation with many special memories. Thanks again. Shirley Fessell

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that your family had a great time, Shirley! We work really hard to make sure that the Sunny Side Retreat is the perfect place for families to gather and make vacation memories. Please come back again!
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Dad's 80th birthday weekend

  • 5 of 5

My family and I rented Sunnyside for my father's 80th birthday celebration. Our needs were pretty specific since our party of 10 spanned across the age range from 11 to 80 and one 3 pound dog. This was the perfect vacation for all of us. Carol was wonderful and so accommodating from the very first conversation. The home is huge with lots of private spaces and outdoor areas. Yet we all gathered for big breakfasts and dinners with plenty of room to spare. We played games, talked and shared old memories, took long walks on the beach and even headed out of town to explore the dunes in Holland. On my dad's actual birthday party a few of his relatives came for a surprise visit and we grilled outside and shared birthday cake. I could not have asked for a better setting to celebrate our event. My older girls are already planning to do it again next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review Kelly! We love it when multi-generational groups come together and enjoy their stay. It is a labor of love for us to make sure the house and yard are the best they can be for each group, so we totally appreciate it when guests have a great vacation and let us know. We would love to accommodate your group again next year.
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Very nice stay.

  • 5 of 5

The property is an excellent older house that is wonderful for a larger group. While this was a business stay, it provided everything we needed. The house was clean and well maintained. Carolyn was easy to work with and very helpful prior to our trip. While there, we were able to walk down to the beach and look things over in downtown area which is within walking distance. I would recommend this property to others and if going back to that area would consider renting it again.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really glad you liked the house and the location! We work hard to make sure every guest has the best experience possible. We would love to work with you again for another memorable trip to South Haven.
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Great vacation rental for large family

  • 5 of 5

My extended family enjoyed our stay at Sunny Side Retreat! The location was perfect for walking or biking to the beach, playground or downtown. The pool in the backyard was a big hit with the kids. The home was clean and well-furnished. The owner was friendly and helpful. We look forward to our next stay in South Haven!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always very happy to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay at the Sunny Side. It is a great house in a great location and multigenerational groups have been enjoying it for many years. We work hard to keep it nice and make it nicer every year. Thanks a million for your kind review!
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Enjoyable stay!

  • 4 of 5

Our family, consisting of 7 adults and four children (ages 10 months to 8 years), spent one week in late June at this facility.

Being an older home, the rooms were relatively small having somewhat of an "awkward" layout. This caused some minor "crowding" at times. Nevertheless, by week's end, it's charm won us over and it felt very much like home. Especially appreciated was the pool (perfect for our ages of children) and the screened in porch where we spent our early mornings and evenings. The large kitchen accommodated our family well. The facility was clean, well maintained and adequately furnished. We appreciated the baby bed, packnplay and the wagon, which daily hauled children and beach items!

The location was great affording easy access to the beach, several playgrounds, the Van Buren bike trail and downtown. Carol, the property manager, was extremely helpful, informative, responsive and considerate.

Overall we give this facility high marks and would consider renting it again.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for a family reunion.

  • 5 of 5

The listing description of the Sunny Side Retreat is very accurate -very clean and comfortable and great location-beach and downtown in walking distance. It was a perfect place for our family reunion with 17 of us aged 3 months to 87. Everyone had such a good time using the pool, walking to the beach, renting kayaks, biking (having two new bikes there was a real plus), shopping in the quaint downtown, blueberry picking and enjoying the local restaurants , ice cream shops and Maritime Museum.We enjoyed reading the helpful tips left by the owner-one especially-"to avoid the clutter of shoes keep them under the church pew" which we did and no one ever stumbled over shoes scattered around the house. We had a fun week at the Sunny side Retreat and would highly recommend this property to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always very happy to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay at the Sunny Side. It is a great house in a great location and multigenerational groups have been enjoying it for many years. We work hard to keep it nice and make it nicer every year. Thanks a million for your kind review!
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A park with baseball diamond, indoor bathrooms, fountains, and giant wooden playscape is 2 blocks away. A farmer's market is open every Saturday in South Haven's municipal parking lot downtown. Numerous fishing charters operate out of the Shouth Haven harbor. There is also fishing off of the pier. The Michigan Maritime Museum operates lake cruises on their tall masted ship 2 times a day from their dock in the harbor. They also offer tours of the harbor and Black River aboard their antique reproduction touring launch. Boat, dinghy, and kayak rentals can also be arranged in town. There are numberous golf courses in and around South Haven. Harbor Shores,a new Jack Nicklaus course on the shores of Lake Michigan is 20 minutes away in St. Joseph. A children's hand's on museum, operating carousel, and interactive water fountain are in St. Joseph as well.


Rates & Availability

South Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
August 2017
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall & Winter 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $180 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

No smoking. Inquire with the owner regarding pets and associated fees.

A deposit of 50% of the rental fee is due within 5 days of making a reservation, when a contract will be forwarded to you for signature. The final payment tax is due 30 days prior to your arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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