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August 14-21, 2017Charming 3 bedroom cottage 2 blocks to 2 Lake Michigan beache

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


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.

Outdoor Features:

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

More Details

Property Manager
Colleen Ruddy
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 29, 2017


Union Pier 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: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bathroom is private to the master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 1st guest bathroom is between the two guest rooms
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , 3rd bathroom serves guest rooms and up from the beach sh
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , Master bedroom has a private full bath, opens out to deck
    1st guest room - 1 queen , 1st guest room has a queen bed, desk and cabinets
    2nd guest bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Master bedroom, King 1st guest bedroom, Queen 2nd guest bedroom, 2 twin beds
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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August 14-21, 2017Charming 3 bedroom cottage 2 blocks to 2 Lake Michigan beache
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Perfect Vacation Home for our family of 5

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at Far Niente and it was even better than we remembered it from our visit from 5 years ago. The house is a very close walk to the beach. The layout is perfect for a family and the house is very clean. There are two areas to congregate and the kitchen is in the middle of the house. There are also bathrooms for each bedroom area and a separate bathroom if you're entertaining guests. The yard is incredibly well manicured and very enjoyable for hanging out. I have rented houses in Union Pier for the last 9 years and this is certainly a property that I would rent again. Colleen is great and my interactions with her over the last 5 years for various property inquiries have always been first class.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love this home!

  • 5 of 5

My family has stayed at Far Niente the past two years and we love it. It's located a short walk to the beach and walking distance to a few restaurants/grocery stops. The house is a ranch which is perfect for young kids. Colleen and the owners have stocked it with everything you need, the first year I brought way too much! The yard is big and beautiful and where we spend most of our time. Colleen is responsive and nearby if you need anything during your stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Far Niente made our vacation memorable.

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing family vacation at Far Niente. The week went by way too fast. This was the first week long vacation we have taken with our 2 year old since she was born. We loved having three bedrooms and three much space. The house was clean, comfortable, and very cosy. We loved the deck, screened in porch, and backyard. It's an easy walk to 2 beautiful beaches, Whistle Stop store, and the Roadhouse for dinner. It is very centrally located. We visited New Buffalo, St. Joseph, Lakeside, Sawyer and much more. Everything is so close. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, this is the place. Thanks to Colleen, the rental process was extremely easy. If you have young children, consider renting a crib, stroller, and beach tent from Princess Treasures in New Buffalo.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Glen Ellyn IL

Very Pleased

  • 5 of 5

We've rented 4 or 5 other cottages in Union Pier over the years and this is certainly one of our favorites. Colleen the rental manager is very attentive and the process was extremely easy. The house itself was as described and very clean and comfortable. Liked the back yard and firepit. There are two options for public beach access within a couple of blocks. We used Miller Beach and it was easy enough to go back and forth for snacks and a nightime campfire on the beach. I especially liked the 3 season porch for meals and a quiet escape while the kids were watching TV on the big flat screen.

I would certainly recommend this spot to friends and consider staying there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

Perfect Family Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is so lovely! It exceeded our expectations. We had 4 adults and 3 children and it was very roomy for us (loved having 3 full baths). The decor, furniture, and fixtures are high quality (granite / stone countertops, Kohler fixtures, Crate and Barrel /Ralph Lauren linens, etc). It is well appointed throughout. It was a treat to use the high efficiency front loading washer and dryer. Be sure to purchase detergent with the "he" symbol on it. It is easy to find. Our children enjoyed the large TV, board games, Nintendo Wii system, and especially the hammock. We used the bike with the child seat for our 2-year-old son. He had so much fun! We walked to the beach several days. Beach towels and sand toys are there for your use. We used the grill on more than one occasion and followed-up with the fire pit to make S’mores. We enjoyed shopping in the quaint stores nearby – lots of organic and natural items available. Our children loved visiting the toy train store and the train museum. We did so much more than I’ve listed here. This was the perfect family vacation. I highly recommend this cottage. I also need to mention Colleen. She is fantastic. The rental process was fast and efficient. She has a kind and professional manner which made such an impression with us. She truly has a passion for her job and her community.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Barrington, Illinois

This is definately a 10+ for condition, location and many new improvements.

  • 5 of 5

First vistit to Uniorn Pier and this will be the start of our family summer vacation! The home is more than we ever expected for a summer rental! 1 block to the beach was very convenient for taking all the beach equipment! The recent renovations are definately higher quality and the screen porch was our center of activity! If you love peace and quiet, "Far Niente" is for you! The back yard should be in "Home and Garden" magazine.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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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


Rates & Availability

Union Pier Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 14-20, 2017ly 3, 2017
Aug 14 2017 - Aug 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
4 nights Aug 28 to Sept 1
Aug 28 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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