Charming 3 Bedroom Cottage 2 Blocks to 2 Lake Michigan Beaches(6 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7-10 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Cottage, 2 blks to beach 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7) 1 1/2 blk to 2 beach
Far Niente,' taken from the Italian phrase 'Dolce Far Niente.' meaning 'sweet to do nothing.' And also referencing the Far Niente Winery founded in 1885 in California.
Address: 9844 Nolan Ave. Union Pier, MI 49129--2 blocks from Lake Michigan beach.
It’s the perfect description for this perfect cottage, available year round for romantic getaways or a fun-filled family vacation. See yourself enjoying care-free days on the beach, or a quiet nap in the hammock or sunroom. Plan an activity, like a round of golf or a tour of a local winery. Or, better yet, plan on 'doing nothing.'
With 2100 square feet, “Far Niente” has an open floor plan, 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, living room, kitchen, office space, dining area and a beamed-ceiling three-season sunroom. The sunroom, the dining room and the master bedroom all access the large back deck. The deck itself overlooks a blooming perennial garden and shady yard , enclosed by a crisp white picket fence. The cottage features skylights, a gourmet kitchen area and a harvest table that seats at least 8. The deck features seating, a dining area and a state-of-the-art Weber gas grill. Freshly painted and decorated, “Far Niente” is waiting for your family to come and enjoy.
Far Niente is just a three minute walk to 2 of Lake Michigan’s finest beaches--beaches voted #1 place to watch a sunset in Midwest Living Magazine poll in 2003
One beach has a gradual sandy slope down to it the other has a set of stairs. Your choice.
In the evening, after you stroll back from the soft-sand beaches you can cuddle up with a book, or play a family game.
The home also has a new 47” flat-screen television, Comcast cable, a DVD library, and internet service. With a TV in Master Bedroom and in the queen guest room.
Other activities: Art Fairs, Children’s Museum and carousel (St. Joseph, Michigan to the north) Michigan Dunes State Park (8 miles north of Union Pier). Fishing in the Galien River. (New Buffalo) Hesston Steam Train Museum (in near LaPort, IN) and smaller train museum in Chamber of Commerce, New Buffalo. Or just do the Red Arrow Highway ramble and see it all.
BBQ Grill with gas and electric starter. Perennial gardens, back deck, small front porch and stone patio, outdoor fire pit for s’mores and story telling , 3-season porch—with another dining table--overlooking the garden and the deck.
Accommodations: The cottage sleeps 6 to 7 people. The Cottage was completely remodeled in 2005 into a 2,100 square foot, open-plan without losing the cottage feeling. It has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths (2 with showers and the 3rd bath has a tub with shower inside it.), living room, kitchen, office space and dining area and porch. The three-season porch, the dining room and the master bedroom all open through sliding doors to the back deck. The deck in turn overlooks a blooming perennial garden. The cottage has skylights in the gourmet kitchen area. The harvest table seats at least 8. There is a second and third dining area on the deck on the porch. It is a neighborhood of similar cottages, but this one has perhaps more amenities and gardens than some of the others.
Location: Cottage is in Union Pier, MI. Union Pier is 4 miles north of New Buffalo, MI. It is 50 to 75 miles from Chicago (depending where in Chicago you are coming from). It takes 1 ½ to 2 hours to drive from the city or from any of the western Illinois suburbs. The AMTRAC train leaves Chicago twice a day and returns the same.
The cottage is between Lake Michigan and the Red Arrow Highway—that most desirable peninsula of cottages that are treasured for their closeness to the beaches. Other nearby towns in what makes up Harbor Country include: Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer, New Buffalo, Three Oaks and St. Joseph and Benton Harbor.
Keywords: Cottage, cottage-in-a-garden, 1 .5 blocks walk to two of the finest Lake Michigan beaches
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Member since: 2011
- Max. occupancy 7
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable:
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room
- Mobile Phone:
- Parking Off Street:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet
- Wood Fireplace:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Ice Maker
Sky lights bring sun into the center kitchen. Granite counters, all cooking utensils , silverware, serving pieces and dishes you would ever need. Dishwasher, microwave, coffee-maker, ice-maker. . ...moreless
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
June 2-9, 2017
Jun 2 - Jun 9, 2017
7 night min stay
June 16-22, 2016
Jun 16 - Jun 22, 2017
7 night min stay
June 23-29, 2017
Jun 23 - Jun 29, 2017
7 night min stay
4th July 10 days
Jun 30 - Jul 9, 2017
10 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
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Distance to beaches:
The beach is easily walking distance. You can think of it either as a 3-minute walk or 1as a 1½ block saunter. You actually have a choice as you are very close to three of the finest beaches. The two closest beaches (1 1/2 bks, and 2 blks one) have set of stairs down to them. The third beach entrance (3-4 blocks away) has a gradual sandy slope from the road to the shore. The Michigan Dunes State Park is just a-6 mile drive north on Red Arrow Highway
Very child friendly cottage and neighborhood.
Activities and resources: Walking the beaches, antiquing, hiking, biking, sailing, kayaking, shopping, foreign film theater and live theater (Acorn Theater in Three Oaks.) sunsets, golf—many courses, delicatessens and farmers’ markets, garden centers, ice cream shops and restaurants in Union Pier Village within walking distance from cottage. More excellent restaurants, full service grocery st
Year Purchased: 2010
- Primary: 630 777 5901
- Secondary: 269 469 1933
Links to more information:
Far Niente back garden, deck and gas grill
Living room sectional sofa faces the fireplace.. Office area in the back ground
Dining Room seats 8 Open to kitchen and deck
Master Bedroom King bed with private master bath
Far Niente 2 guest bedroom. Two twin beds
View of guest bedroom--Queen with room with TV & room to put away your clothes
Up-from-the-beach bathroom at the side door of the cottage. Walk in shower
Berrien Beach, no stairs, just sandy slope to get to!
View of the front of the cottage from the driveway at the side of the cottage.
Front view of Far Niente
Map showing how close Far Niente is to the beach
Far Niente Back of cottage 2016
View from the front door of cottage by the kitchen, thru dining room out to deck
Living room looking toward fireplace and front window
Far Niente's kitchen is the heart of the cottage forms a great room dining
Vanity in master bath, also has walk-in shower (not pictured)
Guest bathroom between the two guest bedrooms. Has shower inside of tub.
Far Niente 3-season porch overlooking deck and gardens
View of gate at the front of the cottage.
The kitchen open to the dining room, living room and office area.
Closer view of the kitchen all stainless appliances
Fire pit in the back garden area.
Far Niente back Yard Summer 2016
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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