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Dayton Lake Cottages in Southwest Michigan

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms. 90 minutes from Chicago. Private lake. Secluded on 6 acre. Sleeps 12

Enjoy a memorable vacation at our cottage on Dayton Lake in Galien, MI, only a 90 minute drive from Chicago. The cottage is a fully furnished 9 year old lakefront cedar home on 6 acres of private wooded lot. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, an open living/dining/kitchen area, a brand new ('08) finished rec. basement and a large furnished 2nd floor loft (with the 4th bedroom). The cottage sleeps a total of 12 people.

It is fully furnished with a country-rustic decor throughout. The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, toaster, coffee maker, utensils, etc., and has a solid wood dining table for 10. There is a large sofa and a wood-burning fireplace in the living room. There's a big TV in the family room loft for your video games. The personal touches in decor along with the themed bedrooms give you the feeling of being in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy beautiful lake views from the living/kitchen area and wooded views from the bedrooms.

P.S. There are no neighbors in sight!

House details

The kitchen and living room have 8 foot sliding glass doors leading to a huge party deck for barbecues and watching the kids play out on the over 75 ft sand beach. There is a grill for your use along with patio furniture and lawn chairs. There is a large gravel circle driveway leading to the house with room for parking.

***The basement was finished in '08 and has provided an extra 1700 sq feet of living space. There are two sitting areas, one in the rear of the basement and one towards the front, for watching TV on the large screen projection TV with satellite hook-up and including all of the movie channels. There is a pool table, electronic dart board, nice poker table, and a bar that converts to a craps, roulette, and blackjack table. Have fun!

Berrien County Youth Fair---in August every year.

No matter the season, there is always something to do.

Things to Do---Summer

For your use, there is a folder filled with brochures of nearby places of interest and there are also local phone books with theatres, restaurants, and shopping. There are usually festivals and fairs happening in and around the area. In the Summer enjoy swimming and sunning on the approximately 75' sandy beach. There is a canoe for your use for fishing or exploring the lake. The large grassy areas near the house can be used to throw a Frisbee or ball around or to play lawn games like bocce ball, bean bags, or horseshoes...all available. Visit some nearby farmer's markets for the freshest fruits and vegetables, homemade jams and fresh baked pies and breads. Try the local wines at the three nearby wineries in the area or take the kids to the nearby Pottawatame Zoo, go horseback riding, or to the nearby Mishawaka, IN( and civilization) for some urban shopping and dining. New Buffallo Four Winds Casino & Resort nearby.

Things To Do---Fall & Winter

In the Fall, go apple and pumpkin picking with the kids or for a hayride. Take in a Notre Dame game in South Bend, IN, only a 15 minute drive. Niles Haunted House Scream Park---Compare With Chicago Prices , Wineries: Tabor Hill And Roundbarn Winery

Winter offers the opportunity to go ice-fishing, ice-skating, and sledding on the lake and snow-mobiling on the abundant trails in the area. There are nearby sledding hills and a ski resort an hour away. There are many tree farms also to chop down your very own X-mas tree to take home. Come back and enjoy some hot chocolate or totties by the fire with your family as you watch the snow falling through the 2 large 8' patio doors.

New Buffallo Four Winds Casino & Resort Now Open

We do not rent to anyone under 24 or to any school or prom groups, regardless of there being a chaperone.

You must be of 'legal and responsible age' to rent our home. This person must be one of the guests who remains with the rental party throughout their stay.

Parents, please do not call to rent for high school or college parties as guests may be asked for proof of age at time of check-in.


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Between 350 a night to 2800 a week depending on the season.

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017


Galien House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
    LOFT bedroom - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Dayton Lake Cottages in Southwest Michigan
average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews
Pittsburgh, PA

Wonderful and quiet!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this lakefront home the week of our sons graduation from Notre Dame and we were thrilled with the location (25-30 minutes from campus) as well as the house itself. The core group included grandparents, parents and siblings of the graduate (8 people, ages 74 to 9). The location is peaceful and beautiful; swans and blue herons on the lake, Baltimore Orioles visiting the huge deck daily, no immediate neighbors and the house had all we needed and more (although bottled water for drinking purposes is recommended). We hosted a small party for the graduate and his roomates and the large side yard, deck and lake suited this purpose very well. We enjoyed fishing (brought our own rods) and boating on the lake. The homeowners had a few yard games (bocce and corn hole toss was a hit!) available. Not any really close grocery store, but as we were in and out of South Bend a lot, we were able to pick up supplies within 20 minutes of the cottage. We could have easily slept a few more people in this house, too. The beds were quite comfortable and the great room area was nice for all to "hang out". I would love to come back and just enjoy the peaceful nature this cottage has to offer as well as explore the areas north and west of the cottage! Maybe in the near future!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2007
  • Stayed: Apr 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Sandra was great to work with. We really enjoyed our stay at the lake. Everything you need is there, well stocked even a lot of "extras" you don't usually see in rentals. Looking forward to our next stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Time

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time as 3 families with kids. Nice and clean house it has everything you need, lake is beautiful try to catch with up sunrise. Sandra was very helpful as well. Rowboat and canoes are big plus. Yes

seaweeds are everywhere (in the lake) but there is a small sandy beach for kids. And hey, if weeds are big problem for you, it is 20 minute away from Sandy Lake Michigan beach (New Buffalo). Over all 5 star.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house on a very private lot

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time in the lake house. It is big and cozy and clean, most importantly it is very private- no neighbors in the vicinity, absolutely loved it! There is stuff to do for everyone- slides for kids, sandy beach, fishing boats and a canoe, tons of games on the lower level. On a rainy day you will definitely not be bored- pool table, poker table, darts, train table, toys, just to name a few! Please note there is no Wifi, which in our case was actually a big plus... it is hard to peel the teenagers off all their devices no matter where you are! For those will small kids, there is a beautiful crib and a high chair. My kids really enjoyed a bunk bed as we do not have one at home. Our room had a queen bed and a trundle day bed which is great for those with the kids that are not comfortable sleeping in a a separate room when not at home. Feels like the owner thought of it all! The kitchen is fully staffed (coffee maker, toaster, pots and pans, spices, coffee, tea etc.) you do not need to bring anything, just the food. Wonderful time and a great house, we can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great House

  • 5 of 5

House is great and had tons to do. Sandra was very helpful in getting everything booked. Would definitely recommend to others.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd annual 3 family vacation and we voted on a 3rd. We love the house, the lake, the sandy area for the kids and the quiet and privacy of this place.

We range in age from a 3 yr old, 5 yr old, 2 - 18 yrs olds, 2 - 21 yr olds, 2 - thirtysomethings, 2 - fiftysomethings, 2 - sixtysomethings. NO one is bored at all. We took trips to St. Joes and New Buffalo and to Four Winds. We ALL had a great time.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Walmart Supercenter
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The Hob Nob
Weko Beach Park


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
cleaning fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $250

$2600-$2800/week or $375/night; Min 3 nights for holidays
Summer 4 night minimum allowed only if week doesn't rent by 1 month prior to date. $400/night
Check-in: 4:00pm
Checkout: 11:00am
No smoking.
$250 security deposit required, refundable within 2 weeks after checkout
50% and security dep. required at time of reservation; Fees are refundable if it's over 90 days prior to booked week or provided the house can be rented for that week. The remainder 50% due three weeks before arrival.
We rent to older adults only...must be over 24 to rent from us.
We do not rent to school or prom groups, regardless of chaperones.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.