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Feirin De--a Magnificent Old Home on Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 6 Baths, (Sleeps 11-17)

Magnificent old family home, completely remodeled, with second smaller new home attached in a four acre compound we call Feirin De which is Gaelic for “God’s Gift”. The homes are located on a partly secluded bluff overlooking Lake Michigan with views of spectacular sunsets and white caps on windy days. The main home has an expansive deck perfect for watching the children and grandchildren (and parents and grandparents) in the 20x40 pool a few steps below that is completely fenced in for safety. The main home has five bedrooms,(two with queen sized beds) three full and two half baths, and sleeps 9 comfortably. The little or “Granny” house has one bedroom with queen sized bed, full bath, a fully equipped kitchen. There are also two foldup cots and two sofas, each folding out to a double bed. Thus, a family can sleep 17.

In the main home there is a large living room with a fireplace and dining room that can seat 20. Our kitchen in the main home is our pride and joy. In the spring of 2016, we installed new cabinets, new flooring, new stove and a new dishwasher. Unfortunately, everyone cannot fit in there at the same time. The main home has two screened in porches, one small one off the kitchen and a large one off the living room and deck which, incidentally has a large table and a pergola at one end for delightful meals in the sun or late afternoon shade.

Both homes have washers and dryers to avoid trips to a laundromat and there is an outdoor shower to clean up after an afternoon at the beach located 1.5 miles to the north. There is no beach below the bluff at Feirin De.

This is an idyllic place for an extended family or two small ones to have a peaceful and relaxing vacation.

More Details

Kathy Hagen
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2018

About Kathy Hagen

I am Kathy Hagen and this is my father, John Slevin. Together, with our spouses we own Feirin De. We both grew up in Peoria, Illinois and in fact my parents still live in the house I grew up in. My husband and I have been living in Southern California for over 21 years.

Kathy Hagen purchased this house in 1997

Why Kathy Hagen chose South Haven

Our family has been vacationing in Western Michigan for almost 40 years and, until 1997, had always rented a home. With my parents, 7 siblings, spouses, children and now grandchildren it was becoming more difficult to find a place for us. Then my parents came across this place. My husband and I decided to go in with my parents to purchase this large, lovely and inviting home with marvelous views of Lake Michigan, a built in 20x40 swimming pool and acres of ground to boot. We felt this was a gift from God and because of out Irish heritage we named it "Feirin De" which is Gaelic for "Gift of God".

What makes this house unique

Spectacular sunsets, cool breezes off the lake in summer, flowering trees and bushes in the spring, magnificent colors in the fall, gracious meals for 20 in our large dinning room and, most of all, the peace and tranquility that fills the place.


South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 17
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 1 main floor - 1 queen , Master bedroom with full bathroom attached.
    Bedroom 3 upstairs - 1 queen , Master upstairs with own half bath
    Bedroom 5 upstairs - 1 twin/ single
    Detached Unit - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Granny house has a separated bedroom
    Bedroom 2 main floor - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 upstairs - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (3), Full beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Both are queen-sized hide-a-beds
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Freezer in Garage


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Feirin De--a Magnificent Old Home on Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews

Charming Cottage that needs a LOT of work

  • 2 of 5

First let me say that the owners were just delightful. Wonderful people! I rated this property 2 stars because of the pool - which was in fairly decent shape - brought the number of stars up from 1 (I'm told the pool is being redone this fall). Unfortunately, this rustic cottage appears to be a bit neglected. I don't think the cleaning crew is doing their job - many cobwebs and spiders all over the house inside. Had to spend a bit of time cleaning when we arrived. Bushes outside are overgrown. One of the porches was unusable and in need of repair. That said, if this cottage got a lot of TLC and some really deep cleaning , it could be a good rental in the future for some renters who are truly looking for a rustic experience with beautiful sunsets on Lake Michigan.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location, Good for Family Reunion, Easy to Love

  • 5 of 5

Situated on a bluff in South Haven, Michigan, this property affords a spectacular view of Lake Michigan with a nightly show of sunsets. While very close to downtown and grocery stores and restaurants, it is out of the way and generally very quiet (except for lawn-mowing day). This is a large lot with flat areas where lawn games like corn hole, croquet, or bocce ball work; and the younger kids can play Hide 'n Seek. Since we were on the "early" side for usual Michigan weather, we were happy for the well-maintained, heated pool. As it happened, the week was warm as were the beaches. Nearby there was charter fishing, kayaking, biking, surf -board rentals and, for golfers, golf. There are plenty of beds --enough for 19--but most rooms require sharing. The bathrooms served 16 of us well. We enjoyed the multiple tables for sharing meals or games; the CD collection and the good speakers; and the large TV which was equipped with a DVD player. There is a throw-back Video rental place in town. The kitchen is superbly supplied, We brought along some things, but found out we could have relied completely on what was there. The owners are easy to work with and very accommodating. There is a house phone currently available to use for making calls anywhere in the U.S. Cell coverage can be a bit spotty. There are many books, games, puzzles, and even craft supplies. Being the senior members of our group, we stayed in the newer Granny House which also had its own kitchen. There is a freezer in the garage too.

We loved the "homey" atmosphere---not all glass and granite and white carpets like some rentals flaunt. This was a place to relax, read, cook, gather. In short: be on vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edwardsville, Illinois

Over 15 Years at Feirin De

  • 5 of 5

We started our yearly visit to Feirin De the first year it was available. The owners are the BEST! Our family has grown with the addition of 10 grand children during this time, spread out from Minneapolis to Ann Arbor to St. Louis. During our week a Feirin De, the kids concentrate on playing together and otherwise realize the pleasures of being cousins in an extended family. Their relationships could not have grown as close without the perfect accommodations and location this facility has to offer. Our traditions include swimming every day, at least two meals together with the combined use of the dining room and the deck, and congregating every evening for the sunset, which has to be experienced to be appreciated. (Smores have been known to be enjoyed by well behaved children). The facility is just perfect for our family uses.

There are well planned modifications almost every year and our large group has made full use of every one. Great fun!

South Haven, the State Parks and the blue berry farms are bonus attractions. We have expanded the size of the family visit to include other nieces and nephews. When we started to overflow, the nearby Motel was extremely convenient.

The comments by others better describe the physical attractions of these houses, but we have learned to think of it as the center of our family since it is the only time we have to get together simply to enjoy one another. It gives every opportunity to do so. A beautiful, warm property. I believe you'll love it as much as we do.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, CO

If you like that kind of thing...

  • 5 of 5

My family drives 18 hours from Colorado once a year to be able to spend a week at this magnificent old home. It's THAT worth it! If you like waking up to the smell of coffee and the sound of laughter coming from the kitchen every morning, this place is for you. If you like cool breezes blowing gently while you relax on the porch, deep into a juicy book, this place is for you. If you like sitting pool side with a cold beverage while watching the kids play in the water (or taking a refreshing dip yourself!), this place is for you. If you like delicious meals shared among family and friends, all seated at the same big table, this place is for you. If you love sitting on the bluff, high above the Eastern shore of Lake Michigan, watching the sunset and reflecting on what a good life it is, THEN THIS PLACE IS FOR YOU!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet Feirin De

  • 5 of 5

Ah, Feirin De!!! How we LOVE this house. My family has vacationed here for years and we absolutely can say there is no other home that suits us as well!

The large house and attached smaller "granny house" (for newlyweds or oldsters that want a little more quiet) are so family friendly it is like walking in to your own home.

When we arrive it's like visiting an old friend and all the beauty of the lake overcomes the hassles of every day life. We have seen other properties in South Haven, but none compare to Feirin De. The rooms are spacious and the dining room table seats at least 12! The front and back stairs take you back in time......reading the history of this house is fascinating. We often hope for a rainy day so we can sit on the screened porch and play board games, and lounge by the fireplace in the living room. With the new kitchen and new pergola on the deck, this VRBO is a place you will return to time and again.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kalamazoo, MI

Our Perfect Wedding on 9/6/2008 (would not allow me to go back that far)

  • 5 of 5

We looked at nearly 100 locations for our wedding on 9/6/08. The view was amazing, the house was accommodating, the neighbor let us use their field for parking, our guests stayed at Lake Bluff Inn, the pool was fun and the weather was perfect. Canopeum set up the tent and provided the tables, chairs, linens, etc. Our dream wedding happened at Feirin De and we drive past every time we are in South Haven. The owner was so nice and we made sure we left the property in the condition we got it. The smaller house was perfect for the groom and groomsmen the night before, and perfect for our wedding suite after the late reception. Simply wonderful, we plan on vacationing here when our daughters are a bit older :)

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Ice skating in winter months

4 golf courses


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $250
Refundable damage deposit $500

A $250 cleaning fee is charged if stay is less than a week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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